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Dubuntu 6.06 Screenshot Tour

Dubuntu is a Chinese GNU/Linux operation system based on Ubuntu Linux 6.06. The goal of this new distribution is to provide a Linux environment focused on software development, with nice desktop evironment. OSDir has some nice shots of Dubuntu 6.06 in the Dubuntu 6.06 Screenshot Tour.

How AMD's Acquisition of ATI May Help Linux and Macs

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is acquiring ATI Technologies, one of the top two graphics processor makers, for around $5.4 billion. AMD's aim is to grow its market share in the mobility and commercial markets, according to AMD CEO Hector Ruiz. What does this mean for Linux users?

People Behind KDE: Olivier Goffart

Today's star of People Behind KDE is a member of what was once described as "the younger generation of Kopete developers". This man talks Messenger and Jabber nativly but only communicated on IRC thanks to Babelfish. Learn about the trials of a Kopete developer in our interview with Olivier Goffart

Mozilla Thunderbird Multiple Vulnerabilities

Report of highly critical vulnerabilities.

OSCON kicks into full gear

PORTLAND, Ore. -- O'Reilly's eight annual Open Source Convention was in full swing yesterday. The exhibit floor opened, and there was a full schedule of talks and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions.

Open source on Windows, the next big thing?

When Bob Hecht joined Informa PLC as its vice president of content strategy, he dreamed of rebuilding the British technical publisher's infrastructure using Linux and open-source technologies. But with Microsoft Windows entrenched throughout the company, Hecht settled on a more pragmatic hybrid: an open-source content management server from Alfresco Software Inc., backed up by open-source applications MySQL, Apache Tomcat and JBoss -- all running on Windows Server-based hardware.

[All I can say is, ugh! -- grouch]

Eben Moglen explains highlights of GPL3 second draft

"We are on track to complete the process on schedule." With these words, Eben Moglen expressed his satisfaction with today's release of the second draft of the GNU Public License version 3 (GPL3). The release represents an effort to incorporate comments on the first draft made by thousands of people over the last six months via email, mail forums, and world-wide meetings, as well as the discussion of the four sub-committees involved in the writing of the draft.

Anti-Virus Firms Warn of Trojan Horse Mozilla Firefox Extension

The FormSpy trojan does not use any Firefox security flaws to infect computers. Instead, it is downloaded and installed automatically by a piece of Windows malware known as Downloader-AXM, which exists solely for the purpose of surreptitiously downloading and running trojan horses. Once downloaded by Downloader-AXM, FormSpy installs itself in Firefox by directly modifying Firefox user profile files, completely bypassing the standard Firefox extension installation mechanism (and warning messages).

[Emphasis added. The reports in the news, coming from McAfee, make it sound like Firefox is providing the means for this malware to attack users. As usual, the culprit is Microsoft Windows. -- grouch]

Mysql Used By Majority Of "AlwaysOn 100" Innovators

[...] Kraus estimates a Web 2.0 company can start up with an investment of around $100,000 (£50,000) - a reduction by a factor of 30! One reason? Open source software like the LAMP software stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) now provide Web 2.0 businesses with a robust, low-cost platform to start trading - while providing built-in scalability as the business grows.

Tiny computer module packs Linux, does GPRS

SSV Embedded Systems is shipping a tiny processor module targeting complex industrial communications applications. The ARM9-based DNP/9200 single-board computer (SBC) comes pre-installed with Linux, and is available in a Starter Kit that includes an evaluation board with a socket for a GSM/GPRS modem and SIM card.

Legacy Group Ends Support for Early Red Hat, Fedora Versions

The Fedora Legacy Group finally ends support for Red Hat 9 and Fedora Core 2, as well as the earlier versions of both popular Linux lines.

Google announces hosting for open source projects

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by hkwint on Jul 28, 2006 1:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Google is scheduled to announce hosting for open source projects on Google Code today during Greg Stein's talk at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON).

Linux patch problems: Your distro may vary

  • SearchSecurity.com; By Edmund X. DeJesus (Posted by hkwint on Jul 28, 2006 12:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Why pick one distro instead of another? One reason is security. Not the security of the code itself, but how fast security patches get applied and published.
Therefore, all other things being equal, security managers would prefer a Linux distribution with a record of speedy publication of fixes for security issues.

A Million Linux Smart Phones Shipped in China, Q2

  • Technology News Daily; By Technology News Daily (Posted by hkwint on Jul 28, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Another vendor reaching a significant milestone in Q2 was second-placed, and second-fastest growing, Motorola, its position achieved primarily from shipments of more than a million Linux-based smart phones in China in the quarter.

This week at LWN: The 2006 Ottawa Linux Symposium

Your editor has, once again, had the opportunity to add to his collection of Ottawa Linux Symposium T-shirts. OLS2006 was a fun and interesting event, a testament to the increasing professionalism of its organizers, speakers, and attendees. And also, of course, to the energy and vitality which drives the Linux community.
[...]
LinuxWorld may be the place to go to see what companies are doing, but OLS has clearly established itself as the event to attend to learn about what the development community - and the kernel development community in particular - is up to.

[...]

This year's keynote speaker was Greg Kroah-Hartman. [...] The talk covered topics like hardware support (Linux is now second to none, says Greg), the illegal and unethical nature of closed source kernel modules, various aspects of the kernel development process, and more. The talk is very much worth a read.

Google at OSCON: Open Source Promotes Competition

  • eWEEK Linux; By Peter Galli (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 11:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Google believes that open source is one of the strongest ways to preserve industry competition, and its goal is to help this industry remain healthy and keep injecting fresh blood into it, said Chris DiBona, Google's open source program manager, in a presentation at the annual O'Reilly Open Source Conference here July 26.

[ Wonder what they would think of an open source search engine - hkwint]

Linux-based Scpl phones to replace Motorola Razr line

  • LinuxDevices.com; By LinuxDevices.com (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 10:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Motorola will abandon the proprietary "P2K" OS used in the Razr and other currently or soon-to-be shipping models, such as the Rizr, Krazr, and RazrMaxx. Additionally, the world's number-two handset vendor will transition future feature-phones to Linux, starting with a Scpl ("scalpel") model due in October, according to a PC Magazine article.

Scalix to Contribute Software to Open-Source Community

Scalix has taken the open-source plunge and will contribute parts of the source code for its messaging infrastructure platform to the community.

Wordpress vulnerability?

  • lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Jul 27, 2006 9:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Community
There could be a vulnerability in Wordpress. First I read about it here (via Planet Debian), then on the OP (original poster)’s blog

Flash Player 9 Heading To Linux

  • WebProNews; By David Utter (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 9:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Adobe developer Mike Melanson has been tracking the development progress of Flash Player 9 for Linux users. A recent post on his Penguin.SWF blog listed the APIs being used in this version of the software.

[ Though no big fan of Flash, I would be glad to see Flash 9 on Linux, because a lot of sites don't work at the moment since they require Flash 8 - hkwint]

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