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The Battle for Bangalore

  • Times Online; By Gervase Markham (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
India is turning into a battleground for the hearts and minds of software developers. On one side are the forces of opensourcing, ranged against them is Bill Gates's Microsoft.

IBM: Install a Touchscreen for Linux

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 12:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Anonymous Coward writes "What's the next step in creating an easy-to-use Linux-based product for consumers? A touchscreen facade can make back-end Linux applications very usable in such devices as custom digital media centers, DVRs and PVRs, and even control interfaces for household robots.

Firefox improves Web surfing

  • The State; By Charlie Paschal (Posted by dcparris on Dec 13, 2005 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Mozilla
Firefox is on fire — and if you are not using this new browser, then you are working too hard. The new 1.5 version is better, faster and offers improved features. It has about 10 percent of the browser market, which is remarkable since Microsoft’s lesser Internet Explorer browser comes bundled with millions of PCs.

[Ed: Nice for the most part, but I don't recall ever having re-installed Firefox after a security update - perhaps he meant *restart*? I have had to install new versions. - dcparris]

Mozilla to fix 'minor' Firefox bug

The first Firefox 1.5 security vulnerability, made public last Thursday, is not as critical as initially perceived, but a patch will be available to fix it early next year, a Mozilla executive was quoted by IDG News Service as saying.

[Ed: If you run across this exploit (lots of luck) just clear the history cache. - dcparris]

Linux in Italian Schools, Part 7: Teaching Free SW to Adults in Bari

The final part of this series looks at how FOSS is helping Italian schools with adult education and training programs.

Fujitsu Wins Two Product Awards from 2005 EDN China Innovation Program

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
WiMAX SoC for Broadband Wireless and Multimedia CPU for Consumer Electronics Named in First Annual Awards

China's Red Flag Sees Desktop as Linux Battlefield

Q&A: The vice president of the dominant Linux supplier in China says government support is creating opportunities for desktop Linux to grow.

Sleepycat releases Berkeley DB 4.4

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After spending a year enhancing Berkeley DB, Sleepycat Software has released version 4.4.

A Concise apt-get / dpkg primer for new Debian users

When we speak of Debian Linux distribution, the number one thing that come into our minds is its flag-ship utility apt-get . Infact this package management is so popular that a large part of Debian's popularity revolves around it. Ask any person why he or she thinks Debian is a better distribution and in 7 out of 10 cases the answer will be apt-get. Here is a consice but very complete article on using apt-get and dpkg the backend for apt-get.

Considering the Misuse of Open Source

Open-source software is used widely. This year, 69 percent of all Web servers run on open-source software developed by the Apache Foundation, according to NetCraft, an industry research company based in Bath, England. The open-source Linux operating system runs one-quarter of all file servers in the United States and one in five in Europe.

Meanwhile, in a Parallel Universe...

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Been following the ODF/XML story? Well, there's another standards war story that's been running in the news over the past few days that has an eerie sense of familiarity. It goes like this: Two camps can't agree on a standard that is being developed within an existing, well-respected standards body. Eventually one camp takes its effort to Ecma International for approval and fast tracking to an international standard in order to outflank the first standards organization, and to thwart the success of the other camp. Now where have I heard something like that before?

Novell Secures Major Enterprise Linux Agreement With Swiss Government

More Than 3,000 Servers Across Switzerland to Run Novell's SUSE Linux

Mozilla issues security advisory for Firefox 1.5

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By Antony Savvas (Posted by dcparris on Dec 13, 2005 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Mozilla Foundation has issued a security advisory to address concerns about a potential flaw in its new open-source Firefox 1.5 browser which could cause a buffer overflow error.

VMware Delivers VMware Player

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Free New Product Enables Users to Securely Browse the Internet With New Browser Appliance Powered by Mozilla Firefox, to Quickly Run Pre-configured Software Environments and to Access Their Personal Computing Environments on Any PC

Creating secure wireless access points with OpenBSD and OpenVPN

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You know how insecure 802.11x wireless networks are. In this article we'll create an OpenBSD-based secure wireless access point that prevents unauthorized access and encrypts every packet using a VPN tunnel. OpenBSD is one of the most secure operating systems available, is easy to use, and includes almost everything you need for this project in the base installation.

Agile Expands Compliance, Product Portfolio, Product Collaboration and Quality Management Capabilities in Latest Version of Leading PLM Solution

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 5:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Agile Announces General Availability of Agile 9.2

Ford Research and Design Centers Increase Productivity With SGI Technology

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 4:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Ford HPC Facilities in Michigan and Germany Apply SGI Storage and Server Solutions to Challenging Automotive Design Questions

Backup Thunderbird's Email

  • HDDsaver; By anonymouse (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 3:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article goes over backing up your email when using Mozilla's Thunderbird browser. This is not a super complex operation, but is it something this should be done correctly and periodically. The article covers manual backups as well as doing the process using a program.

Performance boost virtually assured

  • Government Computer News; By Joab Jackson (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 2:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Although Red Hat Inc. is based in Raleigh, N.C., the company runs a sizeable office more than 700 miles to the north in Westford, Mass. Why? To tap the considerable pool of talented enterprise engineers living in the area, many of whom moved there years ago to work for Digital Equipment Corp. and other IT firms in the Boston area. The Westford outpost is also an indicator of Red Hat’s true direction. The company that helped build credibility for Linux wants to operate not just as an open-source OS company, but as a solution provider of enterprise software.

Linux: Anonymous Contributions

Back in May of 2004 Linux creator Linus Torvalds suggested a simple process for tracking where patches originate from and the path they follow to ultimately be merged into the Linux kernel [story]. The process was deemed necessary to be able to prove that the kernel is an original work, and not borrowed or stolen from copyrighted works. Linus referred to SCO in the earlier email, "they've apparently made a couple of outlandish claims about where our source code comes from, including claiming to own code that was clearly written by me over a decade ago." The simple process of signing off on patches has been further refined over the past year and a half [story].

A recently submitted patch was signed off by "Noone Important", receiving the following response from 2.6 maintainer Andrew Morton [interview], "anonymous contributions rather defeat the purpose of signing off patches. I'm OK with it for small patches like this, but I'd be reluctant to accept a more subsantial piece of work on such a basis."

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