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[ANNOUNCE] PHP 5.1 Release Announcement

  • Mailing list; By Ilia Alshanetsky (Posted by bstadil on Nov 24, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 5.1.

Open-source vending machine 'gaining momentum'

It looks like a vending machine but it doesn't spit out chocolate or coffee. Instead, it's providing free, open-source software (Foss) in more than 30 locations in South Africa.

Networking 101: Understanding Subnets and CIDR

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 24, 2005 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In the olden days, there were Class A, B and C networks. These could only be divided up into equal parts, so VLSM, or Variable Length Subnet Masks , were introduced. The old Class C was a /24, B was a /16, and A was a /8. (Check out Understanding IP Addresses if you're not clear on what that means.) That's all you need to know about Classes. They don't exist anymore.

Open document formats and the path to world domination

Microsoft's never ending fight to remain relevant while defeating nasty attacks upon its bulwark, which unnecessarily distracts this valiant company from more worthy tasks such as getting a lock on the Internet nearly matching its hold on both the PC desktop and most of the Office type applications. Woe unto them that do not recognize how unworthy they are to desire the fruits that this company so assiduously picked off so many dead, dying, decaying and those still living but consigned to a similar fate. Companies that hold any shred of property (IP or otherwise) that Microsoft desired, becomes theirs. Be warned ODF will suffer the same fate. Though the path may be long and the dead will strewn alongside our skewed path. Be fearful you lackeys, open source, free types we shall not rest until your are gone or if we are forced to we will compromise if we must. But until then: the world belongs to us and anything you own too is ours. Just kidding, I think.

OOo Off the Wall: Domesticating Autocorrect

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Nov 24, 2005 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Don't you hate it when the word completion feature wants to finish your words for you? Or do you love it? Learn how to customize (or kill) Autocorrect in OOo and live in word-processing peace.

Sentensa - a new open source search engine

  •; By Bo Lindstrom (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 24, 2005 10:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: GNU
In September Virtual Genetics launched the new search engine, Sentensa, that can be downloaded, without cost, via Internet as Open Source. Virtual Genetics is now launching the next version of Sentensa, version 2.2 , that supports Java 5.0 with some new features.

Wolves Circle As Exchange Nears Death

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by tadelste on Nov 24, 2005 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups:
The end is near for Exchange 5.5 as Microsoft terminates product support January 1, 2006. For those who haven't already upgraded or switched, the big question is (as always): Microsoft Windows, Linux, Apple OS X or Other?

Estonia elects open source

Estonia's latest local elections, held online nationwide, included the use of open source software in electronic voting. However, experts caution that the use of Linux on Web servers does not equate to publicly viewable voting code, and the system's reliance on the Internet raises red flags

EFF's Sony Complaint - as text

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 24, 2005 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The EFF complaint asks that Sony BMG be required to fix the damage to victims' computers, and it says the EULA is unconscionable, listing specific things the Plaintiffs allege are unconscionable in the EULA that accompanies both XCP and MediaMax. When you read the list, I think you will agree it's hard to argue with EFF that this list is anything a reasonable man would agree to without duress, and as you read them, ask yourself: What do they have to do with copyright rights?

Here's the list:

Free Software Foundation joins EU anti-trust action

The rivals of Microsoft Corporation in Europe have joined forces and asked a European Union court for permission to join EU regulators in an antitrust dispute with the company

Why Slackware DOES still matter!

Alan Canton simply took nearly 500 words to express what could have been summarized in one sentence: "Linux, as an operating system, is too complex for me." Rather than simply bash him in defense of Slackware, I prefer to take on his arguments point-for-point. Given the tone of the article in question, please forgive me if my rebuttal is similarly tongue-in-cheek.


Hyperion System 9 and master data management

The recent release of Hyperion System 9 was not, basically, a surprise. Amongs other things, not least, the front-end user environment, the company introduced a unified platform for its entire product suite and is claiming that it is the first CPM (corporate performance management) vendor to do so.

Beyond The Big Three BSDs, BSD Alternatives

  • ServerWatch; By Martin Brown (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 24, 2005 6:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Although Linux gets much of the attention in the Free and open source operating system world, the BSD operating system is also very popular. BSD has a longer history, and its roots go right back to one of the original Unix implementations that spawned commercial Unix variants like Solaris and Mac OS X...This article, therefore, will look at some of the less-mainstream, yet equally valuable, BSD variants available.

Linux powers single-chip MSPP

  • (Posted by dcparris on Nov 24, 2005 4:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is shipping an evaluation platform targeting equipment manufacturers building multi-service provisioning platforms (MSPPs). The MB87M2181 evaluation platform is based on Fujitsu's Ethos SoC (system-on-chip) running a real-time Linux OS for "convenient software development," Fujitsu says.

Pre-Christmas bug squashing (for a reward)

We are announcing a bug squashing period, starting now, and ending 14 Dec 2005, 11:59 CET. Squashing a bug gets you a certain number of points (depending mostly on triviality and severity). At the end of the three weeks, the 25 bug squashers with the highest score shall receive a copy of my book, The Debian System [1], donated by the publisher. If this turns out to be a success, we'll lather-rinse-repeat sometime soon.


London, UK – 23 November 2005 – Fractal Edge today announced the release of its DHTML Web Client - a key edition to the Web Client Stack that is deployed in conjunction with Fractal:Server to give access to Fractal Maps through a Web browser. The DHTML Web Client works alongside the existing technologies in Fractal Edge’s Web Client Stack, the ActiveX and Mozilla plug-ins, to deliver interactive Fractal Maps to Web and intranet users whose browser or firewall permissions policies prohibit installation of these plug-ins.

Free Software Foundation Europe Plans to Intervene in Antitrust ...

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) today filed an application for leave to intervene in the antitrust suit against Microsoft. Georg Greve, President of FSFE said: "The more Microsoft is able to purchase its opponents' solidarity, the more important FSFE's commitment to freedom and interoperability is."

Web Framework Providing SOA Resources

A Linux based light-weight Web Service Resource Framework (WSRF) and associated specification, as an OSGi (open service gateway initiative) plug-in for resource-constrained environments. This light-weight option is used for cases/scenarios that do not require enterprise-class rich features from the underlying service hosting environment.

Four Linux softphones reviewed

  •; By Paul Virijevich (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 24, 2005 12:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
If equipment costs are stopping you from experimenting with VoIP, softphones can provide an inexpensive way for businesses to get up and running with VoIP, as I recently discovered by putting Kiax, Linphone, Twinkle, and CounterPath's X-Lite to the test.

Related article:
Need VoIP? DIY with Asterisk

It's turtles and modules all the way down

Commentary -- According to urban legend, a famous scientist was confronted by a woman who insisted that the world is flat and rests on the back of a giant turtle. "But what does the turtle rest on?" he asked, hoping to disprove her belief by logic. "You're a clever man," she replied, "But it's turtles all the way down!" Recently, I realized that GNU/Linux is like that: From the desktop to the kernel, it's modules all the way down.

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