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IBM releases Java 5 Standard Edition Download for Linux

Java 5.0 offers developers some powerful new choices for developing high-performance concurrent applications. Download the IBM Java 5 Standard Edition and start your Java 5.0 coding today. In addition to the new download, you will find below the excellent Taming the Java 5.0 Tiger article series written by John Zukowski, President, JZ Ventures. There is also two tutorials focusing on Generics and Concurrency in Java 5.0

Linux thumbnail viewers

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 4, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thumbnail viewers are utilities that let you quickly view or manipulate images. For instance, many let you display, rotate, and zoom images. Some also offer built-in slide show features -- though not at the level of presentation programs such as OpenOffice.org Impress. Here's an introduction to several common Linux thumbnail viewer programs.

Report: The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Part 3

"Had Linux companies better focused their efforts on the SMB/SME market, the operating system market share picture would look far more rosy for Linux and OSS than it does today. There is some suggestion in what we have seen so far that Linux has performed well despite the efforts of the Linux vendors. It is as if the market has made a run for Linux, in spite of the lack of market presence by Linux vendors..."

Linux Advisory Watch - November 4th 2005

This week, advisories were released for lynx, OpenSSL, gnump3d, netpbmfree, gallery, phpmyadmin, SELinux PAM Local, TikiWiki, mantis, Ethereal, XLI, libgda, ImageMagick, kernel, and wget. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

It's unofficial: Microsoft bets business on Linux

Rodney Gedda writes: "The next time Bill Gates sends an e-mail through Microsoft's shiny new Wireless LAN it will be passed through a behind-the-scenes Linux-based network appliance."

[Yeah, get the facts. The fact is that Microsoft uses GNU/Linux too - even if they don't want to admit it! - Ed]

Australian firm migrates hundreds of desktops to Linux

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 11:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australian human resources firm Kennards Hire has announced it will migrate more than 400 desktops to Linux in a nation-wide deployment of the open source operating system, Computerworld reports. Scheduled for completion next January, the migration began with a trial of one branch. Eighty locations will eventually be affected.

Unisys throws weight behind 'mature' Linux

Enterprise services provider sees open source as a "key area" for growth, as it tries to make Linux more attractive to large companies.

Mozilla Kicks Off "Extend Firefox" Competition

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Nov. 3, 2005 -- Mozilla Corporation today announced the Extend Firefox Contest to encourage development of extensions to the award-winning Firefox Web browser. Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to Firefox. They can be anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. The contest is expected to generate hundreds of new extensions for Firefox, allowing people to further personalize their Web browsing experience and to make surfing the Web even more fun and convenient.

Developers can tap into the Mozilla Developer Center (MDC), which will be hosting the contest, to find resources and pointers to help create extensions for Firefox. The contest also coincides with the launch of Firefox 1.5 – expected later this year – and developers are encouraged to take advantage of Firefox 1.5's new features.

The New Linux Kernel: Better Wi-Fi, Better File Systems

It took longer than expected, but the new, improved Linux kernel is now out, and it features Centrino Wi-Fi support.

Spyware: Firefox and IE

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm over at the University of Washington computer science department's Industrial Affiliates Meeting today, where UW computer science grad students and professors are showing some of their latest projects to a variety of people from the computer industry. One of the talks this morning, by grad student Alexander Moshchuk, showed some preliminary results from a study that used automated methods to try to attract spyware and study its prevalence. The study looked at spyware delivered not only through downloaded programs but also via "drive-by downloads," picked up by simply visiting Web sites that deliver the spyware.

Quad-core Opteron SBC runs Debian AMD64 Linux

Win Enterprises is sampling an SHB Express (system host board) single-board computer (SBC) that supports a range of single- and dual-core Opteron processors, and runs Debian AMD64 Linux. The MB-06049 features optional high-end Nvidia graphics, and an optional daughtercard that adds a second dual-core Opteron CPU. The SBC targets industrial control, medical and military imaging, and telecom applications.

The Knoppix Advantage

There is a great deal of discussion going on about which distribution is most ideal for the desktop, with people taking different sides. If you ask me, Knoppix scores over other distros when it comes to installing Linux on old machines. Let me elaborate on how I reached this conclusion.

GIMP - The graphics suite par excellence

  • All About Linux (http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com); By Ravi (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 3, 2005 4:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU
A very strong review of the graphics package GIMP.

Kennards shifts 400 desktops to Linux

  • Computerworld Australia; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by dcparris on Nov 3, 2005 4:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Rodney Gedda writes: "National equipment hire company Kennards Hire will migrate more than 400 desktops to Linux in a national deployment of the open source operating system. Scheduled for completion next January, the migration, which started about 18 months ago, began with a trial of one branch, according to StraTech Consulting Linux systems engineer Lindsay Holmwood."

Return of the BSDs

  • internetnews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 3, 2005 3:34 PM EDT)
The clocks have fallen back, the leaves are hitting the ground and new BSD releases are on the Net. Among all the noise and buzz created by Linux, it's important to remember that it's not the only open source variant of Unix. OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD are all still very much alive and kicking and have recently been released from their respective projects.

The Real Cost of Retraining for OpenOffice.org

One of the most frequently voiced objections when discussing a migration to OpenOffice.org is the cost of retraining the users. The argument is raised as a cost barrier, and essentially amounts to claiming that it would be cheaper to upgrade to the next version of Microsoft Office than to retrain users on OpenOffice.org. It's an attempt at the old "libre software isn't gratis" argument. Let's examine this argument closely to find out why it doesn't hold water.

Enterprisedb releases version 2 of Oracle-beater database

  • Techworld.com; By Staff, Network World (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
EnterpriseDB has made release 2 of its open-source database available, less than three months after the release of its first version.

The software, built on PostgreSQL, lets you run unmodified Oracle apps and includes various improvements and enhancements to the basic PostgreSQL but at a tenth of the cost of an Oracle database, the company claims.

Sony DRM is worse than you might think

  • The Inquirer; By Charlie Demerjian (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 3, 2005 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you look at the Sony rootkit, it does several things. It strips you of your rights, it potentially causes your computer harm, it breaks your computer if you remove it, and eats your CPU time. All of these things are bad, no question there. It also does the end user no good in any way, shape or form, not even by the most demented stretch of the imagination. It only hurts those who spent money to buy it.

It does Sony no good either because the files are rippable on a whim by anything more intelligent than a half-drunk monkey. So, you have software that does you flat out harm, and no good for the producer. What isn't malware about this, and how can Sony claim this?

[Ed.- Boycott time. It won't happen, but at least they don't get my money.]

Mozilla Extension Unblocks Google Cache in China

  • Attribution: Search Engine Journal (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 12:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
An anonymous reader writes "A new feature in CustomizeGoogle (Firefox extension) modifies the Google Cache urls so that they are no longer blocked by the Chinese firewall. This feature is only available in CustomizeGoogle zh-CN.

Unisys throws weight behind "mature" Linux

  • ZDNet UK; By Colin Barker (Posted by ralph on Nov 3, 2005 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source is now "a mature technology" and the right, cost-effective option for many companies, according to Peter Blackmore, executive vice-president and president of worldwide sales at Unisys.

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