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The Firefox religion

  • Blakeross.com; By Blake Ross (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 10:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Blake Ross has written a weblog post about the design philosophy behind Mozilla Firefox. The short version: Firefox, like most good software, should be means to an end that's largely invisible to its users.

Sun Details Open Solaris Licensing Plans

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The company will use its new Common Development and Distribution License for its Open Solaris project. Sun also will release the code to its DTrace technology, which is found in the upcoming Solaris 10 operating system and allows a look into its inner workings.

Mozilla Firefox Lead Engineer Joins Google

Ben Goodger, Lead Engineer for the popular browser Firefox has announced that he is no longer paid by Mozilla, and has joined Google.

Mitchell Baker Returning to Mozilla Full Time

Mozilla Foundation President Mitchell Baker will return to working on the Mozilla project full time. She will continue to be an employee of OSAF and will retain her seat on OSAF's board.

IBM goes silent on Linux desktop effort

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
More than a year after IBM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sam Palmisano challenged his company to move to the Linux desktop by the end of 2005, IBM has significantly toned down its rhetoric on the subject of open-source clients.

Teachers Union Turns to Open Source

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The United Federation of Teachers embraces open-source technology for its enterprise systems.

Sun's Open Solaris Plans Face Problems

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, Sun
On Tuesday, Sun Microsystems Inc. will announce that it will be using its newly minted Common Development and Distribution License open-source license for its long-promised Open Solaris project. However, creating a developer community around such plans to open-source Solaris will not be easy—for many reasons—according to analysts and industry figures.

Mozilla Firefox Hits 20,000,000 Downloads

Since its release last November, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 has been downloaded over 20 million times. Asa Dotzler has posted a graph of culmulative downloads and a chart of daily download totals.

Vienna to softly embrace Linux

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 25, 2005 6:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source has won another convert in the local government sector, with soft migrations to Linux imminent across Vienna's municipal authority.

Speakeasy is First Broadband Provider to Officially Customize Mozilla Firefox

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 5:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Broadband Subscribers to Benefit From Tabbed Browsing, Increased Privacy and Security Features, Built in Pop-Up Blocking and More

Book Excerpt: JDS Instant Messenger (IM)

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 5:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This excerpt from Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop teaches you how to instant message friends and colleagues from your desktop system.

Open source sniping tool takes aim at eBay

Have you ever bid in on eBay auction item and thought you were going to win, only to see it go at the very last second for a bid just slightly higher than yours? Congratulations, you've been sniped. Luckily, you can fight back by getting your own sniping tool, courtesy of the open source community, which provides JBidwatcher, one of the best ones gunning.

Interview: Ian Lynch, creator, INGOTs free software service certification

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 25, 2005 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
There is a Native American proverb that says, "Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I'll understand." These words are the mission statement of a new scheme for certifying IT capability -- the International Grades in Office Technology (INGOTs) program. To obtain their certificates, students must demonstrate an understanding of free and open source software (FOSS) issues by actually contributing to the OpenOffice.org project. INGOTs creator Ian Lynch contributes to the OpenOffice.org as education lead. We have asked Ian to explain the main features and advantages of the program.

Patent directive adoption just days away

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 24, 2005 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The software patent saga continues, with adoption of the CIID now scheduled for next week.

Empty more Java Heap with new garbage tool

Use this free Diagnostic Tool to help you better understand information provided by your JVM (Java Virtual Machine) garbage collector. It will analyze critical issues in great detail such as quantities of heap memory involved, frequency of the garbage collection, time spent in different phases of garbage collection, and much more. Recently updated to manage very big heap sizes.

Business Must Be Cautious With Firefox

Many mission-critical applications have been built on Internet Explorer, and most organizations don't have the budget or resources to recode them. In addition, PCs' application loads need to be properly tested to ensure that nothing breaks with the addition of a different browser. In the near term, many business users will be better served by keeping Internet Explorer and installing security updates as they're released.

Open Source as a strategy against going offshore

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 4:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Open Source is an opportunity for small, local companies to position themselves against offshore providers", says Gerhard Havlik of OSCON co-organizer incite. The Open Source Business Conference (OSCON) was held last Friday in Vienna. Danese Cooper, a proponent of Open Source at Sun Microsystems, spoke about what she had seen in India: a large section of the economy was working solely on applying standard software and linking various standard components to each other.

Open-source PBX Battle Brewing

  • Voxilla.com (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 3:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the open source PBX world, Asterisk is king, but it’s no longer the only game in town.

British public bodies say no to open source

  • Techworld.com (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 2:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
UK local authorities are far less likely to use open-source software than those of some other European countries, according to findings from a Dutch study. The study has so far found that 32 percent of local authorities in Britain use open-source software, compared with 71 percent in France, 68 percent in Germany and 55 percent in the Netherlands.

FOSS developers gather to build education tools for Africa

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 1:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Following on from the developer roadshow held at the University of the Western Cape last month, free software developers from nine African universities are again meeting at the university this week. This time they are learning about and developing software for the Kinky application framework.

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