Chris in shock bull purchase!

A friend of mine, Robert, is on the committee for the Northern Ireland Charolais Club, the club usually runs a BBQ during the summer (with some fine charolais steaks!) as a fund raiser, this year was the biggest that I’ve been to so far, apparently over 800 people turned up! Friends of ours, Chris & Cheryl flew back for the special event. Now, Chris is notoriously conservative when it comes to spending money, which is why it came as a huge shock to us (and his fiance!) that he was the winning bidder on a life size, anatomically correct, plastic cutout of a Charolais Bull. Wonders will never cease.

OpenNMS Named Winner of the Best Systems Management Tools Category at LinuxWorld

Even though been having some issues with OpenNMS, I was very glad to see this:

From: Tarus Balog
Subject: [opennms-announce] OpenNMS Named Winner of the Best Systems Management Tools Category at LinuxWorld


I thought you might enjoy one the following press releases. Thanks
for helping to create the community that makes OpenNMS possible. Give
yourself a round of applause.

PITTSBORO, NC – 9 August 2005 – OpenNMS has won a Product Excellence
Award at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo being held in San
Francisco. The open-source network management application was chosen
as the winning solution in the “Best Systems Management Tools” Category.

OpenNMS was chosen out of a field that included IBM’s Tivoli
Intelligent Orchestrator, Novell’s ZENWorks 7 Linux Management
product and Userful’s DiscoverStation.

OpenNMS is the first enterprise-grade network management product to
be developed using the open-source model. It was designed from day
one to be able to monitor tens of thousands of devices from a single
instance of the application, and it aims to offer a better
alternative to expensive commercial products such as Hewlett-
Packard’s OpenView, Micromuse Netcool, and IBM’s Tivoli. The software
is freely available and is supported by an international community of
users and developers.

The current development release, known as version 1.3.0, includes
enhancements such as support for SNMP version 3, the ability to
monitor JMX-based application servers such as JBoss, and improved
event management through the use of alarm reduction.


The OpenNMS Project ( is dedicated to creating
the defacto enterprise-grade network management platform using the
open-source model. It is supported and maintained by The OpenNMS
Group ( which provides services, support,
training and custom development for OpenNMS. The OpenNMS Group is
headquartered near the Research Triangle Park in Pittsboro, North
Carolina, with contributors from all over the world.

For more information, contact Tarus Balog at 919-545-2553 or via e-
mail at

OpenNMS is a trademark of The OpenNMS Group, Inc. All other
trademarks are property of their respective owners.


Tarus Balog
The OpenNMS Group, Inc.
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Open Source Enterprise

I’ve muttered before on the Open Source Enterprise, (you know, the one where we pay for somebodies skills in installing & maintaining the software, not for somebody to develop it, and then pay through the nose depending on how much we want to use the software, as well as paying for somebody to install & maintain it)

Anyways, InfoWorld has loose collection of articles on Open Source in the enterprise, you see it here