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Interview with Mike Beltzner

David Tenser has posted an interview with Mozilla Foundation's User Experience Lead, Mike Beltzner. The interview was conducted over instant messaging sessions during the last week of November. Mike talks about usability studies, design of the Mozilla Developer Central, and the new bookmark system planned for Firefox 2.

Recovering deleted /etc/shadow password file

  • nixCraft; By nixCraft (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 21, 2005 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Recovering critical key file such as /etc/shadow is a challenging task.

Blog From Performancing For Firefox

This is very nice indeed - Performancing, an extension for Firefox 1.5 that enables you to use write a post and publish it to your blog just by using Firefox.

Yahoo adds open-source blogging to its hosting

  •; By Juan Carlos Perez (Posted by tadelste on Dec 21, 2005 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yahoo has added open-source blog publishing software to its Web hosting. The Net giant has struck a deal with WordPress and will add its software alongside proprietary alternative Moveable Type, which whom Yahoo struck a deal last week. The deal is intended to broaden the blogging software options accessible to individuals and companies that use Yahoo to host their websites, the company said.

Executive Interview -- Bill Weinberg of the Mobile Linux Initiative

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 21, 2005 11:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Foreword -- LinuxDevices recently caught up with OSDL spokesperson Bill Weinberg, to discuss the organization's new Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI). Weinberg, who serves as the OSDL's representative to the MLI, filled us in on the initiative's early progress, strategy, and tactics for the year ahead.


  •; By Theoden (Posted by natas on Dec 21, 2005 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
Many people are interested in getting their linux or BSD desktop interface to look as much like Apple's very successful OS X gui as possible.

Linux: Git Milestone, 1.0 Release

Git maintainer Junio Hamano [story] announced the official 1.0.0 release ofgit, the directory content manager originally written by Linus Torvalds and used to manage the Linux kernel source tree. Junio notes that there haven't been any big changes recently, "

Development of the git directory content manager was begun by Linus Torvalds in early April of 2005 [story], quickly following the announcement that BitKeeper would no longer be freely available to kernel developers [story]. Git rapidly evolved with the help of an active developer community, quickly enough that when the 2.6.12 kernel was released two months later it was already being managed by git [story].

Book Writing Applications in Linux

  • OS News; By Alcibiades (Posted by dcparris on Dec 21, 2005 11:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In order to see what is needed in book writing applications, you need to look carefully at the desk of someone who is actively writing a book. You will most likely see piles of paper, often cut up and marked with pencil, and if you examine those of the papers that are in piles, you will see that the pagination is all over the place because pages have been reordered.

[Ed: Pretty good intro! The author covers some of the advantages and disadvantages of Lyx, OOo, etc. - dcparris]

Survey: Open source developers jump on bugs, open to closed tech

It comes as no surprise that open source software developers are fixing bugs faster and faster, but the majority of Linux developers' willingness to use proprietary products -- a la the Bitkeeper debacle -- may be more likely to raise eyebrows. Both findings -- that open source developers find and repair severe bugs in less than four hours on average and that 64 percent of OSS developers would purchase a tool for Linux if it worked well even if it was not open source -- come from the Evans Data Fall 2005 developer survey.

Report: Interop: Giants, Start-ups Examine Open Source

From giants such as Sun and Computer Associates to start-ups such as Sourcefire and GroundWorks, companies are now stepping in to the open source market from a variety of directions and perspectives, as evidenced at last week's Interop show in New York City. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Anti-porn tool now in Mozilla flavour

Guardware has release a new version of its anti-porn system which it claims can stop employees viewing sexual content in web browsers, regardless of the source.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 115:
We talk to Joe Born from Neuros Audio
Dan's 7 year old daughter installs Ubuntu
Linc gives Slackware much love
Updates on our upcoming T.W.A.T.episodes
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
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HP Fosters OpenLDAP Growth

  • EFY Times (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Dec 21, 2005 8:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
Hewlett-Packard (HP) boosts OpenLDAP software. The software shall ease small companies to adopt open source software from which they primarily feel nervous off.

Press Release: Mandriva and Skype Partner to Provide High-Quality Voice Calling Over the Internet Using Linux

Mandriva and Skype today announce their partnership to provide high-quality voice calling over the Internet using Linux. Mandriva Linux 2006 offers out-the-box use of Skype's popular application. With Mandriva Linux 2006, users will be able to easily make business or personal phones calls all over the world using their computer, while taking advantage of local rates. Customers can connect from PC to PC, PC to landline phone, or PC to mobile phone. Additional features, such as voice mail and call forwarding, are also available.

HP, Symas Partner for Open Source Directory Across HP Platforms

  • IT News Online (Posted by tadelste on Dec 21, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
HP has signed an agreement with Symas Corp. to expand its certification and services for an open source directory across all HP industry-standard platforms.

Symas is a prolific contributor to the open source project, OpenLDAP, which based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Symas' OpenLDAP distribution, Connexitor Directory Services, is said to offer customers fast deployment, easy paths to upgrades and rapid bug fixes.

CaseData Deploys DataCore IP SAN Software to Manage Storage for Its Vast Set of Legal Documents and Case Files

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 21, 2005 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Leading litigation technology and document management company utilizes DataCore SANmelody(TM) to manage their growing storage needs

Red Hat Wins Major Swedish Firm to Linux

RALEIGH – Skanska, a large construction conglomerate based in Sweden, has switched to Red Hat Linux from a Unix solution. By making the switch, Skanska said it expected to reduce costs by 30 percent.

SP2 Slows Down Dual-Core Processors

  • pcworld; By Steve Bass (Posted by henke54 on Dec 21, 2005 5:50 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
You're going to love this. You spend a bundle on a fast motherboard. Like a smart user, you follow Microsoft's advice and do all the necessary upgrades and patches. Then you find out that if your motherboard has multiple processors that support specific processor power management features, your system will experience decreased performance. Or in Microsoft's quaint way of putting it, you'll experience "unexpected behavior."

Debian Weekly News - December 20th, 2005

Welcome to this year's 51st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Mohammed Adnène Trojette summarised the events from last year and created the timeline 2004. Thomas Lange announced version 2.9 of FAI, the fully automatic installation for Debian.

Free, open or proprietary?

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tom Chance (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 21, 2005 5:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Free Software Magazine's Tom Chance has written on the philosophical differences in software licensing.

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