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MS Word Dumbs Down to Serve the Masses

MS Word 2003 betrays veteran Word user "upgrading" from Word 2000. At 22, Word has entered a senile phase. It's looking like the next version may need diapers.

Windows 0-Day Exploit Helped by Open Source?

[Ed: This wound up as a submitted item and one that would usually wind up in the trash bin. Instead, we'll let you decide.- tadelste]

Even before many security firms and even Microsoft issued advisories for the recent zero day Windows Metafile exploit, the open source Metasploit tool was allowing users to make hay with the vulnerability. So is Metasploit helping to spread the zero day outbreak, or is it helping security professionals to protect against it? The answer depends.

Linux Netwosix 2.0-rc1 released

  •; By Vincenzo Ciaglia (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 30, 2005 9:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
After the third Netwosix release of few days ago, Netwosix 1.3, Linux Netwosix 2.0-rc1 has been released. This is the first release of the 2.x branch and include a new improved setup tool based on Crux-Linux. Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements you will find a stable, complete and cleaned GNU/Linux box for your network-security related jobs. Linux Netwosix 2.0-rc1 uses the latest stable kernel bringing you advanced and reliable performances. This announcement is the perfect way to annunce the first Virtual Community of Linux Netwosix too, available here. Read the Announcement Release.

Mysql offers several key advantages:

According to the website:
TechSpot offers uninfluenced PC Hardware and Technology information: unmatched product reviews, tech-industry news, buying guides, drivers updates and hundreds of system optimization tips available in our 'guides & tweaks' section. TechSpot was launched in May 1998 and is published daily by hardcore tech enthusiasts and professionals.
Every few days, we see a submission from them about some open source release. So, we'll continue to post these unless we start seeing some complaints.

Open Source Relational Database, PostgreSQL Version 8.1.1 Launches

  • (Posted by tadelste on Dec 30, 2005 6:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nova Scotia, Canada - (The Hosting News) - December 30, 2005 - As many web devlopers already know, PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source relational database system. According to the website,, ''PostgreSQL has more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness. It runs on all major operating systems, including Linux, UNIX (AIX, BSD, HP-UX, SGI IRIX, Mac OS X, Solaris, Tru64), and Windows. It is fully ACID compliant, has full support for foreign keys, joins, views, triggers, and stored procedures (in multiple languages). It includes most SQL92 and SQL99 data types, including INTEGER, NUMERIC, BOOLEAN, CHAR, VARCHAR, DATE, INTERVAL, and TIMESTAMP. It also supports storage of binary large objects, including pictures, sounds, or video. It has native programming interfaces for C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl, ODBC, among others, and exceptional documentation.

Unisys predicts growth in open source in 2006

( Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Open source software solutions and support will be among the five areas where US IT company Unisys (NYSE: UIS) sees greatest growth in 2006, Unisys' Southern Cone technology director Sergio Morales was quoted as saying in a statement.

Linux Advisory Watch - December 30, 2005

This week, advisories were released for phpbb2, ketm, tkdiff, dhis-tools-dns, Mantis, NDB, rssh, OpenMotif, scponly, msec, fetchmail, cpio, php-mbstring, and libgphoto. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Mandriva.

Hunting for the perfect Linux Media Center

  • (Posted by tadelste on Dec 30, 2005 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I want a drop-in replacement for WMC (Windows Media Center) 2003. I want something that will not only let me watch DVD or video files on my computer, I want a program that will also serve as a digital video recorder (DVR), ala TiVo, and enable me to watch videos, no matter what their native format, from my network's hard drives

Gnu Telephony Stack Opens Up VoIP

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Dec 30, 2005 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The GNU (define) Telephony stack is out and aiming to provide users of proprietary VoIP (define) stacks with a free software alternative. The GNU Telephony stack is backed by support from Tycho Softworks, whose owner is also the maintainer of GNU Bayonne, one of the key components of the stack.

Why KDE Rules

  • KDE Dot News; By Diego Calleja (Posted by bstadil on Dec 30, 2005 10:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
This document was created to show non-KDE people what they're missing - and if you haven't used KDE a lot, you're missing a lot of things and you may interested in reading this page to learn how many wonderful things you've been missing, I promise-.

Linus tells Merkey, "Cry me a river"

Remember Jeff Merkey, the developer that tried to hijack GPL'd code from the Linux kernel under cover of Cherokee law? He's still active on the LKML (Linux Kernel Mailing List) and still a controversial figure. During the past two weeks, he's squared off there to lecture Stallman on the evils of the GPL and Torvalds on breakage in user space. He probably should have stopped with Stallman, because he found anything but a sympathetic ear for his troubles with Torvalds.

GNU Telephony Stack Opens Up VoIP

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 30, 2005 9:45 AM EDT)
The GNU (define) Telephony stack is out and aiming to provide users of proprietary VoIP (define) stacks with a free software alternative.

Customizing Your Linux Desktop (or Making Your World Your Own)

  • informIT; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by tadelste on Dec 30, 2005 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After having taken the first steps into the Linux world, you are probably thinking, "Hey, this is pretty easy" and "I wonder what the fuss was all about." For what it's worth, I'm thinking the very same thing. Now that the fear of dealing with a new operating system is gone, it's time to get really comfortable.

Microsoft Employees Rage As Internet Explorer Ship Sinks

When it comes to the neglect of Internet Explorer, nobody's as mad as Microsoft's own employees and boosters. As Redmond retreats from some markets and is booted out of others, Microsoft folk are jumping ship, whining, screaming at the top of their lungs, or all of the above. The winners? Firefox, Netscape, Opera, Konqueror, Safari, and anything else Not-Based-On-Internet Explorer.

Microsoft employee Rory Blyth:

I think IE is horribly behind the times. When every other browser on the planet that's worth a damn supports tabbed browsing, it's just crappy that I still have to have different copies of IE open to have multiple sites open at once.

As of right now, my favorite browser on the planet is Apple's Safari.


Review: Zenwalk Linux 2.0.1

I was interested to see how Zenwalk differs from Slackware, and after reading on their web site that version 2.01 is 'the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project', I wanted to see how far Zenwalk has come

The case for open source ETL

  • Reg Developer; By Phil Howard, Bloor Research (Posted by tadelste on Dec 30, 2005 1:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As far as I have been able to discover, there are four open source ETL (extract, transform and load) tools on the market. Somewhat surprisingly, two of them are homonyms: KETL and Kettle, the other two being Enhydra Octopus and CloverETL.

My desktop OS: SimplyMEPIS

Since 1998 I have used Linux mainly for checking email through Pine, running neural network software, and converting JPEG files to EPS in the GIMP. This year I bought a refurbished laptop (IBM ThinkPad A22m, 1 GHz, 256MB RAM, 30GB HD) on eBay that came without a pre-installed OS. I couldn't stand the thought of paying more for the OS and office suite than the hardware, so while my laptop was being prepared for shipping I started searching for options. I was surprised by the number of choices available. Since I'm writing a thesis for my graduate degree, I needed an OS that would let me install LaTeX and a nice front end. I instantly fell for SimplyMEPIS because of the wonderful reviews and its big community of helpful users.

Happy Past Year for Open-Source Community

"I really think 2006 is going to be the year of the Linux desktop," Russell Nelson, vice president of the Open Source Initiative predicted. "That's when people are going to start taking it seriously. You may not see too many installs," he continued, "but you're going to start to see people thinking about it."

Startup Offers Unique Delivery Model For Open-Source Software

  • InformationWeek (Posted by bstadil on Dec 29, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A start-up called iRadeon Group Inc. is offering a new service that integrates three different open source applications through a dashboard-type interface for PC users. It's a software delivery model that could prove attractive to cost-conscious small businesses.

Linux System Administration: The Next Step for Power Users

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by tadelste on Dec 29, 2005 10:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Personal growth occurs in many ways. Pushing yourself into a new endeavor is one of the most constructive ways to achieve such growth. So, why don't we see more of it? It's often easier to stay with what's comfortable. When you step out on the skinny branches, you put yourself at-risk and that's uncomfortable. Those who can handle the discomfort will find the experience rewarding.

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