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In preparation for the release of the first Mozilla Firefox 2.0 beta early next month, a Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Community Test Day will take place tomorrow. Interested members of the Mozilla community will be invited to test the upgrade process from Firefox 1.5 to a pre-Firefox 2.0 nightly build. Testers will be encouraged to try upgrading with a variety extensions installed, some of which are compatible with the latest 2.0 nightlies and some of which are not.
["Tomorrow" is today. -- grouch]
Web surfers in China frustrated by censorship in search engines are increasingly turning to a little-known Internet browser with a big following in the Middle Kingdom.
On June 21st the WebAPP Network (http://web-app.net
) released the latest version of their content management system written in Perl and licensed under the GNU General Public License.
BSD users can improve system security with that operating system's jail mechanism, which creates a partition of resources, thereby creating a logical barrier between services running inside different such jails. Under Linux, an application called Linux-VServer implements pretty much the same functionality. It partitions a system's resources -- namely CPU, memory, hard disk, and network -- so that processes inside of the partitions are limited to their context, which makes denial of service attacks less likely to succeed. This is one reason why many hosting companies use virtual servers.
Software Appliance Company Honored with CED Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Novell on June 21 introduced a "comprehensive" new training course for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 in the form of a portable USB drive. The course offers users a first look at the upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, including both the new server and desktop products, the company said.
Microsoft has partnered with alternative copyright body Creative Commons to create a licensing tool for Microsoft Office documents, allowing authors to easily include Creative Commons licenses in Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents.
Red Hat is providing easier security management for customers by becoming certified for Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (Oval) definitions for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 security advisories.
Red Hat announced compatibility certification with Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL) definitions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 security advisories. Red Hat will now produce and support OVAL patch definitions to provide a structured and machine-readable version of advisories, allowing OVAL-compatible tools to accurately test for the presence of vulnerabilities.
Profilers help pinpoint common performance problems in an application. This article compares and contrasts three commonly used open source profilers for Linux on POWER
-- OProfile, gprof, and tprof -- which are available to end users and programmers for both SUSE and Red Hat Linux distributions. To demonstrate each profiler's strengths and weaknesses, this article profiles a simple sort program, incorporating three different sorting algorithms.
Sometimes we need a little help to drown out the noise that surrounds us. But why settle for archaic bothers like setting up birdhouses by the study window or walking out to the woods, or high-dollar noise generation machines? Free software can generate noise to drown out your distractions, from the comfort of your own workstation.
Bit9 has compiled a list of the top 15 applications with known vulnerabilities. Often running outside of IT’s knowledge or control, these popular applications run undetected by enterprise IT organizations and are difficult to detect and remove. Bit9 says the list was designed to help IT departments regain control over their desktop environments. Each application on the list has the following characteristics:
EnterpriseDB, a leading enterprise-class, open source database company, announced that Atomogy, an enterprise software development and consulting organization, will integrate EnterpriseDB Advanced Server into its PROJIS software. PROJIS is a records-management solution for law enforcement and public safety agencies that tracks and stores vital judicial and law enforcement information. More information and free downloads of EnterpriseDB Advanced Server are available at http://www.enterprisedb.com.
Embedded Alley Solutions, providers of embedded Linux professional services, and Ultimate Solutions, an industry leader in the sales and support of professional development tools, have released the LinuxScope JTDTM. This Eclipse-based JTAG Target Debugger is designed for Abatron’s BDI2000 BDM/JTAG probe and is available for immediate purchase.
- New Xandros Linux Desktop Home Edition (v4.0) Targets Home and Multimedia Users With Support for iPods, Cameras, E-mail, Web Browsing, Internet Calling and More on Secure, Stable Linux Platform... Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows desktop and server products, today announced a new line of consumer desktop products targeting home and multimedia users... The new products cover the digital home lifestyle spectrum with music management, wireless networking, photo management, Internet calling, DVD burning, iPod support, and more.
OSDir has a huge selection of screenshots of Xandros Desktop 4 Home Edition Premium in the Xandros Desktop 4 Screenshot Tour.
Zimbra, the open source software company trying to take on conventional e-mail systems, such as Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes, made a new beta version of its Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS)available this week. It also landed a few more large-deployment customers, including H&R Block, Interim Healthcare, Sunterra and others.
PARIS -- On Monday of this week, more than 60 Ubuntu developers gathered in a hotel near Paris' Charles de Gaul airport to plan Ubuntu's next release, codenamed Edgy Eft. The goal of the meeting is to set the goals for the upcoming release and to chart the set of steps that will be necessary to implement it.
If you were IBM what would you do? Microsoft programmers built a piece of code to allow Microsoft email software to interoperate with IBM's Domino/Lotus combo. When the code doesn't work, IBM advises users to talk to the folks who wrote the broken code, because, after all, it's Microsoft's code. Microsoft triumphantly proclaims that, unlike IBM, it will minister to people who can't make its code work, and by the way, this proves the value of its product. Huh? Most of us would take advantage of the silliness of Microsoft's position. IBM, however, hit the mattresses
Linux has a reputation as a multimedia lightweight. That's undeserved; there are plenty of powerful, useful, and usable applications to meet most of your media needs. For example, it's possible to become an independent podcaster with a little bit of equipment and experience. John Littler shares his advice on podcasting with open source.
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