Ian Murdock: Debian "missing a big opportunity"

Ian Murdock founded Debian GNU/Linux nearly fifteen years ago, and today it provides the foundations for many well-known distros such as Ubuntu and Knoppix. LXF caught up with Ian, who currently chairs the Linux Standards base, and asked him about Debian politics, leadership and the rise of Ubuntu...

openSUSE at FOSDEM 2007 Video Recordings Online

As many of you know, openSUSE participated in the seventh Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (commonly known as FOSDEM). All talks that were given in the openSUSE "DevRoom" have been recorded (in audio and video) and are now available.

Sun Hires Debian Founder

The founder of Debian GNU/Linux, chair of the Linux Standards Base and outgoing CTO of the Linux Foundation, Ian Murdock has joined Sun Microsystems as Chief Operating Platforms Officer. Sun's Chief Open Source Officer announced the news on his blog today.

Is Red Hat Ready to Be the Next Microsoft?

Much like Microsoft's influence over software developers in the 1990s, Red Hat has seemingly rallied all of the major open source application providers to support the company's forthcoming online store--known as the Red Hat Exchange [RHX].

Open source Java will still be secure

Java co-inventor James Gosling squashes what he says is a misconception that open source is less secure than proprietary software, pledging that Java will remain secure even after it is fully open source.

You're already using open source security

Open source security is already in data centers, even if network executives think it isn't. One common example is OpenSSL, an open source-library implementation of the SSL encryption standard with an accompanying set of tools and utilities. Any commercial product that uses SSL for such features as Web-based management or client/server control channels almost certainly is using OpenSSL. With no reason to believe that they could write better or more bug-free code, commercial developers naturally gravitate to reusable, open source components wherever possible.

Beryl 0.2.1 fixes licensing issues, can now be used in Ubuntu and Debian

The Beryl project has just released beryl 0.2.1. There’s nothing NEW in the release. However all of the licenses have been fixed so that it can go into Debian and Ubuntu.

Linux and symmetric multiprocessing

As evidenced by major central processing unit (CPU) vendors, multi-core processors are poised to dominate the desktop and embedded space. With multiprocessing comes greater performance but also new problems. This article explores the ideas behind multiprocessing and developing applications for Linux that exploit SMP.