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Thunderbird 1.5 Gets Ready to Fly

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 5:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
First Look: Version 1.5 of the Mozilla Foundation's e-mail client brings with it a useful set of new features, without the annoying bugs of the earlier version.

Golden's Rules: Will proprietary vendors' open source deals help ...

It seems like a week can't go by without announcements of open source companies cozying up to proprietary vendors, or vice versa. Does this sound a death knell for the independent open source movement? Does it mean that proprietary vendors are using open source products as weapons against competitors? More importantly, can these deals give IT organizations the both of best worlds?

Nokia 770 as mobile innovation platform

  • Russel Beattie Blog; By Russel Beattie (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 4:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
Complaint from the Silicon Valley types: they hate the OSes on mobile phones. They are either sandboxed with Java, extorted by Qualcomm using Brew, dealing with the devil using Windows Mobile, backing a dead-horse with Palm or struggling with Symbian. Even mobile Linux is usually locked down or in modified in weird ways. This is where the 770 really shines: It uses a version of basic desktop Debian Linux.

Managing the insider threat through code obfuscation

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 15, 2005 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Corporations spend billions building effective security protocols, but complacency and a desire for efficiency can soon lead to deviations from security protocols that workers gradually become accustomed to. The result is that small but potentially crippling holes develop in even the most effective systems, creating openings for attackers, including, potentially, insiders. Countering the insider threat requires a comprehensive, multi-tiered approach that includes physical controls, software access controls, and software protection/obfuscation.

RightNow CEO & Founder Greg Gianforte to Speak at Red Herring Fall 2005 Conference

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 3:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Panel Discussion to Focus on the 'Silent Revolution' in Enterprise Software

The Beauty of The Debian System

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 2:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
To "get" the beauty of evolution, you have go on a long voyage to the Galapagos Islands, or at least slog through The Origin of Species (Darwin), and to really get the beauty of Debian, you have to dig into the really complex code structure and social structure that Debian represents. Where are you going to get the overview that you need to be able to swallow the huge Debian pill?

A Concise apt-get / dpkg primer for new Debian users

Debian is one of the earliest Linux distribution around. It caught the public's fancy because of the ease of installing and uninstalling applications on it. When many other linux distributions were bogged down in dependency hell, Debian users were shielded from these problems owing to Debian's superior package handling capablities using apt-get.

Review: Pixel image editor

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 15, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Looking for an Adobe Photoshop replacement on Linux? If the GIMP doesn't cut it, maybe Pixel will.

Mozilla suggests upgrade to Firefox 1.5

We recently saw a minor security bug discovered in the latest stable release of the popular Mozilla Firefox 1.5 browser. However, there are more issues if you are still using one of the older versions of the browser. A working code has been released on the internet, which makes use of a flaw in the older version of the open source browser. And if you have not upgraded to the latest version (Firefox 1.5), it is a good time to do so.

Sun Pushes for Greater Adoption of OpenDocument Format

  • eWEEK Linux; By Peter Galli (Posted by tadelste on Dec 14, 2005 11:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun's chief open-source officer says customers shouldn't have to continually buy document software in order to keep their information and documents alive.

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet Review At Arstechnica

Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet has been reviewed at Arstechnica and they write. "So what exactly is an Internet Tablet?

The Nokia 770 measures 5.5in. x 3.1in x 0.7in and weighs in at a hair over 8 ounces. It also has a 4.13in. LCD display, and what a display it is: 16-bit color at 800x480. It runs something called "Internet Tablet 2005 Software Edition" which is actually a tweaked version of Debian. It comes with a fair amount of bundled applications including a web browser (Opera), e-mail client, audio and video players, image viewer, RSS reader, Internet radio player, and more."

Ie7 to Use Firefox's RSS Feed Icon

Since the announcement that Internet Explorer 7 would add built-in support for RSS news feeds there has been much discussion over two key points: what to call them and what icon to use. Microsoft developers shared conceptual designs in October, but have now settled on a preexisting icon -- Firefox's.

How much memory is enough memory

When you shop for a PC, the first thing you would like to know is how much RAM is most suitable for your work. Here is an article which throws light on this subject.

IBM Forms Global Alliance with Red Hat, Novell

In what the company calls one of its most significant open-source announcements in years, IBM will be working closely with new top-tier partners Red Hat and Novell to provide combined subscription models and streamlined sales channels.

SCALE 4x Online Registration Now Open

The Southern California Linux Expo has announced the availability of online ticket sales for SCALE 4x. Early ticket purchases are discounted. Special student pricing is also available.

An update to my last post (Dec 12) entitled: "The official line on HP support for Linux?"

  • N/A; By otis_2 (Posted by otis_2 on Dec 14, 2005 6:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: HP
If you throw enough sphagetti at the wall, perhaps some of it will stick! :)

Code signing systems

  • Free Software Magazine; By Saqib Ali (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 14, 2005 5:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article looks at the management of the private key for the Software Publishing Certificate (SPC). SPCs are used to digitally sign binaries that are produced by software development vendors. Digitally signing executables proves the identity of the software vendor and guarantees that the code has not been altered or corrupted since it was created and signed. Signing the code requires access to the SPC and the Private Key (PVK) associated with the SPC.

Click here to read the whole article.

Installation Face Off: Linux or Windows

Lately, I have been hearing that Ubuntu is an easy Linux distribution to install and it is easier to install than Windows XP. I have even heard remarks that "My grandmother could install Ubuntu." With that being said, I did virtual installs of both Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 to see which one I felt was easier. The XP interface was easier to work with but had many more screens to work through than the Ubuntu Linux.

Suse Linux for Swiss Federal Government

Network specialist Novell, the maker of the Linux distribution SuSE, has announced an agreement with the Federal Government of Switzerland. The IT infrastructure of Swiss public administration will soon be running on SuSE Linux Enterprise servers. More than 3000 servers of the Swiss Federal Government will be running on Novell's Linux server OS upon rollout. Novell was awarded the contract after a public tender.

Superior Linux Technology not Stopping Microsoft - Time to Call Uncle Sam

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Dec 14, 2005 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 12-14-2005

Back when the Communists ran the Soviet Union, truth never reached the outside world. Within the big computer manufacturers, media relations people have gestapo like power. Want to keep your job? Never let them find you quoted in the newspaper, especially about Microsoft.

But today, the time has come for you to find out what lurks behind the corporate veil, particularly when it comes to the subject of Microsoft and Linux. President Bush open this gate! Mr. Bush, tear down this wall!

Related Article:
Congress: Clear the Air about Microsoft, Apple and Linux

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