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Mozilla staff will be using the Litmus tool for this testing event. Mozilla will run this event similar to the way they ran the last Firefox RC3 testing day - members of the QA team will be in an IRC channel to answer questions if you need help at some point along the way.
The open encyclopaedia Wikipedia is facing renewed criticism over the credibility of its articles. Changing the goalposts from "authoritative" to "useful" may solve this problem.
Linux consultants have three days left to share their stories about battling Linux misconceptions amongst clients.
A Microsoft investigation into the sale of counterfeit software on eBay has led to the closure of an online operation responsible for the sale of over £3 million worth of fake Microsoft software.
The activities of internet trading outfit Zoobon first came to light after Microsoft received a number of complaints from Zoobon customers unhappy with the quality of the products they had been sold.
A major Linux tradeshow may add a pavilion showcasing embedded Linux devices and technologies. LinuxWorld Boston 2006 organizers say the "Invisible Linux" pavilion, currently at the "concept" stage, could help surface the use of Linux and open source in devices and embedded applications, given sufficient exhibitor interest.
SEOUL - A South Korean lawyer on Monday sued Microsoft Corp, the world's largest software maker, for allegedly hiding a software flaw.
Jang Young-ha, 47, filed the lawsuit against Microsoft with the Suwon District Court on charges of deception, accusing the US software giant of selling the flawed program for use in handheld electronic devices. In June, Jang bought Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server program and two servers for a total of 6 million won (US$5,802), according to the court statement.
When Jang downloaded personal data such as customers' birthdays and his schedules from the servers to his personal digital assistant, he found that the downloaded dates were always one day ahead of the original ones.
A new version of Ark Linux, v2005.2 -- touted as an "easy-to-use distribution designed for non-technical users" -- was released Monday. It's based on Linux kernel 2.6.14rc2 and boasts the new KDE 3.5 desktop
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI(M)'s showpiece event designed to strike a chord with industry captains and potential investors ran into rough weather on its final day on Sunday when freeware champions lambasted the seminar's IT agenda, I be telling you.
The session on information and communication at the International Congress on Kerala Studies proved a bit embarrassing for its organisers when criticism came from within the camp, you see.
The 451 Group believes that enterprise software vendors can no longer afford to ignore open source. In a special report, the IT industry analysts evaluate open source software as a powerful force of change with both upside and downside potential. As the lines between open and proprietary blur, licensing models will increasingly contain hybrid approaches to code ownership and permitted use. The end result: nearly every piece of enterprise software will eventually contain open source elements.
The analysts say that In the worst-case scenario, open source can do severe damage -- to licensing schemes and to legal definitions of intellectual property -- if used improperly. The potential benefits, however, are also massive -- making it important to clearly understand the critical path to finding upside in the commercial adoption of open source.
On Friday, December 9th, the International Herald Tribune brought up some critical aspects of the appropriate uses of open source software which is ever more pressing as open source continues to go more main stream. Open source compliance continues to be difficult issue, often compounded by the large and varied range of licenses that governed the use of the software that may come with the kind of strings attached that you may not realize.
The following is a snap-shot story from IHT, highlights a well known violation of probably the most stringent of all open source licenses, GPL:
SugarCRM 4.0 is set to debut this week with a new features in the commercial open source CRM enhanced workflow, reporting and marketing automation software.
The latest version is the 7th major release since SugarCRM started back in April of 2004 in an effort to take on the CRM market with an open source development. Version 2.5 was released at the beginning of the year.
Opinion: Software stacks, open or closed, will always be dogged by backward-compatibility issues. Deal with it.
Marcia Knous wrote in to inform us about the Mozilla Thunderbird community testing day, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 13, 2005. The event will run from 6am PST until 5pm PST, and will focus on candidate builds for Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 RC2.
XML has always had a lot of hype and confusion surrounding it. However, it's not as difficult as you might think it is -- especially in a great language like PHP. When you understand and implement XML properly, you'll find there are a lot of powerful tools you can use. XPath and XSLT are two such tools that are worth checking out. Reading and writing XML in PHP may seem a little frightening, but dont be scared off. This article shares easy techniques for reading and writing XML in PHP.
A Linux certification can be helpful, but it will not mean much if you don't know how to make Linux work for a company's needs.
Microsoft will use its new Windows Live geolocation finder as a Big Brother location device for the police And if you think your are safe outside US think again. From the EULA
" Location information collected by Location Finder may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities. "
Survey reports open-source will lead the way by decade's end.
A survey being compiled by Saugatuck Research so far shows that open-source technologies will achieve high-penetration rates across the entire core software stack by 2010. More specifically, the survey, "IT Trends and Directions," reveals that open-source operating systems, development tools such as Eclipse, and application servers such as Apache will lead the way in market penetration by the end of the decade, with 28.2 percent, 28.0 percent and 25.6 percent, respectively.
A dedicated development community has helped the Firefox web browser gain market share; the ability to enhance its usefulness with third-party extensions could be disastrous for Microsoft's pending debut of AdCenter.
SAN DIEGO -- All good things must come to an end, and the 19th Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA) is no exception. The conference wrapped up last Friday with a full slate of activities. At LISA, no matter how well you plan your schedule, the odds are good that you won't be able to attend all of the sessions that you're interested in.
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