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Server and services giant IBM made a big $1 billion bet on Linux back at the end of 1999, and has made many billions of dollars since then and amassed a customer base of 12,000 companies who have deployed Linux solutions using Big Blue's hardware, software, and services. Linux is undeniably one of the key drivers for the company's growth, and to that end, IBM has bestowed on commercial Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell the titles of strategic alliance partner, vaulting them to the status of being among the top 10 partners that IBM has among a group of about 100 such partners.
Today's "big thaw" item will shock some, but Erast Benson posted on the OpenSolaris forums yesterday with news that he's got Mono working on the Nexenta distribution of OpenSolaris. He's posted a screenshot to prove it.
Leading Retail Technology Publication RIS News Includes Novell in Its Software Leaderboard 2005
At Gartner's recent 2005 Open Source Summit, Mark Driver, a Gartner vice president and research director and the official host for the conference, made some interesting projections about open source software in IT. I spoke with Driver and discussed not only the expansion of OSS into the IT world, but his plans for future conferences. In the interest of brevity and time, we agreed to utilize portions of the supplied text of his talks to supplement his answers.
The Meraka Institute will take over the running of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa as the organisation's secretariat heads to South Africa. The handover will take place at the Idlelo 2 digital commons conference in Kenya in February.
Never-ending patch cycle
Microsoft released two more critical patches on Tuesday - days after it released an emergency fix for a critical WMF vulnerability that has been exploited by hackers and virus writers. The two latest updates - which, unlike the WMF patch, came out as part of Microsoft's regular Patch Tuesday update cycle - fix a flaw in the way Microsoft Windows processes embedded web fonts (MS06-002) and a Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format (TNEF) decoding vulnerability (MS06-003).
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities creates a means for hackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service on a vulnerable system. The earlier WMF vulnerability remains the easiest to exploit, but security vendors warn that the embedded web-forms flaw also caries a computer worm risk.
WorldLabel.com, a maker of labels for envelopes, jewel cases, and other purposes, has released a package of more than 50 label template pages for OpenOffice.org. The labels, which represent most of WorldLabel.com's standard prepress stock, are available in both OpenOffice.org 1.0 (.stw) and Open Document (.ott) format, and are released under the GNU General Public License and the Joint Copyright Agreement required for OpenOffice.org contributions. According to Russell Ossendryver, the company's managing director, USA, the release of the labels is in direct response to the growing popularity of OpenOffice.org.
Is Qwest taking advantage of a recent FCC ruling to ripoff innocent broadband subscribers whose computers do bad things? Charging five bucks for every spam sent by your possibly-hijacked computer is gouging. Once you see how other broadband competitors treat spam
, you'll probably agree.
Four years ago, Bill Gates dispatched a companywide e-mail promising that security and privacy would be Microsoft's top priorities. Gates urged that new design approaches must "dramatically reduce" the number of security-related issues as well as make fixes easier to administer. "Eventually," he added, "our software should be so fundamentally secure that customers never even worry about it."
Microsoft customers haven't stopped worrying.
Open-source software has sparked revolutionary reform of the US patent system in new plans outlined today.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), IBM and Open Source Development announced a new plan to speed up patent approval, while improving their quality
Welcome to this year's 2nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community.
Bill Hilf, director of Microsoft's Linux and open-source lab, makes some pathetic claims about Linux. (Linux-Watch.com)
[ED: Just one more instance where a Microsoft "Get The Facts", is overly selective of the facts - what do you expect the truth? Well you can't handle the truth! They are just trying to protect you. - HC]
The Globus Consortium (founded by IBM, HP, Sun, Intel, Nortel, Univa and Cisco) today published the latest issue of the “Globus Consortium Journal. (http://www.globusconsortium.org/journal
).” The newsletter focuses on open source Grid computing projects - and this month features developer interviews with the leaders of the three most important services in the Globus Toolkit (www.globustoolkit.org).
LXer received a document from a source with the message "I read your article on linuxJournel about countries growing use of Linux. The attached article was posted in Intel's intranet site." It reveals that Intel expects to sell hundreds of millions of Linux-based computers in rural China. If Intel can sell a Linux computer in rural China, why can't they do the same thing in the United States?
Is it such a risk? Look at IBM in the US, they have committed to Linux with facilities, staff, sponsorships of projects. Was the risk so great for IBM? Obviously not. So, Intel, put up!
[Ed: Original published in November and updated in light of new reports. -tadelste]
Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster Beats Competition in Throughput and Performance; Out-Of-The-Box Solution Eliminates Costly Deployment to Maximize Return on Investment
Use the gd graphics code library to create and manipulate images quickly.
To provide more options for developers, the Mono open-source development platform will be part of the next version of Linux distribution, Fedora Core.
Recently Lx'er (and Kerneltrap) ran a story on the state of Wireless in Linux by Jeff Garzik which was pretty frank and just a tad depressing. Stephen Hemminger is trying to do something at OSDL.
update : Two patents covering one of Microsoft's main Windows file-storage systems are valid after all, federal patent examiners have decided. It also voiced concern that Microsoft would try to seek royalties from companies that sell and support Linux for using the technology, potentially posing a threat to the free software community. Under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License, Linux cannot be distributed if it contains patented technology that requires royalty payments.
[Ed: Time to lose FAT! Can we say get "Slimfast" (get slim fast)? Oh, never mind! - dcparris]
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