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Open source Quake 2 port emerges

A free port of 3D death match game Quake 2 is on the cards after a programmer married the game's source code with the Iyonix's graphics acceleration. The alpha-quality RISC OS port, produced by Dave Brown, uses the OpenGL-compatible IyonixMesa library - which employs the 3D features in the Castle Iyonix's PCI GeForce graphics cards. Dave uploaded his efforts to the Internet earlier today, complete with source code and a pre-built version using the GCCSDK.

Paypal Adds Security To Fight Phishing

PayPal spokesperson Sara Bettencourt explains that the added security measure will help enhance user protection, although it is "by no means a silver bullet that is going to stop fraud." The introduction of the new security system by PayPal highlights the growing concern about data-phishing scams that have surfaced as a problem for PayPal users.

[Looks like you are not alone Darren - Scott]

Is Internet Explorer 8 in the works?

Who needs Internet Explorer 7 when you can just wait for Internet Explorer 8? According to ActiveWin, Microsoft has already been working diligently on Internet Explorer 7's successor, and there are no plans for the team to stop for a service pack. The Internet Explorer development team will supposedly have the next version ready to go out the door within the next two years.

This week at LWN: Weekly Edition for January 4, 2007

Predictions, as they say, are hard - especially when they involve the future. It's easy to get them wrong and look like a total fool. Your editor, however, has long since gotten over his fear of coming across as a total idiot in front of large numbers of people; when you have already tipped your hand, there is no point in holding back any longer. So here's a few things which, in your editor's view, might just come to pass in 2007. As always, these predictions come with no warranty whatsoever.

IBM Cell Broadband Engine Software Development Kit

The recently released version 2.0 contains additional libraries and improved compiler tools. This complete Cell BE development environment, includes Linux kernel for Cell BE blades, Linux support libraries, tool chains, system simulator, source code for libraries and samples, and a new, fully-integrated installation.

Simple, effective Web security: rename your files

  • G's linux pages; By Jeff Garzik (Posted by jgarzik on Jan 13, 2007 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: PHP
In a world of massively distributed botnet scans, a very simple technique can be enormously effective against rootkits: rename your files.

Oracle forgives $6.9m in fees to Philadelphia

Contract for water utility project down the drain, Philadelphia officials have neutered an agreement to use software custom built by Oracle for the city's antiquated water utility billing system.

All They Need Is Funds: A Call For Community Support

This entry is a little off my regular beat, but its substance is of great importance to all users of Linux audio software. To get straight to the point, it's about money and two projects in real need of significant financial support, theArdour hard disk recorder/digital audio workstation and theHydrogen rhythm programmer/drum machine. Both projects are well along in their development cycles, both have achieved great status not only in the Linux audio software world but on OSX as well, and both need financing for their planned evolution. Ardour and Hydrogen are two of Linux's finest programs for musicians, rivalling their commercial counterparts and providing libre alternatives to the intense vendor lock-in typical of the Win/Mac sound and music software worlds. These are truly important projects, and they deserve your support and financial backing.

Abit NF-M2 nView Linux Review

A few months back we had looked at the Abit AW9D i975X motherboard, which was one of the first motherboards to come out of the Universal Abit camp. We had found this Intel flagship motherboard to be very competitive and offer a great deal of features even though it was not able to pack the equivalent punch of the legendary IC7-MAX3 or NF7-S v2.0. What we have on the table to look at today is the Abit NF-M2 nView. The NF-M2 nView is an AM2 motherboard that is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 with nForce 430 that offers both onboard DVI and VGA support along with 7.1 channel HD audio, Abit Silent OTES, and IEEE-1394a Firewire.

Jboss Founder Could Be Quitting Red Hat

Rumors have been rampant in recent days that Fleury had decided to quit Red Hat. The Linux software developer bought JBoss, which was based in Atlanta, last year for $350 million. JBoss, a developer of middleware, operates as a Red Hat subsidiary. Fleury reports directly to Matthew Szulik, Red Hat’s chairman and chief executive officer. His title is senior vice president and general manager of the JBoss division.

One Dweeb's Phishing Trip

On January 11th, I received an email to my Yahoo! account with the subject "Activate Your Account Now". The sender was "service@paypal.com".

Unfortunately, the Linux desktop doesn't always work

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 13, 2007 2:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Can I be honest with you? The Linux desktop isn't always the right desktop. It is the right one for me 99 percent of the time, but even for me, there are times when I turn to another desktop. Still, for me, Linux is head and shoulders above any variety of Windows, and still a head above Mac OS X. For others, though, it's a different story. One such story is told by a gentleman named Andy in our articles section.

Oracle Upgrades Free SQL Developer Tool

Oracle recently issued the first upgrade to its free SQL Developer tool, a step it hopes will win further adherents to its easiest-to-use tool. Last March, Oracle supplemented its command line tools with the new offering to introduce a more graphical environment for developing Oracle applications.

Reference design targets video-centric Linux handhelds

A mobile device design specialist in Bangalore, India has announced one of the first hardware reference designs based on Freescale's currently-sampling i.MX27 processor. IWave's "iW-Rainbow-G3" design supports Linux 2.6, and targets video-centric mobile devices such as hard drive-equipped, D1-capable portable media players.

Librarians Learn a Thing or Two About SQL

The book begins with several chapters about creating, using and managing a relational database. Westman focuses on using the open source database software MySQL, although he discusses using PostgreSQL as an alternative. For those with database experience -- even a library catalog database -- this won't be totally foreign. Many tables and drawings in the book illustrate the MySQL database structure.

Linux: Improving KVM Performance With A Tickless Kernel

Avi Kivity suggested that combining KVM, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine, with the dyntick patch could improve overall KVM performance. He noted that it would likely improve performance of both the host by"avoiding expensive vmexits due to useless timer interrupts," as well as on the guest by"reducing the load on the host when the guest is idling (currently an idle guest consumes a few percent cpu)". Ingo Molnar pointed out that KVM with his -rt kernel already works with dynticks enabled on both the host and the guest,"using the dynticks code from the -rt kernel makes the overhead of an idle guest go down by a factor of 10-15". Ingo added that he hopes the dyntick patch will be ready to be merged into the upcoming mainline 2.6.21 kernel.

Access z/OS batch jobs from Java

  • developerworks; By ibm (Posted by solrac on Jan 13, 2007 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
This articles shows you how Java can provide a simple way to submit z/OS batch jobs to run. In addition, extending the Commons Net Library allows the specific JES file attributes to be encapsulated in Java objects.

Product Evolution and Standards "Swarms"

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 13, 2007 9:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When disruptive technologies come along, standards need to evolve in parallel, so that they are there when new products hit the shelf. The result can be standards "swarms" that provide multiple, overlapping solutions to choose from. Ultimately, the fittest survive and things settle back into a more stable (and limited) ecosystem.

How to install VMWare Server 1.0.1 on Mandriva 2007

  • www.linux-tip.eu; By Frank Neugebauer (Posted by fneagle on Jan 13, 2007 8:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
This workshop describes how to install VMware server 1.0.1 on Mandriva 2007 64-bit systems. Additionally you will get information how to install Linux and Windows clients to access the VMWare Server. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems ("virtual machines") such as Linux, Windows, BSD, etc. under a host operating system.

Yahoo Dons A Black Hat?

Competition between Yahoo and its competitors has been pretty fierce at times, and any number of onlookers have compared it to a war or a fight. Now it appears as if Yahoo has thrown the cyber equivalent of a "low blow": The company may be trying to trick users into abandoning Firefox and Google.

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