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Monday, January 10, 2005

Open source reshaping services market

Open source reshaping services market | CNET News.com: "The open-source movement has already rewritten the rules for how software is licensed and used. Now the computer services market is changing to keep up.

With the number of open-source products on the rise, there has been a surge in services offerings--such as consulting and support--designed specifically for open-source software like Linux, the Apache Web server and MySQL database.

Big companies looking for help in assembling new systems based on unfamiliar open-source programs are fueling a race among providers--some new, some holdovers from the dot-com boom and long before--to become the trusted name in open-source services"

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Munich asks ministers to drop EU patent vote | The Register

Munich asks ministers to drop EU patent vote | The Register: "The vote on the European Directive on software patents has, at the last minute, been moved to the afternoon session on the Agricultural and Fisheries Commission's meeting. The vote is now scheduled for around 3pm, Brussels time. The change in schedule follows a statement (pdf, in German) from the Mayor of Munich, calling on Germany's minister to have the directive taken off the agenda altogether. Mayor Christian Ude said he can see no reason for the Council to proceed with such haste."

Building Linux Monitoring Portals with Open Source

Building Linux Monitoring Portals with Open Source: "Faced with an increasing number of deployed Linux servers and no budget for commercial monitoring tools, our company looked into open-source solutions for gathering performance and security information from our Unix environment. There are many open-source monitoring packages to choose from, including Big Sister and Nagios to name a few. Though some of these try to provide an all-in-one solution, I knew we would probably end up combining a few tools to obtain the metrics we were looking for. This article is meant to give a general overview of the steps in building a monitoring solution. Take a look at the demo here which is a scaled down model of our production monitoring portal."

Monday, December 20, 2004

Using Open Source Software To Compete With The “Big Guys”

Using Open Source Software To Compete With The “Big Guys”: "One of the most frequent questions I am asked, or read about lately, is how to look professional enough to compete with the big guys.

Everyone seems to want to look good while being comparable in offerings to the market leaders and their dynamically driven content web sites, but that's not always such an easy thing to do on a start-up budget. In truth, it's not even such an easy thing to do on a semi-established budget with a company established for a couple years, unless you know where to look and how to do it. Business owners surf the competition, see brilliant looking web sites with all the bells and whistles, and become somewhat bewildered at how to keep up or compete. Most of the big guys know the value of forums, regularly updating content, community building, and contributing writers, but how does the new guy keep up with such large promotional software budget wielding companies already entrenched in the market? Enter our superhero, the open source software community. "

Wal-Mart Breaks Price Barrier with $498 Linux Laptop Running Linspire

Wal-Mart Breaks Price Barrier with $498 Linux Laptop Running Linspire: "Walmart.com has released the $498 Balance laptop, which runs the Linux-based operating system Linspire. The laptop comes fully equipped with the operating system, Internet suite, and Microsoft-file compatible office suite, and can be used with both dial-up modems and broadband connections. The $498 price does not require coupons or rebates and can be purchased immediately at http://www.linspire.com/498.

Wal-Mart and Linspire worked together to offer a laptop that would give customers the best user experience at the lowest price possible. The Balance notebook is the lowest-priced laptop currently on the market to include a complete operating system and office suite -- comparable machines cost hundreds more even without an office suite or software included."

NewsForge | Site Review: Loads of Linux Links

NewsForge | Site Review: Loads of Linux Links: "Imagine a Web site that has over 4,000 links to sites of interest to Linux enthusiasts. Forget about dead links, because this site would be vigilantly maintained by a small group of people totally committed to the work of providing useful content. Instead, expect fresh links several times a week with handy accessories like quick links to related pages. That site already exists. Loads of Linux Links (LOLL) lives at Sourceforge.net as a GPLed software project. Andrew Willard and Barbara Irwin of the Victoria Linux Users Group in Canada maintain LOLL. They originally provided the site as a service to the VLUG only, but "in the true spirit of Linux," they decided to share it with the entire community. LOLL is a huge bookmark file that Irwin and Willard add to by evaluating visitor-submitted sites and by scouring the Web themselves. The team uses a cool little program called bk2site, which takes a Netscape bookmark file and transforms it into a "Yahoo-like" Web site, including a news blog.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Linux Opinion: An Open Letter to a Digital World (LinuxWorld)

Linux Opinion: An Open Letter to a Digital World (LinuxWorld): "Summary
As a Linux desktop user himself, system administrator Chris Spencer did not relish having to clean up his wife's infected Windows PC after it had become compromised. By the time he'd solved the immediate problem, Spencer had become so fed up with spyware, trojans, viruses, and spam, that he decided it was time to write a letter to the world. It's a simple message: it's time to switch from Windows to Linux. 'The letter serves as a guide,' Spencer explains, 'taking you through some of the history of Microsoft right up to this present day.'"

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Commentary: Why OpenOffice.org?

Commentary: Why OpenOffice.org?: "Although I have regularly used Microsoft Office in the past, I haven't even had it installed on my system for over a year. This is despite completing a thesis, working with legal documents, exchanging business documents, writing academic papers for publishing as well as creating software based presentations.
I have NOT needed MS Office to do any of these things. OpenOffice.org is adequate - it has
all the essential features, including style list functions for real publishing, document comparison capabilities and import/export abilities, a capable spreadsheet, and a presentation program that does its job while importing and exporting PowerPoint.
But it's not just that OpenOffice.org is "adequate" for the job. As a software developer and long time computer user, I think OpenOffice.org is superior in several important respects. I would like to describe these points, because I think that others will also understand the issues better when they recognize the implications for themselves:

Slashdot | Google Suggest Dissected

Slashdot | Google Suggest Dissected: "Google suggest Javascript codedissected and rewritten for all of you web developers out there. Cool piece of web reverse-engineering!" Joel Spolsky astutely notes that this will raise the bar in terms of how people expect the "internets" to work.

InfoSecure Open Systems & Solutions Announces Open-Source Alternative to Oracle/PeopleSoft

InfoSecure Open Systems & Solutions Announces Open-Source Alternative to Oracle/PeopleSoft: "InfoSecure Open Systems & Solutions announced today the release of technology and related services that enable the use of the open-source Compiere(TM) enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) application on the SAP-certified open- source MaxDB(TM) by MySQL database, providing a unique fully open-source alternative to Oracle/PeopleSoft. Compiere is the #1 Open Source ERP/integrated CRM software solution with 750,000 downloads. MySQL is the world's most popular open source database, with more than 5 million active installations. Support for Computer Associates' Ingres, MySQL 5.0 and other open-source databases will be available soon."

Friday, December 17, 2004

Slashdot | Linux Desktop Migration Cookbook from IBM

Slashdot | Linux Desktop Migration Cookbook from IBM: "I was project leader for publication of this recent IBM Redbook, available for free download here: Linux Client Migration Cookbook: A Practical Planning and Implementation Guide for Migrating to Desktop Linux. At this point, I'm gathering input for what we could improve on, and what additional topics should be covered in a second version of the book. I realize this is a broad topic to cover in a rapidly changing environment. And because these books are developed by IBM there are some content limitations. Nonetheless, in the next version we want to continue making the book as useful as possible for anyone considering a migration to Linux on the desktop.

Sub300.com Announces the World's Lightest Linux Notebook Computer

Sub300.com Announces the World's Lightest Linux Notebook Computer: "Desktop Linux options are lighter with the launch of Sub300.com's Ultralite Laptop. The Linux-only retailer is selling the world's lightest computer notebook at well under $1000, featuring the easy-to-use and capable Linspire operating system. Conventional laptops are too heavy and too expensive, yet handheld PDAs are too low powered. Sub300.com's Ultralite Laptop provides a lightweight, yet full-powered computer with a full-screen and full-size keyboard that you can take anywhere. At just 2.9 lbs, Sub300.com's Ultralite Laptop is featherweight, but weighs in with features such as Linux OS, a 1Ghz VIA processor, 256MB RAM, 40 Gig HD, Ethernet and a crisp 12.1' TFT display, plus USB 2.0 and PCMCIA slots to add the functionality of wireless networking and more."

Herald.com | 12/17/2004 | Key Biscayne teen is brain behind web browser

Herald.com | 12/17/2004 | Key Biscayne teen is brain behind web browser: "After working for Netscape at age 14, Key Biscayne resident Blake Ross has become at the ripe old age of 19 the co-creator of a hot, new ultra-fast Internet browser called Firefox.

With its official version released just last month, Firefox has been downloaded more than 11 million times and is already the world's second-most used browser, though it is still far behind the preeminent Internet Explorer of Microsoft.

The free Firefox is hot because it works faster than Explorer and seems less prone to viruses, experts say. ''Microsoft's worst nightmare,'' Business 2.0, a tech publication, called it. The publication dubbed Ross a ``software prodigy.''"

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Linux News: Open Source: Firefox Aims to Convert Masses with 'New York Times' Ad

Linux News: Open Source: Firefox Aims to Convert Masses with 'New York Times' Ad: "Mozilla is already doing damage to mainstream players like Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Over the past month, the U.S. browser usage share of Firefox has grown by more than a third, according to the latest independent study from WebSideStory, a provider of on-demand Web analytics.The non-profit Mozilla Foundation has placed an ad in today's edition of the New York Times. The open-source advocacy organization is pleading its alternative case with a two-page spread that asks readers the direct question: "Are you fed up with your Web browser?"

Linux News: Open Source: Firefox Aims to Convert Masses with 'New York Times' Ad

Linux News: Open Source: Firefox Aims to Convert Masses with 'New York Times' Ad: "Mozilla is already doing damage to mainstream players like Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Over the past month, the U.S. browser usage share of Firefox has grown by more than a third, according to the latest independent study from WebSideStory, a provider of on-demand Web analytics.The non-profit Mozilla Foundation has placed an ad in today's edition of the New York Times. The open-source advocacy organization is pleading its alternative case with a two-page spread that asks readers the direct question: "Are you fed up with your Web browser?"

Firefox Community Underwrites New York Times Ad

Firefox Community Underwrites New York Times Ad: "Spread Firefox reports that it ran a two-page ad in today's New York Times under written by 50,000 customer evangelists. The ad features the names of the thousands of people worldwide who contributed to the Mozilla Foundation's fundraising campaign to support last month's launch of the open source Mozilla Firefox 1.0 web browser. More information in this press release. "

NewsForge | Quickbooks: the missing link for small business Linux

NewsForge | Quickbooks: the missing link for small business Linux: "Last week I was talking with a small business IT consultant who switches clients' servers to Linux (and Samba) all day long without any problems, but finds few clients interested in moving their desktops to Linux. The reason? 'QuickBooks,' he said. While there are many small business accounting packages that happily run on Linux, including GnuCash, Quasar, SQL-Ledger, and AccPac, QuickBooks dominates this market. And its loyal users don't want to switch to another package even if it's just as good as -- or possibly better than -- QuickBooks.
My consultant friend pointed out that OpenOffice.org Calc -- the OOo spreadsheet function -- can handle most small business bookkeeping and accounting tasks in the hands of a skilled spreadsheet user. But he also noted that most small business people are not spreadsheet experts. Not only that, those who use QuickBooks are used to the way QuickBooks does things and are reluctant to change."