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Spamassassin 3.1.0 released

Spam Assassin, the popular open source spam filter has been updated to version 3.1.0 which is a major update and is now available for download...

Opera browser goes free to fight Firefox

Norwegian group Opera Software said Tuesday that it would offer its web browser Opera free and without advertising banners, in a bid to outdo rival Firefox and become the world's second most used browser.

Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux: A Lesson in Encryption, Part 1

Your system's security depends on you, even if you're not a security guru. Here's some basic steps you can take to keep out prying eyes.

Mozilla hits back at browser security claim

Mozilla has reacted to a Symantec report issued on Monday which said serious vulnerabilities were being found in Mozilla's browsers faster than in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The study was conducted over the first six months of 2005. Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, hit back by claiming on Monday that when a vulnerability is found Mozilla's "ability to react, find a solution and put it into the user's hands is better than Microsoft."

Cylogistics and Grandstream Partner to Offer LINUX Resellers VoIP ...

  • Market Wire (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 5:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
cyLogistics, Inc. today announced they have chosen Grandstream's full line of broadband IP Network products to meet the growing demand for high quality VoIP products in the LINUX Networking channel. This new relationship allows Grandstream ready access to Resellers and System Integrators throughout North America.

Quocirca report: Migrating to Linux on the desktop

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 20, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
European business analysis firm Quocirca recently released a report on "Migrating to Linux on the Desktop." Overall, the report is well-balanced and presents a positive approach to migration from Windows to Linux.

Slackware begets another new distro: Ultima 4

Venerable Slackware already has inspired the Minislack, GoblinX, VectorLinux 5, and Zenwalk distros. Now there's another offspring: Ultima 4, which has been described as Slackware pre-configured into a more usable desktop, according to reviewer Andrew Fries, writing at

Choosing your first Linux distro

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 1:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You've made the preliminary decision to migrate from Windows to Linux. That's a fine first step, but here are hundreds of distributions from which to choose -- which will be right for you? Bryan Hoff, a newcomer ro Linux, offers suggestions for selecting a Linux distro and making the transition, in an article at "I'll be honest with you; I'm not a full-fledged Linux Geek," admits Hoff. "I'm one of those poor suckers who cut his teeth on the Windows OS, learning bad habits and working within the limitations of the sandbox set up for me by Microsoft. This is a good thing for you, since I'm better-equipped to tell you how the different Linux distributions compare to Windows, in addition to how they compare to each other."

Filter spam with CanIt-PRO

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 20, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite the the passage of the CAN-SPAM Act, email users are still subjected to vast quantities of spam and virus-laden messages. Roaring Penguin's CanIt-PRO is a Sendmail-based application that helps block spam, viruses, phishing attempts, and other nastiness. I found it to be one of the better commercial Linux email filtering packages.

Linux Desktop - An Analyst's Nightmare

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 11:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Analysts who deny Linux's place in the enterprise as a desktop have either failed to interrogate the system thoroughly or have a bias.

Linux-powered humanoid robot on sale Friday

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 19, 2005 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A run of 100 Linux-powered humanoid robots goes on sale in Japan Friday, priced at 1.5M Yen (about $14,000), not including 10,000 Yen (~$90) monthly service fees. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conceived of Wakamuru as a pleasant companion offering a range of electronic-age valet services, it says.

What's In a Name?

What's with Ubuntu's naming convention? With Knoppix at least they named the distros differently. With KDE and Gnome, taking the first letter of the names was good enough. But Ubuntu and those using it have developed a silly idea and are trying desperately to make it 'cool'.

Big Blue's ISV channels remain Linux boon

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Independent software vendors (ISVs) supporting the adoption of Linux and open standards were given another boost from IBM this week as the company teamed up with Red Hat Inc. to promote adoption of the open source operating system.

Linux and Commercial Software Vendors... what "Linux people" think...

Following is an email received by a commercial software company offering products for (among others) the Linux platform.

Free Standards Group adds new members, announces Linux Standard Base 3.0

The Free Standards Group (FSG) announced today that Computer Associates (CA), NTT DATA, and Open Country have signed on as members to the group. The group also formally announced the release of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.0, and support for the standard by major vendors. Executive director Jim Zemlin said that all the major distributions had "come out and certified or are certifying to the LSB 3.0." The list of vendors and organizations certifying their distributions includes Red Hat, Novell SUSE, the DCC Alliance and Asianux.

The Boot Loader Showdown: LILO or GRUB?

  • (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 12:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What utility do practically all Linux users use -- regardless of their job or expertise? A boot loader. In this article, see how a boot loader works, meet two popular loaders -- LILO (LInux LOader) and GNU GRUB (GRand Unified Boot loader) -- and review the pros and cons of each.

Buy Your Linux Laptop Direct and By Pass Dell

The "Name" brands do not manufacture their own laptops. They buy them from Original Design Manufacturers (ODM). These ODMs sell their computers to DELL, Toshiba, IBM, HP, Compaq, Sony and others. They then put their label on it and market it. You can find the same laptops and buy yours without an operating system.

John/Reeves "Overcode" Hall Passes Away

  • (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 11:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
John "Overcode" Hall died this weekend from his fight with cancer.

Free Standards Group Releases LSB 3.0

Novell, Red Hat and Debian alliance announce that they will certify operating systems to comply with new version of Linux Standard Base.

Mozilla Thunderbird, Softpedia Users' Number One E-Mail Client

So far, the Open Source applications have been Softpedia users’ number one applications. Last week, Firefox won the Battle of Browsers, being rated as the best application for Internet browsing. Now, another Mozilla product has been awarded the Softpedia User’s Choice title.

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