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Image repair with GREYCstoration

The image filter GREYCstoration may not have a name that rolls off the tongue, but it can tackle a variety of image problems -- including noise reduction, compression artifact removal, and inpainting -- with a quality that outperforms its commercial software competitors.

New Look at High-Speed Databases

While most of these "real time" products achieve their scorching performance by moving data into memory, one high-performance product -- the StreamBase "stream-processing engine" from StreamBase Systems Inc. in Lexington, Mass. -- just grabs incoming data and analyzes it as it flies by.

Novell's SUSE Linux in Real Time

How fast is fast enough? Novell's SUSE Linux is getting a boost up to real-time speed thanks to a new partnership with Concurrent. Concurrent Real-Time Extensions Powered By SUSE Linux is an optimized version of SUSE Linux that provides guaranteed interrupt response times of fewer than 30 microseconds.

Firefox rated as a top 10 global brand

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 24, 2006 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open source browser Firefox has been rated alongside Google, Apple and Starbucks as one of the most powerful brands in the world in 2005, according to a study published on Monday.

Samba 4.0.0TP1 Available for Download

  • www.samba.org; By Olexandr Kravchuk (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 24, 2006 2:43 PM EDT)
Samba 4 is the ambitious next version of the Samba suite that is being developed in parallel to the stable 3.0 series. The main emphasis in this branch is support for the Active Directory logon protocols used by Windows 2000 and above.

Firefox 1.5 Passes 20 Million Mark

  • Firefox 1.5 Passes 20 Million Mark; By Olexandr Kravchuk (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 24, 2006 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla
Firefox 1.5 has been downloaded more than 20 million times since its late November release, Mozilla Corp. announced Tuesday.

SUSE Linux 10.1 Beta 1 Screencast

  • LinClips.com; By LinClips (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 24, 2006 2:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
LinClips has a nice screencast of the fresh SUSE 10.1 Beta 1 release. From DistroWatch - SUSE Linux 10.1 Beta1, code name 'Agama Lizard', is ready for testing.

ODF: A Bang from Quinn and a Whimper from Corel

Things were pretty quiet last week on the OpenDocument Format front last week, but this week began with a bang. Here's an update on the latest news

Festival - A text to Speech synthesis for Linux

Text to speech synthesis softwares are far and in between in Linux even though there are excellent options for windows. But here is a review of a good software which helps in filling this gap in Linux. Festival is a text-to-speech synthesiser developed by the Centre for Speech Technology Research at the University of Edinburgh. It is shipped with most Linux distributions and has been released under an X11-type licence allowing unrestricted commercial and non-commercial use alike.

Technalign is trying to profit by retailing MEPIS

  • NewsForge; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by dcparris on Jan 24, 2006 12:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dianne Ursini, CEO and founder of Technalign, wants to capture the desktop Linux market, and she believes MEPIS is the distribution that will catapult her company to the top. Technalign is the official distributor of the boxed retail version of MEPIS, and while the company hasn't turned a profit selling Linux yet, Ursini says it is "turning around."

Windows and open source: A growing trend

While it may seem sacrilegious to most in the hardcore open source world, the number of community-developed software deployments on Windows is growing as users look for ways to get the benefits of open source without having to overhaul their IT infrastructure.

Sql Injection Vulnerability

A vulnerability was discovered in the ADOdb and can be exploited by hackers doing SQL injection attacks. The vulnerability only works on the PostgreSQL users. Andy Staudacher discovered the vulnerability and Secunia reported the issue as moderately critical on Tuesday.

[Ed: Includes brief info about DSN bug fixes as well. - dcparris]

My desktop OS: Fedora Core 3

Half a year ago, I was in a point in my professional life where I wanted to start over with a completely different developer environment. My Windows XP-based PC simply worked too slowly. Antivirus software, disk fragmentation, network settings, and an ever-growing registry were eating up the performance. As a Java developer, I had about a million small files installed on my computer, and the antivirus software had a hard time. I decided to install Linux on my brand new ThinkPad T43P laptop. Having been a Red Hat fan for many years, the obvious free alternative was Fedora, so I installed Fedora Core 3. Today, with Linux, I have more control over my development environment than I did with Microsoft Windows.

Synfig 2D vector animation program opens source

Robert Quattlebaum's animation house Voria Studios existed for only a short time, but while active it produced some top-notch demonstrations using an in-house-designed 2D animation tool. Now that Voria is no more, Quattlebaum has released the animation tool as an open source project under the name Synfig.

Jonga back on Google index

South African search engine, Jonga, is being indexed again by Google after a 10-day hiatus from Google's™ search results.

A More Personal Side to Google News

  • xSP; By David Miller (Posted by tadelste on Jan 24, 2006 10:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google News, the popular, automated news service that finally made it out of beta, has rolled out two new features designed to help readers find the news that interests them.

Users can now sign up for a personalized news aggregator that serves up headlines designed to match their personal reading tastes. They can also click on a list of the most popular recent stories in the Google News edition they are viewing.

In defence of freedom

Eben Moglen's life just got a lot busier. The Columbia Law School professor and attorney representing the Free Software Foundation has the new role of explaining and overseeing the update to the GPL. That document, being revised for the first time in 15 years, is not only the embodiment of the free software movement's principles but also the legal foundation for thousands of open source software programs from Linux to MySQL.

Web sites must support IE rivals

Following news last week that the Firefox browser now has 11 percent of the UK market, experts told web developers to ensure sites work with open-source browsers as well as Internet Explorer, or risk alienating potential customers who cannot fully access sites.

FLOSS on the Big Screen

Film maker David Madie wants to bring the story of the FLOSS movement in Africa to your local cineplex.

Ibm to Enhance Open Source Knowledge Discovery

The company has completed the first step of making the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) available to the open source community by publishing the UIMA source code to SourceForge.net, the world’s largest open source development site.

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