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Creating a Map of Linux Users

peekj writes: "There are sites that currently count the number of Linux users, but I thought, why not map Linux users on a map? I found this great service by Frapper! and set up a map. So add yourself here!!"

Open Source Crowd Turns On One Of Its Own

  •; By Daniel Lyons (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 3:42 PM EDT)
NEW YORK - It’s been a rough week for Marten Mickos, the chief executive of open source database maker MySQL AB. First his most dreaded rival, Oracle (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ), acquired a company that supplies a key piece of MySQL’s software, a move that could make life difficult for Uppsala, Sweden-based MySQL, which has the most popular open source database.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Mickos is being denounced as a traitor by noisy fanatics in the open source software community because last month he dared to make a deal with SCO Group (nasdaq: SCOX - news - people ), a company reviled by fans of Linux and other open source software.

Open Source Movement Gets a Lobby

The National Center for Open Source Policy and Research will promote the use of open source by government agencies.

Google Gets GAIM Guy

  • DevX News; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It shouldn't be surprising that Google aggressively goes after the best talent in the business. Google's nascent IM business is apparently no exception.

To that end, Google has hired the lead developer of the GAIM instant messaging project, one of the most popular open source projects on the planet, to help its IM development.

Sean Egan publicly broke the news on the GAIM Web site this week, revealing that he has been working in Google's Seattle office for a month and a half on the company's GoogleTalk IM application.

Estonia first to allow online voting nationwide

  • MSNBC; By Associated Press (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It gave the Linux-based voting system a trial run in January, when about 600 people voted online in a referendum in the capital, Tallinn. The plan is to allow online voting in the next parliamentary elections in 2007.

Why protect the users when you can fix the code?

Dvorak writes: "Does Microsoft think it is going to get away with charging real money for any sort of add-on, service, or new product that protects clients against flaws in its own operating system? Does the existence of this not constitute an incredible conflict of interest? Why improve the base code when you can sell 'protection'?"

Web Application Developer (Advertising Agency)

  • Digital Bulletin (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is an opportunity to be part of one of the most dynamic, successful, progressive advertising agencies in Bristol. The company has quadrupled in size over the past 4 years and is continuing to grow at an impressive rate. You'll join at a perfect time - the agency is a great size already, so it's big enough to be buzzy, but you'll also be part of the continued growth plans and form a fundamental part of the developing team...

Desirable Skills are as follows:

* Linux server administration * Working knowledge of DNS * Photoshop / design skills

WifiScanner 1.0.0 Linux Wireless Tool Released

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 14, 2005 11:53 AM EDT)
After a couple of years of development, Linux based wireless tool WifiScanner got its 1.0.0 release.

Linux comes to the channel, in a big way

A recent development that could result in an uptick in corporate Linux desktop adoption had nothing to do with the open source community, foreign or U.S. government rulings, or legal fillings by SCO or Microsoft.

Cruising the Kernel with Andrew, Ted and the Gang, Part I

The ship may not win any interior design awards, but the latest Geek Cruise made up for that with smart minds giving great talks--both on the schedule and off.

Avg UK Underlines Support For Open Source Community With Launch Of ...

IT Backbones writes: "At this year’s LinuxWorld Show AVG UK, the official UK partner for Grisoft, makers of the popular AVG Anti-Virus family of software products, will introduce the first commercially developed Linux antivirus product to be available free for Linux users at home."

"The free Linux antivirus software, called AVG Free Edition for Linux, is one of several new Linux initiatives aimed at making Grisoft the number one provider of antivirus software for the Linux community. AVG Free for Linux is the only program for Linux that self-updates the software as well as the virus updates."

Grisoft has provided a quality anti-virus product for other home desktop users. Perhaps they might get ahead of the curve this time.

Breezy, breezy everywhere

In addition to the Ubuntu Breezy for AMD, Intel and PowerPCs announced yesterday, a volunteer group has ported the Debian-based distribution to Intel's 64-bit architecture, HPPA and UltraSparc.

New national center to assist governments with open source applications

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 14, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The National Center for Open Source Policy and Research (NCOSPR) was launched today at the first Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) at Oregon State University, a meeting of more than 200 representatives of government entities and software developers hosted by the university's Open Source Lab (OSL).

Zend releases PHP tools for Oracle

Zend Technologies releases supported-PHP for Oracle on Linux, AIX and Solaris to aid developers in building enterprise web applications. The company says the updated OCI8 driver included in this release also makes for easier and more reliable connections to Oracle.

Acer unveils Aspire SA 60 PC

  • DQ Channels; By Acer India (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 7:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Using the Linux operating system, the Aspire SA 60 has a 15" silver and black combo TFT monitor with in-built speakers. The TFT technology with MPRII Certification is safe for children, even for extended periods of viewing movies or playing games. Available at Rs 29,999 Acer will also give a Powertainment CD gift pack of 11 CDs worth Rs 3,000, containing encyclopedias for children, advanced puzzle games for adults and a host for thrilling games and movies like Mowgli, Lord of the Rings and Munna Bhai MBBS.

Google Updates Firefox Toolbar

  • WebProNews; By David Utter (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 7:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google has announced via a post in its blog an update to its useful toolbar for Firefox, and made all of its features available on that browser.

It Salaries Heading North in 2006

  •; By Lynn Haber (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 6:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
October 13, 2005: With demand for IT talent finally catching up with supply, companies can expect to pay more for help in the coming year.

Canonical Launches Ubuntu 5.10 - Possibly the World's Favourite ...

Ubuntu 5.10 is now available. Aimed at both desktop and server installations, this latest version includes many new features for usability and ease of use. Also launched today are Kubuntu and Edubuntu.

Comment of the Day - October 14, 2005 Responding to the Ugly Penguin

NoDough writes: "Follow the above link, pull up the full story, scroll down toward the bottom and look at the photo of the ugly penguin. This penguin shows up on hundreds of eWeek pages, and is it ugly!"

"There are other examples of this, and I wonder how we as a community should react."

Since I've only been on the job a month, I needed time to learn the intracacies of this site. We're seeing a response to the quality of Lxer by increasing statistics. Soon, we should seize the moment and become a voice of reason and influence. -Tom Adelstein Editor in Chief

Second-tier Linux makers release new products

Ubuntu debuts Breezy Badger, while Mandriva offers three versions with support for wireless networking, other features.

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