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Those who forget Santayana...

It must have passed beneath my radar it when it first was filed in 2004, but it caught my eye recently when Andy Updegrove mentioned it in Chapter 3 of his book-in-progress, The War of the Words. I'm talking about Novell's November 2004 antitrust complaint against Microsoft, filed shortly after settling an different, OS-related, complaint with Microsoft for $536 million. What is interesting to me, and why this "old news" is worth talking about, is the analysis Novell made in their complaint of Microsoft's treatment of document format standards. The concerns of 2004 (or 1995 even) are very similar to the concerns of 2007. Let's go through Novell's argument and see where it leads us.

Quantum Cryptography and the XO laptop

Prof. Christian Kurtsiefer, Prof. Antia Lamas and others from the Quantum Information Technology Lab have been at the 24C3, giving a lecture on Quantum Cryptography and Possible Attacks (Video), and demonstrating the hardware of a full working kit developed in the National University of Singapore for entanglement based QKD over a free space channel.

Dragons or Windmills...? Hard To Tell Sometimes.

  • lobby4linux.com; By helios (Posted by helios on Jan 3, 2008 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
We were out on Christmas Eve doing an install in a nasty part of town. The East side of Austin at night isn't a good place for a couple white boys to be boppin' the streets after dark. Never the less, we had an install to do there and we had to get it done.

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

Like a lot of companies, Farpoint Group closes between Christmas and New Years. Traditionally, the end-of-the-year shutdown has been spent re-building the network, installing new equipment, etc., which is always wonderful therapy for techies everywhere, despite the bad language sometimes involved. The big project, though, was re-thinking our overall computing philosophy. So, anyway, I loaded up the Ubuntu LINUX distribution, and I am so impressed I can't express how impressed I am.

Netscape is no more, R.I.P

As of February 1, 2008 Netscape Navigator will no longer be; no more support will be available for Netscape Navigator and no new releases of the browser will become available. While most of us no longer use Netscape Navigator it is still a sad day that reminds of how an innovative company and project fell prey to the muscle of software giant Microsoft.

Sounds like another fanboy rant to me

It's about the name-calling these Microsoft fans do. I heard 'zealots', 'bigots', 'advocates', the whole lot. What may be not too clear to these Microsoft zealots is why I am a fanboy. It's not because I really dig this "free the software, free the world" ideology. That came much later. It's because I like this "gimme the source" idea.

2.4.36 Stable Release

"New year, new kernel: Linux 2.4.36 is finally ready and has been checked long enough to be released. Quite a bunch of bugs, build errors and security issues have been fixed since 2.4.35, but all of those fixes were merged into 2.4.35-stable," 2.4 maintainer Willy Tarreau stated, announcing the latest 2.4 stable Linux kernel. He noted, "I should say that I'm quite satisfied of this dual-branch release model which proves to be very successful at separating quick fixes from changes which require more thorough testing."

OpenLDAP Weekly News Issue 7

Welcome to the seventh issue of OpenLDAP Weekly News (OWN), the unofficial weekly newsletter for the OpenLDAP community. In this issue: OpenLDAP 2.4.7 and 2.3.40 released, A new mailing list, update on build farm, "If there was an OpenLDAP Cookbook, what recipes would you like to see?" and much more.

Learn how to use nmap, and nmap GUI, a great port scan tool

Nmap is a must have tool for network administrators, it helps to discover computers in the network, see what services they are offering (ports open), works with TCP and UDP, and on this article you will see its command line form and also two GUI front ends, with a lot of options, and screen shots

Aaron Seigo from the KDE Project is interviewed and talks about the impending release of KDE 4.0

Episode 226 of The Linux Link Tech Show is now available for download in OGG or MP3 format. We interview Aaron Seigo from the KDE Project regarding the impending release of KDE 4.0, Dan finds a web site that is a geek's paradise, Audio streaming with Butt (Icecast client), Soup+laptops = a search for a new Linux laptop and much, much more

R.I.P. Netscape

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 3, 2008 4:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Netscape, the Web browser that opened up not only the Web, but the entire Internet to mass use, is dead. It died after a long decline caused by its murderer, Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It was only 15 years ago that only a handful of nerds knew about the Internet and the Web. Even after CIX (Commercial Internet Exchange) opened up the Internet for business in 1991, only the kinds of people who now use Linux were using the Internet.

AliXe 0.11b -- Linux Bilingue Québecois

Over the past year or two I’ve been drifting away from Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva towards distros derived from Slackware for desktop use. The reason is simple: these distributions tend to have the best performance I’ve found, particularly on older or limited hardware. Slackware itself lacks some graphical tools and user friendly features that more popular distros have but is outstanding in terms of stability and reliability. A number of Slackware derived distros retain those benefits while offering the ease of use many of us have come to expect. AliXe is such a distro, albeit one designed to be small and compact, making it particularly suitable for older hardware. True to it’s Canadian heritage, AliXe also offers full support for both French and English despite it’s small size.

An introduction to playing audio with xine-lib

  • Linoleum; By Paul Dwerryhouse (Posted by pdwerryhouse on Jan 3, 2008 2:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
xine-lib is the backbone of many Linux multimedia players, from xine itself, to Totem, Kaffeine and Miro. It's a great library to use to build your own media player, but unfortunately, documentation for it is rather hard to find. This tutorial provides some starting steps for using xine-lib to play audio in your own code.

Mozilla Weave... Mozilla is trying to be more social

  • Thoughts of a future engineer (Posted by Cassanova on Jan 3, 2008 1:25 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla
Weave ; It's the newest Mozilla Labs project. It allows the user to save his browser settings on Mozilla servers (Favorites, sessions ,passwords...etc..) and be able to load it wherever he is. With this project. Mozilla is trying to be an online services provider which is an important step. But can Mozilla labs get over the privacy issues ?

2007 year in review

We learned a lot in 2007, and we hope you did too! Here’s a list of the top 10 most popular articles of the year.

Debian 4.0 Gets Security Update

No operating system, no not even Linux, is ever completely secure. So it is that the Debian Project released on Dec. 27 its second update to Debian 4.0, Etch, with an eye to improved security. While not a new release as such, Debian's core features and functionality remain unchanged, this new security rollup includes multiple fixes that have been released over the last few months. For example, this release includes numerous repairs to the Linux kernel.

Dusting Off the 0.01 Kernel

Abdel Benamrouche announced that he has updated the original 0.01 Linux kernel to compile with GCC-4.x, allowing it to run on emulators such as QEMU and Bochs. After applying his series of small patches, Abdel explains that the 0.01 kernel can be built on a system running the 2.6 Linux kernel. He added that he's successfully ported bach-3.2, portions of coreutils-6.9, dietlibc-0.31 (instead of glibc), bin86-0.16.17, make-3.81, ncurses-2.0.7, and vim-7.1 all to run on his modified 0.01 kernel.

Asterisk awakens open source love in telecom entrepreneur

Marc Fribush, a former "Microsoft guy," is a telecommunications industry entrepreneur who discovered the benefits of open source when he launched a turnkey SAAS telephony business based on Asterisk. "It's really powerful stuff," Fribush says.

Testing Godwin's Law

Last week I came acrossGodwin's Law. Many of you may already be familiar with it. For those of you who aren't, Godwin's Law, according to wikipedia, states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

Making money with free software ..

  • Thoughts of future engineer (Posted by Cassanova on Jan 2, 2008 7:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It seems to be a very famous question : how can free software developers make money to live. They spend a lot of time and effort on something that they'll never sell.. The problem is : are they supposed to earn money ? If they don't code for money what is their motivator ?

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