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Nokia releases Python for S60 source code

Nokia released the source code for its Python for S60 mobile phone platform a few weeks ago in hopes of open source software developers creating new applications for it, as well as pushing forward those already available on the smartphone platform.

Sleek Linux smartphone hits shelves in Beijing

Motorola's newest Linux-based smartphone reached electronics stores and online retailers in Beijing today. The A1200 is a triband GSM/EDGE phone with a stylish, ultra-slim design. It runs MontaVista Linux on an Intel PXA270 (Bulverde) processor, and has been approved by the FCC for US operation.

Getting to Know Drupal

Opinion: Once in place, Drupal makes an excellent open-source CMS for serious Web sites.

My sysadmin toolbox

I preside more than 10 Slackware and Debian servers at a small engineering firm, serving 50 in-house and several external employees. Normal IT services are rendered through the use of Apache, MySQL, PHP, BIND, Squid, Netfilter, Courier IMAP, Postfix, VsFTPd, and Samba. Here's a list of my essential tools.

Hyper Tuning FireFox: A Blogger's Guide

Okay. So you're one of those folks that took the plunge and decided to go anti-Mr. Softee and switch to FireFox. Well there is no doubt that FireFox has left its mark on the browser scene. The statistics are impressive. Looking at our server logs alone, FireFox browsing is making up 30% of our visitor hits! With that much activity it's no wonder that more and more blog designers are trying to make sure their blogs are optimized for FireFox as well as IE (not always an easy task!).

Chip startup adopts Linux, open cores for PMPs, DTV

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 3, 2006 12:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A fabless semiconductor startup focused on "multi-function video processing chips" has adopted Linux and an open-source RISC core. Vivace Semiconductor's roadmap, unveiled at a venture capital event today in San Francisco, includes a VSP200 chip targeting portable video players, and a VSP300 chip targeting high-definition integrated digital TVs (DTVs).


Last time I looked at Ubuntu (that was ‘Breezy Badger’, or 5.10) I noticed a little applet popping up and telling me that there were updates available for the machine.

CentOS 4 is one year old !

  •; By Johnny Hughes (Posted by hughesjr on Mar 3, 2006 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
CentOS 4 is now one year old. Wow, it seems like it has been much longer. The CentOS Project has had some major changes and meet many milestones since that release. Some of those include:

Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS) aka "sal likes a bit of techno"

I have to confess that whilst I like all sorts of music, a bit of techno can be just what the doctor ordered. It blows the cobwebs away and gets the blood running. Making one's own can be even more fun. There are three applications that allow for this sort of music creation that I know of for Linux. Freebirth, Reborn and LMMS. weekly security advisory - March 3, 2006

Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Ubuntu released security advisories this week. Affected packages include BMV, GPdf, Xpdf, pdftohtml, tar, Heimdal, PostgreSQL, and irssi-text. Fedora distributed a kernel update addressing several security vulnerabilities in the kernel. No security advisories were issued by Gentoo.

Open Season On Open Source?

In 1999, Ethan Galstad was thinking about starting a business with a friend. Among other things on their to-do list was digging up software to monitor their network and flag any problems. They couldn't afford any of the programs on the market, however, so Galstad wrote his own. Almost on a whim, he posted it on an open-source Web site where geeks around the world browse code and download programs for free.

Galstad's original business idea never took off. But his software quickly became a hit. Some 50,000 companies downloaded the open-source project, called Nagios, and rely on it to monitor their networks. Galstad, now 31, works with other coders around the world to keep the software up to date and earns money by consulting. "It has really grown on its own, beyond anything I could have imagined," he says.

Laptop users drive SA PC market

South Africans are becoming more mobile, as evidenced by a 36.9% growth in the notebook market in 2005. This comes at a time when the desktop market's growth rate is slowing – due to the shift towards portables and a slowing corporate refresh activity.

Microsoft's lobbying efforts eclipse Enron (Kollar-Kotelly hears)

  • ZDNet via henke54; By Matt Loney (Posted by tadelste on Mar 3, 2006 6:53 AM EDT)
Microsoft's budget for political lobbying exceeded that of Enron, the judge residing over the antitrust case has heard.

The software giant's budget for its Political Action Committee (PAC) increased from about $16,000 in 1995 to $1.6 million in 2000, according to Edward Roeder, a self-styled expert on efforts to influence the U.S. government, and founder of Sunshine Press Services, a news agency devoted to investigating money in politics.

[Ed:She's getting ready to hear much, much more from LXer. Soon -tadelste.]

Office formats alliance opens for business (Challenging MS Office)

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Mar 3, 2006 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft Office is facing an organized challenge from an alliance of government bodies and IT vendors that are promoting OpenDocument Format (ODF).

Govt-funded site aims to promote open source

The OSA (Open Source Academy) has launched a website offering information on procurement and a free 'ask an expert' service.

The OSA, which is funded under the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's e-Innovations programme, was established to encourage local authorities to make more use of OSS (open-source software) systems, such as Linux, StarOffice and OpenOffice, as well as locally developed applications.

New ISPConfig features easier install

ISPConfig released version 2.2.0 yesterday, featuring a new installer, support for 64-bit processors and the option of running it on Slackware and Trustix Linux the same day that Tectonic ran its review on version 2.1.2.


Some of your largest performance problems could be hiding in broad daylight.

Brian Cantrill authored the Dtrace facility in OpenSolaris. Recently, the folks at FreeBSD announced they were porting it to their distribution. The Dtrace facility has enjoyed remarkable success.

Recently, at the South California Linux Expo, one of Brian's colleagues, Alan Leventhal demonstrated how to use Dtrace on Linux applications to improve performance. Fortunately, this OpenSolaris has use for more than just one operating system. Brian has shown a propensity to support open-source outside of the principal OS community. You should find this report useful in understanding Dtrace, its history and use.

You may also recall that the Linux kernel team has similar tools providing much of the same functionality. Judge for yourself if you believe the kernel developers have

Debian Security Update Fixes Multiple Unspecified Gpdf ...

Debian has released updated packages to address multiple vulnerabilities identified in Gpdf. These flaws are due to unspecified errors that could be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary commands via a specially crafted Portable Document Format (PDF) file. No further details have been disclosed.

Grid Computing Pros Weigh in on Security Issues

  • (Posted by sharonpr on Mar 3, 2006 4:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Globus Consortium Journal ( this month features Grid security perspectives from a range of experts from both the open source and vendor community.

Registration open for CGL 3.2

The registration process is now open for a new version of the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specification. CGL v3.2 incorporates new requirements based on user feedback, according to the OSDL (Open Source Development Labs), the member-funded industry group that maintains CGL requirements.

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