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Microsoft Makes Windows Validation Plug-In For Firefox

Microsoft this week released a plug-in for the rival Firefox browser so that users can validate their Windows systems prior to downloading software from the Redmond, Wash.-based developer's Web site.

Introduction to new visual shell: Vshnu

  • LinuxMagazine; By Jerry Peek (Posted by bstadil on Nov 18, 2005 4:56 PM EDT)
Do you spend a lot of time moving around the filesystem with cd commands, typing ls to see what’s there? Do you build lists of arguments on the command line using wildcards or filename completion? If you do a lot of work with files and directories, vshnu is worth a look.

Is Linux-centric OIN Underfunded?

An informed source says the newly created Open Invention Network (OIN) has received $40 million, down precipitously from the $280 million originally envisioned by its founders. The sources also says that erstwhile founding members Nokia and Yahoo also dropped out of the original announcement, and that the company was months late in its founding.

Why did SuSE Linux's founder resign from Novell?

When SuSE Linux founder Hubert Mantel announced his resignation from Novell ast week, he became the third former SuSE executive to leave in the past six months. There was much speculation as to why Mantel left, which was sparked, in part, by the manner of his leaving. He announced his resignation via a Linux e-mail discussion list, claiming that SuSE had changed so much it was no longer the company he had founded 13 years before.

Of Dada and Open Source

  • Onlamp; By François Joseph de Kermadec (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 3:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A little while ago, I read on the O’Reilly Network an blog entry about a cool mailing list manager called Mojo Mail. Not being in the market for such a software at the time, I read the interview with great interest, nodded thoughtfully at the mention of a successful, cleanly laid out, “it just works” open source project and went ahead trying to figure out how to speed up iDisk browsing. Little did I know that Dada Mail (the application’s new name) would be essential to my publishing experience a few years later and that usable iDisk browsing would only be possible courtesy of the folks at Panic, within approximately the same time frame.

Novell Defends SUSE Against MS-Sponsored Study

In a company Weblog posting, Novell Senior Manager of Public Relations Kevin Barney said the report "aims to confuse the market about the value of Linux and downplay the various reliability, security and TCO issues Windows users are facing."

OpenOffice Base And MySQL - HOWTO

  •; By Theoden (Posted by natas on Nov 18, 2005 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Do you have an existing MySQL database with valuable data in it? Would you like to be able to access it with 2.0's new Base database application?

Laser etched Powerbook!

  • Make; By Phillip Torrone (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I didn't really plan using a $20,000 laser cutter on my 17" Powerbook to etch a 19th-century engraving of a tarsier, a nocturnal mammal related to the lemur (also the vi book cover image, from O'Reilly), but it seemed like it had to done. The results are stunning - photos and more...


Last week, IBM certified the Ubuntu Linux distro for use with its DB2 enterprise database. These types of vendor certifications are pretty routine; and as a rule, they're nothing to get worked up about. This one, however, is truly interesting: Could an obscure Linux distro with a funny name, hippy-dippy motto, crazy-commie talk about truly free software, and a Debian (ahem!) lineage soon have both Red Hat and Novell on the run?

Software Writers Spot Open Source in Sony BMG CDs

  • eWEEK Linux; By Lucas van Grinsven, Reuters (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Controversial copy-protection software used by music publisher Sony BMG on music CDs appears to have tapped an open source project, raising questions about copyrights, software experts say.

Debian Security Update Fixes Fetchmail Password Disclosure Issue

Debian has released updated packages to correct a vulnerability identified in Fetchmail. This flaw is due to an error in the "fetchmailconf" program that writes configuration data to the "run control" file, which could be exploited by local attackers to gain knowledge of sensitive information (e.g. passwords). For additional information, see : FrSIRT/ADV-2005-2182

The Complete Concise History of Linux

This is a very good article which tells the history of linux in a unique angle. It is peppered with the photos of all the leaders who helped shape Linux to the robust OS it is now. A must read for all linux enthusiasts.

LXer Day Desk: The newest “Get the Facts” report

  • LXer; By Hans Kwint (Posted by hkwint on Nov 18, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups:
 LXer Day Desk: 11-18-2005

Two days ago, Microsoft sent out a press release about a study commissioned by Security Innovations, titled “Security Innovation Finds Microsoft Windows Platform More Reliable Than Linux”.

Now, from previous “Get the Facts” studies, we know, what Microsoft states in its press release, and what the report itself states, are often two different things.

Lets look into this study to find out if it made big errors, and lets try to find out how Microsoft distorts the facts found in this report in their press release.

Ministers Speak Up, Encourage Action

LXer Feature

A small group of ministers spoke out on OpenDocument, challenging Microsoft to support it in their office suite. The reaction we drew was mixed, but largely positive. We simply expressed what many already felt, but words are meaningless unless followed by action.


The What, Why and When of Free Software in India

Talking with one of the organizers of FSF-India about the role of free software as both technology and philosophy.

Linux News says Digital Rights Management Picking on the Wrong People

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 11-18-2005

The Digital Rights Management (DRM) people think that Open Source Software advocates cause piracy. In my experience, the people pirating their materials use Microsoft Windows. The vast numbers alone should bear that out.

Some astute observers would see that OSS advocates live up to a higher moral standard. If you have ever worked on an OSS project, you would know that pedantic adherence to the rules comes along with self-policing.


Tanzanian government uses OSS for localisation

Tanzania, like the rest of Africa, is attempting to bridge the digital divide to create an information economy. And like many other African states, it is turning to open source to achieve this goal.

Firebird 2.0 Beta Released

The Firebird Project is pleased to announce the release of Firebird 2.0 Beta 1 kits for immediate download and testing. This version of Firebird 2 is an beta version, meant for field testing only and not for use in production.

A first look at the Flock social browser

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the nice things about open source software is that it gives developers the ability to reuse and re-purpose code. Take, for example, the Flock Web browser, recently released as a pre-beta developer preview based on the Firefox code base. Flock sports a layout similar to Firefox, with a navigation toolbar, bookmark toolbar, a search tabbed interface, and so forth. But it has been dubbed a "social browser" because it integrates with weblogs, photo and bookmark sharing, and other "social" services on the Web.

Proprietary Software to Open Source - Migration Approach

  • Onlamp; By Murugan Pal (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Sun
As more and more IT and ISV executives understand the power and promise of open source, proprietary software companies are starting to adopt the open source model. I quoted this phenomena as 'Opening Up - Who, When, What' in one of my presentations in May 2004. Since then, Ingres, Open Solaris, and many other commercial products have been open sourced. Recent announcements on Google's Free Urchin (free software, not open) and Sun's PostgreSQL support stress the importance of ‘Software Delivered As A Service (SAAS)’. Larry Augustin's editorial describes why open source model is better very well.

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