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Review: Google Reader

  • Unofficial Google Weblog; By Brad Hill (Posted by tadelste on Oct 7, 2005 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The trend in RSS adoption sees consumers moving toward invisible services such as My Yahoo! and tools built into the browser such as Firefox’s Live Bookmarks. Accordingly, dedicated services with power tools for aware users must bring added value to the table. The home-page+RSS is an added value package, as is browser+RSS. Stand-alone sites and desktop programs that offer sheer RSS functionality, powerful though they may be, are threatened with marginalization. It is in this environment that Google launches its Goog

Free Software 2.0: Web Cooperatives?

  • Onlamp; By Sid Steward (Posted by tadelste on Oct 7, 2005 8:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So many web services use free software, yet the services themselves, their organization and management, are closed. When will we see a web service that is literally owned by its users, like a cooperative? Or is one already flourishing somewhere?

Mandriva Linux 2006

Queue Linux fanfare, the 2006 version of Mandriva Linux is now available, albeit currently only to club members and distributors. Mandriva Linux Mandriva Linux (known best as Mandrake Linux) is one of the most popular “user-friendly” distros of Linux available. The developers of Mandriva have always sought to make ease of use a high priority, and have for the most part done a pretty good job of that. Not too long ago, three distros known as Mandrake, Lycoris and Conectiva joined together to form Mandriva. This release is the first update since then, and brings with it a lot of hardware support that was needed. Being a club member isn't free, but eventually it will be released for free as all the others.

Firefox 1.5 Makes Progress

Mozilla Corp. released the second beta of its next browser, Firefox 1.5, Friday to testers and developers. Although there are no new features included in Beta 2, Mozilla said the follow-up to September's Beta 1 includes improvements in the automatic update system, performance and site rendering enhancements, and fixes for several security problems. A complete list of the fixes and changes to Beta 2 can be viewed on the Burning Edge Web site.

IBM drops patent claims against SCO

  • CNET (Posted by dave on Oct 7, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO, IBM; Story Type: News Story
Move could speed resolution of SCO Group's hot-button Linux-related suit against Big Blue.

Reg readers take the Dell 'Open-source PC' challenge

Freedom is just another word for nothing to buy

Improved Thunderbird Still Fails Enterprise Test

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Oct 7, 2005 3:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Review:Beta 1.5 of the open-source Thunderbird e-mail client is looking a lot better, but it still lacks calendar functions.

Comment of the Day - October 7, 2005

This comment refers to "Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 Released".

Suse Linux 10.0 ready for downloading

Novell has released Suse Linux 10.0, the first distribution based on the OpenSUSE project. Suse Linux 10.0 for x86-compatible 32-bit and AMD64/EM64T-64-bit systems is supplied on 5 CDs or one dual-layer DVD, including a manual and 90 days of installation support for just under 60 euros in stores. The 5 CD or one DVD image as well as a live DVD of Suse Linux 10.0 can also be downloaded for free from Novell and various mirrors without commercial extras and installation support.

Oracle Announces The Acquisition of Open Source Software Company ...

Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) today announced the acquisition of Finland-based Innobase OY.

KDETalk, a KDE Jabber server.

For KDE users and contributors who aren't Jabber addicts yet, a new public Jabber server is available at

Oracle Acquires Innobase

Oracle acquired Innobase, a company that develops open-source database technology, for an undisclosed sum, marking the software company’s 11th acquisition in less than a year. Innobase is most known for InnoDB, which is a transactional database technology that is distributed as part of the MySQL database, an open-source data management system.

Unisys Brings Open Source Java to Mainframes

  •; By Vance McCarthy (Posted by tadelste on Oct 7, 2005 12:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Unisys is putting Open Source Java technologies directly on the mainframe, in a way to let CIOs better let the two environments speak with each other. The idea behind Unisys’ Java-on-the-mainframe architecture for its Clearpath line of mainframes is three-fold: # (1) to improve the scalability, security and transactionlity integrity of J2EE apps; # (2) to make it easier for J2EE and mainframe assets to communicate with one another; and # (3) to provide n-tier Java/J2EE and mainframe developers a “back door” entry point through the mainframe-based J2EE app server to achieve complex (or tricky) updates/changes to mainframe programming.

University of Stirling graduates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the world’s leading provider of open source to the enterprise, today announced that University of Stirling in Scotland has migrated its SAP application servers, that manage the Human Resources and Payroll functions, to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The migration has resulted in a three fold improvement in performance and in lower project costs.

Consolidation 'likely' in European open source industry

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Oct 7, 2005 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The founder of one of the UK's largest independent open source service companies claims that consolidation is likely among European companies that provide services around open source products. Peter Dawes-Huish, the founder and chief executive of LinuxIT, said on Friday his company has had two "serious" acquisition approaches and a number of exploratory discussions with other potential buyers over the last year. He claimed that medium-sized open source vendors and larger companies that are looking to get into the open source market are likely to seek acquisitions to enable growth.

An introduction to Basic

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 7, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the features some users overlook in is its built-in programming language, Basic. Why would you want a programming language built into your word processor? It's there to help you to automate tasks. It won't make the tea for you, but it will help you to carry out many repetitive jobs with a minimum of effort.

What the heck is Open source?

  • developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 7, 2005 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The phrase "open source license" refers to a large number of agreements that license the copyrights inherent in software widely, fairly, and with the fewest restrictions possible. While all open source licenses share similar intentions, each license typically accomplishes its goal by different means. This article, written by Editor in Chief of the Linux Magazine Martin Streicher, describes the tenets of copyright and explains the intents of an open source license.

Ingram Micro Climbs on Desktop Linux Deal

  • (Posted by ubuntu4all on Oct 7, 2005 10:57 AM EDT)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest distributor of computer products, rose sharply Wednesday after it said it had struck a deal to sell a version of the Linux operating system.

IBM touts information as as service

  • The Register; By Phil Howard, Bloor Research (Posted by tadelste on Oct 7, 2005 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The IBM Information Management group has been taken over by Ambuj Goyal following the retirement (actually she's not gone yet but will be doing so shortly) of Janet Perna. As a result, he and his team have been busy briefing analysts as to the company's plans, particularly at a recent event in Boston.

Under /etc: A Simple Guide

  • Linux Journal; By AmirAli Lalji (Posted by tadelste on Oct 7, 2005 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're new to Linux or know someone who is, here's an explanation of what's in the /etc subdirectory.

Newcomers to Linux, especially those coming from a Windows background, often find files in the /etc directory to be difficult to understand. In this article, I provide a brief explanation of some of these files and their uses. Before we dive into the /etc directory however, I would like to point out that changes to some of these files can render your system unstable or in some circumstances unbootable. I cannot emphasize enough that you should make a backup of these files before making any changes.

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