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Cheap PCs, anyone? Google will unveil its own low-price personal computer or other device that connects to the Internet. Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft's Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap — perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars. Bear Stearns analysts speculated in a research report last month that consumers would soon see something called "Google Cubes" — a small hardware box that could allow users to move songs, videos and other digital files between their computers and TV sets. Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, will give a keynote address Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Windows users should install an unofficial security patch now, without waiting for Microsoft to make its move, advised security researchers at The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC).
[Ed: For our readers who still deal with Windows, you'll want to pay attention to the WMF vulnerability! - dcparris]
Have you ever found yourself quoting something from a favorite old arcade game ("Elf needs food, badly!") and wondered whatever happened to that original experience? When caught in a nostalgic mood, it's a natural move these days to find out if you can revisit those old games again.
(InfoWorld Electronic News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)MySQL 5.0 has finally been released to much anticipation from the open source community. The new version includes some important enhancements that make an upgrade mandatory for 4.1 users, including improved security and stored procedures. All in all, MySQL 5.0 is a respectable open source database, but its still a few steps below the big four databases (IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Sybase) when it comes to management and development tools.
In the first two parts of this series we looked at how to create a PC 'rescue disc' using Knoppix, a version of the Linux operating system (OS). It boots from a CD and allows you to revive a dead PC, so you can continue working, retrieve files, open documents and so on. We now turn our attention to creating a more specialised rescue disc that can help to recover files and more, including diagnose and repair faults to the Windows operating system.
[Ed: A Windows rescue CD? Well, if you have to work with it... - dcparris]
Designed for back-end deployment on Nitix Linux-based OS, Sage Accpac ERP uses IBM DB2 or Pervasive.SQL database to provide automated ERP administration. Front-end software can be run on both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, with ability to run Linux and Windows clients in parallel against same database. Sage Accpac ERP also enables small enterprises freedom to choose from variety of industry leading databases.
Introducing Nicholas Petreley as the new Editor in Chief ofLinux Journal.
[Ed: Here's wishing Nicholas all the best in his new position as LJ's Editor-in-Chief - dcparris]
Frank Wein has announced that the migration and reorganization of Mozilla newsgroups will take place in January 2006.
The recent announcement of the 2.x branch of Linux Netwosix may prompt LinuxWorld readers to ask why there were two releases--1.3 and 2.0-rc1--of this software within a week. So we contacted its creator, 19-yeard-old Vincenzo Ciaglia (left) of the University of Salerno, Italy to find the answer to this and other questions.
The start of something bigger?
It's official; Zack Rusin, a lead developer of KDE, has stated in his journal that the upcoming KDE 4 will be able to run and display Dashboard widgets much in the same way that Mac OS X 10.4 can. He writes:
I finally got most the implementation of the HTML Canvas element for KHTML finished. It's in the kdelibs-js branch in SVN. After George/Maks merge their other changes we'll merge it to HEAD. I'm planning to add full OSX Dashboard compatibility layer for Plasma (hence why I've spent most of the day yesterday on implementing the Canvas element).
Excel Software began shipping QuickUML 2.0 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. QuickUML is an intuitive UML tool, well suited to agile development methods or extreme programming.
The recent announcement of the 2.x branch of Linux Netwosix may prompt LinuxWorld
readers to ask why there were two releases--1.3 and 2.0-rc1--of this software within a week. So we contacted its creator, 19-yeard-old Vincenzo Ciaglia of the University of Salerno, Italy to find the answer to this and other questions. Exclusive Interview with 19-Year-Old Vincenzo Ciaglia. Linux Netwosix Creator Discusses 2.0 Vision, Future @ LINUXWORLD MAGAZINE
Smart phones are real computers with multimedia capabilities. You can find many open source applications for these devices, covering many different areas, including multimedia, office, calculation, games, Global Positioning System (GPS), and even development languages.
A new Trojan horse is designed to produce forge Google ads that are formatted to look like legitimate ones. The Trojan attempts to incorporate its ads in Google AdSense publishers program. Once installed, the Trojan horse downloads itself onto the computer and replaces the original ads with its own ads.
Imagine a world in which carts full of goods are designed to be pulled by a single horse. If the horse slows down, the cart moves more slowly. If the horse dies unexpectedly, the cart comes to an immediate halt and a lot of time and money is expended, pulling all the contents out of the cart for transfer to a second horse-and-cart combo.
[Ed: While Windows as an alternative OS would never cross my mind, I still think the article has value. Find a decent OS, like one of the BSDs or something. Windows? Ya gotta be kidding! - dcparris]
Linux users feel pretty content just running their systems. Some even complain when newswires run stories about Microsoft. The users don't feel threatened, but should they?
Hope you are still enjoying the celebrations of the new year and wish you all the best.
Like many schools, Parkhill Junior School in Essex, UK, was short on space and short on money, but long on the need to keep up with the ever-expanding role of technology in the classroom. Alison Seagrave, the computer curriculum development manager at Parkhill, found a way to provide her students with more computers, Internet access, and a good selection of software, all for under£1,000, using Linux.
[Ed: Excellent case study on GNU/Linux in schools - dcparris]
Revolutionary advancement in media center technology showcased the Linux-based Media Center at the Consumer Electronics Show. It supports Apple iPod and iTunes, Google Video, AOL Optimized 9.0, and more.
Tech roars. There’s too much good stuff coming out of Silicon Valley and elsewhere for tech buyers to sit on the sidelines. Non-tech companies in 2006 will again tout technology as their chief competitive advantage.
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