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EuroBSDCon 2005

The EuroBSDCon Conference is the largest BSD event in Europe, attracting more than 220 attendees from 27 different countries. November's 2005 conference, the fourth EuroBSDCon, took place in the University of Basel, Switzerland. Here are some highlights.

Gaim 2.0 beta download available

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by bstadil on Jan 6, 2006 8:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After several months of delay, the first beta version 2.0 of the popular Gaim open source instant messaging client is now available.

Alternative input devices under Linux

The standard QWERTY keyboard dates from 1874. The computer mouse is a little more recent, but still comparatively ancient. Nowadays a number of alternative input devices are available for a wide variety of specialized needs. How well do they function under Linux? I put a few to the test in order to find out.

Input / Output Redirection made simple in Linux

Redirection of output, input and errors form an integral part of Linux. But many people find it difficult to understand this topic. This guide throws light on this very confusing subject.

A Rare Glimpse Into Richard Stallman's World

  • InformationWeek; By K.C. Jones (Posted by tadelste on Jan 6, 2006 6:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In a series of interviews, the founder of the Free Software Foundation discusses some of the thinking behind his crusades and achievements in promoting free and open software.

Embeddable browser aims AJAX at Linux devices

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Jan 6, 2006 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Opera Software has added support for AJAX (asynchronous javascript and XML) to its flagship Opera browser and SDK (software development kit). The company hopes AJAX will help Opera succeed as a user interface and application framework for embedded devices, an increasing marketing focus for the company.

Ed Felten and partner 2006 Predictions

  • Freedom to Tinker site; By Ed Felten (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Jan 6, 2006 6:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups:
Twenty three predictions for the upcoming year and none will be wrong. "... Each prediction is supported by at least one of us, except the predictions that turn out to be wrong, which must have slipped in by mistake."

And they are fearless: "A name-brand database vendor will go bust, unable to compete against open source."

Unless it was one of the mistakes. What's your guess Oracle or Microsoft? Not too likely.

Google Introduces Software Starter Kit

  • NewsFactor Network (Posted by tadelste on Jan 6, 2006 5:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the initiative, Google is setting out to prove that it is better positioned to help people get the most out of their computers than more-established software makers, particularly Microsoft -- the maker of the pervasive Windows operating system.

Novell Plans a More Open SUSE

Novell Inc has claimed the initial success of its openSUSE community project as it prepared to increase the involvement of the community in the development of its Linux operating system code base.

Open Source Eyes the Enterprise

IBM vice-president of intellectual property and standards Jim Stalling said proprietary APIs have led to fragmentation from storage vendors, independent standalone products and challenges for customers.

Google Reportedly To Distribute Firefox

IN A MOVE THAT APPEARS to be aimed directly at Microsoft, Google co-founder Larry Page is expected to announce the release of Google Pack, a bundle of software that includes the Firefox open-source Web browser. The software pack, first reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal, is also expected to include open-source instant messaging product Trillian, Norton AntiVirus, and RealPlayer, as well as a host of Google programs--Google Desktop Search, Google Earth, Picasa, Google Talk, and the Google Toolbar.

Linux Gazette #122 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by dave on Jan 6, 2006 2:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette

...making Linux just a little more fun!

Experts question Windows win in flaw tally

A US-CERT report that found Microsoft's OS had fewer vulnerabilities than Linux-Unix in 2005 is flawed itself, critics say.

Sco attacks Novell's Linux sales

The SCO Group's long-running legal fight against Linux took a new turn at the very end of 2005. In a 30 December filing, the company sought to expand its lawsuit against Novell, a prior owner of Unix intellectual property and a current seller of Linux, which SCO argues is tainted with its own Unix intellectual property.

Linux Advisory Watch - January 6, 2006

This week, advisories were released for tkdiff, scponly, XnView, pineentry, KPdf, libgphoto, printer-filters-utils, nss_ldap, mdkonline, tkcvs, and ethereal. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Mandriva.

On the Front Lines in Las Vegas

Fighting for what's free in the town where losers carry the load.

Survey: Safari, Firefox gain ground against IE

Web analytics company NetApplications said that Apple’s Safari and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers both gained ground against Microsoft Internet Explorer in 2005. The news comes as NetApplications published its monthly statistics for the end of 2005.

State of the Union: Wireless

Another banner year has passed, with Linux once again proving its superiority in the area of crappy wireless (WiFi) support. Linux oldsters love the current state of wireless, because it hearkens back to the heady days of Yuri Gagarin, Sputnik and Linux kernel 0.99, when getting hardware to work under Linux required either engineering knowledge or luck (or both).

Penguins at the data center door

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by tadelste on Jan 6, 2006 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Remember the freaky penguins from those beer commercials for a certain brand of "ice"? beer? (For that matter, remember the whole "ice beer"? marketing phase? If not, good.)

Novell: OpenSuse tools coming soon

The company said it plans to soon release tools to let outside programmers help with its OpenSuse version of Linux.

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