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DistroWatch Weekly: Backporting major software, Linux XP, Archie Live CD

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2005 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 49th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. New major releases of KDE, Firefox and Apache have prompted us to take a closer look at the major distribution's handling of package updates, the availability of backports and other related issues. Does your distribution provide backports for popular new software? Or do you have to wait for the next version bump to enjoy recently released packages? Also in this issue: an introduction to a GNOME-based Windows XP clone from Russia and a quick look at the excellent Archie Live CD. Finally, our November 2005 donation goes to the often-nominated KANOTIX project. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Open Source Anti spyware and trojan protection Winpooch

  • Technology News Daily (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Winpooch acts as a powerful anti spyware and anti trojans, and if you have ClamWin installed Winpooch is a Windows watchdog, free and open source.

[Ed.- I love when FOSS rescues poor olde Windows. -tuxchick]

MySQL reacts to Oracle's Innobase buy

Six weeks after Oracle bought Finnish software developer Innobase, MySQL is working to provide its customers with an alternative to the open-source InnoDB database engine often used at the heart of its product, a MySQL executive says.

Picking right road to Linux

  • Australian IT; By Eric Wilson (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2005 3:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PROPRIETARY software often spawns proprietary training, with only one official route to certification. In the Linux world, there are three main certification tracks to choose from: that of Red Hat, the Linux Professional Institute or Novell. Picking a winner no simple task.

Linux gaming made easy

  • Joystiq; By Jennie Lees (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 2:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If don’t mind splashing out with a little cash, you can put a stop to the dual-booting and run your games in Linux by using Transgaming Technologies’ Cedega, a subscription-based application that implements a Windows compatibility layer on top of Linux. A fork of the open-source Wine project, it’s been optimised for gaming and focuses on DirectX compatibility.

Avoid Common Pitfalls in Greasemonkey: How the History of Greasemonkey Security Affects You Now

  • O'Reilly Network; By Mark Pilgrim (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 1:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mozilla
Once upon a time, there was a security hole. (This is not your standard fairy tale. Stay with me.) Greasemonkey's architecture has changed substantially since it was first written. Version 0.3, the first version to gain wide popularity, had a fundamental security flaw: it trusted the remote page too much when it injected and executed user scripts.

EULAs, indemnification, and user protection

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
End user licence agreements (EULA) are nobody's favorite reading. Users of free and open source software (FOSS), who are accustomed to licences that give no warranty and admit no liability, may be even less inclined to read EULAs than most computer users. Perhaps, though, we should start. Over the last few years, commercial GNU/Linux distributions have been wrestling with the question of whether users should be indemnified in the event that a third party patent is upheld -- and, in some cases, their answers are starting to appear in their EULAs. However, whether these varying answers offer better protection than the GNU General Public License remains unproven.

Phony auctions are offering the box -- no console, just the box

  • SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER; By TODD BISHOP (Posted by henke54 on Dec 5, 2005 12:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
How hot is the new Xbox 360? Some people offered hundreds of dollars just to buy the cardboard box in which it's packed. One person even bid $630 merely for a picture of the machine. But then reality hit.

CLI Magic: More on SSH

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dave on Dec 4, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We've covered SSH before in CLI Magic, but this week let's look at some additional SSH features that new users might not be aware of. For the purpose of this article, we'll be looking specifically at OpenSSH, but many of these features apply to other SSH variants as well.

Rules for free software face overhaul

  • Financial Express (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free software, once regarded as a tiny counterculture in computing, has become a mainstream technology in recent years, led by the rising popularity of programs like the GNU Linux operating system. Industry analysts estimate that the value of hardware and software that use the Linux operating system is $40 billion

Time Indian techies: Virtual Woodstock

  • The Indian Express; By Johnson T.A. (Posted by henke54 on Dec 4, 2005 10:53 PM EDT)
BANGALORE, DECEMBER 4: Geeks, computer guerrillas and the philosophy of freedom ruled Bangalore’s Palace Grounds last week. Microsoft and proprietary software were almost bad words; open source, free software and Linux were the operating terms. After four days of ideological debates, tech exchange and interactions with some of the who’s who of the free and open source world, India’s biggest ever free and open source software conference (FOSS.IN) wound down this weekend. The message from the virtual Woodstock software engineers to Indian programmers was loud and clear: break free from company-driven coding and express themselves in the open source and free software world — which offers among other things star status for innovators.

[ED-We covered this earlier but the moniker "Virtual Woodstock" was too good to pass -bstadil]

[lg-announce] Linux Gazette #121 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 10:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette ...making Linux just a little more fun! December 2005 (#121):

AIIA open source event a closed shop

The Australian Information Industry Association appears to have decided to educate the corporate world about the use of open source software - but it doesn't want any media present while it does so.

Graphics card premiums overprice OpenGL

  • Inquirer; By Nebojsa Novakovic (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WHEN COMPARING a given Nvidia Quadro versus its GeForce counterpart, or an ATI FireGL vs an equivalent Radeon, we can't help wondering if all the extra driver validation and software certification support is really worth triple or quadruple the pricing of essentially the same card with the OpenGL functionality unlocked and DeviceID essentially being the only difference.

2008 Olympics could go open source

  • ZDNet Australia; By Andy McCue (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 4, 2005 6:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games could switch to an open-source technology platform under proposals to be considered by the International Olympic Committee.

A Few of My Favorite Online Resources

  • MacdevCenter; By Matthew Russell (Posted by bstadil on Dec 4, 2005 5:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Thanks to liberal documentation licenses like the GNU Free Documentation License, initiatives by Creative Commons, and a variety of other efforts, the number of high quality online books/resources seems to be growing and maturing rather rapidly

[ED- This is a report from a Mac aficionado but useful for Linux buffs like us -bstadil]

NiMH Rechargable Batteries and Charger Review

  • The Changelog; By John Goerzen (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 4:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
A nice blog about NiMH batteries and chargers, and getting the most life out of your NiMH batteries. Good links to resources as well.

What Is Prefactoring

  • O'Reilly Network; By Ken Pugh (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 3:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Prefactoring is the application of past experience to the creation of new software systems. Past experience includes both your own and that of others, particularly lessons learned from refactoring. The experience is captured in a number of guidelines that can be easily applied to the development process.

Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Protest Against "Vienna ...

  • LinuxElectrons; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 2:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
UK – When FSFE's president first brought attention to the manipulation of the "Vienna Conclusions" published by the Austrian government for the United Nation World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as part of the World Summit Award (WSA) in his blog, many people were shocked.

Zenwalk Linux 2.0.1 released

This release is based on the kernel, with Reiser4 filesystem support and introduce many enhancements and updates. Zenwalk 2.0.1 is the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project. By demand of the users the installer has been striped down to remove the package selection step, which was considered unneeded by many on a system that provides 1 application for 1 task

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