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Foremost for Data Recovery

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Dec 22, 2005 9:18 PM EDT)
Even with the best recovery systems in place accidents can still happen. When you've terminally trashed the file system of your drive after a 4AM coding marathon more drastic measures than a backup restore are called for. Enter Foremost.

Browser wars: Firefox gains on Internet Explorer

A good Web browser can interpret all kinds of coding and deliver to your computer screen a page that looks pretty much the way its creator envisioned. Choose the wrong browser, and you'll find yourself stuck or unwittingly vulnerable to strangers with bad intentions.

Our choice: Mozilla's just-updated Firefox 1.5, which looks and feels a lot like the original Firefox that made its debut in November 2004. It suppresses pop-up ads, thwarts spyware and loads pages faster than Internet Explorer, the browser used by about 85 percent of Web surfers.

Does mobile Linux really have legs?

There is little disagreement about the opportunities for Linux on mobile phones, but it will take some work to give Linux its legs. While Linux today is one player among the many operating systems in the mobile handset market, finding its stride will be a matter of operating system enhancements, the formation of standards by the Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS), and use of the open source platform by a major manufacturer with a winning product, analysts said.

KOffice 2 User Interface Design Competition

KOffice development is currently going on at a tremendous pace. Version 1.5, with Open Document as the default file format, will be released in March 2006, and it is time to start collecting ideas for version 2. KOffice has received a donation of $1000 to be used as the prize in a GUI and Functionality Design competition. So whip out the RAD tools and your imagination and design the next big thing in office automation!

Linux Dies Under Microsoft's Open Document standard

Do you remember the day when Linux users had no Internet browser? Under the conformities of MSXML Document Standard, those days would return.

[ED: Kind of repost but it's important to understand the threat -bstadil]

Latest Gaim Beta Arrives

The newest version of the popular open-source IM client supports more IM protocols, but not VOIP or video.

Mozilla's Thunderbird 1.5 E-mailer Closing On Final

Mozilla Corp. has rolled out the second Release Candidate (RC2) of Thunderbird 1.5, the e-mail client intended to complement the popular Firefox browser.

Seminar leads to ongoing forum for UK FOSS interests

When Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli agreed to deliver a seminar on "Open Source in Government" to parliamentary staff members and representatives of local government in the United Kingdom earlier this month, he planned to introduce his audience to some basic concepts. However, when he got there, he found that most of the audience was already familiar with the concepts. As a result, instead of educating people in public life, he may have done more than he hoped -- he may have helped to create an ongoing forum in which the free and open source software (FOSS) communities, political lobbyists, and members of the governing Labour Party and the opposition Conservative Party can work together to promote the use of FOSS in the governments of the United Kingdom.

Open Source Savings for a School District

A lot of people ask about the real savings that Open Source can bring to school districts. Noxon Schools has used Open Source software for 6 years now and so I wanted to demonstrate the actual savings and philosophy of Open Source in a real life setting.

Noxon Schools is a rural school district in remote northwest Montana with a student body of about 270 students. The school uses 4 Linux Terminal Servers on separate networks to serve 125 Linux Thin Clients. In addition, the school has a Web server, DNS server, 2 Proxy Servers, Backup Server and a Samba server to provide all of the services the school needs in house. 60 computers run Windows 2000 or XP.

[Ed.] Don't you just love it when schools adopt FOSS and save some money? I certainly DO.

Debian Project updates its Linux distribution

Dozens of patches have been released for Debian/GNU Linux in the first major update to Version 3.1 of the free operating system since it was released in June.

Server crashes make CUNY study new options

  •; By Jan Stafford, Editor (Posted by Abe on Dec 22, 2005 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: IBM, Red Hat

Distance learning and changing majors are both easy tasks for students at City University of New York, thanks to two Web-based software applications. Keeping the Linux servers that powered those applications running wasn't easy, however, due to constant server failures and the need for hands-on fixes.

The need for manual repairs for frequent Linux server crashes "translated into wasted time and money and, in some cases, downtime for important applications," said Arty Ecock, manager of VM enterprise systems for CUNY Computing and Information Systems (CIS).

[Ed.] Very misleading article. Writer attempts to create a perception by associating Linux with problems totally caused by disk drive hardware failures. What the heck?

The Open Standards Monopoly Challenging Innovation in Redmond

LXer Day Desk: 12-22-2005

In trying to portray the dirty tricks in which Microsoft seems engaged with regard to the Open Document Standard, I encountered difficulties articulating the problem. Each draft I wrote seemed like ranting. Even Gary Edwards of OASIS confessed that he had trouble writing about it because he felt he needed to lampoon Microsoft to get the point across. So, this article takes the point of view of a Redmond fanatic and praises Mr. Gates and his techniques for fighting in an open environment. The major points seem to emerge when you consider RFCs and IEEE standards the monopoly. I hope you enjoy it.

CMP Media's Annual Embedded Systems Conference Returns to Silicon Valley, April 3-7, 2006 at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
North America's Largest Electronic Systems Design Event to Feature Comprehensive Training Program, Return of Microprocessor Summit and Co-Location of the D2M Conference 2006 Takes Another Step Forward

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Dec 22, 2005 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story released a minor update for its office suite that includes some major improvements.

Migrating From Windows to Linux Simplified With New Versora Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Easy-to-Use 'Progression Desktop' Allows Users to Transfer E-mail, Files and Settings From Windows to Linux

Ping: ICMP vs. ARP

  • NewsForge; By Gerard Beekmans (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Network and system administrators are well-versed in using the ping utility for troubleshooting purposes, but where do you turn when ping doesn't do the trick?

Good news for Novell Linux

It hasn't all been bad news for Novell this month. While it was too late to be included in the fourth-quarter results we talked about last week, the company did get a big win from the middle of Europe. As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune, the Swiss government has contracted Novell to replace 3,000 servers with SuSE Enterprise Linux. That is a major gain for Novell and should help improve the bottom line significantly in the current fiscal year's first quarter.

Six dumbest ideas in computer security

  • Certified Security pro; By Marcus J. Ranum (Posted by bstadil on Dec 22, 2005 6:47 AM EDT)
Let me introduce you to the six dumbest ideas in computer security. What are they? They're the anti-good ideas. They're the braindamage that makes your $100,000 ASIC-based turbo-stateful packet-mulching firewall transparent to hackers. Where do anti-good ideas come from? They come from misguided attempts to do the impossible - which is another way of saying "trying to ignore reality."

Build the Perfect Desktop With KDE

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Abe on Dec 22, 2005 5:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: KDE
As much I would like to believe I am as brilliant and charismatic as Linus Torvalds, it's really not worth the effort, because it's so not true. But Linus and I do agree on one thing: KDE is an excellent desktop. It looks good and it works well- what more does anyone need? Best of all, it doesn't simplify by removing functionality, like a certain well-known desktop project does. You want a simpler, cleaner interface? Might I suggest organizing the menus and configuration dialogs with common functions on top, and advanced functions available on a different level? Throwing away functionality seems a tad daft.


Copyleft Hits a Snag

Incompatibilities among "copyleft" licenses meant to promote the sharing of creative work could end up preventing it, says cyber-law expert Lawrence Lessig. The problem is that the copyleft licenses, like the "free software" licenses from which they're drawn, require that derivative works be licensed under identical terms. And those terms differ from license to license.

[ED: Lessig is someone I take seriously, hence, this is a disturbing problem. Nonetheless, not one that cannot be resolved (perhaps with fewer, simplier licensing conditions?). These are important issues when trying to match dissimilar content, e.g. text and audio/visual becomes contentious. - HC]

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