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  • LinuxSecurity.com - Feature Stories (Posted by grouch on Jul 30, 2006 5:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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Palm Report Hints at Uncertainty Over Next Gen OS

The report states that Palm is in negotiations to expand its development and distribution rights to the current version of the Palm OS. This could indicate that Palm desires to further develop the Palm OS itself, picking up where PalmSouce stopped.

Since being acquired by Access PalmSource has abandoned future development on the Palm OS in favor of Access Linux Platform. While ALP will offer Palm OS Garnet compatibility, PalmSource wants developers to move to its new linux based tools and APIs.

ODF and its 'enemies': Throwing stones at people in glass houses

work in a house with glass walls. Not literally, of course. The cost to air-condition such a house would be prohibitive. I mean that working on standard in OASIS is a public action, with process transparency and public visibility. The public doesn't see merely the end-product, or quarterly drafts, they can see (if they are so inclined) every discussion, every disagreement and every decision made by the TC, in near real-time. Our meeting minutes for our TC calls are posted for public inspection. Our mailing list archives, where most of the real work occurs, is there for the public to view. The comments submitted by the public are also available for anyone to read. This information is all archived from when the TC first met back in 2002, all the way to the discussions we're having today on spreadsheet formula namespaces.

[ Great blog. Go on and read it if you want to know the difference between ECMA and OASIS! - hkwint]

Open source storage taking hold

  • Computerworld; By Jerri Ledford (Posted by hkwint on Jul 30, 2006 2:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Everywhere you turn, there's a new open source application or another company adding open source capabilities to existing lines of applications. Guess what? Storage is going open source, too. This CW article points out that open source storage is growing at a pretty good clip. Organizations are turning to open source storage in an effort to cut costs and improve storage usability.

Mainstream Parallel Programming

  • Linux Journal; By Michael-Jon Ainsley Hore (Posted by hkwint on Jul 30, 2006 2:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Whether you're a scientist, graphic artist, musician or movie executive, you can benefit from the speed and price of today's high-performance Beowulf clusters.

Whose hardware is it anyway?

  • Digital Copyright Canada; By Russell McOrmond (Posted by hkwint on Jul 30, 2006 1:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The important question we must ask is this: Who owns the hardware, and what rights should these owners of tangible property expect to be protected in the law.

Review: Top 10 Mozilla Firefox Extensions

Many Web users have turned to Mozilla's Firefox Web browser for its stripped-down, streamlined operation (and because it's less of a target than Microsoft Internet Explorer). One of the benefits is a huge aftermarket for add-ons that extend the open-source browser's feature set.

Banks slow to deposit Linux in data centers

KeyBank is an example that Linux proponents wish there were more of. The Cleveland-based bank is in the midst of a multiyear upgrade to Linux and expects the open-source operating system to be running on almost 15 percent of its servers, many with mission-critical applications, by 2008.

Mozilla Debuts Thunderbird 2.0 Alpha

Mozilla Corp. on Thursday gave users a first look at the next version of its Thunderbird e-mail client by releasing an alpha of v. 2.0.

Does Microsoft impose a prisoner mentality?

  • Penguin Petes; By Penguin Pete (Posted by Penguin_Pete on Jul 29, 2006 9:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
At last! The answer to why ex-Windows users come to Linux and complain because it isn't just like Windows!

[You want to read this one! - hkwint]

Ebay sets up open source community

EBay Inc. on Tuesday began providing open source code for some of its search and access applications to expand its external developer community. The software will be available under a new program called Community Codebase, which was announced at the eBay Developers Conference in San Jose, California, on Tuesday.

Deal aims to move 50,000 Asian Windows desktops to Linux

  • DesktopLinux.com; By DesktopLinux.com (Posted by hkwint on Jul 29, 2006 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Chinese Linux distributor Co-Create says it signed a multi-million dollar deal July 25 to use Alacos Desktop Migration Agent -- an automated Windows-to-Linux desktop and user migration suite -- to move 50,000 desktop users from Windows to Co-Create Linux in China and other parts of Asia.

ODF, Openness and Accessibility

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jul 29, 2006 6:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
On July 27, the OASIS announced that the first draft update of ODF (version 1.1) had been posted for public comment. This draft is more than usually significant, since it seeks to assist those that implement ODF make their applications more accessible to those with disabilities.

"Portable Firefox" 1.5.0.5 released

  • DesktopLinux.com; By DesktopLinux.com (Posted by hkwint on Jul 29, 2006 5:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The "portable" version of Firefox 1.5.0.5 is now released, developer John Haller reports. "Portable Firefox" is the Mozilla Firefox web browser integrated with a "launcher" that makes it a fully portable app, enabling users to take their bookmarks, extensions, and saved passwords with them to whatever computer they're working on.

French copyright law puts squeeze on open source

July 28, 2006 (IDG News Service) -- France's Constitutional Council has made a stringent new copyright law even harsher, modifying three articles of the law and striking out a fourth in a review of its constitutionality. The changes mean that unauthorized sharing of copyright files such as music tracks will become a criminal offense, while those who reverse-engineer DRM (digital rights management) systems in order to develop interoperable software will face six months in prison and a fine of $36,000.

[This is horrendous! - dcparris]

Free open-source storage software attracts users

Tens of thousands of users are deploying open-source storage software in an effort to avoid pricey proprietary products such as array clustering and disk eraser applications and to get some long-term protection through the availability of source code.

Symphony OS Faces Possible Closure

Ryan Quinn has been the lead developer of Symphony OS since it's inception; however, now both him AND the project he has tirelessly been working on are both in trouble.

Digitizer Cards Get New Linux Drivers

Woburn, MA – Strategic Test has announced the release of new Linux® drivers for kernel 2.6 versions of RedHat, SuSe and Fedora distributions. The kernel 2.4 drivers have also been updated. Linux kernel 2.6 gives increased stability and near to real-time operating system performance, useful for measurement and signal generation applications.

China poised to become open-source industry leader

Open-source software developers in China should invest in Linux and similar software, senior industry executives said at a Beijing conference Wednesday. Though current Chinese investment in open-source software manufacturing is relatively small, the numbers are rising. Sales of Linux in the country rose 20 percent between 2003 and 2004, and analysts predict that figure will grow 24 percent annually by 2009, with revenue topping $27 million.

Digital rights fuel open-source debate

A weeklong conference of open source developers ended Friday in Portland with a battle cry. Eben Moglen, legal counsel to Free Software Foundation, declared that the war against closed, proprietary software controlled by Microsoft and others is far from won.

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