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Coping with MS-specific hardware

"Microsoft Windows is still unfortunately the most widespread platform which is why most major hardware manufacturers still first and foremost make sure their hardware works well with Windows. Even if Windows Vista is a flop in general compared to previous Windows versions, it is reasonable to assume that hardware manufacturers will prepare their hardware for various novelties that Vista may be offering."

Atto Recieves Novell Certification for Host Apaters

ATTO has revealed that its ATTO Express PCI UL5D SCSI host adapter and Celerity FC-42ES Fibre Channel host adapter have received the Novell YES CERTIFIED compatibility designation with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and NetWare 6.5. Through the YES CERTIFIED Program, Novell assures customers that ATTO products are compatible with Novell products, ATTO said.

[I hate to knock a fellow on-line publication for their mispelling, but I think someone was in a bit of a hurry. "Apaters" should be "Adapters", I believe. - dcparris]

Developing Countries Breeding Grounds For Open Source

  • WebProNews; By Savio Rodrigues (Posted by dcparris on Jan 6, 2007 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Red Herring's Falguni Bhuta predicts "More (Open Source) momentum in developing countries":

How to get a Windows tax refund

If you buy a computer, you often pay for Microsoft Windows even if you didn't ask for it and aren't going to use it. This article shows you how to return your unused Windows license and get your money back, freeing yourself from the Windows tax.

Scale To Host Women in Open Source Mini Conference

The Southern California Linux Expo announces plans to host a 'Women In Open Source' Mini-conference.

The release 1.1 of pragmasuite delayed – free licence model for ...

(openPR) - Cologne, Jan. 3rd, 2006: Release 1,1 of the already announced pragmasuite™ is shifted on in the middle of February 2007. The Cologne/Germany – based technology consultancy mceti AG cites a substantial change of the licence model and a new look-and-feel as the reason for the delay.

Extreme Programmers! Meet up in Leeds

Yes, Ermintrude, there is life up north...eXtreme Programmers are nothing if not clubbable, but the eXtreme Tuesday Club (XtC) is a City thing, as in the City of London, and I'd hate for Reg Dev to seem London-centric. So, as there are also plenty of eXtreme Programmers up North, I was interested to hear of one of them (with some sponsorship from Erudine) trying to get another XP club going....…

No more "Fedora Core"

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Jan 6, 2007 1:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Red Hat's engineer and Fedora Project board member, Bill Nottingham, announced on the Fedora developer's list on Jan. 4 that, "There will be no more releases of Fedora Core or Fedora Extras." Instead, Core and Extras will be merged together.

DebConf7 registration/sponsorship/CFP deadline

  • Mailing list; By Joerg Jaspert (Posted by dcparris on Jan 6, 2007 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
* Deadline for sponsorship: Wednesday 31 January As previously announced, DebConf7 will take place in Edinburgh from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 June 2007.

Liferay open source portal adds content management, ESB links

Liferay Inc, an open source Java portal company, has just released a new version of its offering that adds new Ajax mashup capabilities, plus links to workflow engines and enterprise service buses.

Building a Sustainable Open Source Business

Why at Terracotta We Open-Sourced All Our Java Clustering Technology

Trixbox 2.0 Eases Route To Open Source VoIP

Open source IP telephony got slightly less geeky today with Fonality's public release of trixbox 2.0. The new version of the free Asterisk-based IP PBX platform is a lot easier to install and use than its predecessor. That should increase its popularity as a foundation for small-business phone systems. But it's still not likely to steal customers from Fonality's PBXtra or similar turnkey products.

Qt Centre Programming Contest

  • KDE Dot News; By Witold Wysota (Posted by dcparris on Jan 5, 2007 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Qt community site Qt Centre is celebrating its first anniversary with a programming contest.

Mysql choses "GPLv2 only" for the time being

In an entry in his weblog, MySQL executive Kaj Arnö said that the free database is to remain under the current LGPL version 2 for the time being.

Google sponsors Linux notebooks for Fijian schools

A substantial grant from Google has enabled notebook computers running Linux and a variety of open source software to be rolled out at rural schools in Fiji.

Mysql changes license to avoid GPLv3

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Jan 5, 2007 7:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, MySQL
Open source database management systems vendor MySQL AB has changed the license it uses for its core product to avoid being forced to move to the forthcoming GNU General Public License version 3.

Pdf Reader Flaw Found for IE, Firefox

Both Internet Explorer and Firefox are vulnerable to an Adobe Acrobat Reader bug disclosed at a hacking conference over the holidays, according to various reports this morning.

Review: Open-Source Encryption Utility Frustrates Phishers

Phishing schemes are proliferating, and this year may be the worst. Yet most companies remain in the dark about this threat, which can be squelched with encryption. One solution to the problem: TrueCrypt.

Working in the COBOL mine

Developing with Legacy Systems Part 2. The most common applications sector where the integration of long-standing legacy applications is a still vital requirement is, of course, the broad reaches of the financial services community. When such an application has established itself and proved not just its capabilities but its reliability and overall efficiency to the business those businesses are loath to change it. In the finance market, "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is still a good maxim where changing an application, let alone conducting a rip and replace exercise just because there is a newer alternative, carries with it the significant risks that any change can induce.

Digital archaeology of the microcomputer, 1974-1994

  • Free Software Magazine; By Steven Goodwin (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 5, 2007 4:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a few years time, it will be impossible to study the history of home computers since everything at the time was proprietary; both in terms of the physical hardware, and all the software that ran upon it since most of it is encumbered by software “protection” to prevent copying.

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