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IT Management Linux News for Jan 24, 2008

  • Eben Moglen on Open Source's Future (Jan 24, 2008, 22:00)
    LinuxWorld: "What do you see as the biggest danger to open-source software today? On the one hand, there's still a locus of resistance..."

  • Fewer in Asia Seek Linux Support (Jan 24, 2008, 21:15)
    ZDNet Asia: "A smaller proportion of Linux users in Asia sign up for enterprise support services, but that is 'okay' by Novell global strategic partners' chief technologist Marcin Kurc..."

  • Report: Schools Will Increase Spending on Open Source (Jan 24, 2008, 17:30)
    LinuxWorld: "Educational institutions will increase spending on open-source software and services over the next few years, but that doesn't mean proprietary software will be left in the dark, according to a new report covering 14 countries..."

  • HP Launches Open Source Governance Initiative (Jan 24, 2008, 14:30)
    internetnews.com: "In a set of new initiatives HP is now taking its experience and its open source license governance tools and open sourcing them in an effort to raise awareness and build a broader community for open source governance..."

  • Federal Employment Office Switches to Linux (Jan 24, 2008, 13:45)
    Heise Online: "Shortly after switching all of its 13,000 public internet information workstations from Windows NT to Linux, the Federal Employment Office issued an interim report..."

  • KDE goes cross-platform with Windows, Mac OS X support (Jan 24, 2008, 13:00)
    Ars Technica: "The open-source KDE desktop environment is making the jump across platforms with broad support for Windows and Mac OS X. The core KDE desktop programs, the KOffice suite, and the Amarok music player are actively being ported."

  • LILO and GRUB: Boot Loaders Made Simple (Jan 24, 2008, 12:00)
    Linux DevCenter: "LILO (Linux Loader) and GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) are both configured as a primary boot loader (installed on the MBR) or secondary boot loader (installed onto a bootable partition). Both work with supporting operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, Net BSD, and OpenBSD. They can work with unsupported operating system, such as Microsoft Windows XP, in the configuration file. Both allow users—root users—to boot into single-user-mode."

  • New Linux flash filesystem offers 4X speed (Jan 24, 2008, 10:30)
    Device Guru: "Flash filesystem (FFS) specialist Datalight Inc. will soon release a commercial Linux FFS claimed to provide 400 percent the write performance and 500 percent the mount speed of JFFS2."

  • Dell releases new Ubuntu-powered laptop: XPS 1330n (Jan 24, 2008, 09:00)
    Desktop Linux: "Linux laptop users suffering from Apple MacBook Air envy now have a chic, hot laptop to call their own: the Dell XPS 1330n with pre-installed Ubuntu 7.10."

  • ATI Radeon HD 3400, 3600 Series (Jan 24, 2008, 07:30)
    Phoronix: "AMD has today announced the ATI Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 series graphics processors, which are the budget-minded siblings to the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870... Will the DisplayPort interface on these graphics cards be supported under Linux?"

  • Manipulate del.icio.us bookmarks with PHP (Jan 24, 2008, 06:00)
    DeveloperWorks: "The del.icio.us service lets users collect and share bookmarks online. Manipulate these bookmarks with PEAR's Services_Delicious package that interfaces with the REST API of del.icio.us and build customized PHP applications."

  • ET: Quake Wars Threaded Renderer (Jan 24, 2008, 03:00)
    Phoronix: "Accompanied by an updated Windows release, last week id Software had released its Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.4 update for Linux. We have previously shared most of the details surrounding this major ET: Quake Wars update with the same changes as the Windows build. One of the most interesting features, however, is the new threaded renderer for improved multi-core performance."

  • Wine-doors 0.1.2 (Carménère) Released (Jan 24, 2008, 01:30)
    Wine Review: "Wine-doors 0.1.2 has been released, this release sees vastly improved exception handling thanks to Andrew Stormont who joined the project after 0.1.1, along with some new features tweaks and various other fixes. We're also syncing the repos from SVN nightly, this means that we can release apps faster between now and the finalisation of the new application database which is currently being worked on by Sam Taylor."

  • Dell Dials Open Source Phones (Jan 24, 2008, 00:30)
    The VAR Guy: "Dell plans to promote Fonality (a major Asterisk proponent) to small business customers seeking IP telephony systems. It’s a landmark development, folks, that benefits Dell in multiple markets (open source, VoIP, unified communications, and managed services). Here’s why."