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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.

Mandriva First Linux to Include Operating System-Level Virtualization Technology

Mandriva, the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, and the OpenVZ project today announced that the OpenVZ operating system virtualization software will be included as part of the Mandriva Corporate Server 4.0.

Super-speedy KDE keyboard shortcuts

One of the reasons that I prefer using Vim to a word processor or GUI application is that my hands rarely need to leave the keyboard. I can do all my copying and pasting using Vim keybindings. When it comes to my window manager, I try to do the same thing -- work with tools that let me use the keyboard to navigate as much as possible without having to use the mouse. If you use KDE, you can save quite a bit of time by becoming familiar with all of KDE's shortcuts.

Jitterbit 1.0 Released

After a successful Beta period, Jitterbit announced the general release of its first stable edition - Jitterbit 1.0. This release is a major milestone in the development of the Jitterbit open source integration project and is a production-ready end-user version.

The choice between bad and worse might get bigger

In the last several days a flurry of postings about a new company called piled up in my email box.Technorati finds 163 new posts on the subject.Google's Blogsearch finds 329. (As of 4:30am Friday morning, which is when I'm writing this.) The pile will get a lot higher before M2Z gets off the ground. Or buried under it.

Backing Up and Restoring Using the cpio Command in Linux and Unix

Backing Up and Restoring Using the cpio Command in Linux and Unix

Report: Open Source a Judgment Standard

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on May 26, 2006 9:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source is changing the way that Gartner Group measures the application development market. The big loser as a result may well be proprietary Java application development tools.

[Here's some news that ought to be fairly well-received - dcparris]

OLPC reaches milestone as OS, hardware comes together

The One Laptop Per Child project achieved what it's referring to as a major milestone this week, combining the hardware and software for the $100 laptop for the first time. It also showed off alternative designs and colour schemes.

MS Assaults Customers with First Wave of Attacks

LXer Feature: 26-May-06

Now, because of your aversion to learning the least little thing about your computer, those that make them operate are taking that ability away from you. Some would say you deserve it. In fact, a good number of them are Linux Users...they say it's the price you pay for staying ignorant. Some have went as far as to say you are stupid, therefore you deserve to be led around by the nose.

Google releases Picasa for Linux -- and 100+ Wine patches

  • NewsForge; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (Posted by dcparris on May 26, 2006 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Picasa is a photo organizing and editing tool from Google that does most of what most people need to do with their digital pictures. Now Picasa, previously a Windows-only program, has binaries available for most popular GNU/Linux distributions. The Linux version of Picasa is still a beta release, but it's ready to handle photo storage, organizing, and light photo editing on your Linux computer.

(K)Ubuntu 6.06 RC Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch states - The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Release Candidate for version 6.06 LTS of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu - codenamed 'Dapper Drake'. The Release Candidates includes installable live Desktop CDs, server images, alternate text-mode installation CDs and an upgrade wizard for users of the current stable release. We consider this release candidate complete, stable and suitable for testing by any user. OSDir has some sweet shots of both Ubuntu 6.06 RC and Kubuntu 6.06 RC.

European Commission changes its mind on software patents

  •; By Eric Bangeman (Posted by henke54 on May 26, 2006 4:49 AM EDT)
It appears that the European Commission has had a sudden change of heart on the issue of software patents. In its response (Microsoft Word document) yesterday to a question posed by a Polish European Parliament member, the EC said that the European Patent Office would not grant any more software patents and that any patents that have already been granted may now be challenged and overturned in court.

European Commission: EPO Case Law Not Binding - Software Not Patentable

  •; By FFII editors (Posted by hkwint on May 26, 2006 3:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Brussels, 24 May 2006. In a reply to a question from Polish MEP and inventor Adam Gierek, the European Commission has confirmed that the European Patent Office's (EPO) case law is not binding for member states, nor (under the proposed Community Patent regulation) for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). For the first time, the Commission has also clearly stated that computer programs are not patentable subject matter, without hiding behind the infamous "as such" cop-out.

OSUOSL Splunks its logs

A unique closed-source network monitoring product called Splunk is helping the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) further its mission to "accelerate the adoption of open source software across the globe."

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