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Vendor extends patch tools to Linux, Unix

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 9:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Patch management vendor New Boundary Technologies is expanding the range of its software beyond Windows to answer user demands for cross-platform support that will address vulnerabilities, regardless of where they exist on the network.

The pros and cons of free software - Part 1

  •; By Anthony Dhanendran (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mandriva
No one wants to spend money on something they can get for free. If you're building your own computer, or upgrading an old one, a major expense is going to be Windows itself. This can cost upwards of £100 and, if you want to add other programs, you'll find that the project can become rather expensive. There are alternatives to Windows and its compatible programs, however, and we're not talking about illegal copies of software.

Mozilla Links Newsletter - 25 - January 24, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Mozilla Links Newsletter (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 8:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Mozilla
On November 9th, the highly anticipated Firefox 1.0 arrived. If you'd been using Firefox Preview Release or a Release Candidate there was no news at all feature-wise, since most changes were related to bug fixes or under the hood improvements.

Innovations in window management

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When you have 20 or more windows open across nine virtual desktops, the complexity of window management can become overwhelming. A number of new tools are now available to facilitate effective window management.

Penguin Counter Penguin: You Say Tomato, I say "Desktop"!

Today dawns a new era of discussion. In the past, Paul Ferris and Dean Pannell (FeriCyde and DinoTrac) sparred impromptu in the talkbacks of many a respectable (and otherwise :) website. Today, for the first time, they make it official. The format is called Penguin Counter Penguin, and the subject random. Today the debate is on the slighter side of the Linux Desktop. Is the Linux desktop really ready for prime-time? Who knows for sure, but you can bet that Paul and Dean have their flamethrowers tuned for the finer points of the debate!

Wienux, a Linux for Vienna

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 6:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Employees at about 4,800 desks of Vienna's Municipal Authority, the department heads included, from this year on will be given the choice of using a special Linux distribution named Wienux in place of the hitherto exclusively used Microsoft platform Windows 2000 with Office 2000.

Linux in Government: OSS in the US Navy?

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 5:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Navy's Program Executive Office for Information Technology is giving open-source software a look.

A small business consultant's must-have Linux apps

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 24, 2005 5:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As a consultant to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are too small to have any IT staff of their own, I need to be able to support a diverse array of desktops and servers, platforms and file formats. I've been able to do it exclusively with Linux since 1998. Here are my must-have Linux desktop applications.

Screenshots of New Mozilla Firefox Options/Preferences Window

Ben Goodger has posted some screenshots of the new Mozilla Firefox Options/Preferences window, which is currently under development.

IBM to announce OpenPower 710 Linux server

  • DV Hardware (Posted by dave on Jan 23, 2005 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM is about to announce a new lower-end Power server designed to run Linux. IBM has put the two-processor OpenPower 710 up for sale in the UK. (IBM kindly pulled the linked web site down about an hour after this story first appeared. Thankfully, there is still a cached version here.) The sample configuration for the rackmount system shows it running on 1.65GHz Power5 chips. The new box will fit in below the four-processor OpenPower 720 released last September.

Enterprises May or May Not Be Switching to Mozilla Firefox

many enterprises are relunctant to switch to Mozilla Firefox. Reasons cited include deployment difficulties, conservative IT policies and the fact that Web browsers are not considered core corporate tools.

Sun's Common Development and Distribution License Is OK, Says OSI

Sun has gotten the blessing of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for its new Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL say "Cuddle"), the royalty-free license it is reportedly supposed to use in open sourcing Solaris 10.

KDE 3.4 Beta 1 Screenshots

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jan 23, 2005 10:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE 3.4 Beta 1, christened Krokodile, was released not too long ago. For those of you who have not yet taken the plunge, Eudpytula Minor has announced some Krokodile screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

Open source in education primer

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jan 23, 2005 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The International Open Source Network, an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme, has produced a 48-page primer on Free and Open Source Software and Education, which is now available for free public download. According to the IOSN the primer is intended to help policy-makers and decision-makers understand the potential use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in education. The primer is released under a Creative Commons licence.

FlameRobin version 0.2.0 released

  •; By mariuz (Posted by mariuz on Jan 23, 2005 9:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
We are glad to announce the release of FlameRobin 0.2.0 ALPHA, now with property sheets and editors for most database objects, brand new background backup & restore features and a MacOS X port. Not to mention the new program logo, new home on

Mozilla Thunderbird Gains Phishing Dectection

Safeguards against phishing have been checked in to Mozilla Thunderbird. In builds with this feature, Thunderbird will display a confirmation dialogue when the user follows a link in an email to a site that looks like it might be part of a phishing scam. The dialogue is currently triggered when visiting a URL with a numeric IP address instead of a domain name or a URL that does not match the address displayed in the message's link text.

Sun to announce open source DTrace on Tuesday

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 23, 2005 6:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun Microsystems told NewsForge/ITMJ Thursday that it intends to open source a small but important new feature in Solaris 10 -- Dynamic Tracing (DTrace), a new framework for troubleshooting the network and tuning system performance in real time. Sun had asked NewsForge to honor a non-disclosure agreement until Tuesday about this announcement, but CMP's Computer Reseller News (CRN) leaked the story Friday night, citing "sources close" to Sun. CRN had not been briefed on the announcement, a Sun spokeswoman told NewsForge.

A lottery for software patents in the EU Council

  • Heise; By Stefan Kremp / Craig Morris (probably translator) (Posted by incinerator on Jan 22, 2005 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest attempt by the EU Council to have its position on the EU directive for the patentability of "computer-implemented inventions" approved in the Council for Agriculture and Fisheries has left members of Parliament from the opposition dumbfounded.

Linux: relayfs

  • KernelTrap (Posted by dave on Jan 22, 2005 10:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Kernel
The Linux Trace Kit (LTT) and relayfs were merged into Andrew Morton's -mm patchset with the release of 2.6.11-rc1-mm1. At the time, Andrew encouraged a discussion into the merits of both to determine if they should ultimately be merged into the mainline kernel. The feedback to relayfs suggested that while it worked as advertised, it tended to be overly complicated providing more than was necessary.

Soccer-playing robot runs real-time embedded Linux

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 22, 2005 9:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article by a PhD student at Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU) Research Institute of Robotics describes an RTLinux-powered robot that placed fifth in the most recent RoboCup competition. The robot has two color cameras for visual sensing along with a laser range finder (LRF) for goalkeeper location, and a wireless LAN allows communication among the robots on SJTU's team. The robot's embedded operating system is Red Hat Linux enhanced with the RTLinuxPro real-time extension.

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