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Answers.com Now Embedded into Firefox 1.5 Search Toolbar

A quick note from Answers.com that a link to this ready-reference database is now embedded directly and automatically into the new Firefox 1.5 search toolbar. Additionally, Firefox 1.5 users can download a plug-in and have an option to search highlighted text with Answers.com via a right-click. The agreement calls for an ad-revenue split between Answers and Mozilla on Answers traffic originating from the Firefox search toolbar.

Senate Sets Ambitious Tech Schedule

  • Earthweb News; By Roy Mark (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 30, 2005 8:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Signaling its intent to focus on Internet and telecom issues next year, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold 14 hearings on a wide variety of technology topics between January and March.

It's Time For The Offense To Take The Field

  • www.lobby4linux.com; By helios (Posted by helios on Nov 30, 2005 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
For those who wish to try and further the cause of Linux, you know more than anyone that we are at a disadvantage. Those disadvantages we will acknowledge soon, but for now; we need to agree on a game plan.

Can Microsoft kill Python?

  • PythonDevCenter.com - O'Reilly Media; By Jeremy Jones (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 6:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
First of all, let me say that I am not a Microsoft hater. I will say that I am not fond of the majority of products I have used which bear the Microsoft label. They tend to leave me feeling as though my hands are tied and my options are limited and that I'm being "guided" by a paternalistic entity who feels that he knows what is best for me...but rarely ever really knows what is best for me. Whatever my experience, Microsoft creates products which are great for the majority of people out there. That is why Microsoft is such a successful company. Further, I believe that Microsoft has done more to push the computing world forward more than any other single company. So, I am by no means anti-Microsoft.

KDE publishes application directory

The K Desktop Environment (KDE) project has published a valuable list of available native KDE (and Qt, if no KDE counterpart is there) applications, sorted by task areas. The idea is to create a more informative and complete KDE-specific table of application information, the project said.

Creating Live CD Linux with PCLinuxOS

  • Nothickmanuals.info; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 6:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
For the sake of simplicity let’s assume that you will use the computer’s entire hard disk for PCLinuxOS. Before you can boot your computer using the created PCLinuxOS disk, you have to make sure that your PC’s CD-ROM drive is set as the first boot device. Usually this can be done by changing settings in BIOS, and the exact steps depend on your computer model and BIOS version. Once this is done, you are ready to boot PCLinuxOS. Start your computer and insert the PCLinuxOS in the CD drive. During the boot, you will be asked to log in either as guest or root. Log in as root using root as both user name and password. When the system is finished booting, double-click on the Livecd-Installer shortcut on the Desktop to launch the Livecd-Installer tool.

Open Source Patterns from Fortune 500 Success

  • OpenEnterpriseTrends.com (Posted by bstadil on Nov 30, 2005 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Flashline has put together a Patterns Book for helping get Open Source projected started within an enterprise, even very demanding ones.

Read it online or download with registration

SUSE Linux 10.0 OSS on a Laptop

  • SJRNet; By Steven J. Rosen (Posted by stevetux on Nov 30, 2005 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: SUSE
This article describes one user's experiences installing SUSE Linux 10.0 on a Gateway laptop. It describes specific issues in getting SUSE 10 to run on a laptop, including WiFi issues and power management.

New Release of CONNX SQL Engine, Version 10.0, Unlocks Enterprise Data on UNIX and Linux Platforms

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 6:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- CONNX Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of simplified data access management and integration software solutions, announces the release of CONNX 10. This release features a native Linux/UNIX implementation of the powerful CONNX SQL Engine, enabling Web services and Java applications to access enterprise data via a single server.

UGS Speeds Linux Port of Its Digital Product Development Software with Support from AMD

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
PLANO, Texas, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced it is in the final development stages for porting NX(TM) software, its comprehensive software solution for digital product development, to Linux(R) operating system on x64 technology.

Moving a Newbie to Linux

  • xyzcomputing.com; By Sal Cangeloso (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 30, 2005 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
This article goes over one person's experience when moving computer beginners from Windows to Linux. This is not always a smooth transition, but in this case a computer which was barely working was salvaged and there was an easy switch from one operating system to the next. Casual computer users almost always use Windows but the article observes that they could just as easily be using a Linux distribution, which would save money and extend the life of their computer, while avoiding many of the security hazards to which new users are most vulnerable.

U.S. Army Purchases SGI and VRSim Immersive Virtual Reality Welding Trainer Systems

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 4:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Safe, Cost-Effective, No Waste Environment Will Speed Welder Training

The Radical Middle

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Nov 30, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial

Can we talk? Depends on we mean by"we". Usually it's just other people who agree with us. That's apparently the case with subjects about which opinions divide into factions.

Massachusetts re-opens the door to Microsoft

Microsoft is once again in the race to supply government agencies in the state of Massachusetts with its Office productivity suite, the state's governor has said.

The state was threatening to disqualify Microsoft as a software supplier to state agencies because it failed to support open standards in its Office productivity suite. Starting in 2007, the state requires that all newly created documents use open standards.

[Ed: Evidently, it ain't over until it's over. I wonder which member of the GOP got to Romney on behalf of Redmond. Oh well, a Byrd in the Bush for freedom. - tadelste]

Getting Windows only websites to work with Linux

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Nov 30, 2005 1:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I was confronted one day by my wife that our new SuSE Linux computer could not access a website. My wife is an avid coupon clipper. She has found the internet to be a valuable source for coupons. One such place is Albertsons which uses Smartsource to host its web based coupons. Well what my wife saw was a webpage that posted "Our printing coupon technology is not supported on Linux".

GPLv3 guidelines released

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 30, 2005 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The Free Software Foundation released its guidelines and process specifications this morning for the revision process that will produce version three of the GNU General Public License (GPL). The guidelines are designed to include as many people as possible in the revision process, says FSF executive director Peter Brown, but the foundation's specific ideas for changes to the license are not being released to the public just yet.

Quest extends Windows-Linux integration

Quest Software, which has been building a cross-platform bridge between Linux and Windows systems, is expected to release early next year a tool that lets users monitor the open source operating system from their Microsoft management consoles.

[Ed- We have covered this before with mixed reactions. If this is what is needed to help Linux uptake fine -bstadil]

Solid Performance for Firefox Download Site

The download site for Firefox is performing well following the release of a widely-anticipated update of the open source web browser. Firefox version 1.5, which was released Tuesday night, features "dozens of enhancements," according to the Mozilla Corporation, including improvements in popup blocking, RSS integration and updating.

Damn! This is one small Linux distribution

A very nice review of the tiny Linux distribution which has caught the linux users fancy. Really entertaining read.

Ruby Weekly News 21st - 27th November 2005

  • RubyWeeklyNews.org; By Tim Sutherland (Posted by Tsela on Nov 30, 2005 10:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup, brought to you by Anonymous. (Thanks whoever it was, this week's newsletter would have been a no-show without you.)

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