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Linux misses out on record connected PDA shipments

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 8:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Worldwide PDA shipments increased nearly 21 percent year-over-year in Q3, and are on track to reach record levels in 2005, said Gartner today in a report that seems to contradict pessimistic PDA market reports from competing research firms. Linux accounted for a paltry 0.7 percent of shipments, according to Gartner.

Stop the Software Patent Madness Now

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Software patents are nasty, brutish and anything but short. For the sake of the United States' technological development, they must be stopped.

A technical introduction to MiniGUI

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- This article describes the features and capabilities of MiniGUI, a lightweight graphics framework for embedded systems based on uClinux, Linux, eCos, or proprietary real-time OSes. The article is written by Wei Yongming, who wrote MiniGUI for a CNC (computer numerical control) system, then released it to open source

Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far

  • Mark's Sysinternals Blog; By Mark Russinovich (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 7:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At that point I knew conclusively that the rootkit and its associated files were related to the First 4 Internet DRM software Sony ships on its CDs. Not happy having underhanded and sloppily written software on my system I looked for a way to uninstall it. However, I didn’t find any reference to it in the Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs list, nor did I find any uninstall utility or directions on the CD or on First 4 Internet’s site. I checked the EULA and saw no mention of the fact that I was agreeing to have software put on my system that I couldn't uninstall. Now I was mad.

[Ed.- Amazing, isn't it? I cannot even begin to fathom the mentality that thinks planting this sort of crap on our computers is OK. Also see Bots in the A/C, spyware in the 'fridge for a naive, self-serving perspective on a similar subject.]

Upgrades Lift Ubuntu and SUSE

Review: Canonical, Novell polish desktop Linux distributions.

Bots in the A/C, spyware in the 'fridge

  •; By Bill Brenner (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 4:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over time, the computers inside air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions and automobiles will increasingly connect to cyberspace. This phenomenon also will open them up to the same attacks now threatening PCs, servers and databases.

Are we as an industry prepared for such an assault? No. But Trend Micro executives last week said in time, we will be better equipped to take on such attacks.

[Ed.- interesting article, but they really miss the point- who's the bigger threat, evil crackers, or corporate spyware with secret backdoors, surveillance, and remote control?]

Open Source Nessus Tool Goes Commercial

"If it's not open source, a lot of government agencies and enterprises can use it, where before they wouldn't," says Tenable's CEO Ron Gula.

How to Install iPod Linux on 1 & 2G mini

  • BlogTuts (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 4:58 PM EDT)
Here is a proven working tutorial on how to install iPodLinux on an iPod mini 1G & 2G, iPod 4G, and iPod Photo from Windows. I have done this myself on my iPod mini 2G and it worked great. It took forever to find all this info on the internet, add in my own comments and put it together, so enjoy!

[ED- You need Windows to do the install but since you end up with Linux it is OK, The blog in general is quite entertaining though Windows centric]

Mysql 5.0: To plug or not to plug?

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Mike Hillyer (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 4:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Pluggable storage engines bring the ability to add and remove storage engines to a running MySQL server. Prior to the introduction of the pluggable storage engine architecture, users were required to stop and reconfigure the server when adding and removing storage engines.

Debian text based installer getting the boot

The Debian Weekly News for October 25th, 2005 discusses the upcoming graphical frontend to the debian-installer as part of the most recent minutes of the monthly Debian Installer team meeting. It appears that after all of these years the text based Debian installation is finally getting the boot.

Screenshots are available.

[Gosh! What'll happen next? For all the hardcore CLI lovers, there's still Slack and Linux From Scratch. - Ed]

Women to promote open source in Africa

The Women's Electronic Networking Training Africa event focusses on promoting free open source software amongst non-profit women's groups in Africa. Its reasons for promoting open source include the savings, freedom, security and reliability that FOSS offers.

Don't mess with Meg

eBay chief executive Meg Whitman has been ranked the most powerful woman in business for the second straight year, according to a list published Monday by Fortune magazine.

[Ed.- there are a number of tech companies on the list, including Xerox and Lucent.]

Working Within the Open-Source Ecosystem

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 2:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than half of the large firms in North America are employing open-source software in some fashion, and another 19 percent are planning to use it by the end of the year, according to Forrester Research. In a report entitled "How Firms Should Work With the Open-Source Ecosystem,"

Sun's JDS Linux Desktop: Author Calls it a Throw-away

People say, " Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." But what if the horse is long in the tooth? Sun wants to salvage something out of the money and ill-will it spent and created on the Java Desktop System build for Linux. But really, who wants Sun's leftovers?

Sgi and Novell Attain Elevated Security Certification for SUSE ...

Silicon Graphics announced that Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Altix(R) systems has attained Evaluation Assurance Level 3+ (EAL3+) as determined by the Common Criteria for Information Security Evaluation.

America's Army 2.5.0 Available for Linux

  •; By augustus (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Linux Games Friday, Icculus announced the release of America's Army 2.5.0 for Linux. This was only a couple of days after the release of the Windows version to Icculus' and the Army's credit.

Three-Year-Old Version of Word Resurfaces in Microsoft Works 2006

Deborah Rothberg writes: "Microsoft Works Suite 2006 also replaces the 2005 versions of Money, Encarta and Streets & Trips. It also replaces Picture It! Premium with Digital Image Suite 2006. One feature in the new Works Suite that is leading many to scratch their heads, however, is the inclusion of Word 2002 rather than a more current version, such as Word 2003."

[Leave it to Microsoft to downgrade your upgrade! - Ed]

Ibm Uses Open Source Playbook for AppDev -- II

  • (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In Part II, Heintzman shares exactly how IBM is using Open Source Best Practices to drive better creativity and performance for their commercial dev projects

Google, IBM Team on Enterprise Search

  • Google News; By Elizabeth Millard (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM Latest News about IBM and Google Latest News about Google announced plans to integrate their enterprise-search technologies to give corporate customers more power in mining their databases, documents, and e-mail.

According to the announcement, IBM will develop a new plug-in for Google Desktop for Enterprise, a free application designed to help employees sort through multiple types of information.

[ANNOUNCE] PHP 4.4.1 has been released

  • Mailing list; By Derick Rethans (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
PHP 4.4.1 is now available for download [1]. This version is a maintenance release, that contains numerous bug fixes, including a number of security fixes related to the overwriting of the GLOBALS array. All users of PHP 4.3 and 4.4 are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

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