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CheckPoint withdraws from Sourcefire acquisition

Sourcefire announced yesterday that Check Point Software Technologies has withdrawn the merger filing, and that the companies would instead pursue partnership opportunities.

New MEPIS Linux Test Version Uses Ubuntu Base

MEPIS founder Warren Woodford has announced a test release of SimplyMEPIS 6.0, incorporating software from the Ubuntu Dapper package pools. This is the first version of SimplyMEPIS with an Ubuntu base.

Internet Explorer under attack

  • (two links) (Posted by tadelste on Mar 25, 2006 11:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mary Jo Foley of Microsoft Watch reports: "That unpatched flaw in Internet Explorer that we told you about earlier in the week? It's already being exploited by hackers who are using hijacked Web servers and compromised Web sites to launch a wave of attacks against Microsoft browser users."

Release of Webswell Connect 1.4.1 complex open-source ebXML ...

Finding Linux Applications (Brazilian Web Site)

Welcome to the launch of We are a new site devoted to making it easier to find valuable Linux applications. The database is still in its infancy and we have already identified many more programs to be added. Please check back regularly for updates.

Free software for all in Caracas

Caracas is host to the II Latin American Festival of Free Installation Software this weekend, an initiative supported by the Chávez government and designed to promote the use of alternative operating systems.

The Ministry of Science and Technology indicated that the Festival, which is taking place simultaneously in a dozen other countries in the region, is introducing Venezuelans to the advantages of free software, whose use is said to disrupt the exclusivity of “owner software” and the monopolies of multinational companies such as Mi-crosoft.

Growing Momentum for Desktop Linux/Open Source?

OSDL ran an online survey for one month, asking more than 20 questions about the way users now use desktop Linux, how company policies might effect wider desktop Linux adoption, and asked for a wish list of the most important desktop Linux apps. After reviewing more than 3300 responses, OSDL issued the following survey report that looked to answer some key questions about what is driving Linux adoption – and what are the top barriers to more desktop Linux/Open Source use.

Cuba to Participate in Latin American Festival of Free Software

  • Cuban News Agency (Posted by tadelste on Mar 25, 2006 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Havana, March 24 (ACN) Cuba will join other Latin American nations in a simultaneously held festival on Saturday aimed at promoting the use of free software programs; these are seen as alternatives to commercially marketed programs such as the costly Windows operating system.

The event, known as FLISOL, has been organized in Cuba by the Young Peoples Computer Club network, and will take place in community computer centers in each of the nation’s provincial capitals.

Novell shows off Linux advances, declares now 'we are wide open'

Novell speakers mixed football metaphors with a flurry of technical demos of their latest Linux offerings Friday to drive home its commitment to "open source" software development.

LiveCD Linux distro supports traditional Chinese

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 25, 2006 3:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Taiwan's B2D Project this week released a new Knoppix-based Linux distribution that includes both KDE (3.5.1) and GNOME (2.12) on a single liveCD. B2D is a Debian-based Linux distribution with user environment and read/write support for traditional Chinese, the project said.

Red Hat Opens its Knowledge Base to the Public

You used to have to login to access the Red Hat Knowledge Base. As of today, it's open to the public. Just click on the link below to have questions such as the following answered...

Website helps users locate Debian-based apps

A new website, devoted to making it easier for users of Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions to find application software, has just launched. Month-old is ready for action, and is busily adding new apps and new features.

Pie Box Enterprise Linux gets rev'd

Update 7 of Pie Box Enterprise Linux 3. The GNOME-based Linux desktop is aimed at users who need a stable OS with a long lifespan but don't want an expensive bundled support contract ...

Pie Box Linux is derived from open-source software with only four packages modified in order to replace trademarks and logos with its own. Key standard features of Pie Box Enterprise Linux 3 include the Linux 2.4 kernel, GNOME, Apache 2, Samba 3, and Logical Volume Manager, the company said.

Open-xchange Inc. Announces Open Source Collaboration Virtual

Here we go again. The Open-xchange group trying to convince everyone their part of the community by doing something with Debian. These people need a reality check.

Again, OSI enforce your definition or disband.

Wind River Launches Multicore Device Software Initiative to Proliferate Adoption of Multiprocessing in Devices

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 25, 2006 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Company Partners With ARM, Broadcom and Freescale to Outline Strategic DSO Initiative to Enable Unparalleled Multicore Performance Gains Within the Device Industry

SLAX 5.0.8 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - It's my pleasure to let you know that SLAX 5.0.8 has been released. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade, because all new modules created from now are not readable in older SLAX releases. What's new? The long-awaited SLAX Server Edition is finally available; all other editions are updated too; 2.6.16 Linux kernel; fixed bug in mounting of DOS partitions (long file names work now); the 'uselivemod' and 'configsave' features work again. OSDir had a look at the latest SLAX release in their recent Screenshot Tour.

Ajaxwrite: Latest Browser-Based Word Processor

Perhaps the first serious attempt to use a web application in place of a local, monolith office. This experiment does not require remote document storage, however, that is touted as an advantage. Moreover, the set is supposed to allow collaboration with several users writing the same document. [Not sure all these points are made in the editorial.]

Report: New SUSE Linux Features New Interface, More Mono Apps

While Novell conducts video-enabled usability tests of new GUIs, the company's partners are implementing Mono, a cross-platform development environment built into the new SUSE Linux 10, along with other tools to create applications and hardware drivers for current and future editions of Novell's Linux desktop.

How to simulate a slow network

I think it is time to reveal a nifty little tool that I like to simulate a slow network connection, even without a network. It is called "tc" (think "traffic control") and is present on every modern Linux system. It is part of the "iproute" or "iproute2" package. tc lets you simulate (amongst other things) latency. We all know how network latency of even the slightest degree kills off every amount of remote X11 usability. Even if you throw multi-Megabits of bandwidth towards it, that will never compensate -- because it is just the wrong cure for an illness that consists of many thousand roundtrips undertaken by minuscule packets.

FreedomHEC to help Windows developers learn Linux

After Microsoft hardware developers get done with the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in May, Linux developers will be standing by to bring them into the free software fold at the FreedomHEC conference.

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