KDE's Aaron Seigo on the dekstop's future and FFII's Rufus Pollock on European software patents.
When you look in your closet, do you see a pile of obsolete hardware that you just cannot bring yourself to throw out, despite the pleas of your family? If you want to share your home Internet connection and save a little money at the same time, dust off that old hardware and set up a Linux-based firewall. All you need is a 486 or better processor, two network adapters (only one if you're on dial-up), a switch or hub, diskette drive, and 12MB of RAM. In this article, we'll take a look at floppyfw and Coyote Linux, two free, open source projects that have shrunk Linux down to diskette size to implement a firewall.
Gnome 2.10 is out and it's time for another release. The biggest item for this release, as you might guess, is that we think we've finally got a complete workaround for the infamous focus stealing problem that mozilla has. Now you won't find background tabs stealing focus from the url entry or from text entries in the current tab. Otherwise, mostly bug fixes but a couple of nice improvements to work with the enhanced startup notification in gnome 2.10. Finally, if your distro is using the patched firefox, then galeon will be able to do typeaheadfind when built against it.
Mozilla Foundation employee Marcia Knous has a weblog posting on a book she has co-written about Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.
The Mozilla Foundation has published its Mozilla Application Suite transition plan, ending days of speculation about the future of the SeaMonkey project. The announcement confirms that there will be no official Mozilla 1.8 release and offers an apology to all those who believed that there would be. The 1.7.x line will be the last set of Mozilla Application Suite products released and maintained by the Mozilla Foundation and all future suite versions from the Foundation will be minor updates only.
Following on from Mike Connor's concerns about Mozilla Firefox development, lead engineer Ben Goodger has written a weblog post saying that work is ongoing to ensure Firefox meets its short-term and long-term goals. Ben points to the Firefox section of Mozilla development wiki, which includes details about the plans for 1.1 and 2.0 (well worth reading if you want a technical look at what the future holds) and also announces that he is delegating responsibility for some features to others.
How do you design a computing system to provide continuous service and to ensure that any failures interrupting service do not result in customer safety issues or loss of customers due to dissatisfaction? Historically, system architects have taken two approaches to answer this question: building highly reliable, fail-safe systems with low probability of failure, or building mostly reliable systems with quick automated recovery.
There has been some recent buzz around KDE's Get Hot New Stuff framework. As the first in a series looking into KDE technologies, KDE Dot News interviewed author Josef Spillner to find out what all this "stuff" was about... read on for the interview. You may also be interested in recent blog entries about KNewStuff: Kate, desktop backgrounds, Quanta, KNewStuffSecure, its user interface design and the HotStuff server setup.
Everyone knew that Canopy and its former executives had reached an agreement. What no one knew is that former Canopy CEO would end up with all of Canopy's SCO holdings.
The World's Largest Open Source Desktop Event to Highlight Multimedia, Business and Government Deployments
It's called NeroLinux, and it's the Linux equivelant of the Nero suite. Screenshots to gaze upon. Unfortunately, it seems that it's using GTK+ 1.2.x instead of 2.x.
ZENworks 7 Linux Management adds remote control, imaging, automated policy management and more to make it a full life-cycle-management suite.
Analysis:The latest version of this popular peer-to-peer client and protocol makes it easier for both users and network administrators to manage its bandwidth-hungry ways.
Companies that modify open source software spend a lot of time debating how best to circumnavigate the difficulties of open source licenses, most notably the GNU GPL (General Public License). I have to question whether that's always time well spent.
With the long-awaited release of Novell's dual operating system and the announcement of the upcoming release of ZENworks 7 Linux Management, 'Novell is committed to listening to customers and providing solutions to their problems,' CEO says.
The future of ubiquitous Linux-powered portable devices got a bit closer this week, as an open-source, small-footprint embedded database, db.*, is now available for ARM Linux.
While the Mozilla Foundation is closing the "official" suite, it offers support for a possible community effort to develop it under a different name.
TimeSys OnBoard Program for Hosting, Certifying, Distributing and Supporting Commercialized Custom Linux Distributions now supports Intel® I/O processors
Blue Gene/L is an unusual design that packs 1,024 dual-core Power processors into a single rack. IBM in November began selling the systems for about $2 million per rack. A 16-rack model at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is currently the world's fastest machine and will be quadrupled in size by mid-2005.
How to use fields for editing and content management.