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Comment: Re:How Bout Noe. (Score 1) 388

by pirhana (#41877561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

> SAMBA 4 as a simple directory replacement for Active Directory is no where near ready.

Its in last or second last RC stage right now and final version is expected by end of this month

> But, even if it was close, it would still be lacking "minor" things like a dead simple and reliable GUI that even end users can use

Integration with Zentyal (www.zentyal.org) is already in place and it has a "dead simple" GUI for every common tasks required by the admins

> It would still lack integration into third party application capabilities for Share Point and Exchange-like apps

Based on samba4, SOGo(www.sogo.nu) has released sogo version 2 which is a feature-by-feature replacement for exchange and has native outlook compatibility. If this is integrated with Zentyal, it should be a perfect replacement for AD/Exchange combination

> Even if SAMBA 4 were vastly superior technically, it would still have no chance against the integration and ease of use that Active Directory has over the most prevalent and widely used operating systems and applications on the planet.

You forget one very important point here. Along with all the deployments and usage of AD, there are lot of problems too like stability, virus, worms, license etc. People are desperately looking for an alternative based on Linux. If they can get something solving these core issues, they are ready to make "compromise" on some peripheral features and problems.

Comment: Re:Nein. (Score 1) 388

by pirhana (#41877457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?
As someone who has used and deployed Zentyal for many customers, I have to say that your conclusion derived from reading the forum thread is terribly wrong! Some of our Zentyal implementations have more than 1000 outlook users and are working without any problem. Configuration was not very difficult in any stretch of the word. Right now, I am testing the latest version of zentyal which includes samba4. One problem I see with samba4 in general is that documentation is very very scarce. For e.g, I want to integrate SOGo 2 groupware( which has built in, native outlook support using Microsoft protocols) with Zentyal and the samba4 of Zentyal. But I don't see any documentation in zentyal, sogo or samba web site regarding how to query/manipulate the built in LDAP server of samba4. If I can do that, I can offer a complete exchange replacement for the customers. The beauty of Zentyal is that complete administration of the system is using a very attractive and powerful web interface.

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Microsoft

+ - SOGo v2.0.0beta1 Now Offers Native Outlook Compati->

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extrafu writes "The Inverse team has just released SOGo v2.0.0beta1 which features native Outlook compatibility using OpenChange and Samba4. This means Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 can talk directly to SOGo — just like if it was a Microsoft Exchange server. No plugins are required in Outlook to make this work. Does that mean we finally have the perfect Exchange killer? A virtual appliance with everything installed and configured is available for download, for testing purposes."
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Science

Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Posted by samzenpus
from the silent-spring dept.
Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."

Comment: Re:RIM job (Score 1) 109

by pirhana (#33424964) Attached to: RIM Reaches Temporary Agreement With India
Just google for Indian Information Technology act amendments 2008 and read it yourself. It is much worse than any of you even think. Probably the worst IT act in the world ! If you are lazy to read the whole stuff, just read my personal blog about the same http://nasirudheen.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-name-of-terrorists.html
Open Source

Open Source Developer Knighted 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"
Graphics

64-Bit Flash Player For Linux Finally In Alpha 172

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
Luchio writes "Finally, a little bit of respect from Adobe with this alpha release of the Adobe Flash Player 10 that was made available for all Linux 64-bit enthusiasts! As noted, 'this is a prerelease version,' so handle with care. Just remove any existing Flash player and extract the new .so file in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins (or /usr/lib/opera/plugins)."
Operating Systems

Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 vs. Early Fedora 13 Benchmarks 157

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the flavor-of-the-moment dept.
Given that early benchmarks of the Lucid Lynx were less than encouraging, Phoronix decided to take the latest alpha out for a spin and has set it side-by-side with an early look at Fedora 13. "Overall, there are both positive and negative performance changes for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2 in relation to Ubuntu 9.10. Most of the negative regressions are attributed to the EXT4 file-system losing some of its performance charm. With using a pre-alpha snapshot of Fedora 13 and the benchmark results just being provided for reference purposes, we will hold off on looking into greater detail at this next Red Hat Linux update until it matures."
Games

An Inside Look At Warhammer Online's Server Setup 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the hate-to-see-the-power-bill dept.
An article at Gamasutra provides some details on the hardware Mythic uses to power Warhammer Online, courtesy of Chief Technical Officer Matt Shaw and Online Technical Director Andrew Mann. Quoting: "At any given time, approximately 2,000 servers are in operation, supporting the gameplay in WAR. Matt Shaw commented, 'What we call a server to the user, that main server is actually a cluster of a number of machines. Our Server Farm in Virginia, for example,' Mann said, 'has about 60 Dell Blade chassis running Warhammer Online — each hosting up to 16 servers. All in all, we have about 700 servers in operation at this location.' ... 'We use blade architecture heavily for Warhammer Online,' Mann noted. 'Almost every server that we deploy is a blade system. We don't use virtualization; our software is somewhat virtualized itself. We've always had the technology to run our game world across several pieces of hardware. It's application-layer clustering at a process level. Virtualization wouldn't gain us much because we already run very close to peak CPU usage on these systems.' ... The normalized server configuration — in use across all of the Mythic-managed facilities — features dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors running at 3 GHz with 8 GB of RAM."

Comment: Whole sale Vs Retail terrorism (Score 2, Insightful) 736

by pirhana (#30593288) Attached to: Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees
Were all the biggest terrorists of past century Engineers ? Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Bush.... I dont think so . These were the REAL terrorists who dealt with whole sale terrorism. They have killed more people than any other terrorists anytime in the history. But most of these so called "Engineer terrorists" are involved in retail terrorism and the effect was marginal comparing to the former.
Databases

First MySQL 5.5 Beta Released 95

Posted by kdawson
from the taking-care-of-business dept.
joabj writes "While MySQL is the subject of much high-profile wrangling between the EU and Oracle (and the MySQL creator himself), the MySQL developers have been quietly moving the widely-used database software forward. The new beta version of MySQL, the first publicly available, features such improvements as near-asynchronous replication and more options for partitioning. A new release model has been enacted as well, bequeathing this version the title of 'MySQL Server 5.5.0-m2.' Downloads here."
Media

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

Posted by timothy
from the vlc-generally-rocks dept.
plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Open Source FPS Blood Frontier Releases Beta 2 113

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-with-bloodier-frontiers dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The open source FPS Blood Frontier has now made their beta2 release. From the article: 'After many months of development, and massive amounts of input from the public, we are proud to present you with the new release of Blood Frontier, v0.85 (Beta 2). This new version totally redefines and improves the game in many ways, creating a whole new style that makes it almost nothing like its predecessor.'"

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