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FreeBSD Project Launches FreeBSD 6.0 - Raises the Bar for Open Source Operating Systems

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The FreeBSD Project announces the availability of FreeBSD 6.0, an open source operating system derived from BSD UNIX, which offers a powerful alternative to Linux, Solaris, and Windows. FreeBSD enables enterprise organizations to utilize open source technologies that focus on reliability, security, and scalability.

Comment of the Day - November 4, 2005 Linux Looks More Attractive than Windows

Skapare writes: "In the USA, computer manufacturers are not really selling you a computer so much as they are delivering your eyes to the multitudes of marketing offers that are integrated into the various sample programs installed in the system, or accessed through the default browser home page that is not easy to change (though telco and cable broadband providers manage to do so at times). It's a model not unlike how printers are sold (nearly give away the low end printer, and make obscene profits on cartridges ... e.g. the razor blade practice)."

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Ff extension: Unblock Google Cache in China

A new feature in CustomizeGoogle (Firefox extension) modifies the Google Cache urls so that they are no longer blocked by the Chinese firewall.

Linux Desktop Making Major Gains via Intel

A Halloween Style Document Uncovers Intel's Dealins with desktop Linux

Nokia to promote Open Source more intensely

"Open-source initiatives are the most important components of Nokia's offers for the mobile solutions market," Nokia declared at the Mobility Conference 2005 in Barcelona, while at the same time with its own open-source website launching a portal aimed at promoting open-source projects and embracing open-source developers to a greater degree. Besides the Web browser for Series 60 mobile phones, presented a short time ago, projects such as Python for Series 60, maemo, an open development environment for creating applications for handhelds, and Wilbur, a Semantic Web toolkit written in Common Lisp, can be found at

Linspire will replace Windows with crippled Linux - cheap

If Microsoft makes good on its self-destructive threat to pull Windows from the South Korean market rather than accede to local damands to un-bundle its proprietary media and IM apps, there's a safe harbour waiting in the form of blanket, country-wide licenses for the OS formerly known as Lindows. Noting that South Korea blows $100m per year on Microsoft bugware, Linspire honcho Kevin Carmony has made a formal offer to South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to license every computer in the realm for the bargain price of $5m.

A Beginning Look At MythTV

Television: we may grumble about its poor quality and the time it wastes, but we don't want to miss our favorite shows. MythTV to the rescue!

Open source SchoolTool looking for partners

The open source school management system is looking for schools to collaborate in the future design and testing of the software. The participating schools will get customised versions of the software and support for the entire year.

Ibm throws down the collaboration gauntlet

The company’s latest version of its Domino messaging server takes aim at market leader Exchange.

Red Hat Certifies SWsoft's Plesk, SiteBuilder and HSPcomplete

SWsoft (, an established leader in server automation and virtualization software, announced that its Plesk, SiteBuilder and HSPcomplete products have all been awarded Red Hat Ready certification. As an official member of Red Hat Ready Partner program, SWsoft customers and partners are assured enhanced support and technical commitment for their Red Hat-based hosting service offerings.

Lycoris Source Code Controversy Clarified

Parties on both sides of the Lycoris source code controversy stepped up to clarify the issues raised in a LXer article published on Wednesday. Both sides took issue with some of the statements in the article. The controversy came to light as a report on, and the ensuing discussion left questions in many users' minds as to whether the code in question would, in fact, be released. The code in question involves both, portions of Lycoris' Desktop/LX, the Lycoris operating system, and Iris, the software delivery service similar to Linspire's "Click and Run" (CNR).

1st Story Line Patent Published

  •; By Pamela Jones (Posted by Tsela on Nov 4, 2005 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

It reads like an Onion parody, but it is real. Here's the USPTO published application title:

Process of relaying a story having a unique plot

[ED.- The nonsense landslide that began with software patents has now finally reached its logical conclusion. If this patent is accepted, nobody will ever be able to deny anymore that the US Patent system is irreparably broken. - Tsela]

How will you consume your open media?

Michael Sharon writes: "The Open Media Developer's Summit in New York hammers out standards, ideas and the future of media distribution and consumption for tomorrow's tube watchers, bringing together the top developers, vendors and hackers. Our man in Manhattan reports."

[Looks like Lawrence Lessig's book, "Free Culture" has made its impact, even if it didn't directly influence this initiative. - Ed]

Nokia's love for Open Source exposed

  • Inquirer; By Tony Dennis in Barcelona (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
SEARCHING FOR a URL for Nokia's new portal aimed at developers -, the INQ stumbled across another open source announcement to do with Web browsers.

It says right here that there's a new browser available to all those who have decided to licence its Series 60 3rd edition platform.Fine.

But the browser is based on WebCore and JavaScriptCore components of Apple's Safari Web kit. It's based on KHTML and KJS from the KDE Konqueror open source project.

Red Hat calls for Linux management focus

Red Hat Inc has called on the Linux community to focus on the manageability of the open source operating system and outlined its plans to introduce virtualization and stateless Linux technology in the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

MapFS makes its debut

After nearly two years, Levanta is making an effort to bring the MapFS kernel module to a wider audience. MapFS is part of the core software for Levanta's Intrepid M management appliance, a system for provisioning, deploying, and managing Linux servers.

Web’s never-to-be-repeated revolution

  • Financial Times; By James Boyle (Posted by Tsela on Nov 4, 2005 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

On the occasion of the World Wide Web's fifteenth birthday, the author comments on how it is full openness and Open Standards that made the Internet the success it has become, and why the current technological and legal climate would make a similar revolution impossible today.

[ED.- Without open standards, without openness, without decentralisation, there would have been no Internet. Think about it next time someone praises proprietary standards - Tsela]

Centeris lays out open-source, future plans

  • Computerworld Australia; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 2:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux server management startup Centeris this week detailed its plans to open source part of its Likewise Management Suite software by making it available for download from

Centeris decided to put Likewise Open Agent on SourceForge, not on its own Web site, as a way to ensure a wide distribution, according to Barry Crist, chief executive officer of Centeris. "SourceForge is the first place developers look for open-source projects," he said in an interview at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) East in Newton, Massachusetts. The open-source download will be available from November 18.

Scalent Systems Delivers Datacenter Infrastructure Virtualization - The Cure for Enterprise 'Server Sprawl'

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Comprehensive Software Solution Increases Resource Utilization in Enterprise Data Centers Through Virtualization of All Critical Datacenter Components

Webinar outlines embedded Linux development web services

TimeSys will present another free (with registration) webinar next week. "Transitioning to LinuxLink" will introduce the company's web services for embedded Linux developers implementing custom OSes from free software and/or commercial distributions. It will feature product managers Gene Sally and Bill Von Hagen, and is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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