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Tools: GCC 4.1.0

Mark Mitchell announced the availability of GCC4.1.0 saying, "this release is a major release, containing substantial new functionality relative to previous releases." Among thechanges, new features and fixes listed for this new release series are a number of general optimizer improvements, language specific improvements, and some protection from stack-smashing attacks by providing buffer overflow detection and reordering of stack variables.

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.

MS in geek sex hard sell shocker

  • The Register; By Lester Haines (Posted by tadelste on Mar 2, 2006 9:17 AM EDT)
There was a time when Microsoft ads were a bit more entertaining than the current "dinosaur head" offerings which have of late been baffling adults and scaring small children worldwide.

The proof comes in this hitherto-unseen-in-the-civilised-world shocker for MS Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003:Fantastic. For the record, an MS operative confirmed this morning that this is "an old advertisement which ran only in New Zealand for a short period and is no longer being used". For the love of all that's Holy, why not?

[ed: The ad shows a woman teacher in bed with a student. It's worth a mouse click. -tadelste]

Craigslist Lockout of Hotmail and Yahoo Enters Month 4 - Email Folies

Yahoo intermittently refused email from CraigsList. Hotmail nailed the world's largest classified advertising website to its blocklist. In response, CraigsList shut off subscription mail to them... kind of. Months later, CraigsList techs were still complaining of spasmodic delivery problems to the very services they claimed... and still claim... to have shut down. Email Battles takes a stab at sorting the whole mess out.

Virtualization in Xen 3.0

Dive into the new Xen release and find out what it offers for paravirtualization, split drivers and Intel's new virtualization technology.

Local non-profit org on the cards to fight Microsoft patent

Anti-software patent supporters are meeting on Monday to discuss the formation of a non-profit organisation to tackle the issue of software patents in South Africa. Tectonic caught up with University of South Africa senior lecturer, Bob Jolliffe, who is currently driving the process.

A Ride Past the Event Horizon that is True to the Physics as it is to Art

A Science Film built on equation solving where no instrument can return information, utilizing open source graphics (Open GL). Makes science fiction movies tame by comparison. [Free registration required to view articles - or use one of the shared access routes.]

LinuxWorld Boston adds "government day"

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo has added a new "Government Day" to the upcoming conference set for April 3-6 in Boston. Scheduled for April 4th, the Government Day event will focus on the dominant issues facing public-sector decision makers in building and maintaining systems and staff, IDG said.

Dana Farber turns to TYPO3 and Enomaly for cancer-research site

The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) is a research consortium made up of seven Boston-area medical institutions, including Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Its mandate is to improve the treatment and prevention of cancer by facilitating communication and promoting cross-pollination of ideas among the various consortium members. With more than 800 scientists and researchers working at disparate locations for different institutions, collaborating through DF/HCC was a challenge. To meet the challenge, the organization has developed a Web-based content management system (CMS) based on open source software.

Open source key for Victorian schools' wireless

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by daria42 on Mar 2, 2006 4:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Victoria's Department of Education and Training is continuing to develop the in-house server software it built on top of open source tools to bring its state-wide wireless network to life.

KDE developers elect Technical Working Group

KDE developers last month elected the project's first Technical Working Group (TWG), making seven longtime contributors responsible for coordinating projects and helping to smooth decisions on the project.

Novell Claims China Linux Lead (Again)

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Mar 2, 2006 12:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Novell is claiming again that it is the Linux leader in China. This time the data comes from China-based analyst firm CCID Consulting, which reported that Novell holds a 25.1 percent revenue share of the China Linux market.

Zend cosies up to Oracle

In brief No, not like that

Philips touts 65nm CE SoC, Linux

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the world's largest consumer electronics companies claims to have booted Linux on an ARM11 SoC (system-on-chip) built on 65-nanometer CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) process technology. Philips Electronics calls the unnamed SoC "the first truly consumer product-oriented SoC to be successfully produced in 65-nm low-power CMOS."

Linux company rPath hires Red Hat alum

Maker of rBuilder, which helps developers create Linux-based software appliances, taps Dave Cotten to head sales.

Opinion: Why Windows Vista will suck

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 8:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Responding to a recent article in ExtremeTech entitled "Why Windows Vista Won't Suck," columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who's been using Vista for months, is pulling no punches: Microsoft's replacement for Windows XP is flat-out going to "suck," he retorts.

Moore's Law gets new lease on life!

  • dW (Posted by idean on Mar 1, 2006 7:17 PM EDT)
Researchers at the IBM Almaden Research Center have achieved high-quality line patterns using deep-ultraviolet 193nm optical lithography for spaced ridges 29.9nm wide, besting the 32nm industry-consensus, theoretical (until now) limit by 2.1nm (slightly wider than the diameter of a DNA helix). Dr. Allen postulates that this "high-index immersion" variant of DUV lithography might purchase about seven years of breathing room before the industry has to rewrite Moore's Law.

Running MySQL queries on multiple servers

You may know how to use SQL to extract data from a table in a MySQL database, and how to run a query that combines data from more than one table. But what about multiple databases? Or even multiple databases on multiple servers?

The Risks Digest - Volume 24: Issue 17

  • ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; By Peter G. Neumann (moderator) (Posted by incinerator on Mar 1, 2006 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Community
The Risks Digest is an interesting read about the risks of using computers in the world of today.

A first look at Google Page Creator

Google is offering free Web pages with an easy-to-use home page creator that you don't have to download, and you can use the utility even from a Linux desktop if you use Firefox. The company released Google Page Creator last week as a Google Labs project. That means you won't find it on the main directory of services because it's in an early stage of beta testing. If you're willing to be a Google guinea pig, you'll find the service functional, if limited in scope, and easy enough for a beginner to use.

Viewing Word files at the command line

As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS -- such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors -- such as Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker -- can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format a breeze.

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