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Mozilla patches major Firefox security flaw

Mozilla Corp. today released updated versions of the Firefox browser, v1.5.0.10 and v2.0.0.2, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, that close a major security flaw called the "location.hostname vulnerability." The fix stops hackers from being able to tamper with how websites are displayed.

No Sweat: Open Source Apparel

The larger the garment industry has become, the more apparel companies have operated opaque businesses and employed questionable (if not abominable) practices in order to keep up with the goliath scale of manufacturing. At this point, most consumers have at least partial awareness of the perilous conditions of sweatshops, but the majority of clothes still come from behind a veil; and because consumers know how limited our choices are for goods with a transparent backstory, we don't always choose to try to see what's behind that closed source.

Creating an XForms-Based Logo Generator

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 24, 2007 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) provides an easy way to declaratively create an image using XML, and XForms provides an easy way to edit XML. In this article you will put the two together to create an XForms-based XVG editor for creating SVG images such as logos.

PHP for Microsoft AJAX Library released

In the past, Microsoft has said that its ASP.NET AJAX (Atlas) framework could be used sans Microsoft development tools. Particularly, the client-side library in ASP.NET AJAX can interact with several web-based programming languages as it consists of nothing more than JavaScript. That being said, one industrious Microsoft dev has gone ahead and created a library called "PHP for Microsoft AJAX Library" that allows PHP developers to easily interact with Microsoft's rich client framework.

AMD, Gigabyte Release Source-Code for Mainboard’s BIOS

An engineer from Advanced Micro Devices has reportedly released source-code of BIOS (basic input/output system) for a mainboard by Gigabyte Technology. The move allows die-hard Linux followers to reprogram BIOS according to their needs, for instance, to get better overclocking functionality.

IBM not ready to say Oracle's Linux compatible

IBM is not ready to guarantee that its computer programs are compatible with Oracle Corp.'s recently launched version of the Linux operating system, an IBM spokesman said on Friday. This means that if IBM software programs turn out to be incompatible with Oracle Enterprise Linux, then it will be up to Oracle -- and not IBM -- to resolve the issue, said IBM spokesman Matthew McMahon.

Firefox and Firefox Security and Stability Update

As part of Mozilla Corporation's ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox and Firefox are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download from Due to the security fixes, we strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to these latest releases.

Free & Open software training for state students

Free software does not mean getting it for free, it means the freedom to choose, deploy, run and make changes according to the needs of the user, said Biman Bose, the politburo member and state general secretary of CPI(M). Soon state schools will have teachers who have the necessary training to teach the various facets of free and open source software to secondary and higher secondary students.

Creating a Web service app object using WebSphere Portal V6

Extend your WebSphere Portal Personalization capabilities to make data from external sources available to your portal using Personalization Rules.

Live from the 2007 pyCon in Dallas, Texas

Python is a unique programming language that is widely used in places like Google, NASA and many other companies for mission critical applications. I'm reporting from the 2007 Python conventionpyCon in search of healthcare possibilities. I'm finding some but it seems as though straight Electronic Medical Record work has gone dormant. Tim Cook's efforts with FreePM which is now TORCH and Andrew Ho's work with Zope and OIO are the only examples that come to mind but it doesn't appear that Python has significant EMR software. That does not appear to be the case with PHP/MySQL which has a thriving community. Why?

Ditching the Mozilla Public License for GPL

Although the GPL is considered the most widely used license in open source projects today, plenty of commercial open source projects choose to use a Mozilla Public License (MPL) variant instead. Open source enterprise content management firm Alfresco used to be one such commercial vendor. But as of today, Alfresco is moving from an MPL license to the GPL.

Connect to MySQL

One of the good things about is its ability to use different database engines. Just give it the right driver, and can connect to virtually any database system, including MySQL. However, deciding what database driver to use and configuring a connection between MySQL and can be a bit tricky. Let's walk through the process.

Mp3's Loss, Open Source's Gain

Alcatel-Lucent isn't the only winner in a federal jury's $1.52 billion patent infringement award against Microsoft this week. Other beneficiaries are the many rivals to the MP3 audio-compression format.

Carmony Says Raymond Mail Not Tied to Linspire

LXer Feature: 24-Feb-2007

When Eric Raymond sent off an e-mail complaining about the Fedora project and distribution, some suspected his action was motivated by his conflicting values, with respect to including non-free multimedia codecs in Fedora Core, and that there might be some connection to his work with Linspire. Linspire's CEO Kevin Carmony posted a comment on LXer's forum to clarify the unilateral nature of Raymond's mail.

Linus versus GNOME

It's no secret that Linus Torvalds, Linux's founder, dislikes the GNOME desktop. In 2005, for example, Torvalds posted on the GNOME-usability list that "I personally just encourage people to switch to KDE."

Third KDE 4 Development Snapshot Released:"Kludge"

The KDE project announces the availability of the third development snapshot of the upcoming KDE 4. This snapshot is meant as a reference for developers who want to play with parts of the new technology KDE 4 will provide, those who want to start porting their applications to the new KDE 4 platform and for those that want to start to develop applications based on KDE 4. This snapshot is not for end users, there is no guarantee that it will be stable, the interfaces are subject to changes at any time.

Smart Connections with Micro Linux PC

With the introduction of the Tux/Stick, the company offers customers a solution to connect her notebook of secure ways with different networks by using special communication profiles. To cover those Ad-hoc connections and to simplify the configuration SSV Embedded Systems has developed a new Linux-based micro computer. This tiny system called Tux/Stick comes in the case of a USB stick and works as a gateway between a host PC and different networks.

Microsoft and free software movement tag team at the Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Microsoft v. AT&T concerning liability for patent infringement for the distribution of software outside of the United States. Although the case is officially about arcane details of a 1984 revision to patent law, the decision could have broader significance if it helps to shed light on the patentability of software, a question the Supreme Court hasn't addressed in a quarter century. and World Domination

"The more I think about it, the more I am concerned that the "World Domination 201" plan at work here is more about the domination of a yet another mixed operating system and not the world domination of software freedom."

Open source is key to reaching 500 million Indian children

To support more than 650,000 villages and one half billion youths who need education, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) created a nonprofit organization called Shiksha India in 2001. One of Shiksha's primary initiatives was the creation of a collaborative online Web portal, which the president of India launched in a formal ceremony last month. The new e-learning and collaboration portal uses open source technology such as Moodle, Drupal, and MediaWiki.

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