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Review: Ubuntu Dapper Flight 5

The fifth alpha release of the forthcoming production version of Ubuntu (6.06), was made available for general distribution on March 10th, 2006, with the codename Dapper Flight 5. This review has a look at the various features of the distribution and examines how it is stacking up, so far.

Lightning strikes Thunderbird down

At last, an integrated calendar for my favourite mail client, Thunderbird. But don't break out the champagne just yet, chaps – Lightning still has a long way to go.

Cheeky Firefox ads to screen on TV?

With the competition to find the best creative ideas to help advertise its aims in full swing, the Mozilla Foundation has revealed it may screen Firefox adverts in cinemas or on national television.

Userful Inc, Linux Computers and Administration Company



Useful, the company might be described by what some commentators describe as a despicable business model: hybrid. Partly Free - Linux, partly proprietary - their administration code. Nonetheless, Useful's Ben Li was refreshing open in his initial email pointing out they were only a partly "Open Source" company. Despite your reservations give our interviewee the benefit of the doubt and listen to his words. You may wish at the end that there more companies like his or hope they had even greater success. If not, rant afterwards.

Here's an Idea: Let Everyone Have Ideas

LIKE many top executives, James R. Lavoie and Joseph M. Marino keep a close eye on the stock market. But ... don't worry much about Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.

[T]hey focus on an internal market where any employee can propose that the company acquire a new technology, enter a new business or make an efficiency improvement.

How to Fight DRM



DRM is some language must be translated into what it really is: misappropriation of private properties not belonging to the perpetrator. Simply stated as theft from individuals. Nonetheless, the process is well along. If you are searching for a method to express your displeasure, this opinion piece might have some suggestions that meet your needs. Or it just might arouse your anger sufficiently to devise your own methods to defeat this robbery.

That was then and this is now: OpenSPARC.net and SPARC International

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 27, 2006 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Sun
In what must have seemed to many as a bold move, Sun Microsystems last week announced that it would released the source code for its UltraSparc T1 processor under the GPL, supported by a new organization that it calls OpenSPARC.net.

Snort on OpenWrt: Guarding the SOHO perimeter

If you're edgy about security for your SOHO LAN, you might want to consider moving your first line of defense out past your firewall. How about on your router, for example? If your router runs OpenWrt, you can do exactly that, by running Snort, the open source intrusion detection system (IDS) project that has become the most widely deployed IDS in the world. Throw in the firewall that comes out of the box with OpenWrt White Russian, and suddenly the perimeter seems a lot more secure.

Google Tests New Image Ads In Google Local

  • Search Engine Watch (Posted by tadelste on Mar 27, 2006 8:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Shimon Sandler found that Google Local is testing another form of PPC ads in Google Local. Reportedly, if you search on booksellers nyc at Google Local, and if you look at the map you will notice some results have little coffee icons. If you click on the coffee icon within the map, as an example, you should notice a AJAX pop up floats up. This pop up contains a header named "Sponsored Link" and with local information and a large Barnes and Noble logo.

Free as in free beer

Switch on your computer and click on the web and you will use a browser to enter the site you want. Ninety per cent of computers come pre-packaged with Microsoft Explorer. So when you bought your PC a proportion of the cost went to Bill Gates. Yet open source internet browsers like Firefox can be downloaded for free and are generally agreed to do a better job than purchased products.

Novell defends SUSE Linux revenue performance

Novell Inc's president and COO Ron Hovsepian has defended the company's SUSE Linux business, maintaining that it is performing better than the company's revenue figures suggest.

Asserts Enterprise product has more growth potential than the desktop sold in the retail market.

Auctioneer Bonhams opts for Linux

To operate and serve clients effectively, Bonhams needed to consolidate to one system. Bonhams was interested in the scalability and stability of Linux, and knew IBM well.

Owned and run by British auctioneers since 1793, London-based Bonhams (www.bonhams.com) is the fastest-growing fine art auction house in the world.

DistroWatch Weekly: MEPIS changes, Slackware 11.0, Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 27, 2006 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Following last week's Fedora 5 release, the next few days will be equally exciting: we are expecting KDE 3.5.2, DesktopBSD 1.0. Frugalware 0.4 and the first release candidate of SUSE Linux 10.1. Before that happens, we'll bring you news about MEPIS switching allegiance, Slackware preparing version 11.0, and Debian compiling with GCC 4.1. Also in this week's issue: Ulteo, a new distribution developed by the founder of Mandrake Linux is nearing release, while the user community of PCLinuxOS gets a new community resource. In the review section we'll take a brief look at an intriguing book entitled Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Google Finance: A Portal Play?

" ... concludes that "Google has done a very, very nice job pulling together a financial portal." More Google watching with scattering, interesting comments, e.g. Firefox extension - converts all monetary numbers to current equivalent of barrels of oil.

Interview: Steve Ballmer on Linux and open source

Fans of the popular Linux software program have long fretted that software giant Microsoft will attack Linux by claiming the free program violates Microsoft's patents. So far nothing has happened. But in an interview with Forbes.com, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer wouldn't rule out such a showdown.

Magazine Preview: Web Warrior

The browser market has seen some of the bloodiest battles in technology. Microsoft’s victory over the once-dominant Netscape branded the pioneer an also-ran and planted Internet Explorer firmly at the top of the browser market. But Microsoft’s lack of IE development caused the program to stagnate under its inattentive parent.

MYPCLinuxOS.com, a PCLinuxOS Community Project Site Launches

RICHMOND, VA 27 March 2006 – mypclinuxos.com, the newest addition to the PCLinuxOS community, is proud to announce the official launch of their website at http://mypclinuxos.com.

Venezuela seeks technological sovereignty in free software program

  • VHeadline.com; By Patrick J. O'Donoghue (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last Friday, the MCT inaugurated a 3-day Latin American Free Software Installation Fair, promoting the use of the open-source Linux operating system and other non-proprietary programs that avoid dependence on Microsoft products.

Schools to adopt open source subjects

  • Manila Standard Today (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SOME 80 universities and colleges will incorporate open source subjects into their computer science (CS) and information technology (IT)-related courses later this year under a program that seeks to help schools develop more employable graduates.

Former Massachusets CIO vocal about open source

  • ComputerWorld AU; By Dahna McConnachie (Posted by grouch on Mar 26, 2006 9:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Former Massachusetts state government CIO Peter Quinn believes that any technology leader, in the public or private sector, who is not supporting and implementing open standards should resign.

Quinn is the newest addition to the list of speakers at Linux World scheduled to begin in Sydney tomorrow.

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