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Mozilla Firefox 1.5 tweak guide @ TechSpot

Mozilla Firefox is a great Internet browser, applauded by users and critics alike for its features, performance, usability, customisation and security. Firefox 1.5 builds on Firefox 1.x by adding an integrated auto-update system, improved pop-up blocker and improved standards support, not to mention thousands of bug fixes. This updated guide will take you through all that Firefox 1.5 has to offer covering the options menu, about:config preferences, CSS, extensions and more.

[ED: Nice guide for new users with pictures, watched a friend fighting his way through reconfiguing his Firefox on XP, this would have helped - HC]

Add LXer to new Gmail RSS feed

Gmail just added a nifty RSS feed directly into your Gmail account. It is easy to do but LXer is not yet one of the default tech sites so you need to do it manually.

Go to Settings in your Gmail account and click on the new Web Clips tab. Then take this URL

and paste it into the search box. Google will acknowledge this as a valid feed and the add button will appear. Hit it and presto your are done

You probably need to edit the initial feeds. I had all kind of gunk suggested by Google.


The Cost of Free Software

Free software advocates focus on the ability to share, develop, and improve software as a community effort. But how do these freedoms affect the business community? David Chisnall takes a look.

African broadband access accelerates

Broadband access in Africa has grown significantly over the past four years with at least 20 fixed-line operators introducing ADSL services, according to a report published this week by Balancing Act. The reports says, however, that at current prices broadband access in Africa is still the domain of the privileged classes.

Maria Winslow's LinuxWorld Blog: Open Source Java Application ...

Geronimo, an open source Java application server under the Apache umbrella, has come a long way

Report: Sun Gives Red Hat, Novell Their Niagara Marching Orders

Sun Microsystems is "talking publicly" this week with both Red Hat and Novell SuSE about doing native ports of their respective Linux distributions to the high-powered and relatively low-priced RISC-based T1000 and T2000 Fire Servers rolled out in New York on Tuesday. Find out more about how the open source bug has bitten Sun in this report from Jacqueline Emigh.

Wikipedia's open-source label conundrum

  • CNET; By Daniel Terdiman (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 11:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite a media habit of referring to Wikipedia as an open-source project, it looks only a little like the open source projects common in software.

Linux Administrator - Need a Job?

Need a job? Are you a Linux Administrator with experience in Red Hat Linux through to the latest Enterprise versions? Well somebody in Steeton, West Yorkshire is looking for you.

You need to know: DNS, DHCP, NTP, FTP, NIS, Scripting and TCP-IP Networking. Of course you also need to possess: Good Documentation and Communication skills. Oops. techies with communication skills - there they go again.

Here's the real kicker: It would be advantageous to possess:

* CVS, Clearcase and Windows Administration skills
* CISCO networking or Red Hat Certification This is an opportunity for somebody looking to join a progressive, exciting company with the ability to take responsibility for the growing number of Linux Desktop servers within a multi-platform environment. Linux Desktop servers? Hello?

We've written about this in the past. Note the Windows Administration skills requirement. And these employers wonder why they can't find Linux talent.

It's not a lack of Linux talent, stupid. It's your unrealistic expectations. You should have stopped at Linux administrator and stop asking for all these other skills the person will never use. Do you ask the same questions of Windows administrators? No.

LISA '05 Conference: Day 2

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 9, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SAN DIEGO -- The second day of the LISA '05 Conference was full of interesting talks and after-hours sessions.

Panasonic to kill GSM phones for 3G Linux handsets

  • ComputerWorld; By Martyn Williams (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
anasonic Mobile Communications Co. is ending development of second-generation (2G) cell phones in the face of "severe global competition" to concentrate on development of third-generation (3G) Linux-based handsets, it said Friday.

The move makes Panasonic the first major cell phone maker to discontinue 2G handset operations. Sales of 3G handsets are climbing fast and becoming an increasingly important part of each handset maker's global sales. However, for many companies 2G sales still dominate. Panasonic, like many Japanese companies, was late to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) market and so such sales are less important.

Does free software make sense for your enterprise?

  • Free Software Magazine; By By Tom Jackiewicz (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 9:59 AM EDT)
Finding free software at your office is like finding a Republican in San Francisco

Berlin is about to switch to Linux, too

  • Heise; By Christian (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 9, 2005 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to a report on Heise Online (currently German language only), the city of Berlin, capital of Germany, is very likely to switch to Linux as currently does Munich. 58.000 desktop PCs and and an unknown amount of servers could be affected

Microsoft gets Ecma nod - But IBM says "Nay" to ECMA committee

ECMA International has approved the creation of a technical committee to standardize Microsoft's Office Open XML document formats, according to a representative at IBM, which is an ECMA member. IBM voted against the creation of the committee and Hewlett Packard abstained, the IBM spokesperson said.

The first meeting of the technical committee is expected to take place on December 15. In late November, Microsoft announced it plan to standardize the XML-based document formats of Office through ECMA, and then ISO, in part to ensure that customers, notably governments, can have long-term access to documents.

Firefox 1.5 hole a minor problem claims Mozilla

  •; By Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG news service (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 8:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla claimed that first Firefox 1.5 security vulnerability was not as critical as initially perceived, but a patch will be available to fix it early next year.

Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla said that the company planned to repair the hole in the latest version of thebrowser when it releases its next regularly scheduled stability build of Firefox in late January or early February.

Red Hat Gains Full Control of Indian Unit

U.S. computer software and services firm Red Hat says it had gained full control of its Indian venture after buying out the remaining 40 percent from its local partner for an undisclosed sum.

Smarty templating and presentation library for PHP

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 9, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
PHP has historically been a simple scripting language used for quickly developing small web sites with dynamic content. But newer features have given the language the structure and libraries for building larger applications. One such library is Smarty, a templating and presentation engine. Smarty helps developers build applications in modules by separating the presentation layer from the application code. This article covers some of the basic features of Smarty for developers.

Just who is Microsoft trying to kid?

Does anybody really believe this nonsense? Let me turn it into English. Microsoft wants to earn more money from you. It intends to do this by releasing products even earlier with loads more defects because the faith it puts in methodologies like Extreme Programming (ie “Extreme” as in taking risks), and Scrum, whatever that is, is touching but entirely unsupported by any experiment. The only thing that is supported by experiment is that if you rush complex applications to the marketplace, they will be full of bugs. The only reason Microsoft lengthened its development schedules in the first place was because of the extraordinary reliability of Linux.

Pervasive Software Contributing Code to PostgreSQL Community

Pervasive Software Inc., a global value leader in data infrastructure software, announced it plans to contribute source code for DTrace probes to the PostgreSQL community. DTrace probes provide a superior interface for monitoring the PostgreSQL engine and allow for more effective tuning. Pervasive also formally welcomed Sun Microsystems to the PostgreSQL community and applauded new support of PostgreSQL through the Solaris 10 Operating System. In January 2005, Pervasive introduced the first integrated set of open source support and services for the PostgreSQL database from an established database company.

SleepyCat releases Berkeley DB 4.4

The company claims 200 million deployments of Berkeley DB, a “massive user base”, which as Mike Olsen, Sleepycat Software’s CEO, modestly notes, “continues to help us advance the state of the art in database technology. Our latest release of Berkeley DB includes new features based on customer requests and delivers significant improvements in performance and flexibility for developers."

Device Profile: Buffalo TeraStation Home Server

Japanese storage device vendor Buffalo has brought out a "Home Server" version of its NAS server aimed at home users. The "HS" models of its Linux-based TeraServers now include multimedia file management and serving software developed using a Linux SDK from tools and middleware vendor Mediabolic.

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