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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
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.
"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..."
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.
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 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.
Enterprise services provider sees open source as a "key area" for growth, as it tries to make Linux more attractive to large companies.
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.
It took longer than expected, but the new, improved Linux kernel is now out, and it features Centrino Wi-Fi support.
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.
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.
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.
A very strong review of the graphics package GIMP.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.]
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.
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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