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Linux News for Sep 28, 2006

  • Linux Journal: Examining the Nature of Freedom (Sep 28, 2006, 22:30)
    Nicholas Petreley and Glyn Moody take a look at the recent Debian/Firefox and the Linux/GPLv3 debates. Articles within.

  • The Royal Gazette: OpenOffice: Breaking Microsoft's Dominance (Sep 28, 2006, 21:00)
    "I am writing this article using Writer, part of the slick new OpenOffice.org suite, which by the way is free and now rivals Microsoft Office in terms of features..."

  • The Channel Insider: SMB Linux Use on the Rise (Sep 28, 2006, 20:15)
    "A growing number of the estimated 5.8 million small and midsize businesses in the United States are buying Linux solutions, mostly from solution providers..."

  • Linux.com: Zimbra Sets Sights on Exchange, and Beyond (Sep 28, 2006, 19:30)
    "There's no shortage of messaging and collaboration suites trying to unseat Microsoft Exchange, but many of the suites are still playing catch-up with Microsoft in terms of features..."

  • Mad Penguin: Flash for Linux: Adobe's Disappointment (Sep 28, 2006, 18:45)
    "Lately, I have found myself becoming more and more disenfranchised with the whole concept of flash media..."

  • BBC News: All You Need is Ubuntu (Sep 28, 2006, 18:00)
    "Bill Clinton told the Labour conference to get into ubuntu. Eh...?" Not exactly Linux-related; an etymologic examination of a word that's becoming popular every where.

  • Java Developer's Journal: Third Mono Beta Released (Sep 28, 2006, 17:15)
    "The time span between the release of versions 1.1.15 and 1.1.16 is one of the longest in several years and the number of changes included reflects that..."

  • iTnews: Interview: Malcolm Yates of Canonical (Sep 28, 2006, 16:30)
    "Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu: one of the fastest-growing Linux distros on the market today, and certainly one of the most respected among experienced Linux users..."

  • KOffice: KOffice 1.6 RC1 Announcement (Sep 28, 2006, 15:45)
    "The KDE Project today announced the immediate release of KOffice 1.6-RC1, the first release candidate for KOffice 1.6, scheduled for release this October..."

  • TheOpenForce: Gartner on Open Source Databases (Sep 28, 2006, 14:15)
    "Donald Feinberg, the chief database analyst at Gartner, provided a very thorough analysis of the impact of open source technology in the database market..."

  • Free Software Magazine: GIF is Now Finally Free--For Real, with a Final Unisys Joke (Sep 28, 2006, 13:30)
    "To make the short story shorter, the PNG file was invented as a reaction to Unisys' move; although it was never wildly successful, PNG did manage to make Unisys's threat very much irrelevant..."

  • Andrew Morton: Linux 2.6.18-mm2 (Sep 28, 2006, 13:30)
    Incremental changelog, links within.

  • In the Beginning... (Sep 28, 2006, 13:00)
    ...Apache 1.3.2 was released. And it was Good.

    On this day, eight years ago, Linux Today was launched. And look how it has grown so far. It is a site that garners a half-million hits and is read by nearly 100,000 people daily. It provides the latest news and information about Linux, open source, and free software on a 24/7 basis to an entire planet of Linux users and that growing collection of people who are interested in becoming penguin-philes.

    We provide links and content on a continual basis... what if we could offer more? So, on our eighth anniversary, I am pleased to announce that we are offering more: a collection of blogs from a wide variety of community members that will offer insight and knowledge into many aspects of the open source world--from business to technical.


  • Open Source Marketing (Sep 28, 2006, 12:45)
    A salesman was speaking with his peers. He proposed that his employer should get rid of the company's marketing and technical staff. Isn't it strange that marketing and technical staff often feel the same way regarding business units that operate outside of the one in which they are employed?

    When recently I saw the following in a blog, I was reminded of that salesman's lament:

    It's almost a truism that open source software sells itself; the knock-on consequence is that you don't really need salespeople, which in turn means more money for developers and support.


  • Where Are All The Linux Business Analysts? (Sep 28, 2006, 12:30)
    Before the advent of widespread Linux deployments, there were people in Information Technology known as Business Analysts.

    These people were tasked with figuring out how to implement technology that improved a company's business processes. They interviewed users, pulled requirements together, helped evaluate current technology solutions, created project plans, and made recommendations. They also coordinated meetings, patched up relationships, and reassured the Quality people. It was a complicated and demanding job. It required good organization, a knowledge of current solutions, intimate understanding of the company's business, and a healthy dose of political acumen. They lived in the Unix, Windows, and Big Iron database worlds. Usually they were more business than technology oriented.


  • Network World: Linux Does the Job (Sep 28, 2006, 12:00)
    "The surest way to beat the competition is to start fast and stay ahead..."

  • LinuxDevices: Embedded Virtualization Company Reinvents Itself (Sep 28, 2006, 10:30)
    "Jaluna has renamed itself as VirtualLogix, and rebranded its OSWare product porfolio as VLX..."

  • Linux Forums: Your TV Guide Under Linux (Sep 28, 2006, 09:45)
    "You're different though, you use Linux. Therefore there's no reason why you should get your TV schedule the way everybody does. And you'll be happy to know that there is an easy way to set up your Linux box to do just that..."

  • NewsForge: Watch Out for Brain Dump Test Prep Sites (Sep 28, 2006, 09:00)
    "Many people choose to become certified in open source software in order to increase their professional marketability or simply for their own edification..."

  • Linux.com: Turn Your SOHO Router into a Powerhouse with DD-WRT (Sep 28, 2006, 08:15)
    "Linksys makes some fine wireless broadband routers, but one of the best things about these devices is that their firmware is based on Linux and can be replaced with third-party software, allowing anyone to have the functionality of an expensive, professional-grade router..."

  • Geek in Gear: Test the Latest Firefox Release Candidate on Ubuntu (Sep 28, 2006, 07:30)
    "So you want to give the latest Firefox 2 release candidate a spin, but don't want it to mess with your current Firefox install/profile...?"

  • PolishLinux: Review: Mesk Audio Player 0.2.1 (Sep 28, 2006, 06:45)
    "There are numerous audio players designed especially for GNOME. Single GnomeFiles repository lists over 60 of them..."

  • Linux.com: Fear the Metasploit Framework (Sep 28, 2006, 06:00)
    "If you're responsible for the security of networked systems, you'll want to become familiar with Metasploit Framework, so you can test your client PCs before someone with malicious intent does it for you..."

  • HowtoForge: Tunneling NFS Over SSH (Sep 28, 2006, 05:15)
    "The goal of this howto is building a NFS server that works on a SSH tunnel..."

  • All About Linux: A Concise Guide to Installing and Using FreeDOS ver 1.0 in GNU/Linux (Sep 28, 2006, 04:30)
    "I have always looked at the DOS operating system with some nostalgia..."

  • Advisories, September 27, 2006 (Sep 28, 2006, 03:45)
    Today's security advisories: OpenSSH (Gentoo Linux and rPath Linux).

  • ZDNet Education: Not Your Father's Linux (Sep 28, 2006, 03:00)
    "I've blogged about my own less than successful attempts to roll out Linux here at my high school in an effort to save money, avoid licensing hassles, and otherwise circumvent what stinks about the bad boys of Redmond..."

  • Libervis: GPLv3: What is an Alternative Solution? (Sep 28, 2006, 02:15)
    "I would have to applaud this attempt at putting a positive spin on the discussion..."

  • GravityBlog: Software as a Service and Open Source (Sep 28, 2006, 01:30)
    "One of the most exciting features of true SaaS is that it delivers software freed from all the complexities attached to desktop applications..."

  • Seopher: Open Source Software Kisses Goodbye to Piracy? (Sep 28, 2006, 00:45)
    "Has the increasingly common application and development of open source software helped kiss goodbye to a portion of software piracy...?"

  • LinuxWorld Magazine: Reverse PR? (Sep 28, 2006, 00:00)
    "Someone asked Greg K-H about power management at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, and his answer was, 'we suck...'"