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Tiny USB hard drive dongle runs Linux

Tom's Hardware has reviewed a USB dongle based on a miniature 1-inch hard drive. The Zinside H2 is based on a Cornice 3GB "Storage Element" drive, and comes with a Ubuntu Linux installation CD that the publication used to install the older "Warty Warthog" release, creating a portable but slow Linux desktop.

Can Open Source Defeat Microsoft?

While there are of course proponents and detractors on both side of the line, many analysts have identified open-source software and nonproprietary formats as building up strong momentum against Redmond. But the open-source movement does have legitimate detractors.

[Ed: This article is well-balanced - partly truth and partly fiction. - dcparris]

Network Operating Systems: Hard(ware) Choices

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 8:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
If switching operating systems is something you're considering, don't forget to think about how your decision might limit future hardware purchases. There are tons of things that Linux and BSD will run on, but like all other ventures into the untested waters, you can never be certain that everything will work. Perhaps it's beneficial to purchase hardware from a manufacturer that has tested these devices alongside their operating system?

Make your Eclipse applications richer with view linking

The Eclipse platform allows pluggable components -- plug-ins -- to help create a rich graphical user interface (GUI) application. With Eclipse you can enhance a user's app experience by adding views to the GUI. This article will teach you how Eclipse makes it easy to link views and provides ways to adapt view linking to non-UI scenarios.

Install Linux on Your Ipod Nano has posted instructions for installing Linux onto Apple's iPod nano, providing video-playback capability in full-color with new movie support in iPod Linux. Detailed instructions denote each step of the process, providing graphic illustrations where necessary to complete the installation process. Earlier this month, iPodNN noted that iDoom offers support for the Nano in full color, providing the Nano has iPod Linux installed.

Google Global : Open Source, API, Mission - CNET Japan

Angela Lee, Google’s International Product Manager, followed the Blog Search Session here at CNET Japan’s Fall Innovation Conference with a overview of Google’s global mission, and growth in Japan’s search market. Angela introduced herself to the crowd a bit and then described Google’s mission to organize the world’s information.

Mozilla Uncages Latest Firefox Beta

The third release candidate for the upcoming Firefox 1.5 browser has been posted for download as the open-source Mozilla Foundation strives to attract new users.

Microsoft Makes Windows Validation Plug-In For Firefox

Microsoft this week released a plug-in for the rival Firefox browser so that users can validate their Windows systems prior to downloading software from the Redmond, Wash.-based developer's Web site.

Introduction to new visual shell: Vshnu

  • LinuxMagazine; By Jerry Peek (Posted by bstadil on Nov 18, 2005 4:56 PM EDT)
Do you spend a lot of time moving around the filesystem with cd commands, typing ls to see what’s there? Do you build lists of arguments on the command line using wildcards or filename completion? If you do a lot of work with files and directories, vshnu is worth a look.

Is Linux-centric OIN Underfunded?

An informed source says the newly created Open Invention Network (OIN) has received $40 million, down precipitously from the $280 million originally envisioned by its founders. The sources also says that erstwhile founding members Nokia and Yahoo also dropped out of the original announcement, and that the company was months late in its founding.

Why did SuSE Linux's founder resign from Novell?

When SuSE Linux founder Hubert Mantel announced his resignation from Novell ast week, he became the third former SuSE executive to leave in the past six months. There was much speculation as to why Mantel left, which was sparked, in part, by the manner of his leaving. He announced his resignation via a Linux e-mail discussion list, claiming that SuSE had changed so much it was no longer the company he had founded 13 years before.

Of Dada and Open Source

  • Onlamp; By François Joseph de Kermadec (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 3:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A little while ago, I read on the O’Reilly Network an blog entry about a cool mailing list manager called Mojo Mail. Not being in the market for such a software at the time, I read the interview with great interest, nodded thoughtfully at the mention of a successful, cleanly laid out, “it just works” open source project and went ahead trying to figure out how to speed up iDisk browsing. Little did I know that Dada Mail (the application’s new name) would be essential to my publishing experience a few years later and that usable iDisk browsing would only be possible courtesy of the folks at Panic, within approximately the same time frame.

Novell Defends SUSE Against MS-Sponsored Study

In a company Weblog posting, Novell Senior Manager of Public Relations Kevin Barney said the report "aims to confuse the market about the value of Linux and downplay the various reliability, security and TCO issues Windows users are facing."

OpenOffice Base And MySQL - HOWTO

  •; By Theoden (Posted by natas on Nov 18, 2005 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Do you have an existing MySQL database with valuable data in it? Would you like to be able to access it with 2.0's new Base database application?

Laser etched Powerbook!

  • Make; By Phillip Torrone (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I didn't really plan using a $20,000 laser cutter on my 17" Powerbook to etch a 19th-century engraving of a tarsier, a nocturnal mammal related to the lemur (also the vi book cover image, from O'Reilly), but it seemed like it had to done. The results are stunning - photos and more...


Last week, IBM certified the Ubuntu Linux distro for use with its DB2 enterprise database. These types of vendor certifications are pretty routine; and as a rule, they're nothing to get worked up about. This one, however, is truly interesting: Could an obscure Linux distro with a funny name, hippy-dippy motto, crazy-commie talk about truly free software, and a Debian (ahem!) lineage soon have both Red Hat and Novell on the run?

Software Writers Spot Open Source in Sony BMG CDs

  • eWEEK Linux; By Lucas van Grinsven, Reuters (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Controversial copy-protection software used by music publisher Sony BMG on music CDs appears to have tapped an open source project, raising questions about copyrights, software experts say.

Debian Security Update Fixes Fetchmail Password Disclosure Issue

Debian has released updated packages to correct a vulnerability identified in Fetchmail. This flaw is due to an error in the "fetchmailconf" program that writes configuration data to the "run control" file, which could be exploited by local attackers to gain knowledge of sensitive information (e.g. passwords). For additional information, see : FrSIRT/ADV-2005-2182

The Complete Concise History of Linux

This is a very good article which tells the history of linux in a unique angle. It is peppered with the photos of all the leaders who helped shape Linux to the robust OS it is now. A must read for all linux enthusiasts.

LXer Day Desk: The newest “Get the Facts” report

  • LXer; By Hans Kwint (Posted by hkwint on Nov 18, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups:
 LXer Day Desk: 11-18-2005

Two days ago, Microsoft sent out a press release about a study commissioned by Security Innovations, titled “Security Innovation Finds Microsoft Windows Platform More Reliable Than Linux”.

Now, from previous “Get the Facts” studies, we know, what Microsoft states in its press release, and what the report itself states, are often two different things.

Lets look into this study to find out if it made big errors, and lets try to find out how Microsoft distorts the facts found in this report in their press release.

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