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Gecko 1.9 Trunk and 1.8 Branch Management Plan Posted

Brendan Eich has posted a draft plan for Gecko 1.9 Trunk and 1.8 Branch Management, including a FAQ at the mozilla wiki. Comments should be directed as followups to the newsgroup post.

The Inverse Extension Design Pattern

In an inheritance hierarchy, permit each parent class's method to extend its child class's method so it can act as a decorator for its child class's behavior.

Mercury Computer Systems Introduces the Industry's First VXS Multicomputer System

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 21, 2005 7:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
PowerStream 6100 Triples Signals Intelligence and Radar System Antenna Channels and Improves Bisection Bandwidth by 10x in Military Contractor Applications

Henry's Computer Toolkit

  • Henry the Adequate; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on Dec 21, 2005 6:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
My name is Henry the Adequate, and I am a superhero. Since becoming a computer guru I have been receiving quite a lot of requests for advice, mostly from those who aspire to one day become as I.

2005 Review of the Year: Open Source

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) opened the Patents Commons Reference Library in November, providing an overview of patents that have been pledged towards open source. OSDL's chief was quoted as saying that the open source patent was hereby diffused.

During the past year corporate Linux supporters from IBM to Philips have scrambled to support Linux, pledging that they will not enforce their patents against the open source operating system and, in some cases, to open source in general.

But others claim that neither OSDL nor the commercial pledges offer any help. Linux advocate Bruce Perens lashed out against both at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco in August.

Linux screensaver for Windows

  • IBM; By Chris Ward (Posted by bstadil on Dec 21, 2005 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups:
Construct and package a Linux® LiveCD so that it will install using the standard Microsoft® Windows® install process and will operate as a standard Windows screensaver.

So why should you read this article? Why, indeed, should I write it? My motive is to help remove two obstacles to the wider adoption of free and open source software. Those obstacles are:

* The perceived difficulty and disruptive effects of installing Linux

* The uncertainty of hardware support for Linux

Minutes of the Staff Meeting of Monday 5th December 2005

The minutes of the staff meeting held on Monday 5th December 2005 are now online. Issues discussed include Firefox Summit and Engineering.

Subscriber love drives Red Hat in Q3

Red Hat has impressed once again, posting a 44 per cent surge in revenue during the third quarter. The software maker's results mark the second stellar quarter in a row. Red Hat's revenue hit $73.1m in the period, which compares to $50.9m in the same period last year

Luban Java Bridge released with Luban Language Beta 2.0

  •; By Peter X Huang (Posted by peterx on Dec 21, 2005 2:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Luban Programming Language Beta 2 is released with one major feature addition: the Luban Java Bridge has been built to enable Luban to access arbitrary Java classes, functions and fields.

Interview with Mike Beltzner

David Tenser has posted an interview with Mozilla Foundation's User Experience Lead, Mike Beltzner. The interview was conducted over instant messaging sessions during the last week of November. Mike talks about usability studies, design of the Mozilla Developer Central, and the new bookmark system planned for Firefox 2.

Recovering deleted /etc/shadow password file

  • nixCraft; By nixCraft (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 21, 2005 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Recovering critical key file such as /etc/shadow is a challenging task.

Blog From Performancing For Firefox

This is very nice indeed - Performancing, an extension for Firefox 1.5 that enables you to use write a post and publish it to your blog just by using Firefox.

Yahoo adds open-source blogging to its hosting

  •; By Juan Carlos Perez (Posted by tadelste on Dec 21, 2005 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yahoo has added open-source blog publishing software to its Web hosting. The Net giant has struck a deal with WordPress and will add its software alongside proprietary alternative Moveable Type, which whom Yahoo struck a deal last week. The deal is intended to broaden the blogging software options accessible to individuals and companies that use Yahoo to host their websites, the company said.

Executive Interview -- Bill Weinberg of the Mobile Linux Initiative

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 21, 2005 11:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Foreword -- LinuxDevices recently caught up with OSDL spokesperson Bill Weinberg, to discuss the organization's new Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI). Weinberg, who serves as the OSDL's representative to the MLI, filled us in on the initiative's early progress, strategy, and tactics for the year ahead.


  •; By Theoden (Posted by natas on Dec 21, 2005 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
Many people are interested in getting their linux or BSD desktop interface to look as much like Apple's very successful OS X gui as possible.

Linux: Git Milestone, 1.0 Release

Git maintainer Junio Hamano [story] announced the official 1.0.0 release ofgit, the directory content manager originally written by Linus Torvalds and used to manage the Linux kernel source tree. Junio notes that there haven't been any big changes recently, "

Development of the git directory content manager was begun by Linus Torvalds in early April of 2005 [story], quickly following the announcement that BitKeeper would no longer be freely available to kernel developers [story]. Git rapidly evolved with the help of an active developer community, quickly enough that when the 2.6.12 kernel was released two months later it was already being managed by git [story].

Book Writing Applications in Linux

  • OS News; By Alcibiades (Posted by dcparris on Dec 21, 2005 11:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In order to see what is needed in book writing applications, you need to look carefully at the desk of someone who is actively writing a book. You will most likely see piles of paper, often cut up and marked with pencil, and if you examine those of the papers that are in piles, you will see that the pagination is all over the place because pages have been reordered.

[Ed: Pretty good intro! The author covers some of the advantages and disadvantages of Lyx, OOo, etc. - dcparris]

Survey: Open source developers jump on bugs, open to closed tech

It comes as no surprise that open source software developers are fixing bugs faster and faster, but the majority of Linux developers' willingness to use proprietary products -- a la the Bitkeeper debacle -- may be more likely to raise eyebrows. Both findings -- that open source developers find and repair severe bugs in less than four hours on average and that 64 percent of OSS developers would purchase a tool for Linux if it worked well even if it was not open source -- come from the Evans Data Fall 2005 developer survey.

Report: Interop: Giants, Start-ups Examine Open Source

From giants such as Sun and Computer Associates to start-ups such as Sourcefire and GroundWorks, companies are now stepping in to the open source market from a variety of directions and perspectives, as evidenced at last week's Interop show in New York City. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Anti-porn tool now in Mozilla flavour

Guardware has release a new version of its anti-porn system which it claims can stop employees viewing sexual content in web browsers, regardless of the source.

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