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Firefox a "complete security mess"

OPEN SAUCE browser Firefox is so critically flawed that it is impossible to fix, according to two hackers.

[Even if true, it's still more secure than MSIE. Now take a deep breath and let that sink in. - dcparris]

DistroWatch Weekly: Slackware 11.0, Mandriva 2007 anti-PR, FC6 Test4, Instalinux

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 2, 2006 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The unusually long development of Slackware Linux 11.0 continues with an ever growing changelog and more bug fixes. Will we see the final release this week? As Mandriva prepares to unveil its latest and greatest, some of the company's developers are found questioning the suitability of Linux for the desktop. Also in the news: Fedora quietly releases an unscheduled testing set of CD and DVD images of Fedora Core 6, Debian finds itself in a position of not being able to comply with the Mozilla trademark, and Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth talks about Dapper and the future of the project. A quick introduction to is followed by a statistical titbit from our web logs, before we conclude the issue by awarding the September donation to Inkscape and Cape Linux Users Group. Happy reading!

Building Singapore's National Grid

In this GRIDtoday Q&A, Hing-Yan Lee, deputy director of Singapore's National Grid Office, discusses his organization's work to establish a nationwide cyberinfrastructure with the purpose of improving economic and technological competitiveness. Lee is presenting this week at the Gelato ICE: Itanium Conference & Expo in Biopolis, Singapore.

Mysql database monitoring service in the works

  • SME IT Guide; By China Martens (Posted by dcparris on Oct 2, 2006 2:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Merlin is a server-based database monitoring and advisory service which continually scans a user's database network for any likely system crashes, bottlenecks or security vulnerabilities, the source said. Under development at MySQL for 22 months, Merlin is due to debut late in the fourth quarter of this calendar year or early in the first quarter of 2007. It's unclear whether Merlin contains any third-party software or if MySQL developers have modelled the offering on any existing database monitoring and advisory service.

Berry 0.74 Screenshots

TCS has taken some nice screenshots of the Berry 0.74. "Yuichiro Nakada has announced a new version of Berry Linux, a Fedora-based, desktop-oriented distribution and live CD with support for both Japanese and English. upgraded a number of popular applications, including Firefox and Thunderbird (both Japanese and English editions); GIMP 2.2.13; WINE 0.9.21 and NdisWrapper 1.23; added Audacious 1.1.2..."

Gnu released new drafts of Free Documentation Licenses

The Free Software Foundation released the first drafts for the next versions of GNU's Free Documentation Licenses. Two drafts were released; one for the GFDL v2 and another for a simpler variant of the FDL.

Hiweed Desktop 1.0 Screenshots

TCS has taken some screenshots of the newly released Hiweed Desktop 1.0. "Some of the changes and new features in the Ubuntu-based Chinese distribution include: improved driver installation for NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards; Firefox default page set to a simple FAQ page; Xfmedia replaced by Totem; Xgl and Compiz upgraded to their latest versions; upgraded to version 2.0.3; added Chinese translation for XChat and XFce; Gaim upgraded to support SIP"

Solidcore Names Bob Vieraitis Vice President of Marketing

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Solidcore Systems, Inc., the leading provider of change control solutions, today announced that Bob Vieraitis has been appointed vice president of marketing. Vieraitis will assume worldwide marketing responsibilities to drive revenue growth and accelerate the market adoption of Solidcore's change control software.

Linux Gazette #131 is out!

Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

Intel: Only "Open" for Business

According to Theo de Raadt, Intel is claiming all sorts of Open Source creds even as it withholds specs and drivers on its wireless devices:

"Intel is being an Open Source fraud."

Int'l open source group to start training sessions in RP

Open source advocates in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region are getting a hand from an international open source group, which will be conducting a series of training sessions in the coming months.

Java install on Linux is pants

Sun Microsystems says it's serious about Java on Linux. But the process of installing the Java runtime leaves a lot to be desired, and here is why.

The GIF Format is Finally Patent-Free

"Not many people noticed that the GIF file format is only now free from patents, as of the 1st of October 2006. Quick recap: first in 1999 Unisys tried to extort money from users and developers. Then, in 2003 the world hoped that the saga would finally be over.

DistroWatch Weekly: Financing Debian, Linux XP, Sabayon Linux, origin of DW visitors

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 1, 2006 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With Mandriva Linux 2007 and Slackware Linux 11.0 expected any time now, and Ubuntu 6.10 beta also scheduled for release later this week, the next few days are likely to provide enough excitement to keep all "distro watchers" busy with brand new products. But will Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" be on time too? A highly controversial way of making that happen has stirred the Debian developer community to the point that some of them are calling for the removal of the project's elected leader! In other news, we report about a new init system for Fedora Core, a graphical Xgl/Compiz configuration tool for openSUSE, and a new distribution designed for those who just can't leave their previous desktop interface behind. A "First Look" section featuring SabayonLinux 3.0 is then followed by several statistical reports indicating that your interest in DistroWatch and open source operating systems have been increasing at a rather phenomenal rate. Happy reading!

Demystifying Open Source Ajax Toolkits

If there is one open source Ajax project that is leading the pack these days, it might be Dojo. It's not necessarily better in any particular way than the others, but it is both broad and deep with a big selection of very customizable widgets. These traits may explain why both IBM and Sun have recently signed on to support the Dojo Foundation and its work.

PCLinuxOS Magazine October 2006 Issue 2 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the October 2006 issue is available for download! We've put a lot of effort into producing a quality magazine made for the community, by the community. This is our second issue that has been produced by our project team. The previous September issue can also be downloaded

Contained inside are many articles written for the PCLinuxOS community and a few for those interested but not yet using it. With this issue, we've decided to focus on Children and Linux. Some highlights include:

  1. How-To's on multibooting and web page construction
  2. Many looks at different distros for Children
  3. Two articles written by young PCLinuxOS Users on their experience
  4. Trips down memory lane with articles on Old Computers
  5. Much, Much more!

OpenBSD: Intel Accused Of Being "An Open Source Fraud"

Damien Bergamini started a thread on the OpenBSD -misc mailing list in which he summarized Intel's policy toward open-source software being to "make us look like we're open-source friendly by opening a project on sourceforge," and, "give the open-source community the bare minimum so that they can serve as our beta-testers." Damien released a reverse engineered blob-free driver for an Intel wireless chipset earlier this year, but work is slow as Intel does not freely provide documentation to the chipset.

Editorial - Bundle With All New Computers

The people in our community who most need might not know how to get it and install it. So needs be to bundled on all new computers. The time for that to happen is now. Institutional purchasers of computers can make that happen by telling manufacturers to do so.

Installing Zenoss Network Monitor on a Ubuntu Server

  • HowtoForge; By Michael Shillingford (Posted by falko on Oct 1, 2006 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how to install and configure the Zenoss network monitoring tool on a Ubuntu 6.06 system. Zenoss is a free open-source tool that allows you to monitor servers, applications, networks, power, etc. regarding their configuration, availability, and performance. It can also alert you by email if it finds inappropriate actions.

Soft scrollback for the Linux VGA console

If you're a heavy user of the Linux VGA console, you'll like this feature. Recent 2.6 kernels have added support for soft scrollback. This feature enables you to have much bigger scrollback buffer than the standard console has, at the price of slightly slower console output.

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