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Secrets of lightweight development with Seaside

The Seaside framework is built on the Squeak dialect of Smalltalk and developers the world over recognize Seaside as the top existing continuation server, but Seaside does much more than continuations. This article shows you how to be more productive, and how to be a better, faster, lighter developer with Seaside.

Team led by IBM, Sun formalizes OpenDocument support

  • ARNnet; By Elizabeth Montalbano (Posted by dcparris on Nov 11, 2005 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Sun
A group of high-profile technology vendors have formalised plans to promote Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) as a global standard after a meeting at IBM last week, according to an IBM executive.

Damn Small Linux 2.0 RC2 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The second release candidate of Damn Small Linux 2.0 is now available for download and testing. From the release notes: Added more base timezones; enhanced LT modem detection; corrected myDSL menu with persistent home usage; updated kernel with SATA module support; enhanced Siag external load to use wget; enhanced German keyboard support; added a minimal version of Joe's Window Manager (see F3 at boot); enhanced Firefox for more mime types and Java; added GtkFind utility. Syslinux and embedded versions are also ready for download.

OSDir has some screenshots of Damn Small Linux 2.0 RC2.

First Trojan using Sony DRM spotted

Xandros, Italy's NoMachine Team Up on New Linux Thin Clients

A certified NoMachine NX Client will be included in the first German edition of the Xandros Desktop OS 3.1.

Microsoft's new PR blitz uses press like sock puppets

IS ANYONE GETTING SICK of the new Microsoft stealth PR campaign? More importantly, is anyone getting sick of how the media is lapping it up without question? I sure am. To make matters worse, it is so effective that the spinners are using it more often with each passing week.

Free Software's surprising sympathy with Catholic doctrine

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 11, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"The technological configuration underlying the Internet has a considerable bearing on its ethical aspects. Use of the new information technology and the Internet needs to be informed and guided by a resolute commitment to the practice of solidarity in the service of the common good. The Internet requires international cooperation in setting standards and establishing mechanisms to promote and protect [that common good]. Individuals, groups, and nations must have access to these new technologies. Cyberspace ought to be a resource of comprehensive information and services available without charge to all, and in a wide range of languages. The winner in this process will be humanity as a whole and not just a wealthy elite that controls science, technology, and the planet's resources. Determined action in the private and public sectors is needed to close and eventually eliminate the digital divide."

Novell: Equally supports GNOMES and KDE [ update ]

To the excitement around Novells of plans to use in the Linux products in the future GNOMES instead of KDE as standard Desktop now a careful retreat comes. Holger Dyroff, vice-president product management for the Linux platform and since 1993 with Suse employs, explained, Novell "in coordination with its customers decided, both GNOMES and KDE further in all products from Novell to the order to place". Both surfaces were developed further and supported also in the future. Translated Version

Golden's Rules: The real story behind the Massachusetts ODF flap

  • SearchOpenSource.com; By Bernard Golden (Posted by dcparris on Nov 10, 2005 11:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Bernard Golden writes: "With respect to the first two arguments, Microsoft is going to have some very angry ex-allies when they become aware that there is a significant difference between application and output, and that mandating an output format has nothing to do with the application creating the output. Nothing irritates a political player more than finding out that he or she has been taken advantage of for someone else's agenda. In any case, these two arguments are just cover for the real issue Microsoft has, which revolves around the third issue: control of file formats."

[The question is, will these guys realize they've been had? - Ed]

Linux Advisory Watch - November 11, 2995

This week, advisories were released OpenSSL, httpd, Horde3, OpenVPN, chmlib, ClamAV, libungif4, gpsdrive, awstats, kdelibs, giflib, fetchmail, ImageMagick, scim-qtimm, e2fsprogs, drakxtools, emacs, w3c-libwww, libungif, and flash-plugin. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva, and Red Hat

Latest Word Processing: Setting new standards in the Office segment

Here are just a few benefits of this “new technology”:
  • Handles symbols and international character sets
  • Simple integration of graphics into text
  • Portable and stand-alone
  • Can be used “out of the box”, no manual or training required.
  • Encryption (so-called “Write-only-Code”, for example for doctors’ prescriptions)
  • Fully compatible with all user interfaces
  • Recyclable through use of natural materials, no need to return to the dealer for disposal

PC-BSD 1.0 RC1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
DistroWatch reports - Getting closer to the 1.0 release, the developers of PC-BSD have announced the first release candidate of the user-friendly operating system based on FreeBSD: PC-BSD 1.0 release candidate 1 is now available! This release is 'feature complete', for what was planned for the 1.0 version, and includes many enhancements and bug fixes over previous versions. It is also the first desktop based on FreeBSD 6.0.

OSDir has some sweet screenshots of PC-BSD 1.0 RC1.

Censor the net by Congressional Action?

While I have not followed this story in detail, i.e. actually reading the content of the proposed legislation I tend to look askance at legislative attempts to limit speech particularly when the conventional press/media has been so very timid. Hence, consider their petition: "Mike Krempasky of Red State and I have jointly signed a letter (PDF) urging the U.S. House of Representatives to reject H.R. 4194 -- a stealth effort to regulate online political voices by pretending to defend them. The letter, drafted by our own Adam B, is: November 9, 2005 Dear Member of Congress,..."

The free software answer to the microsoft nightmare becoming OUR nightmare

  • Advogato; By Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
A recent slashdot and news.com article highlights the ten year nightmare for microsoft: the Internet taking over in a cheaper way, in which microsoft desktops cannot compete. My question to the free software community is: what is the answer (not to microsoft, as everyone keeps trying to fight microsoft on THEIR terms) but what is the answer to microsoft's nightmare also becoming OUR nightmare?

OpenDocument format gathers steam

Big guns in the software industry are massing behind OpenDocument as government customers show more interest in open-source alternatives to Microsoft's desktop software.

What is Web 2.0? You redefine the paradigm

  • the Register; By Andrew Orlowski (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 9:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Web 2.0 is made of … Diarrhoea for Work Groups (TM) - it keeps you entertained for a long time, spreads quickly and contains no hard facts.

DRM - Digital Rights Minimization

  • Writer's Block Live; By Mike Evangelist (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 9:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
From this day forward I will never spend another dime on content that I can’t use the way I please. [Ed.- Great rant from a former Apple exec.]

Forgotten Password - Good Guy Box Cracking

  • Linux Step-by-Step; By David Bandel (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I found out is that the following is the easiest and most foolproof (not to mention fastest) way to do this:

[Ed.- Once again demonstrating the moldy old Unix dictum "Whoever has physical possession of the box owns it."]

Secondhand Microsoft software goes on sale in UK

Microsoft Shafting Its Resellers - Welcome to the club. Here's what they say: "Microsoft has stunned some in the British reseller community by allowing a discount dealer to sell secondhand volume licenses, opening the floodgates for a used-software market." Note that this is UK only (so far), but it just might indicate someone within Microsoft wants to stop any incipient drift away from its OS. Just guessing.

Heavily updated Camino 1.0 Beta 1 browser released for Mac OS X

Camino 1.0 Beta 1 brings you a heavily updated version of the only native Mac OS X browser using Mozilla.org's Gecko HTML rendering engine. The Mozilla Organization's Camino pages state that they have "made great improvements, adding new features, improving existing features, and fixing many bugs and performance issues."

[Ed.- and creating new issues: "Due to changes in the feature set, Camino no longer supports Mac OS X 10.1. The Mozilla Organization advises people still using OS X 10.1 to stay with Camino 0.8.4."]

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