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Sun looks to steal Linux thunder with Project Indiana

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Release of OpenSolaris binaries next year a move to mimic Linux’s distribution model and community

Looking to steal thunder from the Linux juggernaut or at least catch the same wave, Sun plans to release binaries in Spring 2008 for its OpenSolaris Unix platform, similar to how Linux is offered, as part of the company’s Project Indiana.

Sun officials discussed the effort at a meeting in San Francisco on Thursday. The company wants to mimic the Linux distribution model as a way to grow the market for Solaris.

“Over the last five or 10 years, orders of magnitude more people in the world know Linux environment than know Solaris. This is a problem,” said Ian Murdock, Sun’s chief OS strategist and a former CTO of the Linux Foundation.

Having already offered up Solaris to open source via the OpenSolaris project, Sun will expand its proselytizing of the platform by releasing binaries. Project Indiana seeks to combine what Sun described as the best of Solaris — its enterprise-class capabilities, innovation, and backward compatibility — with the best of Linux — its distribution model, community, and its being free and open source.

“Even with open source, the binary platform is the key thing of value,” said Murdock.

Pre-releases of Project Indiana are expected to start this fall. Also featured as part of the project will be short release cycles that will offer something downloadable offered every six months. Developers will get the latest Solaris innovations without having to build the Solaris code.

“The main goal of Indiana is to reorient Solaris around the distribution model,” said Murdock.

With the project, Sun is moving to a two-tier development environment in which enterprise customers can get the commercial version of Solaris and developers can access the Indiana binary version.

Read more: InfoWorld

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Written by syazli7

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 at 23:05:46 +0800

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Sun To Split Solaris Distribution Model

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The company will use Project Indiana to target the Linux developer community and its enterprise customers with frequent community-oriented releases of the operating system.

Sun Microsystems on Thursday said it is establishing a two-tier distribution model for its Solaris operating system in an attempt to capture market share from its Linux competitors.

Tentatively dubbed “Project Indiana,” the distribution methodology is based on a network-based package management system that runs on a 6-month release cycle of the latest improvements. The packages could be contributed by Sun, the open source community, or individuals. Currently under development in the Sun-founded OpenSolaris community, the first release is due out in Spring of 2008. Sun said test releases would be made available beginning in Fall 2007. The enterprise-version of Solaris is expected to maintain its current, predictable, and long release cycle schedule.

“From a product standpoint, think of this as one Solaris with two distributions: One for enterprise and one for development,” said Marc Hamilton, Sun VP of Solaris Marketing. While Solaris Express has been considered a successful distribution model, Hamilton noted its disadvantage is that it is only available to Sun’s customers.

The project first came to light during the JavaOne conference in May 2007 just as Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution and the commercial Linux distributor Progeny, was making his debut as Sun’s Chief Operating Platforms Officer.

Coming from the Linux community, Murdock noted the difficulty developers had in moving applications between Linux and Solaris, despite their common ancestry. His stated goal now is to “bridge the familiarity” between the two operating systems to a point where Sun can make a compelling reason for developers and their bosses to structure applications based around Solaris even if they are currently running code over Linux operating systems like Red Hat or SuSE.

“Your average application these days is probably made with Ruby on Rails to run on Linux,” Murdock said during a press briefing Thursday. “We at Sun would take a look at that and say to our customers, ‘You should move that to Solaris.’ When they say, ‘Why?’… We can show them how things like DTrace [a code-testing tool in the operating system], which has special software designed for Ruby — but not on Linux. We have to give them a unique compelling reason to make the shift.”

Read more: InformationWeek

Written by syazli7

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 at 22:53:46 +0800

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Microsoft Does Shuffle Sidestep As Open Source Samba Moves To GPLv3

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If Novell includes the latest version of Samba in its SUSE Linux distributions, Microsoft said it’s unwilling to have its Linux subscription coupons be used in connection with any GPLv3 code. 

Microsoft is attempting to sidestep entanglement in the barbs of GPLv3’s provisions, as a change to open source software Samba may strain Microsoft’s relationship with Novell.

Linux itself continues to be distributed under GPLv2. But a key part of the Novell SUSE Linux bundle, the Samba file translation server, will be placed under GPLv3 in its next release, Jeremy Allison, lead developer on the Samba project, said Monday. The next release is expected in a month or two, he added.

Novell may continue to distribute Samba under GPLv2, but at some point, Linux users will demand the latest improvements in Samba code, which will be protected by GPLv3.

If Novell includes the latest version of Samba in its SUSE Linux distributions, Microsoft said it’s unwilling to have its Linux subscription coupons be used in connection with any GPLv3 code.

Microsoft already appears to be backing off part of its pact with Novell — its SUSE Linux coupon offensive worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Microsoft is currently distributing coupons to Novell customers saying it “will not entitle the recipient to receive from Novell … a subscription for support and updates relating to any code licensed under GPLv3,” Microsoft said in a statement posted to its Web site July 5.

Microsoft took its stance versus GPLv3 a week after version 3.0 of the open source license was released by the Free Software Foundation June 29. Prior to the Microsoft statement, there had been speculation by open source legal authorities that Microsoft’s issuance of coupons could entangle it in the provisions of the GPLv3. Among other things, GPLv3 forbids any issuer of GPLv3 code from suing a GPLv3 code user for patent infringements.

Read more: InformationWeek

Written by syazli7

Wed, 11 Jul 2007 at 01:25:12 +0800

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How to Start Your Own User Group & MySQL Talk by Colin Charles

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Colin Charles is coming to Multimedia University, Cyberjaya. Colin Charles came to Malaysia for the MySQL Asia Pacific Tour, Open Source Alliance Cyberjaya collaborating with IT Society have invited him to come to Multimedia University to give his talks on “How to Start Your Own User Group” and MySQL for the MySQL and open source community in general. The talk will be 2 hours, held at the XR1001 theatre hall (beside Multipurpose Hall) or changes of venue will be announced at MMU Bulletin board http://online.mmu.edu.my .

Date: 11th July 2007 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Venue: XR1001 (TBA), Multimedia University, Cyberjaya

About Colin Charles:
Colin Charles is a Community Relations Manager at MySQL AB. He lives in Melbourne, Australia and has been with MySQL since 2005. Before joining MySQL, he worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. He currently spends a lot of his time making community-based projects happy using the MySQL database.

http://www.bytebot.net
http://www.bytebot.net/talks
http://www.linkedin.com/in/colincharles

Open Source Alliance Cyberjaya advocacy website:
https://osacyber.wordpress.com

MMU Bulletin Board:
http://bulletin/v3/view/bulletin_main.mmu?s=46196&by=date

MMU Open Source:
http://opensource.mmu.edu.my

MMU OSS Public FTP:
ftp://oss.cyber.mmu.edu.my

Contact:
Syazli: +60 (17) 328 1840

Written by syazli7

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 at 12:33:52 +0800

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Linux Kernel Update Includes Small Fixes, No Sign Of GPLv3

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Linux version 2.6.22 includes several fixes for driver and networking issues, as well as small architectural changes. 

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has released the latest update to his open source operating system.

Linux version 2.6.22 includes several fixes for driver and networking issues, as well as “small architectural changes,” according to a message Torvalds posted Saturday on the Linux kernel mailing list.

The update also covers “various random fixes for regressions and other buglets,” according to Torvalds.

The message did not provide any hints on whether Torvalds is considering distributing the Linux kernel under the latest version of the license that governs the bulk of free and open source software.

Version 3 of the so-called General Public License was released last month by open source governing body the Free Software Foundation.

A key addition to GPLv3 is a provision that prohibits companies or individuals that distribute software covered by the license from suing open source software users.

Microsoft, which clams that Linux and other open source software products violate its intellectual property, has said it won’t distribute GPLv3 software through its alliance with Novell. Observers believe Microsoft made the decision in order to preserve its right to sue Linux users if it so chooses.

Microsoft said it will continue to distribute the Linux kernel, which is licensed under GPLv2 and therefore does not contain the anti-lawsuit provision.

To date, Torvalds has indicated a strong distaste toward GPLv3, so it appears likely that the Linux kernel, including the new 2.6.22 update, will continue to be distributed under GPLv2 and available to customers of Microsoft’s Novell alliance

Read more: InformationWeek

Written by syazli7

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 at 01:22:36 +0800

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Ubuntu Receives Readers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Linux Distribution’

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Canonical, Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that it won Enterprise Open Source Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for the “Best Linux Distribution,” voted on by members of the open source community. The award was announced at the 2007 Enterprise Open Source Conference in New York.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 9, 2007 — Canonical, Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that it won Enterprise Open Source Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for the “Best Linux Distribution,” voted on by members of the open source community.

The winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards were revealed by SYS-CON, the parent publishing company for Enterprise Open Source Magazine, at the second annual Enterprise Open Source Conference in New York last week. This year the Enterprise Open Source Conference was co-located with the SOA World Conference & Expo 2007.

“The Ubuntu community and our end-users strive to create and work with a version of Linux that is simple, elegant and easy to use,” said Jane Silber, director of Operations, Canonical Ltd. “The Readers’ Choice Award is another proof point that we are achieving our goals and meeting the needs of the greater computing community.”

Read more: eMediaWire 

Written by syazli7

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 at 01:21:32 +0800

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First Professional Open Source Email Marketing Software / Free Email Marketing Software OpenEMM Available as Native Windows Version

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MUNICH, Germany, July 9 /PRNewswire/ — OpenEMM, the first professional open source email marketing software worldwide is available for download for Windows users immediately.

With the release of OpenEMM for Windows alongside the Linux version, OpenEMM reaches out to a substantially elevated number of potential users as OpenEMM now also runs on Windows servers. New download records are expected in the next couple of days.

The functionality of the Windows version is identical to the familiar Linux version: OpenEMM facilitates setting up, implementing, managing and evaluating newsletters and email marketing campaigns for users. The power of the software is demonstrated by a target group specific approach, campaign management and advanced real-time tracking tools.

So far, Windows users had to access the so-called VMware version which simulates the Linux environment to install OpenEMM. This loop has now been eliminated with the release of OpenEMM for Windows. At the same time, installation was simplified so that the installation process just takes a few steps.

Naturally, Linux will continue to be fully supported even after the release of the Windows version.

OpenEMM 5.1 for Windows and Linux is available for immediate download at http://www.openemm.org.

Read more: Earthtimes.org

Written by syazli7

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 at 01:20:06 +0800

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