Linux News for Nov 30, 2005
Phipps: Flattered But Not Impressed (Nov 30, 2005, 23:30)
"If imitation is the sincerest part of flattery, then we at Sun
feel very flattered by Microsoft's decision to start using
non-assert covenants as a way to give developers freedom from fear
in their use of standards..."
Small Business Computing: The Open Source Option (Nov 30, 2005, 22:00)
"Open-source covers a lot of territory, but today there are two
ways to best apply this class of software in a small
Linux.com: A First Look at Debian's GUI Installer (Nov 30, 2005, 21:15)
"Debian's standard text-based installer has been vilified in the
past, so I was excited to see an announcement about a graphical
installer under development for Debian..."
CNET News: IBM Kit Moves Solaris Software to Linux (Nov 30, 2005, 20:30)
"The Migration Kit helps people assess software written in C or
C++ programming languages and move it from Solaris to Linux..."
ZDNet UK: KDE Browser Pips Firefox in Web Standards Test (Nov 30, 2005, 19:45)
"Developers of the Linux desktop environment say they don't want
to be 'outdone by the fox on any front...'"
PRNewswire: Sun Shifts Java Enterprise System, Tools to Open Source (Nov 30, 2005, 19:00)
"...[T]he Sun Java Enterprise System and the Sun developer tools
can be used at no cost on other existing multi-platform
environments including Windows, HP-UX and Linux..."
NewsForge: Libranet's Long Goodbye (Nov 30, 2005, 18:15)
"With these words, Tal Danzig, the owner and technical lead for
the Libranet distribution, quietly announced in his blog on
November 25 the news that users had been dreading..."
CNET News: Danger Level Rises for Perl App Flaws (Nov 30, 2005, 17:30)
"A type of security flaw in Perl applications that experts
thought could lead only to a denial-of-service attack is now
believed to be much more serious..."
ZDNet UK: Open Standards Push Mannheim to Linux (Nov 30, 2005, 16:45)
"The German city's Linux migration is going to take a while, but
those responsible are confident in its success..."
NewsForge: Review: Firefox 1.5 and Thunderbird 1.5 (Nov 30, 2005, 16:00)
"If you're used to Firefox and Thunderbird already, the switch
to 1.5 won't be much of a problem. The interfaces have not been
radically redesigned, but there are quite a few changes that make
it worth upgrading..."
More Massachusetts Materializations (Nov 30, 2005, 15:15)
Following Sun's lead, IBM fired off a warning letter of its own
to the Commonwealth's administration. And it turns out that
Microsoft's "open" XML license may be just a promise not to sue.
The New York Times: Overhaul of Linux License Could Have Broad Impact (Nov 30, 2005, 14:30)
"The rules governing the use of most free software programs will
be revised for the first time in 15 years, in an open process that
KDE: KDE 3.5: A Visual Guide to New Features (Nov 30, 2005, 13:45)
"A full list can be found in the developer changelog, but for
humans here is a visual guide to some of the best
PR: Free Software Foundation Releases Guidelines for Revising the Widely Used GNU GPL (Nov 30, 2005, 13:00)
The first draft of GPLv3 will be released for comment on January
16-17. Today the FSF has announced the process the draft-to-final
process will take. Press release within.
DesktopLinux: KDE 3.5 Goes Gold (Nov 30, 2005, 13:00)
"The KDE Project Tuesday released the long-awaited KDE version
3.5, which will serve as the final iteration of the KDE 3.x
Firefox 1.5 Is Officially Out (Nov 30, 2005, 13:00)
It's been showing up on the mirrors all afternoon, but
now it's official: Firefox 1.5 is in the house. Links
Linux Magazine: DVD Playback in SUSE Linux 10 (Nov 30, 2005, 11:30)
"Imagine my surprise, however, when I discovered that DVD
playback capability was intentionally crippled in the open source
version of SuSE Linux 10. Whoa...!"
Performance Tuning and Desktop Linux (Nov 30, 2005, 10:00)
Want to fine-tune Linux performance or are you just starting
out? Two book reviews detail works that may be what you need.
Linux.com: Qmail Toaster Makes Mail Server Setup Easy (Nov 30, 2005, 08:30)
"A mail server is an essential part of any organization's IT
infrastructure, but installing and maintaining a mail server is not
SearchOpenSource: Tips and Tricks for Working in OpenOffice (Nov 30, 2005, 07:00)
"Taking advantage of OpenOffice doesn't require a big stretch,
and Solveig Haugland's mini how-tos, offered here, can show you how
easy it is to get started..."
XYZ Computing: Moving a Beginner to Linux (Nov 30, 2005, 05:30)
"The computer, which soon became my arch-nemisis, was a two year
old Dell Pentium 4. This was by any means a solid system which
should have been working fine but definitely was not..."
Advisories: November 29, 2005 (Nov 30, 2005, 04:45)
Today's security advisories: gtk+2.0 (Debian GNU/Linux); kernel
(Fedora Core); php (Fedora Legacy); and Inkscape, chmlib, and
KchmViewer (Gentoo Linux).
Tectonic: Say It With Me: Linux is Not Windows! (Nov 30, 2005, 04:00)
"His situation is not unique. I often hear complaints that Linux
runs slower than Windows on the same system..."
eWeek: Will Sleepycat Save MySQL? (Nov 30, 2005, 02:30)
"From the well-duh department last week came the startling
news--brace yourself, this is a real shocker--that MySQL actually
plans to do something about Oracle purchasing its essential storage