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New hope for net neutrality as Stevens telecom bill dies

  • Ars Technica; By Nate Anderson (Posted by SamShazaam on Dec 12, 2006 6:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Congressional attempt to update the nation's 1996 Telecommunications Act died with the pounding of the gavel that recently ended the 109th Congress.

Microsoft claims customer mandate for Novell Linux deal

Microsoft today claimed that there is "strong customer support" for its recent alliance with Novell. The Redmond giant said that a survey of IT decision makers it commissioned from market research firm Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates shows overwhelming support for the deal. Nearly all respondents were said to want to improve Windows/Linux interoperability and have tools that make it easier to manage mixed Windows and Linux environments.

Thunderbird 2 Beta 1 Released

Thunderbird 2 Beta 1 is a developer preview release of our next generation Thunderbird email client and is being made available for testing purposes only. Thunderbird 2 Beta 1 is intended for our testing community.

Tip of the Trade: Recovery Is Possible

Recovery is Possible (RIP) sounds like a 12-step program, or some kind of self-help regime. RIP is (yet another) specialized Linux rescue distribution. RIP comes in a number of bootable images: CD/DVD, USB key, Compact Flash, PXE netboot, and even a tiny FreeBSD-based image. You can get a version with X windows, or one without.

OpenOffice .org 2.1 Released

The news on the ODF front continues to flow, as the air wars continue between ODF and OOXML. This morning's email includes a message from's Louis Suarez-Potts to those interested in the progress of OOo's ODF compliant, open source software suite. That message announces the third OOo release of 2006, versioned as 2.1.

Looking For Linux Computers?

  • LXer - Announcements; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Dec 12, 2006 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: LXer
Are you looking for computers with Linux pre-installed? Clicking on that big blue image on the right will take you to LXer's Pre-Installed Linux Vendor Database, where you can find vendors selling laptops, desktops, servers, and more - all with GNU/Linux pre-installed, or at least without Windows so you can install your own operating system. You can find vendors in the US, Europe, and Australia, so look for a vendor near you!

DivX renews commitment to offer users Google's search capabilities

DivX has extended its multi-year agreement with Google in which DivX bundles the Google toolbar with downloads of DivX video software products. DivX will also bundle the Mozilla Firefox Browser.

Sirius Teams Up with KDE

In a move to promote the KDE desktop in the Enterprise, the UK's Open Source experts, Sirius Corporation, have become a Supporting Member of the KDE project. Sirius' commitment to KDE is our second supporting membership and follows Canonical's recent patronage of the project. Sirius and KDE are joint participants in SQO-OSS, an EU-funded project that assesses the quality of Open Source code.

Fortify And FindBugs Launch Review Of Java Open Source Software

Fortify Software, provider of software security products, in partnership with FindBugs, the open source Java error detection project, has launched the Java Open Review (JOR) Project. The JOR Project, located at, invites the open source software community to submit their Java software projects for a quality and security review.

What's up next in Linux desktop standardization?

Over the past week, some of the Linux desktop's foremost developers gathered together in Portland, Oregon at the OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) Desktop Architects Meeting to work further on bringing order to the Linux desktop.

screen: Keep Your Processes Running Despite A Dropped Connection

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 12, 2006 11:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
I guess you all know this: you are connected to your server with SSH and in the middle of compiling some software (e.g. a new kernel) or doing some other task which takes lots of time, and suddenly your connection drops for some reason, and you lose your labour. This can be very annoying, but fortunately there is a small utility called screen which lets you reattach to a previous session so that you can finish your task. This short tutorial shows how to use screen for just this purpose.

Off to The NYSE For Red Hat

It's a Red Hat day in New York. Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik will ring the bell to open the NYSE while a big red hat sits out front. Welcome to the NYSE. The NYSE will be going all out to market the arrival of Red Hat on the big board. The exchange will adorn its fa├žade with a 10-foot fedora, light up Times Square with Red Hat's logo and place ads on New York City taxicabs and investor publications.

Training your Mutt

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 12, 2006 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mutt is a great mail client, in large part because it is extremely customizable. You can tweak Mutt's behavior and have it do tricks that are nearly impossible to do with other mail clients -- but it can be a bit daunting to get started with. Let's take Mutt on a short trip to mail client obedience school and see how easy it can be to make Mutt handle mail just the way you want it to.

Unix maintenance costs spur Ohio EPA's Linux adoption

As a state run agency, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency couldn't afford a drastic increase in maintenance costs for its data center.

Surving in the wild with open source Java

Ever since the announcement of Sun's "liberating" of the majority of the Java code base last month, tech savvy sections of the Internet have been buzzing with what this might mean for the Java, Open Source and developer communities.

High-security Linux project publishes conference program

The Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Symposium has announced speakers and session topics for its third annual event, set for Mar. 12-16 in Baltimore, MD. The symposium will feature business, government, and academic speakers sharing experiences, research, and product plans, organizers say.

Synapse EMR

Synapse EMR is being ported to Linux. Alpha builds are now available to play with (Libc6). Synapse EMR is a GUI rich free EMR on Win32. See here Lots of things not working yet, but the basic GUI comes up. Still to work on printing, print preview etc. Only 50% thru reading Linux for Dummies so once I finish that I'll have more ideas on how to complete this project!

Retired from

  •; By Stefan Esser (Posted by mbaehrlxer on Dec 12, 2006 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Last night I finally retired from the PHP Security Response Team, that was initially my idea a few years ago. The reasons for this are many, but the most important one is that I have realised that any attempt to improve the security of PHP from the inside is futile.

Password Management Concerns with IE and Firefox, part two

This article presents an analysis of the security mechanisms, risks, attacks, and defenses of the two most commonly used password management systems: those found in Internet Explorer and Firefox. The article specifically addresses IE 6 and 7 and Firefox 1.5 and 2.0. Attention is devoted to the following areas:

Open source conference opens in Paris next month

Solutions Linux / Solutions Open Source 2007, billed as the "biggest professional fair in Europe dedicated to open source solutions," will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at the Paris Expo. The event caters to professionals dedicated to working with Linux, open source, and free software.

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