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Is Open Source Wikipedia as Reliable as Britannica?

Brittanica says it's not infallible but is nonetheless a reliable source, given its "strong scholarship," judgment and editorial oversight. It demanded a retraction. Nature's response: No way. It's "confident" the research resulting in Wikipedia's favorable comparison to Brittanica was fair, it says.

A Firefox PC operating system?

Lost amid the hubbub of the Saturday afternoon appearance by Firefox's Blake Ross at Gnomedex was a very interesting comment to Ross from Brian Livingston of Windows Secrets.

Printing, theming improved in GTK 2.10 release

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Originally designed for the GNU Image Manipulation Program, the GTK graphical application development toolkit provides an extensive assortment of widgets and controls for cross-platform software construction. The latest version, GTK 2.10.0, has been officially released. With plenty of exciting new features for users and developers, GTK 2.10.0 is a significant improvement over previous versions. The popular, cross-platform toolkit is widely used on a variety of platforms, and provides the foundation for the GNOME desktop environment. Available under the GNU's highly permissive LGPL license, GTK has been adopted by numerous proprietary and open source software developers.

Linux console servers target telecom

[Updated 5:20 P.M.] -- Opengear is shipping 48-Volt "telecom" versions of two inexpensive console servers based on Linux and other open source software. Network service providers can use the 16-port CM4116-48V and 48-port CM4148-48V to securely manage remote servers, switches, routers, VoIP gateways, and DSLAMs, via in- or out-of-band networks, according to the company.

Wall Develops Firefox SEO Extension

Search engine optimization hall-of-famer Aaron Wall has developed an intensive SEO extension for Mozilla's Firefox browser. The tool pulls data from a number of sources to offer search engine marketers "a more holistic view of the competitive landscape."

Getting to know your computer's dual personality

  • Waterloo Chronicle; By Michael Hiemstra (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 9:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
If you are at all like me, you spend far too much time trying to personalize your computer. You can download screensavers, mouse pointers or different gadgets like stock tickers or weather watchers for your desktop. Personally, I like to find at least one new desktop wallpaper each week from my favourite photo sharing Flickr.

Linux reference kit targets portable devices with OCR, media ...

SoC (system-on-chip) vendor Mobilic is shipping a "production-ready development kit" for portable media devices based on embedded Linux. The MDK730 kit uses the company's ARM9-based MP730 multimedia applications processor, and has a total BOM (bill-of-materials) cost of about $70, the company says.

Mobile Linux developer hails successful IPO

LONDON — Shares in Norwegian mobile Linux software specialist Trolltech rose by nearly 10 percent on the Oslo stock exchange as the company completed its IPO, which was nearly two times oversubscribed.

The Month of The Browser Bugs Begins

Hardly a week goes by without another browser vulnerability being reported. One security researcher is going to take it a step further this month and by releasing a new vulnerability every day.

Comodo Releases Zero Touch Linux for Back Office Automation

  • IT News Online; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Comodo, a provider of Identity and Trust Assurance Management Solutions, has released Zero Touch Linux (ZTL), a complete suite of back office server applications centrally controlled by a user friendly Web-based interface. ZTL was developed by Comodo's Positive Software Division (PSOFT), specialists in Web hosting and server automation.

[Warning - beware the pop-ups, even in Firefox - dcparris]

Symantec mistakes open source tool for trojan

An(sic) faulty update has caused Symantec to incorrectly detect the Zlob trojan in the open source Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS)... Last week's error marks that fourth time that Symantec mislabels NSIS as spyware, according to an overview on the project's web page. NSIS gets mislabelled as spyware on a regular basis. Microsoft tops the list. It's anti-spyware software has goofed up on five occasions.

[Five times..can't imagine why - Scott]

Linux 2.6 scheduler improves JVM, SMP, real-time performance

IBM's DeveloperWorks website has published a concise, informative overview of the Linux kernel's scheduler. The article first looks at schedulers in general, and the limitations of the 2.4 kernel's 0(n) scheduler, before turning to Ingo Molnar's 0(1) scheduler, and describing some of the problems it solves.

Microsoft to support ODF (!!!)

Microsoft said it plans to sponsor an open-source project to create software that will convert Office documents to OpenDocument, a rival format gaining ground, particularly among governments.

[ Finally! Thanks Massachusetts, Belgium, Denmark and probably the EC also, and congratulations to all ODF supporters Apparently, there is 'demand', although Microsoft claimed not. Now, the way is open to a switch to ODF for all MS users, after which it will be easy to save costs by switching to OOo! - hkwint]

Run Zeroconf for Linux in a Snap

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 6, 2006 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The fond dream of computer users everywhere is to plug in their computers and watch as networking automagically sets itself up. Computers are connected and give themselves IP addresses. Network resources are available without having to lift a finger: wireless devices, printers, local Web sites, image galleries, music collections, the boss's greatest inspirational speeches collection, the rude body noise collection — anything that is network-able. Apple users have long been able to do this with Bonjour (formerly Rendezvous). No messy hassles with DHCP, DNS, smbclient, or NIS; no horrid kludges to enable interoperability with cliquish platforms like Windows that hate to share with non-Windows systems.

Opera 9.0 - Trailblazing in the web browser arena

  • All about Linux; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Jul 6, 2006 4:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
This review of the latest version of Opera (ver 9.0) explores the features of this web browser with a small foot print and throws light on how one could really improve ones over all net experience using this nifty web browser.

Retrained graduates snapped up by employers

PUTRAJAYA: There appears to be a gap in the university curriculum for information and communications technology. ICT degree holders make up a large segment of unemployed graduates, but after they complete professional ICT courses under the Human Resources Ministry’s Graduates Retraining Scheme, they are snapped up by employers.

Networking 101: Understanding iBGP

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 6, 2006 2:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Internal BGP is a mechanism to provide more information to your internal routers. Most of last week’s installment on Understanding BGP focused on a stub configuration, where a single router served all the BGP sessions for an autonomous system (AS). This time we’ll delve into the practical use of BGP: iBGP and what it takes to accomplish multihoming.
Charlie's Networking 101 series is excellent

eHarmony and open source software make a good match chooses open source software for its quality, not for its price, says Mark Douglas, vice president of engineering and operations for the popular online dating site.

Open source and SOA to redefine software landscape

The "four horsemen" of commoditisation - service oriented architecture (SOA), open source, software as a service and offshoring - will lead to cheaper prices and a radical change in enterprise software landscape of the future, according to analyst Forrester.

Open Source Vendor Opengear Provides Out-Of-Band Management ...

Open Source vendor Opengear released two new management products designed specifically for the toughest telecommunications environments. Opengear’s new CM4116-48V and CM4148-48V models enable telecommunications and network service providers to securely manage their mission critical servers, switches, routers, Vo-IP gateways and DSLAMs using one appliance. These management solutions provide secure authenticated remote access to the infrastructure, whether or not the main in-band network is operational.

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