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64-bit beta of SimplyMEPIS Linux arrives

MEPIS LLC released Beta 1 of its SimplyMEPIS-64 Version 6.0-4 last week, a mere seven days after the project team released its 32-bit version of the same system. The release features a security-patched 2.6.15 kernel and the KDE 3.5.3 desktop.

Mozilla Discloses 2005 Revenues: $53M

While the most interesting thing about Mozilla is most definitely its excellent Firefox browser, it’s also noteworthy that the non-profit makes quite a bit of money. Today, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker wrote on her blog that the Mozilla Foundation (which owns the subsidiary Mozilla Corporation, created in part to deal with the cash flow) made $52.9 million in revenue in 2005.

Let's hope Amsterdam's Linux interest

It's heartening to see so many large Dutch public sector organisations looking at open source.

Wish List for the New Year

  • Linux DevCenter; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2007 5:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I’m not going to indulge in the shopworn habit of doing a year-end review or making predictions for the new year. Feh. Old mold and who cares. Instead, I am going to share my list of Most Wanted Computer Things.

Linux Group to Simplify Software Installation

  • LinuxWatch; By Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2007 5:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Developers are uniting to create an API intended to make it easier to install software on Linux systems for ISVs and users. (Linux-Watch)

Women at the 8th International Free Software Forum in Brazil

From the WikiChix mailing list, Drica Veloso writes to say that G2G, a women-only group, will be going en masse to the 8th International Free Software Forum, April 12-14, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

[Now, if we can get them to a LUG meeting in Charlotte... - dcparris]

Exit Interview: Why Open Source Guru Left Novell

Jeremy Allison is a hero in the open source community these days. After spending two years at Novell, he decided to leave the Waltham, Mass.-based software company for reasons of principle right after the Linux-vendor signed a deal with Microsoft (see Microsoft, Novell in Linux Pact and Open-Source Guru Goes to Google).

Group aims to standardize Linux application packaging

The Free Standards Group has launched a working group aimed at creating a universal Linux application installation API (application programming interface). The Packaging Workgroup grew from an FSG-sponsored "face-to-face" last month in Berlin, where ISVs (independent software vendors) reportedly met with key Linux software packaging and installation tools developers.

U of R offers open source course

In recent years, software giants like Microsoft have found open source software like Linux and Firefox nipping at their heels.

Straddling the Open Source/Proprietary Fence

Given the jaw-dropping occurrences in the open source world last year (Red Hat’s acquisition of JBoss, Oracle’s announcement of “Unbreakable Linux,” and Novell’s patent pact with Microsoft, to name a few), InfoWorld’s Neil McAllister says balancing open and proprietary, commercial and free, will be the critical task for enterprise IT managers this year and for a time to follow.

OpenVZ Virtualization Software Available for Sun UltraSPARC T1 Processor

  • http://openvz.org; By Press Release (Posted by sharonpr on Jan 3, 2007 2:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Greater sever utilization and superior availability with fever performance penalties

REAL Software Ships REALbasic 2007 Release 1; Improves Universal Binary and Database Support

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- REAL Software, provider of REALbasic, cross-platform that really works, announced that REALbasic 2007 Release 1 is shipping today. In addition to improved reliability for building Universal Binary applications, REALbasic 2007 Release 1 improves support for MySQL, PostreSQL and ODBC compliant databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. This release also improves support for QuickTime and making network connections via proxy servers. Recent improvements to database support include:

Tux Magazine folds

Tux magazine, billed as "The first and only magazine for the new Linux user," has published its last issue, according to a New Year's Day announcement by publisher Phil Hughes. The magazine had achieved a circulation of over 100,000 readers, Hughes said.

Open-source tracking system launched

An open-source wireless tracking system for following people around buildings got its first public use last week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Amsterdam to evaluate open source

Seeking independence from proprietary software, city joins growing list of other municipalities testing Linux.

Second Nasdaq warning for BEA

Easy come, easy go: Java middleware vendor BEA Systems has received a second warning from Nasdaq over potential delisting of its stock for failing to file financial results.

How to configure a scanner's buttons on Linux

  • Linux.com; By Manolis Tzanidakis (Posted by dcparris on Jan 2, 2007 10:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
While not perfect, support for scanners on Linux is constantly improving; just check the list of devices supported by SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy -- the scanning suite for Linux and other Unix-like systems). One thing that's still missing though is a way to make a scanner's buttons work on Linux. That's what this tutorial is about.

Money Manager Ex for Linux

Money Manager is a personal finance software. It primarily helps organize one's finances and keeps track of where, when and how the money goes. It is also a tool to get a bird's eye view of your financial worth. The program supports checking accounts, savings and credit card accounts, as well as Fixed Deposit and Portfolio accounts. The Outlook-style interface provides an overview for all your accounts and total balance. You can transfer money between accounts, create custom categories to organize your income/expenses and more.

Suhosin: A Guardian Angel for PHP

  • Windows IT Pro; By Mark Joseph Edwards (Posted by dcparris on Jan 2, 2007 8:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
PHP is a hugely popular programming language used on countless Web sites. It's basically a scripting language, which essentially means that it compiles at runtime. PHP has a lot of community support, so a ton of open-source libraries are available for many different tasks. Some of the most popular applications available today, such as WordPress, are powered by PHP.

XGI Technology Drivers Revisited

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 2, 2007 7:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
It has been one year to the day since XGI Technology had last released a Volari Linux display driver and about 14 months since we had first delivered word of XGI considering open-source 3D display drivers. Where do things now stand for XGI Technology? We will tell you all of the details today where things are for this Taiwan graphics company.

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