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Alacarte: GNOME's long overdue menu editor

The Alacarte menu editor is one of the major additions in GNOME 2.16. Already previously available in Ubuntu and other distributions, Alacarte adds a degree of customization that has been generally lacking since GNOME dropped its previous menu editor more than five years ago during the early 2.x releases.

Is Antivirus Ready for Open Source?

The open source software movement has come a long way. A decade ago, nobody but the actual participants in open source projects and other IT enthusiasts gave the movement much chance of succeeding, but today, it's tough to deny the success of open source products. However, when it comes to security tools and antivirus software--the thin blue line separating our computers from certain infection on the Internet--there is less agreement that open source can secure as well as traditionally developed, closed-source products.

[Interestingly, numerous companies are offering ClamAV-based solutions that apparently protect their clients quite well. As always, watch for the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. - dcparris]

Embedded Linux book sample chapter available

A 28-page book chapter about loadable Linux kernel modules and device drivers is available for free download. Entitled "Kernel Modules and Device Drivers," the chapter is excerpted from the second edition of Doug Abbott's book, Linux for Embedded and Real-Time Applications.

Leaked: Motorola loves Linux - E690 PDA Phone

It looks like Motorola is making another non-RAZR, which in itself is exciting news. The E690 is a PDA/phone that runs on Linux, yes, Linux.

NEC to Invest in Linux Patent Management Company Open Invention Network (OIN)

NEC will join IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony as an investor and licensee in Open Invention Network (OIN), an intellectual property company formed to further the Linux environment by acquiring patents and ensuring their availability.

32-bit embedded processor offered through open source license

Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Monday introduced a 32-bit soft microprocessor optimized for Lattice FPGAs.

Mozilla, Adobe, and Microsoft: The BugBlog Report 9/18/06

Here are some of the most significant bugs from the past week in the BugBlog:

Copyright, bad faith, and software licensing

  • Free Software Magazine; By David Sugar (Posted by dcparris on Sep 19, 2006 4:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Robin Miller recently published a story on Newsforge about "Stan"[1], as an example of a situation that demonstrates proprietary software is a danger to business continuity. I found this story interesting since I think Mr. Miller came close to correctly identifying a core issue, which is that the proprietary software business model as it exists today both facilitates and encourages vendors to act in bad faith. However, it did not need to have been this way, and really comes down to misuse of licensing along with some deliberate abuse and exploitation of existing commercial law.

Inside the New Apache Geronimo Version 1.1

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Rakesh Midha (Posted by IdaAshley on Sep 19, 2006 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Take a grand tour of the Apache Geronimo 1.1 newly added features, and get expert tips on how to use them. This article gives you an overview of the architectural changes introduced in the latest Geronimo release, focusing on the new and innovative plug-in architecture. You'll also examine enhancements to the Web Console, including the memory utilization graph, thread pool statistics, the JMS resource wizard, and keystores.

Third Ubuntu Linux v6.10 alpha emerges

Tollef Fog Heen of the Ubuntu development team on Sept. 16 announced the third alpha release (codenamed "Knot CD") of Ubuntu 6.10. The new Ubuntu version features a 2.6.17 Linux kernel and comes with the GNOME desktop environment.

Device Profile: Tyzx DeepSea G2 3D vision system

Computer vision specialist Tyzx is shipping a relatively low-cost, standalone, Linux-based stereo 3D vision system targeting high-volume commercial and defense robots, automobiles, and person-tracking security systems. The DeepSea G2 can provide real-time 3D vision processing where traditional workstations can't go, the company says.

Red Hat wraps up JBoss combo to go

JBoss software makes its debut today as a member of the Red Hat Application Stack. Red Hat is also to sell JBoss middleware subscriptions for the first time through its distributors and dealers.

Free 64-bit processor design on offer

A TEAM OF Open Source engineers from Catania, Italy and Bristol have developed a 64-bit processor design which is free for anyone to play with.

Red Hat releases Xen-enabled beta

Red Hat last week launched the beta version of Enterprise Linux 5, the first version of the company's enterprise-class operating system to include built-in virtualization technology.

Commercial embedded Linux distro, RTOS ABI rev'd

LynuxWorks has revised its commercial embedded Linux distribution, and updated the Linux application binary interface (ABI) in its proprietary RTOS (real-time operating system). BlueCat Linux 5.4 is based on a 2.6.13 kernel, for improved determinism and lower latency, while LynxOS 4.2's ABI is based on glibc 2.2.93.

LynuxWorks Increases Linux Application support for LynxOS RTOS

LynuxWorks Takes Advantage of New Hardware Devices and Increases Linux Application Support in Its Flagship LynxOS RTOS

Business financing: EU funding €78 million for grid technology

  • European Business Guide; By Mario Sina (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 18, 2006 9:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Grids provide the backbone for new services that enable individuals and firms to generate, share and process knowledge for decision making, define and execute complex business operations, and cooperate via networks that are more secure than today's internet.

Scalable anonymity with I2P

The Invisible Internet Project (I2P) is a work in progress whose aim is to provide a secure version of the IP protocol that addresses threats common to the standard TCP/IP networking infrastructure -- most importantly, the effortless identification and tracking of participating peers.

Tutorial: Use Fedora Directory Server For Manageable LDAP (Part 2)

Last month we were introduced to LDAP in general and Fedora Directory Server in particular. Today we'll walk through a simple Fedora Directory Server installation to learn your way around FDS.

Hibernate can meet your web app validation needs

  • IBM/developerworks; By Ted Bergeron (Posted by solrac on Sep 18, 2006 7:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Java SE 5 brought many needed enhancements to the Java language, none with more potential than annotations. Easily build and maintain validation logic in your Web apps using the Validator component of Hibernate Annotations.

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