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Allpeers: Killer app for Firefox?

  • Tectonic; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For an application that isn't even publicly available, AllPeers – a Firefox plug-in being developed in Prague – is receiving a great deal of hype. Some are even predicting that this will be Firefox's killer app.

AllPeers is simply a peer-to-peer (P2P) technology that allows you to share digital content with a buddy list. Using Firefox as the front-end, AllPeers says that it will run cross-platform, allowing transfers between Windows, Mac and Linux, and possibly more in the future. And, like Firefox, it's going to be open source.

Opinion: Visually Impaired User Weighs In on Assistive Technology Debate

  • LinuxPlanet; By Scott Seder (Posted by dcparris on Jan 5, 2006 6:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
One of the arguments in Massachusetts against OpenDocument centered on the needs of the visually impaired. In this guest column, a visually impaired PC user explains that not only is using an exclusively Windows solution a crash-prone option, it is also far more expensive than equivalent technologies in OS X and, eventually, Linux. Scott Seder makes the case for more open source development in the Assistive Technology arena.

[Ed: I wish this argument had appeared during the original debate! Still, it is an excellent argument for Massachusetts - and other states - to consider. - dcparris]

Open source's windfall

  • Computerworld Australia; By Jennifer Mears (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Matthew Szulik stills remembers when, fresh out of college in 1978, he attended a meeting of the newly formed Massachusetts High Technology Council and watched Digital Equipment founder Ken Olsen bring out one of the company's PDP minicomputers and put it on a folding table.

"There was so much innovation occurring in the greater Boston area, and I was a 21-year-old kid, wide-eyed and impressionable. . . . [The experience] continues to have an impression on me," says Szulik, CEO of market-leading Linux distributor Red Hat.

What's Intel up to with VIIV?

At the beginning of his CES keynote, where I'm sitting now, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said"We expect a wifi connection at the coffee shop, and we're disappointed when we dont get it." Well, the same goes for the CEO keynotes at trade shows. And there's no wi-fi here. But I have a bluetooth bridge to the net through my cell phone, so these are my public notes about the keynote, live— or as close as my typing can get to it.

Interview with the team leader of the Ubuntu Server Project

With a messagge dated 14 december 2005 the Ubuntu server team was officially created. This group of programmers has the task of creating a server-specific version of Ubuntu Linux. This is particularly interesting, since up to now the Debian-based distro has been desktop-oriented. That's why I decided to ask some question to Fabio Massimo Di Nitto server team "owner":

Linux Center expects US$100mn revenues in 2006 - Regional

  • Business News Americas (Latin America) (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 3:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software development firm Linux Center Latin America forecasts revenues of US$100mn in 2006, double what it expects to report in 2005, the company said in a statement.

In 2004, the Chile-based company billed US$10mn, Latin America sales director Carlos Muñoz said.

The Windows WMF exploit could be the last wake up call Microsoft and others get

  • AllYourTech News; By Rollie Hawk (Posted by Abe on Jan 5, 2006 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft

An ill wind is blowing near Microsoft right now. It's come and passed before, but this time seems different. I'm starting to get a lot of clients asking about this "Linux stuff." And I'm not even talking about the corporations trying to save money on software; I'm talking about individuals trying to save their home computers.

To begin with, I'm not alone in having my doubts about the "upcoming patch" that Microsoft has promised on the tenth of January. It's simply not going to be all it needs to be (even if it does appear on time).

Sipa TO PRESENT ITS SOFTWARE, OPEN SOURCE, TO EDUCATION MINISTRY ...

The Chairperson of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA), Mrs. KRUEWAL SOMANA (เครือวัลย์ สมณะ), said that her agency is preparing to present its software, namely Open Source, to the Ministry of Education for consideration tomorrow. If it is chosen, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will procure the software, which will then be installed in the Education Ministry’s 250,000 new computers.

Broadcom Launches World's First Wi-Fi(R) Video Phone Chipset

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Broadcom Leverages Industry Leading Voice over IP, Wireless LAN and Video Multimedia Technologies to Deliver Revolutionary Solution for Video IP Phones

My desktop OS: Xandros

About a year ago I installed Linux on my desktop at work. I am a database administrator for a PeopleSoft and Oracle shop and I spend a lot of my time remotely logged in to our servers. I decided to try Linux because I had become frustrated with Windows not being able to things like multiple desktops, forwarding the display of a remote server onto your box to run apps remotely, and connecting with SSH. Fortunately, my management is far more interested in having happy, productive employees than what operating system people use so they were willing to let me experiment. Today, with Xandros, I have a good solid desktop, and I don't worry about viruses, spyware, and adware.

US-CERT's FUD

Everywhere you look in the trade press today, you'll find glowing misrepresentations of US-CERT's latest annual summary of vulnerabilities discovered in 2005. If you take the summary findings at face value, you would likely conclude that Windows -- with 812 reported vulnerabilities -- is a much safer operating system than something called "Unix/Linux," which totaled 2,328. The US-CERT summaries have become the fodder for a FUD festival, and many scribes sympathetic to the Microsoft cause go out of their way to make sure the real picture never emerges.

DCC Alliance 'close to end' claims Ubuntu founder

The attempt to bring several Linux distributions together under a single core is doomed. That’s according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the startlingly popular Ubuntu distribution of Linux, who has predicted that the DCC Alliance initiative will ultimately fail.

[ED: More extensive explanation of the reasoning behind this conclusion than I have seen elsewhere - HC]

Nokia scores hit with wireless internet device

  • The Register; By electricnews.net (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The world's largest mobile manufacturer Nokia looks to have scored a major hit with a new wireless device that doesn't have any phone functionality. The Finnish firm announced on Wednesday that, against its expectations, it is to increase production of its 770 Internet Tablet handheld after achieving huge online sales since its launch in early November. In fact, demand for the product in Europe and the US is so great that the company has currently run out of stock and customers are facing a minimum two-week wait for the device.

Google to launch Linux-based PC

  • Financial Mirror (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 10:23 AM EDT)
Internet search leader Google is to announce the launch of its own budget priced personal computer that will run on a Linux-based operating system and could be sold in conjunction with Wal-Mart, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The machine, dubbed Google Cube, could present a serious challenge to software giant Microsoft whose Windows operating system currently runs some 90% of the world's personal computers.

Though previous attempts to launch cheap network-based computers have failed, analysts believe that Google's stellar brand, plus its deep pockets and expertise at building web applications, could give it a chance against the world's biggest software company.

The report said the new computer could be announced as early as Friday when Google co-founder Larry Page is due to address the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Linux kernel 2.6.15 offers 'full' InfiniBand support

The uptake of Linux clusters based on the high-speed networking standard is about to climb, according to a kernel developer

GNU Philosophy Drives Libre Licence Model

  • LXer; By DC Parris (Posted by dcparris on Jan 5, 2006 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
  LXer Feature: 05-Jan-06

In light of Tom Adelstein's recent article, "Time to Cull Proprietary Software from Open Source Branding", LXer Editor, Don Parris, reminds users that the GPL exists for a reason.



Digg Story

Gates' Microsoft Criticized Over Apparent Censorship

"I posted three posts about the Beijing news and all posts and articles were deleted inside China," Anti was quoted as saying by the AFX news service. "MSN Spaces (has) now deleted all of my articles and I have no backup and I'm very angry," he added.

Microsoft embraces open source scripting language

The software giant has unveiled the first beta of IronPython, a .NET implementation of Python

Xilinx Targets Fast-Moving, Multi-Function Smart Handset Market With Industry's First Programmable Demonstration Platform

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 6:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Programmable Solutions Critical to Keeping Pace With Consumer Demands While Meeting Low Power, Small Form Factor and Low Cost Goals

Massachusetts Sticking with ODF, for Now

Opinion: Massachusetts may be sticking to its ODF guns after all, but Microsoft still has way too much power in software buying decisions.

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