Linux News for Feb 25, 2005
Editor's Note: Shaping the Debate (Feb 25, 2005, 23:30)
"Linux is about TCO, ease of migration, and intellectual
property." Oh, really? Is that us talking or it that the
proprietary vendors' spin?
p2pnet.net: IE7 versus Firefox (Feb 25, 2005, 22:00)
"In fact, the debate is still raging, so in the interest of
fairness, we picked one user's argument to represent the other side
of the story. Here, verdyp defends Firefox...'"
CNN: Taking Technology to the People (Feb 25, 2005, 20:30)
"One of the world's leading technology companies is providing
the resources and expertise to help forge economic and social
development in a region of South Africa..."
NewsForge: The GIMP at a Crossroads (Feb 25, 2005, 19:45)
"Now is the time to consider splitting up the program..."
Update: The Salt Lake Tribune: SCO Can File Delisting Appeal (Feb 25, 2005, 19:45)
"SCO Group shares teeter on the brink of delisting by the Nasdaq
Stock Market today, given the company's failure to file its
long-overdue fiscal 2004 report with federal regulators
Thursday..." [The company has filed their 8-K and has gotten
their appeal. Additional article, links within. -ed.]
eWeek: Security Flaws Haunt Open-Source Projects (Feb 25, 2005, 19:00)
"Multiple vulnerabilities in two popular open-source
projects--phpMyAdmin and phpBB--could put users at risk of
cross-site scripting and information disclosure attacks..."
The Register: Small-Minded Mozilla Mocked by Wider World (Feb 25, 2005, 18:15)
"An exuberant Mozilla Foundation has been brought back down to
earth with a bang by the world's internet organisations..."
CNET News: IBM Backs Open-Source Web Software (Feb 25, 2005, 17:30)
"IBM is putting its corporate heft behind a popular open-source
Web development technology called PHP, in a move meant to reach out
to a broader set of developers..."
ZDNet UK: Microsoft Admits Targeting Wine Users (Feb 25, 2005, 14:30)
"The software giant has admitted specifically excluding users of
the popular Windows compatibility toolkit with its update
Mozilla.org: Mozilla Foundation Announces Update to Firefox (Feb 25, 2005, 13:00)
"The Firefox security update is available for the 27 million
users who have already downloaded the free browser..."
ARNnet: Avnet Signs On for Novell Linux (Feb 25, 2005, 11:30)
"In a bid to extend Linux enterprise offerings into the
mid-market, Novell has inked a distribution deal with Avnet and
hatched an authorised testing and certification centre with the
The Linux Beacon: Everybody Loves Xen (Feb 25, 2005, 10:00)
"The Xen open source virtual machine partitioning project is
picking up momentum since acquiring the backing of venture
capitalists at the end of 2004..."
MozillaQuest: KMail--One of the Best E-Mail Clients (Feb 25, 2005, 08:30)
"Just about everyone with an Internet connection or on a
computer network likely uses e-mail. And e-mail is one of the most
useful and most used Internet services..."
NewsForge: Basic Button-Pushing with OpenOffice.org Macros (Feb 25, 2005, 07:00)
"OpenOffice.org is gaining popularity in the corporate
mainstream, yet one of its most powerful features, macros, can be
pretty intimidating to new users..."
Linux.com: File Managers For Linux (Feb 25, 2005, 05:30)
"I don't always admit it, but I once ran Windows' filer.exe file
manager under Wine, back when Linux was less well-stocked, before
the likes of Nautilus and Konqueror, and I liked the way it
Advisories: February 24, 2005 (Feb 25, 2005, 04:45)
Today's security advisories: gdk-pixbuf, zlib, and vim (Fedora
Legacy); and squid and uim (Mandrakelinux).
LinuxInsider: The Fuzzy Software Patent Debate Rages On (Feb 25, 2005, 04:00)
"The European Commission recently tolled the death knell for the
EU Software Patent Directive, or more precisely, the 'Directive on
the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions...'"
Silicon Valley North: The Era of Proprietary Computing is Over (Feb 25, 2005, 03:15)
"The era of proprietary computing is over. Its closed,
inflexible model is a dinosaur, outliving its purpose--especially
now that IT innovation has gone global..."
Free Software Magazine: Why Free IT Management Tools are Gaining Traction (Feb 25, 2005, 02:30)
"Enterprises are increasingly receptive to free software
alternatives for IT management..."
NewsForge: Musings on the MandrakeSoft-Conectiva Merger (Feb 25, 2005, 01:45)
"The combined firms will be well-positioned to go after emerging
markets not only in South America but around the globe..."
ZDNet: Viewability of SQL Server Code is Far Cry from Open Source (Feb 25, 2005, 01:00)
"But concluding that, as a result of these 'releases,' that
Microsoft is having serious open source inclinations is a bit of a
OSNews: Editorial: The Boring State of Operating Systems Today (Feb 25, 2005, 00:15)
"Personally, I just can't stand anymore the endless debates
between the Linux, Windows and Mac users. It's getting old, it's