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Dell Offers Potential Linux Desktop

Dell's new Dimension offers SOHO customers a PC that comes without a Microsoft operating system, but that's as far as it goes.

Petition Aims to Improve eBay's Mozilla Firefox Support

Online auction news site AuctionBytes is reporting that some eBay sellers have started a petition to persuade the auction giant to support Mozilla Firefox and other alternative browsers. According to the article, some features on the eBay Sell Your Item page are optimised for Microsoft Internet Explorer and do not work correctly in Firefox and other browsers.

Red Hat Linux centralizes Bryant University IT

Information technology at Bryant University was a twisted potpourri of hardware and software before Linux came along. The concept of a centralized data center seemed unreachable amid the university's eclectic mix of Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Dell hardware, but it was something that president Ronald Machtley wanted addressed by those in IT. According to Art Gloster, the Smithfield, R.I. university's vice president for information services, the school -- now ranked the second most wired university by the Princeton Review – had "a little bit of everything and not much of anything."

Hummingbird Genio(R) 6.0 Takes Data and Content Integration Performance to the Next Level

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Latest version features new parallel processing capabilities; additional platform support

ATmission 2.0-01 (reloaded) Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - ATmission is a Fedora-based live CD designed to allow users to experiment with the Linux operating system and other open source software without having to install anything on a hard disk. Version 2.0 has been released: Based on the Fedora Core 4 release with Linux kernel 2.6.11...

Jacques sent in to OSDir some very cool shots ATmission 2.0-01 (reloaded).

Debian Weekly News - October 4th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by bstadil on Oct 4, 2005 1:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Donald Feinberg, vice-president of Gartner [1]predicted the end of Unix in 10-15 years and the rise of GNU/Linux.

Shuttleworth Answers Controversial Subjects Surrounding Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Wiki; By Mark Shuttleworth (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 1:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
I'm 32 and counting, South African, living in London. Most of my time is devoted to the Ubuntu project as cheerleader and chief whip. I've spent the last year or so focused on the Launchpad collaborative infrastructure, writing a fair portion of it and helping the team to define our goals. It's a thrill to see it all coming on stream! More details at [WWW]

Red Hat monopolises Linux distro mind share

  • Inquirer; By Fernando Cassia in Argentina (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
WHILE SEVERAL Linux based vendors showed up at this year's exhibition like last year, the only major distributor present was Red Hat. The company's booth seemed to attract even more people than last year.

Optus@home makes final network move to Linux

  • Whirlpool; By Matt Borgo (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 12:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Optus@Home will complete its integration of the Excite@Home Australia network across to the same architecture as its dial-up service reports Fairfax IT in this article. The transition involves moving the network across from the legacy Excite network to a network of "incredibly powerful" Linux servers, a spokeswoman for Optus said today.

Critical Shortage of Linux Talent Slowing Adoption

Microsoft Professionals provide an adbundance of applicants for infrastructure. Disheartening as it seems, corporations, governments, start-ups and small business have difficulty recruiting and retaining talented Linux IT workers. That has become a familiar refrain whenever Linux fails the adoption test in many places across the globe.

UK open source consultancy provides services for free

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 4, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OpenAdvantage is an IT consultancy based in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. As the name suggests, OpenAdvantage deals strictly in open source software solutions, providing its clients with everything from a basic introduction to open source, to custom development services. The best part? It's all free -- free as in beer.

Microsoft CEO makes free-software pledge

“We hope to reach perhaps 500000 or more people who don’t today have access to information technology,” he said.

Microsoft, Motorola eye emergency providers

  • CNET; By Dawn Kawamoto (Posted by dave on Oct 4, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
The companies team up to enhance software applications for law enforcement and other emergency service providers.

Fast wireless robot prototyping

Rather than constructing a solid finished robot, see how to build a fast and easy prototype that can be disassembled, reconfigured, and reassembled quickly and easily.

Surfing in high places (Broadband on Airline)

  • Malaysia Star; By CHRIS CHONG (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EVER dreamt of surfing the Web while cruising at 10,000 metres above sea level? Now you can – as long as you fly with Lufthansa. The German airline’s FlyNet in-flight wireless broadband service is based on Boeing’s Connexion system, which allows aircrafts to connect to the Internet through 10 geostationary satellites.

Migrating to 90 per cent cheaper than to Microsoft Office 12

The industry's two major office suites, Microsoft Office and, will soon be releasing new versions. Recent research into these versions by large government departments indicates that for many sites, it is now 10 times cheaper to migrate to the new 2.0 than upgrading to Microsoft Office 12.

Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation: Part II

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
f you've read part one of Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation, then you already know what my goals and thoughts were surrounding this system. If you haven't read that part yet, I'd suggest that you do that first. It will make what follows make a little more sense. In this part of my look at building what I would consider the ultimate Linux workstation, I will take you through some of the special construction that had to be done to accommodate some of the special hardware I selected. Although I will be commenting on what was done, much of this article will be a pictorial. In my final article about this system I will show some final pictures of the rig and produce some benchmarks from this system as well as my budget system that I outlined in the last article. The following is not a log of every aspect of construction, just the more interesting parts.

Dell offers an open-source PC

  • CNET; By Michael Singer (Posted by dave on Oct 4, 2005 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dimension E510n1 is geared for customers who want to use open-source software such as Linux.

Spread Firefox Hacked Again

The Mozilla Foundation's community marketing site Spread Firefox has been hacked for the second time in less than three months. According to an email sent to registered users of the site, unknown remote attackers exploited a vulnerability in the Twiki wiki software, which was installed on the server but not actually used by the public website. The TWiki software has now been disabled. The Spread Firefox Team does not believe that any sensitive data was taken but they have shut down the site as a precaution. Only Spread Firefox was affected by the security breach; no other Mozilla Foundation or Mozilla Corporation sites have been hacked and the flaw does not affect users of Mozilla software.

Mozilla launches "DevMo" web developer site

Mozilla Corp. has launched a website for developers wanting to build on the Mozilla platform -- the Mozilla Developer Center (MDC), unofficially dubbed "DevMo." MDC aims to provide the Mozilla product news, discussion, and the code, tools, and documentation needed to build new websites and applications

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