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"Portable Firefox" released

  •; By (Posted by hkwint on Jul 29, 2006 5:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The "portable" version of Firefox is now released, developer John Haller reports. "Portable Firefox" is the Mozilla Firefox web browser integrated with a "launcher" that makes it a fully portable app, enabling users to take their bookmarks, extensions, and saved passwords with them to whatever computer they're working on.

French copyright law puts squeeze on open source

July 28, 2006 (IDG News Service) -- France's Constitutional Council has made a stringent new copyright law even harsher, modifying three articles of the law and striking out a fourth in a review of its constitutionality. The changes mean that unauthorized sharing of copyright files such as music tracks will become a criminal offense, while those who reverse-engineer DRM (digital rights management) systems in order to develop interoperable software will face six months in prison and a fine of $36,000.

[This is horrendous! - dcparris]

Free open-source storage software attracts users

Tens of thousands of users are deploying open-source storage software in an effort to avoid pricey proprietary products such as array clustering and disk eraser applications and to get some long-term protection through the availability of source code.

Symphony OS Faces Possible Closure

Ryan Quinn has been the lead developer of Symphony OS since it's inception; however, now both him AND the project he has tirelessly been working on are both in trouble.

Digitizer Cards Get New Linux Drivers

Woburn, MA – Strategic Test has announced the release of new Linux® drivers for kernel 2.6 versions of RedHat, SuSe and Fedora distributions. The kernel 2.4 drivers have also been updated. Linux kernel 2.6 gives increased stability and near to real-time operating system performance, useful for measurement and signal generation applications.

China poised to become open-source industry leader

Open-source software developers in China should invest in Linux and similar software, senior industry executives said at a Beijing conference Wednesday. Though current Chinese investment in open-source software manufacturing is relatively small, the numbers are rising. Sales of Linux in the country rose 20 percent between 2003 and 2004, and analysts predict that figure will grow 24 percent annually by 2009, with revenue topping $27 million.

Digital rights fuel open-source debate

A weeklong conference of open source developers ended Friday in Portland with a battle cry. Eben Moglen, legal counsel to Free Software Foundation, declared that the war against closed, proprietary software controlled by Microsoft and others is far from won.

Easy step-by-step guide for incorporating SVG into Web pages

Learn step-by-step how to incorporate Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) into Web pages.

Should FOSS supporters become consumer activists?

Commentary: By definition, members of the free and open source software (FOSS) communities have shown themselves to be more than software and hardware experts. They've also proved themselves people willing to take a stand on behalf of their ethics and the quality of their work. Contrary to the stereotype of the geek, many apply this same commitment to politics and social events. Now, when many companies are hovering around the question of how they should support FOSS, and some are considering implementing restrictive technologies like digital rights management (DRM), maybe it's time for the next logical step. Maybe it's time for FOSS supporters to become consumer advocates. In other words, perhaps they should start officially endorsing or condemning companies and organizations according to how well products and policies fit with FOSS ethics.

[So glad you could join us, Bruce! We've been arguing that in our forums since at least last October. - dcparris]

India plans free software for all

India is expanding a government-led program to provide free, local language software to all of its citizens, as it tries to broaden computer use in the country.

Linux gets its 'Moto' running

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Jeanne Lim (Posted by grouch on Jul 29, 2006 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Motorola's success with its Linux-based smartphones in China shows signs of the open source platform's growing influence.

The world No. 2 mobile phone maker, which debuted the Ming smartphone in March this year in China, shipped more than one million Linux-based units in China alone last quarter, according to research firm Canalys.

Open source perspectives come into focus

Open source software came under scrutiny at a recent forum organized by the IP Academy and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Moderated by Associate Professor Daniel Seng from Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Senior Fellow at IP Academy, the forum examined the open source model from the point of view of the end user, the service provider, the Business Software Alliance and the legal community.

Build a better mashups with XQuery

The new paradigm of Web application development goes far beyond the traditional Model-View-Controller (MVC) model. Unfortunately, many Ajax Web application frameworks, such as Direct Web Remoting (DWR) and JavaServer Faces (JSF), can present challenges. Learn how XQuery can be effective in facing these challenges, as you build a powerful mashup application.

Firefox users snap up Netcraft's antiphishing toolbar

Users of the Firefox Web browser have been flocking to Netcraft Ltd.'s Web site to download the security company's new antiphishing toolbar, a company representative said Thursday.

'just fix it' is not viable for complex problems

In recent months, my job -- running stateside IT for an international stock trading/brokerage house based in Zurich -- has started to feel a lot like being dropped into the middle of a gangster movie in which dangerous racketeers plot and scheme to kill one another. Or maybe it's more like a Shakespearean tragedy in which all the characters are dead at the end of the play. Either way, you need to watch your back.

[We don't have a "Story type" of "tragedy", but we do have "humor". As long as you're not in this situation, it's humorous, in a dark sort of way. -- grouch]

Commercial real-time Linux rev'd

FSMLabs has updated its real-time Linux overlay and toolsuite, adding real-time networking improvements, A/D drivers, an Eclipse-based IDE, and support for 2.6.16 kernels on x86, among other improvements. The RTLinuxPro Development Kit 2.2.3 targets hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation, telecom and network equipment, enterprise/factory real-time, and mobile devices, according to the company.

[Looks like Linux and Eclipse are the only Free parts. I could be wrong. -- grouch]

Trolltech Releases Preview of Qt for Java

Trolltech has released a preview of the long awaited Java bindings for Qt 4. "Qt Jambi technology integrates Qt with the Java programming language, providing new possibilities for both Java and C++ programmers. This technology enables Java developers to take advantage of the powerful features of Qt from within Java Standard Edition 5.0 and Java Enterprise Edition 5.0."

Xandros tempts Windows 98/ME users with Linux upgrade rebate

Xandros, in responding to Microsoft's July 11 announcement that it will discontinue security patches and technical support for Windows 98, 98SE, and ME, is offering a 50 percent mail-in rebate to users who "upgrade" to either the Xandros Desktop Home Edition or Home Edition Premium versions of its Linux distribution.

Linux on the Mobile phones

  • Budapest Business Journal (Posted by grouch on Jul 28, 2006 10:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., the world's largest consumer electronics maker, NEC Corp. And Texas Instruments Inc. will invest 12 billion yen ($104 million) in a venture to develop software for high-speed mobile phones. The venture, to be formed in August, will focus on software development for chips used in so-called third-generation, or 3G, cell phones.

Review: VMware's worthy new option for virtual servers

VMware announced in February that it would be releasing VMware Server, an "entry-level virtualization product," for free. After several months of beta testing, VMware Server 1.0 has finally gone gold. After spending several days testing the 1.0 release, I'm pleased with its performance and ease of use, particularly given the price.

The only thing that concerns me, and should concern any company investing in virtualization, is that VMware Server -- while "free" as in beer -- is still a proprietary product. VMware giveth, and VMware can take away.

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