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Emacs tips: Searching and replacing

Even if you use Emacs every day, sometimes you'll misplace a word or phrase. When that happens, you'll be glad that Emacs has flexible, built-in search and replace commands to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Declare your independence from proprietary software (Or how to break the habit of proprietary software)

Here at TUX, we know that we are leading this change. We have seen where the information technology industry is headed and we choose a new alternative. We see independence from proprietary software as good for society. We realize this change may cause hardship, and will most definitely cause some to loose their comfortable use of proprietary software, but we believe that it is a price worth paying.

Browser shopping

Some experts in the technology industry are recommending that people switch to a non-Microsoft browser after the recently discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) were used by the "bad guys" to target highly visited and trusted Web sites to steal confidential financial and other information.
[T]here comes a time when enough is enough.

Chinese plan tougher rules on cyberspace

Chinese authorities intend to police and control instant messaging, cell phones, Web logs and search engines. The New York Times

Port Your UNIX® Applications to Linux® — Quickly, Efficiently ...

Increasingly, developers, architects, and project managers face the challenge of porting their C, C++, and Java applications from UNIX to Linux environments. Now, there's a definitive, start-to-finish guide to porting applications from today's most widely used UNIX platforms: Solaris™, HP-UX, and AIX®: UNIX® to Linux® Porting: A Comprehensive Reference.

[Ok, it's a book advertisement. This is not an endorsement. It just looked at least as interesting as some press releases that come through here. -- grouch]

StartCom Enterprise Linux (AS-4.0.2) - Update Release

Eilat, Israel, July 4, 2006 - As announced earlier, the updated release of the StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-4 series, received the YUM Extender as its new package and software updater, as well as the 1.5 Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail client. This, together with an additional 200 updated packages, makes this stable and proven operating system, the work horse for your mission critical enterprise applications.

MySQL AB uses Eventfinder as a reference client

MySQL AB, the world's most popular open source database, has given recognition to Eventfinder by including the New Zealand events calendar as a reference client.

SARS vaccine development

  • EurekAlert; By Andrew Hyde (Posted by grouch on Jul 5, 2006 4:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
While there have been only isolated cases of SARS since the 2003/2004 epidemic, it is likely that we will see future outbreaks. As a result, a number of laboratories are working on strategies for a SARS vaccine. One promising approach is being reported by Jan ter Meulen and colleagues.
About PLoS Medicine
PLoS Medicine is an open access, freely available international medical journal. It publishes original research that enhances our understanding of human health and disease, together with commentary and analysis of important global health issues. For more information, visit

[NOTE: This is not about FOSS, but why do we accept the open sharing of research in science as normal and yet, still accept closed software development as normal? -- grouch]

STMicroelectronics Releases OpenMAX IP Open Source Sample

The Khronos Group, a member funded industry consortium, has confirmed that STMicroelectronics has released an open source implementation of OpenMAX IL, a standardised API (Application Programming Interface) that will enable Linux software developers and ISVs to develop their own OpenMAX components, including video I/O and audio mixers.

Eclipse comes last in quality vote

Joins NetBeans

The increasingly popular Eclipse open source tools framework has finished in last place, with Sun Microsystems' NetBeans, in a developers' vote on quality of features.

Trolltech Releases Qt 4.2 Technology Preview

"Trolltech announced the release of a technology preview of Qt 4.2 – the upcoming new version of its leading framework for high performance cross-platform application development – to its commercial and open source developer community for feedback. The final release of Qt 4.2 is currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2006." 4.2 adds a new canvas, SVG support and improved integration with GTK, CUPS and DBus. Their What's New document includes the full details or just download it directly.

ReviewLinux.Com: Xandros 4 and Codeweavers Crossover Office

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By Michael Perks ( (Posted by ReviewLinux on Jul 5, 2006 12:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux, Xandros
Installing Microsoft's Word on Xandros 4 Home Edition - Premium with Codeweavers Crossover Office. Still using Word but want the security of Linux? Get Xandros 4 bundled with Codeweavers Crossover Office and all your problems will be solved.

[I just don't use Microsoft Word. That solves all my problems. But hey, each to his own - dcparris]

KDE Edition of GUI Testing Tool Squish

  • KDE Dot News; By Harri Porten (Posted by dcparris on Jul 5, 2006 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
froglogic GmbH today announced the availability of Squish/KDE. Squish/KDE is a free of charge edition of the Qt GUI testing tool Squish to create and run tests on applications developed for the popular K Desktop Environment. Squish offers a versatile testing framework with a choice of popular test scripting languages (Python, JavaScript and Tcl) extended by test-specific functions, open interfaces, add-ons, integrations into test management systems, a powerful IDE aiding the creation and debugging of tests and a set of command line tools facilitating fully automated test runs.

Music industry prepares lawsuit against Yahoo China

World's biggest music companies preparing a copyright infringement lawsuit as part of effort to crack down on piracy.

Suselinux Desktop ready in July: Novell

It appears that we're not having a good week with vendors. Novell has expressed mild annoyance at our article alleging that the company is late with the release its latest whizz bang desktop product, Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. In fact, the product is dead on time, according to Novell.

Debian Weekly News - July 4th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 9:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 27th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Barth [1]announced that four more assistants have been added to the release team. There are [2]rumours to start a port of Debian to the recently freed [3]Minix 3 operating system. Steve Kemp [4]noted that he has become a full member of the security team recently which now consists of four full members.

Open Source Lab Simile Releases AJAX Timeline Tool

Simile, a joint project between W3C and MIT, released an AJAX tool for vizualization of time-based events. Creators of the appropriately named Timeline describe it as "DHTML-based AJAXy widget... like Google Maps for time-based information."

Vcs expect open source to be default option

Open source software represents a better bet for venture capital firms than traditionally licensed software, according to representatives of three VC firms gathered at the recent Open Source Business Conference in London.

Bluedot PMP runs Linux, loves people

  • Digital World Tokyo; By J Mark Lytle (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 6:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Japan's Bluedot and Korea's Digital Cube have put their heads together and come up with a rather nifty Linux-based PMP with a 30GB hard-drive and lots more goodness inside.

Univention goes GPL

Univention, a Bremen-based integration and consulting company, today announced that it will release its Univention Corporate Server under the GPL from now on.

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