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Linux News for Jun 26, 2003

  • HP and SuSE Linux Expand Global Alliance (Jun 26, 2003, 23:00)
    "Hewlett-Packard and international open source group SuSE Linux are expanding their alliance that calls for HP to resell and support SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8..."

  • LinuxPlanet: ActivCard Gets Physical (Security) with Linux (Jun 26, 2003, 22:00)
    Linux is a secure operating system, of that we have no doubt. But let's face it, anyone with a little knowledge and a lot of physical access can get onto any machine, Linux or otherwise. Physical security is a key--yet often overlooked--aspect of overall security. This week, ActivCard has introduced a new commecial product that will enable smart card control of a Linux system, along with a whole range of network, Internet, and e-mail security possibilities.

  • ComputerWeekly: Don't Hang Back on Linux, Users Urged (Jun 26, 2003, 21:00)
    "Open-source operating system Linux is ready for the enterprise and users should not delay implementations because of the legal wrangling about its status..."

  • ZDNet UK: Running Linux with Office XP: Is it Ready for Business? (Jun 26, 2003, 20:00)
    "Linux has made a big impact in the server room, but usability issues and lock-in to Microsoft Office have conspired to hold it back on the desktop. That all just changed..."

  • FindLaw: Penguin on Thin Ice? (Jun 26, 2003, 19:00)
    "But that rise in [SCO's] stock price may be illusory, for it seems unlikely that SCO's suit has any true merit. Rather than unfair competition, what likely occurred between SCO and IBM was healthy competition..."

  • Oracle Touts Linux Tool at Show (Jun 26, 2003, 18:00)
    Oracle AppsWorld: "Database software specialist Oracle Wednesday continued to spread the word of Linux, and its support for the open source operating system, by backing it up with a new software tool to help companies migrate their existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications to Linux..."

  • VNUnet: Interview: SCO Chief Darl McBride Part 2 (Jun 26, 2003, 17:00)
    McBride's interview with VNUnet emphatically maintains his company's victimization at the hands of IBM... but also sends an interesting signal to Big Blue in the last two paragraphs of the article...

  • NewsFactor: SuSE To Power Fastest U.S. Supercomputer (Jun 26, 2003, 16:00)
    "The ramifications of this project go beyond supercomputing, SuSE marketing vice president Joseph Eckert says. 'This is about the heart of what Linux can do. I mean--c'mon, using 64-bit to do clustering--that is just amazing...'"

  • Upgrades OS with 4.0 (Jun 26, 2003, 15:00)
    "Continuing its efforts to win desktop share away from Microsoft, Wednesday launched a new version of its Linux-based operating system which attempts to compete with Windows on ease-of-use issues and new features..."

  • gentoo-dev: Gentoo Linux to Fork, Welch Calls for Public Debate (Jun 26, 2003, 14:00)
    In an announcment to the gentoo-dev mailing list, Zach Welch revealed the Zynot Foundation's plans "to hold a fork of the Gentoo Linux distribution, targeting embedded and enterprise users and developers."

  • The Inquirer: Engaging with the Open Source Community (Part One) (Jun 26, 2003, 13:00)
    "There are many advantages to the adoption of Open Source software. The extent to which a given enterprise benefits from these advantages depends in large measure upon how it engages with the Open Source community. Part I briefly outlines the benefits of Open Source software and development processes..."

  • Linux Journal: Getting the Desktop Ready for Linux: A Historical Analysis (Jun 26, 2003, 11:00)
    "One of my non-Linux-savvy friends asked me the question, what's significant about Linux for her? The fact that she would ask this question, combined with a note from Phil Hughes, got me to thinking--is Linux finally ready for the desktop...?"

  • NewsFactor: How Far Can Zend Take PHP? (Jun 26, 2003, 09:00)
    "'PHP has taken off so strongly because it is built exactly for dynamic Web applications, Brad Young, Zend's director of product marketing, told NewsFactor. 'That's what it was meant for from the start...'" [Link repaired. -ed.]

  • developerWorks: Mash that Trash--Incremental Compaction in the IBM JDK Garbage Collector (Jun 26, 2003, 07:00)
    "This article discusses incremental compaction, a new feature in the memory management component of IBM JDK 1.4.0. Incremental compaction is a way of spreading compaction work across different garbage collection cycles, thereby reducing pause times. The authors discuss the need for incremental compaction, the compaction phases at a high level, and some runtime parameters. They also explain how to interpret changes in the verbosegc output..."

  • Debian Weekly News - June 24, 2003 (Jun 26, 2003, 05:30)
    Community Roundup: The latest news from the Debian Project.

  • Release Digest: KDE, June 25, 2003 (Jun 26, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's KDE apps: KDbg 1.2.8, SuperKaramba 0.28, KLogWatch 1.4, and Filelight 0.4.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, June 25, 2003 (Jun 26, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME apps: Eighth release of PythonCAD, BEAST/BSE v0.5.3, Heartbeat 0.2, Conglomerate 0.5.4, and gwget2 0.5.

  • CNET News: 'Mod Chip' Design Goes Open Source (Jun 26, 2003, 03:00)
    "An Australian company that manufactures and sells a 'mod chip' for Microsoft's Xbox video-game console has released the design for the hacking tool under an open-source license..."

  • Open Source Laws Likely for SA (Jun 26, 2003, 01:00)
    "Legally-mandated open source software is a step closer in South Australia, with a private members Bill that requires government departments to use it 'where practicable' likely to pass the upper house..."