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A 'Celestial' Journey Through the Universe

  • OhMyNews International; By Roberto Spiezio (Posted by dcparris on Nov 23, 2005 5:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
"Space, the Final Frontier..." These words are ingrained inside every Star Trek fan. Whether you are a sci-fi fanatic, astronomy enthusiast, student or simply you have at least once wondered "what lies out there," Celestia is a computer program that will try to give you an answer. It is not ordinary astronomy software because it won't show you the typical "map of the sky." Instead, it will actually take you into the sky.

[Ed: This is a great introduction to Celestia for those who are not familiar with it. - dcparris]

Gartner 'clarifies' Windows Vista advice

  • The Register (Posted by bstadil on Nov 23, 2005 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wait. Go - no, wait. The analyst firm felt its earlier recommendations had been "misinterpreted in some instances".

[ED- I was surprised it took MS so long to put the thumb screws on Gartner. -bstadil]

Legal Analyst Sees Defects in Microsoft Open XML Initiative

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Nov 23, 2005 3:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
An attorney specializing in intellectual property law and an anti-software patents activist say there are significant defects in Microsoft's Office open XML format initiative.

Linux servers post strong growth in Q3

  • TG Daily; By Wolfgang Gruener (Posted by dcparris on Nov 23, 2005 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Q3 2005 marked the tenth consecutive quarter of growth for the global server market. The largest server vendors - IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell - claimed the lion's share of revenue increases, leaving moderate gains or declines to the rest of the market. Growth of the Linux server sales continued to outpace Windows systems.

Mozilla Has A Stellar Marketing Plan For FireFox 1.5

The corporation is planning a large scale marketing drive for the latest release of the Firefox browser.

Xbox's own Blue Screen of Death.

  • XBox Scene (link works) (Posted by tadelste on Nov 23, 2005 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
>> Jsgongwon, one of our forum members, reported that his newly bought Xbox 360 keeps crashing while playing Project Gotham Racing 3 in single player mode. He's playing with the default settings, and apparently his Xbox crashes even before the end of the first lap. Crashes on Xbox Live and on startup occur too. He included screenshots of the crashed Xbox 360 (see below - more pictures on and a video of the crash here(9MB) (mirror: here(2MB XviD)) A quick look on our forums (more, more and more) seems to indicate he's not the only one. Several of our members seems to get crashing 360s. It doesn't seem to be related to a specific game, as we get reports of the Xbox 360 crashing with several games. And it's not all the same Error-number either (E79, E74, E64, real crashes, ...). I quickly checked over at TeamXbox and they also have a large thread and poll about defective Xbox 360s.

It's a bit early to guess what's exactly going on here (software, hardware, heat problem, 'user errors', ...) or how big the issue really is. We'll report back when we have more. If you have issues with your Xbox 360 too, report it!


Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 111:
We talk to Nick Petreley, editor in chief of Tux Magazine
We address our audio issues
Pat talks about the Suse 10.1 Alpha release
Allan drinks turkey and gravy soda
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Ubuntu Update to Kernel 2.6.12-10 Wireless Work-around

Ubuntu 5.10 displayed updates today. If you use a wireless card you may have to do a work-around. This applies to NDISwrappers and Linuxant driverloader.

Internet entrepreneur to take on traditional journalism

  • New Zealand Herald; By David Usborne (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 23, 2005 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The American internet entrepreneur who has single-handedly siphoned tens of millions of advertising dollars from newspapers in the United States by creating a wildly popular online alternative for classified listings warned this week that he intends to launch a similar challenge to the relevance of traditional journalism.

Serving notice to trained reporters everywhere to watch their backs is the thoroughly estimable Craig Newmark, who established himself as a pioneer of the cyber-era ten years ago when he launched, in volume terms now the seventh-most visited internet site in America just after eBay.

Impressions: SimplyMEPIS 3.4-1 RC1

  •; By Anonymous (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 23, 2005 12:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Mepis announced Monday that SimplyMEPIS 3.4-1 can be expected within the next week or two! w00t! I've been keeping my eye open for any new releases since my unfortunate cloop error booting experience with 3.3.1. It looks as though 3.3.2 and 3.3.3 were never officially released because of the rapid updates to the Etch pool. This is my quick look at SimplyMEPIS 3.4-1 RC1.

New Sony Litigation Page

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 23, 2005 11:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You know you've made it to the Pinnacle of Badness when you get your own page on Groklaw. Well done, Sony! And thank you, PJ! The world would be a much less-informed place without you, and certainly worse off. -- tuxchick

What Linux admins are thankful for

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth, (Posted by tadelste on Nov 23, 2005 11:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With Thanksgiving upon us, lets look at some of the open source tools and applications for which Linux pros are most thankful.

Browser Makers to Give Trusted Sites a Green Look

Developers of four of the most widely used Internet browsers have agreed to make a number of changes to their products to make Web browsing a more secure and trustworthy experience.

Among the changes, which were informally agreed to during a recent meeting, are plans to create a new way of informing Web surfers that they are visiting a trusted Web site and major changes to the look of pop-up Windows.

Sun to integrate PostgreSQL into Solaris 10

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 23, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun Microsystems announced on earlier this month that it would begin including the PostgreSQL database with Solaris 10 sometime in the 30 days, and will immediately offer full support for it, as well as fully integrate the software into the operating system over the next several months.

Impressions: Damn Small Linux 2.0

  •; By Visitor (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 23, 2005 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
It's only been a little over a couple months since the last release of Damn Small Linux 1.5. Once again we have a distro update on their rapid release schedule. This is my quick look at the features and look & feel of Damn Small Linux 2.0.

Announcing Fedora Core 5 Test1

  • Mailing list; By Warren Togami (Posted by tadelste on Nov 23, 2005 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
For some, it will be a day of thanksgiving - a day to be grateful for the many blessings they have. For others, it will be a day of mourning ( For Fedora Core fans, however, it will be a day of rejoicing and installing, for we are proud to announce:

Sun support of PostgreSQL seen as boon to open databases

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by tadelste on Nov 23, 2005 10:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
When Sun Microsystems announced plans to integrate PostgreSQL into its Solaris operating system and offer support to customers running the software, it became a fair question to ask whether or not the news would affect open source vendors who have based their own products on the popular database.

Information Builders pushes Linux on IBM mid-range

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by tadelste on Nov 23, 2005 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Information Builders Inc has strengthened its ties to IBM Corp's mid-range server platforms through an expanded alliance program for resellers aimed at bringing enterprise business intelligence onto Linux platforms

Bloated Exchange 12 Begs For The Atkins Diet

  •; By BJ Gillette (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 23, 2005 7:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Reviews of Microsoft's porky new Exchange 12 uniformly miss a key point. More processes make slower and buggier mail servers.

Linux News Responds to Washington Technology on OpenDocument

  LXer Feature

LXer editor, Don Parris, responds to a confusing and misleading Washington Technology article focused on OpenDocument.


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