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Debian Weekly News - September 7th, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. We've been informed about a Debian translation party taking place on September 11th, in a place closed to Milan (Italy). Lars Wirzenius has recently updated the Debian lessons document that covers project management. The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association revealed that they use Debian for its fast setup process.

Why open source and MySQL are winning corporate hearts

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: MySQL
Corporate IT shops today don't have money to burn, says Zack Urlocker, a MySQL AB executive. So, figuratively speaking, why should they buy a Hummer when a hatchback will do the job? Sure, he says, the MySQL open source database doesn't have all the capabilities of Oracle, IBM and Microsoft databases. But, he says, MySQL has all the capabilities most businesses need. That's why MySQL has been put to work by Sabre, Federal Express, Sony, Suzuki, Ingram Entertainment, Lufthansa, NASA, Omaha Steaks and UPS. In this interview, Urlocker – MySQL marketing vice president – explains why businesses are getting more and more enamored with open source software and MySQL.

gumstix Launches Bluetooth(R) Connectivity on Tiny Linux Boards and Computers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
gumstix, inc., maker of the world's smallest motherboard, today announced its next generation of gumstix boards and computers, providing optional Bluetooth(TM) connectivity. The gumstix f boards have a 60-pin connector and add several GPIO lines as well as audio and video control. The new products include:

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter editor resigns

  • Mailing list; By Yuji Kosugi <> (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Gentoo
I know this is a bad time, with the team getting smaller and AJ going on hiatus too, but my attempts at getting new contributors haven't really been working. slideshow of AGNULA/DEMUDI 1.2.0-rc3 has prepared a slideshow of AGNULA (acronym for «A GNU/Linux Audio distribution»)/DEMUDI 1.2.0-rc3, the third release candidate of the Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution for audio.

Report from KDE World Summit, Day 10: Why Knoppix chose KDE

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
The tenth and final day of the KDE World Summit 2004 - aKademy - presented visitors with a second opportunity to learn more about some of KDE's key technologies, and to hear of how KDE has been successfully deployed by others. A track on groupware and collaboration tools gave developers the chance to show off their work, whilst a track on success stories turned the tables, allowing visitors and developers alike to hear of KDE being used in deployments ranging from 10,000 desktops to the famous Live CD Knoppix.

Novell Promotes Linux Adoption Through China Linux Standards Group

Reflecting its commitment to one of the fastest growing Linux markets, Novell has joined the China Linux Standards Group, launched this spring by the Chinese government to promote Linux* in China.

Open Sourcing Infoware with Distributed XML

Tim O'Reilly has spoken often over the last year about how to apply the ideals of open source with the slow and eventual shift from dependence on software to dependence on information. The new software is 'infoware'. In Applying Distributed XML toward The Open Source Paradigm Shift to Infoware, I propose that we can preserve the freedoms to innovate with data and to fork infoware by working with locally hosted xml files like we do with RSS.

EU gives open-source software a boost

  • (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The European Union is hoping to give the European open-source software industry a competitive boost through a €1.5m (£1m) research project kicking off next week.

Firefox Extensions Guide

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Gsurface wrote in to tell us that Flexbeta has posted an in-depth guide to a number of the well known, and not so well known extensions available for Mozilla Firefox. It covers close to 30 different extensions, including web developer tools, full application add-ons, existing feature enhancements and more.

Suse Linux users get free e-mail engine

  • (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
Users can now download a free version of the e-mail engine behind SuSE Linux's Open-Xchange e-mail server.

A command-line interface for X

Desktop environments such as KDE and GNOME make things easier for computer users, but as desktop environments become more and more integrated, some users may feel stuck with a graphical interface that was designed for someone else. Having to use the mouse over and over for the same thing can get old real fast. Keyboard shortcuts help to pick up the pace in some applications, but neither KDE nor GNOME really lends itself to keyboard navigation. Luckily, for those who want to combine the efficiency of the command line with all the resolution of the X Window System, there's a window manager called ratpoison.

Linux Gazette #106 (September 2004) available

  • Mailing list; By Mike Orr <> (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 4:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Issue 106 of Linux Gazette is ready for viewing and download.

Two Denial of Service conditions found in the Apache2 web-servers mod_ssl module

  •; By xiando (Posted by xiando on Sep 7, 2004 4:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This means any evil black-hat can close down a vulnerable apache2 web-server and make all websites hosted on it temporarily unavailable.

Open-source CRM firm offers subscription service

  • CNET; By Alorie Gilbert (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 4:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source software start-up SugarCRM plans to introduce support services for its free contact management product on Thursday, part of a big push to lure customers away from high-priced, proprietary programs.


  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SELinux can serve companies well on machines that host potentially vulnerable Internet-facing services, but it requires some expertise to properly configure and use.

Gentoo update for multi-gnome-terminal (200409-10)

Firebird at 20 years

  • ; By Jim Starkey (Posted by mariuz on Sep 6, 2004 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From Jim Starkey: "September 4th is the 20th anniversary of what is now Firebird. I quit my job at DEC in August, took a three day end-of-summer holiday, and began work on September 4, 1984 in my new career as a software entrepreneur. As best as I can reconstruct, the first two files were cpre.c and cpre.h (C preprocessor), later changed to gpre.c and gpre.h.

OSS torpedoed: Royal Navy will run on Windows for Warships

  • The Register (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2004 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
AMS really is committing the Royal Navy to Windows-based command, control and combat management systems. Having spoken up and lost his job for his pains, Gerald Wilson has now contacted The Register. What follows is his story, in his own words.

Mozilla Links Newsletter - 22 - September 6, 2004

  • Mailing list; By "Mozilla Links Newsletter" <> (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2004 11:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Mozilla
With this issue the newsletter project is turning 1. We want to thank you for your interest and support during this first year and would like to ask you to let us know what you like or dislike about the newsletter. We know there is plenty of room for improvement and we look forward to offering more in coming months.

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