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Dell releases its first Linux consumer product with Mandriva

Mandriva, the number one European Linux publisher, today announces the availability of a Dell Laptop pre-loaded With Mandriva Linux. The association - a first for the two companies - represents a milestone in Mandriva's effort to make Linux even more accessible to customers, thanks to large OEM deals. Mandriva also counts HP in its portfolio of leading manufacturers.

South African government looking for OSS suppliers

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Sep 16, 2005 5:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The South African state technology agency has issued a request for potential suppliers of open source software, applications and services to government. This morning the agency held a briefing for bidders.

Review: Gajim Jabber client

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 16, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
There is no shortage of Jabber clients for Linux and other platforms, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for one more Jabber client with a strong feature set. Gajim is a Jabber client written in PyGTK and released under the GNU General Public License. Despite a few rough edges, I found Gajim impressive.

Linux Advisory Watch - September 16, 2005

This week, advisories were released for apache, kdelibs, cvs, mod_ssl, tdiary, squid, mozilla, common-lisp, turqstat, slib, umb-scheme, psmisc, gtk, file, subversion, unzip, e2fsprogs, selinux-policy-targeted, firefox, mozilla, vte, xdelta, tvtime, dhcp, gnupg, util-linux, mc, libwnck, pcre, exim, and squid. The distributors include, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

Linux trademark bid rejected

An attempt by the nation's peak Linux body to register the name 'Linux' on behalf of Linus Torvalds has failed. The regulator, Intellectual Property Australia, turned down the application because the word 'Linux' was not distinctive enough to be trademarked.

What Is Open Source

Open source usually refers to software that is released with source code under a license that ensures that derivative works will also be available as source code, protects certain rights of the original authors, and prohibits restrictions on how the software can be used or who can use it.

Microsoft Gets the Open-Source Religion

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 15, 2005 6:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
One of technology's dirty little not-so-secret secrets is that Microsoft has been using open-source software since the early '90s in its TCP/IP network stack. Now, however, Microsoft has finally confessed to using open-source in a forthcoming product: Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition. The reason why Microsoft uses BSD-licensed TCP/IP for its network stack was the same reason almost everyone does: The BSD TCP/IP works well, and its socket-based API (application programming interface) was already becoming the accepted way for computers to work with each other.

SeaMonkey 1.0 Alpha Released

Robert Kaiser writes: "The SeaMonkey Council is pleased to announce its first release, SeaMonkey 1.0 Alpha. Developed from the codebase of the previously successful Mozilla Application Suite, SeaMonkey 1.0 Alpha contains lots of new features, and numerous enhancements and bugfixes compared to the last Mozilla suite versions. Internally, much of the core code is shared with the current Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 browser, but from the outside, it represents the look and feel that long-time Mozilla and Netscape users have learned to love.

Debian consortium rolls out its first beta

In San Francisco at LinuxWorld a few weeks ago, the newly formed Debian Common Core Alliance promised that it would soon deliver its first beta distribution. The group quietly did so late last week.

Mozilla Readies Another Firefox Security Makeover

Overall usage of the open-source browser continues to climb despite several recent security-related hiccups; Camino 1.0 alpha 1 also ships.

Security Alerts: Problems in PCRE, the Linux Kernel, and SILC

Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in PCRE, the Linux kernel, SILC, Frox, MPlayer, pam_ldap, maildrop, lm_sensors, simpleproxy, backup-manager, Adobe Version Cue, phpGroupWare, and webcalendar

Indonesia adopts JDS on Linux as a national desktop

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 15, 2005 4:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Indonesia's Ministry of Research and Technology Thursday said it will implement a Java Desktop System (JDS) on Linux as a national-standard desktop, customed-designed for its own culture. This desktop software will be a major component of the new Indonesia Goes Open Source (IGOS) program that aims to help eliminate the "digital divide in the world's largest archipelago," the ministry and Sun Microsystems said in a joint announcement.

Call for open source archiving in government

Local open source association, Open Source Victoria (OSV), has called on Australian state government agencies to join the Federal Government in adopting the OpenDocument XML file format, saying its the only way to preserve electronic documents.

Review: Opening Solaris

A lot of hooplah has been distributed by Sun Microsystems on the advantages of their OpenSolaris/Solaris 10 release. Martin C. Brown has been using said software for the past few months and files his review that helps answer the question: has someone finally found a Linux killer?

Clarkson University wins first TuxMasters invitational

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 15, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Clarkson University may not be the first institute of higher learning that comes up when you're discussing sports, science, or stature, but the Potsdam, New York-based university is at the top of its class for bringing Linux learning to real-world data centers. The 3,000-student university took top honors at the first-ever TuxMasters Invitational coding competition, which awarded Clarkson both first and second place in the intercollegiate contest.

DebCentral.org launches users group for Debian based distributions

The DebCentral team is proud to announce the official launch of DebCentral.org, the first online community dedicated to both Debian GNU/Linux, and the many derivative distributions it has spawned.

Telecoms and the internet - The meaning of free speech

NIKLAS Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype, which distributes software that lets people make free calls from their computers to other Skype users anywhere in the world, don't usually travel to America. Legally, they probably could. But they prefer to avoid that jurisdiction, since they also founded (and subsequently sold) KaZaA, a peer-to-peer software company whose product many people use to share copyrighted songs. So setting foot in America could invite some legal trouble. This does not mean, however, that they cannot appear at conferences in Silicon Valley, where Skype—which uses the same basic idea of KaZaA, but applies it mainly to voice communication—is considered the next big thing.

Preview of Linux DCC 3.0 Released

DCC 3.0 is an LSB 3.0 compliant, Debian 3.1 ("sarge") based core distribution designed to serve as the basis for custom Debian distributions. It is produced by the DCC Alliance, a diverse group of Linux vendors and nonprofits with strong Debian ties that have partnered to assemble a common, standards-based core for Debian-based distributions.

NY Post: Time Warner, Microsoft in talks over AOL

Citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Post said the talks concern Microsoft acquiring an AOL stake and then combining it with Microsoft's Web unit MSN. Microsoft would pay Time Warner for the AOL stake, leaving the two companies approximately equal partners in the venture, the Post said. A Time Warner spokeswoman declined to comment. Microsoft was not immediately available for comment. Richard Greenfield, an analyst at Fulcrum Global Partners who said he himself was not aware of the talks, said that he thought any such deal could be premature for Time Warner, even if a combination could reduce costs.

Is IE 7 a Firefox Killer?

From details about beta 2 of IE 7 that Microsoft recently revealed at the Professional Developers Conference, it looks as if IE 7 has the chance to be a Firefox killer. The beta appears to have enough new features that it may stop people from flocking to Firefox. A new Quick Tabs feature, for example, will let you better manage tabs, and gives you a thumbnail view of all of your tabs -- something that Firefox doesn't do. Page Zoom will let you zoom in on text and graphics on Web pages. There's bigger news on the security front. "ActiveX Opt-in," will disable most ActiveX controls by default. You'll have to selective enable those controls you want to work. This is a very big deal and a big surprise. ActiveX is one of the browser's biggest security holes, and one that Microsoft, up until now, has been reluctant to plug. Let's hope this spells the ultimate death knell for ActiveX. (Have fun with this one -ED)

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