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Q&A: Carol Stafford, IBM worldwide vice president of Linux sales (vnunet)

Vnunet interviews Carol Stafford about her work with IBM and Linux. "How did you first get involved with Linux?
I have been working in Linux and especially Linux on the mainframe since 1997. It was very exciting. I was working with the IBM engineers in Germany and they were running Linux on the mainframe without any operating system underneath it and developing it from there.

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Choosing an open source license (NewsForge)

This NewsForge article touches on the process of selecting an open source license. "There isn't one answer for all open source projects, according to Lawrence Rosen, the founding partner of Rosenlaw and Einschlag, general counsel for OSI and author of a new book Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law. "I say, 'Tell me about your software.' There are companies that want to open source some of their [code] and not all of it," says Rosen. In order to advise them, "I have to understand what their product is.""

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Trade Shows and Conferences

Ottawa Linux symposium offers insight into kernel changes (NewsForge)

NewsForge has an OLS report from David 'cdlu' Graham. "Dan Aloni started the first presentation in Room B on the subject of a project called Cooperative Linux, a project similar to user-mode Linux (UML) except designed to run a Linux kernel on top of Windows as well as within Linux."

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Linux symposium examines technicalities of upcoming Perl 6 (NewsForge)

NewsForge covers sessions on CKRM, Perl 6, and Linux on Laptops from day two of the Ottawa Linux Symposium. "Day 2 of the four-day Linux symposium here was a highly technical one. It began with Rik van Riel of and Red Hat and a host of other members of the CKRM kernel resource management project explaining how it works."

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OLS Day 3: Failed experiments, Linux-Tiny, and the Linux Standard Base (NewsForge)

NewsForge continues reporting from OLS. "Michael Meeks of Ximian, now owned by Novell, gave a presentation called the 'Wonderful World of'., he said, needs more developers. Stop working on GNOME and KDE Office, he implored, they served their purposes, there is now a viable open source office suite -- and it's"

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Ottawa Linux Symposium day 4: Andrew Morton's keynote address (NewsForge)

NewsForge wraps up its OLS coverage. "The Ottawa Linux Symposium wrapped up its busy 4 days with a 6-hour long bar party at the Black Thorn Café across the street from the American Embassy in Ottawa. And for some, it was that social aspect that they came for. For most attendees, though, stable Linux kernel maintainer Andrew Morton's keynote address was the highlight of the day."

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OSCON 2004

NewsForge covers OSCON 2004. "Other Monday sessions included: "Stop Spamming Me," featuring Matt Sergeant of Message labs; "Real-world Xforms;" cross-platform, Rendezvous programming; and a "Presentation Aikido" from Damian Conway of Monash University. This course covered preparation, content selection, delivery techniques, handling questions, and also provided an in-depth tutorial on improving presentations' look and feel."

O'ReillyNet shows pictures taken on Day One at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention.

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Geeks, nonprofits parlay community at Penguin Day (NewsForge)

NewsForge attends Penguin Day. "The intent of the event, hosted by a group of Portland computer reuse raiders known as FreeGeek, was to find how nonprofits such as Multiple Sclerosis Society, Child Aid, Water Watch, and others can benefit from open source software and how the programming community and provider community can join their efforts, which are similar in ethos and economy."

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The SCO Problem

The Afterglow (Groklaw)

Groklaw has compiled some reactions to yesterday's ruling in the DaimlerChrysler case. "That Seattle newspaper had grave difficulty absorbing the news of the defeat. My all-time favorite intro to any of the stories was theirs: "A Michigan judge on Wednesday dismissed most parts of a lawsuit that sought to force auto giant DaimlerChrysler AG to comply with copyright laws and software agreements with a Utah-based software company.""

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The mainframe is back (Register)

The Register runs an article by Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. "However, there can be little doubt that the jewel in the mainframe crown is Linux in combination with the mainframe's architecture, which delivers an unmatched virtualization capability. The Linux contribution is twofold. It provides applications (and after all its applications that sell computers) and it can act as a useful capability for consolidation projects."

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The coolest IT ad ever? (NewsForge)

For a bit of Friday afternoon amusement, take a look at the latest animated advertisement from, as reported on NewsForge. Macromedia Flash 7 is required for viewing. "Linspire President Kevin Carmony, a former music industry executive and no stranger to parodied song with the previous single "Lindows Rock" (ala Chubby Checker's "Limbo Rock") under his belt, said while he came up with the lyrics, Linspire engineer Clifford Beshers suggested the use of the Doors' top hit, "Light My Fire." "It's good fun," Carmony said. "Hopefully, Microsoft will appreciate the humor.""

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Red Flag and Miracle Linux launch Asianux 1.0 (DigiTimes) carries the news of the beta 1.0 release of Asianux. "China-based Red Flag Software and Miracle Linux of Japan officially launched their beta version of Asianux 1.0 at Oracle OpenWorld, a technology seminar held in Shanghai from July 20-22. Asianux is a standardized Linux operating environment developed specially for enterprises in Asia. Oracle, a supporter of Asianux, has decided to put the Linux-based operating system on its "unbreakable" support program."

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Linux Adoption

Linux in Government: How to Misunderstand the Enterprise Linux Desktop (Linux Journal)

Tom Adelstein and Sam Hiser explain why switching from Microsoft to Linux makes good business sense. "Add to Microsoft's security woes an under-reported challenge enterprises will face in making the transition to Microsoft's next version of Windows. The next version of Windows produces an equally disruptive effect on Microsoft's installed base. Microsoft's technologies place as much if not more demands on an enterprise IT departments as a full-house transition to Linux, which wouldn't be required given the cross-platform nature of open-source software."

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Canadian Provincial Medical Association To Use Open Source Platform For EMR Project (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews reports that the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) has announced its intention to develop its provincial electronic medical record (EMR) using open source software. "NeLL, as the EMR project is known, will network all the province's 1,000 physicians. In its first phase, NeLL will include electronic prescribing, billing, and charting. NeLL will run on a Linux desktop, which will be the default and only supported operating system on PCs shipped with NeLL."

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Linux at Work

NASA taps SGI, Intel for supercomputer ( covers the latest big Linux cluster deployment. "With an eventual 10,240 processors, the Space Exploration Simulator will be among the world's largest supercomputers based on the Linux operating system, [SGI] said."

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Accelerating Linux in the enterprise (vnunet)

Vnunet interviews William Weinberg, newly appointed architecture specialist at the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). "We're seeing big-name companies joining OSDL. What are their expectations?
What the OSDL is most about today is the three initiatives we have established. The one that's best established is the carrier grade initiative. [Then there's] the data centre initiative and the newest one is the desktop initiative. The goal of these initiatives is to limit the inhibitors to Linux adoption and to accelerate Linux adoption in the enterprise. Each initiative has a marketing working group and a technical working group.

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Cooking with Eclipse (O'ReillyNet)

O'ReillyNet shows excerpts from the Eclipse Cookbook. "Although Eclipse provides a host of automatic syntax and problem-checking features, sometimes those features can be annoying. Fortunately, Eclipse is almost endlessly customizable."

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Detecting Network Intrusions with Packet Filtering (O'Reilly)

Don Parker explains packet filtering techniques on O'Reilly. "In an effort to put the usage of these filters into context I will explain a normal day in the life of a network security analyst. This day will focus on the usage of building and further explaining some complex examples. To clarify our example, I assume that the make-believe network has all packets that are flagged by the intrusion detection system logged to a central database. I mention this stipulation because not every real network operates in this fashion."

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Visualize your data with gnuplot (developerWorks)

IBM developerWorks looks at Gnuplot 4.0. "Gnuplot is a freely distributed plotting tool with ports available for nearly every major platform. It can be operated in one of two modes: when you need to adjust and prettify a graph to "get it just right," you can operate it in interactive mode by issuing commands at the gnuplot prompt. Alternately, gnuplot can read commands from a file and produce graphs in batch mode."

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OOo Off the Wall: Setting Up Page Styles in OOo Writer (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal takes a look at page styles in OpenOffice. "Page styles are one of's strongest innovations. Together with text frames and integration with Draw, these features nudge OOo Writer out of the word processor category and into the lower reaches of desktop publishing."

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How to run your own yum repository (NewsForge)

David Murphy writes about yum, the Yellow Dog Updater, Modified, on "Yum is a powerful tool that greatly improves package handling on RPM-based Linux distributions. This tutorial explains how to create a local yum repository, configure your machine to use this repository, and customise a yum RPM to automatically use this repository."

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Creating Games with Pygame (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal has a tutorial on using Pygame for game development. "Python is an excellent language for rapid application development and prototyping. With Pygame, a wrapper built around SDL, the same can be true for games. In addition, because its built on top of Python and SDL, Pygame is highly portable."

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Creating Custom Email Queries (O'ReillyNet)

Robert Bernier shows how to search through your email in an O'Reilly article. "Searching your corpus of email should be easy, but with a mishmash of text and binary attachments, it can be difficult. If you're clever, though, you can build a system to translate Microsoft Word documents into searchable, indexable text. Robert Bernier demonstrates building custom email queries with DBMail, PostgreSQL, IMAP, and a little Unix magic."

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pushing KDE's science: Evolution Simulation (KDE.News)

KDE.News looks at the G System. "Ever dreamed of a nice piece of software that actually tries to simulate the evolution of an universe? Ever thought it would be possible? Now after a long time of planning and writing of some source code a small group of developers goes public with their innovative project: the G System."

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How Desktop Linux Should Behave (OSnews)

OSnews is carrying a list of complaints about the X desktop which appears to have been inspired by last year's distributions. "Please support the Y Window System. There's no fixing X11 that doesn't involve superhuman genius hackery. Workaround after workaround will only make it more big and bloated. X11 must be retired. Y Windows is a natural choice since the project plans X11 compatibility to ease migration." (Thanks to Jay R. Ashworth).

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