Linux News for Jan 29, 2007
Blog of Helios: Need Sunscreen? You'll Know When You Finish Here (Jan 29, 2007, 23:30)
"While the school did have a program for under-privileged
children, the software was worthless without a computer. She had
already lied and said she had one..."
Computerworld NZ: Charities� Microsoft Decision Riles Open Source Group (Jan 29, 2007, 22:45)
"The president of the New Zealand Open Source Society has
questioned the process used to select Microsoft software as the
platform for New Zealand's new online charities registration
DesktopLinux: A Vista vs. Linux Matchup [Parts 1 & 2] (Jan 29, 2007, 22:00)
"But, now that Vista is on the brink of becoming widely
available, I thought it was time to take a comprehensive look at
how the two really compare...." [Link to Part 2
Computerworld Australia: Free Software Group Attacks Educational Software Patent (Jan 29, 2007, 21:15)
"The U.S. Patent Office says it will review a patent for
e-learning software from Blackboard Inc., which is facing a
challenge from an open source advocate..."
Computer Business Review: Will Oracle Launch Unbreakable MySQL? (Jan 29, 2007, 20:30)
"Oracle has suggested it will offer support for the MySQL code,
undercutting the company, and Oracle is already distributing the
open source database management system..."
DesktopLinux: Fourth MEPIS 6.0 Beta Steps Up to a 2.6.17 Kernel (Jan 29, 2007, 20:00)
"Beta 4 introduces the 2.6.17-20 kernel, WiFi support
improvements, and the ability to run MEPIS live from a USB
Debian.org: Announcing "Debian-Installer Loader" (Jan 29, 2007, 19:30)
"This is the announcement of 'Debian-Installer Loader,' a win32
loader for Debian Installer..."
The New York Times: At Davos, the Squabble Resumes on How to Wire the Third World (Jan 29, 2007, 19:00)
"The controversy boiled over on Saturday at a breakfast meeting
here where Craig R. Barrett, the chairman of Intel, squared off
with Nicholas P. Negroponte, the former director of the M.I.T.
Media Laboratory..." [Registration required, alternate link
Dr. Dobb's: Microsoft Loves Linux: What's With That? (Jan 29, 2007, 18:15)
"In trying to understand any legal agreement, it's usually
helpful to look at the money flow..."
CNET News: IBM Donates New Privacy Tool to Open-Source (Jan 29, 2007, 17:30)
"IBM has developed software designed to let people keep personal
information secret when doing business online and donated it to the
Higgins open-source project..."
vnunet: Debian Warns of Mozilla Bugs (Jan 29, 2007, 17:00)
"Linux distributor Debian issued a security advisory over the
weekend, warning of several problems in Mozilla and associated
products such as Mozilla Firefox..."
LinuxPlanet: Zimbra Pursues Microsoft, Novell With Revamped Software, Red Hat Pact (Jan 29, 2007, 16:30)
"Open source-based messaging and collaboration specialist Zimbra
is picking up more steam in its bid to compete against Microsoft
Exchange and Novell GroupWare..."
Silicon.com: Open Source ID Projects Cosy Up to Microsoft (Jan 29, 2007, 16:00)
"The Higgins and Bandit open source projects are claiming a
milestone in the development of open source identity services with
a link to a new Microsoft identity system..."
LinuxDevices: Executive Interview: Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation Director (Jan 29, 2007, 15:30)
"The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and Free Standard Group
(FSG) merged on Jan. 21, creating the Linux Foundation, a single
entity aiming to take responsibility for Linux standardization,
promotion, and protection..."
ConsortiumInfo: Adobe to Contribute Entire PDF Specification to AIIM-ISO (Jan 29, 2007, 15:00)
"The most interesting email in my in tray this morning came from
Adobe's Duane Nickull, pointing me back to his blog--and to the
announcement that Adobe is contributing the entire PDF
specification to the open standards process..."
Groklaw: SCO Files 10K: "We Can Not Guarantee... Our Claims... Will Be Heard By a Jury" (Jan 29, 2007, 14:30)
"'We can not guarantee whether our claims against IBM or Novell
will be heard by a jury...'"
CNET News: Did Microsoft Want to 'Whack' Dell Over its Linux Dealings? (Jan 29, 2007, 13:45)
"Barely a week after a U.S. judge approved a landmark antitrust
agreement with Microsoft, company executives were swapping e-mails
suggesting Dell deserved a beating for its growing interest in
Linux.com: Pardus Gives Linux a Custom Lift (Jan 29, 2007, 13:00)
"Apart from a KDE desktop and applications, the developers of
the Pardus 2007 Linux distribution have built an entire
distribution from scratch..."
DesktopLinux: Lesser Known "Mini" Linux Runs from RAM (Jan 29, 2007, 11:30)
"Mustang Linux, a fork of Buffalo Linux and a newcomer to the
'mini' Linux distribution field, achieved a v2.3.1 release earlier
Youtux: Songbird: Next Generation Media Player? (Jan 29, 2007, 10:00)
"Songbird is a desktop media player, a digital jukebox and Web
ClusterMonkey: A Web-Based Tool for Optimized Cluster Design (Jan 29, 2007, 08:30)
"Whenever someone asks what hardware to buy for their new
cluster, the answer is always, 'It depends...'"
Developer.com: Developing a Ajax-driven Shopping Cart with PHP and Prototype (Jan 29, 2007, 07:00)
"In recent weeks I've been working on an e-commerce project.
Among the project goals included building an Ajax-driven shopping
cart which is intended to further enhance the user's shopping
developerWorks: Make Incoming E-mail Play Custom Tunes (Jan 29, 2007, 05:30)
"Developers have long made advancements in visual notifications
of arriving e-mail..."
O'Reilly Radar: The Rise of One Person Businesses (Jan 29, 2007, 01:00)
"As Larry Augustin pointed out long ago, the open source
software movement could be seen as the rise of the software
developer as free agent..."