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Sun Mimics Red Hat Model

Sun Microsystems has at last delivered on its vow to become the Red Hat of the proprietary software world.

Linux Desktop Needs Major Vendor Support

Opinion: Some day, somewhere, some company will have to have the guts to face down Microsoft and make it possible for anyone to easily buy a Linux desktop.

Netcraft Toolbar Available for Firefox 1.5

  • Netcraft; By Rich Miller (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 2, 2005 4:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The toolbar runs on any operating system supported by Firefox and displays the hosting location, country, longevity, popularity, and an abstracted risk rating for each site visited. Additionally, the toolbar blocks access to phishing sites...

Editor's Note: What Is Easy and What is Right

Two headlines jumped out at me this week as overly troll-like. I would imagine you can guess which ones. The first was David Coursey's eWeek article "Bill Gates Is Not the Next Linus Torvalds." Yeah, no kidding. And let's give a big thanks that "Linus Torvalds Is Not the Next Bill Gates" either, or we'd start to see snide little notes from the head kernel developer asking us to stop sharing the code so he can start making money from it.

The second was an even hotter flame: Iain Ferguson posted a commentary on ZDNet Australia entitled "Time for Linux Bigots to Take a Back Seat." Hello! If this wasn't an article calculated to draw out a flaming mass of vitriol from the open source community, I don't know what is. I'll let you read the articles, if you haven't already, and let you draw your own conclusions.

Hacking OpenSUSE

There's more to SUSE Linux than simply installing it and going to work. To get the most from the operating system, you'll probably want to do some post-install fine tuning. This article by Jem Matzan is a useful supplement to Steven J. Rosen's excellent how-to, "Installing SUSE Linux 10 on a Laptop," recently published here on DesktopLinux.com.

Major upgrade for Apache

  • Techworld.com; By Matthew Broersma (Posted by hkwint on Dec 2, 2005 2:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL, PHP
The Apache Software Foundation on Thursday released a major upgrade to the hugely popular open-source Apache Web server. New features in Apache 2.2.0 include support for large files and improved caching.

The Complete Story of the Vienna Conclusions

After I first wrote about the removal of Free Software from the Vienna Conclusions and their replacement by a statement in favor of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in my blog under the title "The Vienna Conclusion: Sponsorship+Politics=Influence" on Wed, 16 November 2005, it found a lot of echo throughout the past two weeks. As the number of articles is becoming increasingly unparsable, PJ asked me to do a little writeup of the entire story and add a bit of background.

[Ed.- So, Microsoft isn't evil. Just anti-everything they don't like, and not afraid to employ whatever scorched-earth tactics it takes.- tuxchick]

French Media Companies Lobbied to Ban Free Software

Friday November 18th, 2005, French Department of Culture. SNEP and SCPP have told Free Software authors: "You will be required to change your licenses." SACEM add: "You shall stop publishing free software," and warn they are ready "to sue free software authors who will keep on publishing source code" should the "VU/SACEM/BSA/FA Contents Department"[1] bill proposal pass in the Parliament.

Mozilla looks to users for upgrade campaign

In that time, Firefox has taken a bite out of Internet Explorer's market dominance. Firefox now has 14% market share in the US, and 11.5% globally, making it the second most popular browser, according to web analytics firm OneStat.com.

Serial ATA (SATA) Linux software status report

This status report applies to the latest SATA driver release, found in kernels 2.4.32 and 2.6.15-rcX.

Restructuring dings Novell's earnings

But setting aside the $38 million in charges, per-share earnings managed to beat analysts' estimates.

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.

Firefox 1.5 available for SuSE via Yast

  • Linuxblogger by larrydag; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Dec 2, 2005 11:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
You can downloand the new .rpm for SuSE. Follow links for Yast Installation sources depending on PC (32, 64, PPC). SuSE 10.0 is even included.

Zone Labs sued over spyware classification

  • Security Focus; By Robert Lemos (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 2, 2005 10:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Marketing company 180solutions filed a lawsuit against desktop-security firm Zone Labs taking issue with a warning generated by the security firm's personal firewall software, which labels 180solutions advertising client as spyware.

[Ed.- The truth hurts. Fix it with attack lawyers.-tuxchick.]

Mozilla Launches Firefox Flicks Campaign

Firefox Flicks will showcase the widespread adoption of Firefox among Web users, and builds upon the success of grassroots marketing efforts for Firefox 1.0, including a community-sponsored two-page ad in The New York Times that ran November 2004.

Higher Order Perl: A Book Review

If you're an experienced Perl programmer, HOP up to the next level with this book.

Globus Alliance bags $13m NSF grant

The National Science Foundation, which is conducting several long-term experiments that rely heavily on open source grid computing tools produced by the Globus Alliance, this week pledged more than $13 million in long-term support to the Globus development community.

New Firefox downloaded 2 million times in two days

Since Mozilla Corp released its new Firefox 1.5 late on November 29, 2005, there have been more than 2 million downloads, the company said.

Asterisk provider to expand aggressively

Openvoice says that it is planning for an aggressive expansion in the new year, with acquisitions on the cards and a possible listing on the Alt-X exchange. If it were to list, it would be the first open source company on the JSE.

Creating appealing video software demos in Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 2, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A software product description is nothing without screenshots. They are the most-clicked links on almost every free software page -- much more than "Download." Screenshots carry information about the software's appearance, maturity, user interface, user friendliness, and feature set in a much more immediate way than paragraphs of text description. You can't show some software characteristics with still images, however. That's why, in recent months, the screencast has seen growing popularity. And when you need to creating screencasts, Istanbul and Wink make the process easy for Linux users.

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