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Comment of the Day - November 8, 2005 - Microsoft's D.C. legal firm had lawyers working with UNISYS

Stephe writes: The entire case was just wrong. The protesting companies made claims that were simply incorrect. That's why they lost. The reporting was sensational and wrong. That's why I wrote the article for USENIX ;login: once I was out from under the embargo of the appeals time frame. (I was the USENIX representative to the IEEE POSIX working groups, as Shane and Jeff both were before me.

[Ed: Interesting to get a perspective from the author of the article ten years after he testified at the hearing. If you have a difficult time getting to Stephe's article in the archives, need we say more?]

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PostgreSQL 8.1 released

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) is expected to formally announce the availability of PostgreSQL 8.1 today at the Open Source Database Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The new release has more than 120 enhancements, according to a press release from the PostgreSQL Project, including new and improved features and performance improvements. There are also a number of changes in query syntax and PostgreSQL utility commands, which are detailed in the release notes.

Postgresql 8.1 Released

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group proudly announces the release of PostgreSQL 8.1, further extending PostgreSQL's lead as the most advanced open source database management system. Designed, built, and tested by a large and thriving community and backed by a growing number of corporate sponsors and support companies, version 8.1 will expand the scope of PostgreSQL application development. The new release includes performance improvements and advanced SQL features which will support bigger data warehouses, higher-volume transaction processing, and more complex distributed enterprise software.

Marvelit Launches OpenReports Portal, the Open Source Business ...

POWAY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/08/2005 -- MARVELit, a provider of Open Source Business Intelligence (BI) software solutions, today announced the launch of its turnkey, web-based open source executive dashboard reporting tool. Demonstrated at the recent OSCON (Open Source Conference) tradeshow, the free MARVELit software is available for download at

Kaella 2.1 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 8, 2005 5:35 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - Kaella is, effectively, a French edition of the popular KNOPPIX live CD. After many weeks of testing, version 2.1 has now been released for download. The new version is based on the CD edition of KNOPPIX 4.0.2, but it comes with 2.0.0, Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird 1.0.7, and a corrected French language module for KDE.

OSDir has some nice shots of Kurumin 5.1 Alpha 3.

How a Linux Distro Saved Hard Disk Data

Our search-and-rescue expert is back to share how he recovered a master boot record and reclaimed lost data.

[If you're a PC Tech, you probably should be reading this... - Ed]

Puppy Linux 1.0.6 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 8, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - Puppy Linux has been updated to version 1.0.6: Puppy Linux version 1.0.6 released. The two big items in this release are AbiWord 2.4.1 and the multisession DVD. With the 2.4 series, AbiWord has come of age. This is now professional wordprocessing, and Puppy enhances the pleasant experience with a large number of plugins included in the live CD, including grammar checker and equation editor...

OSDir has some nice shots of Puppy Linux 1.0.6.

Micro Center Computer Stores Across Nation Devote Floor Space, Staff to Desktop Linux

The desktop Linux "store within a store" concept follows Micro Center's announcement in May that it would offer Linspire desktop Linux software and pre-installed computers in all of its 19 retail locations. The move was in part a response to internal surveys by Micro Center revealed that more than 75 percent of its customers have an interest in running a Linux-based operating system as either a primary or alternative operating system.

Move Over Linux! FreeBSD 6.0 Is Here

The FreeBSD Project has announced the availability of FreeBSD 6.0, an open source operating system derived from BSD UNIX. The FreeBSD Project is one of the earliest open source operating system projects whose FreeBSD 6.0 offers an alternative to Linux, Solaris and Windows operating systems.

Windows AntiSpyware becomes 'Defender'

The tool, designed to protect PCs against hidden software, has been renamed "Windows Defender" and is getting a new look as well as capabilities to detect rootkits, keystroke loggers and other threats. The news of the revamp came Friday in a posting to a new Microsoft corporate blog dealing with malicious software.

Ingres Announces World-Class Management Team to Lead Newly Independent Business Open Source Database Company

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 8, 2005 2:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Veteran Technology Executives Provide Leadership

Getting to know the new Linux-based Nokia 770"handlet"

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Nov 8, 2005 2:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

The long-awaitedNokia 770 Internet Tablet (I call it a"handlet" because it's, well, hand-sized) has beenannounced in Europe and is reportedly due for the rollout in the U.S. on Thursday. I've been playing with a pre-release one, and naturally have some questions for Nokia. But I'd rather have yours. So let's have'em.

MS targets developers with familiar integration and scale pitch

Microsoft has finally launched updates to its Windows developer tools and database, using a worldwide event to challenge competitors and any perceptions you might have that Microsoft is still not "enterprise-ready".

Trolltech Developer Days in Munich

The second annual Trolltech Developer Days took place last month in San Jose, USA and on last week in Munich, Germany. They featured keynotes and presentations from Eirik Chambe-Eng, Trolltech's co-founder and President; Matthias Ettrich, founder of KDE and Trolltech's Vice President Software Development; Aaron Seigo, KDE Core Contributor and many others. Read on for a summary of some of the keynotes and presentations given in Munich.

Personal finance software for GNU/Linux

Intuit Quicken and Microsoft Money are two popular Windows-based packages for personal financial management. GNU/Linux offers several similar applications -- most of them free software -- that can meet or exceed the capabilities of the proprietary programs. If you can adjust to a different interface, you might find you like one of them more than the better-known alternatives.

Nokia's Linux-based Net device on sale

The Nokia 770 will be on sale at some retail outlets--and through the company's Web site, for 350 euros, or about $412, the mobile phone giant said in a statement on Monday. Sales in the United States aren't expected until next week, however, and the product was listed as out of stock in some European countries.

Linux Answers Phone Makers' Call

  • BusinessWeek (Posted by bstadil on Nov 7, 2005 11:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motorola has sold more than 3 million Linux phones in Asia. It's now starting to ship three models globally, with another scheduled to debut in 2006. The world's No. 2 cell-phone maker plans to refashion the majority of its handsets around Linux over time

Hacks From Pax: SELinux Administration

  • - Feature Stories; By Pax Dickinson (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 7, 2005 11:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Hi, and welcome to the third in a series of articles on Security Enhanced Linux. My first SELinux article detailed the background of SELinux, while my second article in the series discussed how SELinux makes access decisions. This week, I'll talk about how an SELinux system differs from a standard Linux system in terms of administration. Most of what you already know about Linux system administration will still apply to an SELinux system, but there are some additions and changes that are critical to understand when using SELinux.

Zendex Casino Video Gaming Board Runs Linux

  • LinuxElectronics; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 10:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dublin, California – Zendex is now offering a special purpose single board computer aimed specifically at the gaming market. The ZXE-855 is a full-function dedicated gaming platform that can deliver the rich visual gaming experience that people now expect in casinos. At the same time, it allows the system manufacturer to configure the board in order to optimize speed, power consumption or cost.

FrozenTech Launches Sale of ISO Loaded Hard Drives

  • (Posted by nick58b on Nov 7, 2005 9:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Santa Barbara, CA., Nov. 7 -- FrozenTech, a company dedicated to providing LiveCDs on the highest quality media at reasonable prices, has introduced a new product – the ISO Loaded Hard Drive (ILHD). FrozenTech's ILHD immediately adds 246 Gigabytes of open source operating systems to any collection by distributing open source ISO files on consumer hard drives.

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