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One of the most popular and ubiquitous rich media plug-ins for any browser on almost any platform is the Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash player.
Thanks to efforts of the Free Software Foundation, a Free Software Flash player called GNU Gnash is now in active development. The development is apparently occurring without the help or support of Adobe in any way. An Adobe/Macromedia spokesperson was unable to comment on the development.
Flash player has always been free, but not in the Free and Open Source Software sense, as it is a proprietary application licensed under a closed source license.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) has partnered with Linux vendor Novell to offer a two-year postgraduate Masters degree which includes formal Linux certification.
Dutch telecom service provider KPN recently began shipping a Linux-powered cordless videophone in the Netherlands. The VP5500 uses "established standards-based technologies like WiFi and Linux," and will become available elsewhere in Europe in 2006, according to consumer electronics giant Philips, manufacturer of the device.
Heartbeat, a free software project, has crashed the price barrier for Linux high-availablity. Redundancy has never been so affordable, thanks in part to the efforts of Alan Robertson, project lead. I caught up with Alan to find out more about the history of the project, and future plans.
This distro has it all, speed, stability, look and feel and the backing of Fedora Core.
I can honestly say that if Texstar and the gang over at PCLinuxOS gave up on the project, I have found it's replacement.
It's that good.
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Thingamablog is an open source desktop blog tool which, in a blogging world that keeps chattering about Web 2.0, really can make a difference for people who cannot afford expensive hosting and who aren't willing to sign up for accounts at Blogger.com. It gives the blogger control without having to lose themselves in a field of others.
"The key focus moving forward is to make sure we build security into every component, every process, every bit of what we're doing," says Mike Ferris, director of security solutions at Red Hat. "When we think about security, it's really about making it ubiquitous."
Linux and BSD forum Linux Gangster has published a guide to Bringing The Power of ClamAV To The KDE Desktop explaining how you can use KlamAV to keep viruses off your system.
DataPipe Partners With Technology Pundit and PBS.org to Deliver Online Television Series
The release of Intel's CPUs for the new Macs has not got unnoticed by any vendors. Linux is known for the variety of systems it runs on, including many Macs, and Red Hat is hoping to have support for Linux on the new Intel-based Apple machines as well.
”Red Hat spokeswoman Gillian Farquhar confirmed last week that the company hopes to help its developers figure out how to get Linux working on the new Macs. "That's definitely happening," Farquhar said of the effort, though it hasn't gone far because the Linux seller doesn't yet have any of Apple's new machines.”
Some may think the last thing the world needs is another Web entity that includes an exclamation point in its name, but whaBAM! founder Eren Niazi wanted a moniker for his new online auction site that would grab attention. WhaBAM, built on Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, is Niazi's second venture featuring open source software.
In the world of free and open source software Dwayne Bailey is well known for preaching the localisation gospel. Here he talks to Frederick Noronha about getting started with localisation and some of the challenges in getting developers and translators working in harmony.
The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of Scribus 1.3.2, Egalité, the third development version working towards a new stable 1.4. With this release we are excited to announce the first beta of Scribus on the Windows platform. With the gracious support of Trolltech AS, developer of the Qt C++ application framework, we are able to release Scribus on Windows with Qt 3. It also includes fixes for over 290 requests and bugs.
According to Jeffrey Wade, worldwide open source and Linux marketing manager at HP, the company is reacting to continuing increases in customer demand for a wider variety of options -- demand which he said is increasingly turning toward open source solutions.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/23/2006 -- Fabric7 Systems, Inc., a company that has achieved a fundamental breakthrough in server design, today announced it has set new standards of performance on the SPECjbb2005 (Java Server) computing benchmark with its Q160 enterprise server. The results of the benchmark testing, published on the SPEC Web site (www.spec.org), clearly establish that the company's next generation architecture delivers enterprise scalability on industry standard hardware and operating systems -- bringing the economics of x86 systems and Linux to the core of the datacenter.
Three organizations--Stanford University, Coverity, and Symantec--recently received a Department of Homeland Security grant to assist open source projects in tightening their code with automated code-checking. The question is, will this help be welcome? LinuxPlanet speaks with Coverity's CTO and founder as well as Linus Torvalds to see just how useful Coverity's defect reports have been.
JANUARY 23, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - Red Hat Inc. and SUSE have released patches for a critical security hole in their Linux distributions that stem from a vulnerability in the KDE desktop environment.
KDE is a user interface package used with several versions of Unix and Linux. The KDE hole was discovered Thursday and received a rating of critical from both Red Hat and the French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT).
"Yesterday's heroes are today's villains -- and vice versa"
[ed: An excellent read on current issues in journalism and politcs.]
Janco Associates, Inc. has just released its 1st quarter 2006 Browser Market Share White Paper. The major findings include that Firefox has maintained its number 2 browser position and in the past 12 months has added 7.81% to its market share.
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