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Firefox flaw highlighted

Mathew Broersma writes that Firefox rose to popularity after its 1.0 release in November 2004 as an alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer, lacking that browser's most serious security flaws. Now that the novelty has faded, however, some users are highlighting Firefox's shortcomings compared with competitors such as IE, Opera, Apple's Safari and the KDE project's Linux-based Konqueror.

As a fellow journalist, I find his words disturbing. You can find this sort of slant in the bowels of slashdot. Why would anyone want to subscribe to a magazine that says "now that the novelty has faded..." when referring to Firefox.

Firefox is not a novelty. It has achieved market share that the other browsers he mentioned cannot match. Microsoft's Internet Explorer has lost market share since Firefox became available. Novelties don't challenge monopolies like Microsoft.

Broersma's only real beef emerges when he writes:
One issue that has been getting attention since the Wednesday release of Firefox 1.5 is a bug that causes Mac OS X systems to use 100 percent of available processor resources in some cases, such as when scrolling in some Web-based applications (such as Google Maps) and holding down the mouse button.

The bug has been known since before the release of Firefox 1.0, but has never been fixed, critics noted. (The Mozilla project has assigned the issue bug no. 141710.)
Broersma mentions other problems with no authority other than "someone noted". Does this guy sound like a shill for Microsoft? What do you think?

Ghanaian's look to SA for IT insight

Ghana's deputy minister of communications was in Cape Town this week and spent time at the city's Bandwidth Barn to gather ideas to form similar IT incubation projects in Ghana. The minister also talked about the value of open source software in developing his country's e-Government strategy.

Mozilla's Firefox Garners Quick 2 Million Downloads

Mozilla's servers weathered the release of Firefox 1.5 much better than last year's roll-out of 1.0, a Web performance company said Thursday, with the systems showing no evidence of downtime.

Mozilla's distributed network of mirror sites in 30 countries, said U.K.-based Netcraft, "appears to be handling current download demand with few difficulties."

Novell Reports Financial Results for Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2005

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 1, 2005 1:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Net Revenue Grows Seven Percent to $320 Million, Linux Subscriptions More Than Triple to 65,000, and Identity Solutions Grow 35 Percent Year Over Year

Philips shares Linux patents, royalty-free

  • People's Daily Online; By People's Daily Online (Posted by dave on Dec 1, 2005 1:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Philips Electronics China Group announced Wednesday that the company, together with Sony, IBM, Red Hat and Novell, has decided to join funds to create a joint venture-- the Open Invention Network (OIN), to purchase core patents of Linux operation system and offer them, free of charge, to any institutions or individuals. The effort is meant to aid the advancement of Linux and break the global dominance of Windows by Microsoft.

Opinion: To Serve Small Business

"IT service companies have been telling small businesses 'trust us' for a long time. With nowhere else to turn, our customers trusted us to deliver reliable and economical IT solutions. Was their trust misplaced? Happy with the status quo, failing to investigate or innovate alternatives, have we simply been feeding off our customers?"

Libranet's lesson: you can't keep a good open-source distro down

I see a melancholy lesson here. Proprietary code can disappear when its company or creator goes away. With open-source code, however, your work can live on forever.

EFF abstains from DMCA rulemaking, denouncing Copyright Office

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 1, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a sharp change of public standpoint, the Electronic Freedom Foundation announced Wednesday that it has declined to submit comments in the US Copyright Office's DMCA rulemaking proceeding, denouncing the process as "too broken" with respect to consumers, and issuing a report that charges the Copyright Office with overstepping its legal authority.

Open source drawing, graphics tool evolves

  • (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 1, 2005 11:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Inkscape project has released version 0.43 of Inkscape, a freely available, open source Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) drawing tool available for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows. The program boasts capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, and Xara X, which also use W3C standard SVG file formats.

Saving Windows from Obsolescence in a Free-Market Economy

  LXer Feature: 12-01-2005

Bill Gates said he wanted to be able to make the next paradigm shift. Libre software has created a free-market economy in the technology realm. Don Parris offers Microsoft some free consulting to help them make that paradigm shift. What do you think of the two approaches he suggests?


SCO Fattens Its War Chest

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 1, 2005 9:33 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
SCO was able to sell $10 million worth of shares to existing shareholders and a member of its board of directors.

Jboss chief terms Sun open source move a hit at IBM

Saying he is "ecstatic" about Sun's move to open source its software stack, JBoss CEO Marc Fleury characterized the move as a strike against IBM, not JBoss.

Linux to save Medscheme R10 million ($1,5 M) a year

  • Tectonic; By Tectonic Staff Writer (Posted by hkwint on Dec 1, 2005 8:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle, SCO
Southern Africa's largest independent medical aid scheme administrator, Medscheme, stopped using Windows and SCO Unix, to adopt an Oracle, Unisys and Suse Linux solution that is expected to save the company around R10 million ($1,5 M) in its first year alone.

Announcing Fedora Directory Server 1.0

This release marks a significant milestone for the open source community, who now have access to the code for the console and administration engine as well as the previously open sourced LDAP engine. This release uses the Apache httpd engine as its administration server, and includes mod_nss - a rewrite of mod_ssl which uses the Mozilla NSS crypto engine.

Sun furthers open source commitment

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 1, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun Microsystems, already waist-deep in open source, is getting in deeper. The company announced yesterday that it would be releasing more of its software for free -- and, eventually, as open source software.

Using Libre Software to Web-Empower the Church

  LXer News: 12-01-2005

The Web Empowered Church aims to web empower 10,000 churches by 2010. Using Typo3 and other libre software, this ministry could change the way churches view and use the Internet.


Internet banking in Korea soon possible for linux

  • The Korea Times; By Cho Jin-seo (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 1, 2005 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Two Korean public financial institutions, the state-owned Korea Post and The National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, will start the first Linux-based Internet banking services this month as the government tries to end Microsoft Windows’ long-running monopoly in online banking systems.


Interview with Patrick Luby

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 1, 2005 5:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Tony Mobily of Free Software Magazine interviews Patrick Luby, the man behind OpenOffice for Macintosh.

TM: Patrick, first of all: please tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do? What’s your programming background?

PL: I run my own software development consulting company called Planamesa Software. I have spent nearly a decade working as a software developer in a variety of commercial and open source projects including and Apache Tomcat using the C, C++ and Java programming languages on a variety of operating systems such as Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris and Windows...

Click here to read the whole interview.


IBM wants Solaris to Linux converts

The kind engineers at IBM have delivered a new tool for moving customers off Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system and onto Linux.

The Migration Kit for Solaris to Linux arrives at no charge and can be picked up by business partners, ISVs and customers. Those interested in the kit will likely use it to shift Solaris C/C++ software over to Linux running on IBM's Power, x86 and mainframe systems. This toolkit complements a more structured migration program IBM announced in conjunction with Red Hat in May.

Linux in Italian Schools, Part 6: GPL e-learning in Turin

  • Linux Journal; By Marco Fioretti (Posted by hkwint on Dec 1, 2005 5:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the most extensive uses of free software in the Italian educational system uses Zope, Plone and Fle3 to run its e-learning portal.

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