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Revamping the Web Browser

Surfing the Web has meant using much the same technology for years. Now startups are working on new ways to navigate the Net.

Microsoft Research India: friend or foe?

  • Free Software Magazine; By Bridget Kulakauskas (Posted by fsmdave on Jun 12, 2006 12:36 PM EDT)
I’m going to make no excuses here — I was a chardonnay socialist and it’s time I came out and everyone gathered together and gave me some support. I have, from the time I was a little child been dreaming of hammers and sickles and the like, had a knee-jerk reaction to: big corporations (evil), government (evil), conservatism (evil), and stiletto heels (rank consumerist EVIL). So if you were to say “Microsoft”, I’d say “Where? Let me grab me my stake and crucifix!”. However, as I’ve aged and discovered social theory, I’ve realised that “evil” doesn’t really cut it. Systems themselves aren’t evil, because they are run by people. And, some of these people are selfish bloodsucking capitalist pigs (sorry, force of habit). But some of the other people come up with brilliant and devastating ideas that can make the world warmer and fuzzier, and then other people implement those ideas and everybody gets excited.

Free networks

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jeremy Turner (Posted by dcparris on Jun 12, 2006 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
I returned from a wonderful vacation in Florida to discover that my broadband cable service was no longer working. After some troubleshooting, replacing some coax lines and connectors, I ended up having to replace my Linksys cable modem/router combo unit. I ended up going with a D-Link DCM-202 cable modem and a Linksys WRTSL54GS, which is a router, firewall, 802.11g access point, 4-port switch, and even a USB port for external media storage. However, the best part about the WRTSL54GS is that it is supported by OpenWRT, a free software GNU/Linux distribution built to replace the standard Linksys firmware. Obviously, doing so will void your warranty. But in doing so, you will gain more functionality.

Novell plugs Bandit for ID management

Novell on Monday plans to officially launch Bandit, an open-source identity management project that was quietly started earlier this year.

Dapper Drake verdict: It sucks

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by dcparris on Jun 12, 2006 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
The review we didn't want to write. It's buggy, it's unreliable, and it's definitely not polished. Dapper Drake doesn't deliver as promised. Now where did I put that copy of Suse 10.1? [Here's an Ubuntu review that LXer's readers might find aligns more closely with their own experiences - dcparris]

Anti-DRM campaign expands, faces challenges

The Free Software Foundation's (FSF) Defective By Design campaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies ran into difficulties when it targeted Apple Stores across the United States on Saturday, June 10. As many as half the events were disrupted by security guards or police, while the campaign as a whole had little success in attracting mainstream media coverage. Despite the difficulties, organizers judged the event a success, both in mobilizing members of the two-week-old campaign and in educating the general public about the implications of DRM.

Is ODF headed for a ‘Bill Buckner’ Moment?

Steven Titch, Senior Fellow of the Heartland Institute, fans more flames in the Massachusetts ODF debate. [Look for LXer's response later this week - dcparris]

Intel Opens Wallet for Open Source Startup

June 12th, 2006: An open-source web services startup, WSO2, has raised U.S.$4 million in capital from Intel and along with it, the perception of open-source companies as viable businesses.

Web 2.0 Made Easy: How the Internet revolution bypasses the middlemen

  • OhmyNews International; By Paul J. Lamb (Posted by grouch on Jun 12, 2006 5:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
The over 100,000 day laborers across the United States who stand on street corners and in parking lots each day, waiting to be picked up for a day job, are in fact harbingers of the Web 2.0 economy.

Any way the wind SCOs...

OK, so I admit: I can’t get enough news about SCO. It’s like the best and worst parts of a soap opera, train wreck, and slapstick comedy all rolled up into one big, sticky ball. This week’s entry into their history of shame is a claim to own the standard Unix executable file format, which is ridiculous for more reasons than I feel like going into right now. What I took away from the whole circus, though, is that you’re playing with fire if you entrust your company or personal computing to proprietary software vendors.

The Case of the Compressed Image

The Open Source Movement weakens the classic model of property rights by presenting an alternative, viable, vibrant, model which does not involve over-pricing and anti-competitive predatory practices. The current model of property rights encourages monopolistic behavior, non-collaborative, exclusionary innovation (as opposed, for instance, to Linux), and litigiousness. The Open Source movement exposes the myths underlying current property rights philosophy and is thus subversive.

DistroWatch Weekly: Debian and Java, SUSE package management updates

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jun 12, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 24th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the recent new Linux distribution releases being digested and evaluated, it's no surprise that news was somewhat slow last week. The developers of Debian GNU/Linux have engaged in yet another major flame war - this time over the new Java licence, while the openSUSE project continued its hard work resolving the package management problems affecting many users of SUSE Linux 10.1. In the opinion section, we take a look at the three major distribution releases of the past two months and suggest the winner. Finally, the annual DistroWatch package database update will take place this week and we would appreciate your input! Happy reading!

CEO Interview: Thomas Kelly of MontaVista Software

This interview occurred six days into Thomas Kelly's tenure as MontaVista's new CEO, and one day after his appointment was made public. It covers Kelly's plans for MontaVista, including potential acquisitions and partnerships, investments in new technologies and growth, and focusing on sound business practices.

Red Hat puts its force behind the Intel Partner Program

Red Hat India is rolling out one of its most ambitious channel programs in the country. Called the Red Hat - Intel Partner Program (IPP), this program is aimed at targeting existing Intel partners and brings them into the Red Hat's fold to proliferate the Linux desktop initiative.

Study Projects Strong Growth for Worldwide IT Consolidation Market

  • Tekrati (Posted by grouch on Jun 12, 2006 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP
Consolidation growth will occur in heterogeneous environments: Linux, 14.4 percent; Windows(R), 9.8 percent; and UNIX(R), 1.2 percent. Linux represents an emerging growth opportunity for consolidation, particularly for servers and software (22.3 percent and 22.0 percent, respectively).

SLAX 5.1.7 RC1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Jun 11, 2006 11:56 PM EDT)
DistroWatch states - I'd like to let you know that a release candidate of SLAX 5.1.7 is out. This version contains a few major feature updates. The most important features include: modified 'changes=' cheatcode to accept device names with path; added 'fromiso' cheatcode to load CD data from a different ISO image. Also new in this release, the Linux kernel has been upgraded to version 2.6.16.20 with SMP support, while KDE has been upgraded to version 3.5.3 and KOffice to 1.5.1. OSDir has done some nice screenshots of SLAX 5.1.7 RC1 in the SLAX 5.1.7 RC1 Screenshot Tour.

Bluewhite64 Linux is an unofficial port of Slackware

Bluewhite64 Linux is an unofficial port of Slackware Linux to the AMD64 architecture. This means that it runs on AMD64 based servers and computers. The goal of this port is to mimic the user experience of the Intel x86 distribution at it's best.

Networking 101: Understanding OSPF Routing (Part 2)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 11, 2006 9:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The real nuts and bolts of everyone’s IGP of choice, OSPF, are a bit complex, but strangely satisfying. After understanding how it works, we’re left wondering, “what else do we need?” Make sure to review the first part of our look at OSPF before embarking on this potentially confusing journey.

This article will cover LSA types, packet types, and area types. First, however, we’d like to dispel a common misunderstanding about dynamic routing:

Networking 101: Understanding OSPF Routing

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 11, 2006 8:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Open Shortest Path First is a robust link-state interior gateway protocol (IGP). People use OSPF when they discover that RIP just isn’t going to work for their larger network, or when they need very fast convergence. This installment of Networking 101 will provide a conceptual overview of OSPF, and the second part of our OSPF coverage will delve a bit deeper into the protocol itself, as well as OSPF area configurations

Writing udev rules

  • reactivated.net; By Daniel Drake (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 11, 2006 8:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
If udev is driving you nuts, read this. For example, this document helped me configure my Kubuntu Dapper system to let me run my scanner as an ordinary user, rather than root-only. Dapper helpfully removed all the useful udev documentation, may their fleas be the size of Chihuahuas.

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