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The purpose of this weblog will be to address open source issues relative to ITS. This includes software we are currently using such as RedHat Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Tomcat, JBOSS, etc. I will also include issues regarding enterprise web application

Last Build Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 14:00:04 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2003 Joe Leary

Sun Desktop beta

Wed, 08 Oct 2003 13:43:25 GMT

I signed up with Sun to receive a copy of their new desktop solution.  This last week I received a CD in the mail.  Yesterday I spent a few minutes trying it out.

You boot from the CD and follow some graphics install steps.  Once installed you can test out quite a bit of the functionality.  It looks real good.  The install will create a few files on the first drive it finds (c:) but other than that, it does not touch your existing system and OS.

They use SUSU Linux and StarOffice.  Overall it came right up and looks pretty neat.  We are getting ever closer to a solid desktop as opposed to the Microsoft solution.

As more software vendors embrace Linux / Java solutions this platform will just get better and better.  I look forward to the day when I don't need W2K anymore and can use Linux for all my work.

As an example, the Linux test box at my desk has been up for over 22 days since I last booted it to install that latest kernal.  I suspect I have had to boot my W2K machine at least 4 or more times during this time period, mostly to install security updates.

Sun RSS Utilities

Wed, 27 Aug 2003 16:06:24 GMT

Sun has put together a nice tutorial on some available RSS tools.  They have a tag library that can be used to display RSS feeds on your JSP pages.

RedHat agreement for J2EE app server

Wed, 06 Aug 2003 18:02:15 GMT

According to Infoworld,

 "Open source J2EE server vendor JBoss Group LLC suddenly has some serious competition from a European middleware consortium called ObjectWeb, which Tuesday announced a partnership with Red Hat Inc. and revealed that it is in negotiations with Sun Microsystems Inc. to become the first open source J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) application server certified as J2EE-compliant."

You can check out Jonas at the ObjectWeb site.

Bulletin board software

Mon, 04 Aug 2003 17:25:08 GMT

I came across this open source bulletin board software.  It is being used to support an open source blogging tool.  The board looks simple yet complete.  PHP based with MySQL.

RSS 2.0 copyright transferred

Wed, 30 Jul 2003 16:31:18 GMT

Userland reports in this news article that the RSS 2.0 spec copyrighted by UserLand Software was transferred to the Harvard Law School.  This transfer should make it easier for everyone to use RSS.

Jedit - free java based editor

Tue, 15 Jul 2003 22:09:12 GMT

I came across another free editor - java based.  I downloaded and installed it.  Works great.  Some nice features.

Virtual desktop

Wed, 09 Jul 2003 18:30:46 GMT

Screen real estate has become more precious as more tools are utilized for development purposes.  In an effort to help alleviate this condition, I did a quick search at sourceforge and found an open source virtual desktop package.  I downloaded and installed it.  Works great.  Readily customizable.  Best of all it is free.

Cheap Linux box

Wed, 09 Jul 2003 18:25:38 GMT

According to this InfoWorld article, HP now offers a Linux based d220 PC with a 2.0 GHz Celeron processor, 128 meg RAM, a 40G-byte hard drive, and a CD-ROM drive in a microtower unit 7.1 inches wide by 15.4 inches deep by 14 inches high all for the cost of $349!