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A Viable iTunes Clone for Linux

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 6, 2006 11:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I've tried, I really have. For a couple of years now, I have been attempting to dump my destructive tendency of using MP3 as my audio format of choice and have instead, been working very hard to get onboard with OGG Vorbis 100 percent. However, this is very difficult when you own an iPod Nano and a Dell Pocket DJ.

Dsa-1191-1: Mozilla-thunderbird Several vulnerabilities

Security database references: In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 20042. In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2006-2788, CVE-2006-4340, CVE-2006-4565, CVE-2006-4566, CVE-2006-4568, CVE-2006-4570, CVE-2006-4571.

The State of Security Threats on Web Browsers

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Oct 6, 2006 10:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
We’ve been talking about security a lot lately, and for good reason. Every one of us has been forced into a position where we have to think about it, and if we don’t, then we’ll pay the price for it. Many of us have become so lazy that we sometimes skip installing system updates or new antivirus definitions even though all we may really need to do is click a button and wait a little while. If it’s not streamlined and automatic, then we’ll somehow find a way to miss out on these important updates.

Compiere is on the move - again

Compiere, a provider of open source ERP and CRM software, announced this week that it has relocated its headquarters from Portland, Ore., to Santa Clara, Calif., and plans to double its staff. Jorge Janke, Compiere's founder and CEO, says moving to Silicon Valley will allow the company to tap into the high-quality talent in the area. The move comes a little more than a year after the company moved from Connecticut to Oregon for the very same reason.

Canonical seeks profit from free Ubuntu

Canonical is the 65-employee start-up behind a popular version of Linux called "Ubuntu". The company is betting that it can win a place in the market using a strategy that dominant Linux seller Red Hat has dropped.

Linux-powered multimedia distribution system wows CEDIA crowd

A Linux-based home multimedia distribution system generated the loudest buzz at this year's CEDIA (custom electronic design and installation association) trade show, according to Computer Reseller News, which has published a feature article previewing Monster's ultra-high-end "Einstein" system, expected to ship in March.

Google Loves Open Source WiFi

At the first community meeting for San Francisco WiFi1 earlier this week, Google fielded questions from vocal community advocates2, but also showed off what kind of hardware users would likely need to access the planned free network.

Desktop FreeBSD: 64-bit Future

  • OFB.biz: Open for Business; By Ed Hurst (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 6, 2006 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Consumer grade machines with 64-bit processors have been around for the past three years. At first it meant nothing, since the ones you could buy off the shelf came with 32-bit Windows XP. However, that's still the case, as 64-bit Windows drivers have lagged for most consumer hardware. Not so in the Open Source world, where the greatest source of complaints -- poor or missing drivers for some hardware -- is its greatest strength in the 64-bit arena.

Poll: No easy choice between open source, commercial

A recent poll undertaken by Methods & Tools magazine revealed that there is no easy answer to whether or not the quality of open source software development tools is comparable to commercial ones.

Easys GNU/Linux 3.0 released

Marcus Moeller has announced the release of version 3.0 of Easys GNU/Linux (formerly PocketLinux), a single-CD Slackware-based distro. The new release boasts a 2.6.17.13 Linux kernel and "full" KDE 3.5.4 desktop instead of the "KDE light" supplied in prior versions.

Final OpenXML Approval Draft May be Postedd by Ecma on Monday

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 6, 2006 6:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to a short "Tech Informer" article just posted at CIO.com, Ecma, the European IT standards organization on Monday may post "as early as Monday," the final approval draft of OpenXML, the document format specification contributed to Ecma by Microsoft in an effort to counter the momentum behind the OASIS and ISO adopted ODF.

Understanding JFace Data Binding in Eclipse

Make data synchronization easier with the new JFace data binding application programming interface (API). In Part 1 of the “Understanding JFace data binding in Eclipse” series, learn the basic API components and the pros and cons of data binding. In Part 2 dive in deeper to learn the core components of the JFace data binding API and more advanced topics such as tables, converters, and validation.

Red Hat Hires Top Channel Exec

Everyone in the channel business knows that Red Hat Inc. has never done all that well by its system integrator, value-added reseller, and solution provider partners. Things are about to change, however, with the hiring of Mark Enzweiler as its VP North American Channel Sales. Enzweiler is extremely well regarded in channel circles.

BLAG updates its Fedora-based distro

The BLAG project released an updated version of BLAG Linux, build 50002, last weekend. The single-CD, install-only distribution is based on Fedora Core 5, and sports a 2.6.17 kernel and a GNOME desktop.

Why (most) medium sized free software projects are doomed (or, IBM said “no”)

It’s no secret that I love free software; you don’t decide to start a magazine about it and stick with it for years unpaid if you don’t. While making Free Software Magazine, I learned a lot about free software and its ecology. What I discovered was sometimes exciting, sometimes disheartening.

SOA software guy from Sun walks up toThe Reg and says ...

Rich Green, Sun Microsystems' new software chief, thinks his rivals are "hung up" on service oriented architectures (SOA), and are failing to grasp the bigger picture.

Linux servers key driver of ICT industry growth, says OECD

The OECD has issued the latest edition of its biannual Information Technology outlook, saying it expects the industry to grow by six percent in 2006 and identifying the main growth drivers as being Internet-related investments, Linux servers, digital storage, personal digital assistants and new portable consumer products.

Vista gets Cute (Qt)

Qt (pronounced Cute) is perhaps best known as the application development framework behind the open source KDE (define) Linux desktop. It's now ready to build applications for the competing GNOME (define) Linux desktop and is ready for Windows Vista as well.

Installation-Free J2EE Client Application

  • IBM/alphaWorks (Posted by bex84 on Oct 6, 2006 12:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM Client Application Tool for JMS is a standalone J2EE client application that does not require any installation and allows testing of messaging infrastructures without writing any JMS client code.

Linux on Your Smartphone

The Linux-based A1200 mobile phone (a.k.a the "MOTOMING") from Motorola is a clamshell unit solidly constructed around a minimalist design. The phone is compact but feels just heavy enough to be taken serious. The black (actually “Licorice”) rubberized body sports chrome-finish detailing along the sides and front panel.

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