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Novell facing Linux ban

THE Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell new versions of Linux after the open source community criticised the company for teaming up with Microsoft.

DistroWatch Weekly: Mandriva's financial concerns, Fedora 7 Test1, Freespire "madness"

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 5, 2007 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! As usual, this week's issue focuses on a variety of distributions and topics. We'll start with a frightening financial analysis of Mandriva Corporation whose most recent financial results were published last week. The news section then looks at the release process of the Fedora Project whose latest -- and incomplete -- test release came, once again, without any release notes or other useful information. Also in the news: Ubuntu has quietly scrapped the idea of including the 3D desktop in Feisty Fawn, openSUSE and Linspire brace for surprise announcements, Red Hat's Matthew Szulik has kind words to say about Linus Torvalds, and Nexenta announces plans to produce more frequent development releases. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the DistroWatch January 2007 donation has been awarded to the GQview and Kaffeine projects. Happy reading!

Netscape Announces Cross-Platform Netscape 9 to be Developed In-House

The official Netscape Blog has announced that Netscape 9 is under development. Like the current Netscape Browser 8, this release will presumably be based on Mozilla Firefox. According to the announcement, Netscape 9 will be a standalone browser (lacking components like a mail client or Web page editor) and will have tight integration with the website, which was relaunched as a Digg-style user-driven news and current events portal last year. A subsequent post revealed that Netscape 9 will be released simultaneously for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Netscape Browser 8 is only available for Windows.

KDE Commit-Digest for 4th February 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Work begins on Amarok 2.0. KBlackBox becomes the latest games application to take the step into the scalable graphics arena. KTTT, a tic-tac-toe game, is ported to KDE 4. Further progress made on the knewstuff2 framework. Software RAID monitoring, along with other improvements in KSysGuard. Mailody gets support for printing HTML emails. Improved support for custom emoticons in Kopete. The sublime-integration user interface branch is merged back into the main KDevelop source tree..

First look at Foresight Linux 1.0

Distrowatch takes a first look at Foresight Linux 1.0.

Linux Network Administrator's Guide, 2nd Edition

Fully updated introduction to networking on Linux now covers firewalls, including the use of ipchains and iptables (netfilter), masquerading, and accounting. Other new topics include Novell (NCP/IPX) support and INN (news administration). Original material on serial connections, UUCP, routing and DNS, mail and News, SLIP and PPP, NFS, and NIS has been thoroughly updated.

Google goes its own way

Tech-heads yearning for Google to challenge Microsoft's domination of the desktop shouldn't hold their breaths, says Chris DiBona, the search giant's open source program manager.

Memory-efficient XML parsing in PHP with XMLReader

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Elliotte Rusty Harold (Posted by solrac on Feb 4, 2007 2:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story
XMLReader operates in streaming mode, that is, it reads the document from start to finish. This makes it very fast, and very efficient.

Software and Services On Trial

Freeware on trial is a software consultancy service with the objective of making the user aware about available free software products and internet services. The team of consultants at freeware on trial write quality influential articles. They decipher truth from myth when it comes to developers and publishers claims about their goods. While there are quality product creators who try to make a living out of what they do best, often there are those who don't charge for their goods, or offer free versions of their products.

Vendio Launches - The Ultimate Widgets Resource

Encourages Development and Distribution of Thousands of Web and Desktop Widgets Enabling Myriad Applications

Virtual Users With Postfix, PostfixAdmin, Courier, Mailscanner, ClamAV On CentOS

  • HowtoForge; By Tim Haselaars (Posted by falko on Feb 4, 2007 11:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
This article shows how to set up a Postfix virtual mailserver with Courier-IMAP, Maildrop and the PostfixAdmin web interface. We will secure our mailserver with Mailscanner and ClamAV as anti-virus and SpamAssassin as anti-spam. The setup is based on CentOS 4.4.

Free software founder sits down for multidimensional interview

In this podcast interview with multidimensional adventurers Nearthwort Obtain, Richard Stallman, founder of the free software movement and the man who put the GNU into GNU/Linux, introduces the concept of free software, before offering some trenchant criticism of "amoral" Linus Torvalds and "evil" Steve Jobs. The interview continues with a discussion of the impact of free software on the evolution of human consciousness, and concludes with Stallman's reasons for his combative approach.

Vista too taxing but Linux on agenda

Inland Revenue has eschewed Microsoft Vista and will instead upgrade to Windows XP, while continuing to evaluate the merits of a switch to open source rival Linux.

Kubuntu 7.04 Alpha (Herd) 3 Screenshots

Feisty Fawn Herd 3 CD release brings with it many new and exciting applications. For this latest release of Kubuntu 7.04, usability looks to be the common theme. Besides usability there have been updates to many common applications as well as a changing in the default database application in Kubuntu. Feisty Fawn, the current name of the latest development branch of Kubuntu, will expand on the brand new infrastructure that has landed in Edgy as well as branching out in some exciting new directions. Feature development in the Feisty Fawn release will be improvements to hardware support in the laptop, desktop and high-end server market, and aggressive adoption of emerging desktop technologies. - Screenshots of Kubuntu 7.04 Alpha 3 are available at

Debian Project Leader Elections 2007: Call for nominations

Prospective leaders should be familiar with the constitution, but, just to review: there's a three week period when interested developers nominate themselves, followed by a three week period with no nominations [intended for campaigning], followed by three weeks for the election itself.

Vista "Blinded" by poor code - planning

Well, it is starting to get good and you and I have front row seats to this rockem-sockem display, except when the bell rings, we are in for a treat. The spectators are going to fold themselves between the ropes, enter the ring and start slogging away themselves.

XML::Simple for Perl developers

XML has become pervasive in the computing world and is buried more and more deeply into modern applications and operating systems. It's imperative for the Perl programmer to develop a good understanding of how to use it.

How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers

There are 139,834 open source projects under way on SourceForge, the popular open source hosting site. Five years from now, only a handful of those projects will be remembered for making lasting contributions--most will remain in niches, unnoticed by the rest of the world. For every Linux, Apache, or MySQL, dozens of other open source efforts fizzle out.

Overclocking, The Natural Way

Over the weekend a blizzard has hit Michigan causing sub-zero temperatures, inches of snow, and zealous winds. This winter weather has caused the closing of shopping centers and community activities; public transportation systems and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport have also come to a halt. However, we took this opportunity to make the best of it with natural sub-zero overclocking. With the Abit AW9D i975X motherboard, an Intel Pentium 4 processor, 2GB of OCZ's Flex XLC PC2-9200 memory, and cooling provided by Mother Nature, we set off on a spontaneous overclocking adventure. Have you ever seen a motherboard in a snow-bank? We sure have.

One Laptop Per Child: XO Phase 2 Progress

  •; By kocio (Posted by michux on Feb 4, 2007 2:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
One Laptop Per Child project is currently working on the “Build 2″ (B2) release of their “XO” laptop. The first pieces of the B1 series have been produced in November last year. The B2 prototypes are planned to be delivered to the interested countries for practical testing this month. During this period of time, there have been some noticeable changes in the XO project. We are going to cover the essential ones here.

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