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Novell launches Linux training programmes

  • Computerworld Malaysia (Posted by dave on Aug 1, 2005 9:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Novell recently launched a new introductory Linux training course designed for academic environments, giving educational institutions a powerful new tool to promote open source training and students a new option for learning Linux.

Australian open source firm files Microsoft complaint

Australian Linux and open source consultancy Cybersource Pty Ltd has filed a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) calling on it to force PC vendors to offer hardware without Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system.

Study finds Asia/Pac to the fore in open source development

  • IDM.net.au (Posted by dave on Aug 1, 2005 6:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Adoption of open source among developers in Asia Pacific is set to grow at almost twice the rate of North America, a study has found. Evans Data’s new Spring 2005 Asia Pacific Development Survey found that 47 percent of Asia/Pac developers are increasing their adoption of open source in the next year, while only 25 percent of developers in North America expect to do likewise.

Assess System Security Using a Linux LiveCD

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Aug 1, 2005 5:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Want to assess security vulnerabilities on your Linux system without lengthy installation and configuration efforts? We introduce four packages -- Auditor, Whoppix, Knoppix-STD, and PHLAK -- that bring you that ability through the magic of LiveCD.

Unknown and misunderstood

  • Computerworld Malaysia (Posted by dave on Aug 1, 2005 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
One misconception often to be found is equating open source to Linux. Linux certainly is part of the open source community, but it is only the tip of the whole open source iceberg. Open source can be found at the operating system, applications as well as database levels in the software hierarchy.

SCO offers to buy employee stock

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 1, 2005 4:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO, IBM; Story Type: News Story
The company, best known for its legal dispute with IBM over Linux, is addressing regulatory compliance problems.

Nero updates Linux disc-burning software

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 1, 2005 4:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nero released version 2 of a Linux edition of its software for burning CDs and DVDs this week.

Regular expressions and metacharacters

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 1, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Most of us probably use regular expressions -- pattern that describes a set of characters -- every day without realizing it. Chances are, however, that you aren't really using them to their full potential.

Inkscape releases update to open source SVG drawing tool

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Jul 31, 2005 6:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Inkscape project has released an update to Inkscape, an open source cross-platform Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) drawing tool. Inkscape 0.42 "is the most feature-filled release to date, with an exceptional number of major and minor new features, usability improvements, and bug fixes," according to the project team. "While some of the new features simply fill long-standing functionality gaps, others are truly revolutionary," says the team, adding that "Inkscape 0.42 is one step closer to full SVG compliance."

Firefox gains kiosk lock-down extension

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Jul 31, 2005 3:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The popular Firefox Web browser has gained a kiosk extension, thanks to a contribution from Jevin K. Ramjattan, an intern at Symbio Technologies. The new kiosk function displays the browser in a locked-down mode that is useful for systems deployed in public locations like Internet cafes, libraries, and schools. Using the kiosk extension, administrators can limit end-user activities and reduce the threat of viruses and other security risks to local the network.

"Easy to use" Linux server distro achieve test release

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Jul 31, 2005 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The MEPIS Linux project has begun formal testing of a new version of its operating system, known as MEPIS SoHoServer. The test01 release of SoHoServer, touted as "a general purpose SoHo solution," is now available for download from MEPIS's subscription ftp server.

Is Microsoft driving freeloaders to Linux?

Is this the week Microsoft finally got serious about fighting piracy -- and could its efforts cost Redmond business? Redmond's decision to mandate a piracy check for all customers who want to download add-ons for Windows XP -- excluding security patches -- is designed to check what the company regards as rampant illicit use of its software.

Scalix brings mobile messaging to Linux

  • TechWhack (Posted by dave on Jul 31, 2005 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux surely is going places. Reports already claims that this Operating System is giving Microsoft Mobile OS a hard time in the small screen device market and now with the growing popularity of messaging on the move, the latest news would boost the user confidence in the Linux model for PDAs and mobiles. Linux-based messaging vendor Scalix Corp has reportedly extended its email and calendaring functionality to wireless devices.

Spikesource Branches Out With Made-To-Order Open-Source Stacks

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by dave on Jul 31, 2005 8:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SpikeSource, the Kim Polese-Kleiner Perkins open source start-up testing and certifying LAMP stacks, is branching out into free fully configured made-to-order stacks. Developers will be able to configure a stack from a virtual Chinese menu of the 73 open source components that SpikeSource currently supports. The list includes applications, libraries, web servers and tools.

More Security Flaws in Firefox Than IE This Year

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Jul 31, 2005 6:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Computer Weekly is reporting that Firefox has had more flaws found in it this year than Internet Explorer.

Embedded Red Hat powers sub-$150 Linux thin client

We've discovered a $150 Linux-based thin-client PC based on a 433MHz Via Eden processor. The Ntavo NTA 6010A comes equipped with 64MB of DIMM DRAM and 64MB of CompactFlash memory, and a display controller that supports up to 1280x1024 pixels in 24-bit color. Expansion ports include 3 USB, 2 serial, parallel, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, audio in/out, and 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. With DIMM-socketed DRAM, 3 USB ports, an available internal PCI slot, and a built-in CompactFlash socket, it sounds like a gloriously hackable platform. Bring on the projects!

Fedora: Gone Bug Hunting

Are you a Fedora Linux user that wants to contribute to the community but don't know how? You could start by "Zapping" bugs.

KDE 3.4.2 Screenshot Tour

KDE announced - The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.4.2, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. KDE 3.4.2 ships with a basic desktop and fifteen other packages (PIM, administration, network, edutainment, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, web development and more). OSDir has the shots of this fresh KDE update.

Study: Open Source Set to Grow in Asia/Pac

  • InternetNews.com (Posted by dave on Jul 30, 2005 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source adoption among developers is expected to grow at a faster pace in the Asia Pacific region (APAC) than in North America.

Towards a Standard of Freedom: Creative Commons and the Free Software Movement

  • Advogato (Posted by dave on Jul 30, 2005 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Creative Commons is described as a movement translating the Free and Open Source software movement model to other forms of creative works. This description misses some important differences between the projects. Unlike Free Software, Creative Commons has failed to set any standard of freedom. This article compares Free Software's "essential rights are unreservable," with Creative Common's comparitively hollow, "some rights reserved."

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