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(openPR) - VIENNA, openPR, January 11th 2006
Austrian entrepreneur Roman Mittermayr has finally released the long awaited Firefox/Mozilla version of WikiSearch, a toolbar for Wikipedia which is becoming a must-have utility for Wikipedia fans, counting over 100.000 downloads since it's launch.
H&R Block acknowledged last week that it had mailed unsolicited packages, containing their TaxCut software, to former customers early in December and that some of these packages had the former client’s social security number (SSN) embedded in the source code on the mailing label, CIO-today.com news reports. This kind of software mailing is a common marketing practice in many industries, according to WTVQ.com in Lexington, Kentucky.
After what one lead developer called a "very good" beta release in mid-December, the SeaMonkey project expects the final release of version 1.0 to be out this month, rescuing jilted users of the former Mozilla Suite of Web applications from the abyss of non-integrated applications.
Microsoft's announcement Tuesday that a federal ruling has deemed its Windows file-storage systems patents valid, is raising concerns in the open source community. The software giant's victory in the file allocation table (FAT) patents battle could demonstrate that global patents systems can be dangerous to the health of Linux and the open source community at large.
Melding two of the hottest trends in IT, ClearNova Inc. will make its rapid application development platform for Ajax an open source project, with the framework available for a free download. Called ThinkCap JX, the beta version already has more than 750 downloads. Plans are for a community site, http://www.thinkcap.org,
to go live in early February.
The Free Software Foundation announced today the addition of Gnash, the GNU Flash movie player and Firefox plugin, licensed under the GNU General Public License. Gnash is a project to build a SWF version 7 compliant flash player with high-quality imaging. It is the most advanced free flash player that currently exists, and an important addition to the GNU project.
Sharp used embedded Linux along with Devicescape's WiFi stack to build a 32-inch flat-panel TV/PC display with a built-in 802.11a/b/g wireless media adapter. The IT-32X2 has a built-in HDTV tuner, and USB ports for viewing photos from digital cameras or USB mass storage devices.
IBM has joined with three other technology companies, seven universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to adopt guiding principles to speed collaborative research for open-source software
The Mozilla Corporation today released version 1.5 of its Thunderbird e-mail client, touting a raft of new features aimed at both security and usability.
Mainsoft Corp. and IBM Wednesday announced an effort to work together to extend the Linux ecosystem by helping Microsoft customers move to Linux.
A Linux hacker with an electrical engineering background and experience creating robots for the legendary performance art troupe Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) has created a website devoted to... Linux robots
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a US$1.24 million three-year grant to Stanford University and software vendors Coverity Inc. and Symantec Corp. The grant will fund daily security audits and analysis of more than 40 open-source projects including Apache, Linux, Mozilla, MySQL and PostgreSQL.
Most people know that you can use OpenOffice 2.0, the open source alternative to Microsoft Office, to open up a Microsoft Office file and then save it in OpenOffice's native format—a zipped file that includes the document's contents as an XML file conforming to the OASIS OpenDocument standard. This works for Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. (See the XML.com article Opening Open Formats with XSLT for an example of the kind of simple new application that this makes possible: a stylesheet that extracts the slide titles and notes from a slideshow file and stores them in a single file that you can use as speaker notes when giving a presentation.) After opening one of these file types, you can even export them to an Acrobat PDF file.
A brief discussion on thelkml began whan it was asked why Andrew Morton [interview] isn't using git [story] to manage his -mm Linux kernel tree [story]. Andrew summarized, "because everthing would take me 100x longer?" He went on to explain that this is because he and Linus have a different way of working, "he reverts about one patch a month. I drop tens a day.
This time out, the old C hacker drags himself into the 1990s to solve Sudoku puzzles.
It's not often that something good happens in the area of software patents. Today is happily one of those days
The Damn Small Linux project released version 2.1 of its 50 megabyte LiveCD Linux distribution Tuesday. The changelog notes 31 key feature updates in v2.1, including new SATA boot-time support, new GUI controls, and much more.
I've had troubles as of late in my household. I had a motherboard go bad that was powering my Media Center PC. This PC is the center of the entire family entertainment with 30 GB of music, 50 GB of movies, and the ability to watch live TV. That immediately ceased when the BIOS chip failed on the mobo. I had to send in for a replacement. In the meantime, I've had to shift all of my computers around to compromise for this loss. This means that I lost my normal Linux (PCLinuxOS .92) computer (an old Celeron 900 Emachines). I now have the old PII 350 MHz. While I know it likes Slackware and Vector Linux the most...I have to try other distros out on it just to see what happens. After all, even Windows XP can install and run on this computer...
so I'd like to see how some of the better Linux desktops will run on it. To give a quick rundown, here are the specs:
Most road warriors today either carry a notebook, a PDA or a smartphone. These devices cost a lot of money so it is quite difficult for most folks to be mobile always. The most people can go is to access WAP sites using their mobile phones. Unfortunately, WAP sites are very limited and not to forget, telcos charge an arm and a leg for data access outside of their portals. I just wish that they give you an unlimited and free package during off-peak hours. This will surely encourage the masses to go online even by just browsing WAP sites.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to work with the open-source community to ensure that patent examiners have access to prior inventions related to software code. The open-source community has long criticized USPTO for not reviewing software in the public domain before issuing software patents.
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