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Brrs group bringing order to open source chaos

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 6:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In August, the Business Readiness Rating Standard (BRRS) was founded to sort out projects so that the everyday IT guy wouldn't have to. With more than 100,000 OSS projects currently available on SourceForge and similar repositories like Codehaus, Tigris,, OpenSymphony -- the list goes on -- members of the group believe their initiative could prove very valuable in 2006.

What Is Linux

  • Linux DevCenter; By Ellen Siever (Posted by bstadil on Oct 6, 2005 5:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For a long time, Linux was seen as a geek's system--too complicated for ordinary folks. But Linux has matured, and with today's desktop environments and new user-friendly installations, Linux is finally coming into its own as a desktop system. Ellen Siever takes a fresh look at what Linux is (and is not), its features, distributions, and much more. Ellen is a coauthor of Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

Debian menu transition, part 2

  • Mailing list; By Bill Allombert (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
Starting with the upload of menu 2.1.26, we enter stage 2 of the menu transitions.

SuSE 10 Arrives

As the LXer community have known for almost a day the first community-build version of SuSE has been quietly released and is now available. Here is a bit more coverage

Monitoring network traffic with Ruby and Pcap

  •; By By Ryan Paul , Ian Smith-Heisters (Posted by ubuntu4all on Oct 6, 2005 3:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Introduction Linux.Ars returns with yet another fun-filled edition. It seems like many of our readers are interested in learning how to take advantage of specific Linux technologies. Based on reader input, we have decided to place a stronger emphasis on technical tutorials and code examples. This week, we have some nifty stuff for you.

Open-Source May Help China Curb Software Piracy

"Free" might not really mean free, but an operating system that doesn't require user licenses makes it a lot easier to avoid piracy, in accordance with a four-year-old government push to get Chinese companies to respect intellectual property.

OSDir Launches GrepBlogs - Tech Blogging Network

With all the talk and excitement of Web2.0, blogging, and specifically participation & community it is with my own great excitement that I announce that OSDir has moments ago launched a tech blogging network - GrepBlogs.

All aboard the Enterprise Service Bus

Sonic Software has a good claim to the invention of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and has done more than anyone else to evangelise the concept, backed by the resources of its parent company, Progress Software.

Solaris 10 submitted for Common Criteria

“Sun views Common Criteria as not just something that we have to do, [but] something that we want to do," he said. "It is, and always has been, a differentiator for us.” Recently, Red Hat announced that the next version of its Linux distribution has begun the evaluation process.

Report: Inside the Novell Linux Migration

It is open knowledge that Novell has been progressing towards migrating their own internal desktops and servers to a pure-Linux play. Details of this migration have been sketchy, but in a public presentation to attendees of Ohio LinuxFest, Novell specialists gave a rare look inside the ongoing move to Linux and laid out ideas for other companies to follow in their own migration plans.

Nessus 3.0 to abandon GPL licensing

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 6, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nessus -- once billed as "the open-source vulnerability scanner" -- is changing its ways as of the 3.0 release, which is expected shortly. According to a recent post on the Nessus Announcements mailing list "Nessus 3 will be available free of charge, including on the Windows platform, but will not be released under the GPL." On its web site, Nessus now just bills itself as "the network vulnerability scanner."

Java object serialization for Ajax

If you're doing Java Web development using Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax), then delivering data from the server to the client is probably your top concern. This article focuses on what matters most for many Java Web developers: producing data for the client and walks you through five approaches to Java object serialization. It will give you all the information you need to choose the data format and technology best suited to your application.

Sun Wah Pushes Debian based Linux in China - Why Debian?

Now, 142,000 Linux PCs should make some news. But, of course, Sun Wah isn't Red Hat or SUSE based.

Tilix 1.0 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The first official release of Tilix, which is a Bulgarian Linux distribution based on KANOTIX, is now available. Tilix 1.0 (code name "Boris") includes: kernel 2.6.13 with many extra modules for improved hardware support, KDE 3.4.2, latest packages from Debian sid compiled with GCC 4.0.1, many new drivers for modems and wireless network cards, new look and feel, graphical boot, new control centre for system administration, new hard disk installer, many other improvements and applications.

OSDir has some nice screenshots of Tilix 1.0.

Japan to Boost Use of Linux

"This is not intended to exclude a particular software nor to recommend a particular one, but it reflects the recent development of open-source software as reliable systems," a state official said.

SoC Drawer: The Resource View

  • IBM Developer Works; By Dr. Sam Siewert (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 6, 2005 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article looks at system-on-a-chip (SoC) design and how designers can look at things from a resource perspective. A system-on-a-chip (SoC) can provide a single-chip solution, lower power usage, better performance, more frugal use of board real estate, simpler integration, and lower part counts.

Comment of the Day - October 6, 2005

This comment refers to "Suse 10.0 Released". The story link to the ftp site is very busy. Here's an alternate.

Linux: Kernel Crash Dumps

A kernel crash dump is a snapshot of system state taken at the time that the kernel crashed, useful for finding and debugging the problem that caused the crash in the first place. There is no standard mechanism for automatiaclly collecting a crash dump on Linux, but there are a number of existing projects working toward efficiently meeting this goal. A "Linux Kernel Dump Summit" was recently mentioned on the lkml, with participants from some of the many crash dump projects looking to standardize the dump process and information collected. A followup email noted, "as memory size grows, the time and space for capturing kernel crash dumps really matter." It went on to examine partial dumps, and full dumps that are compressed. The former risks not collecting information necessary for proper debugging, while the latter risks greatly increasing the amount of time required to collect a dump.

Japan To Encourage Use Of Open Source Software

Tokyo, Japan (AHN) – In a bid to reduce dependence on Microsoft Windows, Japan is planning to install the Linux operating system in some government computers. An official at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications says Japan is currently preparing guidelines recommending its ministries look to open source software, like Linux, as an "important option" for government procurement.

Using open source software on Mac OS X

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 6, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you want to make use of open source software on a Macintosh running OS X, you have plenty of options. The Fink project modifies Unix/Linux open source packages to run on Mac OS X, and gives users the ability to build from source or download precompiled binaries. Many open source packages have native OS X versions -- Firefox, Thunderbird, Abiword, Nvu, and the GIMP among them. But if you dig deeper, you will find quite a few Mac-only open source software gems. Here are a few of the best open source programs written specifically for Mac OS X.

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