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Eric Raymond and the RTFM Jerks

Is Eric Raymond and the RTFM jerk crowd driving away good contributers and users from free software? That is what I am beginning to wonder. I think that a lot of people don't want to get involved because the community comes across as a bastion of unrepentant meanness.

Texas Attorney General Consumer Complaint Form

The Texas AG's office writes:"Consumer Complaints filed with this agency may form the basis for an investigation into a company's business practices. In some cases, significant numbers of complaints about a business may give rise to legal action, not on behalf of the individual complainants but to enforce state law. The decision to investigate or file a lawsuit is based on a number of factors".

Manufacturer moves to Linux for stability

  • LinuxWorld; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by kozmcrae on Mar 29, 2006 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Automotive electronics manufacturer and a supplier to big names like General Motors Holden, Australian Arrow has migrated half its servers to Linux in two years to gain greater stability.

The real reasons vendors are moving to open source models

Everywhere you look today, vendors are embracing open source. IBM, Computer Associates International Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc. and many other industry heavyweights have contributed large bodies of code to the open source community. Oracle has purchased two open source software companies in recent months. Even Microsoft is cozying up with JBoss Inc. and SugarCRM Inc. to improve interoperability with Windows. In addition, dozens of small companies have moved their products into the open source domain over the last couple of years.

This is certainly a heartening trend, but the cynic in me says to be careful. This apparent altruism is also tinged with self-interest.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 129:
We talk to Brad Bowling, patent attorney with Baker Botts LLP
The impact of patents on F/OSS projects and software
Setting up multimedia keyboards in linux
Linc gives us more impressions of his Mac-mini
We'll see you at the LWE in Boston next week
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Relax, Newspaper Tech Reporters Are No Threat For The Scoop Jackson Award

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Mar 29, 2006 4:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Seems pretty simple to the headline, if the headline has the proper "hook", then read the article. OK...Since I write for a living, I personally understand the concept. But I do not mislead you with it.

Novell's Balancing Act

The company seeks to persuade Netware fans to go Linux while also wooing Windows users.

Book review: Anti-patent activist chronicles fight

Florian Mueller has dedicated much of his recent life to the minutiae of European legislative process. With help from a host of others, he successfully fought software patents in Europe. Today he's announcing that he's written a book about the experience, delving deep into European government and legislative process, and delivering a unique and entertaining insight into the fusion of lobbying, open source software, and activism that defined the patent battle of Europe.

My desktop OS: VectorLinux SOHO

Three years ago I built my own computer and installed Mandrake v9.1 on it. It was a joy to learn and use Linux, to not worry about spyware and viruses any longer, and to graduate to a stable operating system. Not long afterward I became involved with a small charity that refurbishes older computers to donate to people who normally would not be able to afford their own computer. The donated computers we work on are generally 133MHz to 500MHz Pentium II vintage, often with less than 128MB of RAM. Mandrake proved impossibly slow to use on these machines, but VectorLinux impressed me with its speed, ease of install, well-chosen lightweight applications, and stability.

Software developer boxes pirate senseless

Rough justice, Russian style

And The Winner Is ... The TV Land Awards!!!

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 29, 2006 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Network Sees Double-Digit Gains Among Core Demo of Adults 25-54

Novell CEO Foresees Enterprise Growth

Jack Messman sounds off on Novell's present and future, and where the company is headed with its Linux products.

Update 1-Red Hat profit doubles on corporate demand

Red Hat Inc. a leading distributor of open-source Linux software, said on Tuesday quarterly profit more than doubled on the back of strong subscription sales from corporate customers.

EE Times Announces Recipients of the Educator of the Year and Student of the Year ACE Awards

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 28, 2006 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
First-ever Recipients of the Educator of the Year and Student of the Year Will be Honored at the EE Times ACE Awards Gala

Why should I care about RSS

What are all those little orange RSS buttons and XML buttons you see everywhere including the site you are on right now? Why do you see code when you click on them?

Open Source Management Tools to Watch: Ganglia

  • Infoworld; By DAVE ROSENBERG AND MATT ASAY (Posted by sharonpr on Mar 28, 2006 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
There are a number of open source IT monitoring and management tools that enterprises should be keeping an eye on. In a recent InfoWorld blog, GroundWork Open Source CEO Ranga Rangachari highlights the Ganglia project. The Ganglia Monitoring System is an open source cluster monitoring technology started within UC Berkeley's Millenium Clustered Computing Labs. It has been downloaded over 110,000 times from 145 countries and currently has dozens of contributing developers. As large companies are increasingly creating server farms of thousands of servers, new server management and monitoring requirements are surfacing. On the monitoring side, polling breaks down after a few hundred servers, so you have to go to an interrupt-driven architecture with "list and announce" protocols. Also, aside from the technical issues, traditional monitoring solutions are prohibitively expensive when you roll out hundreds of servers at a time. As clustering continues to become more pervasive in enterprise IT, Ganglia will be one to watch.

Red Hat Profit Doubles on Corporate Demand

Red Hat's quarterly profit more than doubled on the back of strong subscription sales from corporate customers.

Reviewing Debconf5

This year I went to the FOSDEM for the first time, and like the last few years, I will most probably also visit Linuxtag. But what I missed so far, and where I also cannot go this time, is the Debconf, which will be in Mexico. So I searched around a bit and found almost the whole conference of last year (in Finland) on 2 DVDs, which you can download for free.

Open Source Academy launches openness test

The UK's Open Source Academy has launched a new Certified Open branding scheme that it hopes will enable organizations to judge the openness of their potential suppliers and their own internal skills competency.

Red Hat Posts Higher Numbers in Q4 Report

The company reported that its annual subscription revenue was up 53 percent from the prior year. The numbers are based on Red Hat holding onto its top customers, officials said. (Linux-Watch)

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