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From vapourware to scareware, Microsoft keeps innovating

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Rob O'Neill (Posted by d0nk3y on May 27, 2007 7:29 PM EDT)
Bill Gates famously missed the internet revolution and then innovated the web browser, several years after Netscape

Gentoo Linux PHP Security Advisory

Gentoo has issued a security advisory with a high impact rating affecting users of PHP <5.2.2.

Mozilla Foundation Searching for Executive Director to Replace Frank Hecker

The Mozilla Foundation is looking for a new Executive Director to lead and manage the organisation. The successful candidate will take over from Frank Hecker, who declared his intention to resign as Executive Director last month. At that time, Mitchell Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors, announced that recruiter Eunice Azzani has been engaged to help identify potential Executive Director candidates.

Lina's 'Linux VM' Promises Portability

  • LinuxDevices.com; By Henry Kingman and Chris Preimesberger (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 27, 2007 3:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The startup says its upcoming dual-licensed virtual Linux machine will run Linux applications under different operating systems, with a look and feel native to each.

Windows - still the only way to go?

With an almost total dominance of the desktop and server operating system market, you'd think that Microsoft Windows was the only choice. In actual fact, there's never been a better time to buy an alternative OS.

Dell Fulfills the Linux Wish of 30,000

  • NewsFactor; By Stephen Foley (Posted by dcparris on May 27, 2007 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Lionel Menchaca, Dell's digital media manager, said that 30,000 people had weighed in to push Dell to offer Linux, and noted that the three Linux-based computers released on Thursday would not be the last. Dell's decision to offer Ubuntu is a breakthrough for enthusiasts of Linux, the most popular variant of open-source software.

Can Google and Linux Topple Microsoft?

Compatibility issues always exist with any new release of an operating system, said Steve Gillmer, Microsoft's business manager of collaborative technologies. He added that Microsoft works with software developers to reduce incompatibilities and with customers to manage the movement to new operating systems.

A challenge to all Linux Users in the World

  • ZDNet UK; By Xwindowsjunkie (Posted by dcparris on May 27, 2007 11:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
A recent posting by George Ou about Windows Home Server brought out a lot of responses from the Linux community. I think that Microsoft deserves to get some competition.

[Hmmm... Anyone interested in this? - dcparris]

HIG Hunting Season in its 3rd Week

Are you fed up with cryptic error messages you don't understand? Then get involved! This week's target of the HIG Hunting Season is warnings and error messages.

GPUs & Beryl: What is Needed?

We thought it was already clear what graphics processors and drivers work and don't work with Linux desktop eye candy such as Beryl and Compiz, but it seems based upon the number of e-mails we have been receiving along with messages in community bulletin boards that the line isn't so clear after all. For those that have never tried out Beryl, it is a compositing window manager branched from Compiz (though Beryl will merge back with Compiz soon) that provides a variety of window decorations and other desktop "eye candy" for X.Org users. In this article we hope to make it clear for you what GPUs will make your Linux desktop look the most pleasurable and what ones just sweat thinking about these desktop effects.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-May-2007


LXer Feature: 27-May-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

The Perfect Desktop - PCLinuxOS 2007

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 27, 2007 4:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial shows how you can set up a PCLinuxOS 2007 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. I found that PCLinuxOS is really easy to install and use, and it is a real alternative.

Teaching Microsoft: the aftermath

A lot has happened since I debunked Alan MacCormack's research. First, a very clever attack from some "Rufus". I have contacted Rufus through email, but have not received any response yet. Maybe what "DB" wrote isn't too far from the truth: "Looks like Microsoft are reading this too. And if this was an exploratory survey they wouldn't be trumpeting it as the real thing." Of course, I tried to comment on the eWeek article, only to find that I was banned.

Mozilla Firefox 2 Listed as Finalist on Webware 100

FoxyBetty writes: "Firefox 2 is a finalist on the Webware 100 list! Now it's up to voters to pick the winners. Webware is a site where computer users can learn about new and useful Web applications. The Webware 100 will serve as a guide of new and innovative Web applications.

Populate Validate and Query XML Content

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Susan Malaika (Posted by IdaAshley on May 26, 2007 8:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Focused on populating, validating, and querying XML content pertinent to a specific industry, the pureXML industry bundles illustrate access to stored XML content through small script or Java-based applications. In this article, you'll learn about the industry-specific XML exchange formats, and how you can easily get started with implementing these solutions.

Validating Swing apps the Eclipse RAVEN way

The Rule-based Accessibility Validation Environment (RAVEN) is an Eclipse plug-in that provides runtime checking of GUI components to ensure consistent use of Java accessibility features.

Linux: Announcing the 2.6.22-rc3 Kernel

In a humorous announcement for the latest release candidate of the upcoming 2.6.22 Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds noted that there were updates to the ARM, SH and Blackfin architectures. He also noted fixes to USB suspend, infiband, and the network stack, as well as updates to ATA, DVB and MMC, and network drivers. Noting that a three-day weekend was starting in the US he said,"so what's a pasty white nerd to do? You can't go out on the beach, because the goodlooking people will laugh at you, and kick sand in your face. I'm not bitter." Linus continued:"But now you _can_ do something: you can download the latest -rc kernel, and smile smugly to yourself, knowing that you are running the latest and greatest on your machine. And suddenly it doesn't even matter that summer is coming, because you can just sit in the basement, and close the blinds, and bask in the warm light from your LCD, rather than the harsh glare of the daystar.."Further information about what's new and changed in the upcoming 2.6.22 kernel can be found in theKernelNewbies wiki. The latest -rc can be downloaded from theLinux Kernel Archives [story], and the source changes can be browsed online using thegitweb interface.read more

Novell Files Quarterly Reports and Annual Report

WALTHAM, Mass., May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) today announced that it has filed its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2006 and Jan. 31, 2007 and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2006 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filings were made in connection with Novell's completion of its self-initiated, voluntary review of the company's historical stock-based compensation practices, the results of which were disclosed in the filings and in a press release issued by Novell on May 23, 2007.

Apt-get remove SUSE; apt-get install Etch

Ever since comparing seven Linux distributions on my "old thinkpad" testbed, I've remained impressed with the flexibility and ease-of-maintenance of Debian-based Linuxes. In my followup article on using Etch as a desktop OS, I pondered converting my primary desktop from SUSE to Debian. I've done it.

Novell Releases Microsoft Patent Agreement Documents

Novell has filed its delayed annual report with the SEC, which includes the technical co-operation and patent agreements it entered into with Microsoft in November 2006.

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