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IBM, Zend Welcome Open-Source Developers

The upcoming Zend Core will combine IBM's Cloudscape database and Zend's PHP environment, while the latest IDS upgrade has enhanced security options and backup utilities.

New Mozilla Firefox Options/Preferences Window Lands

The latest trunk builds of Mozilla Firefox now feature the redesigned Options/Preferences window that has been developed over the last few weeks.

Open Source Database Market Share Breakdown

  • infoworld.com; By Tom Sullivan (Posted by mariuz on Feb 26, 2005 4:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Evans Data revealed the results of a study on open source databases. While the familiar names MySQL and PostgresSQL were in there, the biggest surprise may be that Firebird was nearly tied for the most used open source database.

Running Windows Inside of Linux with Wn4Lin

  • http://spidertools.com; By Mike Weber (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 25, 2005 5:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: SUSE
Despite interest in moving to a full Linux commitment, sometimes you need to settle for a transitional position and that is where a program like Win4Lin can help a business or school system maintain a Linux base but still use aspects of Microsoft that are needed for special projects.

C++ exception-handling tricks for Linux

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 25, 2005 1:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Handling exceptions in C++ has a few implicit restrictions at the language level, but you can get around them in some instances. Learn ways to make exceptions work for you so you can produce more reliable applications.

Build a GCC-based cross-compiler for Linux

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 25, 2005 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Step-by-step instructions for building a cross-compiler so that you can build and develop applications for an alternative platform. Cross-compilers can be useful in many different situations, such as developing applications for embedded platforms.

SCO Group buys some time from Nasdaq on de-listing; no annual report filed yet

The embattled SCO Group announced through a legal posting Friday that it has requested and has been granted a hearing on whether the company should be de-listed from the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. The Lindon, Utah-based Unix products and services company had published no press release but only posted its SEC Form 8K on the matter, which is considered sufficient public notification of the Nasdaq action. The hearing will be held on March 17, effectively buying about three weeks' time to continue selling stock on the exchange.

First Look at Solaris 10

  • Mad Penguin; By Narayan Newton (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 25, 2005 10:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems has recently released Solaris 10. It is currently free, as in beer, and most of it is promised to be released under an OSI approved license in the second quarter of 2005. Most everyone reading this probably knows all of that. The release and subsequent open sourcing of Solaris 10 has caused quite an uproar in the Open Source community and the IT industry as a whole. Linux advocates have been fighting Solaris advocates on forums across the Internet. The zealotry and misrepresentation from both sides has been really quite impressive. However, I am a BSD user. I am not on either side and will do my best to allow neither zealotry nor misrepresentation into this review.

Forgotten Security (Cooking with Linux)

  • MarcelGagne.com; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Feb 25, 2005 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
...steganography. Using this process, you can take any message, encode it inside another message (or in this case, a graphic image). In fact, you could create a whole web site, full of images with secret messages in all of them and none would be the wiser.

The GIMP at a crossroads

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A critical point for Adobe developers arrived a few years back during the Web boom period. The company had to choose whether to continue developing Photoshop as an all-in-one graphic tool supporting both publishing and Web development, or create a separate Web graphics editor for Web graphic creation. It chose to spin off ImageReady for Web development and GIF animation and keep Photoshop for desktop publishing. Now the GIMP, the open source answer to Photoshop, faces the same decision.

Summary of Upcoming Mozilla Releases

Next up is likely to be Mozilla 1.8 Beta 1, coming straight from the trunk. A more cutting-edge release, 1.8b1 will be the first non-alpha version to feature the major internal changes that have been completed since 1.7 branched, including many substantial improvements to Gecko.

NetBSD 2.0 Rendezvous

In December 2004, the NetBSD Project released the feature-rich NetBSD 2.0. Even after such a masterpiece, developers kept working on improvements, new features, and new ports following the new development roadmap. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed them to find out what they are working on and how they plan to promote their project in the near future.

LinuxHardware.org 64-Bit Desktop Battle!

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2005 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CPU Reviews Earlier this week Intel announced their first desktop processors that will support 64-bit extensions similar to those found on the AMD Athlon 64 processors. These new chips not only bring new features to the table, they also raise the maximum clock speed of the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition to new heights. I've received both the new Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition at 3.73GHz and the Intel Pentium 4 660 (3.6GHz) and I plan to show you the most comprehensive 64-bit benchmarks of these chips that are available on the Internet. While Microsoft still hasn't come around with an x86-64 64-bit OS, Linux has had a stable 64-bit version for some time now. So let's take these processors out for a spin and find out how they handle 64-bit code and how they stack up against AMD's top two processors. Welcome to the LinuxHardware.org 64-Bit Desktop Battle!

OSDir.com Weekly Screenshot Tours

OSDir.com Weekly Screenshot Tours for Feb 24, 2005. This week we had a look at some nice software, including Linspire 4.5, amaroK 1.2, and Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.0 RC1.

This week was a little light as we set up our site to receive your submissions of distros, apps, and Linux user desktops.

Lineox Releases Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.0

  • http://www.lineox.net/; By Raimo Koski (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 25, 2005 6:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Lineox has released today Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.0 which is built from the source packages available from http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/4/en/os/i3... Lineox has replaced some graphics files and changed or replaced some other files mainly because of trademark issues while retaining full compatibility.

Mandrakesoft Buys Conectiva for Global Growth

While the French Linux provider presents its purchase of the Brazilian company as a triumphant expansion, some observers call it a desperation move.

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...

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