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Why Proprietarizing VistA is Unethical and Foolish

So whats the big deal anyway? I argue over on that developing proprietary versions of VistA is both unethical and foolish. I would love to hear anyresponses.

Firefox 2.0 to Feature New JavaScript 1.7

Despite some indications to the contrary this week, the Mozilla Foundation did not release its next release of the Firefox browser, which is still being widely publicly tested under Release Candidate 2. As Mozilla's vice president for engineering, Mike Schroepfer, told BetaNews on Friday, Firefox releases take place on a qualitative basis, not on a deadline or time scale.

Firefox Accepting Suggestions for Version 3

The Firefox web browser has come a long way since the project was announced as a fork from the open-sourced Mozilla project. Version 1.0 was released in 2004 and quickly won critical acclaim for its speed, compatibility with web standards, and features. In a couple of years, Firefox managed to reach a milestone that its predecessor never quite reached: hitting 10 percent market share worldwide. Version 2 of the browser recently hit Release Candidate 2, but the team is already making plans for 3.0.

Implementation Bug submitted to ECMA ?

  •; By Rob Weir (Posted by omz on Oct 14, 2006 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ecma Office Open XML (OOXML) specification (Volume 5, section, "Date Representation") contradicts 400 years of civil calendar practice, encodes nonexistent dates and returns the incorrect value for WEEKDAY? Read this blog post, i'm scared.

The door’s open

It’s been more than five years since Microsoft released Windows XP. Now, the software giant is readying XP’s successor, Vista. Will the new version be worth the price and pain of upgrading? More importantly, is Windows still relevant?

Europe joins Linux revolution

The European Commission is to spend €4m on an open source observatory and repository (Osor) to span the member states and enable them to share information across the public sector.

Web Hosting Provider Linux PHP Host Announces New Services

Web hosting provider Linux PHP Host ( announced recently it has added a number of new services to its suite of service offerings. The services are firmly focused on attracting the open-source community.

Oracle to provide clearer vulnerability ratings

Oracle is to start ranking the severity of security bugs it fixes using an industry-standard scoring system starting with its next quarterly patch update, due on 17 October.

WHATWG is doing with HTML5, Web Forms, and XHTML

This is a very good 2 part series about the WHATWG. The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), is a loose collaboration of browser vendors (Mozilla, Opera, and others), who focus their improvements towards creating Web applications.

Technalign Releases Linux Based Computer Forensics Systems

Technalign announced the new release of Frontier Forensics SECS (Secured Evidence Collection System). The new tool replaces Version XI and continues to use MEPIS Linux as the operating system base. The new SECS product will be available via Forensic Computers as well as selected Technalign Partners.

CDT, C/C++ parsing and its abstract syntax trees

CDT C/C++ parsing and its abstract syntax trees

Rich Ajax Slide Shows with DHTML and XML

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jack Herrington (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 14, 2006 2:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Learn to create an Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) client-side slide show that's animated using "Ken Burns Effects." Here, you discover how to build XML data sources for Ajax, request XML data from the client, and then dynamically create and animate HTML elements with that XML.

Effective SEO through good code structure

  • Avangate; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Oct 14, 2006 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
There are many Search Engine Optimization tactics, but try to find the best combination and don't sacrifice the usability and performance of your website. Here is some basic information about improving your source code from an SEO perspective.

Release-critical Bugreport for October 13, 2006

Release-critical Bugreport for October 13, 2006

KDE Celebrates 10 Years of the Free Desktop

Yesterday at 10:00 AM the president of the KDE e.V. Eva Brucherseifer welcomed the audience of the presentation track at the KDE anniversary event at the Technische Akademie Esslingen (TAE) in Ostfildern near Stuttgart, Germany. Keynote speakers were Matthias Ettrich, founder of the KDE project, as well as Klaus Knopper of Knoppix fame. During their presentations they looked back at KDE's successful past 10 years and they offered their thoughts about the future of KDE and Free Software.

My Dream App semifinals, free software, same old same old...

Another week, another free application—oh and there is a contest going on too. In the past week of My Dream App action, we lost three more applications—Herald, Minivera, and Stick-It—leaving just 9 applications left, two more weeks of voting, and zero applications left that I would actually use. This week's guest judges include Kevin Rose, Leo Laporte, (our favorite) David Pogue, and the entire payroll of Macworld magazine.

Free deluxe open source content management system

  • Kentucky Lake Times (Posted by dcparris on Oct 14, 2006 8:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
WebAPP is a content management system written in Perl and licensed under the GNU General Public License. WebAPP requires no SQL backend, no PHP, only a hosting environment offering support for Perl. The package includes categorized articles, a fully customizable forum, instant messaging, who's online, member listings, download and link areas, site statistics - all configurable through an easy to use administration panel. All pages are fully customizable by the site admin.

Unisys to build EU open-source warehouse

Unisys Corp. won a contract to lead a consortium to help create and manage an open-source repository in Europe.

CEO Vision of Linux

It's important not to get too carried away with "the latest tech trend." Technology changes more rapidly than any other sector, and this year's "must have" technology is quickly made obsolete, or so it seems. However, every so often something significant comes along that truly changes the game. Mainframes yielded to client/server, which in turn was replaced by the Web as the dominant computing paradigm. I believe Linux and Open Source more broadly represent a similar game-changing force.

Open Source Boosts Thrills in 'Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory'

For its time, I didn't know how "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" could be improved upon. When Id Software and Activision released its source code in 2004, however, the open source and mod community got to work. The result was "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory," an open source effort by Splash Damage and other contributors that takes the best of the old game and actually improves upon a classic experience.

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