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Submission + - Oracle releases VirtualBox 4.0 (

dotancohen writes: Oracle today announced the release of VirtualBox 4.0, only two weeks after the first 4.0 beta. It seems snappy, and has lots of features, despite controversy over which components are open source and which aren't. Oracle seems to be doing all right with their Sun acquisitions!

Submission + - How do you manage your Virtualized Environments?

An anonymous reader writes: We have a few physical servers running VMWare Server with a mix of windows and linux VMs, but just got two new machines and had the idea to move to a more efficient/manageable platform. So far the free ESXi is hard to use with the management tool being Windows only, cloning not being supported through the GUI, and the web interface having next to no functionality. I've been looking at ProxMox and ConVirt but would like to know if the slashdot crowd had advice or experience with either of these or could suggest a better way for somebody who's capable with linux but not intimately familiar with virtualization.
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Submission + - ExtJS is trying to back down on LGPL

iamacat writes: For years, ExtJS was dual licensed under commercial license and LGPL. Now they decided to switch to GPL or commercial in an attempt to cash in on their popularity by pushing LGPL users into their commercial license. This is their right as code's owners. The catch? Jack Slocum of ExtJS is now claiming that their product was never licensed under LGPL and is threatening to sue people who redistribute old versions as such. That despite the previous license stating "Ext is also licensed under the terms of the Open Source LGPL 3.0 license". The author of a related project, gwt-ext, speaks out.

Submission + - Open Source Applicant Tracking Tool Closed Down (

An anonymous reader writes: CATS, formerly the best open source tool available to manage applicants, job openings, and resumes has shut the doors on its source in order to drive users to their hosted application servers. In a message on their now closed forums, Cognizo, the company that developed the software, states "CATS is not currently seeing a substantial benefit from its open source status." and "As of this writing, development of CATS Open Source is on halt indefinitely. We are now focusing our efforts on CATS Hosted (Free and Professional)".

Submission + - AMD Releases 900+ Pages Of GPU Specs (

An anonymous reader writes: Ending off the X Developer Summit this year, Matthew Tippett handed off ATI's GPU specifications to David Airlie on a CD (as reported by Daniel Stone). However, the specifications are also now available on the Internet! At is the location of the documentation where you can freely download the files. Right now there is the RV630 Register Reference Guide and M56 Register Reference Guide. The RV630 Reference Guide is 434 pages long while the M56 Guide is 460 pages. Expect more documentation (and 3D specifications) to arrive shortly. The new open-source R500/600 driver will be released early next week. More information to come soon. Tell us what you think. For more information, read our ATI/AMD's New Open-Source Strategy Explained article.

Submission + - Daily soft drinks - higher heart disease risk

Petkov writes: Daily soft drinks — even diet — linked to higher heart disease risk: study

TORONTO (CP) — For those who drink diet pops in the belief that sugar-free beverages are healthier than regular soft drinks, new research suggests they should think again.

A huge U.S. study of middle-aged adults has found that drinking more than one soft drink a day — even a sugar-free diet brand — may be associated with an elevated risk for metabolic syndrome, a cluster of factors that boosts the chance of having a heart attack or stroke and developing diabetes.

"We found that one or more sodas per day increases your risk of new-onset metabolic syndrome by about 45 per cent, and it did not seem to matter if it was regular or diet," Dr. Ramachandran Vasan, senior investigator for the Framingham Heart Study, said Monday from Boston.

"That for me is striking." /soda_pop_health_effects_1

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