Old Software or Open Source?

"I teach a high school multimedia course. We were scheduled to get new software this year but due to several pointy haired bosses, no software was ordered. The software I have to teach is Flash 5, Dreamweaver 2000, Photoshop 7 and (god help me) Movie Maker. The question is: is it better to teach old commercial software or their open source counterparts (Komposer, Gimp, etc.)? Is the steep learning curve and slightly less uniform design worth a little student frustration to teach them software written in the past 5 years?"

World’s Largest P2P Media Distribution Provider Selects Zenoss

Zenoss announced that Pando Networks, a top provider of managed peer-to-peer (P2P) media distribution services, has deployed Zenoss Enterprise to manage the configuration, health and performance of its rapidly growing IT infrastructure. Pando chose Zenoss over proprietary and open source alternatives to gain access to a powerful yet affordable network, server and application management solution.

DB2 9 for Linux, Unix, and Windows

DB2 9 is the result of a five-year development project that transformed traditional (static) database technology into an interactive data server that merges the high performance and ease of use of DB2 with the self-describing benefits of XML. Download a free trial version of IBM DB2 9.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

A Linux thin client for every child

In September this year, the Macedonian government announced one of the most ambitious educational technology projects ever proposed: to provide 180,000 of its school-age children with computer access.

OLPC Talks About Plans to Distribute in America

In a recent interview, representatives from the One Laptop Per Child project disclosed current plans for distributing the XO Laptop in the United States, and discussed the ways in which even local and city school districts can get the XO Laptop for their students.

Novell and Real Time Linux

Last week, Novell began shipping SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 for running high-performance, time-sensitive applications, and apparently Red Hat is feeling a bit threatened.

Linux Kernel Developer Ted Ts’o Joins Linux Foundation as Chief Platform Strategist

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Linux kernel filesystem maintainer Ted Ts’o is joining the organization as a Fellow and chief platform strategist. Ts’o is one of the most highly regarded members of the Linux and open source community and will contribute his leadership experience working with a broad set of Linux technologies to the LF’s technical efforts, including the Linux Standard Base (LSB).

Sun promises prizes to boost open source effort

Sun Microsystems will today release details of a new award program meant to spur growth and activity within the company's open-source efforts, according to a post by Sun's open-source officer, Simon Phipps, on his corporate blog. Are they finally acting on their statements at Java One that open source is Robin Hood in reverse — cash strapped programmers contributing code to rich corporations, or is it an attempt to subvert the open source ethos?