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Why Not Python?, Part 2

This time out, the old C hacker drags himself into the 1990s to solve Sudoku puzzles.

A Glimmer of Hope on the Software Patent Mess

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 11, 2006 6:40 PM EDT)
It's not often that something good happens in the area of software patents. Today is happily one of those days

Damn Small Linux v2.1 ready for download

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 5:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Damn Small Linux project released version 2.1 of its 50 megabyte LiveCD Linux distribution Tuesday. The changelog notes 31 key feature updates in v2.1, including new SATA boot-time support, new GUI controls, and much more.

The 350 MHz XFCE Linux Desktop Search

I've had troubles as of late in my household. I had a motherboard go bad that was powering my Media Center PC. This PC is the center of the entire family entertainment with 30 GB of music, 50 GB of movies, and the ability to watch live TV. That immediately ceased when the BIOS chip failed on the mobo. I had to send in for a replacement. In the meantime, I've had to shift all of my computers around to compromise for this loss. This means that I lost my normal Linux (PCLinuxOS .92) computer (an old Celeron 900 Emachines). I now have the old PII 350 MHz. While I know it likes Slackware and Vector Linux the most...I have to try other distros out on it just to see what happens. After all, even Windows XP can install and run on this I'd like to see how some of the better Linux desktops will run on it. To give a quick rundown, here are the specs:

Of Mac and Tux

Most road warriors today either carry a notebook, a PDA or a smartphone. These devices cost a lot of money so it is quite difficult for most folks to be mobile always. The most people can go is to access WAP sites using their mobile phones. Unfortunately, WAP sites are very limited and not to forget, telcos charge an arm and a leg for data access outside of their portals. I just wish that they give you an unlimited and free package during off-peak hours. This will surely encourage the masses to go online even by just browsing WAP sites.

USPTO to modify patent reviews

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to work with the open-source community to ensure that patent examiners have access to prior inventions related to software code. The open-source community has long criticized USPTO for not reviewing software in the public domain before issuing software patents.

Question Hour With Mozilla

I spent Tuesday afternoon driving down to Mountain View, Calif., about 30 to 40 minutes drive south of San Francisco, to visit Mozilla Corp., the shop behind the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail program that I've written about several times. I wanted to get some background about how this small firm, wholly owned by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, goes about its business, and about what it plans to do next with its two core releases.

An introduction to runlevels and init scripts

What's the first thing that you do once you've logged onto Linux? Is it to manually start up a processes such as Apache or MySQL, or even start your network connection? Or do you have to stop applications that have started up without your telling them to, and which are overloading your machine? If you have unwanted processes starting at boot time, or find yourself starting necessary services manually, let's make your life a little bit easier by introducing you the world of Linux services.

Linux sends NASA rovers to Mars, among other things

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 1:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mandriva
[Ed: From the Feel Good Department -tadelste]

When the Mars rovers blasted into space to begin a 60-million mile journey to the Red Planet, Linux was there to help NASA get them off the ground. In fact, some form of Linux has been present at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., for years, assisting researchers with projects that range from unmanned space flight to deep space exploration

Let's burst the "open source" bubble

  • Libervised; By libervisco (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The message is that spliting the Free Software movement in 1998 to start the "open source" initiative was indeed a mistake. This is something I believed in for some time already, but articles like these make me get that "told you so" feeling. They strongly reassert my view on the whole "open source" thing.

Mainsoft Announces Fast-Track Program Based on IBM Software to Aggressively Expand Linux Ecosystem

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Above All Software, Comtec and Pacific Edge Software Among First to Extend Windows Solutions to Linux/eServer Platforms

Why Not Python?, Part 2

This time out, the old C hacker drags himself into the 1990s to solve Sudoku puzzles.

Ibm Promotes Red Hat, Novell to Top Partner Status

Server and services giant IBM made a big $1 billion bet on Linux back at the end of 1999, and has made many billions of dollars since then and amassed a customer base of 12,000 companies who have deployed Linux solutions using Big Blue's hardware, software, and services. Linux is undeniably one of the key drivers for the company's growth, and to that end, IBM has bestowed on commercial Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell the titles of strategic alliance partner, vaulting them to the status of being among the top 10 partners that IBM has among a group of about 100 such partners.

More Thaw: OpenSolaris does Mono

  • Simon Phipps's other Weblog; By Simon Phipps (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Today's "big thaw" item will shock some, but Erast Benson posted on the OpenSolaris forums yesterday with news that he's got Mono working on the Nexenta distribution of OpenSolaris. He's posted a screenshot to prove it.

Novell Only Linux Distributor Among Top Retail Technology Suppliers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 10:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Leading Retail Technology Publication RIS News Includes Novell in Its Software Leaderboard 2005

Interview: Gartner's Mark Driver

At Gartner's recent 2005 Open Source Summit, Mark Driver, a Gartner vice president and research director and the official host for the conference, made some interesting projections about open source software in IT. I spoke with Driver and discussed not only the expansion of OSS into the IT world, but his plans for future conferences. In the interest of brevity and time, we agreed to utilize portions of the supplied text of his talks to supplement his answers.

Fossfa secretariat to move to SA

The Meraka Institute will take over the running of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa as the organisation's secretariat heads to South Africa. The handover will take place at the Idlelo 2 digital commons conference in Kenya in February.

More cracks appear in Windows

  • Reg Developer; By John Leyden (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Never-ending patch cycle

Microsoft released two more critical patches on Tuesday - days after it released an emergency fix for a critical WMF vulnerability that has been exploited by hackers and virus writers. The two latest updates - which, unlike the WMF patch, came out as part of Microsoft's regular Patch Tuesday update cycle - fix a flaw in the way Microsoft Windows processes embedded web fonts (MS06-002) and a Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format (TNEF) decoding vulnerability (MS06-003).

Exploitation of these vulnerabilities creates a means for hackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service on a vulnerable system. The earlier WMF vulnerability remains the easiest to exploit, but security vendors warn that the embedded web-forms flaw also caries a computer worm risk. release reflects growing use of, a maker of labels for envelopes, jewel cases, and other purposes, has released a package of more than 50 label template pages for The labels, which represent most of's standard prepress stock, are available in both 1.0 (.stw) and Open Document (.ott) format, and are released under the GNU General Public License and the Joint Copyright Agreement required for contributions. According to Russell Ossendryver, the company's managing director, USA, the release of the labels is in direct response to the growing popularity of

Qwest Gouges Innocent Users For Spam; Mediacom & AT&T Don't.

Is Qwest taking advantage of a recent FCC ruling to ripoff innocent broadband subscribers whose computers do bad things? Charging five bucks for every spam sent by your possibly-hijacked computer is gouging. Once you see how other broadband competitors treat spam, you'll probably agree.

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