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Linux Advisory Watch - December 23, 2005

Happy Holidays! This week, advisories were released for dropbear, nbd, phpbb2, OpenLDAP, Xpdf, cURL, CenterICQ, digikam, apache2, sudo, kernel, netpbm, udev, gpdf, kdegraphics, cups, and perl. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva, and Red Hat.

Review: Crossover Office 5

If you just can't bear to part with Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, or Quicken, but want to make the switch to Linux, relax -- CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office has you covered.

Microsoft Is Warned by Europe

The European Commission turned up the heat yesterday on Microsoft, the world's largest software company, threatening to fine it more than $2 million a day unless it agrees to share more technical information with competitors.

The commission's warning is the latest salvo in its increasingly acrimonious dispute with Microsoft over just what the company must do to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling by the European Union. But the move also points to the growing gap between the antitrust policies of the United States and Europe.

[Ed: Europe can make this an anti-American issue if it wishes. Whatever it takes to break-up Microsoft works for everyone, especially in the United States. - tadelste]

Give the Gift of Knoppix Linux and a Book for Less Than $30 - Knoppix for Dummies

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com); By Mike Angelo (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 23, 2005 7:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
In the "Christmas and Winter Holiday Gift Guide" category plus a light review of Knoppix, MozillaQuest Magazine (MozillaQuest.Com) asks and answers: "Would you like a better computer operating system than Microsoft Windows -- plus hundreds of great applications and an easy to read and follow user's guide for less then $30? Then grab a copy of Knoppix for Dummies . . . [It] is an excellent introductory tutorial for the Knoppix distribution of the GNU-Linux operating system. It includes a live DVD with a bootable version of Knoppix.

Mozilla Launches Firefox Marketing Blitz

Joy to the world, the browser has come.

Such is the holiday sentiment that nonprofit Mozilla Group is asking its customers to share in the name of promoting its latest open source Web browser, Firefox 1.5. The Mountain View, Calif.-based organization launched its first official marketing campaign ever on Wednesday, an initiative that will ask existing Firefox users to make short films about their experiences using the software to convince other people to try it.

D-Day Arrives for SCO

The deadline arrives for SCO to file with the courts whatever evidence the company has found that there's Unix code in Linux.

Looking back at computer security in 2005

This article presents a view on some of the biggest events of 2005 with comments by Bruce Schneier, Howard Schmidt, Dr. Gerhard Eschelbeck, Mikko H. Hyppönen, Ira Winkler and Fyodor.

Us Stocks Rise on Inflation Report; Red Hat Shares Advance

Shares of computer-related companies Research In Motion Ltd. and Red Hat Inc. gained after they reported results that exceeded analysts' estimates. Albertson's Inc. fell after the New York Times said the grocery chain rejected a takeover bid.

SCO's Unix slide continues in Q4

  • The Register; By Ashlee Vance (Posted by tadelste on Dec 23, 2005 2:02 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO, IBM; Story Type: News Story
The SCO Group's revenue continued to fall in the fourth quarter and during fiscal 2005, as Unix sales slumped. Management, however, tried to put a positive spin on the results, released after Thursday's market close, saying that cost-cutting measures have made SCO's Unix business profitable again and adding that plenty of cash remains to continue a legal battle against IBM.

Linux Networx hooks up with IBM GPFS

Linux Networx announced last week that it had signed an OEM agreement with IBM to distribute IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS).

Linux: Overview of the Perfmon2 Interface

Stephane Eranian posted an overview of theperfmon2 interface, highlighting key features. He begins, "the goal of the perfmon2 interface is to provide access to the hardware performance counters present in all modern processors." He goes on to explain, "the interface is designed to be builtin, very generic, flexible and extensible. It is not designed to support a single application or a small class of monitoring tools. The goal is to avoid fragmentation where you have one tool using one interface. Because we want the interface to be an integral part of the kernel, special care is taken to make it robust and secure. The interface is uniform across all hardware platforms, i.e., it offers the same level of software functionalities on each platform." The full document can be found below.

2.6 maintainer Andrew Morton reviewed the document commenting, "thanks for putting this together. It helps." He included comments throughout, then noted in summary, "overall: I worry about excessive configurability, excessive features." Stephane acknoweldged these comment explaining, "in general I am not a big fan of putting stuff in the kernel just because it's cool to be kernel developer. Quite to the contrary, if I could get out of the kernel development, it would certainly make my work easier. Every feature that is supported by perfmon was put in there because of user needs and because there was no better way to implement them in user space and yet provide the same level of efficiency or simplicity."

Weinberg Discusses OSDL's Strategies for the Future

  • eWEEK Linux; By LinuxDevices.com Staff (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 11:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
Q&A: OSDL spokesperson Bill Weinberg shares insight on the organization's new MLI (Mobile Linux Initiative).

Belenix - A Live CD based on Open Solaris

A review of Belenix - a Live CD based on Open Solaris kernel.

Using a liveCD as your Linux Desktop

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Frank Richards (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 10:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Although most liveCD Linux distros are generally meant to be used for evaluation or demo purposes, such as trying the particular distro before installing it on your hard drive, some can be used quite successfully as a Linux desktop, without ever installing them to your hard drive. Why do this? Which ones are best for this purpose?

To find out the answer to these and other interesting questions, read this informative DesktopLinux.com article by guest columnist Frank Richards:

Foremost for Data Recovery

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Dec 22, 2005 9:18 PM EDT)
Even with the best recovery systems in place accidents can still happen. When you've terminally trashed the file system of your drive after a 4AM coding marathon more drastic measures than a backup restore are called for. Enter Foremost.

Browser wars: Firefox gains on Internet Explorer

A good Web browser can interpret all kinds of coding and deliver to your computer screen a page that looks pretty much the way its creator envisioned. Choose the wrong browser, and you'll find yourself stuck or unwittingly vulnerable to strangers with bad intentions.

Our choice: Mozilla's just-updated Firefox 1.5, which looks and feels a lot like the original Firefox that made its debut in November 2004. It suppresses pop-up ads, thwarts spyware and loads pages faster than Internet Explorer, the browser used by about 85 percent of Web surfers.

Does mobile Linux really have legs?

There is little disagreement about the opportunities for Linux on mobile phones, but it will take some work to give Linux its legs. While Linux today is one player among the many operating systems in the mobile handset market, finding its stride will be a matter of operating system enhancements, the formation of standards by the Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS), and use of the open source platform by a major manufacturer with a winning product, analysts said.

KOffice 2 User Interface Design Competition

KOffice development is currently going on at a tremendous pace. Version 1.5, with Open Document as the default file format, will be released in March 2006, and it is time to start collecting ideas for version 2. KOffice has received a donation of $1000 to be used as the prize in a GUI and Functionality Design competition. So whip out the RAD tools and your imagination and design the next big thing in office automation!

Linux Dies Under Microsoft's Open Document standard

Do you remember the day when Linux users had no Internet browser? Under the conformities of MSXML Document Standard, those days would return.

[ED: Kind of repost but it's important to understand the threat -bstadil]

Latest Gaim Beta Arrives

The newest version of the popular open-source IM client supports more IM protocols, but not VOIP or video.

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