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Mozilla finally renovates Firefox add-on site

Six weeks after it first promised a revamped add-ons site for its Firefox browser, Mozilla Corp. today officially launched a streamlined version that touts a beginner's list of extensions. Mozilla did not, however, cull the more than 2,200 extensions offered by the site to the "couple hundred" as it pledged to do early last month.

No, really! Ubuntu is not Linux! Try it on for size!

For reason/reasons unknown, ex-Windows users leaving Windows and seeking a free alternative somehow do not seem to be flocking to ReactOS. Instead, the Windows users are coming to Linux in general, but we hear a lot of complaints from the ex-Windows users that Linux is difficult for them to get used to. They want a free system that is Windows-like, and here they have a free system which is Unix-like.

Oracle Joins Linux Patent Commons

On March 27, Oracle and the Open Invention Network (OIN) will announce that Oracle will become an OIN licensee. By doing this, Oracle opens the doors to making some of its patents available royalty-free to any company, institution, or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against Linux.

Michlmayr advocates time-based release management for FOSS projects

Former Debian Project Leader Martin Michlmayr is completing his doctoral thesis at the Centre for Technology Management, University of Cambridge. Entitled "Quality Improvement in Volunteer, Free, and Open Source Project: Exploring the Impact of Release Management," his thesis is based on case studies of major free and open source software (FOSS) project, including Debian, GNOME, the Linux kernel,, Plone, and A supporter of the open access movement, which tries to make academic work as widely available as possible, Michlmayr is blogging and discussing his work as often as possible. He also plans to make the final version of his thesis available on the Internet. As part of his efforts, Michlmayr talked to about why he concludes that regularly scheduled releases are desirable in large FOSS projects.

Critical Open Source Software Projects Receive 6,000 Bug Fixes in First Year of Coverity Scan Site

Department of Homeland Security open source hardening project grows to 150 applications and regular scans of 35 million lines of source code

Linux Foundation Announces a Diverse Board of Directors to Represent the Linux Ecosystem

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced its new board of directors, a diverse group that represents the key stakeholders from every corner of the Linux ecosystem: the Linux kernel community, Linux vendors, distributions and users, as well as individual open source leaders.

Sun's Netra Server Now Runs Windows, Linux, And Solaris

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday introduced a Netra rack server that offers broader operating system support and is powered by AMD Opteron processors. The Netra X4200 M2, the latest in a product line targeted at the telecom industry, runs Linux, Windows, or Solaris. It is also Sun's first Network Equipment Building Standard Level 3 certified rack server powered by Advanced Micro Devices. NEBS is a widely used set of safety, spatial, and environmental design guidelines for U.S. telecommunications equipment.

myOS (v1.0.3) - Miniature OpenGL development system

This is minimalistic GNU/Linux based system. Beside the main goal - OpenGL capable, Linux based system without X, I was also looking to make system small and fast as possible, with quick kernel boot and system loading time.

[So, after case modding new now get OS modding? Sweet. — Sander

Rexx and what it means for AIX

The first of the widely used "scripting" languages continues to expand its capabilities and platform range, and it makes for a particularly good match with AIX.

New Xandros Linux Server to Bundle Scalix 11 Enterprise-Class Collaboration Platform

Xandros, Inc. and Scalix today announced that the forthcoming Xandros Server 2 will ship with Scalix 11 pre-installed. The bundled solution brings enterprise-class email and calendaring to the SMB market.

Beryl and Compiz merger likely

Recent talk over a possible merging of the teams of compositing window managers Compiz and Beryl seems to be reaching fruition. Although details have yet to be worked out and no deals have been finalised, the project already has the suggested title of Coral

Novell takes Microsoft’s InfoCard technology open source

Novell is developing an open source implementation of Microsoft’s identity card technology that is functionally equivalent to the Windows software but will run on both Linux and Macintosh.

Open source... hardware? Someday, say ETech attendees

If sci-fi author William Gibson’s claim that "the future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet" is correct, then how we will manufacture physical goods tomorrow may be augured by how we make software today. Open-source, object-oriented development, personalization, even hacking, are presaging and inspiring new manufacturing methods that will overhaul today’s plodding techniques born during the Industrial Revolution, according to panelists speaking Monday at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.

Viacom Hates Open Source (and Small Children in the Third World)

Some of you may be visiting this blog to read about the OLPC running an NES emulator. To accompany that article, Brad Morgan uploaded a video to YouTube. When you try to watch the video, however, you’re presented with the following message: This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Viacom International Inc.

The Linux Foundation has a First, Diverse Board of Directors

Just last month, the Free Standards Group and Open Source Development Labs announced that they had merged. That union brought together two of the most important resources supporting the Linux ecosystem, and promoting the growth of Linux operating system in the marketplace. Today, the product of that merger - called the Linux Foundation - announced the members of its first, diverse Board of Directors, fulfilling a promise to give a voice on the Board to all key stakeholders in the Linux ecosystem, including the kernel, legal, user, distro and vendor communities.

Linux Kernel to Add VMI

The next stable update to the Linux kernel, Version 2.6.21, is slated to include a new feature submitted by VMware called VMI. VMI will provide a common protocol across which multiple hypervisors can communicate with the Linux kernel instances they paravirtualize.

First experimental KDE 4 svn rpms for Fedora

Chitlesh Goorah has prepared a set of Fedora rpm packages containing a checkout of the KDE 4 development trunk of the KDE svn. Of course these packages do install KDE 4 only to some /opt/ directory and are strictly for demonstration and development only.

Open Season on Women

"...tolerating poisonous people is the same as taking a big hot steaming dump on the cool sane people you want to have around. I cannot fathom the spineless mentality that would rather suck up to psychopaths than stand up for friends."

Turning Gold to Manure: Best Buy Acquires

"Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States."

[Say good-bye to one of the best data and voice service providers in the world, now that they are in the clutches of one of the shoddiest, dodgiest retailers in existence-- TC]

Review: Dreamlinux 2.2

When it comes to choosing a Linux distribution, people tend to stick with the major players, such as Ubuntu, SUSE, or Fedora. However, every once in a while a distro comes along that offers a look at Linux in a new and fun way. One such distribution is Dreamlinux, a Morphix-based implementation of Linux that can be run from a single CD or installed on a hard drive. Dreamlinux 2.2 aims to offer a full range of desktop applications while providing a wealth of multimedia tools for easy production of professional-grade media.

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