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Fedora Weekly News Issue 75

  • Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by dcparris on Jan 29, 2007 12:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 75 of Fedora Weekly News.

Vyatta VP undresses Richard Stallman

Vyatta's Dave Roberts went to Hawaii and all Richard Stallman got was this undressing ... which, depending on your view of Stallman, either reeks of unfairness or fits the man to a T (my vote).

[Finally, an honest, eloquent crticism of RMS without all the pinko-hippie-commie inflamatory drivel. This is something to which the community can respond. - dcparris]

Reader response: Anticipating Windows Vista ... or not

Via e-mail, I've gotten some interesting, wide-ranging responses to Saturday's preview of Windows Vista's launch, "Rush for Windows Vista is more like a stroll."

Union Bank of California standardises IT on Red Hat

The Company migrated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux from AIX to realize significant performance gains as well as centralized, secure management through Red Hat Network. Union Bank is also piloting JBoss as well as MySQL and plans to make Red Hat's complete solution stack part of its core technology direction.

Adobe to Contribute Entire PDF Specification to AIIM - ISO

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 29, 2007 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The most interesting news this morning is that Adobe is contributing the entire PDF specification to the open standards process. According to the Adobe press release (reproduced in full at the end of this post), the specification will be contributed to AIIM, which currently administers those component parts of the PDF specification that Adobe had previously made available for standardization. When AIIM has completed the preparation work and its membership has adopted the new material, it will be submitted to ISO.

Symbio Technologies Begins 2007 with New Resellers on Three Continents

NEW ROCHELLE, NY--Symbio Technologies, an innovator in stateless computing, began 2007 with the addition of four new partners reselling and distributing its products in North America, Europe, and Asia, bringing its total number of resellers to more than fifty worldwide.

Coverity Names David Maxwell as Open Source Strategist

s part of a three-year contract awarded by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate under its "Vulnerability Discovery and Remediation Open Source Hardening Project," Coverity currently analyzes over 50 popular open source projects in an effort to better secure the software that powers critical national infrastructure. One of Maxwell's primary responsibilities will be overseeing the ongoing development of the program to include more software packages and to better serve the open source community.

Firefox 2.0: Subtle Changes, Big Difference

Most of the new features in Mozilla's Firefox 2.0 aren't readily apparent, even to a seasoned Firefox aficionado. Once a user digs a little deeper, however, the new tools and capabilities become more obvious. Phishing protection automatically investigates suspect e-mail, an enhanced search tool suggests additional terms and Session Restore can save the user after a crash.

Introducing Foresight Linux 1.0!

Foresight Linux is a desktop-focused Linux system that just works. Our mission is to provide a truely(sic) useful desktop system that is friendly for the novice user, as well as flexible for the power user. Foresight comes with the GNOME desktop, Banshee for your music, F-Spot for your photos, and Open Office for your office needs. Great attention has been paid to making things simple and integrated. For example, NetworkManager makes it simple to connect to wireless access points. Foresight System Manager handles keeping your system updated. You can even auto update if you wish, or get notifications when there are updates available and apply them yourself through an easy-to-use web interface.

Peerple at Paris Linux Expo 07

Born of a collaboration between Inria search teams Asap and Gyroweb, PEERPLE is a new software for storing and sharing files through secure peer-to-peer (P2P). This open source software will premiere at Paris Linux Expo, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2007.

Install Linux... from Windows?

Just when Microsoft wants you to forget about alternatives to Vista, along comes the Debian based project that allows you to not only install Linux on a Windows system, but do it right under its nose.

DistroWatch Weekly: First Look at Foresight Linux 1.0, Linspire expands Click 'N Run

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jan 29, 2007 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 5th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The first test build of the newly revamped Fedora Project's version 7 is scheduled for release on Tuesday. This will mark the start of a new and long development period that many popular distributions launch around this time and don't complete until the promised new features are implemented and most known bugs squashed several months later. In the meantime, Linspire has announced an expanded CNR software installation service for popular distributions, Mandriva has launched a new live CD with the Metisse 3D desktop, a Debian developer has investigated the usability of Debian Etch, and the PC-BSD team has answered questions about their recently released version 1.3. In the review section we'll take a quick look at Foresight Linux 1.0, the project's first stable release after nearly two years of development. Happy reading!

Open source Campcaster empowers independent radio broadcasters

Can you run a radio station entirely on free software? Thanks to Campcaster, broadcasters all over the world can answer that question with a yes. The open source radio station system plays a key role in enabling independent and community-owned media to compete with better-funded government and corporate outlets in emerging democracies.

PDF to become an open, ISO standard

Adobe Systems Inc. on Jan. 29 announced that it has released the full PDF (Portable Document Format) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Association for Information and Image Management. AIIM, in turn, will start working on making PDF an ISO standard.

Philippine Open Source Firm Announces new Company Name IPSYSTEMS, Inc.

Philippine open source company GEN Automation Technologies started the year 2007 by operating under its new business name IPSYSTEMS Incorporated. “We are excited to announce our new company name,” said Ms. Patricia B. Celis, Vice-President. “If our clients were to compare the change to a software product, it would be similar to thinking of IPSYSTEMS as the better, more updated version of GEN Automation, loaded with new features and with better client support.”

The Top Ten Reasons to Come to the So Cal Linux Expo

After working on press releases for the So Cal Linux Expo for literally months, you run a bit dry sometimes.

Fourth MEPIS 6.0 beta steps up to a 2.6.17 kernel

The MEPIS project has released the fourth beta release of version 6.0 of its KDE- and Ubuntu-based SimplyMEPIS-32 and SimplyMEPIS-64 Linux distributions. Beta 4 introduces the 2.6.17-20 kernel, WiFi support improvements, and the ability to run MEPIS live from a USB key.

A visual timeline of the Microsoft-Novell controversy

Following the recent deal between Microsoft and Novell, prominent industry figures and numerous members of the open source community have expressed criticism and concerns. As the controversy has unfolded, the debate has become increasingly antagonistic and confrontational. From dubious intellectual property claims to accusations of appeasement, corporate executives have succeeded in obscuring the facts and reducing the entire debate into a cheap PR conflict.

EnterpriseDB plans UK move

Open-source database firm EnterpriseDB is setting up in the UK with the aim of attracting Oracle-deserting users.

KDE PIM Annual Meeting Pushes Advanced Design, Enterprise Stability

On Friday 14 January 2007, members of the KDE PIM developer group came together for the fifth year in a row in Osnabrück, Germany to review the state of the project. Important topics including Akonadi, KDE PIM maintenance and enterprise usage. A record number of attendees were welcomed into the Intevation office and made at home by Bernhard Reiter, Jan-Oliver Wagner and the rest of the team.

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