Links 14/06/2008: Schools in Korea on GNU/Linux, OEMs Increasingly Give Choice

Posted in News Roundup at 4:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Koreans to showcase open source experience in Cebu summit

    KIPA has been actively pushing open source use in government. One of its projects resulted in a local version of Linux (called Buyeo) now used in nearly 200 schools in South Korea.

  • Please don’t take our XP away from us!

    The users are asking, ok screaming, to Microsoft to please, oh please, don’t take our XP Pro away from us. So far the big dumb company from Washington state is ignoring their customer pleas.


    Dell offers Ubuntu 7.10 on several of its systems and Dell will soon be offering Ubuntu 8.04 on its PCs, laptops, and its forthcoming UMPC. Acer will soon be offering Linpus Linux on its UMPCs and laptops.

  • Tagan Icy Box NAS4220 NAS Enclosure

    What makes this device more interesting to us is that it runs Linux and Tagan is more than happy to let its customers modify the unit and write their own software.

  • uClinux console servers add open source UPS mgmt

    Opengear has integrated uninterruptible power supply (UPS) monitoring tools in its uClinux-based remote access equipment. Opengear’s console servers (pictured at left) now include tools derived from the open source Network UPS Tools (NUT) project, says the company.

  • MontaVista expands in France and Spain


Open Source/Free Software


  • Next year critical for Sun’s ‘Project Copy Linux’

    Not helping its case is the fact Sun put OpenSolaris under its own license – Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL). Sun joins a league of other vendors including Microsoft who have written their own licenses rather than use existing open-source licenses. Debian, by contrast, got to its position in the industry using a spread of different, and existing, licenses. Another complication is the Sun-domination of the OpenSolaris work.

  • Future OS X To Be DRM Restricted?

Europe’s High Standards

  • EU Commish Hearts Open Software, Open Standards

    “As new form-factors such as netbooks and MIDs (mobile Internet devices) bring Linux to users, they are often and largely unaware of the operating system. Distributions such as Ubuntu, Xandros and others have proven Linux can be as easy to use as Windows. Vendors are also making Linux easier to run, offering options to run Linux inside of Windows, alongside Windows, on USB and LiveCDs, so that complication/difficulty factor is changing,” he explained.

  • Why Microsoft’s EU problem isn’t going away


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Links 14/06/2008: FreeSoftwareModeBuntu, GNU/Linux Conquers Internet Devices

Posted in News Roundup at 6:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Does Novell Rave Before Its Fall?

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, SLES/SLED, Windows at 6:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Opportunistic acts of desperation, living in past glory

Novell has let loose quite an ambitious press release. It claims that Novell dominates supercomputing and also suggests that it has conquered the top 3 facilities.

Supercomputers around the world are running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell(R). According to TOP500, a project that tracks and detects trends in high-performance computing, SUSE Linux Enterprise is the Linux* of choice on the world’s largest HPC supercomputers today. Of the top 50 supercomputers worldwide, 40 percent are running on SUSE Linux Enterprise, including the top three — IBM* eServer Blue Gene at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, IBM eServer BlueGene/P (JUGENE) at the Juelich Research Center and SGI* Altix 8200 at the New Mexico Computing Applications Center.

But wait! This is no mainframes!

Red Hat is not to be neglected, but before getting to the ‘meat’ of our argument, watch this: Supercomputingonline.com did a little “copy, paste, and then edit” press routine. Sys-Con does this a lot and SJVN was accused by Dan Lyons of doing the same thing at times. It looks almost like plagiarism. See the press release from Novell (above) for comparison:

World’s three most powerful supercomputers run SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell: Supercomputers around the world are running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. According to TOP500, a project that tracks and detects trends in high-performance computing, SUSE Linux Enterprise is the Linux of choice on the world’s largest HPC supercomputers today. Of the top 50 supercomputers worldwide, 40 percent are running on SUSE Linux Enterprise, including the top three — IBM eServer Blue Gene at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, IBM eServer BlueGene/P (JUGENE) at the Juelich Research Center and SGI Altix 8200 at the New Mexico Computing Applications Center.

Unfortunately for Novell, the world’s most powerful supercomputer runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As this new story suggests, there’s probably a mistake here. Maybe Novell relies on out-of-date information and claims some sort of a victory while it lasts, i.e. just before Red Rat formally claims the honour.

The story Novell tells its investors and customers in this case is not new, but it seems as though it’s bound to ‘expire’. Novell take advantage of this last opportunity and SUSE on supercomputers is bad news for this reasons at the very least. Novell is Microsoft’s HPC Trojan horse (for Windows).


IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: June 13th, 2008

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part IV: Novell News Leftovers (SCO, Virtualisation, and More)

Posted in Finance, Novell, SCO, Virtualisation at 6:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

As more people leave to go on vacation this time of the year, there’s also less news. Here are just a few picks which were left out from previous Saturday posts because they are not directly related to GNU/Linux.


The SCO-Novell case is due to be decided on pretty soon, but there is some more new action over there.

Novell has filed its Response to Debtors’ Second Motion to Extend Exclusivity [PDF], and you could sum up its message to the court like this: Enough already, but if you do grant another extension, please let it be the last.


Novell’s acquisition of PlateSpin got is a little closer to the virtualisation arena. It will have some presence in this new conference.

Stephen is a seasoned IT veteran, now in a senior Business Development role with Novell. Prior to Novell, Stephen was founder and CEO of PlateSpin and led the long-term business strategy for the company. PlateSpin was recently acquired by Novell.

Novell does not get omitted from this list, either.

Is Virtual Storage required for datacenter agility?


It would appear to me that the last thing an IT decision-maker would want is to have processing automated and orchestrated by products such as those offered by, Cassatt, Scalent Systems, Racemi, VMLogix, Novell, Virtual Iron, or VMware, while storage (application and data files) was tied to specific systems


A fairly severe vulnerability in Novell’s GroupWise was found last week. It triggered quite a few alarms.

It’s always useful to keep track of Novell clients or companies that Novell employs. AppLabs falls into the latter category.

Global IT services firm AppLabs specializes in testing and quality management.


Q: Who are your customers?

A: We generally have two types of client typically in the top Global 2000: established service providers who we already have a relationship in place and bring AppLabs on board to do testing as a third party. That makes up 60% of our business. The second group, making up 40% of our business, are companies that have never really done much work on outsourcing and testing is the first thing they are thing about outsourcing. Customers in the US include Novell and Sun, while in the UK we have Nationwide, Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Turquoise equities exchange, which is due to go live in October.

Here is an optimistic take on Novell’s recent financial results, which also tells the story of SiteScape’s and PlateSpin’s integration into the company,

Novell also delivered on its second strategic ambition (to grow product revenues at or better than market growth rates) for Linux, systems and resource management, and identity and access management. Workgroup product revenues did shrink, as usual, but only by 1%, and invoicing increased for the first time, positioning Novell to deliver its the third strategic ambition, to achieve workgroup product revenues of at least $285 million to $300 million (of which $209 million have already been delivered).

The SiteScape and PlateSpin acquisitions did not impact its revenues much, though. While we expect Novell to eventually leverage the latter, we have doubts about the former. We agree that SiteScape enables GroupWise to catch up with the competition, but Novell needs to do better to turn GroupWise’s improved position into actual market traction. The company believes that GroupWise will be able to piggyback on Novell’s growing success in the Linux area. We do not share this belief.

Not a busy week, but nonetheless, the week to come will be a busy one for SUSE. Novell will try to generate OpenSUSE hype amid the big release.

Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part III: Eyes on Three ‘Tainted’ GNU/Linux Distributions (SUSE’s Siblings)

Posted in Asia, GNU/Linux, GPL, Linspire, Microsoft, Novell, Scalix, Turbolinux, Ubuntu, Xandros at 5:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Xandros from the east coast, Linspire from the west coast and Turbolinux from the far east, all of which sold out to the Beast


The media has begun focusing a little less on the ASUS sub-notebooks as more and more Eee wannabes emerge and require reviewing.

In the past week, the appearance of Xandros in the press has actually been due to Scalix, which it had acquired last year.

Here is a new press release about Scalix.

Scalix, the award-winning Linux email, calendaring and messaging company, today announced the implementation of the first stage of a new, flexible, workgroup collaboration technology with a new ‘Proxy Folder’ feature in the latest 11.4 Scalix release.

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: SUSE on Desktops, Marketing and Roadmap

Posted in Marketing, Novell, Red Hat, SLES/SLED at 5:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It has been fairly quiet as far as SUSE is concerned. There was this little rave about 3G in SLED 10 SP2 though.

For enterprises wanting to roll out SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on notebooks, the lack of 3G, or UMTS, wireless broadband card support was an annoying hole compared to the available Windows support.

With the May 21 release of SLED 10 SP2 Novell included a graphical applet and plug-and-play support for wireless broadband in addition to improvements to Network Manager, and support for new hardware devices.

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part I: OpenSUSE 11.0 Just Days Away

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 4:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

YaST bootThis is the last weekly report about OpenSUSE which comes before the release of version 11.0. There have been no major developments in the past week, but OpenSUSE is getting some final touches.

OpenSUSE 11.0 on the Desktop

Duncan Mac-Vicar posts under news.opensuse.org for a change. He typically publishes reports in his personal blog.

In this article we will be covering all of the changes in and around the package management stack in the upcoming openSUSE 11.0. There have been a plethora of both visual and behind-the-scenes changes. We’ll also be talking to Duncan Mac-Vicar, YaST team lead, ZYpp and KDE developer, to find out a little more later.

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