Linux News for Mar 28, 2007
Fuel Quality and Operating Costs - Lessons for the IT Consumer (Mar 28, 2007, 22:32)
A little over a year ago I purchased a new Nissan Murano. I know, it's like an SUV. My friends told me it would consume gasoline like a thirsty dog. I am happy to say, that over the 12,000 miles the vehicle has traveled it has been more fuel efficient than I expected. Driven carefully around town, it delivers a little over 19 mpg, and on the open road as much as 25 mpg. The original sticker said it should deliver 20 mpg on a city cycle and 25 mpg on the highway.
I have experimented with different grades of fuel to see how the octane rating might impact fuel economy. Put another way, I set out to explore if it is worth the extra cost to use high-octane fuel, mid-range octane fuel, or if financially it makes more sense to run the vehicle on the lowest cost fuel. The result was somewhat surprising.
Mad Penguin: The Future of Linux is in Schools, Not in the Office (Mar 28, 2007, 22:30)
"I have seen great reaction from the educational sector, while
observing lukewarm results from the office space..."
An Escape Clause for Novell in GPL3 Draft? (Mar 28, 2007, 22:22)
I am going to make this a short entry, because basically I am just trying to get a question answered that's been sticking with me all day.
When I first read the new draft of the GPL v3 license this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to post the whole thing up on LT so people could comment on it directly if they wanted.
ZDNet: Why Does Linux Hate Me? (Mar 28, 2007, 21:45)
"I'm perfectly willing to try, and indeed I'd love to have at
least one Linux machine on hand so I can test interoperability
InfoWorld: The Open Source Download Heist (Mar 28, 2007, 21:00)
"Javier Soltero (CEO, Hyperic) has a great post taking the
download bean counters to task for... counting downloads..."
SearchOpenSource: Samba 3 Preview Release Behaves More Like Windows (Mar 28, 2007, 20:15)
"The latest code changes and improvements to Samba 3.0.25
weren't overly dramatic, said the project's release manager..."
CNET News: Torvalds 'Pretty Pleased' About New GPL 3 Draft (Mar 28, 2007, 19:30)
"Linus Torvalds, leader of the Linux kernel project and a major
figure in the open-source programming movement, said Wednesday he's
'pretty pleased' with changes in a third draft of the General
Public License (GPL) released Wednesday..."
Dell Updates Linux Strategy (Mar 28, 2007, 18:45)
Dell has made two public statements today regarding the
directions it wants to take regarding Linux. Their Direct2Dell blog
outlines a plan to initiate more Linux driver support, while their
Ideas In Action site seems to confirm "...offering Linux
pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems..." Links
The Jem Report: Interview: Patent Attorney Jack Haken (Mar 28, 2007, 18:00)
"Seldom do we hear directly from the IP trenches; most of the
public commentary on IP issues seems to come from bloggers,
so-called 'luminaries' or 'thought leaders,' news editors, and
eWeek: Red Hat Should Lighten Up (Mar 28, 2007, 17:15)
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux support contracts need to be more
PR: OpenVZ Updates to New Linux Kernel (Mar 28, 2007, 16:30)
"...[T]he OpenVZ project today announced availability of its
operating system server virtualization software for the most recent
stable Linux kernel 2.6.20..." Announcement within.
Linux.com: Michlmayr Advocates Time-Based Release Management for FOSS Projects (Mar 28, 2007, 16:00)
"Former Debian Project Leader Martin Michlmayr is completing his
doctoral thesis at the Centre for Technology Management, University
PR: Third Discussion Draft of GPLv3 Released (Mar 28, 2007, 15:30)
"The Free Software Foundation today released the third
discussion draft for version 3 of the most widely used free
software license, the GNU General Public License..."
Announcement, full text of draft within.
Techworld: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Review (Mar 28, 2007, 15:00)
"With the recent release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, Red
Hat is both following and bucking server operating-systems
ConsortiumInfo: And Oregon Makes Five for ODF--With a Twist (Mar 28, 2007, 14:00)
"In what is beginning to seem like a legislative drumbeat,
Oregon has become the fourth US state this year to see an open
document format bill introduced in its legislature..."
SeekingAlpha: Red Hat, MySQL: From Best Friends to Foes? (Mar 28, 2007, 13:30)
"Red Hat and MySQL are growing up together in the technology
industry. And over the next few months, they will depend on each
other more than ever before..."
eWeek: Controversy Swirls Around Changes in GPLv3 (Mar 28, 2007, 12:45)
"...[T]he question being asked is whether the move to block
future deals like the controversial one between Microsoft and
Novell will forever doom the license..."
DesktopLinux: OpenOffice 2.2 RC4 Resolves Security Problems (Mar 28, 2007, 12:00)
"The OpenOffice.org project team said today that three security
vulnerabilities, which had been reported in the last week, have
been fully addressed in OpenOffice.org 2.2..."
Linux.com: SIL Open Font License Revised (Mar 28, 2007, 10:30)
"SIL International, a nonprofit organization whose concerns
include literacy and the study and preservation of minority
languages, has announced the release of version 1.1 of the SIL Open
Virginia Daily Press: Critics Disagree on Usefulness of OpenOffice's Impress (Mar 28, 2007, 09:00)
"The most obvious pro of OpenOffice.org (the official name for
the software) is that it's free..."
Phoronix: One Year With ATI X1000 Linux Support (Mar 28, 2007, 07:30)
"In less than three weeks it will have been a year since ATI
Technologies had added it's Radeon X1000 family (R500) support to
their Linux binary drivers..."
Cluster Monkey: Buying the Best Linux Performance? (Mar 28, 2007, 06:00)
"The Beowulf Mailing List is a source of valuable information
about high performance computing (HPC) Linux clusters..."
HowtoForge: SAMBA (Domaincontroller) Server For Small Workgroups With Ubuntu 6.10 (Mar 28, 2007, 04:30)
"This is a detailed description about how to set up a Ubuntu
based server (Ubuntu 6.10) to act as a file- and printserver for
TriedIT: Review: Trinity Rescue Kit 3.2 (Mar 28, 2007, 03:00)
"Linux distributions meant to be used as systems administrator
utilities often have a special place in the heart of those who have
been saved by their usefulness..."
eWeek: Xen Xpansion: Ready for Prime Time (Mar 28, 2007, 01:30)
"The open-source Xen virtualization project has moved from the
bleeding edge to being deployment-ready..."
SearchOpenSource: Analyst: Will New Red Hat SLA be Followed by Price Cuts? (Mar 28, 2007, 00:00)
"'If we ship the bits, we support the bits,' [Red Hat vice
president of support Ian Gray] said. 'No more legalese...'"