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Linux News for Sep 26, 2007

  • DigitalPersona Dips Fingers (with Prints) into Linux Waters (Sep 26, 2007, 22:30)
    Hoosier Penguin: "Microsoft-centric vendor gets the idea from current and potential customers that this Linux thing is not such a bad idea..."

  • Open Source, Part of a Bigger Trend (Sep 26, 2007, 22:00)
    Enterprise Open Source Magazine: "During my career I have had the privilege and the misfortune to be involved with quite a few nascent businesses..."

  • Opinion: Mobile Linux is Not About Free Software (Sep 26, 2007, 21:30)
    LinuxDevices: "Linux is by far the software most commonly associated with (and often mis-identified with) open source and free software, where free refers to liberty, not costs..."

  • How Worried Should Microsoft be About Open Source? (Sep 26, 2007, 21:00)
    ZDNet: "But it is taking enormous effort for Microsoft to hold its server market share against Linux' inroads in the enterprise..."

  • Howto: Derail the Linux Juggernaut (Sep 26, 2007, 20:30)
    Motho ke motho ka botho: "Simply remind the average Linux user that they have a choice on any issue, and a frenzy of infighting erupts. Watch..."

  • Glassfish? (Sep 26, 2007, 20:00)
    Maison Fleury: "Douglas, a SUN employee, from the comments asks: 'Marc, what do you think about Glassfish?'. And I am thinking to myself: not much..."

  • Why OLPC Mesh Wireless Networking Won't Work (Sep 26, 2007, 19:30)
    ZDNet: "One of the touted features of the $200 OLPC laptop is the peer-to-peer mesh topology networking feature..."

  • Open Source Observers Sound the Licensing Alarm Bell (Sep 26, 2007, 19:00)
    SearchOpenSource: "The trend has been called alarmist and over the top. Even a Microsoft conspiracy theory or two has been floated as justification for dismissing the rising tide of licensing concerns surrounding open source software..."

  • SELinux vs. OpenBSD's Default Security (Sep 26, 2007, 18:30)
    KernelTrap: "A thread on the OpenBSD-misc mailing list compared the security of SELinux in the 2.6 Linux kernel to what's available in OpenBSD..."

  • DRM Troubles Drive ex-Microsoft Employee to Linux (Sep 26, 2007, 18:00)
    ZDNet UK: "Veteran Microsoft security expert Jesper Johansson has said he may dump Microsoft's Windows Media Center in favour of Ubuntu-affiliated LinuxMCE after struggling with the software giant's digital-rights management software..."

  • The Degrading Quality Of X.Org Releases? (Sep 26, 2007, 18:00)
    Phoronix: "On the X.Org mailing list, Alan Coopersmith had raised concerns over the release criteria for X11 and how with recent releases (namely X.Org 7.3), the de facto standard for making a release was far from being met..."

  • Ubuntu Disappoints, Breaks Promises With Rapid Growth (Sep 26, 2007, 17:30)
    OSWeekly: "It's been a wild ride, but I have definitely not regretted my choice to make Ubuntu a major part of my life..."

  • IBM Sees 100,000 Lotus Symphony Downloads In First Week (Sep 26, 2007, 17:00)
    InformationWeek: "IBM said Wednesday that the beta version of its free Lotus Symphony productivity software has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since the company made it available on the Internet a week ago..."

  • MontaVista Readies New Linux Mobile Phone OS (Sep 26, 2007, 17:00)
    LinuxDevices: "MontaVista will ship a 'fifth-generation' Linux-based operating system for mobile phones in mid-November..."

  • Kernel Markers Aiming for 2.6.24 (Sep 26, 2007, 16:30)
    KernelTrap: "Mathieu Desnoyers posted an updated version of his Linux Kernel Markers patchset..."

  • Is Linux Now the Server Market Leader? (Sep 26, 2007, 16:00)
    CertCities: "What made me pull the textbooks were the ads that Microsoft has been running lately comparing Windows Server 2003 to Linux..."

  • Autodesk Geography Tool Goes Open Source (Sep 26, 2007, 15:30)
    Underexposed: "Autodesk on Tuesday announced it will release as open-source software a tool that can convert geographic coordinate data from one format to another..."

  • Microsoft's Secretive Standards Orgs in Former Yugoslavia (Sep 26, 2007, 15:00)
    LinuxWorld: "After the International Organization for Standardization voted to reject Microsoft's Office Open XML document format as a standard, the detailed results from ISO member countries give us a lot of material to analyze..."

  • WSU Computer Nerds Hope to Auction Selves to Sorority Girls (Sep 26, 2007, 14:30)
    AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "'You can buy a nerd and he'll fix your computer, help you with stats homework, or if you're really adventurous, take you to dinner!' Ben Ford, president of the Linux Users Group, said on its Web site recently..."

  • Red Hat Delays Desktop Linux... Again! (Sep 26, 2007, 14:00)
    Reuters/IT Pro: "Originally delayed until this month, the Linux operating system company has today confirmed that the new desktop version of its OS will now be held-up until October at least..."

  • CentOS/OpenVZ: Virtualize on the Fly (Sep 26, 2007, 13:43)
    It must have been the fanboy mention, because some folks at OpenVZ let me in on a scoop for an announcement they plan to make sometime in the next few days.

    The gist of the news is this: the project team has released a Live CD version of the CentOS 4.4 distribution that will include the OpenVZ software, so users can essentially stick a CD in their machine's drive and test-drive OpenVZ in just a few minutes.


  • Red Hat Aiming To Double JBoss Business (Sep 26, 2007, 13:30)
    internetnews.com: "Linux vendor Red Hat, is re-organizing itself into three lines of business in order to better capitalize on market opportunities..."

  • First US GPL Case is Not Settled (Sep 26, 2007, 12:45)
    Linux.com: "Contrary to yesterday's report, the lawsuit against Monsoon Multimedia for violating the GNU General Public License in its distribution of BusyBox may not be headed for a quick settlement..."

  • Open Source Solutions: Seek Value Beyond Cost (Sep 26, 2007, 12:00)
    Enterprise Open Source Magazine: "In the early days the sheer novelty of open source software being free had a certain allure..."

  • Symark Joins Crowded Cross-Platform Management Field (Sep 26, 2007, 10:30)
    SearchOpenSource: "Agoura Hills, Calif.-based Symark Software recently joined a long list of vendors offering a cross-platform authentication and configuration application for managing Linux and Unix servers using Microsoft Active Directory..."

  • Run the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) OS on Your Computer (Sep 26, 2007, 09:00)
    UneasySilence: "Has the OLPC project and the 'Sugar' OS piqued your interest with all the press coverage it has received...?"

  • Linux DDR3 Synthetic Benchmarks (Sep 26, 2007, 07:30)
    Phoronix: "We have several DDR3 related articles in the works, but in this article we will be looking just at the DDR3 system memory performance in the RAMspeed synthetic benchmark under Linux..."

  • Big Requirements Up Front (Sep 26, 2007, 06:00)
    ONLamp: "Even using the right tools, in the right way, a software project can still get into trouble. One of the most pernicious ways to fail is over-specify everything up front..."

  • Manage Your MySQL Database with Rails' Migrations (Sep 26, 2007, 04:30)
    Developer.com: "Over the past ten years, I've created and managed perhaps hundreds of MySQL databases, and in the process have used all manner of tools for facilitating the process..."

  • Looking for Algae--The Next Voyage (Sep 26, 2007, 03:45)
    Linux Journal: "The Brazilian winter was almost over, and while the mild winters in Florianopolis allowed me to work on the Agape, the coming of spring meant that it was time to set sail for new adventures..."

  • Why I Haven't Reviewed Puppy Linux (Sep 26, 2007, 03:00)
    LinuxDevCenter: "Every time I write a review I get comments and e-mails asking me to review Puppy Linux. Puppy has lots of people who really seem to love and zealously support the distro..."

  • Chandler Project--Personal Information Dashboard (Sep 26, 2007, 02:15)
    Mark Hinkle: "There's been a lot of talk recently about the new Eudora adoption into the Mozilla project . But there is another PIM and email project that is interesting, it's the Chandler Project..."

  • Ubuntu Desktop Not Used in Business (Sep 26, 2007, 01:30)
    Tim Anderson's ITWriting: "I got a telling response from Canonical when I approached its Public Relations team looking for case studies of businesses that had switched from Windows..."

  • Who Pays the DRM Man? (Sep 26, 2007, 01:00)
    The Beez' Speaks...: "Even playing this documentary adds to the problem it is trying to solve, because the hardware burns 25 to 30 percent more energy than it actually needs to. Why? DRM..."

  • Heavenly Hardware Support (Sep 26, 2007, 00:30)
    Community: Printer, camera, scanner--all detected and configured in less than 2 minutes. PCLinuxOS has knocked my socks off!

  • Microsoft's in the Hen House (Sep 26, 2007, 00:00)
    Raiden's Realm: "One of the biggest things that bothers me about Linux today is how it continues to fail at gaining any decent ground against Microsoft..."