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Firefox 1.5 Will Launch with a Big Marketing Push

Mozilla vice-president of products Christopher Beard announced last week that there is a "strong likelihood that the newest version of Firefox 1.5 will be available on November 29.

Damn Small Linux Review - Version 2

  • http://spidertools.com; By Mike Weber (Posted by tadelste on Nov 27, 2005 3:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Damn Small Linux is a distribution built for small size (under 50 MB) but with powerful features. DSL is useful. What I mean by that is, much of the fluff that actually wastes CPU cycles and RAM is left out of this system so what you get is a ground level, fast operating system that can revitalize old hardware and perform almost every task you throw at it.

International Business Server, International Business Desktop

Like a number of industry analysts over the years, I have been suggesting to Big Blue that the company build a small OS/400 server that can compete against Windows. Yet, even I have not yet asked IBM to build the International Business Desktop, which might sound strange for a company that just exited the PC business. Today, I start to ask.

If IBM goes along with this little guy, this i5 in its smallest form factor yet is just the ticket to bring the i5 product and IBM well over the top in the small to very small business community

Building a Linux video jukebox for an anime convention

  • NewsForge; By Amy R. Zunk (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 3:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How do you run video to four different video rooms at an anime convention without having a staff member change tapes or DVDs at regular intervals? How do you run a video room where viewers can choose what to watch and when to watch it? You hire an open source developer to code a video keg and video jukebox.

Oregon city builds a reputation as a hub for software revolution

  • Christian Science Monitor; By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but too many programmers just makes software better. For a multibillion-dollar company that's spent decades protecting its code with the rigor of Fort Knox, that's a radical notion. But open source is fast gaining converts, shattering traditional business models, and, in the process, transforming Portland into one of the world's open source hubs.

Free60 Project Aims for Linux on Xbox 360

The project aims to port open source operating systems like GNU/Linux and Darwin to the Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console.

US-based Indians build homebrewed mobiles

  • Daily News & Analysis; By Jayalakshmi Venugopal (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Working on the project for two weeks, the two are confirming American writer Thomas Friedman's belief that innovation is no longer confined to the realm of big companies. Deva explains, "We are building an open source hardware/software Linux-based cell phone.

IBM releases Linux Lotus Domino V7.0 trial version

Download a free trial version of Lotus Domino. Lotus Domino server software provides enterprise-class messaging and collaborative capabilities in a robust platform on a wide variety of operating systems.

Ohio Savings Bank's Oracle database uses Linux

A three-node cluster using Oracle Real Application Clusters on two-way HP ProLiant DL 380 servers with Intel Xeon processors running Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 3 powers Ohio Savings Bank's mortgage system. This clustered Oracle Database is fully integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 applications running on Windows.

Microsoft Burnt Our House Down!

Texas family suing Microsoft. It's not the new Xbox that created the problem, just the old one. Microsoft was in the process of recalling the units due to a known power supply problem. This time MS is going to have some serious legal difficulties. If they decide to fight, because unlike software EULA is not sufficient protection. With what may only be incipient evidence, it appears the MS fails to learn the lessons of their past errors:

It seems the recent failures on the new 360 Xboxes may be mostly attributable to overheating of the power supplies. One fix described is to hang the box above the floor with string to allow cooling from below. Hey, do you think I could patent the idea that some stray pieces of Lego blocks (or knock offs) at strategic corners can efficiently cool defective Microsoft game machines? Sounds reasonable to me. Talk to Tom on where to send the checks, it's just a numbered account in Switzerland so that I can properly credit your account for using my IP. Warning to MS - IT'S MINE, BACK OFF!!

Firefox plans mass marketing drive

Beard said the corporation is planning a "big marketing push" that will coincide with the release of 1.5. This will include a community marketing campaign that will encourage Firefox fans to tell the world about their favorite browser by publishing home-made videos on a Mozilla Web site.

Building an Open-Source House

Our Senior Editor puts years of home-renovating experience to work in planning computing, networking, RF, audio and video in his family's"ultimate" house.

Packet Writing on CDRW and DVDRW media

Packet writing is a method of writing data on a CD or DVD in small increments. You can even delete or overwrite data like on a floppy diskette. Although packet writing could be a great solution for backups, especially when using the large DVD media, actually it’s not. Rewritable media wear out as you write, move, delete data and there is no way to predict when your files will get corrupted. Many CD/DVD media brands guarantee error-free usage for up to 1000 overwrites. Anyway, using rewritable media for critical backups is not really recommended, but they can be perfectly used as temporary storage.

First Impressions - Fedora Core 5

The first test release of Fedora Core 5 provides an intriguing glimpse of what's coming down the pipe next February.

Tenable discusses the Nessus 3 release

  • Security Focus; By Federico Biancuzzi (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
SecurityFocus interviews Ron Gula to get a glimpse of Tenable's upcoming free (but closed-source) Nessus 3 vulnerability scanner. The discussion looks at license changes, community involvement, daemon security, new features, GPL open-source versus free, NASL, and more.

10 reasons which make Ubuntu a Neophyte's Distribution

Ubuntu is listed as the number one distribution at Distrowatch.com . Ever wondered why Ubuntu is so popular ? Here are 10 reasons why .

Mini Computing Without a Mac

  • PC World; By Dan Sommer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 27, 2005 2:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you love the cool looks and diminutive size of Apple's Mac Mini but are unwilling to move from Windows or Linux to Mac OS, check out AOpen's stylish and capable MiniPC.

Like its Mac counterpart, the MiniPC measures 6.5 inches square and 2 inches tall. But instead of white, AOpen uses a silver finish featuring a grid of small dots on top and a blue-lit power button in front.

Enlightenment.org is Dead

I’ve found this post on the blog of Ben Rockwood, explaining everything. Read about the death of Enlightenment.org. In short, the domain registration has expired, and the guy who is officially the owner has disappeared.

Opera fixes backticks script - Duh!

  • APLawrence.com; By A.P. Lawrence (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 12:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
People have been warning new programmers about backticks for years; do a Google search for "shell security backticks" and you'll see what I mean. This is basic level stuff, and it is beyond incredible that it bit these guys. I would like to charitably assume that this was just an error of sloppiness; because it was "just a shell script" programmers who darn well do know better just didn't look very closely. But it's still disturbing, isn't it?

PHP Code Generation with Elisp

  • ONLampc.om; By Zachary Kessin (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
As I do my programming in GNU Emacs, it seems sensible to write it in Emacs Lisp so that I can run it directly in my Emacs buffer without having to call an external program. Emacs Lisp is an excellent language for this type of application, as it combines the power of Lisp with integration into Emacs, one of the most powerful text editors around.

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