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The 25 worst tech products of all time

Still, even the worst products deserve recognition (or deprecation). So as we put together our list of World Class winners for 2006, we decided also to spotlight the 25 worst tech products that have been released since PC World began publishing nearly a quarter-century ago.

[Readers should note who had the most "products" on the list - dcparris]

Linux Setup a transparent proxy with Squid in three easy steps

  • nixcraft; By nixcraft (Posted by nixcraft on May 27, 2006 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Main benefit of setting transparent proxy is you do not have to setup up individual browsers to work with proxies. This nice and simple guide explains how to setup a transparent proxy with Squid and iptables (DNAT) firewall in three easy steps.

New Xara Xtreme for Linux

Xara has announced the milestone of Xara Xtreme LX version 0.5 - the Open Source version of the Xara Xtreme graphics and illustration software. The new release features many features that make Xara LX a functional, useful design tool

Compliance, Open Source Drive Database Market

Compliance regulations and rising open source software consumption made growth in the worldwide relational database management systems (RDBMS) market surge in 2005, according to research from Gartner and IDC.

The geek who took on Microsoft

(FORTUNE Magazine) - In the early morning hours of May 3, a dramatic piece of news out of Geneva began caroming through the online world: At long last, Microsoft's lock on the $9 billion office-application business was facing a challenge. The development? An esoteric international standards body had approved a new file standard--called OpenDocument format, or ODF--for saving office documents.

Title: GNU Binutils libbfd TekHex Record Handling Vulnerability

A vulnerability has been reported in the Linux Kernel, which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

Mysql Seen as a Buyout Target

As the world of software consolidates and open-source programs become more popular, some observers think MySQL is the company most likely to be acquired by a software giant.

Grown-up Linux in the Datacenter

  • Sys-Con Italia (Comunicati Stampa); By Micah Waldman (Posted by dcparris on May 27, 2006 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It’s official – Linux clusters are the new hotbed of enterprise computing. According to analyst firm IDC, in 2005 deployments of Linux-based clusters for high-performance computing surpassed those of traditional SMP machines, a sure sign that cluster computing is rapidly becoming an enterprise reality. But as Linux clusters move from high performance computing (HPC) and academic environments into enterprise datacenters, the price/performance benefits of commodity computing can be quickly eroded by the snowballing cost of cluster lifecycle management. Not only is cluster deployment still too difficult, but also the ongoing management of multiple clusters throughout their entire lifecycle is often not addressed. To extend and optimize the investments enterprises are making in Linux clusters, a new management approach is required.

[Article is noted as being contributed by a marketing vice-president, so just use your good, old-fashioned critical thinking cap. - dcparris]

SA open source game developers' quest for glory

A group of South African game developers is planning to develop an open source computer game, styled on African folklore yet in the spirit of the Sierra classic, Quest for Glory. <i>Tectonic</i> catches up with project leader Henti Smith to find out why.

First Day KDE 4 Multimedia Meeting

In the rainy Netherlands, eighteen KDE hackers have been working in the Annahoeve on Multimedia for the fourth incarnation of KDE. This report outlines the meeting topics, and the results of interesting presentations and explains how KDE developers outbid each others marshmallow records.

Snapshot of the embedded Linux market -- May, 2006

The results of's sixth annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! This brief summary outlines our interpretation of a few key data points. Overall, we find the results encouraging for embedded Linux, and for companies in the embedded Linux OS and tools market.

Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group

  •; By Nick Selby (Posted by nselby on May 27, 2006 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: Interview
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, spoke with technology analyst firm The 451 Group about Dapper, the open source and free software movement and Ubuntu and Linux in the enterprise.

U.S. PTO Smashes JPEG Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a patent that Forgent Networks was asserting against the JPEG images standard. (Linux-Watch)

Symantec's Really Bad Year Gains Momentum

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 26, 2006 10:46 PM EDT)
Symantec started 2006 with its hand caught in the cookie jar, admitting to embedding rootkit-like functionality in Norton SystemWorks. Since then, Symantec LiveUpdate for Macintosh, Symantec Scan Engine and Symantec Gateway Security have all served up steaming plates of embarrassment. And now, Symantec Antivirus and Symantec Client Security allow remote exploits. With Wintel closing in on its a/v franchise and its stock already in the tank, the timing couldn't be worse.

Red Hat Acquires Latin American Distributor

The acquisition delivers "on Red Hat's commitment to continued global expansion into international markets," said Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik.

Interview: Red Hat's open source scholarship challenge

In an email interview, Venkatesh Hariharan, head of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat India and coordinator of the challenge, provides details about the event.

"Elephants Dream" film is an open source success story

Elephants Dream is a new 11-minute animated short film produced by the Orange Blender Project. Described as the first "open movie," Elephants Dream was modeled, animated, rendered, and composited using open source software, and all of the original content and data files have been released under a Creative Commons license. The film premiered last month, and is now available on DVD.

Tools: GCC 4.1.1

Mark Mitchell announced the availability ofGCC 4.1.1 saying, "this release is a bug-fix release for problems in GCC [4.1.0]. GCC 4.1.1 contains changes to correct regressions from previous releases, but no new features." GCC 4.1.0 [story] was released 2 and a half months ago in March of 2006.

GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection which includes C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada compilers. Download GCC 4.1.0 from a gcc.gnu.orgmirror.

Cheap fixes for ailing PCs

It's been said that a mechanic is only as good as his or her tools. In this recipe I'll tell you about little-known freeware and shareware utilities that can help system builders do a faster, better job of diagnosing and repairing ailing computer systems. All of these tools are completely free of any spyware or adware, and none require any registration whatsoever. Together, these tools will equip your toolkit to fix a dozen common PC problems.

Linux Triple Play - Triplex Invaders : Maniadrive : Lost Labyrinth

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on May 26, 2006 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Triplex Invaders, Maniadrive, and Lost Labyrinth are perfect for some quick gaming before going out to weekend activities. PCBurn takes a look at what these three Linux games have got and why you might want to give them a try.

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