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Firefox 2.0 ready to test

The Mozilla Foundation is set to release the first beta of the next version of its Firefox web browser, Firefox 2.0. The organisation wants software developers especially to download and test the new version.

Updating and installing software in Ubuntu

The first video in this pair shows you how to update all the software in your Ubuntu GNU/Linux installation in a single, big gulp. The second video shows you how easy it is to install and remove software with the Synaptic Package Manager.

Net Neutrality: A Threat to Operating Systems

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 14, 2006 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Is net neutrality a threat to the birth of viable online operating systems? Some believe so, while others feel that the neutrality of the Internet is not even in any sort of danger.

Debian Server restored after Compromise

One core Debian server has been reinstalled after a compromise and services have been restored. On July 12th the host has been compromised using a local root vulnerability in the Linux kernel. The intruder had access to the server using a compromised developer account.

Print deal makes connexions leading open-source publisher

Rice University's innovative Connexions today announced an on-demand printing agreement with QOOP Inc. that will allow students and instructors anywhere in the world to order high-quality, hardbound textbooks from Connexions – in most cases for less than $25.

The deal positions Connexions to take the lead in open-source textbook publishing as soon as it completes software needed to feed each of its titles to QOOP's on-demand publishing platform. Connexions plans to offer more than 100 titles for online purchase by year's end.

Open Source Company Hyperic Closes $3.8 Million Series A Round

Hyperic, provider of comprehensive open source IT management platform, announced that it has closed a $3.8 million Series A funding round with an investment from Benchmark Capital, a highly regarded Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has backed open source leaders MySQL and Red Hat Software as well as companies ranging from Palm to eBay.

Official statement

I got it with email (thanks, Joey!). And you can read it here in the official Debian News section: the compromised machine and all the services it’s running are back to normal.

Red Hat scholarship winners

Red Hat the provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, announced the winners of the Red Hat Scholarships 2005 - 2006 program.

Debian Project server hacked

The Debian GNU/Linux project today admitted a hacker had compromised one of its internal servers.

[Admitted?!? Hey, FUDnet, how did this admission come about? Did ZDNet staff take some Debian developer into a back room and beat him or her with a rubber hose until the secret act was admitted? What does the alleged reporter report:

"Early this morning we discovered that someone had managed to compromise," Debian developer James Troup wrote in an e-mail to the Debian community shortly before 4am AEST.

Wow. So a Debian developer admitted the compromise, via e-mail, open to the scrutiny of the entire world, with no prompting from outside parties. Exactly where is the denial that must precede an admission? You can't admit something you haven't denied, either explicitly or implicitly.

Bah. This is a case of attempting to sensationalise for clicks, with no regard for truth. -- grouch]

When Battling Spam, There Are Few Real Choices

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 13, 2006 8:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Recently people have been led to believe that the solution to spam is just around the corner. In the top running, we have SPF, Sender-ID and Domain Keys, but will any of them actually help? The answer is: only slightly. We'll explain why and cover how each of these technologies work.

Former Unilever CTO to Lead OSDL's Work With Linux Users in Europe

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux(R) and open source software, today announced it has appointed Colin Hope-Murray as its Linux User Advisory Council (LUAC) director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

How to use Subversion with Eclipse

This article demonstrates how to add Subversion support to Eclipse and how to perform basic version-control activities from the IDE.

This week at LWN: Denial of reality vulnerabilities

As a community, we feel that we have the best security support out there. Vulnerabilities are not hidden, and fixes come promptly. In cases like this one, however, we have let our users down.

[As LWN subscriber dune73 put it, "Good journalism puts the finger where it hurts. This is an example of good journalism. Thanks."

How open are we willing to be? -- grouch]

Broaden your options: Don't fear native code

I have prepared an account of the history of .Net and Java that's intended to balance more fanciful post-mortem accounts (of .Net and Java, not of me). It reads thus: Sun created Java to cash in on the success of Visual Basic and to convince development managers that C++ coders are all slobbering toddlers playing with nail guns.

Word 2007 and Open Office

LXer Feature: 13-Jul-2006

Microsoft appear to be up their old tricks again. This time it's the "let's work with odt to show how much we care" farce. If you work in an office you probably need to pay attention to this.

Open Source Solutions Provider Red Hat Expands Presence In ...

Red Hat , provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, announced the growth of its partner network, presence, and services in Bangladesh. This enhanced network enables Red Hat to continue providing regional support, training and sales activities, in addition to localized solutions for Bangladesh.

Report: A New Router, a New Direction for a Router Maker

Using open source software, a rational license policy, and modular hardware, this router company is challenging the marketplace with lower prices and all the features, carving out a cost conscious niche for itself.

EXITE introduces school girls to technology

40 school girls are currently being introduced to technology in the workplace at IBM's campus in Sandton, Johannesburg. Big Blue's technology camp, Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering, hopes to lure more women into the technology professions.

[Remember GNOME's call for women? Maybe camps like these will eliminate the shortage of women developers. -- grouch]

Bricked! Or, How to Resurrect a Dead Linksys WRT54G

  • Wi-Fi Planet; By Aaron Weiss (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 13, 2006 4:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
One of the more exciting developments for networking enthusiasts has been the evolution of open-source firmware replacements for certain popular, inexpensive routers (usually the famed Linux-running Linksys WRT54G).

While replacement firmware offers the promise of significantly expanded features, greater customization, and mondo-tweakability, they also carry some risk. Should misfortune strike, you might - oh, let's say, render your router into a useless hunk of plastic. Or, as victims prefer to say, you could "brick it." How does a router become a brick? And if it does, is there any hope of bringing it back to life?

The short answers: "by accident" and "yes...sometimes."

Fiveruns Open Source Systems Management Solution Rapidly ...

Exactly one month after its systems management beta launch at JBoss World Conference, FiveRuns is rapidly approaching 1,000 beta subscribers. The company has received an overwhelming response to its attractive, straightforward user interface based on Ruby on Rails and Ajax. Within one month of beta launch, rich, dynamic interface drives adoption.

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