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Need open source insurance?

  • ZDNet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
So let's sum up. A high price for minimal coverage, for a risk with limited documented history of losses. It's your call.

Data Acquisition SDK Now Supports Mathworks on Linux

  • LinuxElectrons; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 9:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Canton, MA – With the release of its PowerDAQ-for-Simulink Toolkit, UEI's PCI/PXI data-acquisition cards now support Mathworks’ Simulink programming tools for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid-prototyping applications on Linux.

New Linux Kernel

The latest version of the Linux kernel has been finally released, after being postponed twice for basically no good reason. Originally, this 2.6.14 version was supposed to be available starting October 7th, as Andrew Morton, the man responsible for developing the Linux kernel, said in a mailing list posting in September.

Explaining the Google Print Library Project

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 8:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You may be aware of the firestorm of protest from authors and publishers, including two lawsuits, over Google's new Print Library Project... Because I wrote an article for LWN in September about this project and the Author's Guild lawsuit against Google, I know that those accusations are not factually true. For that reason, I decided to republish the information here, because it explains how this project really works and what the legal arguments are on both sides. Google Print Library does not work at all the way it is described by Ms. Schroeder and Mr. Barr, as you will see. While there are arguments to be made on both sides, it is vital in any discussion to be accurate on the facts. So with that goal in mind, here is the result of my research on how Google Print Library really works.

[Ed.- Pamela Jones vs. Rampant Hyperbole and Hysteria. Go, Pamela, go!]

Mozilla Firefox 100 Million Downloads Celebration Image Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone that shared in the celebration and shared photos of yourself with the 100 Million Downloads celebratory banner. We received nearly 200 photos and so it was very difficult for the SFX team to pick just ten winners. Actually, it was so difficult that we couldn't do it. The best we could do was to narrow it down to 17 winners (and we selected an 18th as the clear peoples' choice winner based on comments and views.)

Most of the photos fell into some basic categories so we're awarding a first place prize and runners up in these five categories: Nice Photos, Artistic, Group Pics, Best Desk, and Way Too Enthusiastic ;-)

SCO looking for Non-existent code in Non-existent kernel

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Nov 6, 2005 6:23 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, SCO
[Ed-Just when you thought the bumbling fools at SCO could not act sillier they have reached a new low. ]

They have asked IBM to turn over "all documents concerning IBM's contributions to the Linux 2.7 kernel," including "development work." There is no Linux 2.7 kernel. Please, please, please, let SCO ask the court to sanction IBM for refusing to hand over the 2.7 materials. Pretty please?

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Release Candidate 1 Available

Scott MacGregor writes: "The first release candidate of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 is now available for download. Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Release Candidate 1 is intended to allow testers to ensure that there are no last-minute problems with the Thunderbird 1.5 code. There will be at least one more release candidate before the final launch of 1.5.

Suspected bot master busted

  • Security Focus; By Robert Lemos (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Federal authorities arrested a 20-year-old California man on Thursday, accusing him of creating bot software to compromise nearly 400,000 Windows computers and using his control of the systems to garner more than $60,000 in profits.

[Ed.- What a criminal mastermind- he vandalized 400,000 PCs for a measly $60k? Way to go, schmuck. Just like causing a thousand dollars' worth of damage to steal a car stereo you'll hock for $40.]

How to outsmart automated phone systems

  • Seattle Times; By Jolayne Houtz and Emily Heffter (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To help you escape from automated phone purgatory, The Seattle Times has compiled a consumer's guide for thwarting the phone systems at about 60 local and national companies and government agencies. We spent more than 2 ½ hours on hold while experimenting with various tricks to bypass the phone menus, voice prompts and automated routing systems to reach a human.

Intel to create software development centre in Argentina

  • The Inquirer; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
My good friend Fernando Cassia writes me: "I always find it puzzling that the mainstream U.S. media mentions Brazil, but leaves Argentina out of the picture, even when there's something worth mentioning, like this."

Now admittedly, he was fussing over the fact that I missed his article in the Inquirer. But then he doesn't return my emails and leaves me mostly in the dark with regard to South America, which is his home turf.

I am flattered that he refers to us as the mainstream American press. You have to admire his ability as a journalist and his remarkable mastery of English. Not bad for a nice Italian boy living in Argentina, huh? But then Fernando, how come you never write me any more?

Is it time for Sony to recall their rootkit DRM music Cd's?

If you have not been following this story, it's time you did, as there are some 20 music Cd's out there published by Sony/BMG, that contain this malware they are calling a DRM solution concocted for them by by First 4 Internet. Be warned that once your PC is infected, it is difficult or maybe impossible to remove the code from your computer without causing damage to your system, such as rendering your CD drive inaccessible. In addition to hiding hacks, if your PC is infected with this DRM you can also be setting yourself up for new viruses that your scanner will not detect as the same trick can be used by virus writers to cloak the code from your anti virus protection program. As Airhead sarcastically said in his news submittal on this subject: "Good job Sony"

Ie, Firefox and Opera, who's the fairest of them all?

LONDON - In a perfect example of what goes up must come down, Microsoft had managed to upstage Netscape with the introduction of its now famous Internet Explorer. Even though that stage is far away from Redmond, the arrival of Mozilla Foundation's Firefox and Opera are slowly but surely giving the geniuses at Microsoft many a sleepless night.

Intel®'s Bold Move with Linux™

Intel's move into India, China, Brazil and Egypt has allowed it to move outside the box of Microsoft's governance with Linux as the linchpin of its marketing strategy. One has to wonder if the such a move makes sense. In the short-term, it might cost Intel but it depends on how quickly they can gear up in the gigantic and untapped markets they've established themselves.

Private-Public Partnerships in Open Source

  • Technetra; By Robert Adkins (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 11:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) have the potential to create new promises or fulfill old ones. Open source PPPs are favorite vehicles for spurring ICT development in emerging economies. Today's efforts may be dramatically improved by learning from successful projects in other fields such as pharmacology and advanced technology development. Five principles for improving open source PPP projects are reviewed.

Linux loses its religion

  • The Inquirer; By INQUIRER staff: (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EERO TEERIKORPI, who runs Continuent and who we have met a few times now, told us yesterday that the religious fervour that used to grip Open Source advocates has largely abated as the software matures and has become pervasive.

Just Googling: It Is Striking Fear Into Companies

  • New York Times; By STEVE LOHR (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We watch Google very closely at Wal-Mart," said Jim Breyer, a member of Wal-Mart's board.

Comment of the Day- November 6, 2005 What did Microsoft ever do to you?

avenger writes: UNIX people seem to hate the company that made the PC available, popularized it, took it to other countries around the world, made it user friendly, gave people an opportunity to make a living, simplified programming and made it possible for Linux to exist by giving Intel a market.

Related to: Intel® Linux™ versus Microsoft® Windows

The Linux Sysadmin's Essential Bookshelf

A system administrator pretty much has to be able to do anything- network voodoo, user education, pull cable, build servers, fix hardware, fend off clueless management, and myriad more tasks. With these in mind, here is my own Essential Bookshelf for the Hardworking, Underappreciated, Overworked, Conscientious Sysadmin.

People Behind KDE: Sebastian Kuegler

Today's People Behind KDE interview is with Sebastian Kügler.

Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career

  • O'Reilly Network; By Mike Havey (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Where are you headed in your technology career? If Shakespeare is correct in his renowned soliloquy on the seven phases of life in As You Like It, you stand to lose your sense of taste, your eyesight, and your teeth. Life moves quickly for the technologist: one day, you're a reticent rookie whose broken code generates core dumps; the next, you are the center of attention and the slickest talker in the design review session. But ultimately, you fade into old age and fall apart like some antiquated IT system: a curious relic with no value and in need of maintenance.

[Ed.- Don't let the lead scare you- the author tells how to avoid becoming old, toothless, and unwanted. At least in your career.]

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