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Firefox Making Sparks In The UK

Firefox the open source browser from Mozilla is gaining ground on Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the UK according to the latest findings from Nielsen//NetRatings. They have increased their market share by 768 percent since September 2004. Firefox is the browser of choice for 12 percent of the UK.

A Comedy of Spam

LXer Feature: 29-Dec-2006

You know, I hate to give spam any credence whatsoever, but some of it just too funny to pass up.

Startup is counting on open source to launch its MMOG

  •; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by dcparris on Dec 28, 2006 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Brazil-based Hoplon Infotainment is a startup game developer and an open source shop. Its upcoming first product, Taikodom, is a "massively multiplayer online game (MMOG)" that includes elements of science fiction and magic. Hundreds of thousands of online users can play an MMOG at the same time, but that requires a lot of server power. Hoplon called on open source tools for its software development needs, and IBM to help it provide the bandwidth and CPU strength it requires.

Title: PHP-Update Multiple Vulnerabilities

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in PHP-Update, which can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions and conduct SQL injection attacks and by malicious users to compromise a vulnerable system.

Brief: Personal Information Showing Up On Google Notebook Search

Google Notebook users are apparently making personal information, such as Social Security numbers and e-mail passwords, available through the online bookmark service.

Google Data Joins PHP Zend Framework

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Dec 28, 2006 5:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
With more than 200,000 downloads in just over a year, the Zend Framework for writing Web applications in PHP has emerged as an enterprise challenger to Java and .NET.

Red Hat's next Linux due before March

Company plans to ship its next major version of the operating system on February 28, two months after its earlier deadline.

Benefit of Microsoft and Novell "interoperability"

Companies such as Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse and AIG Technologies have been taking advantage of Microsoft's recent agreement with Novell.

[Aren't these the same companies that have been taking advantage for a couple months now? Is this really news? - dcparris]

Mysql With WAS CE

  • WebProNews; By Savio Rodrigues (Posted by dcparris on Dec 28, 2006 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Suggestion: First, I've mailed the WAS CE product team asking for a short developerWorks article to address this configuration question. In the interim, you should know:

A Medical Open-Source Legal Hell Hole

Medsphere's open-source efforts has become mired in a lawsuit over the issue of whether the company's founders had the right to release some of its code under the GPL.

The Well-Tempered Debian Desktop

Opinion: Fresh from his positive experience of installing Sarge on an old home server, the editor of attempts to install an Etch desktop on an old Thinkpad. How does it turn out? Surprisingly well!

Programming Contest for Open Source Mac OS X Developers

BaseTen is a new, open-source Cocoa database framework for working with PostgreSQL databases. BaseTen has been designed with familiar, Core Data-like semantics and application program interfaces. To get the word out about the development environment, and to build a library of applications that show off its capabilities, BaseTen is running a competition for the coolest OSS app for its framework.

New Xen better for desktops

Latest version endows virtual machines with a graphical interface, an essential feature for personal computers.


"Relax. I believe Microsoft has no intention of enforcing this patent against anyone," says Microsoft executive Don Dodge

[Sounds like a 'dodge' to me. Microsoft consistently threatens lawsuits pertaining to their patents - and they want us to believe this? - dcparris]

Amsterdam threatens move to open source

Microsoft has two years in which to convince Amsterdam city authorities that it can offer better value for money on the desktop than open source alternatives.

Converter Enables Conversion Between ODF & Chinese Document Format (UOF)

LXer Feature: 28-Dec-2006

Peking University recently released a program to convert office documents between OpenDocument Format and the Specification for the Chinese office file format based on XML (UOF for short).

Vista and the Future of OS Security, Part 2

Moving from Windows to Linux may not be the quick fix that some envision, according to Bob O'Dell, president and CEO of SecurityCoverage. Linux proponents "have been living in a bubble, but that bubble could burst if the hacking world decides to go after them with the ferocity they've used in attacking Microsoft," he warned.

Wardriving Using An Ubuntu Notebook With Garmin Etrex, Kismet, And GPSDrive

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 28, 2006 4:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial is about wardriving using GPS. It explains how to install Garmin Etrex on Ubuntu and how to configure it. It also shows how to use Garmin with GPSDrive and how to convert the data to an xml file which can be imported by Google Earth.

First phase of Korea's open-source city is high success

Following the trend of open source adaptation in major cities worldwide, one of the major Korean cities, Gwangju Metropolitan City, successfully jumped onto the open source transition, receiving spotlight from related industry.

2006: the IT year in quotes

This year in IT has been anything but dull as industry titans Bill Gates and Scott McNealy prepared to exit stage right, long-time bitter foes Novell and Microsoft cuddled up and Hewlett-Packard saw a spying scandal shred its reputation. There was plenty of commentary to accompany all that activity, so let's check out some of the most quote-worthy artefacts from PC Advisor stories.

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