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Nokia's love for Open Source exposed

  • Inquirer; By Tony Dennis in Barcelona (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
SEARCHING FOR a URL for Nokia's new portal aimed at developers -, the INQ stumbled across another open source announcement to do with Web browsers.

It says right here that there's a new browser available to all those who have decided to licence its Series 60 3rd edition platform.Fine.

But the browser is based on WebCore and JavaScriptCore components of Apple's Safari Web kit. It's based on KHTML and KJS from the KDE Konqueror open source project.

Red Hat calls for Linux management focus

Red Hat Inc has called on the Linux community to focus on the manageability of the open source operating system and outlined its plans to introduce virtualization and stateless Linux technology in the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

MapFS makes its debut

After nearly two years, Levanta is making an effort to bring the MapFS kernel module to a wider audience. MapFS is part of the core software for Levanta's Intrepid M management appliance, a system for provisioning, deploying, and managing Linux servers.

Web’s never-to-be-repeated revolution

  • Financial Times; By James Boyle (Posted by Tsela on Nov 4, 2005 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

On the occasion of the World Wide Web's fifteenth birthday, the author comments on how it is full openness and Open Standards that made the Internet the success it has become, and why the current technological and legal climate would make a similar revolution impossible today.

[ED.- Without open standards, without openness, without decentralisation, there would have been no Internet. Think about it next time someone praises proprietary standards - Tsela]

Centeris lays out open-source, future plans

  • Computerworld Australia; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 2:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux server management startup Centeris this week detailed its plans to open source part of its Likewise Management Suite software by making it available for download from

Centeris decided to put Likewise Open Agent on SourceForge, not on its own Web site, as a way to ensure a wide distribution, according to Barry Crist, chief executive officer of Centeris. "SourceForge is the first place developers look for open-source projects," he said in an interview at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) East in Newton, Massachusetts. The open-source download will be available from November 18.

Scalent Systems Delivers Datacenter Infrastructure Virtualization - The Cure for Enterprise 'Server Sprawl'

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Comprehensive Software Solution Increases Resource Utilization in Enterprise Data Centers Through Virtualization of All Critical Datacenter Components

Webinar outlines embedded Linux development web services

TimeSys will present another free (with registration) webinar next week. "Transitioning to LinuxLink" will introduce the company's web services for embedded Linux developers implementing custom OSes from free software and/or commercial distributions. It will feature product managers Gene Sally and Bill Von Hagen, and is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Sleepycat CEO: Oracle deal an attempt to disrupt MySQL

NEWTON, Mass. -- Oracle Corp.'s acquisition of Innobase OY is largely an effort to disrupt rival database vendor MySQL AB and is a testament to the growing momentum of open source software (OSS), the outspoken president and CEO of SleepyCat Software said in an interview.

IBM releases Java 5 Standard Edition Download for Linux

Java 5.0 offers developers some powerful new choices for developing high-performance concurrent applications. Download the IBM Java 5 Standard Edition and start your Java 5.0 coding today. In addition to the new download, you will find below the excellent Taming the Java 5.0 Tiger article series written by John Zukowski, President, JZ Ventures. There is also two tutorials focusing on Generics and Concurrency in Java 5.0

Linux thumbnail viewers

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 4, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thumbnail viewers are utilities that let you quickly view or manipulate images. For instance, many let you display, rotate, and zoom images. Some also offer built-in slide show features -- though not at the level of presentation programs such as Impress. Here's an introduction to several common Linux thumbnail viewer programs.

Report: The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Part 3

"Had Linux companies better focused their efforts on the SMB/SME market, the operating system market share picture would look far more rosy for Linux and OSS than it does today. There is some suggestion in what we have seen so far that Linux has performed well despite the efforts of the Linux vendors. It is as if the market has made a run for Linux, in spite of the lack of market presence by Linux vendors..."

Linux Advisory Watch - November 4th 2005

This week, advisories were released for lynx, OpenSSL, gnump3d, netpbmfree, gallery, phpmyadmin, SELinux PAM Local, TikiWiki, mantis, Ethereal, XLI, libgda, ImageMagick, kernel, and wget. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

It's unofficial: Microsoft bets business on Linux

Rodney Gedda writes: "The next time Bill Gates sends an e-mail through Microsoft's shiny new Wireless LAN it will be passed through a behind-the-scenes Linux-based network appliance."

[Yeah, get the facts. The fact is that Microsoft uses GNU/Linux too - even if they don't want to admit it! - Ed]

Australian firm migrates hundreds of desktops to Linux

  • (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 11:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australian human resources firm Kennards Hire has announced it will migrate more than 400 desktops to Linux in a nation-wide deployment of the open source operating system, Computerworld reports. Scheduled for completion next January, the migration began with a trial of one branch. Eighty locations will eventually be affected.

Unisys throws weight behind 'mature' Linux

Enterprise services provider sees open source as a "key area" for growth, as it tries to make Linux more attractive to large companies.

Mozilla Kicks Off "Extend Firefox" Competition

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Nov. 3, 2005 -- Mozilla Corporation today announced the Extend Firefox Contest to encourage development of extensions to the award-winning Firefox Web browser. Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to Firefox. They can be anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. The contest is expected to generate hundreds of new extensions for Firefox, allowing people to further personalize their Web browsing experience and to make surfing the Web even more fun and convenient.

Developers can tap into the Mozilla Developer Center (MDC), which will be hosting the contest, to find resources and pointers to help create extensions for Firefox. The contest also coincides with the launch of Firefox 1.5 – expected later this year – and developers are encouraged to take advantage of Firefox 1.5's new features.

The New Linux Kernel: Better Wi-Fi, Better File Systems

It took longer than expected, but the new, improved Linux kernel is now out, and it features Centrino Wi-Fi support.

Spyware: Firefox and IE

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm over at the University of Washington computer science department's Industrial Affiliates Meeting today, where UW computer science grad students and professors are showing some of their latest projects to a variety of people from the computer industry. One of the talks this morning, by grad student Alexander Moshchuk, showed some preliminary results from a study that used automated methods to try to attract spyware and study its prevalence. The study looked at spyware delivered not only through downloaded programs but also via "drive-by downloads," picked up by simply visiting Web sites that deliver the spyware.

Quad-core Opteron SBC runs Debian AMD64 Linux

Win Enterprises is sampling an SHB Express (system host board) single-board computer (SBC) that supports a range of single- and dual-core Opteron processors, and runs Debian AMD64 Linux. The MB-06049 features optional high-end Nvidia graphics, and an optional daughtercard that adds a second dual-core Opteron CPU. The SBC targets industrial control, medical and military imaging, and telecom applications.

The Knoppix Advantage

There is a great deal of discussion going on about which distribution is most ideal for the desktop, with people taking different sides. If you ask me, Knoppix scores over other distros when it comes to installing Linux on old machines. Let me elaborate on how I reached this conclusion.

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