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  • Setting Up MySQL - Database, Users And Sample Table (Oct 20, 2008, 22:02) "We discussed how to install LAMP in one of our previous articles. Some of you may be wondering how to create databases, users and tables on your newly installed MySQL server. This blog post introduces the preliminary steps to work with your new LAMP server."

  • The Dying Embers of Microsoft's IP Claims Against Open Source (Oct 20, 2008, 20:32)
    The Open Road: "The fact is that Microsoft has yet to find a way to call out its intellectual property (IP) in things like Linux without stumbling over all of the IP that it, in turn, has "borrowed" from others, including the open-source world."

  • IETF Failed to Account For Greylisting (Oct 20, 2008, 18:32)
    That Grumpy BSD Guy: "The potential for conflict between greylisting and sites with large pools of outgoing SMTP senders is well known and in need of resolution. Why does the SMTP RFC moving along the standards track fail to address this?"

  • Linux Foundation End User Summit: New BtrFS Filesystem and Knowledge Center (Oct 20, 2008, 17:02)
    Linux Magazine: "...the nonprofit organization enthusiastically welcomed participants from the financial arena, despite the current crisis on Wall Street, among them Merrill-Lynch, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Credit Suisse."

  • Linux Ecosystem Worth $25 Billion (Oct 20, 2008, 16:32)
    Netstat -vat: "The Linux Foundation is set to release a report on Wednesday estimating that the Linux ecosystem is now worth $25 billion. The $25 billion figure is one that I'm surprised at because its lower than other forecasts I've seen over the years."

  • Want to Laugh? Another Tall Tale About Where Linux Came From (Oct 20, 2008, 16:02)
    Groklaw: "Linux was created by IBM, HP (HPQ) and other former IT systems monopolists that realized that Microsoft was taking their systems monopoly away from them. IBM, HP, Digital Equipment (now part of HP), etc. had banded together for this purpose in the early 1980s while Linus Torvalds, the nominal creator of Linux and who now works for one of the groups IBM, HP, etc. put together for its trust-like purposes, was still in short pants."

  • Microsoft Dances With Open Source Businesses (Oct 20, 2008, 15:32)
    ZDNet: "Open source businesspeople are frustrated that their business models is not bringing them enormous returns. Microsoft perceives the threat of open source and wants to neutralize it. Let the dance begin."

  • Amazing Figures on the Open Source Adoption in Finland (Oct 20, 2008, 15:02)
    FOSSBazaar: "I found the results incredibly interesting. In particular, they found that 75% of responding firms use open source software in some way. This figure is up from approximately 13% in the year 2000, which is a major increase in just a few years."

  • Vista Marks End of 'Planned Software' (Oct 20, 2008, 13:32)
    ZDNet Asia: "Speaking at a forum here Friday, Whitehurst said the proprietary, "top-down, planned" software development model characteristic of closed source companies is coming to an end--one which is demonstrated by the number of bugs in Vista, he said."

  • Why Good People Make Bad OS Choices (Oct 20, 2008, 13:02)
    Cyber Cynic: "...once more I was reminded about the difference between a used car salesman and a computer salesman: the used car salesman knows when he's lying."

  • More Patent Threats From Microsoft (Oct 20, 2008, 12:02)
    Groklaw: "Ina Fried has an interview with "Microsoft's top intellectual property lawyer", Horacio Gutierrez, and Gutierrez directly threatens to sue any company, like Red Hat, that refuses to sell out and do a patent deal like the one Novell signed up for"

  • Microsoft: We're All 'Mixed Source' Companies (Oct 20, 2008, 11:02)
    CNet News: "In case you were wondering, Microsoft thinks the battle of open source vs. proprietary software is basically over. "Today, but increasingly in the future, we are all going to be 'mixed source'," Microsoft's top intellectual property lawyer said in a lunchtime interview..."