December 03, 2008 (9:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
For many new Linux users, removable media can be a deal-breaker. Anyone coming over from Windows knows you simply insert the CD, use it, and eject it. With Linux, it isn’t always that simple. In fact, with Linux, removable media has always held a completely different philosophy.
December 03, 2008 (8:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Red Hat's open source Network application project evolves with a plan to get rid of Oracle on the backend.
December 03, 2008 (8:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Microsoft offers a full ecosystem of software to would-be buyers, but its greatest success may actually result from its strategy to present customers with an "and" decision when initially purchasing Microsoft technology, rather than a difficult "or" decision.
December 03, 2008 (7:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments in a case that centers on an important constitutional principle: can the Feds immunize any telecommunications company that violated the law by opening its network to government snoops?
December 03, 2008 (7:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
With the EXT4 file-system being marked as stable in the forthcoming Linux 2.6.28 kernel, and some Linux distributions potentially switching to it as an interim step until the btrfs file-system is ready, we decided it was time to benchmark this journaled file-system for ourselves. We ran a number of disk-centric Linux benchmarks along with several of our real-world tests from the Phoronix Test Suite to gauge how well the EXT4 file-system performance will be noticed by desktop users and computer gamers. We have compared these EXT4 results to the EXT3, XFS, and ReiserFS file-systems.
December 03, 2008 (6:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Internet crime is now more prevalent and more professional than ever before. F-Secure believes that against a background of steeply increasing Internet crime, the obvious inefficiency of the international and national authorities in catching, prosecuting and sentencing Internet criminals is a problem that needs to be solved.
December 03, 2008 (6:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
For those of you who have not heard of Joomla!, it is a content management system that allows one to build a complex web portal without the need of advanced web programming knowledge. You download it, install it, add a template then enrich the CMS with extensions. This way you can transform your site into a webshop, link directory, photo gallery and pretty much anything you set your mind to.
But like any other CMS, Joomla! is not perfect.
December 03, 2008 (5:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
If you have multiple soundcards in your system and have to switch between them regularly you would definitely be under-whelmed by the less-than-stellar performance of ubuntu in switching between the sound cards.
December 03, 2008 (5:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
The GNOME and KDE projects recently decided that their upcoming developer events -- GUADEC and Akademy, respectively -- will be held simultaneously in the same location. Both projects hope this will foster communication and collaboration between their developer pools, and ultimately strengthen open source desktops.
December 03, 2008 (4:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Since forming in 2007, the vendor-neutral nonprofit consortium Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) has been working toward raising the awareness of open source in enterprise through a combination of education and marketing. As the group prepares to enter the new year, the OSA announced today that a new leadership team is poised to take over. Anthony Gold, vice president and general manager of open source business at Unisys, will replace former OSA president Dominic Sartorio as president of the organization.
December 03, 2008 (4:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Distribution naming schemes are one of the more humorous aspects of the open source community. Ubuntu uses an adjective followed by an animal name (Intrepid Ibex, Jaunty Jackalope), while Debian names releases after characters in the movie "Toy Story" (Sarge, Etch, Lenny). Fedora's method is a bit more obscure, but no less clever.
December 03, 2008 (3:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
NetApplications is out with a couple of new metrics of market share for operating systems and browsers, and the news is good for open source. Topping their findings, Microsoft Windows' market share has dropped below 90 percent for the first time in its measurements. The share erosion is largely attributed to increased interest in the Mac platform, but Linux is cited as on the rise as well. In addition, for the first time since it launched its metrics, NetApplications' data shows Firefox's market share topping 20 percent.
December 03, 2008 (3:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Every year, the Linux landscape changes dramatically. These changes are very hard to predict, but it is easy to think of what you would like to see happen. Regardless of the reality of your dream for Linux in 2009, come share it.
December 03, 2008 (10:00:00 AM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Wow. Talk about your disgruntled employees. Michael 'Monty' Widenius, MySQL's founder and, for the moment, still Sun's CTO for its MySQL division, greeted the GA (general availability) of the latest version of the popular open-source database system MySQL 5.1 by writing, "I am asking you to be very cautious about MySQL 5.1 is that there are still many known and unknown fatal bugs in the new features that are still not addressed."
December 03, 2008 (6:00:00 AM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Cisco is inviting application developers who “think outside the box”, to innovate and promote the concept of the network as a platform. This is your opportunity to build exciting Linux based applications on the Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP), and win a share of the total prize pool valued at US $100,000.
December 02, 2008 (9:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Red Hat's open source Network application project evolves with a plan to get rid of Oracle on the back end.
"The application code for Spacewalk is open source, but we are using a proprietary back end for the database," Todd Warner Product Manager, RHN Satellite and Project Spacewalk told InternetNews.com. "For an open source project that's a problem since we have all these open source bits and it requires a proprietary database. It's a big Achilles heal that we'll be focusing a tremendous amount of effort to rectify."
December 02, 2008 (9:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Sometimes porting a bit of code to another platform or piece of hardware isn't about the ported code delivering new features to the device. Sure, sometimes it's about opening the device to a specific application, and sometimes it's just about opening the device up to a new development approach. Sometimes the idea is to push the code (and the device) further, to learn -- because you can.
December 02, 2008 (8:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Camp KDE was planned to complement Akademy, the traditional developer gathering for the KDE team, giving those unable to attend the former event (and specifically developers in the Americas) a better opportunity to gather and discuss projects.
Late last week, the Camp KDE 2009 presentation selections were announced. In addition to the presentations, the meeting will feature the traditional keynote addresses and birds-of-feather meetings.
December 02, 2008 (8:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
If continually updating all these sites is a hassle for us, imagine what it's like for friends who are trying to keep up with us. If you're looking for a way to tie all your updates into one site, have a look at the open source lifestream blog software, Sweetcron.
December 02, 2008 (7:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
This week brings some interesting new reports on open source adoption in enterprises, providing more evidence that the economic downturn is boosting many open source product categories. BusinessWeek has a big story out on cost-conscious companies turning to open source, ranging from ETrade to the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, new survey results illustrate a trend we've written about before: open source moving up the software stack in enterprises.