Links 28/03/2009: Many GNU/Linux Releases, Free Software in Governments

Posted in News Roundup at 9:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • An Open-Source Presidency

    While the U.S. has lagged behind other countries in open-source software adoption, the economic crisis will change that. Already more than 15% of the software that runs servers deployed by the U.S. government use Linux, the popular open-source operating system. We can do more.

  • Migrating the enterprise to Linux, 10 things clarified

    Any decision about any IT migration should be taken carefully, and all arguments pro and contra should be weighed in. There is no way one could ever say based on zero information if it is a good decision to start a migrating path to Linux. The article was only mentioning a few arguments for Linux adoption, and therefore it wasn’t balanced by definition. If it would have been a balanced list of arguments for or against Linux in the enterprise, it would have been named different, and it would probably have been a list a mile long.

  • Kernel Space

    • AMD Catalyst 9.3 For Linux Brings OpenGL Composite Support

      While the Catalyst driver for Windows was released a number of days ago, the Catalyst Linux driver was missing. It has, however, been released today. AMD’s Linux engineers ended up delaying the Catalyst 9.3 release so they could spend additional time tuning this driver, since it will be the last release that supports the R300 through R500 series as the support is being dropped. The significant feature that was pushed back into the Catalyst 9.3 Linux driver is improved Composite support.

    • Open-Source R600 OpenGL Support May Come Soon

      As AMD is still working on code review and obtaining permission to push out different pieces of code, much of the OpenGL work has been going on behind the scenes in a private code repository rather than in the open and needing to get permission before each commit. AMD’s John Bridgman shared this morning on the RadeonHD IRC channel that the OpenGL work is not finished yet but “a bunch of things work” and he hopes to be able to get the R600/700 Mesa code pushed into the public tree over the next week or so.

    • Video Interview with Kernel Developer Peter Anvin

      Bootloader Syslinux developer Peter Anvin, since 1992 kernel developer, gives an insight into his work.

  • Desktop Environments

    • Gnome 2.26 – Small review of interesting features

      Brasero always seemed to be the burning tool to use under linux. Or the one most used. It didn’t made much sense to have nautilus-cd-burner (which has been removed in gnome 2.26) while most people preferred brasero. Brasero is also integrated in nautilus (go to Applications -> System Tools -> CD/DVD Creator) and seems to be offering the same as nautilus-cd-burner had. I didn’t test it yet. In my opinion it’s a wise decision of gnome to make the move to brasero.

  • Distributions

    • Kubuntu 9.0.4 ScreenShots Beta

      Here is my first of many ScreenShots of the 9.0.4 beta Jaunty Jackalope series of ubuntu Based Distros. Enjoy the screen shots below…

    • Red Hat: recession is good for our business

      The global economic downturn has compelled a growing number of companies to search for ways to reduce IT costs. Uptake of open source software is climbing in this environment, which means more opportunities for the companies that have built their businesses around the open source Linux platform.

      Red Hat, one of the most prominent commercial Linux vendors, reported its quarterly earnings Thursday and revealed that its total annual revenue was $652 million, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year. Subscriptions to Red Hat’s commercial support service, which accounts for $541 million of that revenue, were up 20 percent. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, a former Delta Airlines COO who joined Red Hat in 2007, cites the recession as a factor that has contributed to the company’s success.

    • New Releases

      • Frugalware 1.0 (Anacreon) released

        The Frugalware Developer Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 1.0, our tenth stable release. The version number 1.0 does not indicate anything really special, the new release will bring you as many new features and bugfixes as usual, but it’s still a milestone in the development of the last five years.

      • PC/OS 10, Open64 and more

        We are hard at work for PC/OS 10, Open64 and PC/OpenSuite for Windows. There are no delays expected with PC/OpenSuite for Windows scheduled for an April 15th release. So far testing is going great and we are even considering a theme to replace the default Windows theme with ine that shows the PC/OS logo. We are working with an updated GUI for PC/OS 10 and Open64. Will it be the final? probably, but probably not.

      • Absolute 12.2.3 released

        This release brings kernel-, (seeing how Slackware updated their kernel the day after our last release. Bad luck, there.) Only a few other changes. New freetype and cairo working fine, when I first updated I must have ended up with a corrupt download or a bad burn on a disc — because I had trouble at first but smooth sailing since.

      • Elive 1.9.24 development released

        The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the development version 1.9.24

        Big Updates

        * Debian: We have finished syncing the repositories using the new Debian Lenny Stable, enjoy it.
        * E17: Updated Enlightenment 17 with new features. You will notice that the ‘switch desktops by moving the mouse to the edge screen’ does not work on this version anymore, for that, enable the new module.

      • Scientific Linux Live CD/DVD 5.3

        Scientific Linux Live CD/DVD 5.2 has been released for i386 and x86_64

        Just one week after releasing Scientific Linux 5.3, I’m pleased to say that Scientific Linux Live CD/DVD 5.3 has been released for i386 and x86_64. Thanks to everyone who tested it.

      • [Puppy Linux 4.1.2 Released]
  • Devices/Embedded

    • Tiny ARM9 SBC runs Angstrom Linux

      Hark Technologies announced a 2.4 x 4-inch ARM9 single-board computer (SBC) that runs OpenEmbedded Angstrom Linux. The LE-9260 incorporates an Atmel AT91SAM9260 processor clocked to 200MHz, features a “fully accessible” 32-bit expansion bus, and ships with an optional baseboard, says the South Carolina-based company.

    • Phones

      • The Driving Force Behind the Open Source Mobile Movement

        Device and hardware makers are discovering the flexibility of the Linux stack as the foundation of a platform for mobile applications that bring value to the wares they want to sell. Complications exist, but manufacturers are working through them to further drive the adoption of the Linux stack.

      • Awesome Tweet: Peter Rojas Says Flash Coming to Android

        A lot has been said of Adobe’s failure to port Flash to the iPhone and I find it curious that another firm would be contracted to port it to Android.

      • Study: Android to lead smartphone growth

        Infonetics Research released a study that projects that the smartphone market will continue to grow despite an eight percent drop in mobile-phone sales this year. The report also predicts that “open source platforms like Android” are leading the way in shaping the smartphone market.

      • Openmoko to Present FreeRunner Embedded Mobile Platform at Special Session During Embedded Systems Conference

        Sean Moss-Pultz, CEO of Openmoko, will talk about the FreeRunner in an interview with Bill Gatliff, Contributing Editor for Embedded Systems Programming Magazine, and a presenter and member of the Advisory Panel for the Embedded Systems. Following the interview, TechInsights, organizers of the Embedded Systems Conference, and Openmoko will give away an Openmoko FreeRunner to five audience members. Openmoko is also offering a show special, reducing the price of the FreeRunner from $399 to $299 for 30 days.

      • Open source meets mobile

        Mozilla is looking for feedback from developers and users, who increasingly expect their mobile browsers to deliver a near-desktop experience. For example, Fennec features add-on support, as well as the ability to edit bookmark folders. Fennec will be using the TraceMonkey JavaScript compiler to produce quicker startup times on applications as well as faster panning and zooming. Mozilla is apparently shooting for a release by the end of this year; we can’t wait to see this fox in action.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Ubuntu’s LPIA-based MID Edition Can Save 10%+ Power

        When it comes to putting Ubuntu Linux on mobile devices, Canonical has two flavors of their popular Linux distribution to suit the needs of vendors and end-users: Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Ubuntu MID. The former targets netbook computers (hence its name), particularly those with Intel Atom processors, and brings a unique interface atop GNOME.

      • Why Palm’s WebOS Could Shake up the Netbook World

        1. WebOS is the most attractive and intuitive Linux OS. Ever. Yes, distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint look nice, and I’m sure Android will make some waves in the netbook arena (Asus is rumored to be working on a system) but WebOS is far and away the most consumer-friendly mobile OS I’ve seen. It just looks polished and slick–and no offense–doesn’t feel like you’re using Linux. Given that Microsoft is considering selling crippled netbooks with a Starter edition of Windows 7 that can run only three apps simultaneously (presumably in the hopes of upselling to a premium version) Dell or another PC manufacturer would be wise to either inquire about licensing WebOS or acquire Palm outright.

Free Software/Open Source

  • [theora] libtheora 1.1alpha1 (thusnelda) release

    This is a very alpha release, and may be unstable. We’re making it more widely available at this point to facilitate wider testing and try to flush out those issues. The primary change is a completely rewritten encoder with vastly improved quality vs. bitrate in the default vbr/constant-quality mode, and better tracking of the target bitrate in cbr mode. There are some minor changes to the decoder and examples, but the new encoder is the reason to try out this release.

  • Microsoft’s many open-source faces

    What the !%!%!% is going on? Has Microsoft listened to itself lately?

    Of course it has. Microsoft is simply going through growing pains as it learns to adapt to the open-source friendly world in which it lives. Any big company will both compete with and collaborate with open-source software, and Microsoft is no exception. What we’re witnessing is the natural inconsistencies made public through Microsoft’s efforts to get open source right.

  • Open source, Twitter and narcissm

    The Guardian said the draft review requires primary school children to be familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication.


    But from this FOSS bloggist’s view-point it’s all a bit confusing: on one hand, congrats to Sir Jim for his modernity and open-sourcity. Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia. All Free*, Open Source software innovations (or at least powered by the LAMP/LAPP stack). I salute him.

  • Hackertopia and Piracy, Inc.

    What an opportune time for Open Source to surge ahead. The increasing maturity of open source software has won over many holdouts, and the recession has driven many towards open source software to cut costs. Yet, software is merely the vanguard of the immense Open Source movement. There are countless projects in the fields of music, art, food, electronics, beer, automobiles, sanitation, tractors, you name it.

  • Web content management vendors turn to open source search

    Web content management (WCM) vendors are increasingly bundling open source site search functionality into their products, rather than recommending third-party alternatives, according to the Web CMS Report 2009 from CMS Watch.

  • OpEd: The Future of Open Source

    Erik suggests this will drive productivity and shift developers’ orientation from features to application composition, and programming from the creation of features to the creation of the “glue code” that binds together pre-built components. I think he’s quite right.

    In fact, we’re seeing this future play out every day as software developers face an embarrassment of riches in community-contributed languages, frameworks and components.

  • Business

    • How to choose the right open source solution for your business

      While options for open source solutions and other types of free software abound, many IT executives struggle with finding the best alternative that fits their business’ needs and their IT architecture.

    • Interview with eZ Systems – Lessons from 10 Years of Open Source

      After 10 years in the business, eZ Systems’ core product, eZ Publish (news, site) — a PHP-based open source web content management system — has undergone some major changes. As one of the early module based systems and a front runner of open source cms, eZ Publish has seen everything from a limited amount of allowed modules to major integration with other eZ Systems products like eZ Find and even the movement towards a SaaS Web CMS model.

    • Results Are In for Future of Open Source Survey

      Respondents to the survey cited Ingres, Red Hat and Alfresco as top open source companies to watch. When asked if growing open source usage is resulting in increased application complexity, 58 percent said it introduced more complexity, 25 percent said less complexity, and 17 percent said no more or less.

    • The Open Source CRM Argument: Where Does Your Company Fall?

      “Open source CRM, when it’s sitting on top of Asterisk especially, is a great advantage as it reduces call center operating costs by two-thirds or more,” said Martin Schneider, director of product marketing at SugarCRM Inc. Digium Inc.’s Asterisk, the world’s largest open source telephony project with 1.5 million downloads in 2008, is free.

    • The Future of Open Source Technology and Acquia

      North Bridge Venture Partners, one of the investors in Acquia where I work, recently conducted a survey on the future of open source software. The 435 respondents consisted of mostly open source vendors, software developers, consultants, integrators, and private sector companies. An overwhelming 96%, up from 81% in 2008, believe the economic turbulence is good for open source software.

    • Open Source Toolkit for Job Hunters

      Once you are in the interview process with an organization, you may be asked to do a presentation to prove your knowledge and skills. (Even if you’re not, you might want to think about doing one.) KPresenter 1.6.1 is the open source presentations part of the KOffice suite. This project is excellent for combining text and graphics into slides either for on-screen presentation or handouts. If your potential employer has you interviewing with a globally dispersed team, you can use KPresenter to put your presentation online using the HTML slideshow functionality, allowing everyone to see your presentation easily.

    • Open source in a down economy: The video

      In case you weren’t able to attend the Open Source Business Conference today, or simply arrived too late to hear my opening remarks, I shared this video to illustrate how open source is rising…even as the economy falls.

    • Nuxeo

  • Security

    • Is open source safer?

      According to Hasson, the uptake and awareness of open source software is rapidly increasing, and there are more malware threats targeting proprietary software, making open source a safer choice.

    • IT security on the cheap

      One difference has been the school’s willingness to employ open source software tools, and he encouraged those even in more buttoned-down organizations to give them a whirl. “You will not find ‘cheap but perfect’ when using open source,” but you might find good enough tools that can save you tens of thousands of dollars vs. commercial offerings, he said. “Tools are getting better and upgrades are coming faster in part because more people are using them and giving more feedback.” Sherry noted that Brown runs risk assessments on open source tools just like it would on any other tools.

  • Funding

    • Open Source Casino To Fund Open Source

      Linux Fund is pleased to announce Linux Fund Casino, an open source online gaming site that will launch immediately upon the impending repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), the proceeds of which will benefit Linux Fund’s mission to support open source software.


    • Free Software and Copyright Law:

      Yesterday I attended a talk given by Richard Stallman here at Temple, on copyright law’s increasing dis-utility (and Stallman’s proposals for reform of that law).

      Stallman, needless to say, is a fascinating character. He’s already a major figure in the history of computing and computers, and it may turn out that he’s a major figure in the history of the production of creative works more generally – time will tell about that. Twenty-five years ago, he had a ridiculous – borderline insane, really – idea: “free software” (“free,” as he takes pains to remind us, in the sense “free speech,” not “free beer”). Large numbers of people could collaborate to produce functioning and efficient software systems that would be outside of anyone’s proprietary control? Why would anyone do that? Where’s the incentive? Who’s going to work “for free”? Who would be in charge? How could they all possibly make it work on the technical side?

      Of course, he managed to pull it off – not on his own, to be sure, but he surely deserves a great deal of the credit for the success of open source software, software which now dominates a number of important segments of the computer universe and which is becoming more and more central to the business models of even the giants in the industry (e.g., Sun Microsystems and IBM).

  • Sun

    • Videos: get involved!

      The idea is very simple: webcams are very popular, almost every new laptop has one. So you might have one, and if not, you probably know someone who has one, and can lend it to you. You could make a “living” postcard: get in front of the camera and tell why OOo is special and how to get involved.

    • Sun Sees the Cloud as Its Chance to Shine

      The future of open source computing, and indeed, the future of computing in general, lies in cloud computing, according to Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems.

    • Business Software: Open Source and Cloud Computing

      There has been a lot of press on cloud computing applications. Cloud computing delivers a single application through the browser to thousands of customers using a multitenant architecture. On the customer side, it means no upfront investment in servers or software licensing; on the provider side, costs are low compared to conventional hosting.

    • Sun’s McNealy touts open source, bashes Oracle and IBM

      Like the man who succeeded him at the job of CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, McNealy also loudly beat the open source drum, but in his own inimitable style. Open source code is less buggy and more stable than proprietary code and insulates companies from the “shelf-life-of-a-banana problem” in which technology becomes obsolete 18 months after it was released.

    • Sun Microsystem’s chief executive Jonathan Schwartz pushes open source and free software as he launches Sun Cloud.

      “In the technology marketplace – Linux, Java, MySQL, Firefox, Apache, Eclipse, NetBeans, OpenOffice.org, OpenSolaris – the same applies: Free is a universal price, requires to currency translation, and reaches the longest tail of the market.”

      By investing heavily in FOSS, Schwartz said, Sun earns the “attention and engagement” of people they might otherwise never reach. Developers in turn improve on the open source product, anchoring those developers more firmly to the open source platform.

    • Cernunnos Project Announces 1.1 Release of Open Source, Reusable Libraries for Java Environments
    • Open source Java projects: Jakarta Cactus

      Unit tests require a granularity that is hard to achieve when testing components inside of a server-side container — which is exactly why some test-driven developers use Jakarta Cactus. Cactus extends the popular JUnit testing framework with an in-container strategy that enables you to execute test cases for servlets, EJBs, and other server-side code. In this Open source Java projects installment, Steven Haines shows you how to write Cactus test cases for a servlet and run them automatically.

  • Government

    • UK government and open source adoption in a recession

      Last month the UK Cabinet Office released a short document entitled ‘Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan’ that redefines, among other things, the UK government’s approach to open source software. Part of the document is well thought through. The rest is less engaging. For more information, see our forthcoming report entitled ‘UK government and open source adoption in a recession’.

    • DISA and OSSI collaborate to expand strategic open source opportunities for Government IT systems

      The DoD’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) announced today a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between DISA and OSSI, a US-based non-profit membership organization.

      The CRADA involves release of an open source version of DISA’s internally-developed Corporate Management Information System (CMIS) for the purpose of a collaborative partnership between Government, non-profit organizations, academia and industry to research and develop state-of-the-art capabilities and functionality for DISA software for use by DoD, the Federal Government, state and local governments and the public. The CMIS program is a web-based Federal administrative software suite consisting of more than 50 applications which handles human resource, training, security, acquisition and related functions for DISA’s more than 16,000 users worldwide.

    • BJP to Adopt Open Source, Connect District Offices

      According to Bora, BJP is probably the only large organization in the country, which is going 100 percent open source. The party has also developed an open-source IP-based Unified Communication (UC) system that facilitates IP-based telephony, instant messages, and video telephony in both- individual and broadcast mode

  • Programming

    • Jetty moves to Eclipse

      Some components, developed under the umbrella of the Jetty project, have been spun out into their own projects, or become modules with their own release cycles. For example, the cometD implementation has moved from Jetty’s contrib repository to the Dojo Foundations cometd.org project.

    • Google promotes summer open-source internships

      At least, that’s what Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) hopes. On a trip to Google’s Cambridge office last week, Chris DiBona, Google’s open-source program manager, talked about the Summer of Code, the Mountain View, Calif., company’s global open-source internship program.


  • Government may lift lid on NHS IT project secrecy

    The government may do a dramatic U-turn and start releasing the findings of its Gateway Review project management reports on major IT projects.

  • Lobbyists May Subvert Disclosure Laws to Lobby on Stimulus

    The administration really touched a nerve by requiring that lobbyist meetings actually be disclosed to the public. It looks like lobbyists are declaring war on any expansion of lobbyist disclosure laws

    This action by the lobbying community also provides more grease for the gears to expand the definition of registered lobbyists in Washington. There are far too many non-lobbyist lobbyists in this city.

  • Open Source Knowledge Stack Call for Contributors

    The Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS) project is relatively new, formed in January 2009 in part with funding from the European Commission. Its goal is to provide an open source technology stack for adding semantic web enhancements to existing open source content management systems.

  • Copyrights

    • Sleight Of Hand: If We Don’t Call It DRM, We Can Pretend That DRM Is Gone

      [I]t’s quite clear that many in the content industry still believe DRM is a good idea (or, rather a “necessary” idea), despite the fact that it doesn’t work. DRM, despite what they might say, does not “enable new business models” at all.

    • PRS Threatens Woman For Playing Radio To Her Horses Without Paying A Licensing Fee

      The latest (sent in by a few folks) is that PRS has now threatened a woman who plays classical music to her horses in her stable to keep them calm. She had been turning on the local classical music station, saying that it helped keep the horse calm — but PRS is demanding £99 if she wants to keep providing such a “public performance.” And it’s not just a one-off. Apparently a bunch of stables have been receiving such calls.

      Obviously, this is not a case of random excessive attempts by PRS to squeeze more money out of people. It’s become systematic. The group seems to believe that playing music in almost any situation now constitutes a public performance and requires a licensing fee. You just know they’re salivating over the opportunity to go after people playing music in their cars with the windows down.

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Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Release: An Overview

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Review, Servers, SLES/SLED at 11:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

HAVING WATCHED very closely the announcements of this product, I finally present what I was able to gather.

We wrote about the release of SLE* 11 on Tuesday and on Thursday, where we separately remarked on Novell’s announcement. Here is the official announcement/press release (also in Linux Electrons). We start with Novell’s own coverage.

The Spinners

Novell’s PR Director, Ian Bruce, wrote about this release and there was a chunk of videos from Grant Ho who works for him.

Except for E-mails that Novell’s PR department must have sent to many reporters, here is its direct output from the past week:

  1. It’s here!
  2. Grant Ho Episode 5 – It’s here!
  3. We couldn’t do this alone

We covered some more of it before and we usually find that they throw some of that IDC 'study' into it, despite the fact that Novell paid for it too.

In an article that quotes us, SJVN calls SLED/SLES 11 “Novell’s marriage of Linux and Windows.” “I believe you pronounce SLES as ‘sleeze’,” says one person in Digg in response to this article.

.NET-savvy or Microsoft-savvy? Microsoft Linux?

Coverage from Jupitermedia was particularly interesting because it treats Novell’s submission to Microsoft as though it’s all fine and dandy. Here is what Sean wrote:

Novell generates a large portion of its Linux revenues from Microsoft as a result of a November 2006 deal between the two companies. SLES 11 benefits from the Microsoft partnership and will offer at least one feature that no other enterprise Linux distribution has ever had, support for Microsoft’s .NET framework.

The .NET support comes by way of the Novell led Mono effort which to date has only been available on community Linux distributions like Novell’s openSUSE and Red Hat’s Fedora. Red Hat has told InternetNews.com in the past that it was not interested in including Mono with its Red Hat Enterprise Linux release.

Technically, Novell is calling the .NET support, SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension. It’s intended to enable users to run fully supported Microsoft .NET-based applications on Linux.

Some corresponding comments can be found here.

Eric Lai, who typically covers Microsoft and its intersections with OSS, wrote an article stating that “With SUSE Linux 11, Novell draws even closer to Microsoft”

The latest version of SUSE Linux Enterprise, Novell’s commercial distribution of the open-source operating system, bears more fruit from Novell’s controversial two-and-a-half-year-old interoperability alliance with Microsoft.

Here is the comments section where it says:

[A]s much as I like SuSE as a distribution: I’m inclined to avoid it in order to prevent dragging myself into the fray and to watch the situation very carefully to examine what evidence might come forth as to Microsoft’s true end goal.

Other Announcement Coverage

Being a major announcement, it has received a lot of coverage. Here is what we netted.

The Inquirer: Novell SUSE Linux 11 out

AFTER TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING, Novell is releasing latest flagship SUSE Linux platform.

Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 are the first major updates since SLES and SLED 10 in 2006.

Pam Derringer at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: SUSE 11 could boost Linux adoption with cloud

Novell SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 debuts today with numerous enhancements that should boost performance in the data center. Novell and IBM also teamed up on a cloud computing initiative that could potentially bolster SUSE Linux adoption in the long term.

Alastair Otter at Tectonic: Novell releases Suse Linux Enterprise 11

Novell yesterday released Suse Linux Enterprise 11 which includes a number of features intended to make the operating system interoperate better with Microsoft’s Windows OS. Major changes in the interests of interoperability include improvements in systems management, virtualisation and document formats.

Desktop Linux: SLE 11 adds enterprise features

Meanwhile, Novell has added a number of enterprise-oriented features and extensions to the new SLE distros, led by the new Mono support for .NET compatibility. Novell points to its somewhat controversial five-year partnership with Microsoft as a key to helping make SLE 11 work seamlessly with Microsoft Windows “in cross-platform virtualization, systems management, identity/directory federation, and document compatibility,” says the company.

David Meyer at CNET and ZDNet: Novell releases Suse Linux Enterprise 11 (also in mirrors)

Paula Rooney at ZDNET: Novell delivers SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

Richard Adhikari at ECT: Novell Aims for the Clouds With Suse Enterprise 11

David Berlind at InformationWeek: Podcast: New Rev Of SUSE Linux First To Officially Support .NET, Silverlight

Charles Babcock at InformationWeek: Novell Launches Suse 11 With Eye On Virtual Appliances

Daniel Robinson at VNUNET: Novell ships Suse Linux Enterprise 11 (also in here)

J.A. Watson at ZDNet UK: SuSE Linux Enterprise 11 Released

Kevin McLaughlin at CRN: Novell Takes Wraps Off SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

Liam Lahey at eChannel Line (strongly pro-Novell): Novell ships SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

LinuxQuestions: SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Released

OSDir: Novell SUSE Linux 11 Release

Heise Online: SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

Heise: SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 released

TechRadar: SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 is here

ITNews( in Italian): IT: Novell presenta SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

OSNews Novell Releases Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11

Zmanda piggybacked this announcement to issue one of its own

Zmanda Delivers Data Protection for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell

Zmanda™, the leader in open source backup and recovery software, today announced that its flagship products, Amanda Enterprise 3.0, and Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL 3.0 have been certified on SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL – News), the Linux platform that drives mission-critical computing from the desktop to the data center, for physical and virtual environments.

Beyond the Announcement

The Novell channel peddled a SLE 11 wallpaper and a review came from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who had received a copy of SLED 11 in advance. Being a pragmatist who has been a SUSE user for years, he concluded with:

SLED, with all of its Microsoft integration, isn’t a Linux for free software purists. But it is a desktop Linux distro that makes a fine drop-in replacement for Windows at most offices.

Why would you want to do that? Because while there are some things that Windows users take for granted, such as being locked into Microsoft’s document formats, there are security threats, such as Conflicker, that could destroy a business. If you want Windows compatibility, but you’d prefer a cheaper and more stable and secure alternative, then SLED 11 is the desktop operating system for you.

Here are SJVN’s screenshots and here is long analysis from The Var Guy, who has not tried SLED 11 yet (so he mostly echoes what he hears from Novell or the press).

The Indian press combined news about the economy with this release of SLE.

Strengthening its strategy for open source and Linux, Novell recently announced its latest offering in SUSE Linux – the Enterprise Version 11. The new version comes to the market almost a year and a half after Novell released version 10.

Amy Newman, who writes about virtualisation, asks about the effects on this release from Novell on her area of interest/focus.

On Tuesday, Novell released version 11 of Suse Linux Enterprise Server. Key feature improvements are enterprise Mono support (.NET on Linux), high availability enhancements and a streamlined operating system build geared toward appliance vendors.

Even more significantly, is SLES 11′s shift in focus. As virtualization has gained ground, vendors and analysts alike have been eulogizing the operating system. It appears Novell is among the first to take the message seriously.

So that’s about all for the time being. Moe reviews will surely come soon.

SCO News: Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy

Posted in Courtroom, Finance, GNU/Linux, Novell, SCO, UNIX at 10:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Blue screen of SCO

Summary: Updates on SCO, which has made more corporate information available

AT THE BEGINNING of this week, SCO filed its 10-Q. MarketWatch has a copy.

In its ruling of July 16, 2008, the Court also directed Novell to file a proposed Final Judgment consistent with the Court’s trial and summary judgment orders. In its proposed submission to the Court in compliance with this order, Novell took the position that final judgment could not be entered because certain of our claims are stayed pending arbitration and the imposition of a constructive trust remained an open question in the Bankruptcy Court. Subsequently, in order to expedite the entry of final judgment, we sought to resolve these issues with Novell and agreed to an extension of Novell’s deadline for filing its submission. Based on our tracing of Sun’s payments under its 2003 SCOsource agreement, Novell agreed that only $625,487 of our current assets were traceable as trust funds. We also proposed dismissing our stayed claims with prejudice on the basis of the Court’s ruling that Novell owns the pre-APA UNIX copyrights in the Court’s summary judgment order of August 10, 2007. On August 29, 2008, in its Submission Regarding the Entry of Final Judgment, Novell informed the Court of the parties’ agreement as to the trust amount, but Novell stood by its position that final judgment could not be entered in light of the stayed claims. On September 15, 2008, we filed papers arguing for the entry of final judgment.

Yahoo! Finance this copy too and Pamela Jones took it apart in Groklaw. Pseudonym “Paul Murphy” mumbles some more about SCO while Groklaw makes it clear that it’s the end of SCO pretty much, either as a technical or legal firm (SCO is selling all its assets).

This is just like the last time SCO filed a reorganization plan.

More bankruptcy filings can be found in Groklaw.

There are a lot of filings to catch up on in the SCO bankruptcy, the usual bleeding of the patient with bills and such. Also the monthly operating reports for January from SCO, and the transcript [PDF] from the December hearing which was embargoed until March but is now available. We had put it in the Bankruptcy Timeline page, while I was busy working on other things, but someone asked for it today, so I’ll highlight that it is available, in case others missed it. If you check Groklaw’s Timeline pages, you’ll generally be able to find the document you are looking for. No matter what else is or isn’t going on, we keep that updated.

SCO may be irrelevant now, but Jones is determined to go further into the past and find more answers for future use.

I found something eye-poppingly interesting. Do you remember at the SCO v. Novell trial, where John Maciaszek testified that there was never a charge for earlier versions of Unix/UnixWare? That going all the way back to AT&T days, the earlier products were thrown in free? I have gotten hold of a contract where it seems to me that the licensee was charged for earlier products. Yes. $400 a copy.

Now that SCO litigation is very slow, lies that it had been telling can be pointed out and properly documented.

Novell News Summary – Part III: Novell Products, People, and Toxic Waste

Posted in Mail, Marketing, Mono, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat, Videos, Virtualisation at 10:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

THE Novell-funded IDC ‘study’ which we last mentioned and summarised a week ago is still being kicked around despite the obvious bias and the source which is a mouth to rent (or rant).

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Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE Aside from the SLE* 11 Release, Xandros and Presto Coverage

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, Red Hat, SLES/SLED, Xandros at 8:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


SLES 11 has been released (more on that later), but some sites are still writing about SLES 10 whilst vendors preinstall SLED 10. There is the following offer from H-P:

One gigabyte of DDR2 memory is standard; the system maximum of 2GB is a $50 option, and also requires a change from Win XP Home to another operating system — HP offers Windows Vista, Vista with a “downgrade” to Windows XP Professional, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

Red Hat’s fantastic financial results had its GNU/Linux business compared to Novell’s over in BetaNews, which covers Novell and Microsoft rather frequently.

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Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE Build Service, Summer of Code, and More

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Novell, OpenSUSE at 7:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


THE MAIN news for this project is probably the release of Build Service 1.5, which was announced in the project’s Web site.

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Eye on Microsoft: Windows and Security News

Posted in Mail, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 6:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A bunch of links about Windows and security

Leaked memo says Conficker pwns Parliament

The House of Commons IT systems has reportedly been infected by the infamous Conficker superworm, which has previously infected millions of Windows PCs and affected the operation of hospitals, military and large corporate systems.

Parliament reveals lack of digital security

The parliamentary IT system has suffered a virus attack, joining millions of other computers that have fallen victim to the Conficker computer virus.

But astonishingly, an email sent to MPs, lords and their staff reveals that parliament’s IT network seems to be completely unsecured.

Breaking news: Australian Government’s Classification Board website hacked

Breaking News: Australian Classification Board website attacked by hackers

In the mad fight to finally get a true R18+ rating for Australian gamers, there have been a few blows passed from both teams – the latest one was a flat-out refusal of the rating back in February 2009.

On top of that is the contention over ACMA’s blacklist, of which the Classification Board was recently placed in charge of.

94% of emails are spam or viruses

More than 90% of all emails are spam or viruses. So says South African Linux specialist Synaq, which monitors more than 10 million corporate emails every day using its Pinpoint SecureMail product. Just 5% of emails entering corporate networks are in fact legitimate, the company says.

Also see: Why Microsoft Doomed Exchange... and E-mail Too

Windows Vista Leads to Another ‘Capable’ Lawsuit, Windows No Longer Gratis Either

Posted in Deception, Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 6:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Dart failure

Summary: Windows news ranging from a lawsuit to tightening of DRM, bad marketing, and betrayal of developers

Windows Vista has Microsoft face a couple of lawsuits right now, the former of which focuses on Microsoft’s collusion with Intel [1, 2, 3]. Add another one to this group of lawsuits now that Acer gets sued for Vista-incapable computers.

Two Middle Americans have sued Acer over its low-cost Aspire notebooks, claiming that the Taiwanese PC giant pre-installed Windows Vista on machines ill-equipped to run Microsoft’s latest OS.

With a lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco, California, two residents of Fostoria, Ohio seek damages and relief from the world’s third-largest computer maker after purchasing a sub-$600 Aspire notebook that included Windows Vista Premium and a gigabyte of shared system and graphics memory.

It was Acer’s CEO who said that the entire industry is disappointed with Vista. That was almost 2 years ago when Microsoft was still spending a lot of money to deceive the public, so this remark from the head of a large OEM stood out, obviously.

There is some other Windows news that’s worth paying attention to. For example, despite the fact that Microsoft needs and sometimes takes pride in counterfeiting of Windows, the company is now tightening the screws for extra cash.

Microsoft updates WGA

SOFTWARE GIANT MICROSOFT is updating Windows XP anti-piracy technology to detect illegal copies installed with stolen or faked product keys, or with new activation cracks.

This is a bad strategy because it will push a lot more people to GNU/Linux, but on the financial side, it may give Microsoft short-term gains.

“They are planting some supportive information using a corruptible analyst (in this case about Vista 7) and then push links to it to the press, as revealed by Mary Jo Foley.”Microsoft is coming to realise that this business model of licensing an operating system through/to OEMs is reaching its end. The company has already experimented with subscription and it tries to prevent protocols and formats from being a commodity. It also tries hard to push companies into new lock-in such as OOXML. It uses the corrupted individuals at Gartner Group to do this right now (as shown early in the week) and as Roughly Drafted put it the other day, “PC market share numbers as reported by groups such as IDG and Gartner were invented in the 90s to flatter Microsoft and marginalize competitors, providing a quotable metric to prove that nobody could possibly compete against the monopoly, so why even try.”

It is the same with TCO.  The genesis of this term is a Microsoft-Gartner deal that we uncovered before in a series of posts.

To be more specific, by “corrupted individuals” in this case we refer to Michael Silver, who is still acting in complete alignment with Microsoft's evangelism presentation. They are planting some supportive information using a corruptible analyst (in this case about Vista 7) and then push links to it to the press, as revealed by Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft did this with the Burton Group quite recently in order to advance OOXML.

Moving on and looking at news about Windows, the latest advertising campaign is being ridiculed and Microsoft has come under fire for its approach towards developers, whom it now charges to merely develop for Windows Mobile. Both reports are from IDG.

Microsoft’s New Message: Windows Is For Losers?


So, Microsoft, if this is the message you’re pushing–that your prospective customers “aren’t cool enough” to own a Mac, what does this make your users? Losers?


Microsoft may charge developers if they submit within a year more than five applications or application updates to the Windows Mobile Marketplace, a move that has some developers concerned that the store won’t be able to compete with the iPhone App Store or the Android Market.

How far would Microsoft go for revenue? Microsoft is not as profitable as people are led to believe.

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