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Linux News for Mar 28, 2007

  • Fuel Quality and Operating Costs - Lessons for the IT Consumer (Mar 28, 2007, 22:32)
    A little over a year ago I purchased a new Nissan Murano. I know, it's like an SUV. My friends told me it would consume gasoline like a thirsty dog. I am happy to say, that over the 12,000 miles the vehicle has traveled it has been more fuel efficient than I expected. Driven carefully around town, it delivers a little over 19 mpg, and on the open road as much as 25 mpg. The original sticker said it should deliver 20 mpg on a city cycle and 25 mpg on the highway.

    I have experimented with different grades of fuel to see how the octane rating might impact fuel economy. Put another way, I set out to explore if it is worth the extra cost to use high-octane fuel, mid-range octane fuel, or if financially it makes more sense to run the vehicle on the lowest cost fuel. The result was somewhat surprising.

  • Mad Penguin: The Future of Linux is in Schools, Not in the Office (Mar 28, 2007, 22:30)
    "I have seen great reaction from the educational sector, while observing lukewarm results from the office space..."

  • An Escape Clause for Novell in GPL3 Draft? (Mar 28, 2007, 22:22)
    I am going to make this a short entry, because basically I am just trying to get a question answered that's been sticking with me all day.

    When I first read the new draft of the GPL v3 license this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to post the whole thing up on LT so people could comment on it directly if they wanted.

  • ZDNet: Why Does Linux Hate Me? (Mar 28, 2007, 21:45)
    "I'm perfectly willing to try, and indeed I'd love to have at least one Linux machine on hand so I can test interoperability scenarios here..."

  • InfoWorld: The Open Source Download Heist (Mar 28, 2007, 21:00)
    "Javier Soltero (CEO, Hyperic) has a great post taking the download bean counters to task for... counting downloads..."

  • SearchOpenSource: Samba 3 Preview Release Behaves More Like Windows (Mar 28, 2007, 20:15)
    "The latest code changes and improvements to Samba 3.0.25 weren't overly dramatic, said the project's release manager..."

  • CNET News: Torvalds 'Pretty Pleased' About New GPL 3 Draft (Mar 28, 2007, 19:30)
    "Linus Torvalds, leader of the Linux kernel project and a major figure in the open-source programming movement, said Wednesday he's 'pretty pleased' with changes in a third draft of the General Public License (GPL) released Wednesday..."

  • Dell Updates Linux Strategy (Mar 28, 2007, 18:45)
    Dell has made two public statements today regarding the directions it wants to take regarding Linux. Their Direct2Dell blog outlines a plan to initiate more Linux driver support, while their Ideas In Action site seems to confirm "...offering Linux pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems..." Links within.

  • The Jem Report: Interview: Patent Attorney Jack Haken (Mar 28, 2007, 18:00)
    "Seldom do we hear directly from the IP trenches; most of the public commentary on IP issues seems to come from bloggers, so-called 'luminaries' or 'thought leaders,' news editors, and press-hungry CEOs..."

  • eWeek: Red Hat Should Lighten Up (Mar 28, 2007, 17:15)
    "Red Hat Enterprise Linux support contracts need to be more flexible..."

  • PR: OpenVZ Updates to New Linux Kernel (Mar 28, 2007, 16:30)
    "...[T]he OpenVZ project today announced availability of its operating system server virtualization software for the most recent stable Linux kernel 2.6.20..." Announcement within.

  • Michlmayr Advocates Time-Based Release Management for FOSS Projects (Mar 28, 2007, 16:00)
    "Former Debian Project Leader Martin Michlmayr is completing his doctoral thesis at the Centre for Technology Management, University of Cambridge..."

  • PR: Third Discussion Draft of GPLv3 Released (Mar 28, 2007, 15:30)
    "The Free Software Foundation today released the third discussion draft for version 3 of the most widely used free software license, the GNU General Public License..." Announcement, full text of draft within.

  • Techworld: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Review (Mar 28, 2007, 15:00)
    "With the recent release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, Red Hat is both following and bucking server operating-systems trends..."

  • ConsortiumInfo: And Oregon Makes Five for ODF--With a Twist (Mar 28, 2007, 14:00)
    "In what is beginning to seem like a legislative drumbeat, Oregon has become the fourth US state this year to see an open document format bill introduced in its legislature..."

  • SeekingAlpha: Red Hat, MySQL: From Best Friends to Foes? (Mar 28, 2007, 13:30)
    "Red Hat and MySQL are growing up together in the technology industry. And over the next few months, they will depend on each other more than ever before..."

  • eWeek: Controversy Swirls Around Changes in GPLv3 (Mar 28, 2007, 12:45)
    "...[T]he question being asked is whether the move to block future deals like the controversial one between Microsoft and Novell will forever doom the license..."

  • DesktopLinux: OpenOffice 2.2 RC4 Resolves Security Problems (Mar 28, 2007, 12:00)
    "The project team said today that three security vulnerabilities, which had been reported in the last week, have been fully addressed in 2.2..."

  • SIL Open Font License Revised (Mar 28, 2007, 10:30)
    "SIL International, a nonprofit organization whose concerns include literacy and the study and preservation of minority languages, has announced the release of version 1.1 of the SIL Open Font License..."

  • Virginia Daily Press: Critics Disagree on Usefulness of OpenOffice's Impress (Mar 28, 2007, 09:00)
    "The most obvious pro of (the official name for the software) is that it's free..."

  • Phoronix: One Year With ATI X1000 Linux Support (Mar 28, 2007, 07:30)
    "In less than three weeks it will have been a year since ATI Technologies had added it's Radeon X1000 family (R500) support to their Linux binary drivers..."

  • Cluster Monkey: Buying the Best Linux Performance? (Mar 28, 2007, 06:00)
    "The Beowulf Mailing List is a source of valuable information about high performance computing (HPC) Linux clusters..."

  • HowtoForge: SAMBA (Domaincontroller) Server For Small Workgroups With Ubuntu 6.10 (Mar 28, 2007, 04:30)
    "This is a detailed description about how to set up a Ubuntu based server (Ubuntu 6.10) to act as a file- and printserver for Windows..."

  • TriedIT: Review: Trinity Rescue Kit 3.2 (Mar 28, 2007, 03:00)
    "Linux distributions meant to be used as systems administrator utilities often have a special place in the heart of those who have been saved by their usefulness..."

  • eWeek: Xen Xpansion: Ready for Prime Time (Mar 28, 2007, 01:30)
    "The open-source Xen virtualization project has moved from the bleeding edge to being deployment-ready..."

  • SearchOpenSource: Analyst: Will New Red Hat SLA be Followed by Price Cuts? (Mar 28, 2007, 00:00)
    "'If we ship the bits, we support the bits,' [Red Hat vice president of support Ian Gray] said. 'No more legalese...'"