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Australia reluctantly contributes to open source

  • ZDNet.com.au (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 7:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australian companies are not only lagging behind the United States and Asia when deploying Linux and open source software (OSS), they are also reluctant to contribute developer time back into the OSS community

Impressions: Kubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2

  • http://www.distroreviews.com; By Distro Reviews (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Unlike a lot of people, I get very excited when a new beta of Ubuntu/Kubuntu is released. It's amazing how Ubuntu has taken the Linux community by storm over the past couple of years. Finally, Linux is stepping up to be a real contender on the desktop.

Taiwan's Quanta selected to build $100 Linux laptop

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 6:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Taiwan's Quanta Computer has been selected to produce $100 Linux laptops developed at MIT, for eventual distribution to children in developing countries

[ED- We have covered this before but if this pans out according to plan Linux will get additional 4%-8% of the desktop market. -bstadil]

Postgresql 8.1.1 Released

  • Database Journal (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 6:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the month since the release of 8.1.0 several minor bugs have been fixed, which have been accumulated into the 8.1.1 release. 7.3.12, 7.4.10 and 8.0.5 patch releases are also available.

How-To Resize Your Windows Partition To Make Room For Linux

  • nixcraft; By nixcraft (Posted by rd2005 on Dec 15, 2005 6:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This is an easy step by step guide on how to resize your Windows partition using Knoppix to make room for a new Linux partition

Impressions: Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2

  • http://www.distroreviews.com; By Distro Reviews (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP, Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2 announced it's released today. It was with great excitement that I proceeded to download this latest Ubuntu release to give it a shot.

Google improves music searches

  • Macworld; By James Niccolai, IDG News Service (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google revamped its Web search engine on Thursday to make it easier for users to find music-related content such as lyrics and track listings. It is pushing into an area that has been raising eyebrows among record labels.

Apache 2.2.0: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Apache 2.2.0 is major release of the Apache httpd server and includes a number of critical changes. Many of these changes are improvements of existing modules, but there are also a number of new modules and improvements in some aspects of the operational functionality. This article will cover some of the specific elements that have changed (with examples and alternative configurations) as well as discuss when to upgrade to the new version and when to wait for a future revision.

ODF: The Better, More Affordable Office Standard

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: If you take a close look, as many people have, it's clear that ODF, and not Open XML, is the better document standard.

OSDL cautiously optimistic on desktop Linux

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 2:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has voiced cautious optimism that its latest initiative could finally herald a mass-market for Linux on the desktop.

Stymie RIAA / MPAA spider bots

p2p news / p2pnet: "Hiya," says an email we received a couple of hours ago. We don't usually open emails that start with Hiya. But this one looked a little different and, "I'm an open source developer and I've just finished a project I thought you might be interested in writing about," it said ----- a php script that, "generates fake apache directory indexes for the purpose of slowing, and overloading with false positives the RIAA/MPAA's spider bots."

Gmail now has a vacation response

  • Google (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
Going on vacation or planning to be out of the office? No access to the Internet? No problem! Use Gmail's vacation responder to let people know you won't be able to get back to them right away. Here's how.

Gmail Contact Groups: Finally

You have been waiting for this feature for a long time, right? It will make group email blasts easy. Now, we need a v-card feature to click and save in our contact list.

Merry Christmas From The RIAA

  • InternetNews.com; By Roy Mark (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The music industry dropped 751 copyright-infringement lawsuits in the mail today, bringing the total number of legal actions this year against alleged peer-to-peer (P2P) infringers to more than 7,000.

Aging computers hobble Homeland Security - DHS using Windows 95

  • C/Net News; By Anne Broache and Declan McCullagh (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A recent extended downtime of Homeland Security computers only added to a list of issues the department is having with their network. Also included are system reverted back to Windows 95 after a failed Windows 2000 upgrade and databases only being linked to certain computers, meaning data must be entered repeatedly on different machines

The Beauty of "The Debian System"

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeld (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
Charles Darwin would "get" the beauty Debian if he were alive today. Martin Krafft certainly "gets" the beauty of Debian, and he wants you to get it too, so he has written a very detailed exposition of the Debian code and community called The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques, co-published by Open Source Press and No Starch Press.

National Instruments Extends Linux Support to 200 Devices

  • Houston Chronicle; By By Business Editors (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 15, 2005--National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) today released its newest virtual instrumentation tools for Linux operating systems, including NI-DAQmx 8 driver software and new instrument drivers for modular instruments. These innovative products not only triple the number of NI devices for the Linux OS but also make it even easier for the growing number of global Linux OS users to take advantage of the benefits of virtual instrumentation, including increased productivity and lower system costs. These new products build on the release of the NI LabVIEW 8 graphical development platform, National Instruments powerful flagship software that now is fully supported on the Linux OS.

Mozilla browser gets anti-phishing toolbar

Internet services company Netcraft Ltd. invites Firefox users who haven't yet tried the Netcraft Toolbar to install its latest version, which has been updated for compatibility with Firefox 1.5. The latest stable version of the open-source browser went gold on Nov. 29.

Open source everywhere for Canadian brokerage

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 15, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After years of working with Linux and other open source software, Nigel Fortlage still calls himself a newbie -- albeit a "very much dedicated" newbie. Since his company first began using open source software eight years ago, Fortlage and his staff have not even considered going back to proprietary systems, even through upgrades and overhauls of the local area network and IT infrastructure.

The Best Linux Distribution of them all

There are 100s of Linux distributions. And then there are some more of them. Ever wondered which is the best linux distribution out there ? Here is an interesting article which pursues this thought to arrive at a conclusive answer.

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