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To Love or Hate Vista?

Doesn't matter. Microsoft still rules. Here's a better question: Why isn't Linux living up to its promise? Looking for a cheap PC this holiday season? Good luck trying to find one with anything but Microsoft's Windows on it.

OpenSUSE 10.2 Beta 2 available for download, testing

Novell SUSE Linux project manager Andreas Jaeger announced Friday that his team has released OpenSUSE 10.2 beta 2. The release includes "a large number of enhancements and updates by the open source community and Novell's development teams," Jaeger said.

More On Sun's GPL Plans

Sun Microsystems' move to "GPL" Java makes it the last of a number of companies to go to a hybrid licensing mode. The Santa Clara, Calif., company will continue to offer its Java technologies under their current license, but is adding the GNU General Public License as an option. That is the current GPL 2 license, not the controversial GPL 3, although that option is apparently under consideration, sources said.

Get Ready for Better SSL Certificates

Critics claim that some certificate authorities fail to check the identity of applicants because they prefer revenues over rigid security. The Extended Validation SSL certificates will introduce a more stringent vetting process, including verification of the applicant's physical existence.

Review: 3 Linux Desktops Put To The Test

System builders considering a Linux desktop are faced with a dizzying array of choices. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Linux distributions to choose from. Narrowing the field of contenders basically comes down to what works best for both the system builder and its customers.

Using Linux at Work

I've been programming since a young age, and Linux has always seemed like a natural progression, especially as my development environment is PHP/MySQL/Apache. A while ago, this was all done on a Red Hat installed system, using the “Plesk” web interface. Although I spent quite a few hours at the console sorting out problems, Plesk hid the real nitty gritty from me and I was often just following “How Tos” in order to get things fixed. In saying that, I did manage to write a wrapper script that fixed a compatibility between MailMan and Plesk, so I wasn't doing too badly.

Novell opens legal books to GPL pundits

  • vnuunet; By Tom Sanders (Posted by SamShazaam on Nov 11, 2006 11:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Novell has partnered with the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) to ensure that its partnership with Microsoft does not violate any terms of the General Public Licence.

Open Source Security Toolkit Cryptlib 3.3 Meets TLS Standard

The latest version of the popular Cryptlib security toolkit has been released. Cryptlib 3.3 is the first open-source software development toolkit to support the TLS-PSK standard. By building strong mutual authentication into the existing TLS process, TLS-PSK provides a high level of security against phishing attacks that existing HTTP and TLS solutions can't provide.

Icedove in Etch

Ok - now it’s-a-happenin’. There’s a new bird in town. Or so. With updating/dist-upgrading Etch as of today, the icedove package landed on my machine, successfully replacing Thunderbird®.

Has Anyone Else Discovered Magnatune?

Today I stumbled across a gem of an online music service, preview and buy music that appears to be unencumbered by DRM... Think we can rouse the geek world behind this "Open Music" service?

Automating Web site and WordPress upgrades with Subversion, mirrorlinks and bash

  • The R Zone; By Rudd-O (Posted by RuddO on Nov 11, 2006 7:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Automating a very complicated process is always worthwile, but only possible sometimes. Read on to find out how the writer automated the updates of two very complicated Web sites and one software product build.

Dynamic XForms with JavaScript and the DOM

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Kevin Kelly, et al (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 11, 2006 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
XForms is an ideal open standards technology for collecting and submitting data from a wide variety of Web-capable platforms. Using JavaScript to edit the DOM with XForms allows a single form to accommodate multiple, site-unique submission requirements.

Ibm announces 'bulletproofed' midrange arrays

IBM announced the System Storage DS4700 Express Models 70-DC and 72-DC, which are compliant with the Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) Level 3 "hardening" requirements originally designed for the telecommunications industry. Products can be either NEBS certified or NEBS compliant, the distinction being that the former have been submitted to an independent lab for formal testing and the latter have not.

Report from the Ubuntu Developer Summit

Ubuntu developers and other interested parties from all over the world have swarmed to Google's offices in Mountain View this week for the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) to plan out the next release of Ubuntu.

Debian Etch Kernels

The release of the next stable Debian version, 4.0 (code Etch) is getting closer. What changes will we see in the next Debian stable release? There are many changes, and this article will show the ones related to the Debian kernel packages that will be available in Etch.

Developing with Apache Derby – Hitting the Trifecta

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Robert Brunner (Posted by solrac on Nov 11, 2006 2:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
After you've mastered these advanced database concepts, you'll be well positioned to begin developing Java database applications with Apache Derby.

Release-critical Bugreport for November 10, 2006

Bug stampout list November 10, 2006

GNewSense joins list of FSF-approved distros

If users look beyond the splash screens and other branding, they will find almost nothing in the recently announced GNewSense distribution that is not already available in the Ubuntu Dapper Drake release. In fact, according to Brian Brazil and Paul O'Malley, the Irish free software advocates behind the distribution, users may find that GNewSense detects less of their hardware than Ubuntu does -- particularly their wireless cards. So why would anyone use GNewSense?

How GPLv3 Tackles Licence Proliferation

Increased compatibility and flexibility can make the GPLv3 a viable option for more projects, which could reduce licence proliferation. Preventing licence incompatibility can also reduce the problems caused by the increasing number of licences. This article is a discussion primer for what licences, such as GPLv3, can themselves do to ease licence proliferation.

Mozilla Issues 'Critical' Security Fixes

Although the vast majority of Internet attacks are aimed at Microsoft's Internet Explorer, due to its share of the browser market and IE's tight coupling with Windows, some do target Firefox code. Browser-based attacks have become common, and the trend is fueled by "point and click" exploit-and-attack methods, as well as the increasing availability of attack code.

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