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Business Objects extends further into infrastructure

Looks to take on the big boys in EIM

At Business Objects' European User Conference in Cannes, the main emphasis was on encouraging users to migrate to BusinessObjects XI Release 2. However, from my perspective, what was most interesting was the announcement of EIM (enterprise information management), though there was also some Crystal stuff of note.…

Linux or UNIX password protecting files with open source cryptographic software

Linux and other UNIX like operating systems offer strong file permissions and POSIX ACL (access control list) concept in computer security used to enforce privilege separation.
However, none of them offers a password to protect files. This article explains howto use GNU gpg (GNU Privacy Guard) encryption and signing tool or mcrypt command to encrypt or decrypt files with a password with open source cryptographic software.

Symantec bids to be Data Center 'Standard'

Symantec executives used their Vision 2006 customer conference to tout the breadth of the company's data center management offerings made possible by last year's acquisition of Veritas. In unveiling new storage and server management products under its Data Center Foundation label, Symantec is in an increasingly strong position to woo customers from competitors that include IBM, EMC, HP, CA and dozens of smaller vendors.

Intel, Red Hat launch solution acceleration program

INTEL Corporation and Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source to the enterprise, have announced the creation of a global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimise their deployments of Linux solutions.

Openlogic launches open source enterprise support program

  • eChannelLine; By Liam Lahey (Posted by dcparris on May 14, 2006 9:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OpenLogic Inc. is looking answer its' customers' demand for enterprise-level support for open source products.

Book Review: UNIX to Linux Porting: A Comprehensive Reference

  • The Linux-Tutorial; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on May 14, 2006 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
This book is a tour de force that delivers everything it promises and then some. Mendoza, Skawratananond, and Walker pull out all the stops to make sure that the subtitle A Comprehensive Reference tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

KDE Commit-Digest for 14th May 2006

Release polishing for amaroK 1.4. New sounds for KTuberling. KDE 4 changes: The proposed kdepimlibs module is created. New SVG icon engine based on QsvgEngine. New capabilities added to Solid. Applications with simple audio needs start to migrate to Phonon.

With the recent release of KOffice 1.5 a resounding success, Inge Wallin, the KOffice evangelist, writes about the near-future for KOffice:

Linux's boot process explained

  • The Reviewer; By Cserei Zoltan (Posted by cruocitae on May 14, 2006 5:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux's boot process explained in a very detailed mode, starting with a brief history of UNIX and execution levels to editing these levels. Knowing what happens when your PC boots up is very essential: a customized boot process means half of a customized system...

Open source advice changed

The State Services Commission has bowed to the open source community by altering the language in a briefing paper that is designed to guide departments on the legal issues involved in using open source software. The original guide, released in March, raised the hackles of the open source community and Green MP Nandor Tanczos by describing open source software licence terms as "infectious".

Fun with strace and the GDB Debugger

  • IBM developerworks; By William B. Zimmerly (Posted by nixcraft on May 14, 2006 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
Programming a UNIX system can be fun as well as educational. With the UNIX strace tool and GDB, the GNU Project Debugger, you can really dig deep into the functionality of your system and learn a lot about the various programs that comprise it. Using both tools in concert can be a rewarding experience as you look under the hood of your UNIX machine.

How To Set Up A Loadbalanced High-Availability Apache Cluster

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 14, 2006 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial shows how to set up a two-node Apache web server cluster that provides high-availability. In front of the Apache cluster we create a load balancer that splits up incoming requests between the two Apache nodes.

Free software flows at network conference

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Denise Dubie (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 14, 2006 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Savvy Interop attendees last week walked away from the show in Las Vegas with more than a pocket full of USB flash drives and retractable Ethernet cables — they also took home free software.

Dod Offers Free Anti-Spyware for Personal Use

  • Navy News Stand; By Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jennifer Goulart (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 14, 2006 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has licensed free anti-spyware software for all government employees and armed forces personnel for use on personal computer systems.

Ubuntu 2.0 (Twobuntu)

For those living inside the Debian or Ubuntu worlds, the issue of their relationship is an old topic, but it it will continue to evolve as they learn what works.

Can Open Source Save Sun?

An astonishing thing has happened at Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) Latest News about Sun Microsystems. A company built on high margins from hardware sales is now turning upside down and going soft. The face of this transformation is the freshly minted CEO and former McKinsey consultant Jonathan Schwartz. Originally a numbers guy turned software evangelist, Schwartz is almost certainly committing Sun to a future with a business model centered on software -- open source Latest News about open source software.

User Mode Linux

User Mode Linux is a virtualization technology which can be used to create Linux virtual machines within a Linux host. UML gains significance over other virtualization technologies in that it is incorporated into the official Linux kernel tree. This is a review of an excellent book on User Mode Linux authored by Jeff Dike. The fact that Jeff is the creator of UML lends a lot of credibility to this well written book which pursues a niche area.

DB2: the Viper is coming

More of a King Cobra, really

Comment The next release of IBM's DB2 (for both z series and distributed systems), which is code-named Viperâ, will be generally available in the not too distant future: A mid-summer for distributed systems, according to IBM. It is therefore appropriate to consider some of the new features it will introduce, and its impact on the market.

Six days ‘til GP2X gamer hits UK

The GP2X has been bandying around Europe for several months already, and finally it’s about to hit UK shores. Not before time either. Rather predictably for a new pretender to the handheld gaming throne, the GamePark GP2X will play games, movies and music, view photos and read eBooks. But its choice of operating system is relatively exotic.

KDE to Become Better Supported on the Ubuntu Platform

At LinuxTag on Saturday, a meeting of Kubuntu and KDE contributors was held in order to improve the collaboration of both projects. The aim was to to talk about the common future of both projects. Jonathan Riddell and Mark Shuttleworth from Canonical attended the meeting. Later in his keynote speech to the conference, Mark publicly committed to Kubuntu as an essential product for Canonical and showed his commitment by wearing a KDE t-shirt.

The State of Linux Distributions: an analysis of what the Distrowatch rankings tell us

"I have always been interested in Linux distributions and how they evolve, not just technically, but also in terms of their popularity and their -wanted or unwanted- position among the Linux users and on the broader market. In this regard, the Distrowatch web site is a fairly effective tool at tracking linux distributions no matter how small or short-lived they are. I think the site's online tool is actually the best one so far, and it has, in my opinion, produced the best stats concerning Linux distributions.."

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