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Java won’t fracture like Linux, says Sun

Richard Green, the Sun Microsystems executive who will lead the company’s effort to open-source Java, says a major issue with any such move is the longstanding fear that Java will fracture and follow a path similar to Linux.

Rox desktop in new Debian package

The spirit of the RISC OS desktop can now be easily installed on Debian GNU/Linux systems, after the ROX desktop collection was released in a Debian package. The package came about after Dennis Tomas decided pull the suite into one place for users to download and install.

Linux Helps FAA Monitor Air Traffic

The Federal Aviation Administration Latest News about Federal Aviation Administration has saved US$15 million by migrating computers that manage air traffic flow to Linux, according to an announcement issued earlier this month. The upgrade is part of a broader service-oriented architecture initiative that will replace proprietary traffic management systems with applications using Java.

Hrp-2m Choromet Linux Powered Robot

The HRP-2m Choromet can lay down and stand-up by itself. The 35cm tall robot can also stand on one leg. The HRP-2m Choromet runs real-time Linux on a 240Mhz CPU (SH-4). This robot has 20 degrees of freedom, a gyro sensor, acceleration sensor and an Ethernet port.

How To Automate Spamcop Submissions

  • HowtoForge; By Stephan Jau (Posted by falko on May 28, 2006 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, PHP
Spamcop is pretty much dependant on user input. If no one submits and verifies spam, then they will have no blacklist. However that whole submission and verification process is a bit annoying. Why should I bother to actually submit spam to Spamcop and have it verified? If I just delete it, that will take less time... This tutorial shows how to automate this submission and verfication process.

Second Day Multimedia Meeting

Though it was still rainy here at the Annahoeve in the Netherlands, the KDE 4 multimedia meeting was definately up to speed. This article will report on the progress the hackers made yesterday, including the "why" and "what" of redesigning and speeding up amaroK, work on the KIO slaves and Phonon.

Barclays banks on anti-virus deal

Barclays is buying every one of its online banking customers anti-virus software in a bid to improve security. The bank has signed a deal with F-Secure for 1.6 million licences of the Finnish firm's anti-virus program.

[This isn't FOSS related but I thought it was worth posting. How can you run Windows and not use at least one Anti-virus program? - Scott]

Cenzic extends security umbrella to Ajax

Until now there have been few automated web hacker-testing tools because, to fully automate hacker testing, you have to get access to browser source code. That's not possible with Microsoft, which holds the family jewels to IE.

But it's quite feasible with Mozilla, which is open source. And based on their work with Mozilla, they can simulate what might happen if the user runs IE.

Linux: Adaptive Readahead

"Readahead is a technique employed by the kernel in an attempt to improve file reading performance. If the kernel has reason to believe that a particular file is being read sequentially, it will attempt to read blocks from the file into memory before the application requests them. When readahead works, it speeds up the system's throughput, since the reading application does not have to wait for its requests. When readahead fails, instead, it generates useless I/O and occupies memory pages which are needed for some other purpose."

Day one at FreedomHEC

SEATTLE -- The first-ever FreedomHEC started today in Seattle. FreedomHEC is an informal two-day conference discussing hardware issues under Linux; hot on the heels of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), it offers a chance to see the Linux side of things.

Windows Vista vs. Linux: Why Vista Might Lose the Battle

The opening of Beta 2 testing at WinHEC for Windows Vista has once again raised serious questions about Microsoft's ability to keep its promises. We have witnessed up until now the inexhaustible reservoir of excuses coming from MS's officials, who have continuously fed us with plenty of reasons for Vista's delay: they're working on security, they're trying to make it more reliable for business, etc. Although it was initially destined to make its public debut way back in 2002, following years haven't shown us more than small bits of what was to become Microsoft's best product in more than 10 years.

Sa open source game developers' quest for glory

A group of South African game developers will meet in Johannesburg tomorrow to hammer out plans for the development of an open source adventure role-playing game that they hope will reinvigorate South Africa's game development industry.

Docco is boffo for document search

  • NewsForge; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by grouch on May 28, 2006 2:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
If desktop search tools like Kat and Beagle are overkill for your needs, then try Docco, a little application designed specifically to index documents and search inside them.

RubyGems

  • Linux Journal; By Dirk Elmendorf (Posted by grouch on May 28, 2006 1:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
A comprehensive guide to finding, creating and using Ruby resources called gems.

Fsmlabs & Infineon Demo Linux Mobile With Single ARM9 Core

FSMLabs and Infineon Technologies have prototyped a Linux mobile phone running FSMLab’s RTLinux real-time Linux operating system on a single ARM9 core.

Firefox snaps at Microsoft's heels

A not-for-profit company that uses software written by volunteers is proving a challenge to Bill Gates

Bon Echo Alpha 3 Milestone Released

Yesterday, Bon Echo Alpha 3 was released as scheduled. This latest milestone of the code that will eventually become Mozilla Firefox 2.0 adds new anti-phishing features and includes support for client-side session and persistent storage as specified by the WHATWG.

BSD Packaging Systems

  • informit.com; By David Chisnall (Posted by nixcraft on May 27, 2006 10:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Whichever BSD you use, the basics of package management are similar. Each member of the BSD family has a slightly different approach in this area, but all share common themes, as David Chisnall discusses in this article.

Wallace Appeals Linux-Related Anti-GPL Suit

Daniel Wallace refuses to go gently into that good night. [I guess some people just enjoy embarrassing themselves. - dcparris]

The Word Trojan: Anatomy of an On-Line Story

The Word Trojan virus is reported to have infected only two targets - but it received extensive coverage for a week. Given the limited facts to work with, journalists were left to deal mostly with "what ifs."

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