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Google PC smoke, no fire

The rumour that Google is to release its own Windows-less personal computer has been quashed by the rulers of the Internet search engine market. According to the Los Angeles Times, Google boss Larry Page was planning on announcing its low-cost 'Google Cube' running a Google operating system on Friday at the LA Consumer Electronics Show.

Join the KDE Developers at FOSDEM 2006

FOSDEM, the sixth Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting will be held on 25 and 26 February 2006 in Brussels. KDE will be present there to socialise, hack and take part in the wider Free Software community


MID-WAY through last year Mandrake, the French Linux organisation, bought Conectiva, a Brazilian Linux outfit ... and so was born Mandriva. Check the unofficial Linux league table on http://www.distrowatch.comman - you'll see Mandriva sitting proudly in second place behind Ubuntu.

[Ed: Nice Job in a major newspaper. This could have been published in any major Linux newswire. -tadelste]

Google Pack Scores A Near-Miss... No Linux!

The world swooned at the Consumer Electronics Show unveiling of Google Pack, an easily installed almost-all-in-one Internet experience. Too bad it suffers from the same maladies as the rest of the One Size Fits All packages:

Quest Software picks up AfterMail

Californian applications and database management firm Quest Software Inc is adding more flexible messaging capabilities to its email archiving system after buying-in technology New Zealand-based AfterMail Ltd.

[ED: Here is the key phrase that perhaps make this item have some significance - HC]

" ... archiving email data to make it more accessible to knowledge workers and adhere to corporate compliance regulations."

New Acting MA CIO Appointed, and Full Speed Ahead with ODF

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 6, 2006 10:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Massachusetts appoints an acting successor to Peter Quinn (the ITD's current COO), and says more concretely than ever "full speed ahead with ODF"

Wisconsin voting machine code will be open-source

Significant Event - Please Take Notice

Governor Jim Doyle signed into law a bill that requires all voting machines used in elections in the state of Wisconsin to be coded with open-source software.

EuroBSDCon 2005

The EuroBSDCon Conference is the largest BSD event in Europe, attracting more than 220 attendees from 27 different countries. November's 2005 conference, the fourth EuroBSDCon, took place in the University of Basel, Switzerland. Here are some highlights.

Gaim 2.0 beta download available

  • (Posted by bstadil on Jan 6, 2006 8:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After several months of delay, the first beta version 2.0 of the popular Gaim open source instant messaging client is now available.

Alternative input devices under Linux

The standard QWERTY keyboard dates from 1874. The computer mouse is a little more recent, but still comparatively ancient. Nowadays a number of alternative input devices are available for a wide variety of specialized needs. How well do they function under Linux? I put a few to the test in order to find out.

Input / Output Redirection made simple in Linux

Redirection of output, input and errors form an integral part of Linux. But many people find it difficult to understand this topic. This guide throws light on this very confusing subject.

A Rare Glimpse Into Richard Stallman's World

  • InformationWeek; By K.C. Jones (Posted by tadelste on Jan 6, 2006 6:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In a series of interviews, the founder of the Free Software Foundation discusses some of the thinking behind his crusades and achievements in promoting free and open software.

Embeddable browser aims AJAX at Linux devices

  • (Posted by bstadil on Jan 6, 2006 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Opera Software has added support for AJAX (asynchronous javascript and XML) to its flagship Opera browser and SDK (software development kit). The company hopes AJAX will help Opera succeed as a user interface and application framework for embedded devices, an increasing marketing focus for the company.

Ed Felten and partner 2006 Predictions

  • Freedom to Tinker site; By Ed Felten (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Jan 6, 2006 6:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups:
Twenty three predictions for the upcoming year and none will be wrong. "... Each prediction is supported by at least one of us, except the predictions that turn out to be wrong, which must have slipped in by mistake."

And they are fearless: "A name-brand database vendor will go bust, unable to compete against open source."

Unless it was one of the mistakes. What's your guess Oracle or Microsoft? Not too likely.

Google Introduces Software Starter Kit

  • NewsFactor Network (Posted by tadelste on Jan 6, 2006 5:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the initiative, Google is setting out to prove that it is better positioned to help people get the most out of their computers than more-established software makers, particularly Microsoft -- the maker of the pervasive Windows operating system.

Novell Plans a More Open SUSE

Novell Inc has claimed the initial success of its openSUSE community project as it prepared to increase the involvement of the community in the development of its Linux operating system code base.

Open Source Eyes the Enterprise

IBM vice-president of intellectual property and standards Jim Stalling said proprietary APIs have led to fragmentation from storage vendors, independent standalone products and challenges for customers.

Google Reportedly To Distribute Firefox

IN A MOVE THAT APPEARS to be aimed directly at Microsoft, Google co-founder Larry Page is expected to announce the release of Google Pack, a bundle of software that includes the Firefox open-source Web browser. The software pack, first reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal, is also expected to include open-source instant messaging product Trillian, Norton AntiVirus, and RealPlayer, as well as a host of Google programs--Google Desktop Search, Google Earth, Picasa, Google Talk, and the Google Toolbar.

Linux Gazette #122 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by dave on Jan 6, 2006 2:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette

...making Linux just a little more fun!

Experts question Windows win in flaw tally

A US-CERT report that found Microsoft's OS had fewer vulnerabilities than Linux-Unix in 2005 is flawed itself, critics say.

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