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Easy Linux migration with Xandros Pro

Xandros today announced the addition of Xandros Desktop - Professional, a new plug and play desktop product that has been designed to work in any Microsoft/ Linux mixed environment. Xandros believes it provides a "zero learning curve" for users migrating from Windows to Linux.

Cross-platform desktop filing system gets updated

P.I.M. announced that a new version of its cross-platform desktop filing system for Linux and Windows users is now available for free download. SqlDesktop v3.00 arranges desktops like an ordinary office: documents, spreadsheets, images, and other items are stored intuitively in folders residing in an SQL database, according to the French company.

Opera tests latest mobile browser

Web browser company Opera has released another beta version of its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini.

Book Review: PPK on JavaScript

  • tech-unity.com; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Nov 28, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

From the author's post on Amazon: My first book, "ppk on JavaScript", is about basic JavaScript. Not basic as in "simple scripts for simple sites", but basic as in "performing basic tasks", such as registering an event handler while making sure the this keyword continues to work, or knowing under which circumstances a string is converted to a number (or vice versa). All JavaScripters need such knowledge. If you're a standards-aware CSS wizard, this book is definitely for you. I wrote it with you specifically in mind..."

XpressLinux Screenshot Walkthrough

The Xpress Linux project was set forth on October 26, 2006. The Idea was simple, give Windows users a Linux Distribution that is very easy to install, is flexible and advanced at the same time, and it needs to have a Windows style layout. The idea harvested its self into a big process that started with using the reliable and secure Ubuntu Distribution and breaking it apart and building on it to make it even more simplier. What we ended up with was a secure, reliable, and simple distrubution...

Java Job scheduling with Quartz

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Lipton and Soobaek Jang (Posted by solrac on Nov 28, 2006 5:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Add some sparkle to your Java apps with Quartz, an open source project that offers an extensive set of job scheduling features. This article introduces the Quartz API, starting with a general overview of the framework and concluding with a series of code examples.

Linux Powers Nokia 770

The Linux-based Nokia 770 Internet tablet is an intriguing gadget for Linux enthusiasts and professional embedded developers. Though it lacks personal information manager (PIM) apps one would expect from a palmtop-sized device, it is instead pitched as an “Internet tablet”, providing applications such as Web browser and an e-mail client.

OpenSUSE 10.2 RC1 out and about

Novell is releasing Basilisk Lizard, its codename for Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of openSUSE 10.2. RC1 is intended to help Novell fix "shipment blockers" and is, says, the last development build before v10.2 of the Linux distro hits the streets in its final version.

Report: GL Studio Puts Simulators On The Desktop

  • LinuxPlanet; By Rob Reilly (Posted by dcparris on Nov 28, 2006 3:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In the latest multi-million dollar training simulators, pilots get to shoot the bad guys out of the virtual sky, while infantry men practice driving their vehicles over virtual desert terrain. Today's sophisticated virtual trainers immerse the soldier in ever more realistic combat situations.

Gnu Tar "GNUTYPE_NAMES" Record Handling Directory Traversal ...

A vulnerability has been identified in GNU Tar, which could be exploited by malicious people to conduct directory traversal attacks. This flaw is due to errors in the "extract_archive()" and "extract_mangle()" functions when processing a "GNUTYPE_NAMES" record with a symbolic link, which could be exploited by attackers to overwrite arbitrary files by tricking a user into extracting a specially crafted archive.

Oh, the emails you'll get...

  • Joel on Software; By Joel Spolsky (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 28, 2006 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
A management consultant at Bain wrote me a nice email, that included the following sentence:

"Our team is conducting a benchmarking effort to gather an outside-in view on development performance metrics and best practice approaches to issues of process and organization from companies involved in a variety of software development (and systems integration)."

I didn't understand a thing he wrote.

This shows the stark contrast between the FOSS model and typical commercial business practices. It seems that merit is not even a criterion in the suits' world- TC

Ibm Offers Linux Implementation Services Across All Systems

  • IT Jungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by dcparris on Nov 28, 2006 1:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
If you want to put Linux on an IBM server--no matter what Big Blue brand you are talking about--and you don't want to be hassled by setting it up on the box, then IBM has a bunch of services for you.

French parliament dumping Windows for Linux

  • CNET News.com; By Christophe Guillemin (Posted by dcparris on Nov 28, 2006 12:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Study by tech services company convinced Assemblee Nationale that switch will be cost-effective.

RMS: No plain sailing for Novell

The Novell-Microsoft deal is set to come up against hurdles next year with the head of the Free Software Foundation, Richard M. Stallman, confirming that the organisation would use the terms of the next version of the General Public Licence to prevent Novell from using FSF-copyrighted software.

Microsoft, Novell, and now Ubuntu join to boost Apple and Debian

You've read more than enough already about how Novell and Microsoft signed an agreement that's supposed to help Novell sell Linux to Microsoft customers and help Microsoft customers integrate Linux -- as long as it's Novell Linux -- into their IT environments without fear of patent lawsuits. Part of the yammer was an open letter from Novell's CEO claiming that deal didn't really mean what you thought it did, followed by a statement from Microsoft that said Novell's CEO didn't really mean to say what he said or was wrong about some of it. Or something. Then Mark Shuttleworth jumped into the mess by offering a new, Microsoft-free home for openSUSE developers who didn't want to truck with Novell any longer because of its Microsoft deal.

A French Paradox

The Assemblée Nationale, an institution that is meaningful to any freedom-loving, truth and justice-seeking french citizen, chooses Linux, OpenOffice.org and OpenDocument on its desktops. This can be seen as a major victory in France, but although I applause these news, I am, just like many of my fellow citizens involved in the fight for digital freedom and independence quite skeptical on the progress of the Linux Desktop in France.

Cook up Web sites fast with CakePHP, Part 1

  • na; By BlueVoodoo (Posted by solrac on Nov 27, 2006 10:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
CakePHP is a stable production-ready, rapid-development aid for building Web sites in PHP.

Using eCos with CMake

Foreword: This detailed, technical how-to explains how eCos developers can use CMake to simplify and streamline the chore of writing makefiles manually. It discusses both simple, single-application eCos build environments, as well as those with multiple targets, such as production and debug builds for actual and virtual hardware.

Red Hat dumping Nasdaq for NYSE

The Linux seller announces plans to shift from one stock exchange to another.

Linux for Windows users

  • Manila Standard Today; By Chin Wong (Posted by dcparris on Nov 27, 2006 9:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
SHIFTING to the Linux operating system can be pretty daunting for long-time Windows users who have grown accustomed to doing things a certain way.

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