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The death of Shorewall.

Tom Eastep ends his involvement with Shorewall. "Unlike the originators of other successful open source projects, I have not been able to attract a core of people who believe in Shorewall and who are willing to make sacrifices to ensure it's success. That is my weakness and I accept it. But is means that I have been left with trying to develop, document, and support Shorewall almost single-handedly. I cannot do it any more."

Netscape (based on Firefox and IE) Record Rapid Early Bug Count!

  • WebProNews.com (see other links); By David Utter (Posted by TxtEdMacs on May 21, 2005 7:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Within hours Netscape 8 went from 0 to 41 bugs. It's even worse, Netscape development has been outsourced and was supposedly in beta since February. Moreover, despite the initial claims about security, the fixes available for Firefox 1.0.4 were left out of the original release. Contrast their claims upon release (it's sad, but with the outsourcing there is hope that more prompt, complete flaw fixes may happen with the browser in AOL hands in name only).

Debate pits open source Linux against Microsoft

Many argue that Linux, for a variety of reasons, is a better operating system than any product from Microsoft's Windows line. However, for every Linux lover it's not too hard to find someone who will take the opposing viewpoint.

Editorial: From the Editor: Making the 'Planet a Better Place

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on May 21, 2005 6:29 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
If life hands you lemons, make some lemonade. The fallout from SCO has led to some changes on the editorial landscape. An announcement about some wayward editors and their new home on LinuxPlanet (and Linux Today).

One small business's year without Windows

My company, Adams-Blake Co., started its business life on a Macintosh platform and moved to Windows in 1995. By late 2001, administration had gone from a chore to a nightmare. When it was again time to upgrade we decided to change to Linux. We began with Mandrake, then tried Slackware, and now run a few machines with Mepis. We've always had a challenge to see if we could not use Windows for an entire year. We've never been able to do it -- until now.

Two more open source little fish, down the hatch

The trend of open source consolidation continues, as last week saw Novell snap up Linux security vendor Immunix, while open source stalwart IBM bought out tiny GlueCode, a maker of application server middleware based on Apache and Java.

New open source initiative seeks to push SystemC adoption

  • Design and Reuse (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 4:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new open source initiative has been established to encourage SystemC use through the development of infrastructure to complement capabilities developed by the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) and commercial EDA providers.

The Puzzling Success of Open Source

  • Islam Online (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Against many economic, production and social norms, open-source software has emerged as a serious challenger to proprietary software products. Steven Weber’s new book comprehensively tells the story.

Hungarian ClusterGrid Infrastructure Project Uses EtherDrive Storage Blades

  • http://www.coraid.com; By Chris Fernstrum (Posted by fernbreak on May 20, 2005 3:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
San Clemente, CA, May 19, 2005—The National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) Program http://www.niif.hu is the driving force behind the operation and development of Hungary’s research network. The program covers the entire Hungarian science, education and public collection community by providing a networked computer infrastructure and a wide range of communication information, co-op services, and networking applications.

The Open Source Time Bomb - "Infected" Commercial Software

  • Always On (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 3:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Commercial software publishers and distributors as well as end-users run a risk when using commercial software that may or may not have open source modules embedded

Opinion: Linux May Be the Main Life Support for Intel's Itanium

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
"If Intel Truly Believes in Itanium, Then It Has To Do Away With Windows"

A Whole New World with The G System

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The G System is a free and open source simulation framework and virtual reality, using Qt and KDE. The recent 0.5 release adds multi-user capability, an important milestone in the history of this project. Using the G System many users can now join in the same virtual universe.

Windows cheaper to patch than open source: report

Microsoft has sparked heated debate by claiming that Windows software is cheaper to patch than open-source alternatives.

Micro Center, Linspire conspire to bring desktop Linux to average consumers

Linspire Inc. and Micro Center have teamed up to bring Linux to the average consumer. Linspire 5.0 is now available as either a standalone boxed product or pre-installed on desktops and laptops at Micro Center retail outlets nationwide in the US.

Linux in Education: Novell Donates Over $1.5 Million in Software

Launches New Training Course to Promote Education on Linux

Open Source Podcast App LoudBlog Adds Features

German designer Gerrit van Aaken has updated Loudblog?, an open source application designed to make publishing audio content easy.

LinuxQuestions.org Adds an Officially Recognized MEPIS Forum

LinuxQuestions.org is proud to announce that it now hosts an officially recognized MEPIS Linux forum, increasing its total number of participating distributions to twenty-four. With the addition of MEPIS, LQ now has participation from all of the six most popular distributions, as ranked by Distrowatch.

Dual-Core on the Desktop: AMD's Athlon 64 X2

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last month we took our first look at dual-core processors in the form of AMD's Opteron processors. While those processors are targeted at servers and workstations, AMD still had dual-core desktop parts to deliver. Today we bring you the first look at dual-core Athlon 64 parts, dubbed Athlon 64 X2, under Linux.

Novell Drives Linux Into Academia With Training and Technology

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Company Donates Over $1.5 Million in Software and Launches New Training Course to Promote Education on Open-Source Operating System

Oracle teams up with open source PHP firm

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 11:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle, PHP
A popular open source scripting language has won its second major database backer, following a development deal between Oracle and PHP specialist Zend Technologies. The database giant is teaming-up with Zend to make it easier and quicker for PHP developers to build and deploy database-driven applications on Oracle.

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