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When it became clear that SCO wouldn't prevail, Microsoft expected only to face close partner IBM. Microsoft did not brace for Novell, an adversary with a decades-long score to settle with Redmond. Through discovery, Microsoft's correspondence with SCO is, or soon will be in, Novells hands, and its a safe bet that it will contain more than demand for a license fee and a copy of a certified check.
Highlights of new features in this release: NIO Selector epoll (linux 2.6 kernel) and kio (BSD and Darwin) notification mechanisms added. Fast, direct call, support for in runtime CORBA objects. Support for user JNDI context factories (plus corbaname: and rmi: jndi urls). New javah tool included. JSSE SSLEngine support including TLSv1.1 and pre-shared key ciphersuites. Full lang.management MX Beans ManagementFactory implementation. 99.95% api coverage for 1.4, 95.5% api coverage for 1.5. Much better swing HTML support (aka JGecko). Graphics2D on cairo speedups and make it respects interpolation hints, better gradient support and custom Composites and Paints.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has declared the Free Ryzom Campaign a high priority project for the future of the free software movement, and has pledged $60,000 to the campaign's efforts to buy the code for the Ryzom Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) during the bankruptcy proceedings of the company that developed it.
O'Reilly has published a book for Linux users interested in learning to build their own kernels. Linux Kernel in a Nutshell describes how to build and install Linux 2.6 kernels, starting with downloading the source. It was written by well-known kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman.
I just finished reading Chris Dawson's article "Will your students be using Linux in 2007?" and, as usual, I agree with him 100% — until he says...
Perhaps the need of the hour is that all Linux distributions support a universal package format with all packages residing in a central repository, which can be shared by all Linux distributions alike. But this scenario looks bleak with Debian having its own dpkg format and Red Hat based distributions having their own RPM based package formats. At least there is going to be better inter operability with different Red Hat based Linux distributions in the future as one of the goals of this new project is to work towards a shared code base between SuSE, Mandrake, Fedora and so on.
A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in McAfee's VirusScan Command Line Scanner antivirus software that could enable remote attackers to execute malicious code.
Virtualization is the hot buzzword these days. Everyone is all excited over this latest, greatest miracle computer cure. It transforms your computing infrastructure into a shiny empire of efficiency and contentment, makes you an IT Hero and it repairs bad haircuts. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the virtualization bandwagon quickly, before it goes away forever!
Logic Product Development (LPD) is shipping a small, component-like board integrating a Freescale i.MX31 applications processor with memory and I/O functions. The i.MX31 SOM (system-on-module) and associated development kit will support Linux soon, the company says, and target medical, industrial, wireless, and consumer electronics applications.
Some Linux- and Samba-based network storage appliances may not work with Windows Vista, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols over at Linux-Watch.com. The solution is to configure Vista to use NTLM instead of NTLMv2 authentication, or else update the storage appliance to Samba server 3.0.22 or higher.
Lindon, Utah-based Solera Networks has open sourced the firm's DataEcho software, the company said today.
This whitepaper discusses telephony server middleware that aims to de-couple cellular modem functionality from mobile phone operating systems. It was written by Blane E. Rockafellow, who co-founded TapRoot Systems, a telephony server specialist that has partnered with Microsoft, MontaVista, Trolltech (story), and Symbian.
With its little side-flaps extended I can’t help but see this pre-built MythTV PVR as some sort of Transformer, but sadly though its capabilities are broad I don’t think they extend to being a robot in disguise. Still, you could have some pretty good times even without self-adhesive decals to position; $499 gets you an Intel Celeron 2.66GHz, 256MB of RAM, a GeForce 6200 graphics card, 80GB hard drive and 18x DVD burner, specs easily capable of running the Ubuntu OS together with one of the most well-respected PVR environments, MythTV.
School districts around the world are increasingly examining the benefits of utilizing open-source software -- whether on servers and desktops, or via so-called Web 2.0 services freely available online. The Plano, Texas, school district is a recent example of this trend, according to an article published on eSchoolNews.com.
Yesterday we introduced NIS, the Network Information Service. In the second and final article in this series, let's look at how to use it effectively.
If you could ask Bill Gates one question, what would you ask? I spent an hour today with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the company's Redmond campus. I chose to ask Bill about Microsoft's intellectual property stance against Linux and its open source developers, from the SCO Group's litigation against IBM to Steve Ballmer's recent claim Linux infringes on Microsoft patents after signing a patent indemnity with Novell. Bill Gates claimed he had never heard of BayStar Capital, an investor in SCO Group and their litigation against large corporate supporters of Linux.
Bugreport for December 15, 2006
Christopher Hallinan examines the bootloader’s role in a system, followed by an introduction to some common features of bootloaders. He also takes a detailed look at a popular bootloader used for embedded systems, and introduces a few of the more popular bootloaders.
It's no secret that Linux needs parental controls installed with a distribution by default, and it’s been a necessity for a long time now. Advanced users have always pointed to Dans Guardian, but they are delusional if they believe that most people have the time or the ability to implement this great resource.