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The Internet Has No Geography

  • Supermike, Nuxified.Org Writer; By Supermike (Posted by Tracer on Apr 14, 2006 2:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Internet has no geography. It is like electricity. It will seek the path of least resistance. Efforts to control it are self-defeating. And that is why sales tax enforcement of online purchases is a really bad idea...

Security and Stability Updates for Firefox Released

Firefox 1.0.8 is the last release in the Firefox 1.0.x product line. Mozilla Corporation recommends that all users upgrade to the Firefox 1.5.0.x product line. The Release Roadmap contains more information on product life cycles.

Gnu vs DRM

An all-out campaign against DRM (digital rights mismanagement) is to be launched by the Free Software Foundation later this year, says executive director Peter Brown. "We haven't got the campaign organised yet, but we're going to be employing a professional campaigner," he told ZDNet UK.

Sun DRM finds a home in Korean IPTV pilot

Sun Microsystems may have already found its first customer, in a Korean IPTV system, for its DReaM (DRM Everywhere Available) open source DRM, a system that is not meant to be completed for at least another 12 months.

Microsoft, Altiris set virtualization software free at LinuxWorld

Last week's LinuxWorld Conference in Boston was the locus of several important announcements. Again, virtualization was front and center.

Stylish XML

  • Free Software Magazine; By David Horton (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 14, 2006 11:20 AM EDT)
Part one: using CSS to make your XML documents look pretty

Euronext.liffe Shifts Exchange to Linux-Intel Platform

Euronext.liffe is switching its technology to the Linux operating system and the Intel-based processor citing the need to keep up with the growth of algorithmic trading. The move signals "a fairly substantial shift in the electronic exchange's IT strategy," says Jim Johanek, SVP U.S. Technology Strategy for Euronext.liffe. The futures exchange—which is the derivatives arm of Euronext Group—initiated the process in 2004 right around the time when algorithmic trading in the futures industry began to take off, says Johanek.

Novell comments on its transition to Linux desktops

Bruce Lowry responds to a CNet article about the slow progress Novell seems to be making in its Windows to Linux migration.

My sysadmin toolbox

I started experimenting with Linux for fun, first with Slackware, but in the last few years more with Debian and its derivative distributions. Lately I've been using Linux increasingly in my job. As I've gotten more experienced with Linux, I've started teaching Linux courses to colleagues. Connectivity and fast package and file management are important components in my administration toolbox.

GPLv3 on DRM, and GPLv3 on Patents

One document on how GPLv3 tackles DRM, and one on how it tackles patent dangers. These topics have drawn the most public interest, so it seemed worthwhile to isolate the relevant information combining the draft, and the public comments of RMS and Eben Moglen.

Bringing free software to the masses

Peter Brown, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation, hopes to 'get the message of free software outside the hacker world'

Device Profile: FreeHand MusicPad Pro Plus electronic sheetmusic viewer

FreeHand Systems used embedded Linux to build an electronic music reader designed to replace paper-based sheet music in practice, lesson, and performance settings. The MusicPad Pro Plus supports annotations, turns pages with screen-taps or an optional footpedal, and can store "thousands" of music charts,

Build your own hotspot!! ...with in house control...

  •; By mad4linux (Posted by mad4linux on Apr 14, 2006 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Linux
If you are one of those people that needs wireless networks to work painlessly...If you need to have some or great control over your network, being one hotspot or several, and if above all you are one of those who needs to have in house control..then... you will embrace this new project.

The Rise of Media Independence

What happens when anyone can produce as easily as he or she consumes?

A first look at Zfone

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Apr 14, 2006 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
Zfone is PGP creator Phil Zimmermann's latest brainchild, a small desktop application that encrypts VoIP softphone conversations using strong encryption and peer-to-peer communication. Zimmermann released the first public beta last month. While I'm intrigued by the concept, getting the application to work is another story.

Unfortunately, this is not a FOSS package, even though it uses one or two itself. - dcparris

Towns the talk of Debian Project

Australian Anthony Towns won the poll from a field of several candidates after 421 votes -- from 43 percent of the eligible community of Debian developers -- were cast. Towns -- who is also the secretary of industry body Linux Australia -- will take up the post for one year from Monday 17 April, taking over from incumbent Branden Robinson.

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.

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