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Gartner: More Windows Vista delays

Gartner has said Windows Vista is unlikely to ship before the second quarter of 2007, pegging it for launch in April next year, with "broad availability" not expected until at least the second quarter. For good measure, Gartner noted that Microsoft "consistently misses target dates for major operating system releases."

Open-xchange Unveils Open Source Collaboration Virtual Appliance

Virtual Open Source Open-Xchange For Debian On VMware Can Lead To Fast And Easy Deployment

Three rules for safer Wi-Fi away from home

Almost everyone has heard about wardriving, the geek sport in which you drive around and see what wireless access points (WAP) you can find and access. Because of the ink wardriving has received over the years, many home and business users have wised up and added security to their WAPs. But how about the busy traveler, the exec at Marriott, or the slacker at Starbucks? Do they take that same level of care with wireless security while they're on the road and seduced by the easy availability of Wi-Fi hotspots? Probably not, but they should. Here are three simple assumptions you should make before taking your wireless laptop on the road.

First look at Vim 7

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on May 3, 2006 12:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
The final release of Vim 7 is just around the corner, and it brings a number of new features to the venerable editor, including spell checking, omni completion for several programming and markup languages, tab pages, undo branches, and several other features that are worth upgrading for.

[Gee, why use Vim when you can have a complete OS (EMACS)? - just kidding. This sounds really nice. Time to ditch v6. - dcparris] Is Now Free

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 11:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Allows Free, Legal Listening to Over Two Million Tracks; Offers Exclusive New Ways to Discover, Share and Experience Music Anywhere on the Web

[You knew there would be a catch, didn't you? - dcparris]

It services giants wake up to Linux

Open source software, and particularly Linux, is becoming a fundamental aspect of services portfolios for IBM Global Services, HP Services, Unisys, Novell and other major services providers.

Mix-and-match open source for corporate networks

Some say open source software is not worth using. Some say it will save the world. Setting aside the religious hype, open source software raises a serious technical question: Is it appropriate for enterprise use?

Appltop Solutions Goes Free and Open Source

ApplTop Solutions, a provider of embedded productivity and compliance solutions for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) announced today that it is to make its entire range of solutions free and open source.

Uk Cabinet Office partners for Security Enhanced Linux

Steve Marsh, director of the U.K. government’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA), has announced that IBM, and its partners Tresys Technology and Belmin Group, are working with the U.K. Cabinet Office to demonstrate one of the first mainstream mandatory access control (MAC) environments. The design is based upon Security Enhanced Linux and IBM WebSphere.

Google offers free 3D modeling software

  •; By Brian Osborne (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 8:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An acquisition by Google last month has led to yet another free bit of software from the company. In March, Google acquired @Last Software. The Boulder, Colorado-based company develops 3D software. Its flagship 3D software product is called SketchUp. A new free version of the software will now be offered by Google under the name Google SketchUp. A professional version of the software will be offered as SketchUp Pro.

Telecom-in-a-box Solution Combines Linux And RTOS With HA ...

Enea, and MontaVista Software, Linux supplier to the communications industry, announced that they have joined forces to create the industry’s most comprehensive, highly integrated software platform for distributed telecom applications. The new high-availability, fault tolerant platform, known as the Network Application Services Platform (NASP), provides a telecom-in-a-box solution for developing, deploying and managing distributed telecom applications spanning multiple operating systems, CPUs, DSPs, interconnects, and shelf architectures.

Bah humbug commercial radio, hurrah for Internet radio

Kids these days, with their lo-fi iTunes and iPods and ringtones (that they pay money for!!) and mp3 collections. Why, I remember the early days of the Diamond Rio, one of the first portable digital music players, and even then I stuck my nose in the air and scoffed. If I want to listen to horrid low-quality low-fidelity tunes, I said to myself, I’ll go fire up the 8-track in my antique Datsun. Lossy formats and crappy little tiny speakers, bah.

South African Drupal chapter launches

Drupal core developer, Adrian Rossouw, is starting a local chapter for Drupal users in South Africa. He has also announced a training camp for web developers who want to build "really kick ass websites" using Drupal.

Universities Switch from Big Name Bandwidth Shaping Appliance to NetEqualizer

IT Directors Find APconnections Appliance Requires No Maintenance

Congress may consider mandatory ISP snooping

  • CNET; By Declan McCullagh (Posted by oilyfish on May 2, 2006 4:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a Republican, gave a speech saying that data retention by Internet service providers is an "issue that must be addressed." ... Now, in a demonstration of bipartisan unity, a Democratic member of the Congressional Internet Caucus is preparing to introduce an amendment--perhaps during a U.S. House of Representatives floor vote next week--that would make ... data deletion illegal.

[Shudder! - dcparris]

Hearts for GNOME project announcement

Hearts for GNOME is an implementation of the classic card game for the GNOME desktop, featuring configurable rulesets and editable computer opponents to satisfy widely diverging playing styles.

[The Editor-in-Chief of Lxer apologizes for the delay in this announcement. I had promised it would run much earlier than this. - dcparris]

The Patents Plaguing Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Goodlink, et al

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 2, 2006 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Once again, everyone's talking about the patents aimed at Blackberry's heart. But this time, it's not just about Blackberry. Nearly everyone in the mobile industry is at risk from a slew of much tougher software patents, served up by Visto. When you see the patents, and compare them to the earlier patents that caused RIM to cave, you'll see why the cost of mobile email's on its way up.

Major X security hole found, plugged

Coverity Inc., which makes source code analysis software, announced May 2 that the biggest X Window System security vulnerability of the last six years has been identified and fixed, thanks to developers working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Thankfully, the hole was plugged within a week, according to the company.

Central Indiana Linux Users' Group and OfficeTone to Offer ...

The Asterisk Boot Camp will be held May 6 in Indianapolis.

Free Software and ZNet

  • ZNet; By Justin Podur (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
For several months ZNet, an activist website, has been exploring the possibility of converting to free software and so joining the 'free software movement', a movement that advocates for certain fundamental freedoms for computer users. Both ZNet and the free software movement will be described in more detail below.

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