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WordPress 2.0 is better than ever

WordPress 2.0 is out, and it brings a slew of improvements and new features, including WYSIWYG editing, user roles, easy database backups, and more. The WordPress home page describes the software as "state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform," but when you boil it down, WordPress is just damn good blogging software. WordPress is written in PHP, requires a MySQL database, and is available under the GPL. It's easy to use and fairly powerful.

Linux happenings in '06

As we return to work this first week of 2006, Linux users with the post-holiday blahs, cabin fever or seasonal affective disorder should be glad to know there is a lot to look forward to this year.

Linux/qtopia dual-mode GSM/VoIP phone spotted at CES

Taiwanese ODM Winston NeWeb Corp (WNC) is reportedly demonstrating a dual-mode cellular/VoIP phone that appears to be based on Linux and a branded version of Trolltech's Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE), at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

Qt Centre Community Site Launched

Witold Wysota wrote in to inform us of the newly launched Qt Centre which is being billed as the ultimate Qt community site. With the support of Trolltech, Witold and former Qt Forum administrators, moderators and fans Axel Jaeger, Daniel Kish, Kevin Krammer, Johan Thelin, Jacek Piotrowski and Michael Goettsche have banded together to form the new site after learning that the Qt Forum as well as had been hijacked for the purposes of boosting the Google Page Rank of unrelated external sites and have otherwise become neglected. If you had any public links to either Qt Forum or please consider removing them or using the nofollow attribute. Let us hope that the new Qt Centre flourishes!

New Italian Linux News site

It's now open this new Italian Linux News Portal. It's url is and contains News in Italian language about Linux and Open Source.

Oracle Raptor takes bite out of complexity

Step forward for Oracle developers

Know your BIOS - Basic Input Output System

Knowing how a BIOS works and how to configure the BIOS in your PC will hold you in good stead when installing Linux or any other OSes and doing many other things.

Firefox Smoketest Day Planned for January 6, 2006

The Mozilla QA team has announced a community test day with focus on smoketesting nightly Firefox builds.

Allpeers: Killer app for Firefox?

  • Tectonic; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For an application that isn't even publicly available, AllPeers – a Firefox plug-in being developed in Prague – is receiving a great deal of hype. Some are even predicting that this will be Firefox's killer app.

AllPeers is simply a peer-to-peer (P2P) technology that allows you to share digital content with a buddy list. Using Firefox as the front-end, AllPeers says that it will run cross-platform, allowing transfers between Windows, Mac and Linux, and possibly more in the future. And, like Firefox, it's going to be open source.

Opinion: Visually Impaired User Weighs In on Assistive Technology Debate

  • LinuxPlanet; By Scott Seder (Posted by dcparris on Jan 5, 2006 6:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
One of the arguments in Massachusetts against OpenDocument centered on the needs of the visually impaired. In this guest column, a visually impaired PC user explains that not only is using an exclusively Windows solution a crash-prone option, it is also far more expensive than equivalent technologies in OS X and, eventually, Linux. Scott Seder makes the case for more open source development in the Assistive Technology arena.

[Ed: I wish this argument had appeared during the original debate! Still, it is an excellent argument for Massachusetts - and other states - to consider. - dcparris]

Open source's windfall

  • Computerworld Australia; By Jennifer Mears (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Matthew Szulik stills remembers when, fresh out of college in 1978, he attended a meeting of the newly formed Massachusetts High Technology Council and watched Digital Equipment founder Ken Olsen bring out one of the company's PDP minicomputers and put it on a folding table.

"There was so much innovation occurring in the greater Boston area, and I was a 21-year-old kid, wide-eyed and impressionable. . . . [The experience] continues to have an impression on me," says Szulik, CEO of market-leading Linux distributor Red Hat.

What's Intel up to with VIIV?

At the beginning of his CES keynote, where I'm sitting now, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said"We expect a wifi connection at the coffee shop, and we're disappointed when we dont get it." Well, the same goes for the CEO keynotes at trade shows. And there's no wi-fi here. But I have a bluetooth bridge to the net through my cell phone, so these are my public notes about the keynote, live— or as close as my typing can get to it.

Interview with the team leader of the Ubuntu Server Project

With a messagge dated 14 december 2005 the Ubuntu server team was officially created. This group of programmers has the task of creating a server-specific version of Ubuntu Linux. This is particularly interesting, since up to now the Debian-based distro has been desktop-oriented. That's why I decided to ask some question to Fabio Massimo Di Nitto server team "owner":

Linux Center expects US$100mn revenues in 2006 - Regional

  • Business News Americas (Latin America) (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 3:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software development firm Linux Center Latin America forecasts revenues of US$100mn in 2006, double what it expects to report in 2005, the company said in a statement.

In 2004, the Chile-based company billed US$10mn, Latin America sales director Carlos Muñoz said.

The Windows WMF exploit could be the last wake up call Microsoft and others get

  • AllYourTech News; By Rollie Hawk (Posted by Abe on Jan 5, 2006 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft

An ill wind is blowing near Microsoft right now. It's come and passed before, but this time seems different. I'm starting to get a lot of clients asking about this "Linux stuff." And I'm not even talking about the corporations trying to save money on software; I'm talking about individuals trying to save their home computers.

To begin with, I'm not alone in having my doubts about the "upcoming patch" that Microsoft has promised on the tenth of January. It's simply not going to be all it needs to be (even if it does appear on time).


The Chairperson of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA), Mrs. KRUEWAL SOMANA (เครือวัลย์ สมณะ), said that her agency is preparing to present its software, namely Open Source, to the Ministry of Education for consideration tomorrow. If it is chosen, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will procure the software, which will then be installed in the Education Ministry’s 250,000 new computers.

Broadcom Launches World's First Wi-Fi(R) Video Phone Chipset

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Broadcom Leverages Industry Leading Voice over IP, Wireless LAN and Video Multimedia Technologies to Deliver Revolutionary Solution for Video IP Phones

My desktop OS: Xandros

About a year ago I installed Linux on my desktop at work. I am a database administrator for a PeopleSoft and Oracle shop and I spend a lot of my time remotely logged in to our servers. I decided to try Linux because I had become frustrated with Windows not being able to things like multiple desktops, forwarding the display of a remote server onto your box to run apps remotely, and connecting with SSH. Fortunately, my management is far more interested in having happy, productive employees than what operating system people use so they were willing to let me experiment. Today, with Xandros, I have a good solid desktop, and I don't worry about viruses, spyware, and adware.


Everywhere you look in the trade press today, you'll find glowing misrepresentations of US-CERT's latest annual summary of vulnerabilities discovered in 2005. If you take the summary findings at face value, you would likely conclude that Windows -- with 812 reported vulnerabilities -- is a much safer operating system than something called "Unix/Linux," which totaled 2,328. The US-CERT summaries have become the fodder for a FUD festival, and many scribes sympathetic to the Microsoft cause go out of their way to make sure the real picture never emerges.

DCC Alliance 'close to end' claims Ubuntu founder

The attempt to bring several Linux distributions together under a single core is doomed. That’s according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the startlingly popular Ubuntu distribution of Linux, who has predicted that the DCC Alliance initiative will ultimately fail.

[ED: More extensive explanation of the reasoning behind this conclusion than I have seen elsewhere - HC]

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