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Free software wins out in embargoed Syria

For many the choice between free and proprietary software is exactly that: a choice. But if you live in a country like Syria, which is at the receiving end of an extensive US embargo -- including an embargo on software -- free software may be your only choice. Which is not all bad, according to Anas Tawileh of the Syrian GNU/Linux Users Group. Frederick Noronha spoke to him during a visit to the Africa Source II workshop in Uganada this week.

Progress Software Includes 64-bit Linux Support

Progress Real Time Division, an operating unit of Progress Software Corporation today released Progress ObjectStore Enterprise Version 6.3, the latest version of the industry’s most popular object database, featuring dramatic performance improvements across all environments and support for 64-bit Linux.

ATI Petition for Adequate Drivers in Linux

  •; By cyanidenfs (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 11:00 AM EDT)
We are the customers of ATI who use Linux to power our computers. We will no longer endure ATi's poor driver support for Linux both in 32-bit and 64-bit computing.

Initial report from GPL 3 conference (as it happens)

  •; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

We got it just a few hours ago--the proposed GPL 3 license. Most of the world got it from a web site, while a lucky few hundred of us got it at a formal meeting at MIT,

Lots of observers wondered how Richard Stallman, Eben Moglen, and their advisers would handle such hot issues as remote services (called Application Service Providers in the 1990s) and patents. Surprisingly, the license embodies both the conservatism and the room for experimentation for which we can take U.S. law as a metaphor.

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Letter to the Editors: Major Newspapers Blocking US Technology Sector

The Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, New York Times and friends have a plan. If you work in the technology field, you don't figure into that plan. Also, why do we keep picking up the paper in our front yards and paying those monthly fees? For the Sports Section?

Jon Hall, president of Linux International, to form UnifiedRoot ...

Amsterdam, January 16, 2006 – UnifiedRoot, the company that has created a new and simplified Internet addressing system for corporate and public top-level domains (TLDs), has appointed Jon Hall, president of Linux International, as a founding member of its advisory board. He will assist UnifiedRoot in the expansion of the advisory board with the specific task of addressing technical and policy issues.

Nokia Runs Short of Nokia 770 Internet Tablets

  • MobileWhack (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 9:07 AM EDT)
As I had suspected, Nokia 770 is all set to become the next big little thing. Nokia recently announced that it will actually increase production of the Nokia 770 internet tablet, as the demand for it has grown beyond expectations. The tablet runs Linux-based Internet Tablet 2005 software. At present, demand for the Nokia 770 is so high in Europe and the United States that the company is unable to supply the requisite number of devices, and people are left with no choice but to wait for at least two weeks before getting their hands on it.

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Nokia scores hit with wireless internet device:The Register

Taiwan legislature takes on Microsoft

  • MacWorld UK; By Dan Nystedt (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 6:59 AM EDT)
Taiwan's legislature has passed a resolution asking the government to reduce its purchases of Microsoft Corp products by 25 per cent this year, a further sign the world's largest software company is running into resistance in Asia. The resolution, passed on Friday, is an attempt by the island's law making body to reduce Taiwan's dependence on Microsoft, which holds a near monopoly on supplying software to local government offices, a legislative aide said.

Additional Story:
Taiwanese parliament votes against Microsoft -Techworld

Firefox for Intel Macs planned for March

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 16, 2006 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Mozilla Corporation has set a March launch date for a version of its Firefox Web browser that will run on Apple's Intel version of Mac OS X.

Free Standards Group opens Linux lab in China

  • Computerworld Australia; By Sumner Lemon (Posted by dcparris on Jan 16, 2006 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Standards Group, a non-profit group that promotes standards for open-source software, last week opened a lab in Beijing to certify that Linux distributions and applications developed in China meet the Linux Standard Base (LSB) standards, the group said in a statement.

CLI Magic: Learn to talk awk

User level: Advanced When it comes to slicing and dicing text, few tools are as powerful, or as underutilized, as awk. The name "awk" was coined from the initials of its authors, Aho, Weinberger, and Kernighan -- yes, the same Kernighan of the famous Kernighan and Ritchie "C Programming Language" book. In the Linux world, every distribution includes the GNU version, gawk (/bin/awk is usually a symbolic link to /bin/gawk). The GNU version has a few more features than the original. Let's play with some of the core features common among POSIX-compliant awks.

DistroWatch Weekly: Intel Inside Apple, Xandros 4, Fedora Core 5 Test2

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jan 16, 2006 1:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's third issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Several interesting announcements at last week's MacWorld provided fuel for many technology web sites, but an important question remained unanswered: will Linux run on the new MacBooks? Read on for an expert opinion. A rather quiet week on the Linux distribution front, but expect things to pick up shortly as the second test of Fedora Core 5 will be officially out today (Monday), while the first beta of SUSE Linux 10.1 should appear on mirrors later this week. Also in this issue: Fedora or Yellow Dog for your Mac, Xandros seeks beta testers, Debian terminology explained, news from the development of Dapper Drake, a new SUSE-based distribution for musicians, GParted Live CD for all your disk partitioning tasks, and a good round-up of popular Linux live CDs. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

How To Set Up Database Replication In MySQL

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 15, 2006 11:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
This tutorial describes how to set up database replication in MySQL. MySQL replication allows you to have an exact copy of a database from a master server on another server (slave), and all updates to the database on the master server are immediately replicated to the database on the slave server so that both databases are in sync.

SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3 RC1 Screen Shot Tour

  •; By LinShots (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 15, 2006 10:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release Announcements - The latest SimplyMEPIS release candidate, version 3.4-3 rc1 is expected to fix the recent problems with parallel printer compatibility... For 3.4-3, SimplyMEPIS utilizes a 2.6.15 kernel and udev for most hardware autodetection and configuration tasks. Network setup was changed to take advantage of udev event handling. After the final release, the changes in 3.4-3 will be be available in updated MEPIS packages. The kernel was made more modular so it would be easier to issue updates to drivers, particularly for Intel. Since KDE 3.4.3 became available in the past few weeks, it was also included. Firefox 1.5 was updated to a more stable build. LinShots has taken RC1 through it's paces in their latest distro tour.

Firefox reaches 20% market share in Europe

  • Xitimonitor; By Xitimonitor (Posted by hkwint on Jan 15, 2006 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The newest Xitimonitor 'browser study' (French) shows, Firefox has reached a market share of 20% across Europe, and roughly 16% in North-America. Furthermore, when comparing this study to previous ones, one can conclude, people also start using Firefox at their work more and more. Firefox is used the least in the Ukraine and the Netherlands, but there's a hopefull sign from the Netherlands: Finally, after looking like it was cancelled, it was decided, a full page Firefox add will appear (Dutch) in a free newspaper. The money for this add is collected amongst individuals and corporate sponsors.

Wavelet Image Compression Library 3.0

I've been steadily working on my free wavelet image compression library for the past few weeks, and in the process have improved it in many ways. These are largely not technical improvements, but rather a huge code refactoring, the creation of decent documentation, reducing memory usage an so on. You can read the freshly pressed documentation or simply download the source.

Cryptogram Newlsletter - January 15 2006

  •; By Bruce Schneier (Posted by incinerator on Jan 15, 2006 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
A good read about various issues related to cryptography, written by the almighty Bruce Schneier.

HOWTO: Booting from USB

  •; By Hddsaver (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 15, 2006 8:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, KDE
Booting a computer from your USB flash drive may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually quite easy. This article goes over booting your Windows or Linux system from USB as well as booting directly into Linux and a few other details of the process.

Blogs Moving to F/OSS? At Least Some Scientific Ones Are.

While not a flood, there is movement: "... couple of other physics-oriented blogs that recently were added to our blogroll: BioCurious by Andre Brown and Philip Johnson, and Thoughts on Science and Life by Kasper Olsen, who recently made the switch from Blogspot to WordPress. "

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