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Success Story: KDE for Science

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 11:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
How do 250 scientists spend their coffee break at a scientific conference? They use KDE! There was a scientific conference, the Tübinger Perception Conference 2005 (TWK) at the end of February. Many scientists from all over the world joined to take part in the symposia and the poster sessions. Because many scientists are addicted to their e-mail, the organizers installed an Internet Corner with 3 KDE Terminals.

Firefox is now Main Stream

  • CNN, Technology; By Associated Press story, no author explicitly listed. (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Mar 4, 2005 11:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new version of the Mozilla Firefox browser fixes a flaw that made users vulnerable to online fraud. [A bit late, but nonetheless, informative considering its source. They are telling of the previously released version 1.0.1.]

IBM: Eclipse faces challenges ahead

BURLINGAME, CALIF. - Eclipse will have to deal with its own success and the challenges that success presents, said Lee Nackman, a CTO and vice president at IBM Rational Software who was involved in founding the open source platform.

Linux PC/phone for the ROAD warrior

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux gadget lovers may find a new mobile phone/handheld computer from Remote Office Access Devices (ROAD) intriguing.

Donors, takers size up free open source certificate support

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
By offering free SSL certificates to open source projects, domain registrar is asking, "Will the real open source please stand up?"

KDE to Preview KDE 3.4 at Chemnitzer Linux-Tage

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 9:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The KDE tradeshow team will be previewing KDE 3.4 at this year's Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, coming up this weekend. Based on the recent Release Candidate 1, the team will present the features of the new version at the KDE booth, which is prominently located in the front of the exhibition area. Talks include Kurt Pfeifle elaborating on KDE Tips and Tricks and Martin Loschwitz (of Debian fame) giving an insight on Kalyxo, the Debian KDE efforts. Kurt Pfeifle's FreeNX workshop is already sold out. See you in Chemnitz!

Open Source Initiative (OSI) Announces New Interim President, OSI To Elect Additional Board Members, Address Contemporary Licensing Issues

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), a non-profit corporation responsible for the management and promotion of the Open Source Definition (OSD), today announced the appointment of Michael Tiemann as interim president, taking over the position from Russell Nelson. After adding additional members, OSI's newly expanded board will select a full-term president and focus its immediate efforts on working with the community to evaluate the OSD licensing process.

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Brussels shouldn't push through software patents, Dutch parliament said Thursday

  •; Brussel moet softwarepatent niet doordrukken (Posted by hkwint on Mar 4, 2005 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Translation of the article: THE HAGUE - The Dutch Parliament doesn't agree with the European Commission, who wants to push through a directive about software patents. A motion by a member of parliament, Örgü (VVD party, liberals), which insists on the withdrawal of the directive, was adopted unanimous on thursday.

Mozilla China Launched

Mozilla China marks third non-profit international affiliate and largest new market for the Mozilla Foundation

Sowing the Seeds of Open Source Advocacy

  • (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 7:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Advocacy is critical to the spread of open source and free software. Good advocacy can help spread freedom and software quality, while bad advocacy can reinforce unpleasant stereotypes. Good advocacy requires far more than just being right, though. Jono Bacon explores how to approach the message and the audience.

Linux: Kernel Release Number, Part II

In the continued discussion on release numbering for the Linux kernel, Linux creator Linus Torvalds decided against trying to add meaning to the odd/even least significant number. Instead, the new plan is to go from the current 2.6.x numbering to a finer-grained 2.6.x.y. Linus will continue to maintain only the 2.6.x releases, and the -rc releases in between. Others will add trivial patches to create the 2.6.x.y releases. Linus cautions that the task of maintaining a 2.6.x.y tree is not going to be enjoyable..

Mandrakelinux Community Newsletter #101

Welcome to the Mandrakelinux Community Newsletter - dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandrakelinux-related news and info.

The Debian Delay: Is Sarge MIA? Or Simply a POW of Process?

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Mar 4, 2005 4:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
The latest release of Debian Linux, code named "Sarge" was supposed to report for duty at the end of last year. That didn't happen. Why has Sarge been delayed and ultimately does it matter? Debian developers and Debian's founding father talked to LinuxPlanet about Sarge's delay and its ultimate deployment.

An Introduction to Embedded Linux Development, Part 4

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 4:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The final article in this series describes using the Background Debug Mode provided in Motorola processors.

Conversation with a successful Linux services entrepreneur

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Con Zymaris runs Cybersource, an IT service company in Melbourne, Australia. Cybersource started as a one-man Unix shop in 2001 and has gradually evolved into a decent-sized Linux/FOSS-based business that serves a client base Zymaris says is now 20% government, 20% corporate, and 60% small/medium-sized businesses. (The interview was conducted via IRC and has been lightly edited for spelling, grammar, and continuity.)

My Workstation OS: Knoppix

What do you expect from a desktop operating system? It should be easy to use, should shield users from technical issues such as hardware configuration, and should be secure and reliable. Knoppix is a LiveCD GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian that meets all those criteria, and it's the distro I use as my regular desktop operating system.

OSS gets moving in East Africa

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2005 7:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This past weekend saw the first open source software weekend in Uganda. Here, East African Center for Open Source Software chairman Victor van Reijswoud writes about the success of the weekend workshop.

Gates Gets Knighthood Queen Gets Virus

  • The Spoof; By Phil Maggitti (Posted by Koriel on Mar 3, 2005 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
BUCKINGHAM PALACE – Shortly after the private ceremony in which she conferred knighthood on Microsoft founder Bill Gates yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II began “operating sluggishly,” said a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.

DPL platforms now available

  • Mailing list; By Matthew Palmer <> (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2005 5:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian, GNU; Story Type: News Story
The platforms for the candidates for Debian Project Leader for the coming year are now available from

Remember the guy that wanter to buy a copy of Linux as a proprietary release?

Remember Jeff Merkey? He's the guy who tried to buy a license to take the Linux kernel proprietary last year, among many other exploits. He has now posted a message, claiming "another Linux patent," pointing to U.S. Patent 6,862,609, granted on March 1 to a certain Jeff Merkey. The patent itself (which appears to cover a scheme for running a RAID array over an FDDI-like network) is not particularly threatening, but it is interesting to note that he has assigned the patent to the Canopy Group. Anybody who wondered who Jeff was working for need wonder no longer. [Need not be a subscriber to see this summary.]

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