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GStreamer framework eases development of media applications

The team behind the GStreamer media application framework, a library for developers, recently launched its stable series with version 0.10.0, and announced plugins to support files protected by digital rights management (DRM) software and for playback of the widely used MP3 format.

Sita tender postponed to Valentine's day

The State Information Technology Agency will announce its preferred list of suppliers for South Africa's biggest open source tender on 14 February, two weeks after its published target date.

CIOs face even more pressure in 2006

Improved performance through more competitive use of IT is what 2006 holds for chief information officers, new survey findings suggest.

Carried out by Gartner Executive Programmes, a unit of Gartner Inc, the report titled Growing IT's Contribution: The 2006 CIO Agenda, says CIOs will come under increased pressure in 2006 to perform, while making their IT organisation more externally focused.

European software patent fight is on again

Opponents of software patents in Europe knew this summer's overwhelming European Parliament vote against a patent directive was not the end of the fight. They are now gearing up for another round, as pro-patent lobbyists come out of their corner swinging.

ARM Processor and Physical IP Deliver Groundbreaking 750 MHz ARM11 Implementation

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 12:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Combination of ARM1176JZF-S Processor, Plus ARM Artisan Advantage Libraries and Memories Achieves More Than 750 MHz Performance for Next-Generation Digital Home Products and High-End Consumer Devices

Microsoft ads aim to erase 'huge' image

  • BLOOMBERG NEWS; By REBECCA BARR (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 11:44 AM EDT)
Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, will spend $120 million a year on an advertising campaign to fight its image as "a huge American company." The campaign, using television, print and the Internet, highlights Microsoft's education and economic development projects in 32 countries, including France and Taiwan, according to group advertising manager Mike Lucero. Actor William Macy of the movie "Fargo" narrates the ads.

The company's 63,000 employees are based in 102 countries, 37 percent of them outside of the United States.

[Ed: Thanks to peragrin for this story -tadelste]

Debian scrutinizes GPL3

At last week's launch of the first draft for the revised GNU General Public Licence (GPL3), the Debian project was out in force. Besides Branden Robinson, the Debian Project Leader, Debian members at the meeting included Don Armstrong, Benjamin Mako Hill, Bruce Perens, and several Debian members from the Boston area. In the aftermath of the meeting, a consensus is still emerging, but Debian members seem to regard GPL3 generally favorably, although some have concerns about exact wording and the implications of some parts of the draft.

Now Go Daddy's Accused of Astroturfing

Have Go Daddy employees been hitting a small ISP below the belt on his blog, as claimed? It's a classic case of the David versus Goliath. Email Battles presents the evidence, then hides behind the sofa while you decide.

Which Database Is Right For You?

If you're doing things yourself, though, or you have one of those rare hosts, then you might find that you need to weigh up the positives and negatives of different database software.


Would you like to ask him why he quit, and who inspired The Boston Globe to investigate Quinn (which in turn instigated a Commonwealth investigation clearing Quinn completely), and what will happen to ODF? I felt the same way, and so I asked him. Here are his answers ...

         1. he hears Microsoft was the Boston Globe's source

         2. ODF has a good chance to prevail.

And much more.

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Royal Bank of Scotland embraces open source

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Royal Bank of Scotland has revealed that it is working on a large content management system based on the open source application server Zope.

Racing Towards 2 [Firefox 2.0]

This is the real source of the listed changes expected in version 2.0 of the upcoming Firefox. However, this blog is more than a mere listing of expected feature changes. Reasons are given as to the expected pace and goals as well as user feedback with some expression of trepidation regarding some changes, e.g. the bookmarks.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

show120announce Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 120:
We talk to Steven Mautone from the eyeOS project
Linc sets up a CVS server
Dan talks about the GP2X again
Pat gives a rundown of tovid and soundKonverer
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Linux on eServer Products > Servers > IBM eServer Linux on eServer Products > Servers > IBM eServer Linux on eServer

  • IBM eServer site; By unlisted, probably several creators of the cartoons (Posted by Herschel_Cohen on Jan 25, 2006 4:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, IBM
Why is IBM supporting Linux? Because we admire it, we believe in it, we need it and it's good for customers. And,'s a lot of fun.

[ED: All but the last played on a broken Debian Testing desktop that has only Flash. Five out six ain't bad - HC]

Firefox: the User Unleashed

SpreadFirefox seeks to promote Firefox through living, breathing human beings rather than meticulously orchestrated campaigns. We don't spend any time developing "The Message". The message is the Firefox product itself, and we've found that our users can spread it more genuinely and passionately than anything money can buy.

Critical flaw hits Red Hat and Novell Linux

Red Hat and Novell have released patches for a critical security hole in their Linux distributions, which stems from a vulnerability in the KDE desktop environment.

Marcel's Linux Game of the Month : eboard

  •; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Jan 25, 2006 1:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Now, if you haven't played a decent game of computer chess lately, it's time to check out this month's Linux game over at In the article, I'll tell you about eboard, a great chess-playing program that lets you play against your own system, play against another player remotely, or join an online game using the FICS protocol (Free Internet Chess Server). You can read all about it at

Choosing a desktop Linux distro

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 12:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Ever since Linux came to the fore in the late '90s, people have had widely differing opinions about which distribution makes the best Windows desktop replacement. To his credit, editor and inveterate operating system tester Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols isn't ducking this sticky question.

Firefox Auto-Upgrade Users Become Surprise Beta Testers

Users who signed up for the beta of Version 1.5 a few months ago are automatically receiving upgrades to the beta. The rest of us get it later this month. groupware server now has journaling for email compliance

Some industries (such as financial services and health care) have regulations which require permanent retention of all email. The groupware server is now among the first to support message journaling, making regulatory compliance easy to configure.

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