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Security suggests switch to Macs

Security threats to PCs with Microsoft Windows have increased so much that computer users should consider using a Mac, says a leading security firm.

Open source urged to remain European

The organizer behind the Open Source Business Conference has called on European enterprise open source companies to retain their roots and avoid the urge to relocate to the US.

Google to Congress: we will not tolerate net abuse

Google has strong words for legislators who are currently mulling over net neutrality issues: the company will take any perceived abuse to the US Department of Justice.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 53

  • Fedora Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by hkwint on Jul 5, 2006 2:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 53 of Fedora Weekly News.

In this issue, we have following articles:

  • 1 Fedora Core 4 Status Update
  • 2 Red Hat CEO Says Linux Could Become U.S. Standard
  • 3 Request for testing: DejaVu 2.7 font family
  • 4 Mailing List for K-12 Open Source Questions
  • 5 DesktopLinux: Fedora Core 6 Test 1 beckons
  • 6 2.0.3 Is Here
  • 7 QEMU a Virtualization System for Open Source World
  • 8 Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book Giveaway Winner
  • 9 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-26
  • 10 Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates
  • 11 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News
  • 12 Editor's Blog

The Evolving ODF Environment, Part IV: Spotlight on SoftMaker Office

In this fourth in-depth interview focusing on ODF-compliant office productivity suites, I interview Dr. Martin Sommer, of Germany's SoftMaker Software.

The transition away from Microsoftness

It has been months now and I'm still receiving letters about my first rant. The basic thrust of the rant is that Linux developers should be focusing more on innovation than on mimicking what is already on Windows. I stated what I thought were good arguments, and I had many more that wouldn't fit into the space available for my column.

[Preach, brother, Preach! That was why I quit playing with Red Hat (7.2-ish); it was getting to look too much like Windows (at least the installation) - dcparris]

Sun: Brew-It-Yourself Java?

After keeping programmers guessing for years, Sun is finally ready to open the code to its popular Web language Java. Will it be worth the wait?

[Much more than the typical 'real soon now' report we've been seeing. -- grouch]

Emacs tips: Searching and replacing

Even if you use Emacs every day, sometimes you'll misplace a word or phrase. When that happens, you'll be glad that Emacs has flexible, built-in search and replace commands to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Declare your independence from proprietary software (Or how to break the habit of proprietary software)

Here at TUX, we know that we are leading this change. We have seen where the information technology industry is headed and we choose a new alternative. We see independence from proprietary software as good for society. We realize this change may cause hardship, and will most definitely cause some to loose their comfortable use of proprietary software, but we believe that it is a price worth paying.

Browser shopping

Some experts in the technology industry are recommending that people switch to a non-Microsoft browser after the recently discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) were used by the "bad guys" to target highly visited and trusted Web sites to steal confidential financial and other information.
[T]here comes a time when enough is enough.

Chinese plan tougher rules on cyberspace

Chinese authorities intend to police and control instant messaging, cell phones, Web logs and search engines. The New York Times

Port Your UNIX® Applications to Linux® — Quickly, Efficiently ...

Increasingly, developers, architects, and project managers face the challenge of porting their C, C++, and Java applications from UNIX to Linux environments. Now, there's a definitive, start-to-finish guide to porting applications from today's most widely used UNIX platforms: Solaris™, HP-UX, and AIX®: UNIX® to Linux® Porting: A Comprehensive Reference.

[Ok, it's a book advertisement. This is not an endorsement. It just looked at least as interesting as some press releases that come through here. -- grouch]

StartCom Enterprise Linux (AS-4.0.2) - Update Release

Eilat, Israel, July 4, 2006 - As announced earlier, the updated release of the StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-4 series, received the YUM Extender as its new package and software updater, as well as the 1.5 Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail client. This, together with an additional 200 updated packages, makes this stable and proven operating system, the work horse for your mission critical enterprise applications.

MySQL AB uses Eventfinder as a reference client

MySQL AB, the world's most popular open source database, has given recognition to Eventfinder by including the New Zealand events calendar as a reference client.

SARS vaccine development

  • EurekAlert; By Andrew Hyde (Posted by grouch on Jul 5, 2006 4:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
While there have been only isolated cases of SARS since the 2003/2004 epidemic, it is likely that we will see future outbreaks. As a result, a number of laboratories are working on strategies for a SARS vaccine. One promising approach is being reported by Jan ter Meulen and colleagues.
About PLoS Medicine
PLoS Medicine is an open access, freely available international medical journal. It publishes original research that enhances our understanding of human health and disease, together with commentary and analysis of important global health issues. For more information, visit

[NOTE: This is not about FOSS, but why do we accept the open sharing of research in science as normal and yet, still accept closed software development as normal? -- grouch]

STMicroelectronics Releases OpenMAX IP Open Source Sample

The Khronos Group, a member funded industry consortium, has confirmed that STMicroelectronics has released an open source implementation of OpenMAX IL, a standardised API (Application Programming Interface) that will enable Linux software developers and ISVs to develop their own OpenMAX components, including video I/O and audio mixers.

Eclipse comes last in quality vote

Joins NetBeans

The increasingly popular Eclipse open source tools framework has finished in last place, with Sun Microsystems' NetBeans, in a developers' vote on quality of features.

Trolltech Releases Qt 4.2 Technology Preview

"Trolltech announced the release of a technology preview of Qt 4.2 – the upcoming new version of its leading framework for high performance cross-platform application development – to its commercial and open source developer community for feedback. The final release of Qt 4.2 is currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2006." 4.2 adds a new canvas, SVG support and improved integration with GTK, CUPS and DBus. Their What's New document includes the full details or just download it directly.

ReviewLinux.Com: Xandros 4 and Codeweavers Crossover Office

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By Michael Perks ( (Posted by ReviewLinux on Jul 5, 2006 12:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux, Xandros
Installing Microsoft's Word on Xandros 4 Home Edition - Premium with Codeweavers Crossover Office. Still using Word but want the security of Linux? Get Xandros 4 bundled with Codeweavers Crossover Office and all your problems will be solved.

[I just don't use Microsoft Word. That solves all my problems. But hey, each to his own - dcparris]

KDE Edition of GUI Testing Tool Squish

  • KDE Dot News; By Harri Porten (Posted by dcparris on Jul 5, 2006 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
froglogic GmbH today announced the availability of Squish/KDE. Squish/KDE is a free of charge edition of the Qt GUI testing tool Squish to create and run tests on applications developed for the popular K Desktop Environment. Squish offers a versatile testing framework with a choice of popular test scripting languages (Python, JavaScript and Tcl) extended by test-specific functions, open interfaces, add-ons, integrations into test management systems, a powerful IDE aiding the creation and debugging of tests and a set of command line tools facilitating fully automated test runs.

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