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Red Hat Magazine | November 2005

Happy birthday, Red Hat Magazine. We're one. And we can't wait to turn two and start throwing tantrums.

Yahoo Gives Linux Ymessenger..Where is Google?

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Nov 28, 2005 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community
What investment does Yahoo have in Linux? None that I can see, yet they bothered to port their popular chat tool to Linux. Shouldn't Google have done this?

Tux Paint update available for free download

  • (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 6:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tux Paint 0.9.15, a new version of the open source drawing software for children, has been released for free download. It contains new features, new translations, and other improvements, project spokesman Bill Kendrick said.

Top open source lawyer blesses new terms on Microsoft's XML file format

Last week, just before the Thanksgiving holiday got underway in the US, Larry Rosen, the attorney that wrote the book on open source licensing and the man who was the Open Source Initiative's first general counsel and secretary, issued a statement that endorsed the new terms under which Microsoft is making its Office XML Reference Schema to developers of all types, including open source developers.

Rosen is one of two lawyers whose endorsement is critical to the open source world's acceptance of what can best be described as Microsoft's most significant olive branch to date; one that apparently means that the open source community is free to develop software that supports the Redmond, WA-based company's XML-based file formats for its Office productivity suite.

[Ed.- Are pigs flying?? -tuxchick]

Autodesk Contributes Web Mapping Software to Open Source Community

MapServer Technical Steering Committee Members, the University of Minnesota and the DM Solutions Group Join Autodesk, Inc. in Establishing an Open Source Foundation Dedicated to Driving Innovation and Expansion of New Web Mapping Technology and Creating Broad-based Market Development Opportunity

ED - Why not include AutoCAD too?

Secure e-mail provider Sendmail names a new CEO

  • (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sendmail, provider of secure, compliant e-mail services, has named Richard Kreysar as president and CEO. Dave Anderson, Sendmail`s former president and CEO, will become chairman of the board.

Sita tender delayed

The dozen open source tenderers will have to wait until after the Christmas break to discover whether they've bagged a spot on SITA's preferred list of open source suppliers to the South African government.

Comment of the Day - November 28, 2005 - What brings you to LXer

Chris writes: I don't think anyone has heard of the "lxer effect" on a website yet, and that's a good thing. It's hard to be a community when you don't ever recognize anyone due to sheer size.

Related to: Thread: What Brings you to LXer

An open source guide to a flat world

  • Financial Times; By Andrew Hill (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“It’s been suggested to me that we actually turn the book into an open-source product. Just put it up on the web like Wikipedia [the collaborative online encyclopedia] and let people add to it,” says the New York Times columnist, who is working on the second edition of his bestseller on ­ globalisation.

Xubuntu 5.10 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 28, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu states - The aim of the Xubuntu community project is to provide a nice Ubuntu desktop experience (even on older hardware) by using Xfce4 as the desktop environment and GTK+ 2 applications wherever possible. Xfce4 has been supported in Ubuntu's universe by the MOTUXfce team since Hoary and Breezy. For Dapper we want to go one step further and make Xubuntu a sibling of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu by having install and live CD images generated for it. We haven't decided on a release date, but it should be as close as possible to Dapper's and should use the latest stable Xfce 4.X code (hopefully 4.4 will be release by then)

OSDir has some nice shots of Xubuntu 5.10.

Premiere position made for McCloskey

Clarke has an extensive background in Unix and Linux systems in diverse environments, including internet service providers, defence, mining and finances.

He comes to CQR after four years with Iocane, a South Australian system services company.

His recent accreditations include Red Hat certified engineer and certification in ITIL service management. He plans to sit for the Certified Information System Security Professional exam early next year.

Verilog simulator becomes open-source item

  • EE Times Online; By Richard Goering (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 12:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Santa Cruz, Calif. — In the 1990s, Elliot Mednick pioneered low-cost Verilog simulation. Now he's made his VeriWell simulator a free, open-source offering available through the Sourceforge Web site.

"I'm not doing this for my personal gain," said Mednick, who today is a principal engineer at behavioral synthesis provider Bluespec Inc. "I just think people will find it useful, so why hold on to it?"

Report: broadband usage to double next year

World Wide Worx finds that broadband is finally making an impact in South Africa, with usage expected to double in 2006. However, pricing is unlikely to change and government intervention is needed if any digital divides hope to be bridged.

SSH Tectia Introduces Seamless OpenSSH Compatibility

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Features of SSH Tectia Allow Easy Migration and Smooth Interoperability With OpenSSH Environments

Sony rootkit author asked for free code to lock up music

  • BoingBoing; By Alexander (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
First4Internet ripped off code from at least two free/open source software projects for the malicious rootkit program they supplied to Sony. Yesterday, I posted some old mailing list and newsgroup messages from First4Internet programmers where they were seeking advice on breaking peoples' computers.

Simplifying backups

Most computer users don't make use of a system backup tool until after they suffer the misfortunes of a hard drive crash without one. But even then, many find backup software too complicated to configure, and there seems to be little in between creating CD or DVD archives by hand and overpowered network backup systems designed for the enterprise. The Simple Backup Suite (sbackup) is a tool for configuring regular backups of system data and simplifying full and partial recoveries.

OS Virtualization: An Introduction

One of the hottest topics in all of IT today is the subject of virtualization. While it has been around for some time, it has just recently started to garner the attention of the biggest names in tech. Everyone from Intel and AMD, to Microsoft, Sun, and virtually every commercial Linux vendor has either current or planned support for virtualization. So what is it, and why is everyone so head over heels about it?

Reports of Linux's death premature

A recent Slashdot offering entitled A Look At Windows Server Outselling Linux pointed to a story on CoolTechZone with the absurd title of "Linux is Doomed, Thanks to Microsoft." The story, title and all, is one of the most egregiously wrong reports of the century. Here's why.

if (Windows Rules) then (Linux fails)

FUD, taken as the art of spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt, is at its most dangerous when it plays on existing certainties to reinforce delusion. A recent report by Security Innovation comparing Windows and Linux seems to fall squarely into that category.

Partition Image is a utility which saves partitions in many formats

  •; By bcassner (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Description: Partition Image is a Linux/UNIX utility which saves partitions in many formats (see below) to an image file. The image file can be compressed in the GZIP/BZIP2 formats to save disk space, and split into multiple files to be copied on removable floppies (ZIP for example), ... Partitions can be saved across the network since version 0.6.0.

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