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Report: The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Part 4

  • LinuxPlanet; By John Terpstra (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"The bulk of Linux business opportunity is demonstrably in the SMB/SME marketplace, a market that is presently under-serviced by Linux companies. The nature of the market as a whole has been discussed, and in this concluding part of the series, the competitive situation is briefly mentioned so as to round out the argument that it is time for seriously profitable Linux business activity from businesses that know the rules for success..."

AOL, MSN, Yahoo: Is Instant Messaging Trying To Overthrow Email?

Instant messaging fans point to the sheer availability of IM offerings from the likes of AOL, MSN and Yahoo as the reason for scrapping old-fashioned email systems. Email managers consider those firms' implementations to be excellent reasons to avoid IM. Email Battles says nobody's asking the right question, to wit: "How fast can a virus scanner scan?"

Pocket guide covers popular desktop Linux distros

David Brickner came to the conclusion that the biggest obstacle to faster adoption of Linux on the desktop was that there's too much information available. So what does he do to remedy this situation? Write another book, of course! It's titled the Linux Desktop Pocket Guide.

[This looks like a great book if you're new to the GNU/Linux world and can't figure out where to start. - Ed]

Ethereal Trouble

  • Linux DevCenter; By Noel Davis (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in sudo, Ethereal, Apache mod_auth_shadow, fetchmailconf, lynx, Mantis, pnmtopng, gnump3d, Squid, unzip, uim, Curl, and imlib.


  • Glasgow Daily Record; By Steve Lawson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
Twelve months ago Ubuntu barely registered on the Distrowatch ( list of favourite OSes. In the past six months it's soared to number one, beating distributions from major global companies - we're talking phenomenon here, folks.

Lessons on open source politics from the campaign forge

What do we know about"open source" political campaigns? More with every loss. Including a huge one, two months ago.

SuSE Users' Panic Unfounded

  • E-Week; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Nov 4, 2005 7:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
A Linux Today story, which asked the rhetorical question "Why has Novell management decided to discontinue their entire SuSE Linux branded desktop and workstation product line?" seems to have been the source of these stories.

[Perhaps their focus on GNOME will benefit the SUSE users who prefer that desktop. - ed]

Red Hat partners SQL Star

Red Hat announced the appointment of SQL Star as a preferred partner. SQL Star, currently in software and learning services, will now be a Red Hat Authorized Training Partner and a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 test version out

Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1, which came out earlier this week, is a preview of the upcoming version of the browser. The final release is expected later this year, following several delays.

MyahOS 1.1 Screenshot Tour states - There are many Linux-based Live CDs our there. So we've made sure Myah is different by including the programs you're going to use on a daily basis... To Windows users the unfamiliar Linux program names can be confusing. So we've changed the menus to make sense... Also: the user isn't hassled for any information during startup. Myah boots up completely on its own.

OSDir has some screenshots of MyahOS 1.1.

Intel has to flee to China to sell Linux PCs

LXer received a document from an anonymous source with the message "I read your article on linuxJournel about countries growing use of Linux. The attached article was posted in Intel's intranet site." It reveals that Intel expects to sell hundreds of millions of Linux-based computers in rural China. If Intel can sell a Linux computer in rural China, why can't they do the same thing in the United States?

Linux-powered Nokia Internet tablet ships

Nokia has begun shipping its much-anticipated 770 Internet Tablet through a direct-sales website in Europe, reports.

ReactOS 0.2.8 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 4, 2005 3:05 PM EDT) states - The ReactOS® project is dedicated to making Free Software available to everyone by providing a ground-up implementation of a Microsoft Windows® XP compatible operating system. ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems, by using a similar architecture and providing a complete and equivalent public interface.

OSDir has some screenshots of ReactOS 0.2.8.

Red Hat Set For Rising Margins

Rick G. Sherlund of Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of Red Hat (nasdaq: RHAT - news - people ) with an "in-line" rating given the stock's high valuation premium.

The stock trades at 64 times the analyst's calendar 2006 earnings estimate of 39 cents per share, well above the broader software group median of 22 times estimated 2006 earnings.

Red Hat is expanding margins and growing at a much faster rate than the rest of the industry. Its Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform has gained a leading market position and supports major hardware, database and applications systems.

World of Warcraft hackers using Sony BMG rootkit

  • SecurityFocus; By Robert Lemos (Posted by Koriel on Nov 4, 2005 2:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Want to cheat in your online game and not get caught? Just buy a Sony BMG copy protected CD.

FreeBSD Project Launches FreeBSD 6.0 - Raises the Bar for Open Source Operating Systems

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The FreeBSD Project announces the availability of FreeBSD 6.0, an open source operating system derived from BSD UNIX, which offers a powerful alternative to Linux, Solaris, and Windows. FreeBSD enables enterprise organizations to utilize open source technologies that focus on reliability, security, and scalability.

Comment of the Day - November 4, 2005 Linux Looks More Attractive than Windows

Skapare writes: "In the USA, computer manufacturers are not really selling you a computer so much as they are delivering your eyes to the multitudes of marketing offers that are integrated into the various sample programs installed in the system, or accessed through the default browser home page that is not easy to change (though telco and cable broadband providers manage to do so at times). It's a model not unlike how printers are sold (nearly give away the low end printer, and make obscene profits on cartridges ... e.g. the razor blade practice)."

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Ff extension: Unblock Google Cache in China

A new feature in CustomizeGoogle (Firefox extension) modifies the Google Cache urls so that they are no longer blocked by the Chinese firewall.

Linux Desktop Making Major Gains via Intel

A Halloween Style Document Uncovers Intel's Dealins with desktop Linux

Nokia to promote Open Source more intensely

"Open-source initiatives are the most important components of Nokia's offers for the mobile solutions market," Nokia declared at the Mobility Conference 2005 in Barcelona, while at the same time with its own open-source website launching a portal aimed at promoting open-source projects and embracing open-source developers to a greater degree. Besides the Web browser for Series 60 mobile phones, presented a short time ago, projects such as Python for Series 60, maemo, an open development environment for creating applications for handhelds, and Wilbur, a Semantic Web toolkit written in Common Lisp, can be found at

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