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Taiwan legislature takes on Microsoft

  • MacWorld UK; By Dan Nystedt (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 6:59 AM EDT)
Taiwan's legislature has passed a resolution asking the government to reduce its purchases of Microsoft Corp products by 25 per cent this year, a further sign the world's largest software company is running into resistance in Asia. The resolution, passed on Friday, is an attempt by the island's law making body to reduce Taiwan's dependence on Microsoft, which holds a near monopoly on supplying software to local government offices, a legislative aide said.

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Taiwanese parliament votes against Microsoft -Techworld

Firefox for Intel Macs planned for March

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 16, 2006 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Mozilla Corporation has set a March launch date for a version of its Firefox Web browser that will run on Apple's Intel version of Mac OS X.

Free Standards Group opens Linux lab in China

  • Computerworld Australia; By Sumner Lemon (Posted by dcparris on Jan 16, 2006 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Standards Group, a non-profit group that promotes standards for open-source software, last week opened a lab in Beijing to certify that Linux distributions and applications developed in China meet the Linux Standard Base (LSB) standards, the group said in a statement.

CLI Magic: Learn to talk awk

User level: Advanced When it comes to slicing and dicing text, few tools are as powerful, or as underutilized, as awk. The name "awk" was coined from the initials of its authors, Aho, Weinberger, and Kernighan -- yes, the same Kernighan of the famous Kernighan and Ritchie "C Programming Language" book. In the Linux world, every distribution includes the GNU version, gawk (/bin/awk is usually a symbolic link to /bin/gawk). The GNU version has a few more features than the original. Let's play with some of the core features common among POSIX-compliant awks.

DistroWatch Weekly: Intel Inside Apple, Xandros 4, Fedora Core 5 Test2

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jan 16, 2006 1:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's third issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Several interesting announcements at last week's MacWorld provided fuel for many technology web sites, but an important question remained unanswered: will Linux run on the new MacBooks? Read on for an expert opinion. A rather quiet week on the Linux distribution front, but expect things to pick up shortly as the second test of Fedora Core 5 will be officially out today (Monday), while the first beta of SUSE Linux 10.1 should appear on mirrors later this week. Also in this issue: Fedora or Yellow Dog for your Mac, Xandros seeks beta testers, Debian terminology explained, news from the development of Dapper Drake, a new SUSE-based distribution for musicians, GParted Live CD for all your disk partitioning tasks, and a good round-up of popular Linux live CDs. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

How To Set Up Database Replication In MySQL

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 15, 2006 11:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
This tutorial describes how to set up database replication in MySQL. MySQL replication allows you to have an exact copy of a database from a master server on another server (slave), and all updates to the database on the master server are immediately replicated to the database on the slave server so that both databases are in sync.

SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3 RC1 Screen Shot Tour

  •; By LinShots (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 15, 2006 10:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release Announcements - The latest SimplyMEPIS release candidate, version 3.4-3 rc1 is expected to fix the recent problems with parallel printer compatibility... For 3.4-3, SimplyMEPIS utilizes a 2.6.15 kernel and udev for most hardware autodetection and configuration tasks. Network setup was changed to take advantage of udev event handling. After the final release, the changes in 3.4-3 will be be available in updated MEPIS packages. The kernel was made more modular so it would be easier to issue updates to drivers, particularly for Intel. Since KDE 3.4.3 became available in the past few weeks, it was also included. Firefox 1.5 was updated to a more stable build. LinShots has taken RC1 through it's paces in their latest distro tour.

Firefox reaches 20% market share in Europe

  • Xitimonitor; By Xitimonitor (Posted by hkwint on Jan 15, 2006 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The newest Xitimonitor 'browser study' (French) shows, Firefox has reached a market share of 20% across Europe, and roughly 16% in North-America. Furthermore, when comparing this study to previous ones, one can conclude, people also start using Firefox at their work more and more. Firefox is used the least in the Ukraine and the Netherlands, but there's a hopefull sign from the Netherlands: Finally, after looking like it was cancelled, it was decided, a full page Firefox add will appear (Dutch) in a free newspaper. The money for this add is collected amongst individuals and corporate sponsors.

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.

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