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Two new Linux phones coming in Japan

Japan's largest mobile carrier last week announced six new phones with support for PTT (push-to-talk), multiple numbers, and other advanced features. NTT/DoCoMo's 902i-series phones includes Linux-based models from NEC and Panasonic, as well as Symbian-based models from Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Sharp, and Sony/Ericsson.

Symphony OS Beta 1 PR1 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 4:19 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The first Preview of our Beta 1 release has now been released. While this release does not contain all items scheduled for the first beta it does represent a significant leap forward from the Alpha 4 release. Some notable changes in this release include: improved stability in mezzo; new faster orchestra renderer now using .orchestra for it's profile; updated applications; added Totem media player; build no longer uses set Knoppix paths so it can be installed and used multi-user with GDM or KDM...

OSDir has some nice shots of Symphony OS Beta 1 PR1.

Cracking The Lexmark Code: Legally Obliterating DMCA Cartridge Limits.

  •; By David North (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 28, 2005 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
[Ed- This is an oldie but goodie, inspired by Lexmark's attempt to use the DMCA to block third-party ink cartridge vendors. It's an inspired example of individual activism.]

Sys-con Media Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December ...

SYS-CON Media (, the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will cose on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX.

Host bus adapter handles 250,000 I/Os per second

  • Engineering Times; By Alex Mendelsohn (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 2:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TCP and iSCSI acceleration product vendor Silverback Systems Inc. is rolling out a PCI-X iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) HBA (host bus adapter) the company claims has the industry's highest performance and function set. Dubbed the iSNAP 2110, this device is slated for server and workstation applications. The board packs dual 1Gbps Ethernet-compliant IEEE-802.3 full duplex ports.

Regent Insurance dives into Linux

Regent Insurance Company, a local provider of underwrite services for motor and motor-related businesses, has switch from its existing Sun-based systems to an Intel/Linux solution with the help of Linux providers Synaq.

Microsoft Threatens to Pull Windows From South Korea (Update1)

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, threatened to pull its Windows operating system from South Korea if antitrust regulators order the company to remove programming for instant message and movie player services.

Network monitoring with Cacti

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
GNU/Linux is without doubt a brilliant server OS, but monitoring your Linux server can be a challenge. There are a few powerful tools available, such as MRTG, the Multi Router Traffic Grapher, but setting them up can be an exercise in frustration for first-time users. By contrast, Cacti, a graphing program for network statistics, is designed to be easy for relatively inexperienced systems administrators to use, while at the same time being powerful enough to be used in complex networks.

Digium's Spencer Says Open Source Will Benefit Consumers

[Mark Spencer likens Free/Open Source Software to self-service air travel. How would you like to be able to re-arrange your own flight? - Ed]

The vendor mafia's Linux vendetta

It's not the community's job to write device drivers for Linux, and yet we're forced to because vendors are just too darn lazy to support this burgeoning operating system.

Bugzilla 2.20 Released, Upgraded

Version 2.20 of Bugzilla, the Mozilla bug tracking software, has been released. The Bugzilla 2.20 new features page has more details about the improvements in this release, which include experimental support for PostgreSQL (previously only MySQL was supported) and a new user interface style.

Linux Advisory Watch - October 28, 2005

This week, advisories were released for mozilla, module-assistant, eric, sudo, libgda2, imlib, koffice, net-snmp, lynx, RTF, Netpbm, cURL, Zope, phpMyAdmin, ethereal, pam, and fetchmail. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

ZDNet UK Goes Too Far to Get Hits with Cheap Shot

Stephen Shankland wrote an article entitled: 'Desktop Linux 'like teenage sex'. (sic) And while the underlying article appeared up to scale, the headline doesn't belong in the technical press.

Getting Kids Into Computing

It's a given that children need at least basic computing skills. Should you encourage your kids to consider a computing career? What if they turn into fat, nearsighted, socially-impaired, tunnel-visioned geeks?

Debian Security Advisory DSA 874-1

Buffer overflow in lynx, a text-mode browser for the WWW that can be remotely exploited.

New Linux with an Old Laptop: Fedora Core 4

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By Apostasy (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 27, 2005 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
Guest Editor Apostasy has decided to take a look at current distributions and how they perform and install on an older laptop.

PowerPC development board available with Linux tools, chassis

IBM's DeveloperWorks has reviewed an inexpensive PowerPC development board aimed at Linux and eCos projects. The $650 TAMS 3011 "Moab" SBC (single-board computer) is a PCI card for use with passive backplanes. It is available with Linux and eCos tools and a powered three-slot PCI chassis.

Bryant University standardizes on Linux

Bryant University in Rhode Island was ranked the the "second most connected campus in America" by the Princeton Review in October 2004. The school offers a wide variety of Web services, including online registration and course materials, a digital asset library, and a large interconnected campus, and they're all powered by Linux.

Free program translates Euro languages to/from English

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Heise Online reports that GlobalWare AG is offering individuals, universities, and public institutions open source translation software that runs on Linux. The software, called OpenLogos, reportedly translates between English and German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

OpenLogos requires the presence of a PostgreSQL database and must be currently be run from the Linux command line. The program also supports translation between German and either French or Spanish. Plans are in the works to provide a GUI interface, so that the program does not need to be run from the command line.

Mobile Linux computing coding contest underway

  • (Posted by bstadil on Oct 27, 2005 6:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A contest to create applications and find bugs in a mobile "Linux desktop server" is underway. Realm Systems will award $75,000 for the best entertainment, security, IT infrastructure, productivity, and "other" applications for its Black Dog Linux device, as well as for "most bug reports."

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