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A Year of Libervis

Libervis is a community for those who are interested in free culture. We believe in freedom, cooperation and sharing. In this article we will review what happened in our community in 2005 and unfold our plans for 2006.

How Microsoft distorted the facts in the Vienna conclusions

  LXer Day Desk: 12-07-2005

Lately, many signs exist showing how Microsoft's monopoly power extends to government and media. We can add a new example to this list: The “Vienna conclusions”. It seems, their power even extends to distorting findings in official UN documents. The story contains all usual elements: Sponsorship, not willing to participate in public discussions, a conflict of interest of one of the members of the committee, and a Microsoft PR worker making a ridiculous statement. After that, of course, Microsoft denied most of it and ignored the rest.

LXer Feature: Christmas Linux-Style: Giving the Gift of Time



Penguin values can turn the Christmas season into something worthwhile, instead of a stressful greed-fest that leaves you broke and exhausted.

Web 2.0, Wikis, Commercial Open Source All Came Of Age

  • Investor's Business Daily (subscription) (Posted by bstadil on Dec 31, 2005 4:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, open-source firms raised $144 million from venture capital and other private investors in the first three quarters of 2005, more than double the same period the year before.

Blogosphere goes wild for Firefox P2P extension

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Dec 31, 2005 2:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Bloggers around the world have been talking about the latest Firefox extension, even though it isn't yet available.

5 New Year Resolutions in favour of Linux

Here are 5 new year resolutions you can take which will go a long way to get Linux on the desktop of more and more people using computers.

Is Intel Going Hollywood?

Linux was designed originally for the X86 platform. One of the core legacies of that platform was its openness. Will that legacy last?

Last month inSaving the Net, I sounded a warning about the carriers' threats to restrict the flow of"content" in the Net, to serve their own purposes, as well as those of the"content industry".

Now Intel is not onlypushing Viiv as a new platform, butlaunching a new branding strategy, substituting"leap ahead" for its"intel inside" slogan. Both signal a re-alignment with the content industry, and a shift of core mareting interest away from the computer industry. Are they changing sides, from Silicon Valley to Hollywood?

Seamonkey beta improves on Mozilla legacy

THE GRASSROOTS community of users, programmers and advocates who refuse to embrace Firefox and instead prefer the old approach of an integrated "suite" comprised of e-mail client, html editor and web browser -a combination still more powerful to some of us, released last week the first beta version of "SeaMonkey".

50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing

  • addict3d.org (Posted by bstadil on Dec 31, 2005 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There are hundreds of firefox extensions on the web. Which ones do you use? Here is my attempt to collect the 50 best and popular firefox extensions which make your browsing, downloading and navigation in Firefox as easy as possible, while harnessing the full power and features of Firefox.

Shining a light on patents

2005 in review We're all pinko now

Following Bill Gates Linux Attack Money: DeLay - Abramoff Financial Links Emerging

  • Lxer.com; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Dec 31, 2005 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups:
Hidden among the by lines of newspaper articles today you may find a story here and there about the connections between former Preston Gates lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay. The articles allege that one of DeLay's foundations, the U.S. Family Network, received money from corporations, failed to live up to its charter and provided favors for contributors.The reports also allege the foundation kept the donor list secret.

Another of DeLay's Charities was also financed by corporations, the DeLay Foundation for Kids, include the Gates and Dell family foundations as donors who contributed at least $350,000 to Mr. DeLay's charity since 2001 reports CREW.

KernelTrap: No Updates Through January 8'th

I won't be posting updates to the KernelTrap front page through January 8'th as I'll be away on a short vacation. All the many tasks that have been keeping me too busy to maintain the site regularly the past few months are finally wrapping up, so the new year should see much more frequent updates again. Until then, be sure to visit theforums andjournals which continue to be updated.

Open source software helps online tea vendor

A couple years ago, I decided to start a Web-based tea business. My hardware decision was already made -- I had an old iMac at home, which was going to become the main business computer. Software was more of a worry. I realized that if I wanted to keep the business on a shoestring, I was going to have to find creative ways of cutting back expenses. For me, the answer was open source software. Many of the open source programs I use are maturing fast, and can now be used as full-featured substitutes for similar proprietary software.

Bill Gates' Linux Attack Money and the Resignation of Peter Quinn

Recently, we witnessed the power of Microsoft's political machine when one of the champions of free and open source software, Peter Quinn resigned as CIO of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In my opinion, Microsoft just blinked and everything went south. Other writers have also commented on the chain of events in Massachusetts. For example, Andy Undegrove writes a farewell piece in his blog to the maligned public servant. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols also writes an article about this issue in Microsoft Wins, Open Standards Lose. Steven writes: "CIO Peter Quinn's story tells us that if you go up against Microsoft, you can expect everything and the kitchen sink to be thrown at you." Well Steven, as much respect and admiration as I have for you, Microsoft didn't even breathe hard. They looked in the direction of bean town and people started doing their bidding. That's what happens when you own a country.

Embedding Python in Your C Programs

C, meet Python. Python, this is C. With surprisingly little effort, the Python interpreter can be integrated into your program to add features quickly that could take months if written entirely in C.

Exabytes Upgrades Linux Hosting Plan

Exabytes, a web hosting company, today announced that it has upgraded the existing linux hosting plan, by increasing the webspace and bandwidth, alongwith a price reduction. Furthermore, multiple domain feature is also added.

Demand at the Fount of Open Source Part Two: A Primer Based in ...

  • Technology Evaluation Centers; By Josh Chalifour (Posted by tadelste on Dec 31, 2005 3:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The first part of this article concerned the Free and open source software (FOSS) origin and rapid evolution as manifested in global customer demand trends. This second part reviews reasons behind why enterprise clients and government organizations generate this demand, as well as why software providers should continue efforts to meet the demand. Together, these articles should offer an overview of FOSS concepts for both enterprise software clients and vendors that would like to be let in on the buzz resonating from FOSS-related change in the software industry. (6 pages)

Hunting for the Perfect Linux Media Center

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 31, 2005 2:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Analysis:A Linux-based drop-in replacement for WMC 2003. Is that so much to ask? (Linux-Watch)

MS Word Dumbs Down to Serve the Masses

MS Word 2003 betrays veteran Word user "upgrading" from Word 2000. At 22, Word has entered a senile phase. It's looking like the next version may need diapers.

Windows 0-Day Exploit Helped by Open Source?

[Ed: This wound up as a submitted item and one that would usually wind up in the trash bin. Instead, we'll let you decide.- tadelste]

Even before many security firms and even Microsoft issued advisories for the recent zero day Windows Metafile exploit, the open source Metasploit tool was allowing users to make hay with the vulnerability. So is Metasploit helping to spread the zero day outbreak, or is it helping security professionals to protect against it? The answer depends.

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