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Opening Solaris opens door to community, derivative distros

When it released the source code to its Solaris operating system, Sun Microsystems bet that people would pick it up and run. Sun said it wanted to see a community form around the OpenSolaris code, and take it beyond what the company had done with it in its more than 25 years of development of the OS. Today the community Sun was looking for seems to be coming to life.

Snakes and Rubies in Chicago

On Saturday, December 3rd 2005 the Chicago Area Ruby Group and the Chicago Python Users Group presented Snakes and Rubies, talks by Adrian Holovaty, one of the creators of the Django framework for Python, and David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails framework. The talks were given at DePaul University. These web development frameworks are shining examples of web 2.0 technology brought to life. The DePaul Linux Users Group and the Depaul Computer Science Society (ACM) were also instrumental in sponsoring this event.

Jonga search engine launches

After a two year labour of love, coffee and coding, Alistair Carruthers unveils South Africa's biggest search engine. Carruthers marries open source technologies like Lucene with Microsoft's proprietary .Net framework for a truly inspiring result.

Internet banking possible for Linux users

  • (Posted by tadelste on Dec 5, 2005 9:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Two public financial institutions will start the first Linux-based Internet banking services this month as the government tries to end Microsoft Windows' long-running monopoly in online banking systems.

The state-owned Korea Post said on Wednesday (Nov. 30) that it will launch an online banking service for Linux operating system users in mid-December, as a part of the open-source software fostering projects of the Ministry of Information and Communication.

Paper Machines and Phantom Computers - Has Microsoft Gone Too Far Against Linux?

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by Tsela on Dec 5, 2005 5:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups:
LXer Day Desk: 12-05-2005

Has Microsoft repeated history in its fight against Linux? We wonder if the Redmond company has confused the proposed implementation of the Open Document Format as part of the fight against Linux. One only has to look back at anti-trust litigation from 1968 to shed light on the question. Have the people who are supposed to represent the interests of we, the people, failed? You must answer that question for yourself and so should the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

TCP Tuning and Network Troubleshooting

  • OnLamp; By Brian Tierney (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 5:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The other day my friend Bob came to me with a question. He'd written a Java program to copy 100MB data files from his Windows XP computer at his office in Sunnyvale, California, to a Linux server at his company's East Coast office in Reston, Virginia. He knew both offices had 100Mbps Ethernet networks that connected over a 155Mbps Virtual Private Network (VPN). When he measured the speed of the transfers, he found out that his files were transferring at less than 4Mbps, and wondered if I had any idea why.

I wrote this article to explain why this is the case, and what Bob needs to do to achieve the maximum network throughput.

DistroWatch Weekly: Backporting major software, Linux XP, Archie Live CD

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2005 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 49th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. New major releases of KDE, Firefox and Apache have prompted us to take a closer look at the major distribution's handling of package updates, the availability of backports and other related issues. Does your distribution provide backports for popular new software? Or do you have to wait for the next version bump to enjoy recently released packages? Also in this issue: an introduction to a GNOME-based Windows XP clone from Russia and a quick look at the excellent Archie Live CD. Finally, our November 2005 donation goes to the often-nominated KANOTIX project. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Open Source Anti spyware and trojan protection Winpooch

  • Technology News Daily (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Winpooch acts as a powerful anti spyware and anti trojans, and if you have ClamWin installed Winpooch is a Windows watchdog, free and open source.

[Ed.- I love when FOSS rescues poor olde Windows. -tuxchick]

MySQL reacts to Oracle's Innobase buy

Six weeks after Oracle bought Finnish software developer Innobase, MySQL is working to provide its customers with an alternative to the open-source InnoDB database engine often used at the heart of its product, a MySQL executive says.

Picking right road to Linux

  • Australian IT; By Eric Wilson (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2005 3:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PROPRIETARY software often spawns proprietary training, with only one official route to certification. In the Linux world, there are three main certification tracks to choose from: that of Red Hat, the Linux Professional Institute or Novell. Picking a winner no simple task.

Linux gaming made easy

  • Joystiq; By Jennie Lees (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 2:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If don’t mind splashing out with a little cash, you can put a stop to the dual-booting and run your games in Linux by using Transgaming Technologies’ Cedega, a subscription-based application that implements a Windows compatibility layer on top of Linux. A fork of the open-source Wine project, it’s been optimised for gaming and focuses on DirectX compatibility.

Avoid Common Pitfalls in Greasemonkey: How the History of Greasemonkey Security Affects You Now

  • O'Reilly Network; By Mark Pilgrim (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 1:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mozilla
Once upon a time, there was a security hole. (This is not your standard fairy tale. Stay with me.) Greasemonkey's architecture has changed substantially since it was first written. Version 0.3, the first version to gain wide popularity, had a fundamental security flaw: it trusted the remote page too much when it injected and executed user scripts.

EULAs, indemnification, and user protection

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
End user licence agreements (EULA) are nobody's favorite reading. Users of free and open source software (FOSS), who are accustomed to licences that give no warranty and admit no liability, may be even less inclined to read EULAs than most computer users. Perhaps, though, we should start. Over the last few years, commercial GNU/Linux distributions have been wrestling with the question of whether users should be indemnified in the event that a third party patent is upheld -- and, in some cases, their answers are starting to appear in their EULAs. However, whether these varying answers offer better protection than the GNU General Public License remains unproven.

Phony auctions are offering the box -- no console, just the box

  • SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER; By TODD BISHOP (Posted by henke54 on Dec 5, 2005 12:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
How hot is the new Xbox 360? Some people offered hundreds of dollars just to buy the cardboard box in which it's packed. One person even bid $630 merely for a picture of the machine. But then reality hit.

CLI Magic: More on SSH

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dave on Dec 4, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We've covered SSH before in CLI Magic, but this week let's look at some additional SSH features that new users might not be aware of. For the purpose of this article, we'll be looking specifically at OpenSSH, but many of these features apply to other SSH variants as well.

Rules for free software face overhaul

  • Financial Express (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free software, once regarded as a tiny counterculture in computing, has become a mainstream technology in recent years, led by the rising popularity of programs like the GNU Linux operating system. Industry analysts estimate that the value of hardware and software that use the Linux operating system is $40 billion

Time Indian techies: Virtual Woodstock

  • The Indian Express; By Johnson T.A. (Posted by henke54 on Dec 4, 2005 10:53 PM EDT)
BANGALORE, DECEMBER 4: Geeks, computer guerrillas and the philosophy of freedom ruled Bangalore’s Palace Grounds last week. Microsoft and proprietary software were almost bad words; open source, free software and Linux were the operating terms. After four days of ideological debates, tech exchange and interactions with some of the who’s who of the free and open source world, India’s biggest ever free and open source software conference (FOSS.IN) wound down this weekend. The message from the virtual Woodstock software engineers to Indian programmers was loud and clear: break free from company-driven coding and express themselves in the open source and free software world — which offers among other things star status for innovators.

[ED-We covered this earlier but the moniker "Virtual Woodstock" was too good to pass -bstadil]

[lg-announce] Linux Gazette #121 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 10:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette ...making Linux just a little more fun! December 2005 (#121):

AIIA open source event a closed shop

The Australian Information Industry Association appears to have decided to educate the corporate world about the use of open source software - but it doesn't want any media present while it does so.

Graphics card premiums overprice OpenGL

  • Inquirer; By Nebojsa Novakovic (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WHEN COMPARING a given Nvidia Quadro versus its GeForce counterpart, or an ATI FireGL vs an equivalent Radeon, we can't help wondering if all the extra driver validation and software certification support is really worth triple or quadruple the pricing of essentially the same card with the OpenGL functionality unlocked and DeviceID essentially being the only difference.

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