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Linux Foe to Embrace Open Source

  • Linux News; By James Hein (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
One excellent open-source program that often gets overlooked in the focus on products like Linux is The Gimp. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is freely distributed software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Exploit released for already fixed Firefox flaw

The foundation just released their latest stable security update, which fixed a crucial security flaw. This IDN bug has now been published on the Internet as per the news released by a French security vendor. FrSIRT has now warned the users to upgrade to the latest release soon as the exploit can now be deployed by random public sites, which can lead to problems for the users.

Industry Summit on the Commercial Adoption of Open Source Software ...

The 451 Group is hosting a senior executive-level industry summit to discuss the impact of open source software in the enterprise IT arena and to identify how to build a successful business model around open source. The use of open source software is fundamentally changing the way that vendors, end users and investors do business and make money. Like all powerful tools, open source can do damage if used improperly; however, the potential benefits also are massive, and that's why it's important to understand where there is upside potential in the commercial adoption of open source.

Ubuntu: derivative or fork?

Ubuntu is based on Debian, and is intended primarily for Linux newbies who use it mainly as a desktop. In short, it's a well-polished Debian distro, with fewer customization capacities and an excellent hardware detection. But Ubuntu is much more than that. Ubuntu never positioned itself as a Debian derivative, like Xandros, or Mepis, or Knoppix.

Local software co offers SLA for OSS middleware

South African software house Dariel Solutions has launched a full service level agreement for Jboss and PostgreSQL platforms.

Spikesource Adds Mambo to Open Source Stack

The Mambo Foundation has said that Mambo has been approved for inclusion in the SpikeSource Open Source component stack. Users are now able to tap into the resources of SpikeSource for information and automated installation tools for the Mambo Content Management System.

Music executive tells Mac / Linux users to get a proper cd player

Mac owners and Linux users have been verbally bashed by Tommi Kyrra of the Finish division of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IPFI). The bashing of both the Mac platform and Linux platform came after users of these systems kicked up a stink about songs with DRM / Copy protection not working on their platforms.

Open Letter to Alan Yates of Microsoft

In his reply to the Massachusetts decision to use only documents in OpenDocument format, the Microsoft manager Alan Yates writes: (paraphrased) Star Office, Open Office, KOffice and IBM Workplace are all derivatives of the same codebase. Thus there is only one program that supports Open Document, and that is illegal. This is, of course, not true, and here is an open letter written by KOffice Marketing Coordinator Inge Wallin on behalf of the KOffice team which clarifies these facts.

Are the final open source skeptics coming around?

  • ZDnet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 3:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A very interesting little read came through my RSS feed this morning. (The image, by the way, is from Mark and Susan Andriani, who do business together as Cloudcat.) It was a fairly balanced look at Linux, from a corporate perspective. It cited two main reasons to choose Linux, a "drastic reduction of hardware costs" and "fear of being locked into proprietary software." It did say Linux isn't free, and called performance enhancements over Windows and Unix a myth, but it noted "many firms do realize significant cost reductions" when they switch, and that "Linux is the perfect service-oriented architecture." There was nothing remarkable here except the byline — Laura DiDio.

Geriatric Microsoft scuppered by file formats

  • The Inq; By Charlie Demerjian (Posted by bstadil on Sep 24, 2005 2:28 AM EDT)
Microsoft is a bully, plain and simple. It has more programmers than anyone else, and always had the option of doing the right thing for the right reason, but for some unfathomable reason, never did. It preferred to hold your feet to the fire, and force you to do what it said.

How will Linux be leveraged in next-gen supercomputers?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 24, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux is at the top of the world's Top 500 List of World's Fastest Supercomputers, but does it have what it takes to stay there?

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.7 Release Candidates Available

The Mozilla Quality weblog has announced the availability of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.7 release candidate builds. Thunderbird 1.0.7 is a minor update that will fix a few bugs, including a return receipt regression introduced in version 1.0.2 (bug 289091) and the Linux command line URL parsing security flaw (bug 307185).

Linux certification preparation tutorials

Prepare for LPI certification with developerWorks tutorials! The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certifies Linux system administrators at two levels. Each certification level has two exams: the 101 and 102 exams for junior-level certification (cerification level 1), and the 201 and 202 exams for intermediate-level certification (cerification level 2).

IBM, Amid Layoffs, Scours Globe For IT Talent

  • Information Week; By K.C. Jones (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
With globalization considered one of the key factors in IBM's restructuring, Big Blue is scouting for new IT talent with numerous openings in Russia, China, Brazil and India--as well as the U.S.

Yahoo's Powerful New Approach to Webmail

Goodbye checkboxes, hello preview pane. No more client refreshes, no more "Move…" button. Now you can just hit the delete key on your keyboard and watch the message immediately disappear - instead of clicking a checkbox, hitting a delete button, and waiting for the page to refresh

Popular PHP is hot, and it's Canadian

  • Globe and Mail; By Peter Lavin (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 9:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP, Sun; Story Type: News Story
Quick -- name a Canadian-made computer-programming language. Time's up. If you answered "Java," that's true enough -- its originator, University of Calgary graduate James Gosling, created the language for Sun Microsystems Inc. But the top prize goes to those who answered "PHP." Ten years ago this summer, Rasmus Lerdorf created the wildly popular Web-development language while working at the University of Toronto. Mr. Lerdorf, who returned to the city last week as keynote speaker at the PHP Works conference, is also a University of Waterloo graduate and worked for a number of years at Bell Canada, but is currently employed by search engine giant Yahoo Inc. in California.

XScale PC/104 SBC comes with free Linux dev kit

Micro/sys is offering a free Linux development kit along with first orders of its new XScale-based PC/104 SBC (single-board computer). Aimed at point-of-sale terminals and industrial control panels, the SBC1670 includes a color flat-panel display controller, audio, debounced keypad inputs, and several PC-style interfaces.

Sorry, but Oracle IS OPEN

  • Open for Business; By Omar Tazi (Posted by bstadil on Sep 23, 2005 8:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle
I wanted to do my part and set the record straight about something Oracle is unfairly labeled as: the idea that unlike its competitors, Oracle is not a supporter of industry standards and produces proprietary software to lock customers in and trap them forever.

Opera Gives Away 1.6 Million Browsers

  • InformationWeek (Posted by bstadil on Sep 23, 2005 4:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over a million and a half copies of the Opera browser have been downloaded since the application was offered up free to any taker on Tuesday, the company claimed on its Web site.

IBM provides a more power-efficient Linux system

Powerscale4ppc (Power and Frequency Scaling for the IBM PowerPC 970) is an IBM free-trial emerging technology power management solution that demonstrates a power management implementation for the PPC970FX and CPC925 bridge chips on the Maple-D PPC970FX evaluation platform running on Linux.

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