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IT Management Linux News for Jun 13, 2008

  • Government CIOs 'Do Not Understand Open Source' (Jun 13, 2008, 15:45)
    ZDNet Australia: "Government CIOs that dismiss open source software because of support issues, which is the case for the Australian Tax Office, Defence and Centrelink, simply do not understand the concept, according to Sun Microsystems..."

  • Nokia: Linux Needs to Learn Business (Jun 13, 2008, 12:45)
    Business Week: " "Why do we need closed vehicles? We do," he said. "Some of these things harm the industry but they're here [as things stand]. These are touchy, emotional issues but this dialogue is very much needed. As an industry, we plan to use open-source technologies but we are not yet ready to play by the rules; but this needs to work the other way round too.""

  • Wall Street becoming Linux stronghold (Jun 13, 2008, 12:00)
    Network World: "But even as the Wall Street crowd increasingly puts its money on Linux — market watcher TABB Group estimates that Linux adoption among the 14 biggest investment firms this year will reach more than 72% of the installed operating server base vs. 60% in 2006 — it's clear concerns linger about the licensing model. That model requires users return changes to the open source community under certain circumstances, a touchy subject for companies that are battling to accelerate their business processes."

  • Vienna failed to migrate to GNU/Linux: why? (Jun 13, 2008, 11:00)
    Free Software Magazine: "Several governments and councils reported multi-year migration plans to GNU/Linux. Free software activists praised each one of them in their blogs and commentaries. However, a few months or years on, some of those plans crumbled. Vienna is one of them. A question here begs to be answered: why did it happen? The City of Vienna made several crucial mistakes. In this article, I will list the most prominent ones"

  • Red Hat settles Hibernate patent suits, makes open source community unhappy (Jun 13, 2008, 09:30)
    IT News: "If Red Hat had taken the case to court and disputed the patents' validity, the company could have had the patent struck down thus preventing future litigation against open source projects that use similar technology, they argue."

  • 20 Essential KDE Applications - Review (Jun 13, 2008, 08:00)
    Echoes: "Amarok (audio player)
    In my opinion, the best audio player ever. Excellent collection management and dozens of other features, like Last.fm song submission, scripts, cover manager, Wikipedia integration, lyrics fetching, Magnatune music store, statistics, scores and many more. I just can't wait for 2.0 to be released!" Link repaired.

  • French KDE Day Conference Videos Available (Jun 13, 2008, 06:30)
    KDE.News: "To celebrate the release of KDE 4, the KDE French contributors and the Toulibre LUG organised a two-day event on January 25th and 26th 2008 in Toulouse, France. On the 25th, K&eactute;vin Ottens made a general presentation of KDE 4, and on the 26th there was a day of technical conferences featuring speakers such as David Faure, Laurent Montel, Alexis M&eactute;nard, K&eactute;vin Ottens, Aur&eactute;lien Gâteau and Anne-Marie Mahfouf. The videos of all these talks, in French, are now available for download."

  • Linux jukebox app achieves first stable release (Jun 13, 2008, 05:00)
    DesktopLinux: "The Banshee Project has achieved the first major, stable release of its eponymous music jukebox application. Banshee 1.0 features faster searching, browsing, and management functions, along with improved memory usage, faster start-up, and a more responsive interface better supporting large collections, project leaders say."

  • Review: Linux Powered HP Media Vault Pro mv5150 (Jun 13, 2008, 03:30)
    Raiden's Realm: "The HP Media Vault is a wonder of feature rich, simple file sharing. Based on Linux, it is capable of some pretty amazing feats despite it's simple, small design. It ships in sizes ranging from 500mb upwards to 1.5tb and is very easy to setup and use. But how simple is simple? A simple as sunshine on a cloudless day. But don't take my word for it. Instead, let me show you."

  • What value in the Red Hat patent guarantee? (Jun 13, 2008, 02:00)
    Linux and Open Source: "This whole game of Linux patent claims has always reminded me of how some poker players will throw a stack of chips on the table while holding a pair of 3s and others will fold in the face of it."

  • SLED 10 SP2 makes wireless 3G a snap (Jun 13, 2008, 00:30)
    Techworld: "For enterprises wanting to roll out SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on notebooks, the lack of 3G, or UMTS, wireless broadband card support was an annoying hole compared to the available Windows support."