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IT Management Linux News for Aug 21, 2008

  • OpenSUSE 11.0: A Solid, Up-to-Date Linux Desktop (Aug 21, 2008, 22:32)
    LinuxPlanet: "Paul Ferrill reports that the newest release of openSUSE offers a polished, complete Linux distribution for both KDE and Gnome users, and it also supports a number of other window managers and visual environments, such as the lightweight LXDE. And it comes with a number of enhancements and features not included in most Linux distributions."

  • Travelocity's Parent Company Hails Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (Aug 21, 2008, 19:02)
    Search Enterprise Linux: "Robert Wiseman, Sabre's chief technology officer, said the Southlake, Texas-based company began using Red Hat and other open source software about 2004. Red Hat now runs mission-critical online systems that collectively process as many as 32,000 transactions per second from three data centers in Tulsa, Okla., and one in Texas, he said."

  • Linux Gains Backup Utility (Aug 21, 2008, 18:17)
    Desktop Linux: "Memopal offers "automatic and continuous" backup to a remote server via a secure internet connection, says the company."

  • Linux to Gain Anti-virus Software (Aug 21, 2008, 18:02)
    Desktop Linux: "McAfee says its encryption products will protect data on lost and stolen laptops, while its "mobile content" security products will help protect MIDs used to surf the dangerous "open Internet."

  • How Can Anyone Not Love the GIMP? (Aug 21, 2008, 17:32)
    Techworld: ""Spare me please. I'd happily use OpenOffice but GIMP is named pretty well – something you'd better keep locked in your cellar and not let out when nice folk came to visit.""

  • Linux Powers MID-like Nav Device (Aug 21, 2008, 17:02)
    Linux Devices: "Clarion announced a Linux-based personal navigation device (PND) based on an 800MHz Z500 Intel Atom processor, with 512MB of RAM and a 4.8-inch 800x480 touchscreen. The ClarionMind has a GPS receiver, but no map database of its own, instead connecting to Internet-based map sites."

  • Executives Avoiding Cloud Computing in Droves (Aug 21, 2008, 16:32)
    DevX: "What recourse does a business have if a hosting company fails to back up their data and loses it? Hosting companies essentially hold businesses hostage to their own data."

  • Users Want Microsoft/Novell Packages (Aug 21, 2008, 15:32)
    Practical Technology: "While many Linux users hated the idea of the Microsoft/Novell partnership from the start, Ian Bruce, director of Novell public relations, says that “Customers drove” the latest expansion of the Novell/Microsoft deal."

  • Microsoft + Novell = Monopoly 2.0? (Aug 21, 2008, 15:21)
    Open Source Initiative: "Remember when Jason Matasow asked How can Microsoft not be evil? The question remains unanswered..."

  • Sun Says Open Source Storage Is Catching On (Aug 21, 2008, 14:02)
    Enterprise Storage Forum: "Sun Microsystems says its open source storage initiative is catching on, with registered members growing and more than 40 projects under way.

  • The Waltham Pact -- Where Are the Tangibles? (Aug 21, 2008, 13:32)
    Tech Broiler: "...despite a small number of very vocal FOSS Community Whiners (FCWs) who have taken Novell to task for it in the past and accuse the company of compromising Open Source principles in the process, many folks -- read as “reasonable people who are oriented towards business solutions, fostering productive uses of technology and not mired in religious dogma" -- believe the alliance has made a positive impact on increasing Linux adoption in the enterprise."

  • German Court: SCO Must Pay a Fine. Yes. Again. (Aug 21, 2008, 13:02)
    Groklaw: "SCO Group Germany must check software updates of the nut/mother company message to read out"

  • Microsoft is Profiting From Linux (Aug 21, 2008, 12:32)
    Netstat -vat: "As Microsoft is set to pump up to $100 million more in Novell for Linux, it's important to note that Microsoft is not paying off Linux - it's actually making money from it."

  • Software Freedom Law Center Publishes Guide to GPL Compliance (Aug 21, 2008, 12:02)
    Software Freedom Law Center: "The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FOSS), today published a guide to effective compliance with the GNU General Public License (GPL) and related licenses."

  • Using Phusion Passenger (a.k.a mod_rails) On cPanel Server (Aug 21, 2008, 11:02)
    Bob Cares: "Phusion Passenger (mod_rails or mod_rack ) makes execution of Ruby web applications more easier on Apache webserver. It requires no maintenance from our part and minimal port management. It was designed keeping in mind performance, stability and security."

  • Monitor SLAs With Nagios and Ajax (Aug 21, 2008, 06:32)
    IBM Developerworks: "Bottlenecks with hosts, services, and networks can be costly. To ensure Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantees, Ajax applications must be monitored remotely over the networks. In this article, learn how to quickly install and start Nagios, an open source host, service, and network monitoring program, and discover how it can help."

  • Setting Up A FreeRadius Based AAA Server With MySQL & Management With Daloradius (Aug 21, 2008, 04:02)
    HowtoForge: "This tutorial explains how you can set up a FreeRadius (1.1.7) server with Wifi authentication and accounting in conjunction with MySQL & web management with Daloradius on Ubuntu 8.04 (LTS) This howto should work for a newbie."

  • Advanced TFTP Server Setup in Ubuntu Linux (Aug 21, 2008, 03:02)
    UbuntuGeek: "atftp is Multi-threaded TFTP server implementing all options... Atftpd also supports multicast protocol known as mtftp, defined in the PXE specification. The server supports being started from inetd as well as in daemon mode using init scripts."