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Mozilla SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta out

  • Seamonkey Project (Posted by bstadil on Dec 19, 2005 7:59 PM EDT)
The SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta is out. SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta enhances the product with new features like tab drag and drop, but also is the first release branded with the new SeaMonkey logo, which was unveiled earlier this month. While much of the core code is shared with the popular Firefox 1.5 browser, SeaMonkey comes with the the look and feel familiar to users of its ancestors, the Mozilla Application Suite and Netscape Communicator packages.

Univa Ships Beta Release of Enterprise Globus Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 6:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Univa Globus Enterprise Release 4.0 Simplifies Deployment and Security Configuration for Open Source Globus Grid Infrastructure Software

Adoption of Linux for retail point-of-sale apps slows

The holiday shopping season is bringing tidings both comforting and not so comforting to Linux vendors that are looking to break into the Windows-dominated market for point-of-sale terminals used in retail stores. Linux's share of the US retail POS market is nearing 10 percent, according to Greg Buzek, president of IHL Consulting Group. But he said the rate of the open-source operating system's gains is slowing, largely because of Microsoft's introduction in May of a scaled-down version of Windows that is tailored for retailers and has a cut-rate price.

[Ed: Keep reading - there are some positives for GNU/Linux in the POS marketplace. - dcparris]

Mandriva targets corporations with Linux

Mandriva, now the third-largest Linux distributor behind Red Hat and Novell, is pushing to move from its consumer and small-business market niches into the realm of enterprise IT. Service fees from corporate customers accounted for 30 percent of Mandriva's US$5.5 million in revenue for the fiscal year that ended Oct. 31, up from 10 percent in the prior year. In September, NEC Computers International, a Netherlands-based unit of NEC, said it would bundle Mandriva Linux on the PCs and servers it sells in Europe.

University Rectors in Italy Promoting Proprietary Software

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Dec 19, 2005 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week's announcement from an Italian university group promotes students' use of MS products, available at steep discounts. What will this mean for FOSS in the Italian educational system?

Change Agents - people who will shape IT in the coming year

Oregon State's computer department isn't a joking matter anymore. In October, the school's Open Source Lab, which Kveton runs as associate director, got a $350,000 grant from Google Inc.-the search-software company's first academic donation to support open source. The goals: to attract software companies to Portland, establish a development center for writing apps for use by state governments, and craft an open-source college curriculum.

Enterprisedb 2006 Public Beta Released

EDISON, N.J. – EnterpriseDB has announced today the release of EnterpriseDB 2006 Public Beta. EnterpriseDB is an enterprise-class database built on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. The 2006 Public Beta is based on the recently released version 8.1 of PostgreSQL, which contains significant feature and performance enhancements over prior editions. EnterpriseDB 2006 runs all PostgreSQL applications and also most existing Oracle applications.

New Open source software standard unites suppliers

  •; By Will Hadfield (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Seven US universities and four suppliers have agreed common standards for developing open source software. The universities and IT companies drafted the standards to protect open source software projects from third parties seeking to enforce patents. The four suppliers are Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel.... ... The seven universities are California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Illinois, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stanford and Texas.

Ibm Wants Its Share Of Unix Glory

  • InformationWeek; By Charles Babcock (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.

Debunking common GNU/Linux myths

  • Jem Report; By Jem Matzan (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
There is a lot of confusing information about the GNU/Linux operating system, open source and free software, and related issues in the press today. Many of these technologies and concepts are difficult to understand because they deviate from the standard historical traditions of the software industry. There are also a number of sponsored reports and other corporate propaganda published around the Web that smear the image of Linux and free software. In the interest of making a few basic concepts clear, this article will bring light to the darkness perpetuated by uninformed journalists, campaigning CEOs, and misleading advertisements.

COCC crows about Oracle on SUSE

COCC is a technology cooperative based in Connecticut that develops and supports software and systems for community banks and credit unions. Each month, COCC services 7,000 workstations and 500 ATMs, and processes more than seven million check images. The software that provides reporting, databases, and financial information used to run on the AIX platform, but COCC made the switch to Linux and saved 40% on hardware costs alone.

Free Software as a Social Movement - Justin Podur interviews Richard Stallman

NOTE: ZNet has begun to explore the possibility of converting to free software. If you would like to help in this effort, please go to the Free ZNet Project forums, register, and introduce yourself.

Richard Stallman is one of the founders of the Free Software Movement and lead developer of the GNU Operating System. His book is 'Free Software, Free Society'. I caught up with him by phone on December 1/05.

Draft Charter for the Open Document Format Adoption Technical Committee

  • Lxer via Gary Edwards; By Gary Edwards (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 10:15 AM EDT)
Following, you will find Gary's Email and Thread to the OpenDocument Adoption Technical Committee as forwarded.

Firefox is streets ahead of IE on European computers

Mozilla's Firefox browser is now ahead of the Internet Explorer in terms of usage on European computers. A study by technology company AdTech says that the popularity of the open-source browser has grown by 40 percent over the last six months.

Microsoft drops Mac Internet Explorer

  • ZDNet UK; By Colin Barker (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 7:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Microsoft will cut off IE support for Mac users this month, with availability ending early next year

Wind River seminars discuss Linux migration

  • (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 3:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wind River will host a pair of half-day seminars on migrating device software to Linux this January, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Bethesda, MD. The seminars target engineers, project managers, and systems professionals, and will be led by embedded pundit Bill Weinberg.

DistroWatch Weekly: GNOME vs KDE, Xen, Ubuntu dumbed down, interview with Robert Tolu of GenieOS

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 19, 2005 3:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's very last issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The renewed GNOME versus KDE flame war and Xen virtualisation are the two leading topics in this issue; these are followed by a few interesting links, including a timeline of Perl, which celebrated 18 years of age on Sunday. Has Ubuntu Linux been dumbed down? With omission of some of the vital utilities from the latest release, Robert Storey wonders where this increasingly popular distribution is heading. Also in this issue: an interview with Robert Tolu of the GenieOS project, an update on FreeBSD release schedule for 2006, and a handful of interesting new distributions. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Deciding whether your company needs FOSS insurance

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 19, 2005 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Should companies that use free and open source software (FOSS) insure themselves possible patent or copyright violations? That question has no easy answer, say James Gatto, a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman specializing in intellectual property and FOSS issues, and Karen Hiser, director of compliance services at Open Source Risk Management.

Royalty BONUS

  • ChinaDaily; By ZHU BORU (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 3:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At first it would seem strange to talk about Philips, fiercely protective of its patents and seemingly equally ferocious in its levying of patent licensing fees, in relation to the concept of free royalties.

But, although you are still more likely to see the company hitting the headlines for enforcing its patent fees rather than waiving them, when it comes to the Linux operating system (OS), that is exactly what the company has done.

Philips believes that dropping some patent royalties will stimulate the development and use of the Linux software.

Microsoft, Mozilla: A symbol of cooperation

Granted, it's not exactly the Dayton Peace Accords. But Microsoft's Internet Explorer group and the rival Firefox browser team surprised the technology world last week with a small token of cooperation. To be precise, it was a tiny orange icon. Microsoft worked out an arrangement to use the same symbol that Firefox does to alert people when a Web page makes extra streams of information available for subscription.

[Ed: This is the Seattle P-I's take on the Microsoft-Mozilla sharing an icon story. I agree it's not the Dayton Peace Accords - and the use of a mere icon is hardly worth analysis, imo. Microsoft agreeing to include Firefox with all Windows installations would be something to talk about - dcparris]

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