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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter -- March 14, 2005

Reports from several Gentoo events held over the last weekend, including the Gentoo UK conference in Manchester and a Linux fair in Southern Germany, are among the highlights of this week's edition of the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter. Planet Gentoo, an aggregator for developer blogs, has been launched last week, and the announced sales of the Open Desktop Workstation have finally begun, too. A book by a Japanese Gentooist and yet another Gentoo introductory presentation at a local LUG in Germany complete the International section, press clippings from the UK and Germany show Gentoo's popularity again, and of course, our regular sections with excerpts from the developer mailing list, the Bugzilla statistics and the GLSAs are part of the GWN again this week.

A Linux collaboration Pioneer in Ontario

Pioneer Petroleum is the largest independent gasoline retailer in Ontario, with 150 retail locations spread throughout the province. Twenty-five of those locations are running Red Hat Linux Workstation 3.0. The other 125 stores are expected to be rid of Windows by the end of 2005.

Focus on Security: Part I

There's nothing more important than your data. In today's world technology is the driving factor in almost every facet of business life. bar none. More and more, businesses across the globe are becoming what we refer to as "connected", in that they are connecting entire departments of computer equipment together for faster communication and those machines are inevitably tied to the Internet. What many system administrators don't understand is that at this point, their data becomes public domain...

Over 240 extra packages for JDS Linux

  •; By Ricardo Wagemaker (Posted by gcclinux on Mar 14, 2005 12:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, GNOME, Sun
Dave Southern and Ricardo Wagemaker have joined forces with creating an astonishing collection of 240 extra packages for JDS Linux. The site is being updated almost daily with new packages or updated packages replacing existing ones. Dave S and myself will continue supporting the JDS community, as we believe that Sun has done a fantastic job for the Linux environment.

Re-usable, editable graphics in

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 14, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Have you ever wanted to brainstorm an intricate new system design using block diagrams on your Linux or Windows desktop? How about drawing an organizational chart, knowing full well that you will need to change it tomorrow? What you need is a program that makes it easy to create and edit line and shape objects. Draw might be just the ticket.

Solaris 10 looks like Linux (GNOME)

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Mar 14, 2005 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
On OSDir they've got a whole whack of screenshots of Sun's Solaris 10 from the first boot screen, through an x86 installation, and through either a Java Desktop System 3 or CDE (Common Desktop Environment) 1.6 desktop. It's nice to have a look at Java Desktop System 3 while it's not even available for Linux (yet).

I dunno... looks like Linux to me.

Interview with Brent Wood

For this week's interview, we travel to New Zealand to chat to Brent Wood (known as baw on IRC) to find out how Open Source GIS tools are being applied in the fisheries industry. Brent is co-author of a chapter in Geographic Information Systems in Fisheries and has presented papers on the use of Open Source software in the fishery industry at conferences held by theFishery-Aquatic Reseach Group. The interview was conducted by Tim Sutton, Tyler Mitchell and Gary Sherman over IRC.

News: Linux Specialist Astaro Claims First Anti-Spyware Firewall

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Mar 14, 2005 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Astaro, a specialist in Linux-driven integrated security, has rolled out a product touted as the first on any operating system to combine network firewall protection with an anti-spyware gateway.

Linux in Government: Linux Desktop Reviews, Part I

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 14, 2005 7:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new series focusing on the best desktop candidates for deployment in enterprises starts with a look at Xandros Business Edition.

Red Hat Secures Spot in OS Pantheon

Review: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4's security and scalability gains impress.

Sun, Red Hat Go Head-To-Head

With Solaris 10 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, the Unix and Linux camps share the same battlefield.

UK Open Source Consortium bids for greatness

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 14, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The United Kingdom's Open Source Consortium is now offering a free help service for individuals and businesses in Western Europe. It's aimed at entities interested in learning more about open source technology, but unsure how to go about it. Mark Taylor, the executive director of the consortium, says he hopes that the consortium will become the "first port of call" for anyone seeking an introduction to open source technology.

KDE's Aaron Seigo on LugRadio

KDE's Aaron Seigo on the dekstop's future and FFII's Rufus Pollock on European software patents.

Two floppy-based firewalls

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 14, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When you look in your closet, do you see a pile of obsolete hardware that you just cannot bring yourself to throw out, despite the pleas of your family? If you want to share your home Internet connection and save a little money at the same time, dust off that old hardware and set up a Linux-based firewall. All you need is a 486 or better processor, two network adapters (only one if you're on dial-up), a switch or hub, diskette drive, and 12MB of RAM. In this article, we'll take a look at floppyfw and Coyote Linux, two free, open source projects that have shrunk Linux down to diskette size to implement a firewall.

Galeon 1.3.20 Released!

Gnome 2.10 is out and it's time for another release. The biggest item for this release, as you might guess, is that we think we've finally got a complete workaround for the infamous focus stealing problem that mozilla has. Now you won't find background tabs stealing focus from the url entry or from text entries in the current tab. Otherwise, mostly bug fixes but a couple of nice improvements to work with the enhanced startup notification in gnome 2.10. Finally, if your distro is using the patched firefox, then galeon will be able to do typeaheadfind when built against it.

'Firefox and Thunderbird Garage' Hits Book Stores in April

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Mar 13, 2005 3:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mozilla Foundation employee Marcia Knous has a weblog posting on a book she has co-written about Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.

Future of the Mozilla Application Suite: No Official Mozilla 1.8, Community Transition Plan Unveiled

The Mozilla Foundation has published its Mozilla Application Suite transition plan, ending days of speculation about the future of the SeaMonkey project. The announcement confirms that there will be no official Mozilla 1.8 release and offers an apology to all those who believed that there would be. The 1.7.x line will be the last set of Mozilla Application Suite products released and maintained by the Mozilla Foundation and all future suite versions from the Foundation will be minor updates only.

Ben Goodger Talks About Mozilla Firefox Future

Following on from Mike Connor's concerns about Mozilla Firefox development, lead engineer Ben Goodger has written a weblog post saying that work is ongoing to ensure Firefox meets its short-term and long-term goals. Ben points to the Firefox section of Mozilla development wiki, which includes details about the plans for 1.1 and 2.0 (well worth reading if you want a technical look at what the future holds) and also announces that he is delegating responsibility for some features to others.

Reliability and availability: What's the difference?

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Mar 13, 2005 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
How do you design a computing system to provide continuous service and to ensure that any failures interrupting service do not result in customer safety issues or loss of customers due to dissatisfaction? Historically, system architects have taken two approaches to answer this question: building highly reliable, fail-safe systems with low probability of failure, or building mostly reliable systems with quick automated recovery.

KDE Technologies: Get Hot New Stuff

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Mar 13, 2005 8:29 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: Interview
There has been some recent buzz around KDE's Get Hot New Stuff framework. As the first in a series looking into KDE technologies, KDE Dot News interviewed author Josef Spillner to find out what all this "stuff" was about... read on for the interview. You may also be interested in recent blog entries about KNewStuff: Kate, desktop backgrounds, Quanta, KNewStuffSecure, its user interface design and the HotStuff server setup.

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