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FOSS closes patient privacy gap for researchers

Two new open source software projects are ready to wipe patient histories clean of personal information so researchers can learn from medical cases without endangering privacy.

Process your email with procmail

  •; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by dcparris on Apr 14, 2006 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Mutt is a fine command-line email client, but it lags Evolution and Thunderbird in its ability to do email filtering. The procmail mail processing utility can help. It is highly configurable, allows for far better email filtering than Thunderbird, and as is customary with command-line applications, it is fast. While procmail is most commonly employed on the server side, its ability to handle POP and IMAP protocols makes it useful for desktop users as well.

Firefox released

  • Mozilla.Com; By Mozilla Corporation (Posted by phil on Apr 14, 2006 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Mozilla
Firefox provides native support for Macintosh with Intel Core processors, and stability and security enhancements that are part of our ongoing program to provide a safer Internet experience for our users. We recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest version.

Novell retains JBoss link despite Red Hat move

Novell Inc has said it remains committed to JBoss Inc's open source middleware stack despite the acquisition of JBoss by rival Linux distributor Red Hat Inc.

Leaner virtualization coming to Windows, Linux

Microsoft works to make one copy of Windows look like many, while the Linux equivalent gains ground.

Improve your iPod with Rockbox

Over the past few years, I've been ripping my CD collection to Ogg Vorbis, intending to one day find a portable player for all those tracks of synthpop, reggae, and comedy. Now I've finally found a player for my 60-or-so gigs of Ogg files which has the the ergonomics, battery life, and accessory market of the iPod. The secret to having a player that deals with so many codecs, but that looks and acts like an iPod, is that it is an iPod -- just one that I converted last night with a firmware swap to run the excellent, open source system called Rockbox. Rockbox isn't perfect -- and it sure isn't for everyone -- but I'm pleased as punch with it.

Book Review: Spring into Linux

This is the second of a three-part series of reviews on books written for people migrating from Windows to Linux. The first book was Marcel Gagne's Moving to Linux, Second Edition. You might want to read that review before this one, since I draw comparisions between the two.

Grab the Internet Explorer mu-mu-MULTIPATCH

Microsoft released a patch yesterday which fixes 10 - count 'em - flaws in Internet Explorer.

Presenters sought for LinuxTag 2006 in May

Even though the conference is drawing near, speakers are still being sought for LinuxTag, Germany's Linux Expo and Conference since 1996, scheduled for May 3-6, 2006, in the Rhein-Main-Hallen, Wiesbaden. The conference is presented in cooperation with the German Unix Users Group (GUUG).

Join the Debian Python Modules Team

A few weeks ago the Debian Python Modules Team has been created to collaboratively maintain packages of Python modules.

Sco Group works to revive product line, reputation

(Salt Lake Tribune, The (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Apr. 13--The SCO Group wants the world to know it is more than just that little Utah software company suing IBM for allegedly copying UNIX code into the freely distributed Linux operating system.

VMware-friendly change likely for Linux

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dcparris on Apr 13, 2006 9:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Programmers work with VMware for a general virtualization interface; Xen no longer the incumbent.

Webinars expand on embedded Linux

TimeSys Corp is extending its free, interactive, educational webinar series to cover specific technical topics of interest in the embedded Linux market.

Sun To Open Source Major Elements of Sun's Java Studio Enterprise ...

"The NetBeans Enterprise Pack represents a significant step in Sun's renewed commitment to developers by sharing technology, cultivating community, and investing in open source," said Jeff Jackson (pictured), senior vice president of Java, Enterprise, and Developer Software at Sun, as plans were announced to open-source major elements of Sun's Java Studio Enterprise IDE.

Linux Distributions Bird's Eye View - a Mind Map

  • All about Linux; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Apr 13, 2006 7:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
Here is a bird's eye view of all Linux distributions and their relation ship with each other. Really interesting.

The Free Software Alternative in a Gnutshell

Is Linux ready for all home computer users? Linux is best installed only if you have some nontrivial computer or programming experience, or if you have a generous neighbor or relative who does.

Taking your PC anywhere

Thanks to portable applications that can be stored on USB Flash drives, you can now make any PC your own. TAN KIT HOONG shows you how.

Battle for Wesnoth review

  • Free Software Magazine; By Alan and Nelson Berg (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 13, 2006 5:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free software games have long ago evolved from the command line. In this article I’ll describe one thoroughly addictive, turn based, graphical online game named “The Battle for Wesnoth”.

Higgins: an API for identity

Identity is an essential enabler for eCommerce; unfortunately, it's currently a bit of a mess. However, there is hope... Like Microsoft’s InfoCard and Kim Cameron’s vision of an identity metasystem, the open source Higgins identity project aims to move us away from the current hotchpotch of identity systems. InfoCard concentrates on a consistent user experience; Higgins aims to simplify things for developers.

Ghanaian developers push Semacode tags

Everyone knows Wikipedia, the community-driven online encyclopedia. Now developers, including a group from Ghana, have developed a barcoding system that links real world objects to their relevant online Wikipedia entries. Point your cellphone and be enlightened.

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