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Evolis opens up to Linux

Evolis embraces the Linux giveaway policy and the driver can therefore be downloaded free of charge from the Evolis Web site

[Next, they should embrace the open policy of Linux by getting their driver source to the kernel developers. -- grouch]

where have all the programmers gone?

In my inestimably valuable opinion, we need programmers (and related disciplines like QA, advanced math, and design) more than almost anything else. We’re in the very infancy of the computer age, and already we are intensively computerized, from toasters and refrigerators to inventory tags to vehicles to big ole factories.

So where are all these programmers going to come from? Not the US, with its laughable public education, scorn for science and engineering, and gutted colleges and universities.

Open source stirs up systems management market

To some, the arena of systems management is one exclusively controlled by an old guard of proprietary vendors like IBM, CA and Hewlett-Packard Co. However, a spate of new applications in systems management are proving that open source may have the clout to stake a claim in this market as well.

Debian Gives Linux a Bhutanese Touch

The CD includes a complete set of Dzongkha-localized applications, namely the Gnome environment, the OpenOffice suite, the Mozilla Web browser, the Evolution mail reader and GAIM as instant messaging application.

Firefox, iTunes, Skype Top Most Dangerous List

Firefox, iTunes, and Skype were the top 3 applications in a list of 15 with the most security vulnerabilities, a Cambridge, Mass.-based security company said this week.

The list from Bit9 calls out applications frequently downloaded by individuals (and thus perhaps not sanctioned by the enterprise) which have at least one critical vulnerability, and that rely on the end user, not the corporate IT department, to manually patch or upgrade to fix bugs.

[FUD alert! Notice how the set of "applications" is artificially limited to those "that rely on the end user [...] to manually patch". This leaves out Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x. I strongly recommend the author take a look at Secunia's Vulnerability Report for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x and compare it to Secunia's Vulnerability Report for Mozilla Firefox 1.x. MS IE6.x has 19 unpatched vulnerabilities. Firefox 1.x has 4. Even with all vendor patches applied, MS IE6.x has more unpatched, "moderately critical" vulnerabilities than the total number of unpatched vulnerabilities in Firefox 1.x. None of Firefox's unpatched vulnerabilities reach the level of "moderately critical". Put those numbers in your FUD-pipe and smoke 'em! -- grouch].

SimplyMEPIS 6.0 RC2 ready for download, test

The MEPIS team released the second release candidate of SimplyMEPIS 6.0, on June 21. RC2 adds bug fixes, security updates, and screen resolution detection, founder and lead developer Warren Woodford said. The distribution now also includes monitor resolution autodetection.

Kerala to be FOSS destination

PC sellers, smarting at Microsoft for juggling them in a legal trapez, are now looking upon an 83-year old crusader to settle their old scores with the IT behemoth. Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan is on a trip to develop the state as India’s FOSS (Free and Open Software Systems) destination, with backing from National Informatics Centre (NIC).

The Transitive Property of Dots: What Price Massachusetts?

While a quarter-page ad on the editorial page of the Boston Globe doubtless costs far less than a $30 million in-kind software donation, it's a good bet that the ad titled "Working Together Better by Design" that appeared in yesterday's Globe has something to do with last week's generous contribution.

The Linux 2.6 Kernel: Cracking the Code

You could say the Linux kernel is on the cusp of adulthood -- like a teenager about to reach voting age.

House panel OKs Net obligations bill

A congressional bill that would impose strict new obligations on American tech companies doing business with "Internet-restricting countries" like China cleared its first hurdle to becoming law on Thursday.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Alpha Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The first development ISO images of Mandriva Linux 2007 have been released for download and testing. At the time of writing only Mandriva One live CD images for the i586 and x86_64 architectures are available, but expect the usual full (4-CD) installation sets to appear on Mandriva mirrors in a day or two. The new release ships with kernel and includes glibc 2.4, X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.3, GNOME 2.15, 2.0.2, Firefox and many other open source software packages. OSDir has a nice selection of shots of the upcoming Mandriva Linux 2007 in the Mandriva Linux 2007 Alpha Screenshot Tour.

Mysql Gets Lit

If you work with MySQL for a living -- or for fun, for that matter -- there's a new magazine in the works that you might find interesting. It's called Tabula: The MySQL Journal, and judging from the description its publisher posted online last week, it's going to be a first-rate operation.

Ubuntu Linux 6.06 Podcast - Part 1

In this episode: listener feedback, including how to install flash and java in DSL; downloading and booting Ubuntu Linux 6.06 “Dapper Drake”; a discussion of the Ubuntu GNOME desktop environment, including a look at Nautilus, the GNOME file manager; a review of how to install additional packages from the Ubuntu Add/Remove Applications tool and the Synaptic package manager.

Why Google OS Already Exists

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jun 23, 2006 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Let's face it. Google pretty much owns the Internet landscape. Unless something truly unexpected happens within the web community, I see no real indicator that they'll lose their market share anytime soon. This also opens them up to other online opportunities should they decide to pursue them.

Eu: Adobe Hasn't Complained in PDF Dispute

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Commission said Thursday that software company Adobe Systems Inc. has not so far made any complaints about Microsoft Corp. shipping its new Office software without Adobe's PDF file reader.

Linux Action Show PodCast debuts

Seattle, Washington (June 21st, 2006) -- The creators of the popular Macintosh-centric PodCast "CastaBlasta" have launched their latest foray into the wide, wide world of PodCasting - the "Linux Action Show". A weekly PodCast, the "Linux Action Show" is, as you might have guessed, dedicated solely and completely to all things Linux.

Linux Engine Drives Pixar's 'Cars'

  • Linux Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Jun 23, 2006 6:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Pixar Animation Studios meets the challenges of new high-quality animation with proprietary software packages running on Linux. (Linux-Watch)

Novell Names Ron Hovsepian to Succeed Jack Messman as CEO

Thomas G. Plaskett Elected Chairman of the Board Joseph Tibbetts to Leave Company; Dana Russell Named Interim CFO

A Set of RFI Responses Worthy of of Sherlock Holmes

In early May, Massachusetts issued a "Request for Information" on plugins that could help ease the transition from a Microsoft Office based environment to one relying on ODF compliant software.

Irish college gives open workflow software good grades

The Republic of Ireland is investing almost a billion pounds in technology research in 2006 to make Dublin a "technology research magnet." The Knowledge and Data Engineering Group (KDEG) at Trinity College in Dublin is right in the middle of the activity. KDEG is focusing on pervasive and adaptive systems, ubiquitous computing, and smart space management. When KDEG was having trouble with systematic workflow and document collaboration, it turned to a Linux-based solution that allowed Windows and Linux users to seamlessly share and edit documents.

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