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The End User: Firefox users decide fate

For a software company that is rapidly cutting into Microsoft's share of the Web browser market, Mozilla Corp. has a particularly unimpressive European headquarters.

New version of Skype for Linux arrives

Many Linux users had given up on ever seeing a new version of Skype, the popular VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) client, for Linux. They were wrong. Late in June, Skype released a beta version 1.3.

Staking the Vampire: SCO's case comes to an end?

Since day one of The SCO Group's lawsuit against IBM on the grounds that the corporate giant had stolen its Unix intellectual property for the betterment of Linux, SCO's opponents have shouted that there was nothing to the company's accusations.

Now, more than three years since the fight began, lawyers think that the court's recent decision to dismiss many of SCO's claims has shown that SCO's enemies were right all along.

Is Updike Obsolete?

  • Silicon Valley's Metro; By Annalee Newitz (Posted by grouch on Jul 6, 2006 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
In a recent New York Times Book Review screed, the proverbial old-white-male author John Updike offers a Reader's Digest version of the argument against online publishing. For those of us who are genuinely puzzled by the animosity directed against efforts to digitize books (like Google Print or the Internet Archive's Open Library Project), Updike's short essay is quite instructive.

Mr Firefox looks to the future

The only thing worth taking away is Ross's final statement: "My philosophy is very simple: serving users is the only reason I work in the software industry. I don't care about competitors unless they impede my ability to do that."

[Same title as a previous Seattle PI story, which it references, but this has additional info. -- grouch]

Xbox Linux distro achieves v5.0 release

The UK-based project team developing Gentoox, a Gentoo-based Linux operating system for the Xbox featuring Linux kernel 2.4.32 and the KDE desktop, announced its latest release on July 5, Gentoox Home v5.0. It is the team's first new release since v4.0 in June 2005.

Is Open Source Wikipedia as Reliable as Britannica?

Brittanica says it's not infallible but is nonetheless a reliable source, given its "strong scholarship," judgment and editorial oversight. It demanded a retraction. Nature's response: No way. It's "confident" the research resulting in Wikipedia's favorable comparison to Brittanica was fair, it says.

A Firefox PC operating system?

Lost amid the hubbub of the Saturday afternoon appearance by Firefox's Blake Ross at Gnomedex was a very interesting comment to Ross from Brian Livingston of Windows Secrets.

Printing, theming improved in GTK 2.10 release

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Originally designed for the GNU Image Manipulation Program, the GTK graphical application development toolkit provides an extensive assortment of widgets and controls for cross-platform software construction. The latest version, GTK 2.10.0, has been officially released. With plenty of exciting new features for users and developers, GTK 2.10.0 is a significant improvement over previous versions. The popular, cross-platform toolkit is widely used on a variety of platforms, and provides the foundation for the GNOME desktop environment. Available under the GNU's highly permissive LGPL license, GTK has been adopted by numerous proprietary and open source software developers.

Linux console servers target telecom

[Updated 5:20 P.M.] -- Opengear is shipping 48-Volt "telecom" versions of two inexpensive console servers based on Linux and other open source software. Network service providers can use the 16-port CM4116-48V and 48-port CM4148-48V to securely manage remote servers, switches, routers, VoIP gateways, and DSLAMs, via in- or out-of-band networks, according to the company.

Wall Develops Firefox SEO Extension

Search engine optimization hall-of-famer Aaron Wall has developed an intensive SEO extension for Mozilla's Firefox browser. The tool pulls data from a number of sources to offer search engine marketers "a more holistic view of the competitive landscape."

Getting to know your computer's dual personality

  • Waterloo Chronicle; By Michael Hiemstra (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 9:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
If you are at all like me, you spend far too much time trying to personalize your computer. You can download screensavers, mouse pointers or different gadgets like stock tickers or weather watchers for your desktop. Personally, I like to find at least one new desktop wallpaper each week from my favourite photo sharing Flickr.

Linux reference kit targets portable devices with OCR, media ...

SoC (system-on-chip) vendor Mobilic is shipping a "production-ready development kit" for portable media devices based on embedded Linux. The MDK730 kit uses the company's ARM9-based MP730 multimedia applications processor, and has a total BOM (bill-of-materials) cost of about $70, the company says.

Mobile Linux developer hails successful IPO

LONDON — Shares in Norwegian mobile Linux software specialist Trolltech rose by nearly 10 percent on the Oslo stock exchange as the company completed its IPO, which was nearly two times oversubscribed.

The Month of The Browser Bugs Begins

Hardly a week goes by without another browser vulnerability being reported. One security researcher is going to take it a step further this month and by releasing a new vulnerability every day.

Comodo Releases Zero Touch Linux for Back Office Automation

  • IT News Online; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Comodo, a provider of Identity and Trust Assurance Management Solutions, has released Zero Touch Linux (ZTL), a complete suite of back office server applications centrally controlled by a user friendly Web-based interface. ZTL was developed by Comodo's Positive Software Division (PSOFT), specialists in Web hosting and server automation.

[Warning - beware the pop-ups, even in Firefox - dcparris]

Symantec mistakes open source tool for trojan

An(sic) faulty update has caused Symantec to incorrectly detect the Zlob trojan in the open source Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS)... Last week's error marks that fourth time that Symantec mislabels NSIS as spyware, according to an overview on the project's web page. NSIS gets mislabelled as spyware on a regular basis. Microsoft tops the list. It's anti-spyware software has goofed up on five occasions.

[Five times..can't imagine why - Scott]

Linux 2.6 scheduler improves JVM, SMP, real-time performance

IBM's DeveloperWorks website has published a concise, informative overview of the Linux kernel's scheduler. The article first looks at schedulers in general, and the limitations of the 2.4 kernel's 0(n) scheduler, before turning to Ingo Molnar's 0(1) scheduler, and describing some of the problems it solves.

Microsoft to support ODF (!!!)

Microsoft said it plans to sponsor an open-source project to create software that will convert Office documents to OpenDocument, a rival format gaining ground, particularly among governments.

[ Finally! Thanks Massachusetts, Belgium, Denmark and probably the EC also, and congratulations to all ODF supporters Apparently, there is 'demand', although Microsoft claimed not. Now, the way is open to a switch to ODF for all MS users, after which it will be easy to save costs by switching to OOo! - hkwint]

Run Zeroconf for Linux in a Snap

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 6, 2006 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The fond dream of computer users everywhere is to plug in their computers and watch as networking automagically sets itself up. Computers are connected and give themselves IP addresses. Network resources are available without having to lift a finger: wireless devices, printers, local Web sites, image galleries, music collections, the boss's greatest inspirational speeches collection, the rude body noise collection — anything that is network-able. Apple users have long been able to do this with Bonjour (formerly Rendezvous). No messy hassles with DHCP, DNS, smbclient, or NIS; no horrid kludges to enable interoperability with cliquish platforms like Windows that hate to share with non-Windows systems.

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