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French gendarmerie abandons IE for Firefox

PARIS: Supporters of open sourcing for computers have been given a shot in the arm by news the French police is abandoning Microsofts Internet Explorer for the Mozilla Foundations browser Firefox.

The gendarmerie's 70,000 desktops were being converted to Firefox and its email client Thunderbird because of the navigator's "reliability, security and inter-operability with other state services," said General Christian Brachet, IT director of the police force.

Google, Skype to back Wi-Fi hotspot linker

  • Fairfax Digitial AU (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google and eBay's Skype are investing in a startup that plans to help hotspot owners charge for Wi-Fi access, a plan that could face significant opposition from internet service providers (ISPs). The Internet heavyweights were joined by venture capital firms Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital in making a $US22 million investment in FON, the Spanish startup.

GoblinX Linux Project Releases GoblinX Premium 2006.1

Rochester, NY – The GoblinX Linux Project (, today, released GoblinX Premium 2006.1 edition, exclusively at 

GoblinX is a bootable live CD distribution based on Slackware Linux. The primary goal for GoblinX is to create a more pleasant and functional desktop, standardizing all icons and themes to make it easy for novice users to learn about available applications.

Novell showcases Linux Desktop 10

A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months.

Nat Friedman, the company's VP of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.

[Ed: Previously covered in an earlier article. tadelste]

Desktop Linux Summit adds Red Hat, Novell

Red Hat Inc. has for the first time signed on as a platinum sponsor of the Desktop Linux Summit, to be held April 24 and 25 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, Calif., event host Linspire Inc. announced Thursday. Novell Inc. will again be a platinum sponsor of the show, which bills itself as the only event to focus exclusively on Linux and open source software for the desktop.

MyDNSConfig 1.0.0 released: Management Of DNS Records Through A Web Interface

  •; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 5, 2006 1:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: PHP
MyDNSConfig is a free web-interface written in PHP that allows to administrate/create/delete DNS records easily. All data is stored in a MySQL database, and this MySQL database is used by the MyDNS name server to retrieve the DNS records which means: no zone files, no server reloads.

IE 7 and Firefox: Who Wins Now?

I downloaded the Internet Explorer 7 public beta this week and installed it on a couple of my Windows XP machines. Here's the short review: IE7 is a superb piece of software. If Mozilla hadn't caught Microsoft sitting complacently on its corporate butt, Firefox would [may] never have had a chance against this product.

Even so, Firefox still has one advantage, achieved with the help of its high profile and market momentum during the past 15 months, that will keep Internet Explorer stuck on the B-team.

[Ed: anything in brackets is mine. tadelste]

Africa Source II

The Africa Source II (AS II) conference, an eight-day hands-on workshop aimed at building the technical skills of those working with and within non-governmental organizations (NGO) on the continent, was held in Kalangala, Uganda, last month. The focus of the conference, held on one of the most beautiful islands of Lake Victoria, was on how free and open source software (FOSS) could be integrated into the projects of NGOs. More than 130 IT professionals and NGO staff from across the region, along with field leaders from Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia, were in attendance this year.

Mysql Goes Eastward, Starts Japanese Operations, Comes To ...

MySQL K.K. and Japanese partners to offer commercial solutions for the world's most popular open source database, besides MySQL is once again coming to India to attend LinuxAsia 2006.

Information Builders Demonstrates Solid Growth in 2005

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Operational Business Intelligence Leader Continues Growth in 2005, Closes Largest Quarter in History, and Signs Over 200 New Name Customers...WebFOCUS is currently the only BI product to natively support Linux on all IBM server platforms

Linux Training and Laptops Go Hand in Hand at LinuxCertified

  LXer Feature: 31-Jan-06

LinuxCertified is a growing company that started off loading GNU/Linux on refurbished laptops for students, and now market their own brand. LXer's Don Parris interviewed Rajesh Goyal, LinuxCertified's Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. Meet the company that goes where you are to make sure you know how to manage your GNU/Linux systems.

IBM Offers Migration Guide for Linux as Free Download

Rebooks became one of my favorite benefits of partnering with IBM. I even had an opportunity to write one for Global Services on how to install Insight Server. So, when Chris Almond offered their newest book on release to our readers, I jumped for it.

Now, here's how you can get ISBN 0738496081, a 446 page system administrative guide and something about the book itself.

Internet Explorer: No Catching Up with Firefox Now

Mozilla FireFox already has the technological lead in the browser market and the momentum has just started to build. So, how can Internet Explorer catch up? They would have to open the code completely and allow their community developers to start writing extensions.

New Vendor Interview: MadTux

The MadTux is a new Linux vendor with a mad idea for pushing Linux out to the wild. At present with wide pipes on their end, download speeds are limited on the client side only by the potential capacity of the users' ISP. The fees are modest, but you no longer have to wait at the mailbox looking for the latest distribution if it matches one on the MadTux list. In the interview we try to understand what attracted them to Linux and why they see this business as providing an important service to the Linux community.

Comment of the Day - February 5, 2006 - Switching to SUSE 10

sharkscott started a thread in November discussing SUSE and has 22 replies. He wrote: "Today is the day that my casual relationship with Linux gets serious". We missed pmcc's comment, however, sharkscott picked it back up today. We're pleased he did. You can see the thread if you're interested in the saga of our readers interested in SUSE.

Open source Windows Server, Microsoft's next poisonous pill?

  • LXer; By Hans Kwint, LXer Senior Editor - the Netherlands (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups: Microsoft
  LXer feature

When Microsoft launched its first shared source initiative, Eric S Raymond called it a 'poisonous pill'. His opinion was, anyone who ever saw the 'shared' code, could be sued by Microsoft if the viewer ever wrote code that even looked like the shared Microsoft code. The latest Microsoft initiative to 'open source' parts of the Windows Server to settle with the EC may be one of the latest of Redmond's poisonous pills.

French Cops Use Open Source for Variety, Consistency

Paris: France has two national police forces, each reporting to a different ministry. One ministry is trying to avoid the kind of IT monoculture that allows viruses to spread and disable all key systems; the other wants to bring uniformity to a sprawling IT infrastructure. Both are turning to open source software to achieve their aims.

The Gnu, the Penguin and the Sun

There have been some rumors that Sun will dual-license Solaris as CDDL/GPLv3. If they're smart, they will. Here's why.

Degunk Linux and debunk FUD

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 4, 2006 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
I met the most amazing San Francisco Muni Bus driver the other day. Let's call him Ralph Kramden. (Not his real name). I took the bus to work. Ralph was the driver. He and I chatted. Ralph wants to partition his Windows XP hard drive, but XP won't let him. I suggested Linux. Did Ralph freak out? Did he veer the bus into on-coming traffic? No, Ralph never flinched. He wants to give it a try.

What Linux distribution do you use as a desktop?

I don't believe the reports from IDC and others on desktop Linux use. I keep fiddling with statistics and I get a higher figure. Now, I'm counting more than Novell's Linux Desktop and the Red Hat desktop. I'm curious if IDC even counts Linspire. But, if you start looking at downloads and do a scatter chart, the percentage runs higher than people say.

So, I started a thread in Lxer's Linux Meta Forum to get a feel for what people use.

Please go to that thread and let me know what you use. Please, also tell me why you use that distribution, if you have any annoyances with it and if you'd like something added.


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