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Beauty and Magic for KDE, with Zack Rusin

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 10:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Linux Today points to an interview with Zack Rusin which was conducted at aKademy 2005. Topics include his employment by Trolltech, his contributions to and upcoming technologies and eye-candy Zack demoed at the conference. A German version of the article was published by

New Firefox Beta Adds Faster Navigation, More Mac Support

Mozilla releases Firefox 1.5 Beta 1, a preview of the next major release of its popular open-source-based browser.

SCO Source income: $32,000. Legal bills: $3 million

  • CNET; By Graeme Wearden (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
The Unix vendor posts a $2.4 million third-quarter loss, due in part to hefty legal bills from ongoing litigation.

Hurricane tracking site powered by Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For people living in the path of potential hurricane fury, the Internet can be an important source for the latest information about storm tracks and projections. is one of the most popular tropical weather blogs in existence. It gets millions of hits during hurricane season, serves up gigabytes of image data, and runs on custom software and Linux.

Linux Advisory Watch - September 9, 2005

This week, advisories were released for proftpd, sqwebmail, polygen, affix, zsync, phpgroupware, webcalendar, pcre3, ntp, cvs, kdelibs, evince, openmotif, cman, gnbd-kernel, dlm-kernel, lockdev, perl, termcap, ckermit, kdegraphics, squid, pam, setup, tar, openssh, tzdata, httpd, mplayer, and phpldapadmin. The distributors include Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

DTrace ready to leave Solaris nest for FreeBSD

  • The Register (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
DTrace, considered one of the finest features in the Solaris 10 operating system, is being ported to FreeBSD following Sun Microsystems' decision to open source its software

Microsoft tries to recruit me

Your amusement item for the day. A Microsoft recruitment letter to me, and my reply. --

Eric S. Raymond

Announcing the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

  • Mailing list; By Matt Zimmerman (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed "Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures.

Reduce the risk, hire from open source

  • 37signals; By David Heinemeier Hansson (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 5:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
In the wake of open source, traditional hiring practices seem like an unnecessarily risky way to hire new employees. Especially for small teams where each hire can make it or break it. Why bet the composure of your collective on abstract indicators, hearsay, and a biased bio?

Despite frustrations, Katrina volunteers keep trying

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As expected, there are fewer volunteers to help with computer usage and computer-related issues at the Austin Convention Center during the normal business week than on the weekends. This morning, for example, I couldn't move down the line of public Internet access stations more than a few feet at a time without being asked if I could help someone with something.

Linux is key to high-tech Spanish venture

Entrepreneurs in the Spanish city of Cordoba have devised battery-powered sightseeing cars with computers that talk... One key to the project... was using the free, open-source Linux operating system.

To David Coursey @ eWeek: Why Massachusetts Made the Right Decision

Howdy David. I need to point out some misperceptions in your analysis of the Massachusetts open document format decision. I've cc:'d Eric Kriss, Secretary, Executive Office for Administration and Finance from that state. who may be able to shed more light.

Will SCO be around to collect if it wins?

In reading through the latest earnings announcement from SCO Group, the burning question is whether the company will be around to collect even if it should win the lawsuits it has pending against IBM, Novell, and AutoZone. The IBM case, which is likely to be the first one up, is not scheduled for trial until February 2007. Meanwhile, the company has less than $13 million of cash on hand, and is spending more than $2 million a month on average -- you do the math.

Free software transforms Web service business

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Robert Dayton owns, a network of process servers that deliver subpoenas, summons, and other legal documents for clients. One day in 2000, Dayton shut himself in his office with a stack of books and taught himself to program in Perl and PHP. He didn't come out until he'd written a complete Web application for his court documents processing service.

Dr. Frederick H. Berenstein, Xandros Co-founder & Chairman

  • Xandros; By Xandros CEO, Andreas Typaldos (Posted by tadelste on Sep 8, 2005 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ximian; Story Type: News Story
"I have the sad duty to announce that Dr. Frederick H. Berenstein, our co-founder and Chairman, died on September 6, 2005, after a courageous battle over many years," Xandros CEO, Andreas Typaldos, announced today. "Beyond Rick’s vision, inspiration, and leadership, which our industry, our company, and all of us will miss, I will personally miss his example of quiet courage, and his indomitable will, and determination. It is that courage and will, which enabled him to fight his illness, that also inspired Rick to push Linux forward, ahead of most other people, through visionary investments in companies such as Ximian, CodeWeavers, and finally Xandros. His belief in the inevitability of Linux, from the days when I first met Rick in 1999 as one of his founding group of investors in Linux Global Partners, the Linux incubator that he had co-founded with Wm. Jay Roseman, was infectious and hard to argue with," Typaldos continued. "There simply will not be another like him."

Interview: Guide Gets Readers Away From Windows Gotchas

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
People who are new to Linux have a wide choice of introductory books. A recent addition to the market is "Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux" from Prentice-Hall Publishers. Ibrahim Haddad caught up with van der Linden recently spoke to him to find out why he wrote it and what van der Linden sees as the important trends in Linux.

Or you can listen to him over at ITConversations

Announcing Foresight Desktop Linux 0.9

We are happy to announce the availability of Foresight Desktop Linux 0.9!

Software Freedom Day struggles in Europe

  • CNET; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intended to highlight the virtues of open-source and free software, the worldwide event is most popular in developing countries.

Ars Technica Introduces Linux Mozilla Firefox Extension Development

The latest edition of Linux.Ars has an excellent, Linux-oriented introduction to Firefox extension authoring written by Kris Kowal. It includes complete source code and build scripts for Stantz, a Firefox extension designed to complement the Venkman JavaScript debugger. This article is a good read for Linux users who are interested in learning how to make new Firefox extensions.

Using WireFusion for 3D animation

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Demicron recently released a Linux version of its WireFusion Web3D animation program, aimed at making animations easier for Web designers. With WireFusion you can make 3D objects spin or fly around or zoom in and out. You can design 3D worlds, where customers can move around through virtual show rooms. And you can make simple animations, such as a clock where the hands move and display the correct time. A quick look at Demicron's animation gallery (with a Java-enabled browser) will show you what WireFusion can do.

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