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DSL-N: Damn Small Linux gets bigger

According to Distrowatch.com, Damn Small Linux is the most popular microLinux distribution. What began as a toy project to stuff the maximum software inside a 50MB ISO file has matured into a refined community project known for its speed and versatility. DSL includes the ultra-lightweight FluxBox window manager, two Web browsers, Slypheed email client and news reader, xpdf PDF viewer, XMMS with MPEG media file support for playing audio and video, BashBurn CD burner, XPaint image editing, VNCViewer and rdesktop to control Windows and Linux desktops remotely, and more. If they could do all this in 50 megs, imagine what they could do in more space. Last month the DSL developers released DSL-Not, a.k.a. DSL-N 0.1 RC1. It's 83.5MB of DSL coated with GTK sugar. Yummy!

Gmail vs Windows Live Mail vs Yahoo Mail betas

We have been trialling the various beta programmes from the main online mail-behemoths since their respective inceptions.

In fact, we have been unfortunate enough to have to use each one daily and today we’re going to take a quick look at each service, comparing and contrasting each product’s offerings.

Hovsepian Needs to Get Novell on Track

Opinion: As others have done, Novell has called in a former IBM exec to serve as CEO. The company has some catch-up to do.

Novell introduces portable training for SUSE Linux platform

Novell has unveiled a new, comprehensive training course for its SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 completely self-contained on a portable USB drive.

Microsoft's Linux-basher leaves

Martin Taylor, best known for his role in leading Microsoft's anti-Linux 'Get the Facts' campaign, has abruptly left the company - just as one of his chief foes began a joint effort with the company.

This week at LWN: Harald Welte on the flood of GPL violations

Though Harald Welte's contributions to the free software community are many, the work he is best known for may well be the gpl-violations.org effort. By pursuing those who ship his code (and that of others he represents) without complying with the source requirements of the GPL, Harald has secured the release of much code into the community, established a precedent upholding the GPL in German court, and greatly increased the respect many companies have for the GPL. Thanks to Harald, the GPL has some teeth.

Novell rejigging with Linux priority

Looks like it is do or die now for Novell and Suse. Top two execs ousted apparently because they haven't been able to compete with Red Hat.

Motorola joins Eclipse in mobile Linux push

Motorola has joined the Eclipse open source community which supports the adoption of open-source embedded software and tools including Linux.

Evolis opens up to Linux

Evolis embraces the Linux giveaway policy and the driver can therefore be downloaded free of charge from the Evolis Web site

[Next, they should embrace the open policy of Linux by getting their driver source to the kernel developers. -- grouch]

where have all the programmers gone?

In my inestimably valuable opinion, we need programmers (and related disciplines like QA, advanced math, and design) more than almost anything else. We’re in the very infancy of the computer age, and already we are intensively computerized, from toasters and refrigerators to inventory tags to vehicles to big ole factories.

So where are all these programmers going to come from? Not the US, with its laughable public education, scorn for science and engineering, and gutted colleges and universities.

Open source stirs up systems management market

To some, the arena of systems management is one exclusively controlled by an old guard of proprietary vendors like IBM, CA and Hewlett-Packard Co. However, a spate of new applications in systems management are proving that open source may have the clout to stake a claim in this market as well.

Debian Gives Linux a Bhutanese Touch

The CD includes a complete set of Dzongkha-localized applications, namely the Gnome environment, the OpenOffice suite, the Mozilla Web browser, the Evolution mail reader and GAIM as instant messaging application.

Firefox, iTunes, Skype Top Most Dangerous List

Firefox, iTunes, and Skype were the top 3 applications in a list of 15 with the most security vulnerabilities, a Cambridge, Mass.-based security company said this week.

The list from Bit9 calls out applications frequently downloaded by individuals (and thus perhaps not sanctioned by the enterprise) which have at least one critical vulnerability, and that rely on the end user, not the corporate IT department, to manually patch or upgrade to fix bugs.

[FUD alert! Notice how the set of "applications" is artificially limited to those "that rely on the end user [...] to manually patch". This leaves out Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x. I strongly recommend the author take a look at Secunia's Vulnerability Report for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x and compare it to Secunia's Vulnerability Report for Mozilla Firefox 1.x. MS IE6.x has 19 unpatched vulnerabilities. Firefox 1.x has 4. Even with all vendor patches applied, MS IE6.x has more unpatched, "moderately critical" vulnerabilities than the total number of unpatched vulnerabilities in Firefox 1.x. None of Firefox's unpatched vulnerabilities reach the level of "moderately critical". Put those numbers in your FUD-pipe and smoke 'em! -- grouch].

SimplyMEPIS 6.0 RC2 ready for download, test

The MEPIS team released the second release candidate of SimplyMEPIS 6.0, on June 21. RC2 adds bug fixes, security updates, and screen resolution detection, founder and lead developer Warren Woodford said. The distribution now also includes monitor resolution autodetection.

Kerala to be FOSS destination

PC sellers, smarting at Microsoft for juggling them in a legal trapez, are now looking upon an 83-year old crusader to settle their old scores with the IT behemoth. Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan is on a trip to develop the state as India’s FOSS (Free and Open Software Systems) destination, with backing from National Informatics Centre (NIC).

The Transitive Property of Dots: What Price Massachusetts?

While a quarter-page ad on the editorial page of the Boston Globe doubtless costs far less than a $30 million in-kind software donation, it's a good bet that the ad titled "Working Together Better by Design" that appeared in yesterday's Globe has something to do with last week's generous contribution.

The Linux 2.6 Kernel: Cracking the Code

You could say the Linux kernel is on the cusp of adulthood -- like a teenager about to reach voting age.

House panel OKs Net obligations bill

A congressional bill that would impose strict new obligations on American tech companies doing business with "Internet-restricting countries" like China cleared its first hurdle to becoming law on Thursday.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Alpha Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The first development ISO images of Mandriva Linux 2007 have been released for download and testing. At the time of writing only Mandriva One live CD images for the i586 and x86_64 architectures are available, but expect the usual full (4-CD) installation sets to appear on Mandriva mirrors in a day or two. The new release ships with kernel 2.6.16.20 and includes glibc 2.4, X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.3, GNOME 2.15, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2, Firefox 1.5.0.4 and many other open source software packages. OSDir has a nice selection of shots of the upcoming Mandriva Linux 2007 in the Mandriva Linux 2007 Alpha Screenshot Tour.

Mysql Gets Lit

If you work with MySQL for a living -- or for fun, for that matter -- there's a new magazine in the works that you might find interesting. It's called Tabula: The MySQL Journal, and judging from the description its publisher posted online last week, it's going to be a first-rate operation.

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