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Wavelet Image Compression Library 3.0

I've been steadily working on my free wavelet image compression library for the past few weeks, and in the process have improved it in many ways. These are largely not technical improvements, but rather a huge code refactoring, the creation of decent documentation, reducing memory usage an so on. You can read the freshly pressed documentation or simply download the source.

Cryptogram Newlsletter - January 15 2006

  •; By Bruce Schneier (Posted by incinerator on Jan 15, 2006 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
A good read about various issues related to cryptography, written by the almighty Bruce Schneier.

HOWTO: Booting from USB

  •; By Hddsaver (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 15, 2006 8:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, KDE
Booting a computer from your USB flash drive may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually quite easy. This article goes over booting your Windows or Linux system from USB as well as booting directly into Linux and a few other details of the process.

Blogs Moving to F/OSS? At Least Some Scientific Ones Are.

While not a flood, there is movement: "... couple of other physics-oriented blogs that recently were added to our blogroll: BioCurious by Andre Brown and Philip Johnson, and Thoughts on Science and Life by Kasper Olsen, who recently made the switch from Blogspot to WordPress. "

Fedora Core 5 Test 2

Fedora Core 5 Test 2 is expected to be released on Monday. This is the second of three installable ISO versions leading up to the eagerly-anticipated Fedora Core 5 release in mid-March. Although there are a few rough edges, this test release is shaping up very nicely.

Open Source Gaining Ground in Federal IT Sector Say Experts

  • SYS-CON Media; By LinuxWorld News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Jan 15, 2006 5:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
New and strict mandates from the Office of Management and Budget and the White House are bearing down on government agencies, forcing them to consolidate and streamline operations. More than ever before, information managers are under intense pressure to standardize their environments for the sharing of information - and to do so in ways that beef-up data security.

That was the consensus of top IT experts who recently gathered for an industry summit webcast, "The Case for Linux in the Federal IT Sector," conducted by Larstan Business Reports. The panel comprised Paul Smith, vice president, Government Sales Operations, software vendor Red Hat; Mike Fitzmaurice, manager, Linux Business Development, solutions provider GTSI; and Scott Ruff, manager, Linux Business Development, Hewlett-Packard.

The Apache Software Foundation Reflects On Advances and Accomplishments During 2005, Highlighting 10-Year Anniversary of World's Most Popular Web Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by bstadil on Jan 15, 2006 4:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Community-Developed Projects Play Key Role in Growing Influence and Meeting Demand for Innovative Open Source Technologies

Firefox security (Really Windows Security or Lack Thereof - ED)

What would happen if Mozilla's Firefox suddenly became the browser that everyone was running? What would happen if it was as big a target for hackers and for virus and spyware authors as Internet Explorer is now. How would Firefox's reputation for security hold up? One has to wonder how secure a default Firefox installation is, and if there are things that can be done to make a Firefox deployment more secure?

[ED: Oh, the horror - well this really is more about the lack of Windows IE security than the supposed object of interest. In physics scattering probability from a given nucleus is measure in terms of "barns" that if compared to the content here would be strictly proportional to the physical size and packing density, i.e. size of the program and how dense the number of targets in use on the internet. In nuclear physics and here too on a more mundane topic the interactions are much more complex than simple a priori probability. To be a worthwhile target in the case of a browser it must allow a pathway to either control or damage the target system, hence, even were the numbers reduced the integration of IE directly to the OS makes it still a more tempting target. Moreover, being more easily compromised just adds to its inherent attractiveness.

So if you like to read why IE, Windows are not inherently at fault, this is a simple minded article for you - HC]

Advocates urge adherence to North Carolina voting code review

Advocates for transparency in electronic voting systems praise North Carolina's Public Confidence in Elections law that requires rigorous review of the code used in the state's certified elections software. They just wish North Carolina elections officials would adhere to the legislation.

Samsung SCX 4200 printer

The SCX-4200 is compatible with Windows (98/ME/2000/XP) and Linux (Red Hat, Caldera, Mandrake, Slackware, SUSE and Turbo Linux) operating systems. The Samsung SCX 4200 is available in March 2006 for $199 ESP.

Canberra Student Linux Australia's People's Choice Community Member of the Year

Linux Australia has announced Pascal Klein as the inaugural winner of the organisation's People's Choice Community Member of the Year award.

Klein, a sixteen year old student from Canberra, was selected from a field of over fifteen candidates nominated by the Linux Australia community. His prize consists of a complimentary ticket to the world's premier technical open source software (OSS) conference, (LCA), and money to help cover travel and accommodation expenses. This year's is being held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Oss CEO Announces Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • PR Newswire (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Jan 15, 2006 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert David STEELE Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, the principal international proponent for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) since 1988, a period of eighteen years, announced today the awards to be presented 17 January 2006, at the Global Information Conference that takes place annually.

Prweb Launches Internet's First Free Photowire Service Using Open Source AJAX Technology

PRWeb, the Internet’s leading press release distribution newswire, has announced the beta launch of PRWeb Photowire, the Internet’s first free news and PR image wire service.

PRWeb Photowire allows users to upload their own high-resolution news photos and images, providing a stand-alone resource for quickly delivering news images to the media. In addition, the new service enables images to be tagged with keywords using Open Source AJAX technology.

Don't stigmatize the suits

Today, really smart but non-tech-savvy business types are founding companies that either sell open source software or make heavy use of it, or both. The interesting part is that, in many cases, these smart guys seem to be trying to hide the fact that they are not well-versed in the technicalities and usage of the very open source software they're selling. Why hide it? Surely the "open source community" has matured enough to appreciate and welcome those who want to promote FOSS without crucifying them because they aren't hackers.

GNU/Linux vs Microsoft on Research & Development: What's the Truth?

  LXer Feature: 13-Jan-06

Linux News raises questions about Microsoft's alleged $6 billion per year investment in R&D. Is it money well spent, or are they just throwing it away?

Digg Story

Comment of the Day - January 12, 2006 - Refreshing View on Piracy

  • -Forum Post; By Teron (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
Teron writes: I recently rented the film Aliens vs. Predator.
Haven't watched it yet, don't know if it's cr*p or not.
But, when I put the DVD to my PS2 to watch it, up jumps a commercial.
It was that commercial that made me write this.

"You wouldn't steal this, you wouldn't steal that. You wouldn't steal a movie, right? Movie piracy is stealing. Stealing is against the law. Piracy is a crime."

Failure to Curb Microsoft Falls Over to Massachusetts

  • -Article; By Gary Edwards, Open Document Foundation (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features

Maybe the title should have been "Does Microsoft Use the DOJ as a Shill Against Linux and any other competitive threats?"

Sadly this story carries over into the events taking place in Massachusetts, where raw intimidation of the worst kind was used to send a most chilling messages into a critically important marketplace of government information management systems.

Related to:
Does the DoJ Use Microsoft as a Shill Against Linux?

LXer Feature: Interview with IBM: DB2 in the Mid-Range Market

In a rush to arrange an interview just as the holidays rapidly approached at the end of 2005 a series of mis-communications has resulted in a more interesting set of questions and answers than might have been otherwise expected.

Comment of the Day - January 10, 2006 - MS Open Source Point Man - a Dummy

SFN writes: I knew I shouldn't have read this but I guess I just can't help myself. As usual, MS - this time throwing it's voice through ventriloquist dummy Martin Gregory - is presenting us with ideas that run the gamut from baseless opinion to bald face lie. Let's take each point one at a time.

Related to:
Microsoft's open source point man

Bible Desktop 1.0 Released

  LXer News Story: 10-Jan-06

The Bible Desktop Project released Bible Desktop 1.0, a Java-based Bible study program, on Saturday. Thanks to a committed, responsive development team, Bible Desktop is maturing into a solid Bible study tool.


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