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Linux News for Aug 29, 2005

  • TCO Studies Miss Basic Incompatiblities (Aug 29, 2005, 23:30)
    "Once again the 'Total Cost of Ownership' (TCO) 'debate' rages. The only problem being that no one agrees on the measurements or even what is to be measured. So why not one more useless opinion...?"

  • Bangkok Post/LinuxInsider: Open Source Stacks Spell an Opportunity (Aug 29, 2005, 22:45)
    "Better yet, how can business people find their way through the increasing complexity that characterizes the proliferation of open-source solutions? Two companies think they have at least part of the answer..."

  • Sydney Morning Herald: Modest Alternative to Microsoft Analysis Paralysis (Aug 29, 2005, 22:00)
    "Linux vs Microsoft studies are old hat. One camp gets hold of a so-called analyst (who happens to be paid by one company or the other) and when the study finally sees the light of day, it just happens to support one platform over the other..."

  • NewsForge: OSDL Breaks Silence on Secret Meetings with MS (Aug 29, 2005, 21:15)
    "However, late last week the OSDL forwarded us a statement from Cohen that explains some of the silence..."

  • LinuxPR: OpenOffice.Org Announces Version 2.0 Public Beta 2 (Aug 29, 2005, 20:45)
    "The project is pleased to announce that the second public beta release of 2.0 is now available for download..."

  • LinuxPlanet: Now Here It Is, Your Moment of ZenWorks (Aug 29, 2005, 20:30)
    "Novell's recently released ZenWorks 7 adds some major new Linux functionality--but a long-term product redesign is also under way, and the first overhaul of Novell's multiplatform systems administration package could hit the streets as early as next year..."

  • Linux Magazine: VMware Workstation 5 (Aug 29, 2005, 19:45)
    "Each time VMware releases a new version, I've found it a bit easier to use and with a few new features that make using it even more pleasant and useful. The VMware Workstation 5 release is no exception..."

  • iTWeb: Women Educated in Open Source (Aug 29, 2005, 19:00)
    "LinuxChix Africa, a non-governmental organisation for women in open source, aims to promote awareness and use of free and open source software (FOSS) at a Software Freedom Day celebration on 10 September..."

  • OSDir: Newbie Review of Ubuntu "Hoary Hedgehog" (Aug 29, 2005, 18:15)
    "Well, after saying a final adios to MS Windows once and for all, the jump into Linux almost felt like I was way over my head, and sinking fast. Ubuntu threw me a lifepreserver..."

  • NewsForge: Linux Thrives in Left-Leaning Kerala (Aug 29, 2005, 17:30)
    "What lessons can Kerala teach other areas about using free and open source software...?"

  • Mad Penguin: MEPIS: The Miniature Monster of Morgantown, West Virginia (Aug 29, 2005, 16:45)
    "I remember when I first heard about MEPIS. It seems as if I blinked, and all of a sudden everyone was talking about it..."

  • Linux Format: Mark Shuttleworth Interview in LXF71 (Aug 29, 2005, 16:00)
    "We posed the Ubuntu Linux founder and space tourist a variety of questions, and here are his answers to a few..."

  • The Oregonian: Compiere, 'Open Source' Prove Simpatico (Aug 29, 2005, 15:15)
    "When Jorg Janke had trouble finding customers to buy his business management software, he took what at the time was a novel step: He started giving it away..."

  • Real Tech News: Open Office 2.0 Kicks MS Office Around the Block (Aug 29, 2005, 14:30)
    "I've always been a fan of Open Source software, but I have to admit that frequently the quality of free and Open Source software leaves something to be desired when compared to their commercial counterparts..."

  • Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.13 (Aug 29, 2005, 13:45)
    Speak of the devil... "The most painful part of 2.6.13 is likely to be the fact that we made x86 use the generic PCI bus setup code for assigning unassigned resources..."

  • eWeek: Linux Kernel Update Improves Event Monitoring (Aug 29, 2005, 13:00)
    "The next stable update of the Linux kernel will bring advances in file system event monitoring, the Xtensa architecture, and a set of system calls that allows users to load another kernel from the currently executing Linux kernel..."

  • XYZ Computing: Vista to Open Doors for Desktop Linux (Aug 29, 2005, 11:30)
    "Upon closer inspection though, the move to Vista may be the perfect time for the Linux community to make headway on the desktop and increase its user base dramatically..."

  • Linux Journal: Building a Call Center with LTSP and Soft Phones (Aug 29, 2005, 10:00)
    "Need to equip an office with terminals and phones, all on a small budget? With LTSP and KPhone, you can do it with only terminals, sound cards and headsets..."

  • Detect Weak Network Passwords with Hydra (Aug 29, 2005, 08:30)
    "Security experts always advise you to use only strong alphanumeric passwords for network applications, and change them often, but you know that not everyone on your network is security-conscious..."

  • An Illustrated Guide to IPSec (Aug 29, 2005, 07:00)
    "IPSec is a suite of protocols for securing network connections, but the details and many variations quickly become overwhelming..."

  • Advisories: August 28, 2005 (Aug 29, 2005, 05:30)
    This weekend's security advisories: simpleproxy and backup manager (Debian GNU/Linux); ntp and lesstif (Fedora Core); PhpWiki (Gentoo Linux); mozilla-thunderbird, lm_sensors, bluez-utils, pcre, php, gnumeric, and python (Mandriva Linux); and courier (Ubuntu Linux).

  • ZDNet: Open Source Mobility Lags (Aug 29, 2005, 01:00)
    "Mobiles are the most popular computing platform on the planet, yet Sourceforge lists barely a hundred projects specifically for mobile phones..."