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Linux backers form patent-sharing firm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Three of the world's biggest electronics companies -- IBM, Sony and Philips -- have joined forces with the two largest Linux software distributors to create a company for sharing Linux patents, royalty-free.

[ED.- While the true solution is to ban software patents, which should not have existed in the first place, this won't happen for a while, so this initiative is welcome. Hopefully it will just be a stop-gap measure until people come to their senses. - Tsela]

KDE, Debian, Google to attend Southern Calif. Linux expo

Linux desktop stalwarts KDE and Debian will be joining such other open source projects as MythTV and NetBSD alongside large corporate sponsors like IBM at SCALE 4x, at the fourth annual Southern California Linux Expo, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb 11-12, 2006 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport.

Google and Firefox Working Together for A Better Browser

There's really no point in stating the obvious, Google has always been a supporter of Mozilla Foundation and especially its Firefox browser. In case you missed it, there's even an integrated Google search field in the Firefox structure and the homepage is set to Google.com by default. And since this friendship is going so well, it seems that soon Firefox could include features developed by Google and thus promote both brands once more.

Pols Battle Over Future of Open Document

Legislators in the Massachusetts will meet in the coming weeks to reconcile differing bills on the use of open documents by state agencies, and the outcome may alter the landscape for open document software, analysts said.

Grafpup 1.0 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com; By Chris Haney (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 2:10 AM EDT)
grafpup.com states - Grafpup Linux is a desktop Linux operating system based closely on Puppy Linux. It's goal is to be as useful to graphic designers and other imaging professionals as possible while still remaining extremely small and fast. How small? Grafpup is a live cd of only 72mb with current versions of Gimp, Cinepaint, Inkscape, and Scribus!

OSDir has some cool screenshots of Grafpup 1.0.

PCLinuxOS .92 Test 3 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 1:13 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The third test release of PCLinuxOS .92 is available. From the changelog: "Updated Unionfs to stable release which fixes some live CD problems with logout, login as well as shutdown; updated kusbhome and tested with guest.img on USB vfat key; turned off anacron, cron, atd and pcsc from live CD boot to streamline the boot process; set anacron, cron, atd to start at boot on hard disk install via the livecd-installer...

OSDir has some nice shots of PCLinuxOS .92 Test 3.

Project management with Trac

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you've ever been a part of a large development project, you've no doubt become accustomed to having access to source control and bug tracking tools and design document repositories. But what if you're part of smaller project where you're responsible for setting up your own infrastructure? Trac, an open source project sponsored by Edgewall Software Services, provides a complete project infrastructure that's easy to install and maintain.

Live.com Adds Firefox Support

Just one week after the launch of Live.com, Microsoft has added support for Firefox to its new services-based Web site. But the upgrade is not entirely bug free; a minor flaw causes the tabs in search results to display improperly. The problem will be fixed shortly, according to developers.

ParallelKnoppix 2005-11-08 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 9, 2005 11:19 PM EDT)
pareto.uab.es/mcreel/ParallelKnoppix states - ParallelKnoppix is a remaster of the Knoppix live CD distibution of GNU Linux that allows setting up a cluster of machines for parallel processing using the LAM-MPI and/or MPICH implementations of MPI, as well as PVM. You can convert a room full of machines running Windows into a Linux cluster, and when you shut down, your Windows machines are in their original state.

OSDir has some screenshots of ParallelKnoppix 2005-11-08.

SAP dismisses open source innovation

  • VNUNet.com; By Tom Sanders (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 9, 2005 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"IP socialism is the worst that can happen," argues SAP president Shai Agassi

Open source will fail to deliver innovation and is more likely to break applications, said SAP executive Shai Agassi, president of SAP's product and technology group.

[Ed.- A truly breathtaking article.]

Microsoft 'Concerned' by Sony DRM

Microsoft Corp. is concerned about rootkit features in CDs from Sony BMG artists and is evaluating the situation to see if any action needs to be taken, a spokesperson said. The Redmond, Wash., software maker said that the security of its customers' information is a "top priority" and that the company is concerned by software like that deployed by Sony to block illegal CD copying.

[Wow! Microsoft concerned about Sony? You mean Windows isn't a rootkit? - Ed]

IBM Releases Breakthrough Cell BE Technology

The Cell Broadband Engine (CBE) is a breakthrough microprocessor with unique capabilities for applications requiring video, 3D graphics, or high-performance computation for imaging, security, visualization, healthcare, surveillance and more. The following technologies below are from the CBE Software Development Kit v1.0 that provides everything Cell software developers need to create, build, simulate, and test Cell applications.

Hotrod Your Linksys WAP with Linux (Part 3)

  • Enteprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 9, 2005 7:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Now that we have ripped out the stock guts out of our Linksys WRT54G and replaced them with a miniature, but mighty, Linux operating system, it's time to configure it to do some actual work...sharing a broadband connection, and configuring a local DNS/DHCP server the easy way.

Where are the open-source SD/SDIO stacks?

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Nov 9, 2005 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: This intriguing guest editorial discusses the current legal landscape surrounding the SDIO and MMC specifications, and explains why no open source SDIO host controller drivers exist. It was written by Paul Lever, the president of Codetelligence, which markets a proprietary SDIO stack. Enjoy . . . !

Postgresql community releases version 8.1

  • Computer Business Review; By CBR Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 6:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community; Story Type: News Story
The PostgreSQL development community has released version 8.1 of the open source database introducing new advanced features and performance improvements for what is claimed to be the most advanced open source database management system.

Are You Infected by Sony-BMG's Rootkit?

You insert your CD into your Windows PC, click "agree" in the pop up window, and the CD automatically installs software that uses rootkit techniques to cloak itself from you.... But how do you know whether you've been infected?

10 Seconds Guide to Bash Shell Scripting

A great concise guide on Bash scripting which claims to get you upto date in just 10 Seconds. It is just the guide needed for people who are pressed for time but want to learn bash shell scripting.

Linux: Secure as You Want It to Be

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2005 5:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Yes, Linux will be attacked more often in the days ahead, but far fewer attacks will get through than do on Windows.

Device Profile: Arxceo Ally ip100 intrusion prevention device

Arxceo used embedded Linux to build a small anti-reconnaissance, anti-intrusion device the size of an eyeglasses case. The Ally ip100 can be installed in front of wireless access points or at the edge of 100Mbps networks, where it provides behavior-based intrusion detection and prevention,

Building Image Galleries with Konqueror

Did you know Konqueror has a handy little program to create photo galleries in a few quick steps? Here's how to use it.

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