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Update to Firefox Now Available

"Regular security updates are essential for maintaining a safe browsing experience for our users," said Chris Hofmann, director of engineering for the Mozilla Foundation. "The Mozilla Foundation has developed a community of users and developers who continuously provide feedback on Mozilla software, and as a result of that constant vigilance, we are able to provide quick and effective responses to security vulnerabilities."

IBM backs open-source Web software

  • CNET News.com; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2005 5:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story
IBM is putting its corporate heft behind a popular open-source Web development technology called PHP, in a move meant to reach out to a broader set of developers. On Friday, the tech giant announced a partnership with Zend Technologies to create a bundle called Zend Core, which includes IBM's Cloudscape-embedded database and Zend's PHP development tools.

Gammu open source cell phone synchronisation tool

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2005 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've been an enthusiastic owner of a GSM cellphone since 1999. I soon bought a serial communication cable to connect it to my PC. Since then I've tested several tools to retrieve and send data between the two. Searching the net one day I came across Gammu, a Linux-based command-line-driven open source synchronisation and backup tool written in C, focused mainly on Nokia models old and new. Gammu lets you retrieve and send SMS directly from your PC, synchronize your address book data, manage your calendar, and check out internal information about your phone's firmware and IMEI number.

Mozilla releases Firefox security update

  • CNET News.com; By Steven Musil (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2005 5:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Mozilla Foundation released on Thursday an update to the Firefox Web browser to fix several vulnerabilities, including one that would allow domain spoofing. The open-source project released Firefox 1.0.1...

My Workstation OS: Mac OS X

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
My work involves administering Unix Web servers and a mix of office desktops, along with developing the applications we run on them. I use Mac OS X to do it because it is something like a superset of those other popular OS choices. While much of the software I deploy is free, both as in speech and as in beer, I'm willing to open my wallet for OS X.

Cross-platform packaging facility OpenPKG 2.3 released

The OpenPKG project released version 2.3 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform multi-instance Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.3 consists of 545 selected (from a pool of over 850) packages.

Linux 2.6.11 set to be released

The Linux world is bracing for the final release of the new Linux 2.6.11 kernel, which will include a long list of driver updates and patches, with InfiniBand support perhaps being one of most interesting new additions.

News: Fujitsu Readies Linux Mainframe for Later This Year

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
With shipment of an Intel-based "Linux mainframe" slated for later this year, and the release this month of new "Shunsaku XML Search" software, Fujitsu is currently pulling together mounting momentum in an increasingly competitive enterprise Linux race.

Musings on the MandrakeSoft-Conectiva merger

Commentary: As you've probably read, Mandrakesoft and Conectiva announced their merger today. The combined firms will be well-positioned to go after emerging markets not only in South America but around the globe. MandrakeSoft derives 40 percent of its revenue from North America, 40 percent from Europe, and the remainder from elsewhere around the world. Conectiva derives 95 percent of its revenue from Brazil, but its distribution is spread by partners in Columbia and Peru as well.

IBM throws weight behind multi-OS push

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM has quietly added a new option to the suddenly vogue market for "hypervisor" software that lets a computer run multiple operating systems simultaneously, CNET News.com has learned. [Licenced under GPL]

World's Fastest Compilers for 64-bit AMD and Intel-based Linux Clusters Continue to Build Strong Market Momentum

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
- PathScale EKOPath(TM) Compiler Suite Voted '2004 Supercomputing Product of the Year' in Online Reader's Poll -

Microsoft ponders open-source database

  • CNET News.com; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 8:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Will the software industry's wave of open-source databases spill onto Microsoft's turf? Perhaps. The software giant is considering making the source code for its SQL Server database available to customers, according to Tom Rizzo, director of product management in Microsoft's SQL Server unit.

Second-tier Linux sellers agree to merge

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mandrakesoft has agreed to acquire Conectiva, a move to combine the weight of two Linux sellers that individually have failed to achieve the dominance of Red Hat or Novell's SuSE.

Microsoft says sorry for AntiSpyware error

A Dutch Web site has accepted an apology from Microsoft after it was blacklisted by the software giant's anti-spyware tool.

Mandrakesoft makes acquisition

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Feb 24, 2005 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The French Linux vendor has acquired its Brazillian equivalent in a €1.79m all-stock deal.

Mini-Mozilla marches toward Windows mobiles

  • CNET News.com; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 7:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Minimo, the Mozilla browser for mobile devices, is poised to move beyond Linux PDAs and onto Windows CE devices, according to the Mozilla Foundation.

IBM extends lead in server market

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 5:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM continued to march ahead of rivals in 2004 in server sales, a key market in the computing industry, making gains in models using x86 chips and the Unix operating system.

Mandrakesoft to acquire Conectiva

Mandrakesoft, the European Linux leader, today is announcing a definitive agreement to acquire Conectiva, the South-American Linux leader. All details for this new acquisition are available in the press-release below.

An open source/commercial relationship gone wrong

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Late last year the relationship between a free software project, Prelude, and a company that hired one of its programmers, ExaProtect Technology, broke down. In a reaction to what it perceived as unethical treatment of its development team, the Prelude project closed its development source repository, not just to ExaProtect but to the world, in an apparent breach of the spirit of the GPL and free software ethics. NewsForge investigates this cautionary tale of a relationship gone wrong.

Linux is in business

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2005 4:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For those of us who attended last week's LinuxWorld trade show in Boston it became clear that the worlds of Linux and business have intersected.

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