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Survey: Safari, Firefox gain ground against IE

Web analytics company NetApplications said that Apple’s Safari and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers both gained ground against Microsoft Internet Explorer in 2005. The news comes as NetApplications published its monthly statistics for the end of 2005.

State of the Union: Wireless

Another banner year has passed, with Linux once again proving its superiority in the area of crappy wireless (WiFi) support. Linux oldsters love the current state of wireless, because it hearkens back to the heady days of Yuri Gagarin, Sputnik and Linux kernel 0.99, when getting hardware to work under Linux required either engineering knowledge or luck (or both).

Penguins at the data center door

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by tadelste on Jan 6, 2006 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Remember the freaky penguins from those beer commercials for a certain brand of "ice"? beer? (For that matter, remember the whole "ice beer"? marketing phase? If not, good.)

Novell: OpenSuse tools coming soon

The company said it plans to soon release tools to let outside programmers help with its OpenSuse version of Linux.

Ncomputing Now Supports Linux

ORANGE, Calif. – NComputing has said that its entire product line now supports the Linux operating system. NComputing's proprietary "desktop streaming" technology allows users to create multiple computing terminals for simultaneous use from one host PC. Business and education PC users can save considerable deployment costs since the Linux operating system, Open Source software and NComputing's terminal products reduce hardware, networking and IT costs. The Linux operating system and Open Source software applications also eliminate costly licenses for proprietary software.

Firefox Soars and Apple's Safari Jumps as 2005 Browser Share Race ...

[ED: I know this is a duplicate, however, rather than being a simple recitation of a subset of questionable facts some pertinent items are mentioned explicitly. From those you can see these figures are incomplete, measurements with no idea given as to the margin of error -HC]

"NetApplications, ... measure, monitor and market Web sites for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME)"

[ED: Meaning they measure a fraction of the total market and of that fraction - what portion they have as clients that are measured? How random is its subset or how typical are its clients are unaddressed issues, hence, these are near meaningless numbers to advertise themselves without the slightest nod towards statistical error. If you believe these figures, we need to talk business (I really have a sure money making proposition for you on the East Coast ...)- HC]

Regarding marketing see the lower portion of this article: "HitsLink(tm) is NetApplications' flagship product, providing advanced website statistics and analysis for webmasters and eMarketers alike."

Google and Yahoo Aim at Another Screen

  • New York Times; By SAUL HANSELL (Posted by tadelste on Jan 6, 2006 4:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Two ascending Internet giants, Google and Yahoo, are to make plain today that they intend to move aggressively beyond the Internet browser and onto the television screen.

The two companies, already the most popular services for searching and organizing the vast information on the World Wide Web, want to perform the same function for television, which will increasingly be delivered over the Internet.

Why Not Python?, Part 1

Follow along as an old C hacker drags himself into the late 1990s.

2005 News Sources Special Recognition Awards Go to Pamela Jones and David Berlind

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 6, 2006 3:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Each year recognizes the most newsworthy standards organizations and the news services that did the best job covering that news. This year, we also recognize the best individual journalists, bloggers and community sites as well.

Texas Instruments, MontaVista Linux promise device interoperability

Texas Instruments (TI) and MontaVista Software announced in December they would pair TI's DaVinci technology-based products with embedded Linux, part of an attempt to more tightly integrate hardware and software in digital media, as the electronics industry looks to make the gadgets in users' lives more interoperable.

Linspire, Mirus Partner on Linux-Only Desktop PCs

Linspire and Mirus Innovations announce the launch of Koobox, a new line of desktop computers that exclusively run Linux.

Linux newbies get a helping hand

An online quiz that helps people choose between desktop Linux products is popular with companies and individuals, the designers say.

OpenSUSE marks 750K installations in first six months

  • (Posted by bstadil on Jan 6, 2006 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Novell's project appears to be off to a solid start in its first six months of operation. The company reported Wednesday that it has recorded more than 750,000 verified installations of the free version of its Linux operating system -- an average of more than 7,000 installations per day.

WordPress 2.0 is better than ever

WordPress 2.0 is out, and it brings a slew of improvements and new features, including WYSIWYG editing, user roles, easy database backups, and more. The WordPress home page describes the software as "state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform," but when you boil it down, WordPress is just damn good blogging software. WordPress is written in PHP, requires a MySQL database, and is available under the GPL. It's easy to use and fairly powerful.

Linux happenings in '06

As we return to work this first week of 2006, Linux users with the post-holiday blahs, cabin fever or seasonal affective disorder should be glad to know there is a lot to look forward to this year.

Linux/qtopia dual-mode GSM/VoIP phone spotted at CES

Taiwanese ODM Winston NeWeb Corp (WNC) is reportedly demonstrating a dual-mode cellular/VoIP phone that appears to be based on Linux and a branded version of Trolltech's Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE), at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

Qt Centre Community Site Launched

Witold Wysota wrote in to inform us of the newly launched Qt Centre which is being billed as the ultimate Qt community site. With the support of Trolltech, Witold and former Qt Forum administrators, moderators and fans Axel Jaeger, Daniel Kish, Kevin Krammer, Johan Thelin, Jacek Piotrowski and Michael Goettsche have banded together to form the new site after learning that the Qt Forum as well as had been hijacked for the purposes of boosting the Google Page Rank of unrelated external sites and have otherwise become neglected. If you had any public links to either Qt Forum or please consider removing them or using the nofollow attribute. Let us hope that the new Qt Centre flourishes!

New Italian Linux News site

It's now open this new Italian Linux News Portal. It's url is and contains News in Italian language about Linux and Open Source.

Oracle Raptor takes bite out of complexity

Step forward for Oracle developers

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