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Seamonkey Project to replace Mozilla Suite

  • Digital Divide Network; By Stephen Feller (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
After what one lead developer called a "very good" beta release in mid-December, the SeaMonkey project expects the final release of version 1.0 to be out this month, rescuing jilted users of the former Mozilla Suite of Web applications from the abyss of non-integrated applications.

The Mozilla Foundation announced in 2003 that it would stop developing the Mozilla Suite with the 1.7.x line of releases, handing off the code base to the SeaMonkey Council. Version 1.0, according to a letter signed by most members of the current Council, is the project's efforts to release a SeaMonkey front end running on a Gecko layout engine version 1.8 back end.

Xen Virtualization and Linux Clustering, Part 1

Interesting in seeing what all the fuss is about Xen? Use the steps in this tutorial to get Xen installed and domains configured.

Intel ships new tools for Apple developers

On the back of announcements yesterday of new Intel-based Apple computers, Intel has released new software development tools and resources for Apple developers. The tools are intended to help Apple developers build applications that take advantage of Intel's Core Duo processor technology on the new Intel-based Mac platforms.

How to use GTK+ in C and a C# Python comparison

This article is a nice hands-on introduction to GTK+ and analyzes a sample GTK+ application written in C. It then shows that same application written in Python and C#. Finally, it discusses some useful tools that can help you develop better applications faster with GTK+.

Building a Linux home media center

Like a lot of people nowadays, I have a growing collection of digital media. My digital media is stored on a home Linux server. Most of the digital media players available today do not support protocols to connect to a Linux server, which make them unsuitable for my use. I realized the best way to connect my digital media library with my home theatre was to build my own Linux home media center (LHMC).

From Analog to VoIP: Asterisk Brings Telephony Together Under One Open-Source Platform

  • OSDir; By Howard Wen (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 7:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Six years ago, Mark Spencer started his own Linux technical support business. Unlike other tech startups at the time, he spent his money frugally. Spencer had to; he didn't even have enough to pay for an office PBX system, which can cost up to several thousands of dollars.

"I had about $4,000 to start it out with, and I wasn't about to buy a phone system, so I figured I'd just make one," Spencer says.

He created Asterisk, a software platform PBX system, and open-sourced the code in 1999. Asterisk was not particularly useful to others outside of Spencer's own needs for his company, until a few years later when community contributions added support for more industry-standard telephony hardware, and modern Internet voice communications technologies, like Voice-over-IP (VoIP), to succeeding versions.

Wikisearch - The famous Wikipedia Toolbar now for Firefox

(openPR) - VIENNA, openPR, January 11th 2006

Austrian entrepreneur Roman Mittermayr has finally released the long awaited Firefox/Mozilla version of WikiSearch, a toolbar for Wikipedia which is becoming a must-have utility for Wikipedia fans, counting over 100.000 downloads since it's launch.

H&r Block Mailed Free Software with Recipient's Social Security ...

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
H&R Block acknowledged last week that it had mailed unsolicited packages, containing their TaxCut software, to former customers early in December and that some of these packages had the former client’s social security number (SSN) embedded in the source code on the mailing label, news reports. This kind of software mailing is a common marketing practice in many industries, according to in Lexington, Kentucky.

SeaMonkey Project picks up where halted Mozilla Suite left off

After what one lead developer called a "very good" beta release in mid-December, the SeaMonkey project expects the final release of version 1.0 to be out this month, rescuing jilted users of the former Mozilla Suite of Web applications from the abyss of non-integrated applications.

Microsoft Patent Victory Could Hit Open Source Community

Microsoft's announcement Tuesday that a federal ruling has deemed its Windows file-storage systems patents valid, is raising concerns in the open source community. The software giant's victory in the file allocation table (FAT) patents battle could demonstrate that global patents systems can be dangerous to the health of Linux and the open source community at large.

Clearnova marries Ajax to open source

  • Search Webservices (Posted by bstadil on Jan 12, 2006 4:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Melding two of the hottest trends in IT, ClearNova Inc. will make its rapid application development platform for Ajax an open source project, with the framework available for a free download. Called ThinkCap JX, the beta version already has more than 750 downloads. Plans are for a community site,, to go live in early February.

Gnu Gnash released

The Free Software Foundation announced today the addition of Gnash, the GNU Flash movie player and Firefox plugin, licensed under the GNU General Public License. Gnash is a project to build a SWF version 7 compliant flash player with high-quality imaging. It is the most advanced free flash player that currently exists, and an important addition to the GNU project.

Linux powers WiFi-equipped LCD-TV

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 2:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sharp used embedded Linux along with Devicescape's WiFi stack to build a 32-inch flat-panel TV/PC display with a built-in 802.11a/b/g wireless media adapter. The IT-32X2 has a built-in HDTV tuner, and USB ports for viewing photos from digital cameras or USB mass storage devices.

Tech Firms, Universities Unite to Boost Open-Source Innovation

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by bstadil on Jan 12, 2006 2:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IBM has joined with three other technology companies, seven universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to adopt guiding principles to speed collaborative research for open-source software

Mozilla releases Thunderbird 1.5

The Mozilla Corporation today released version 1.5 of its Thunderbird e-mail client, touting a raft of new features aimed at both security and usability.

Mainsoft, IBM Port .Net Apps to Linux, J2EE

Mainsoft Corp. and IBM Wednesday announced an effort to work together to extend the Linux ecosystem by helping Microsoft customers move to Linux.

Linux robot site launches with user-controllable robot

A Linux hacker with an electrical engineering background and experience creating robots for the legendary performance art troupe Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) has created a website devoted to... Linux robots

US $1.24m grant for Open Source security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a US$1.24 million three-year grant to Stanford University and software vendors Coverity Inc. and Symantec Corp. The grant will fund daily security audits and analysis of more than 40 open-source projects including Apache, Linux, Mozilla, MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Moving to OpenOffice: Batch Converting Legacy Documents

  • O'Reilly; By Bob DuCharme (Posted by tadelste on Jan 11, 2006 10:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Most people know that you can use OpenOffice 2.0, the open source alternative to Microsoft Office, to open up a Microsoft Office file and then save it in OpenOffice's native format—a zipped file that includes the document's contents as an XML file conforming to the OASIS OpenDocument standard. This works for Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. (See the article Opening Open Formats with XSLT for an example of the kind of simple new application that this makes possible: a stylesheet that extracts the slide titles and notes from a slideshow file and stores them in a single file that you can use as speaker notes when giving a presentation.) After opening one of these file types, you can even export them to an Acrobat PDF file.

Linux: Using Git With the -mm Kernel

A brief discussion on thelkml began whan it was asked why Andrew Morton [interview] isn't using git [story] to manage his -mm Linux kernel tree [story]. Andrew summarized, "because everthing would take me 100x longer?" He went on to explain that this is because he and Linus have a different way of working, "he reverts about one patch a month. I drop tens a day.

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