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Working Within the Open-Source Ecosystem

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 2:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than half of the large firms in North America are employing open-source software in some fashion, and another 19 percent are planning to use it by the end of the year, according to Forrester Research. In a report entitled "How Firms Should Work With the Open-Source Ecosystem,"

Sun's JDS Linux Desktop: Author Calls it a Throw-away

People say, " Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." But what if the horse is long in the tooth? Sun wants to salvage something out of the money and ill-will it spent and created on the Java Desktop System build for Linux. But really, who wants Sun's leftovers?

Sgi and Novell Attain Elevated Security Certification for SUSE ...

Silicon Graphics announced that Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Altix(R) systems has attained Evaluation Assurance Level 3+ (EAL3+) as determined by the Common Criteria for Information Security Evaluation.

America's Army 2.5.0 Available for Linux

  • LinuxHardware.org; By augustus (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Linux Games Friday, Icculus announced the release of America's Army 2.5.0 for Linux. This was only a couple of days after the release of the Windows version to Icculus' and the Army's credit.

Three-Year-Old Version of Word Resurfaces in Microsoft Works 2006

Deborah Rothberg writes: "Microsoft Works Suite 2006 also replaces the 2005 versions of Money, Encarta and Streets & Trips. It also replaces Picture It! Premium with Digital Image Suite 2006. One feature in the new Works Suite that is leading many to scratch their heads, however, is the inclusion of Word 2002 rather than a more current version, such as Word 2003."

[Leave it to Microsoft to downgrade your upgrade! - Ed]

Ibm Uses Open Source Playbook for AppDev -- II

  • OpenEnterpriseTrends.com (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In Part II, Heintzman shares exactly how IBM is using Open Source Best Practices to drive better creativity and performance for their commercial dev projects

Google, IBM Team on Enterprise Search

  • Google News; By Elizabeth Millard (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM Latest News about IBM and Google Latest News about Google announced plans to integrate their enterprise-search technologies to give corporate customers more power in mining their databases, documents, and e-mail.

According to the announcement, IBM will develop a new plug-in for Google Desktop for Enterprise, a free application designed to help employees sort through multiple types of information.

[ANNOUNCE] PHP 4.4.1 has been released

  • Mailing list; By Derick Rethans (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
PHP 4.4.1 is now available for download [1]. This version is a maintenance release, that contains numerous bug fixes, including a number of security fixes related to the overwriting of the GLOBALS array. All users of PHP 4.3 and 4.4 are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu Linux 5.10

Review: You may not be ready to welcome Linux onto your organization's desktops, but that doesn't mean that desktop Linux isn't ready for you.

Novell SUSE Linux 10.0

Review: You may not be ready to welcome Linux onto your organization's desktops, but that doesn't mean that desktop Linux isn't ready for you.

Open source insurance for business

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 31, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
In 2003, Linksys and its parent company Cisco found out they were in violation of the terms of the GNU General Public License because of some embedded open source software used in the company's WRT54G wireless access point. If Cisco had known about the violation ahead of time, it may have been able to avoid much of the expense and heartache of the subsequent investigation conducted by lawyers with the Free Software Foundation. A new type of insurance available to companies whose products may include snippets of free software code promises to expose potential problems before its too late.

Software Freedom Law Center Appoints Two New Attorneys to Defend ...

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced the appointment of two new attorneys. Karen M. Sandler and James Vasile have joined the SFLC and will apply their technology and legal experience to support FOSS projects, developers and vendors.

Is It Time To Switch To p2p Email?

Base your email transport on something like gnutella, they say, and you'll diffuse message delivery across a sea of nodes. Blow up a node, and its peers will still see that the message reaches its target. The dream even made it onto Wired's 101 Ways To Save The Internet.

[Ed.- Be sure to take a look at the PDF linked at the end of the article, "Secure and Resilient Peer-to-Peer E-Mail: Design and Implementation," by Kangasharju, Ross, Turner]

A Firefox Extension called Fasterfox is a Must Have

Fasterfox by Tony Gentilcore was released on October 26, 2005. It provides real "performance and network tweaks for Firefox. Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay. "

Firefox Gets SEO Extension

  • WebProNews; By Jason Lee Miller (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The beauty of open source software is the seemingly limitless options that pop up. For search engine marketers only, a new extension for the Firefox browser has been developed that lets users browse search engine statistics with a simple mouse over.

Google throws bodies at OpenOffice

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google plans to hire programmers to improve OpenOffice.org, a demonstration of its affinity for open source initiatives and one the company believes also shows sound practical sense.

Book Review: File System Forensic Analysis

  • Unix Review; By Kristy Westphal (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Before I even had this book in my hands, I was truly excited about it. I have used Autopsy and The Sleuth Kit for some time now in my forensic work, and I am a big fan. These free tools are straightforward and critical to any forensic investigation. Brian Carrier, the author of File System Forensic Analysis, also created these tools, so when I saw that he wrote an entire book on file systems, I was pumped! Who better than Carrier to detail a topic that has been sparsely documented?

The Hercules System/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture Emulator

The web site reads: "Hercules is an open source software implementation of the mainframe System/370 and ESA/390 architectures, in addition to the new 64-bit z/Architecture. Hercules runs under Linux, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Mac OS X 10.2 and later."

It runs best on Linux and it helps shops without mainframe access port their software to Linux on the S/390 and zSeries platforms.

BeOS rises from the grave, takes the name ZETA

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 31, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's Halloween, and what better way is there to celebrate than by reanimating a dead operating system on your PC? The zombie of choice this year is the ZETA Live CD 1.1, the first free download to bring the long-lost BeOS back from the grave.

Answering Microsoft: Comments on Microsoft's Letter to MA

As most readers probably know, Massachusetts has chosen the OpenDocument standard as their standard for office suite data exchange. Massachusetts has published the comments about this decision from many sources, including Adobe, Corel, IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems. Microsoft was extremely unhappy that the OASIS OpenDocument standard was selected instead of their proprietary XML format, aka the Microsoft Office Open XML format, that is under development.

Pamela Jones asked me to comment in more depth on Microsoft’s response, because I’ve had past related experience (e.g., with standards, XML, and even OpenDocument specifically). Many people have made brief comments about this letter, but she thought a more detailed commentary would help those who are less familiar with this topic. So, here’s my attempt at commenting on Microsoft’s letter in more detail.

[ED.- A very long, but thorough rebuttal of Microsoft's anti-ODF FUD, complete with references. A must read, especially if you're a government, or any other organisation concerned about your who controls your own documents!]

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