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GNOME Foundation slashes board size

In September, GNOME Foundation member David Neary put forward a proposal to reduce the number of GNOME Foundation Board members from 11 to seven. After discussion on the foundation list, Neary circulated a petition, and received enough signatures to hold a referendum. GNOME Foundation members were able to cast their votes on the referendum between October 24 and November 6.

Net’s Fathers Win U.S. Award

Two Americans considered the founding fathers of the Internet, Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, are set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ most prestigious civil award, during a ceremony at the White House Wednesday.

[I wonder where RMS, Torvalds, et. al. would be without these folks? Come to think of it, what about the rest of us? - Ed]

IBM reckons Ubuntu is ready for enterprise

Obviously not content to remain trapped on the desktop, Ubuntu heading for the enterprise space, having obtained certification for IBM's DB2 database software. IBM will now support DB2 on Ubuntu in mission-critical enterprise environments.

Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Screenshot Tour

ubuntulinux.com states - Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. Ubuntu is suitable for both desktop and server use. The current Ubuntu release supports PC (Intel x86), 64-bit PC (AMD64) and PowerPC (Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5) architectures. Ubuntu includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to internet access applications, web server software, email software, programming languages and tools and of course several games.

OSDir has some cool screenshots of Ubuntu 5.10.

Sony sued over rootkits

  • the Inquirer; By Inquirer Staff (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 6:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Italy kicks it off.

[Ed.- May there be many more.]

Microsoft in Reality: a look at the latest memos from Gates and Ozzie

Big things happen at Microsoft— and in the marketplace— after Bill Gates announces a grand strategy. Ten years ago this coming Pearl Harbor Day, Chairman Bill famously made a speech challenging his company and his opponents to take advantage of the "Internet Tidal Wave" that was the subject of an equally famous memo the prior May.

Now Bill has issued another sure-to-be-famous , along with one by Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's new CTO.

The Right to be a Charitable Community (II)

As a Linux community member, I have the right to do charitable work centered around giving my time away for the cause of Free Software...The GPL guarantees that our gifts will have the longevity they deserve.

Siemens Business Services sets its sights on Linux -- and brings ...

Siemens Business Services is set to join the European Linux market. The company recently signed a contract cementing its cooperation with the world's leading Linux distributor Red Hat as its first European Premier Business Partner. In future, Siemens will add Linux software from Red Hat to its IT solutions and offer it throughout Europe. The first customer projects have already been implemented.

Understanding the Linux and open software Development Model

How do you try to explain a bad rap spread by interested parties that call their campaign, "Get the Facts"? How do you explain it when it isn't deserved? Open Source Software development suffers from widespread misunderstandings in the media from myths, false claims and disinformation. As someone who spent over a decade as a commercial software program and development manager, I view Open Source Software methods as simply a way to build applications. It happens to be the most efficient one.

Phishing Fix: Shoot The Toaster

To fix the Phishing Problem, banks are testing fobs, retina scanners, certificates, and New Things To Remember. But all solutions rely on the consumer maintaining a virus-free system. Email Battles says banks should hand out free virus scanners instead of free toasters.

Social Source Foundation Releases CiviCRM 1.2

We are pleased to announce the latest release of CiviCRM, version 1.2! CiviCRM is a web-based, open source, internationalized, constituent relationship management (CRM) application, designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental organizations. As an open source solution, any company, organization or individual can download it, adapt it, modify it and use it without paying license fees.

Ruby Weekly News 31st October - 6th November 2005

  • RubyWeeklyNews.org; By Tim Sutherland (Posted by Tsela on Nov 9, 2005 3:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup, brought to you by Tim Sutherland.

Why Soft Skills?

  • WebProNews; By Jide Awe, Expert Author (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 2:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Technical skills have little value if you have poor soft skills. Don't get me wrong, your tech expertise matters. But don't be fooled by your tech skills. King of Linux, champion of Oracle? You've got it made, right? Give me a break! Tech skills alone are no guarantee of success...If you are perceived as being difficult and unfriendly, of what value are your Linux skills when no one is ready to work with you?

Linux Gazette #120 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (editor-in-chief) (Posted by ralph on Nov 9, 2005 2:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette ...making Linux just a little more fun!

November 2005 (#120):
# The Mailbag
# The Answer Gang
# Experiments with an iPod, by Awasthi Nirendra
# Life With Unix, by Mike Orr (Sluggo)
# A $10 Linux Answering Machine, by Bob Smith
# Using the GNU Compiler Collection, by Vinayak Hegde
# Ecol, by Javier Malonda
# The Linux Launderette
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Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

Petroleum Geo-Services Accelerates Seismic Processing With the Help of Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 2:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Panasas Increases the Performance and Simplifies the Management of PGS' Linux Cluster, Enabling Faster Seismic Data Processing With Reduced Costs

Device Profile: Sharp CE-MR01 wireless multimedia adapter

Sharp used embedded Linux to build a wireless network multimedia adapter that works with Windows XP PCs, and is available in Japan, only. The CE-MR01 supports wired and 802.11a/b/g wireless networks, comes with a remote, and includes an on-screen library and player interface.

ClamAV - The Free antiVirus solution for windows on Linux

  • All about Linux (http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com); By Ravi (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 9, 2005 1:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian, Fedora
There is a common perception that there are no viruses on the Linux platform - which to a large extent is true. But what happens when you get a mail attachment which you would like to forward to your windows machine so you can open it with your favorite proprietary software? And what if this attachment is infected by a virus? This is where the anti virus solutions for linux comes into the picture. [Ed: Here comes the hype. ]

Sun Says They'll Convert Word Files to ODF

Panela Jones writes: "Since Microsoft would rather fight than switch to supporting ODF, Sun is stepping up to the plate..."

[Is this going to help Massachusetts? - Ed]

Quake 4 for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 9, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As soon as I read the news on Slashdot that id Software's just released Quake 4 was already available as both a Linux client and game server, I ran out and dropped $50 for the game. The box contained 4 CDs, a game guide, and a license key. But that's not enough to let you play Quake 4 on Linux.

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Google, which famously runs onN thousand Linux servers (they don't say; perhaps modesty forbids), has leveraged its vast platform yet again with the launch of Google Video.

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