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One of the main advantages of open source is its openness, which prevents developers "with evil intentions" from putting "suspicious code" into the software, according to a developer on a project in Turkey
At the end of December the Debian release team published the first details that indicate out of which architectures the next version of the free Linux distribution will be composed. As early as September discussions had become known in which in the interest of shortening the program development time of new releases the developers had thought aloud about reducing the number of officially supported architectures. At the time the talk was of perhaps four architectures only.
After reading an article on system administration utilities, I started thinking about the utilities I find most valuable in my day-to-day work. A few were mentioned in the article, such as Vim and GNU Screen, but most were not. When thinking over my list, I was surprised by how many were recent additions.
Her title says it better: "David Coursey's Massachusetts FUD", however, I thought it might mislead certain types such as myself into thinking this was a new popular culture dance craze. Nonetheless, where pulling "facts" from strange, smelly places is de rigueur I guess such trash has its place. In any case, see its dismemberment here. I just regret the readership of the former is so much larger than for the latter.
Management said that technology buyers are narrowing their lists of approved vendors, which magnifies the success of category leaders. For the fourth quarter, Red Hat expects to earn 11 to 12 cents a share, 15% above estimates and double the year-ago earnings. According to International Data Corp., dollar sales of servers shipped with Linux installed grew 34.3% in the quarter, with unit shipments up 20.5%. Sales and earnings are expected to grow at double-digit rates for several more quarters.
(Fortune) Technology users, prepare to be sold. Intel, the world's most important semiconductor maker, has decided that it wants to be inside far more than just your PC. As a result, if you pay attention to anything having to do with digital gadgets, bits and bytes, software and hardware, starting this week Intel (Research) plans to make it damn near impossible to ignore the company's new message.
Free open source software (FOSS), while not pervasive, is being more extensively deployed within financial institutions in the UK
Hi! DebConf6 will take place from the 14 May to the 22th 2006 in Oaxtepec, Mexico. It is preceded by an unofficial work camp called "debcamp",
From idea/demand to test deployment in 3 hours. - thanks to Debian and FOSS.
Queen Elizabeth II named Jonathan Ive, the designer of Apple Computer’s iPod and iMac, to the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List. The 38-year-old London-born Apple employee was named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) on Saturday.
[Ed: It still doesn't do Ogg-Vorbis. Well, congrats to you Jonathan! - dcparris]
Cheap PCs, anyone? Google will unveil its own low-price personal computer or other device that connects to the Internet. Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft's Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap — perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars. Bear Stearns analysts speculated in a research report last month that consumers would soon see something called "Google Cubes" — a small hardware box that could allow users to move songs, videos and other digital files between their computers and TV sets. Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, will give a keynote address Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Windows users should install an unofficial security patch now, without waiting for Microsoft to make its move, advised security researchers at The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC).
[Ed: For our readers who still deal with Windows, you'll want to pay attention to the WMF vulnerability! - dcparris]
Have you ever found yourself quoting something from a favorite old arcade game ("Elf needs food, badly!") and wondered whatever happened to that original experience? When caught in a nostalgic mood, it's a natural move these days to find out if you can revisit those old games again.
(InfoWorld Electronic News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)MySQL 5.0 has finally been released to much anticipation from the open source community. The new version includes some important enhancements that make an upgrade mandatory for 4.1 users, including improved security and stored procedures. All in all, MySQL 5.0 is a respectable open source database, but its still a few steps below the big four databases (IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Sybase) when it comes to management and development tools.
In the first two parts of this series we looked at how to create a PC 'rescue disc' using Knoppix, a version of the Linux operating system (OS). It boots from a CD and allows you to revive a dead PC, so you can continue working, retrieve files, open documents and so on. We now turn our attention to creating a more specialised rescue disc that can help to recover files and more, including diagnose and repair faults to the Windows operating system.
[Ed: A Windows rescue CD? Well, if you have to work with it... - dcparris]
Designed for back-end deployment on Nitix Linux-based OS, Sage Accpac ERP uses IBM DB2 or Pervasive.SQL database to provide automated ERP administration. Front-end software can be run on both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, with ability to run Linux and Windows clients in parallel against same database. Sage Accpac ERP also enables small enterprises freedom to choose from variety of industry leading databases.
Introducing Nicholas Petreley as the new Editor in Chief ofLinux Journal.
[Ed: Here's wishing Nicholas all the best in his new position as LJ's Editor-in-Chief - dcparris]
Frank Wein has announced that the migration and reorganization of Mozilla newsgroups will take place in January 2006.
The recent announcement of the 2.x branch of Linux Netwosix may prompt LinuxWorld readers to ask why there were two releases--1.3 and 2.0-rc1--of this software within a week. So we contacted its creator, 19-yeard-old Vincenzo Ciaglia (left) of the University of Salerno, Italy to find the answer to this and other questions.
The start of something bigger?
It's official; Zack Rusin, a lead developer of KDE, has stated in his journal that the upcoming KDE 4 will be able to run and display Dashboard widgets much in the same way that Mac OS X 10.4 can. He writes:
I finally got most the implementation of the HTML Canvas element for KHTML finished. It's in the kdelibs-js branch in SVN. After George/Maks merge their other changes we'll merge it to HEAD. I'm planning to add full OSX Dashboard compatibility layer for Plasma (hence why I've spent most of the day yesterday on implementing the Canvas element).
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