• Novell: Virtualization not for all servers
    Not all servers can--or should--be virtualized, says Novell cloud computing CTO, Moiz Kohari, who urges cloud service providers to focus on making their heterogenous setups work as one.
    Published : 2010-01-29 Source : Http://lxer
  • Retraction: Five *nix Myths Busted
    It doesn't often happen that I have to retract and apologize for a post, but here it is. I submit it to you with egg on my face.
    Published : 2010-01-29 Source : Http://lxer
  • KDE to Appear at SCALE 8x
    Looking to help the KDE community and living in Southern California? Then this is a great opportunity for you! The Southern California Linux Expo will be in town February 20-21, 2010, at the Westin Hotel near LAX. All you need to help out is to be willing and able to be there and be a user of KDE's applications, such as the Plasma Workspaces, Amarok and Koffice.
    Published : 2010-01-29 Source : Http://lxer
  • Malaysia's government touts 95 percent OSS adoption
    Some 95 percent of Malaysia's government agencies have adopted open source software (OSS), but the remaining 5 percent have not warmed to the concept--and is unlikely to anytime soon, according to a government official.
    Published : 2010-01-29 Source : Http://lxer
  • The Future of Portable Linux Distros
    i_want_you_to_throw_ sends in a Tech Radar piece about the various portable Linux distributions, focusing on operating systems like Android, Chrome OS, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. The article compares the distributions designed for similar purposes and discusses where they will likely go in the future. "As UNR is built on Ubuntu, its highly likely that well see almost as many UNR respins as we have for the parent distribution. Weve already seen one example in Jolicloud, and wed put money on many community distributions, such as Linux Mint or Crunchbang offering a UNR overhaul alongside their standard desktop installations. Its also likely that Canonical will be able to forge stronger relationships with companies like Dell, which is already shipping a specific version of UNR on its Mini 9 platform. As Windows XP is phased out and the cost of bundling Windows 7 rises, manufacturers will be looking for a cheap and easily maintainable netbook OS, and UNR fits the bill admirably."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://rss
  • Obama enforces trade embargo against open source
    The Obama Administration has forced Sourceforge to deny service to its anti-terrorism sanction list. In practical terms this means people in Cuba, North Korea, the Sudan, Syria and Iran get “403 forbidden” messages when they try to access sourceforge.org addresses. (Here’s how the Armenian Private School in Toronto, Canada displays 403 errors.)
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • SourceForge no longer serving open source to US sanctioned countries
    SourceForge has confirmed that it is now blocking access from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria to its open source project hosting site. The access blocks come as a result of the company moving to comply with US export restrictions, which make it illegal to transfer or export certain technologies to countries on the US government's sanction list. Failure to comply with the sanctions list can incur penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • KDE 4.4 Kreeps Kloser to Komplete
    The KDE team is getting very close to a final release of KDE 4.4. The second release candidate came out yesterday as a testing platform for users and developers to find and squash bugs before the final release date of February 9th.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Novell File Management Suite Optimizes Storage
    Novell has come up with an integrated software solution that makes data storage easier and more economical to manage.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Linux performance: is Linux becoming just too slow and bloated?
    This is an aspect of FOSS that is regaining some measure of interest: for years, it was considered that writing production-ready FOSS meant lean and mean software. However, recent events have shown that, in the case of the Linux kernel, this is no longer exactly true: performance is dropping slowly yet steadily. Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Ubuntu Switch to Yahoo. Trouble in Paradise?
    This situation really doesn't sit right with me. I understand that Canonical needs to be creative in acquiring new revenue streams. The stumbling block for me is. Isn't Google using mostly Ubuntu guts/code under the hood of its upcoming Chrome OS? You would have thought that their must have been some sort of communication between Google from Canonical after Yahoo approached them with their offer. Did Google not counter offer?
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Hands on: Extensions give Chrome a lift as version 4 arrives
    Google has announced the official release on Windows of Chrome 4, an updated version of the company's Web browser. It offers a handful of significant improvements, including support for extensions and bookmark synchronization. Due to Chrome's rolling development model, these features have been widely used by testers for quite some time. The official release means that the new functionality will be rolled out to regular end users through the stable channel. In addition to the major feature enhancements, Chrome 4 also brings a performance boost. Its score in the Dromeo DOM benchmarks is a 45 percent improvement over the previous version.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Adobe Rants Over Linux Video Acceleration APIs
    Back in 2007, Adobe's Mike Melanson, who is responsible for much of the Linux work on the Adobe Flash Player, had blogged about the jungle of audio output methods. Linux audio has been a mess with so many choices and each project like PulseAudio having its advantages and disadvantages. Things have improved somewhat over the past three years, but Mike is now focusing his attention on the Linux video acceleration APIs. Melanson has published a new blog post not calling the video APIs a jungle, but rather a thicket.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Does Ubuntu Need Server Hardware Partners?
    Originally, I strongly believed Canonical needed to build rock-solid relationships with traditional server vendors like Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. But fast forward to the present and my thought process is changing. In fact, I think Canonical has found a back door into the server market. It's cloud computing. Here's what I mean.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Open source nettop designed from survey requests
    The Open-PC project, which developed an open source Linux PC based on community survey requests, says its KDE-flavored nettop will ship next month. The Open-PC is equipped with a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom N330 with 3GB RAM, but the nettop's high $500 price has stirred some controversy.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • This week at LWN: Speculating on page faults
    Improving the performance of the kernel is generally a good thing to do; that is why many of our best developers have put considerable amounts of time into optimization work. One area which has recently seen some attention is in the handling of soft page faults. As the course of this work shows, though, performance problems are not always where one thinks they might be; sometimes it's necessary to take a step back and reevaluate the situation, possibly dumping a lot of code in the process.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • 10 old-school Linux tools I refuse to let go of
    There are many days when I show my age with Linux. In some instances, I just refuse to embrace some of the more modern applications. In many ways, I fully accept the modern computing desktop. (I use a full-blown Compiz desktop with all the bells and whistles now.) But there are still some holdovers that will have to be pried from my cold, dead hands. I thought it would be fun to list 10 of these old-school Linux tools and then see what other people refuse to let go of (regardless of platform). Not only will it be a trip down memory lane for some users, it might show others a tool they hadn’t thought of that could solve a perplexing problem.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • The Free Software Way, by Richard Fontana, Esq.
    Red Hat has a new website, opensource.com, where they intend to explore how open source affects more than just software, and they're publishing articles on open source in education, business, law, and government. And life. It's designed to be a community forum, one way to give back to the community, as expressed by Red Hat's CEO Jim Whitehurst in his welcoming article, and they hope you'll join in the conversation.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • UK.gov tweaks open source policy small print
    The UK government has rejigged its open source and open standards software procurement policy, following pressure from OSS vendors last autumn. Early last year the Cabinet Office revised its rules on public sector open source software purchases, but many OSS players complained that the policy amendments didn’t go far enough.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Schedule of talks for SCALE 8X has been finalized
    The schedule of weekend talks for SCALE 8X has been finalized and are posted on the SCALE web site at http://www.socallinuxexpo.org. The topics are interesting and wide-ranging - check them out! The schedule for the Friday specialty sessions (OSSIE, WIOS and the Try-It Lab) will be posted in the next week.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • The iPad is potentially one of the most important, culture-changing products in history!
    Steve Jobs once again weaves his magic spell, and the world is all agog over the announcement of Apple's latest gadget, the iPad...The Free Software Foundation is unimpressed: "*With new tablet device, Apple's Steve Jobs pushes unprecedented extension of DRM to a new class of general purpose computers*"
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • What Would Life Be Like Without Windows?
    It's the thought experiment we all like to engage in. What would life be like without Microsoft Windows? To listen to the free open source software crowd, the demise of Windows -- and by extension, Microsoft's hegemony over the PC universe -- would signal a kind of rebirth for information technology. Software would finally be free of the corporate shackles that have stifled innovation and dragged down the best and brightest among us. Such thinking is naïve, at best. Rather than freeing IT, the demise of Microsoft would plunge the industry into an apocalyptic tailspin of biblical proportions -- no visions of hippie utopia here. The withdrawal of the Redmond giant's steady hand would cause today's computing landscape to tear itself apart at the seams, with application and device compatibility and interoperability devolving into the kind of Wild West chaos unseen since the days of the DOS big three: Lotus, WordPerfect, and Ashton-Tate.[The author's take is nothing short of hilarious. - Scott]
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Farewell To Solaris Express Community Edition
    Back in August we shared that Sun would be discontinuing SXCE, or formally known as Solaris Express Community Edition. Solaris Express Community Edition for the past five years has served as Sun's delivery mechanism for the latest and greatest Solaris code that will eventually make it into the next Solaris stable release, but earlier this month Sun Microsystems put out their last bi-weekly build of SXCE and as of the end of this week all downloads will cease. OpenSolaris has superseded Solaris Express Community Edition, but with this article, we are taking one last look at Build 130, the final version of Solaris Express Community Edition.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Ensuring Access to Family or Professional data in the Event of your Death
    Is your family prepared to access and or recover data, personal or professional, in the event of your death?
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • Netbook Linux OSs
    Get the most out of your netbook with an operating system built to purpose. Netbooks were big news in 2009 and we can expect them to be just as popular in 2010. But, being small and ultraportable there are compromises to be made: smaller screens, slower processors and smaller keyboards are just some of these. So, to get the best out of your netbook you need to pair it with an operating system built to make the most out of the smaller form factor.
    Published : 2010-01-28 Source : Http://lxer
  • NZ School Goes Open Source Amid Microsoft Mandate
    Dan Jones writes "Kiwis have built an entire school IT system out of open source software, in less than two months, despite a deal between the New Zealand government and Microsoft that effectively mandates the use of Microsoft products in the countrys schools. Albany Senior High School in the northern suburbs of Auckland has been running an entirely open source infrastructure since it opened in 2009. Its using a range of applications like OpenOffice, Moodle for education content, Mahara for student portfolios, and Koha for the library catalogue. Ubuntu Linux is on the desktop and Mandriva provides the server. Interestingly, the school will move into new purpose-built premises this year, which include a dedicated server room design based on standard New Zealand school requirements, including four racks each capable of holding 48 servers for its main systems. The main infrastructure at Albany Senior High only requires four servers, suggesting an almost 50-fold saving on hardware requirements."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
    Published : 2010-01-27 Source : Http://rss
  • New release of Mozilla Lightning and SOGo
    Open source software company Inverse released the version 1.2.0 of SOGo. SOGo provides a rich AJAX-based Web interface and supports multiple native clients through the use of standard protocols such as CalDAV, CardDAV and GroupDAV. It features a very tight integration with Mozilla Thunderbird and Lightning and enable mobile devices synchronization through the use of the Funambol middleware.
    Published : 2010-01-27 Source : Http://lxer
  • Wow, XGI Does Something With Its Linux Driver
    Remember XGI Technology? The company that was spun out of SiS and Trident back in 2003 and for a while had some interesting low-end GPU hopes along with a few graphics cards that actually made it out to the market. There really hasn't been much talk about XGI in years and ATI had bought up one of their alliance companies in 2006 that further diminished this company. Their Linux drivers were not the best back in 2005 and things really never changed for the company that had hoped to compete with ATI and NVIDIA on some level.
    Published : 2010-01-27 Source : Http://lxer
  • Microsoft and Linux Will Never Be "Best Buddies"
    Linux needs Microsoft and Microsoft needs Linux. Both are better because of the other. Do you agree?
    Published : 2010-01-27 Source : Http://lxer
  • Firefox surges
    Firefox downloads boosted by new release and Internet Explorer security scare. Mozilla's open source browser experienced a healthy boost in popularity last week on the back of a new release and security concerns about Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
    Published : 2010-01-27 Source : Http://lxer
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