Recommended Readinginterviews Carol Stafford about her work with IBM and Linux. "How did you first get involved with Linux?
Trade Shows and Conferencesan 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." 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 kernelnewbies.org and Red Hat and a host of other members of the CKRM kernel resource management project explaining how it works." continues reporting from OLS. "Michael Meeks of Ximian, now owned by Novell, gave a presentation called the 'Wonderful World of OpenOffice.org'. OpenOffice.org, 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 OpenOffice.org." 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." 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.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."
The SCO Problemcompiled 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.""
Companiesruns 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." 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."" 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."
Linux Adoptionexplain 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." 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."
Linux at Workcovers 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."
Interviewsinterviews 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?
Resourcesshows 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." 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." 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." takes a look at page styles in OpenOffice. "Page styles are one of OpenOffice.org'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." writes about yum, the Yellow Dog Updater, Modified, on Linux.com. "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." 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." 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."
Miscellaneouslooks 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." 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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