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IT Management Linux News for Sep 19, 2008

  • Editor's Note: What Linux Can Do That Those Big Proprietary Innovators Can't (Sep 19, 2008, 23:02)
    "I have another list, and this is a much more fun list. It is a large list that is always growing. We could also include the free BSDs- FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, whose contributions to Linux and FOSS are well-deserving of more recognition. This is "What Linux Can Do That Those Big Ole Proprietary Innovators Can't"."

  • Get Thin Client Benefits for Free With openThinClient (Sep 19, 2008, 21:32) "GPLv2-licensed openThinClient, based on an Ubuntu server operating system, uses server components and a management system written in Java for midsize to large organizations."

  • Asus Eee PC 1000 Plus Ubuntu: Big Power in a Small Package (Sep 19, 2008, 20:02)
    LinuxPlanet: "For this review ZaReason provided an Asus Eee PC 1000 loaded with Ubuntu Hardy Heron. Basic specs for this unit include a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of memory, a 40 GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive and a 10-inch screen."

  • Microsoft and Novell Deliver on Virtualization Interoperability (Sep 19, 2008, 17:32)
    SearchEnterpriseLinux: "Windows Server 2008 customers have been able to run as a virtualized guest on SUSE since last June, when SUSE became the first member of Microsoft's Server Virtualization Validation Program, which Novell has helped to fine-tune. Now SUSE is optimized to run on Microsoft's Hyper-V as well."

  • Fonality Sends Open Source Relief to US Gulf Coast (Sep 19, 2008, 16:32)
    The VAR Guy: "We are sending them free servers, free shipping, and spending a free hour sending their backup configuration from our data center to their new onsite server."

  • VMware: A "Significant Portion" of our Technology May Include Open Source (Sep 19, 2008, 16:02)
    The Open Road: "VMware has been publicly chastised for allegedly violating the GPL in its proprietary vmkernel technology. Now, in VMware's most recent quarterly report, the company calls out widespread use of open-source software in its products."

  • HP Layoffs: GroundWork Open Source Smells Blood (Sep 19, 2008, 15:32)
    The VAR Guy: "Consider the situation at GroundWork Open Source, a systems management company that competes with Hewlett-Packard OpenView. Apparently, GroundWork Open Source is looking to capitalize on the layoff news out of HP."

  • Beware Open Source Violations Lurking in Your Code (Sep 19, 2008, 14:02)
    Information Week: "As open source rises in popularity, so too does the likelihood that licensing violations have seeped into your applications."

  • Peru to be First With New OLPC Laptop With Windows (Sep 19, 2008, 13:02)
    Computerworld: "Peru will become the first country ever to run a trial of OLPC laptops running on Windows XP."

  • Fixing An Ancient Unix System With Two Dead Printers (Sep 19, 2008, 10:32)
    A.P. Lawrence: "I had a call from an old SCO Unix customer this week. There aren't many of those old systems left now - more than you'd probably think, more than there should be...Anyway, this customer called because two printers were not working."

  • A Comparative Look at Compact Sysadmin Distributions (Sep 19, 2008, 01:33) "Things go wrong. Hard disks fail and whole servers crash. Luckily, many Linux-based distributions are available to help systems administrators handle minor catastrophes. We looked at four of the most portable, all of which fit on a 210MB mini CD -- SliTaz, Parted Magic, GParted, and RIPLinuX."