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The Ultimate Pro-Customer Computing Platform

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder aka Tuxchick (Posted by bstadil on Sep 29, 2005 4:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
I must confess that I am biased. Horribly, irreversibly biased. I love the Free/Open Source software world because it provides the ultimate in pro-customer values.

IBM Power5+ launch coming next week

Sun Microsystems debuted its UltraSparc IV+ servers last week, but IBM will counter that launch by announcing Unix servers with the new Power5+ processor next week, sources familiar with the plans said. Big Blue will tout the latest generation of its Unix servers on Oct. 4, refreshing its pSeries line with the new processor and a new product family name. The Power5+ is expected to arrive at a clock speed of 1.9GHz, the same as the top speed of its predecessor, the Power5.

Report: What's Holding Up Linux on Wall Street?

Although the financial services industry has adopted Linux more slowly than first expected, Linux is now starting to hold more sway, even if often from behind the scenes, according to participants in this week's High Performance on Wall Street conference in New York City.

Msn Adds Search Plugins For Firefox

Microsoft's MSN sent out an enhancement in the form of a plugin for users of the Firefox browser from Mozilla. The default search engine for Firefox is Google but this gives users another search choice for their Mozilla browser.

Firefox Still Tops IE for Browser Security

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The number of security holes that occur isn't as telling as how they're handled.

Recently, there was quite a flap about a Symantec study, which showed that—horrors!—Firefox had more security holes than Internet Explorer.

But, what did Symantec's Internet Threat Report really show?

I asked Elias Levy, aka Aleph One, former moderator of Bugtrac and today, a Symantec architect. He told me that Symantec reported on the number of flaws that had been confirmed by the vendor.

Linux on Lenovo consumer PCs?

  • IT AsiaOne; By RAJU CHELLAM (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LENOVO Group Ltd, the world's third largest personal computer maker, is planning to offer the Linux operating system in consumer PCs it plans to sell in Singapore next year.

RT Essentials

When I see or hear people knocking Linux for not having applications, I think of Jesse Vincent's Request Tracker (RT). When I first found out about RT, I thought I had found a few hundred thousand dollars laying on the street. That's the amount of money I would have had to spend on a proprietary trouble ticket tracking system comparable to ones from "big" commercial shops.

Peru's Congress is telling Bill and the Boyz where to go.

But whether or not the country's president, Alejandro Toledo, will sign the bill is still an open question.

If he does, Peru will join Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other countries in “actively moving toward the Linux operating system and other open-source alternatives that can mean millions of dollars in savings,” says AP.

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates IPO Antitrust Class Action Suit

  • BUSINESS WIRE; By Press Release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to Sirota, "Just substitute Goldman Sachs for First Jersey and Morgan Stanley for Stratton Oakmont and you have the very same manipulative unlawful conduct engaged in by the supposed "legitimate" firms but on a far larger financial scale...one CSFB IPO, VA Linux, ripped off more money from the public investor victims than all of the First Jersey and Stratton Oakmont fraudulent IPOs combined."

Patent suits not likely, says IP attorney

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 29, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
Proprietary software companies could sue open source software developers or end users for patent infringement, but they probably won't, says one intellectual property attorney. If they do, the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) plans to be ready.

Amid the storm, a penguin laid egg

As Hurricane Rita hurled violent waves and howling winds at Galveston last week, a penguin at Moody Gardens was unruffled enough to lay an egg inside the glass aquarium pyramid.

It is Moody's first Gentoo penguin egg, a triumph for zookeeers even under ordinary circumstances, and it's expected to hatch around Halloween if all goes well.

Ca puts Clarity on Linux platform

Computer Associates has released a version of its Clarity IT governance software for the open-source Red Hat Linux operating system.

Tech stocks take cue from Red Hat and rise

  • Investor's Business Daily; By Rex Crum (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 10:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Technology stocks mostly headed north in afternoon trading Thursday, as Red Hat Inc. led a slate of advancers into positive territory.

Red Hat Inc. (RHAT) surged $4.15, or more than 25%, to $20.66. On Wednesday, the open-source software developer said greater corporate demand for Linux software pushed its second-quarter profit up by 40% to $16.7 million, or 9 cents a share. Analysts were looking for Red Hat to earn 7 cents a share.

With Red Hat in the lead, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPQ) rose 8.4 points, to 2,123. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index ($SOX) and the Amex Computer Technology Index ($XCI) also edged into positive territory.

Red Hat goes for Common Criteria approval

Red Hat has joined with IBM and software maker Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) to enter Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for evaluation under the Common Criteria security scheme. Red Hat expects its upcoming RHEL 5 to achieve Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL 4), the highest level generally achieved by commercial software. The Common Criteria is an ISO standard recognised by more than a dozen national governments as well as large businesses with stringent security requirements. The increasing levels of certification achieved by Linux distributions are an important milestone for the platform's maturity, because many organisations can't run software that doesn't have the right certification.

Microsoft loses bid to have Web applications patent tossed out

Microsoft Corp.'s bid to invalidate a patent covering Web applications was dealt a setback after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday upheld the patent owned by the University of California. The University of California sued Microsoft for infringing the patent, which permits the use of interactive applications such as looking at and buying merchandise on different Web pages, according to Trey Davis, director of special projects for the University of California. Microsoft uses the technology in its Explorer Web browser, Davis said.

Softcraft Impresa Releases Generations Linux Vortex 2.6.11-6

  • Softcraft; By Karlie Robinson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
oftcraft Impresa, today, released their latest version of Generations Linux Vortex 2.6.11-6 exclusively at On-Disk.com.

CMP Media's Software Development Magazine Announces Winners for the 2005 Readers' Choice Awards

IBM, Microsoft, Linux & Google among those Chosen by Developers

Firefox Web Developer Extensions

  • php architect referred; By Lee Underwood (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 9:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Firefox has become a formidable adversary in the browser wars. According to stats from W3Schools, it's used by 26.3% of all browser users. Our own stats show a total of 19.53%. These figures are derived from a recent article on Web Reference about Firefox. In this article, we're going to look at here are some of the extensions available for Web developers.

Good article for finding extensions not available elsewhere -ED

Release Candidate of OpenOffice 2.0 now online

This Thursday, the Open Source project OpenOffice presented Release Candidate 1 of its free Office suite; this test version -- possibly the last one -- was, however, already available for downloading from the OpenOffice web site before the official release on Thursday: all of the mirror servers had been prepared since Wednesday. With the release of RC1, the developers are entering the last test phase. The results of this test will show whether additional release candidates will have to be produced before the Final Release.

Opera Tips and Tricks

  • Techtree.com; By Milind Bandekar (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Customizing and tweaking has always been a part of computing. Now that Opera is a completely free browser with no advertisement banners and most of you might have already got your hands on it, here are some tips to make it do even more than it already does.

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