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SanDisk launches 64GB solid state drives

Longer notebook battery life and less hard drive failures are on the way as SanDisk launches 64GB hard drives with no moving parts at Computex 2007 in Taiwan.

[Not FOSS related, just some cool new technology. - Scott]

Linux-Based Archos 704 WiFi Multimedia Player Reviewed

  • CoolTechZone.com; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on Jun 6, 2007 6:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Portable multimedia players are not necessarily a luxury these days; however, compared to yesteryears, they have certainly improved with additional features and a better user interface. The Archos 704 WiFi A/V player, for instance, is a step in the right direction with a multitude of impressive options, in addition to the standard support for various audio and video formats.

Stumblling around the Web

StumbleUpon was last week bought over by eBay, for a cool $75 million. Taking this as an opportunity to stumble around on company time, James Archibald collects some of the more interesting finds.

A cry from Xandros: please, take note of us

The deal Xandros Corporation signed with Microsoft on June 4 is an indicator of several things...Slice these deals any way you like, they are a sellout.

Linux vs. Microsoft: Get Ready for the Patent War

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 6, 2007 4:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
So, this is what we have been leveled to: patent wars. Earlier this week, I learned that the Linux Foundation has a portfolio of patents they own themselves and are quite willing to take Microsoft on in a patent war. And while I support the Linux Foundation fighting the good fight, I believe there are some issues that had better be considered.

OpenOffice.org alpha for Mac OS X

Many years after first announcing plans for a native version of OpenOffice.org for the Mac OS X platform, the development team yesterday released the first alpha version.

Open source phone plans September launch

OpenMoko Neo1973, an open source mobile phone similar in concept to Apple's iPhone, is expected to be launched in September this year.

How To Block Spam Before It Enters The Server (Postfix)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 6, 2007 2:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The last few weeks have seen a dramatic increase in spam (once again). Estimates say that spam makes now up for 80 - 90% of all emails, and many mail servers have difficulties in managing the additional load caused by the latest spam, and spam filters such as SpamAssassin do not recognize large parts of that spam as they did before. Fortunately, we can block a big amount of that spam at the MTA level, for example by using blacklists, running tests on the sender and recipient domains, etc. An additional benefit of doing this is that it lowers the load on the mail servers because the (resource-hungry) spamfilters have to look at less emails.

TreeLine: Outliner meets free-form database

TreeLine is a hybrid application that combines the features of a traditional outliner with a free-form database. As such, it offers a unique way to organize heterogeneous data, be it contact information, bookmarks, text snippets, bibliography, task lists, or something else. Moreover, using TreeLine's outlining capabilities you can easily group and manage the mixed data inside the database.

Linspire's New CNR Takes on Other Distros

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 6, 2007 12:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linspire
Linspire is a company that is never dull in regards to controversy. From their Lindows days to the recent Freespire release day, they have always been in the thick of things. Lately, however, it feels like they have been overly quiet, maybe too quiet. Perhaps it has something to do with people and their expectation of seeing the latest developments of CNR to other distributions.

Microsoft puts in Stirling work for unified security Nirvana

Microsoft is prepping a security software suite that will take it deep into Symantec and McAfee heartland. They won't be quaking in their boots just yet: the suite, called Stirling, hits the streets in 2009, at the earliest.

[So after letting other companies make money closing the holes in its code MS wants a slice of the pie for themselves. Why not just fix the code in the first place? Oh, that's right. There's no money in doing that. - Scott]

Vice-like grip of US copyright laws bears down on Australians

There will be more criminal prosecutions for intellectual property (IP) violations as a result of Australia's Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, according to leading IP academics.

Camino 1.5 Released for Mac OS X

Camino, the Mozilla-based native Mac OS X browser, has reached version 1.5. Camino 1.5 is built on the core Gecko 1.8.1 platform, which also powers Mozilla Firefox 2 and SeaMonkey 1.1.

Red Hat Asia Pacific News Volume 15

Welcome to issue 15 of the Red Hat Asia Pacific Newsletter.

Mozilla plugs Thunderbird security hole

Mozilla is certainly having a nightmarish security week. Late yesterday, it released a security-fix version 1.5.0.12 of its Thunderbird email client, after updating its Firefox browser, a Firefox Google toolbar extension, and its SeaMonkey web application suite -- all within the last six days.

Palm puts Linux in "mobile companion"

Palm has used Linux to build a "new class" of mobile device. The Foleo aims to expand the email, Internet, and productivity application capabilities of mobile phones such as the Palm Treo, by adding a full-size keyboard and a larger screen.

Why Did Microsoft and Sun Support SCO?

In Sun's case it was, as we knew, to try to slow down Linux, but also to use SCO's intellectual property rights to Unix.

Capgemini and Novell Enter Broad Mixed-Source Partnership

Capgemini endorses SUSE Linux Enterprise platform from Novell and provides consulting services and support for Novell open source and proprietary software

Dell vs. System76 Ubuntu Comparison

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 6, 2007 5:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Now that Dell has entered into the Linux OEM marketplace, we have to consider how this is going to affect other companies that have already been selling Linux-ready PCs for some time now. In short, what Dell is doing is not really news by itself. It is taking an existing concept and simply making it something that has been able to really gain some press. Great for them, but are they really doing anything productive for the Linux cause in the long run?

Kamloops school district gets an education in free software

  • linux.com; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by alc on Jun 6, 2007 5:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Kamloops/Thompson School District in British Columbia, Canada, is a free software success story. Gregg Ferrie, manager of information technology for the district, believes its infrastructure may be "the largest Linux on-the-desktop implementation in Western Canada"

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