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Piracy stats don't add up

"PIRACY statistics are labelled "self-serving hyperbole" in a draft government report."

Beryl debuts a dazzling community-built 3-D desktop

As we reported in September, a group of developers forked SUSE's Compiz compositing window manager to create a community-based project called Beryl. The new project has quickly become a popular choice for supporting the 3-D desktop effects that make the Linux desktop sizzle these days. I installed Beryl on Ubuntu Edgy and have been running it for the past week. I find Beryl impressive, but, predictably, unstable.

Linux replaces Unix on CitiStreet systems

CitiStreet, a Quincy, Mass., corporate benefits provider, was founded in 2000. A year later it was already outgrowing its proprietary Unix-based network infrastructure. Faced with a choice between adding more HP-UX and Solaris boxes, or moving to Intel hardware with Linux, CitiStreet chose the latter. Today the company is enjoying enhanced stability and security, and drastically lower costs.

Using GnuCash 2.0 to balance your checkbook

  •; By Joe Barr (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2006 6:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
Version 2.0 of GnuCash was released this summer, and it's better and more powerful than ever. GnuCash is a powerful free software tool for handling personal and small business finances, but if you're not familiar with double-entry accounting, the initial learning curve might scare you away from even trying it. If you're one of those folks for whom double-entry accounting is as foreign as a Texan in Petropovlask, here's how to get started using GnuCash 2.0 to track a checking account.

Adobe Donates Source Code to Mozilla Tamarin

Adobe Systems donates source code for its ActionScript Virtual Machine to the Mozilla Foundation, and Mozilla promptly converts it into the Tamarin project.

Kaiser stumbles

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Fred Trotter (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2006 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
ApparentlyKaiser is having issues. Apparently a project manager"sent a scathing e-mail to most of the company's 140,000 employees" and the"The executive overseeing Kaiser Permanente's ambitious $3-billion push toward computerizing the medical records of its 8.6 million members resigned Tuesday, a sign of the challenges facing the project."

Medsphere wins Indian Health business

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Fred Trotter (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2006 4:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
According to,Medsphere signs Indian Health Service deal (registration required) Medsphere Systems Corp., Aliso Viejo, Calif., has signed a one-year contract with the Indian Health Service to provide ongoing development, support and expansion of clinical information technology systems at the IHS.

SIEVE Language for Mail Filtering - Quick Guide

  •; By AXIGEN Team (Posted by iuliana on Nov 9, 2006 3:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
A quick guide to understanding the SIEVE language that helps you implement it in your mail filtering system. The article describes an extremely flexible filtering methodology that broadens the filtering options generally provided by mail servers or Anti-spam/Antivirus applications.

[Note that this tutorial is on a vendor site, similar to the tutorials from IBM. E-mail admins may take an interest in this though. - dcparris]

Red Hat Continues Public Sector Security Leadership

Red Hat today announced at the 2nd Annual Red Hat Government User Conference that it has partnered with Tresys Technology to enhance the services backing Security-Enhanced Linux-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux and has enhanced its security evaluation program, reinforcing its commitment to IT security for public sector customers.

Novell Releases Mono 1.2 With Enhanced Support for .NET on Linux

Performance Improvements and Support for Windows Forms Makes the Latest Version of Mono a Powerful Framework for Hosting .NET Applications on Linux and an Important Milestone Toward Compatibility With the .NET Framework 2.0

Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird Released

Security and Stability updates for Mozilla products based on the Gecko 1.8 branch have been released. Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 2007. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2.

New NVIDIA Stable (1.0-9629) and BETA (1.0-9742) Drivers Available

NVIDIA has just released two new drivers for Linux, BSD, and Solaris.

Spotlight to be on free software

With proprietary software packages costing a lot (most come from international giants in the field), home PC users and even small businesses cannot easily afford them. Or keep upgrading their software as new versions are released. An answer to them comes in the form of an IT event, FOSS.IN, to be held here from November 23 to 25. The abbreviation stands for Free and Open Source Software, licensed freely for users to study, change, and modify its design for their individual requirements because the source code is easily available unlike most other software.

SeaMonkey 1.0.6 and SeaMonkey 1.1 Beta Released

Seamonkey 1.0.6, a security and stability update for the all-in-one Internet Suite has been released. The Seamonkey 1.0.6 Release Notes have more information. SeaMonkey 1.1 Beta, a version aimed at developers and testers has also been released. New features include tab previews, spell check, an e-mail tagging system, an improved Linux startup script, better new mail notifications and an updated Chatzilla IRC client.

Why Fedora isn't Ubuntu

"Sigh. And so it continues. I'm actually tired of reading "reviews" like this."

Dave Jones, RedHat developer, writes an interesting rebuttal to a review of Fedora Core 6. Well worth a read for everyone who doesn't understand why so many GNU/Linux distros don't support things like mp3 and certain wifi chipsets out of the box.

KnowledgeTree releases technology preview

KnowledgeTree, the Cape Town-based open source document management system, released a a technology preview of their upcoming version 3.3. The new version has significant user interface enhancements for easier use.

The future of Oracle applications

One of the IT vendors with a particularly active and creative marketing department is Oracle. This means that while the company is undoubtedly doing a lot of good stuff, it is sometimes difficult to tell what's real among all the positively spun positioning. An area in which the Oracle messaging machine has been in overdrive is the coming together of its various existing application product lines. The idea is to combine the best bits from the Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, Siebel and the original Oracle E-Business Suite applications to create a single product line known as Oracle Fusion Applications.

Who is Moving to Linux and Why?

For a number of weeks now, I’ve been pondering exactly who chooses to migrate to Linux and perhaps even more importantly, why. Seriously, what is the motivating factor when it comes to making the move to a new OS? Generally speaking, it comes down to a need for a change. Whether this stems from the need to try something new, or the fact that Vista is making people in Windows land very nervous, the fact remains that there is a relative flood of new users coming over to the Linux world hoping to find a more effective alternative to proprietary operating systems.

Vmware sets up virtual-appliance marketplace

VMware, long an advocate of pre-packaged software appliances that can be loaded onto virtualisation software, launched a programme on Tuesday to certify and sell such virtual appliances. The move expands VMware's earlier support for virtual appliances as a good way to try software. Now its Virtual Appliance Marketplace provides a way to buy as well. The EMC subsidiary also launched a certification programme to ensure such appliances are working properly.

Device Profile: Drew Tech DashDAQ car engine computer

A Linux-based, dashboard-mounted data acquisition (DAQ) device was named "Best New International Product" at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) tradeshow this week in Las Vegas. Drew Tech's "DashDAQ" interfaces via ODB2, displaying a rich variety of engine diagnostics information.

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