Microsoft and Turbolinux, a Tokyo-based Linux distributor up with a patent cross licensing deal and agreement to work more closely together. At present, Windows and Turbolinux machines on a mixed network can’t access a common authentication database, but their deal should change this, said Noriko Otake, a spokeswoman for Turbolinux in Tokyo.
Yet another distro took the deal for FUD.
Christina has published a nice list of 50 apps to get your office on open source software. This is a worth bookmark page:
Open source software has a lot to offer the business world. Aside from the fact that theyâ€™re generally free, many open source programs are more secure, reliable and customizable than their proprietary counterparts. In fact, many large companies, including big names like Amazon, Google, and Yahoo, run their servers with Linux rather than Windows. Open source software is often some of the best software for the job, even when cost is no consideration. So how can you make open source software work for your business? Here are 50 apps that can help your office get on track to join the growing numbers of businesses that have made the switch to open source.
The intention seems to be good, but there are few errors. For example Skype is not open source or GNOME is not Linux distribution. I hope author will fix out errors.
=> Linux for Business: 50 Apps to Get your Office on Open Source
Open source is getting lots of popularity and if you are an entrepreneur you make some good money too. HylaFAX is an enterprise-class system for sending and receiving facsimiles as well as for sending alpha-numeric pages. The software is designed around a client-server architecture. Fax modems may reside on a single machine on a network and clients can submit an outbound job from any other machine on the network. Client software is designed to be lightweight and easy to port.
iFAX, a commercial company that is built on open source fax server software HylaFAX, was recently included in Inc. Magazine’s 2007 list of the top 500 fastest growing companies in the United States. iFAX founder Darren Nickerson says one of the keys to iFAX’s success has been its commitment to the open source community behind HylaFAX. “Our success is tied to the openness of the software.”
=> Open source entrepreneur turns his hobby into an Inc. 500 enterprise
I am not sure if this is PR stuff or real news. Microsoft is giving out vouchers to its customer for Novell Linux.
Novell’s Linux business has soared 243 percent since last November when the company signed its controversial deal with Microsoft. Steinman said part of its growth was directly related to the Microsoft deal, adding that Novell has billed more than US$100 million in business through its Microsoft relationship. He added that the growth was also due to the halo effect of the arrangement. When we’re out there competing with Red Hat, [our salespeople] are saying, ‘Our Linux is recommended by Microsoft,’ and customers that already have a Windows investment say it seems to make sense to pick the Linux that works with Windows.”
I am wondering why Microsoft is helping out Linux?
Finally big blue has announced that it will support and promote OpenOffice.org office suite. These are the same companies once promoted Microsoft product. Dell, HP and IBM will one day force more Linux desktop systems and open source software for all of us:
The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of OpenOffice.org. Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite’s software, IBM will also leverage OpenOffice.org technology in its products.
This is great news for the tens of millions of users of OpenOffice.org and the thousands of individual members of the projectâ€, said John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead. â€œWe welcome IBM’s contributions to further enhancing the OpenOffice.org product. But equally important is IBM’s future commitment to package and distribute new works that leverage OpenOffice.org technology supporting the ISO ODF standard. ODF is a once in a generation opportunity for the IT industry to unify round a standard, and deliver lasting benefit to users of desktop technology.â€
=> IBM JOINS OPENOFFICE.ORG COMMUNITY [openoffice.org]
Go Linux go…
After Dell, it is now Hewlett-Packard, the worldâ€™s largest PC manufacturer, has announced it will start selling Linux-based PCs from $AU600 in Australia. The pc is powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 desktop will come pre-loaded on the HP dx2250 desktop computer — an AMD-based model. This system aimed at small to medium businesses. Technical support is offered by Red Hat.
This article explains howto setup and running with the Linux Virtual Server and Linux-HA.org’s Heartbeat in 5 easy steps. You can construct a highly available Apache Web server cluster that spans multiple physical or virtual Linux servers with Linux Virtual Server (LVS) and Heartbeat v2:
Spreading a workload across multiple processors, coupled with various software recovery techniques, provides a highly available environment and enhances overall RAS (Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability) of the environment. Benefits include faster recovery from unplanned outages, as well as minimal effects of planned outages on the end user.
This article illustrates the robust Apache Web server stack with 6 Apache server nodes (though 3 nodes is sufficient for following the steps outlined here) as well as 3 Linux Virtual Server (LVS) directors. We used 6 Apache server nodes to drive higher workload throughputs during testing and thereby simulate larger deployments. The architecture presented here should scale to many more directors and backend Apache servers as your resources permit, but we haven’t tried anything larger ourselves. Figure 1 shows our implementation using the Linux Virtual Server and the linux-ha.org components.
However article failed to mention few things such as redundant networking, a cluster file system / shared storage and other stuff. Nevertheless tutorial is a good start for new Linux admin.
=> Set up a Web server cluster in 5 easy steps
From the project home page:
This page is an attempt to track ongoing developments in the Linux development community that have a good chance of appearing in a mainline kernel and/or major distros sometime in the near future.
This is an interesting way to track down upcoming changes, technology in Linux and related project such as KDE or security patches. You can use a feed reader to subscribe to the feed of forecast updates.
This is yet another example that shows us one can make money with open source software.
Network security specialist Sourcefire announced Friday that it has acquired ClamAV, an open-source gateway anti-malware project whose technologies are used in the products of a number of other vendors:
With nearly 1 million unique IP addresses downloading ClamAV malware updates daily across more than 120 mirrors in 38 countries, ClamAV is one of the most broadly adopted open source security projects worldwide. ClamAV has also been recognized as comparable in quality and coverage to leading commercial anti-virus solutions. Most recently, at LinuxWorld this year, ClamAV was one of only three anti-virus technologies to provide a 100% detection rate in their live ‘Fight Club’ test featuring live submissions from the show audience.
Sourcefire said that under the terms of the deal, it has purchased all of the project’s technology and related trademarks, as well as the copyrights controlled by all developers involved in the effort, including its founder Tomasz Kojm.