Linux is used by four of November’s most reliable hosting companies, including Montreal-based iWeb, which has been providing Internet hosting for 12 years and most recently agreed to host a major ice hockey team, the Canadiens. Also using Linux was WestHost, which was bought by the UK2 Group in November. Linux is also used by Hurricane Electric and Tiscali, which have both already been featured as the most reliable hosting companies earlier this year.
…mission was to prevent the infamous meeting in Number 10 Downing Street between the then newly elected Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the then CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates. It was here their Memorandum of Understanding was to be signed.
It sounded like a wild hook for a story, to put it mildly: In 2009, it is said, Linux will ship on more PCs than Windows. So I sat down with Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation to explain his reasoning behind such a statement. He did, and I learned about great many other forward-looking insights for Linux in ’09, too.
And that’s where Elphel comes into the picture. Acting as embedded web servers, Elphel’s network cameras are small computers in their own right, more than capable of accomplishing the encoding and compression tasks to be done by Team FREDNET’s rover. In fact, the cameras — which run commodity Open Source server software such as Linux and PHP — are so advanced that Krieger is even considering using them for general computing jobs such as controlling the rover’s wireless network connection to the lander.
Tobias Krieger hopes to have Elphel’s camera set up for testing in a few weeks. Integration with the rest of his rover will then commence around next spring, and Krieger hopes to have a finished rover prototype by the end of 2009. Meanwhile, the rest of his team is busy developing the many other components needed for their lunar mission, including the lunar transit vehicle that will carry the rover from the Earth to the lunar surface. No dates for the completion or launch of the whole stack are available yet, but the grand prize of the Google Lunar X PRIZE contest expires in 2012.
You may have seen reviews of several satellite receivers claiming to be ‘Linux powered’. So what does it mean for you?
Linux-based receivers have taken off. Dreambox sells a complete range, while others selling similar products include Elanvision, AB-Com and DGStation. Nearly all can accommodate hard drives, while many of the latest models have two tuners and hi-def support.
Yes, installing things in Gentoo takes much longer than installing a binary and yes, the procedure is more complex. The trade-off is you get only what you ask for, exactly tailored for your system. I think Gentoo is exactly right for me – on my laptop. I really like exploring with it. I don’t think I could bring it over to my main desktop right now.
Of all the distros I’ve tried, only Arch and Gentoo have made the low-level twiddling fun. If you are interested in learning a bit more about the guts, I think those are two good ones to go to – Arch is a bit easier. I’m going to leave Gentoo on my laptop actually. I really like the Ubuntu desktop for daily work and the Gentoo laptop for learning that I have going. Right now, it’s a good solution for me.
Red Hat Thursday unveiled a new service aimed at making it more cost-effective for its customers to run and maintain one version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for a longer period of time, reducing management and administration costs, the company said.
When half of Phorm’s board quit earlier this month, it was spun as a strategy disagreement between the US and UK operations. But now the firm’s London-based UK chief executive has quit too, along with its chief beancounter.
Digital Tipping Point: Clip of the Day
Dolby Linux wizard John Gilbert gives us a look inside the movie industry 11 (2004)
Digital Tipping Point is a Free software-like project where the raw videos are code. You can assist by participating.
There is also this one: “That is right. Steve Ballmer clearly said that if you run any other Linux you may have to face his legal team. So, if you want Linux it is SUSE or else …”
The formal announcement too came from a paid Novell employee, Michael Löffler. If Novell qualifies as a community of workers, then OpenSUSE is a community project. Even avid volunteers who are involved in this project have said to us that Novell controls it.
Interestingly enough, the press release and coverage of OpenSUSE say nothing about Microsoft. How come? Might they be embarrassed to say that Novell and Microsoft left OpenSUSE users exposed and ripe for exploitation? █
Saugatuck has just published the results of a study where it analysed the impact of companies (referred to as “vendors”) on open source. Among the findings there are hints about why Microsoft wants authority. It’s all about controlling and taming projects through .NET, patents, Windows and formats like OOXML, then having a band of free labourers. That’s how it views it. This is not open source; it’s just Microsoft's vision of it, which is self serving.
Useful to Microsoft
Savio is stillpushing his ‘proprietary open source’ agenda (see the banner on the right):
I was a little surprised when I stumbled on this page about “Open Source .Net eXchange.” It’s a mini-conference in London, UK, for .Net developers who are, or are thinking about, using open source.
Avoid Microsoft led technologies, since these benefit the MS monopolies, since these do not disclose the many other details that would be needed for interop beyond the core shell spec.
The biggest problem with OOXML was that it didn’t leverage even one teensy bit the existing ISO document format, ODF. It threw a ton of existing investments down the drain.
Amazingly, instead of finishing up SVG, OOXML supporters decide to start implementing from scratch a multi-thousand page format that re-invents the SVG wheel and a whole lot of other wheels. Go figure.
Slated, whose thoughts on SUSE/Novell/Microsoft were published earlier today, later commented on Microsoft’s attitude towards its resistors, which it consistently tries to characterise as “Haters” (among other similarly-pointless labels [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. He wrote:
“One wonders why exactly they hate Linux and the Free Software community. I mean after all – at least any hatred against Microsoft would be justified by, amongst many other (extremely well documented) things, their sabotage of a charity for nothing more than mindshare.
“[A] Microsoft supporter hating those who dissent against Microsoft, is like a criminal hating the police for catching him.”“But a Microsoft supporter hating those who dissent against Microsoft, is like a criminal hating the police for catching him. It’s nothing more than knee-jerk reciprocation and mindless contradiction. Was the DOJ engaged in a “campaign of hate” when they prosecuted Microsoft for violation of section 2 of the Sherman Act? Well obviously they must have been, since they dared to challenge Micfrosoft’s “right” to operate like gangsters. Punishing criminals is obviously wrong, so dissenting against the persistently unethical behaviour of those criminals is therefore purely irrational hatred, naturally.
“When such people are reminded of how Microsoft bribed ISO delegates to support OOXML, and bribed Nigerian education officials to wipe Mandriva from children’s laptops, and any one of the thousands of other vile things that Microsoft do as their standard business practise, does it even register in their minds, I wonder, or is it filtered out by their rose-tinted spectacles?
“There can be only one of two possible explanations. Either they believe that all of this documented evidence against Microsoft is a lie (presumably including all the evidence provided by the DOJ; the EU commission; Joe Comes; and countless others in court), or they fully accept the truth of this evidence, but just happen to think it’s perfectly acceptable behaviour.
“In other words they are either utterly delusional or evil.
“Nuclear holy warriors” is a famous phrase that president George Bush used to instill fear in the minds of citizens and justify the invasion of Iraq. Hence the title, which is satiric.
Some days ago we wrote about Microsoft Windows Zombies as we highlighted the latest Microsoft flaw, which by Microsoft own admission has so far led to the hijack of millions of PCs. How serious is it? Very serious. An emergency (out-of-cycle) patch had to be issued for the second time in less than a month (RPC was the previous attack vector).
Microsoft warned on Saturday that attacks targeting the vulnerability, which affects versions of its flagship browser on all supported versions of Windows, are becoming more widespread. The security bug first came to prominence a week ago, just before the latest edition of Microsoft’s update cycle.
Here is the amazing thing. Just weeks after a sort of national emergency, caused by the digital capture of a US army base (even the president needed to be approached due to severity), the British navy decides to put Windows in its submarines. This is insane, but not particularly surprising given the solidarity so nicely symbolised by the relationship between Bill Gates and Tony Blair.
Initial reports as the programme developed suggested that the OS in question would be Windows 2000, but those who have worked on it have since informed the Reg that in fact it is mostly based on XP.
What else is new? Cisco reports that Microsoft Windows zombies, of which there are hundreds of millions, carry on spewing out SPAM. The death of SPAM was greatly exaggerated as over 90% of E-mail is estimated to be SPAM.
A CISICO REPORT claims that more than 90 per cent of the email flowing around the net is spam created by armies of zombie botnets.
Some people would say, “well, just find an alternative to E-mail then.” It’s not so simple. The zombies can do a lot more than pump up pills, sex, and scams. Entire countries can be attacked and crushed via their infrastructure and Cisco, which has a broad eye on routing, warns about that too. All that junk traffic means extra sales for Cisco and higher fees for everyone else to pay ISPs.
Cisco says its researchers saw a 90% growth in threats originating from legitimate domains, nearly double what was seen in 2007. And the volume of malware successfully propagated via e-mail attachments is declining — over the past two years, the number of attachment-based attacks decreased by 50% from 2005 and 2006.
Eistein once said: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Mr. Eistein did not know about Windows zombies at the time, did he? █
Indian Express Migrates to Red Hat Solutions to Cost-Effectively Scale for the Future
Monday December 15, 8:00 am ET
Media Firm Implements Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for High Availability, Security, Reliability and Flexibility
RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT – News), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that The Indian Express Group, one of India’s most well-known media firms that maintains several well-known national publications in the region, has migrated from Novell Netware to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to provide a solid foundation to cost-effectively scale with accelerated company growth. Red Hat solutions have helped Indian Express Group to carve costs out of its IT infrastructure, while maintaining high availability, reliability, security and transparency.
Indian Express Group’s backbone LAN servers were previously powered by the Novell Netware 3.12 operating system. With Netware, the group faced obstacles, including the limitations of client licenses. It was also challenged by complex and expensive maintenance that limited its critical agility. It was clear that Indian Express Group needed to evaluate a solution that would not only meet existing needs cost-effectively, but give the group the reliability it needed for the future.
Faced with the challenge of adapting to consumer and technological demands in a competitive media industry, Indian Express Group turned to Red Hat to carve out costs, while simultaneously scaling its critical IT infrastructure. Indian Express Group implemented SAP on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to streamline business processes, enable easier management of its systems and achieve information transparency across its many locations around the country.
“Our top priority was to ensure uniformity, standardization and compatibility of operations, while building the IT foundation for us to accelerate quickly in the future without any limits – either imposed by technology or the vendor,” said Tridib Bordoloi, CIO, Indian Express Group. “In the media industry, we cannot afford to have downtime. Hence, high availability is a critical need. We also evaluated platforms with respect to the TCO, future readiness, and ability to scale. We chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux because the solution could deliver on all of our needs, and we had internal familiarity with the solution because we’ve effectively run our file and print servers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for some time.”
“The selection of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 was an obvious choice, as it fulfilled all the requirements we envisioned for building a future-ready platform. We are all for open standards, and did not want to be tied down to a single vendor. Red Hat gives us the flexibility to change to a different hardware platform, if necessary,” said Bordoloi.
With ease-of-use, the opportunity to preserve existing investments and the ability to scale cost-effectively without subsequent investments in hardware, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has given Indian Express Group the ability to move forward with its business goals without technology constraints. Like other national newspapers, the smooth transfer of stories and pages within the organization and across locations is vital.
“In addition to high availability and reliability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 gives us access to features such as clustering and integrated virtualization that would otherwise have only been possible through the purchase of additional third-party solutions,” said Bordoloi.
The group uses Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) 10g as its database, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as the platform. This combination provides the group increased flexibility and significantly reduced operational costs. For example, the Express Group can now dynamically provision nodes, storage or CPUs to lower costs and improve utilization.
“With the combination of cost, flexibility and reliability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has truly exceeded our expectations. When compared to contemporary solutions, the TCO is very low. More importantly, Red Hat’s security features enabled through the Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) functionality, has given us peace of mind, vis-à-vis other platforms that are facing new vulnerabilities and threats almost every day,” said Bordoloi.
Indian Express Group is a trendsetter in the open source industry in India with its early implementation of open source technologies. Including mail servers, file servers, SAP and even the company’s website, the group has utilized Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the backend for many years with success.
“The Indian Express Group happens to be one of the earliest users of SAP on RAC in the region,” said Bordoloi. “The Express Group has always been on the forefront of publishing high-quality articles that can positively change the society we live in. Hence, when it was revealed in a recent Network World test that Red Hat Enterprise Linux was named the Greenest Operating System, pulling as much as 12 percent less power than Windows 2008 on identical hardware, we were overjoyed with our choice and the small contribution we are making to make the world a better place to live in,” said Bordoloi.
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Two days ago at ServerWatch (JupiterMedia), Paul Rubens claimed that “Novell continued its strategy of dancing with the devil by agreeing to take up to $100 million of Microsoft’s closed-source-derived money in exchange for support coupons to give away or sell to its customers.”
With typical exceptions, the media openly states what Novell has done and why this is harmful to Free software. Yesterday, in response to the following comment (there are more) on this article, Slated wrote that “[this is] an excellent, if incomplete, comment:”
By using a distribution which shares (much more than just) the name with
the one Novell sells, you are supporting them, to argue otherwise is
somewhat bizarre. Just as you are supporting debian if you use ubuntu,
or redhat if you use centos or fedora (or Sun if you use gcj or any
other Java, or MS if you use mono). Not only in terms of using the
product and becoming a statistic, but also learning how it works and all
of its little differences with competitors products. This ‘invested
knowledge’ will always influence your decisions in the future.
“The bit that’s missing is where this ‘invested knowledge’ spreads like a
disease to others one influences, resulting in viral mindshare that
propagates Microsoft’s twisted ideologies; politics; development
paradigms; propaganda; and agenda, thus ultimately benefiting them (the
enemy of Free Software and Open Standards) as they ultimately harvest
that mindshare “investment”. This in turn makes them even more powerful
and thus more invincible in their quest to supplant Freedom with their
own brand of slavery, as they assume the role of Corporate Dictator in
the IT industry (and anywhere else they can dominate).
“And if you think the concept of “mindshare investment” is ridiculous,
consider that Microsoft actually went as far as sabotaging a charity
just to be able to give away Windows to the third-world (somewhere
that neither they nor Intel, their partners-in-crime, ever even
considered to be a “market” at all before the emergence of the OLPC),
rather than allow Free Software to win that mindshare.
“As Bob Cringely put it: “[Microsoft] are willing to lose money for years
and years just to make sure that you don’t make any money, either.”
“That’s not competing, it’s dumping, or IOW suppressing the competition
by saturating the market, to the point where that market no longer
exists for anyone but Microsoft (through vendor lock-in and the upgrade
treadmill). It’s just one element (along with OEM bribes) that defines
Microsoft’s “business” as racketeering. And it really is racketeering;
I’m not just using that word to be sensationalist. How else would one
describe such a viciously and unethically enforced monopoly?
“This is also the reason it’s so important to Microsoft that they “own”
all the standards as well. They used to do this by perverting industry
standards to their own proprietary specifications (e.g. Java and HTML),
but, as a result of various lawsuits and anti-trust measures, they can
no longer do that with impunity, so now they’ve adopted the devious
tactic of creating ostensibly “open” standards that are actually
encumbered with their Intellectual Monopoly, and certain gullible Free
Software developers are falling into the trap (or willingly and
malevolently hurling themselves into it).
“This is one of the most important points that I’m trying to convey WRT
Mono … it’s a subtle but effective way of recruiting converts to the
“Microsoft Way®”, both in terms of (erstwhile) Free Software developers’
views of Intellectual Monopolies, and their development paradigms.
Microsoft is not only poisoning the Well, but they’re recruiting an army
of FOSS traitors to help them do so, who in turn recruit more traitors
to poison the Well, exponentially.
“Microsoft are destroying their enemy (the Free Software community) from
within, and Mono developers and users are helping, unwittingly or
otherwise, and irrespective of whether or not they acknowledge that fact
- they are further strengthening Microsoft’s base of power, and it’s not
power they intend to use for good, as they’ve adequately demonstrated in
“Of course apathy or malevolence tends to make certain people “forget”
the past; as they systematically shred the truth from their own minds,
and replace it with rose-tinted platitudes, just as Microsoft themselves
do with Emails and other damning evidence of their crimes, that would
otherwise become court documents.
“Take Miguel de Icaza, for example, who seems to think that Windows
hasn’t crashed since the days of version 3.1; that the issues people
have with Microsoft are based purely in irrational and unjustifiable
“demonisation” (or to use that common Americanism – they’re just
“Haters”); and has nothing to do with with the technical integrity of
Microsoft’s software. No, I’m not making this up – see for yourself:
“How apt that this video is only available in Microsoft’s proprietary
format. Presumably the Free Software community were never meant to see
it (without “violating” Microsoft’s “IP”).
“If this level of brainwashing is any indication of the typical state of
mind amongst Mono developers and (willing) users, then clearly they are
an utterly lost cause. They’re not just sleeping with the enemy; they’re
revising (or ignoring) history to delude themselves that this is
perfectly acceptable, and that those who decry their support of
Microsoft are “zealots” who “demonise” them.
“No doubt SUSE users and developers perceive dissenters like me in the
same light. Anything I say against Microsoft and those who support them,
must be some kind of personal attack on innocent people. Of course they
say that, then turn to smile at their new-found friend, the Devil.” █
Posted in OpenSUSE at 9:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz
Sent an hour ago:
The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the release of openSUSE
11.1. The openSUSE 11.1 release includes more than 230 new
features, improvements to YaST, major updates to GNOME, KDE,
OpenOffice.org, and more freedom with a brand new license,
Liberation fonts, and openJDK. This is also the first release built
entirely in the openSUSE Build Service.
All of the Sneak Peeks for this release are available at on openSUSE
News. You can also find a bevy of screenshots, and a list of
features found in openSUSE 11.1. You can also find a lengthy list
of packages and version numbers on DistroWatch.
Let’s take a look at some of the specific additions in openSUSE 11.1!
On the Desktop
Desktop users will find a lot to like in this release. Users can
choose from the leading edge of GNOME and KDE development with GNOME
2.24.1 and KDE 4.1.3. We’ve also included KDE 3.5.10 for users who
prefer the classic KDE experience.
What’s new in GNOME 2.24.1?
GNOME has gotten a good set of improvements since the 11.0 release.
GNOME 2.24.1 features tabbed browsing and a new compact view in
Nautilus, improvements for Gmail users in Evolution, along with mail
templates, a new version of Ekiga, and additional improvements in
This release also includes a brand-new release of the ever-popular
Banshee. Banshee 1.4 sports support for Internet radio, compilation
albums, a Now Playing window for video and audio, support for syncing
to Android phones, and many other features that make Banshee an
excellent multimedia player for the Linux desktop.
What’s new in KDE 4.1.3?
KDE 4 has a huge number of improvements since openSUSE 11.0. In this
release you’ll find the KDE-PIM suite back in KDE 4, new games, the
KSCD CD player, KSystemLog to keep track of system changes,
improvements to Dolphin, Konqueror, and Marble integration with
OpenStreetMap. KDE has now standardized on PackageKit for its
backend, which means both desktops are using the same update stack.
The openSUSE KDE team has also backported some key features from KDE
4.2, including compositing features for KWin to provide more desktop
effects, and auto-hiding of the panel, and power management thanks to
If you’re not quite ready to make the transition to KDE 4, relax.
openSUSE 11.1 includes KDE 3.5.10 for the “classic” KDE experience.
Simply install openSUSE 11.1 from the DVD media and choose KDE 3.5.10
from the selection of other window managers in the desktop selection
This release includes OpenOffice.org 3.0, which features many
improvements over the 2.4 release found in openSUSE 11.0.
OpenOffice.org 3.0 Novell edition provides better Excel
interoperability, performance enhancements, 3D slide transitions, and
other features not found in upstream OpenOffice.org.
This release also includes support for ODF 1.2, import filters for
OOXML, Gstreamer and Mono integration, and a lot more. For
developers, this is the first release that includes the split build,
making it easier to work on components of OpenOffice.org and get
involved in its development.
Under the Hood
openSUSE 11.1 also includes several changes “under the hood,”
including a new kernel release, updated Glibc, new version of
PackageKit, Smolt integration, and many other updated applications
The YaST team has been busy with this release, working on a number of
improvements including new and re-written modules. openSUSE 11.1
includes a new printer module, redesigned partitioner module, and a
security module that allows you to check the overall security of your
Media and Download
openSUSE is now available for immediate download. openSUSE 11.1
with many choices of installation media.
* openSUSE 11.1 DVD 32-bit
* openSUSE 11.1 DVD 64-bit
* openSUSE 11.1 DVD PowerPC
* openSUSE 11.1 GNOME 32-bit Live CD
* openSUSE 11.1 KDE 4 32-bit Live CD
* openSUSE 11.1 GNOME 64-bit Live CD
* openSUSE 11.1 KDE 4 64-bit Live CD
You can also purchase a retail box with openSUSE 11.1 that includes
90-day installation support, physical media, and a printed Getting
We want to hear from you! The openSUSE Project has many channels of
* Official openSUSE Forums: forums.opensuse.org.
* Mailing Lists: The openSUSE mailing lists.
* IRC: #opensuse on irc.freenode.net and and other channels.
* Jabber, Usenet, and more.
To keep up to date with openSUSE, be sure to keep an eye on openSUSE
News and watch Planet SUSE for blog posts from the openSUSE
Want to help the openSUSE Project? To get involved with openSUSE see
the How to Participate page on the openSUSE wiki. We can use lots
of different skills to help the project, so feel free to jump in!
openSUSE 11.1 represents the combined effort of thousands of
developers who participate in openSUSE and upstream projects shipped
in openSUSE. The contributors, inside and outside the openSUSE
Project, should be proud of this release, and they deserve a
major “thank you” for all of the hard work and care that have gone
into 11.1. We hope that openSUSE 11.1 is the best openSUSE
release yet, and that it will help to encourage the use of Linux
We hope that you _have a lot of fun_ while you use openSUSE 11.1, and
we look forward to working with you on 11.2!