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Linux News for Oct 27, 2006

  • Editor's Note: That Which Does Not Kill Us... (Oct 27, 2006, 22:30)
    "I think we are in for interesting times ahead. Like the Chinese curse 'may you live in interesting times' kind of interesting..."

  • Mozilla Wants Your Super Powers (Oct 27, 2006, 21:00)
    "Mike Shaver, co-founder of the Mozilla project, believes that everyone has a super power that can be used for open source good..."

  • LinuxPlanet: New Linux Security Products Glimmer On Horizon (Oct 27, 2006, 19:30)
    "Beyond displaying an extensive slate of existing Linux products, vendors at this week's InfoSecurity show pointed to possible future offerings..."

  • Computerworld Australia: Notes Jumps on SUSE Linux, Hurdles Remain (Oct 27, 2006, 18:00)
    "Despite all the announcements IBM made about its intention to port the Lotus Notes client to Linux in recent years, the release for Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10 this month passed with surprisingly little fanfare..."

  • Review: Ubuntu Edgy is Nice, But Not So Edgy (Oct 27, 2006, 16:30)
    "After working with beta and release candidates over the last few weeks, I've found it to be a solid and usable upgrade for Dapper--but not a particularly cutting-edge release..."

  • CNET News: Sun Names Likely License for Open-Source Java (Oct 27, 2006, 15:00)
    "Sun Microsystems likely will use the Community Development and Distribution License to govern the forthcoming open-source Java software project, CEO Jonathan Schwartz said Wednesday..."

  • Computer Business Review: Will Oracle Buy Red Hat? (Oct 27, 2006, 13:30)
    "Linux vendor Red Hat Inc saw over $1bn wiped from its market capitalization in early trading after Oracle Corp announced that it was going to offer a Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone, leaving the company open to a potential takeover bid..."

  • ServerWatch: Enterprise Unix Roundup: PC-BSD May Be the Next Linux (Oct 27, 2006, 12:00)
    "Linux is the current up-and-comer voted most likely to kick Microsoft's butt. But in the longer term, one unique BSD distribution may be fated to be the next big thing..."

  • Review: Firefox 2.0 is a Solid Improvement (Oct 27, 2006, 10:30)
    "It's not a drastic change from the 1.5 series, but Firefox 2.0 bring enough improvements to make the upgrade worthwhile..."

  • developerWorks: Debugging make (Oct 27, 2006, 09:00)
    "In many build processes, the makefile is itself generated entirely by other software; for instance, the autoconf/automake programs are used to develop build routines..."

  • IT Manager's Journal: Axis Training Now Revolves Around Open Source (Oct 27, 2006, 07:30)
    "Axis Open Source is an open source software consultancy that also houses a training center where students learn how to use open source tools like PHP, MySQL, Moodle, and embedded Linux..."

  • Is Linux Ready for Desktop? (Oct 27, 2006, 07:27)
    Over the years, this question is raised again and again. AFAIK last year was declared as "Linux Desktop Year" (or is it current year?). I got a nice baseball cap from Novell on LinuxWorld San Francisco, which says "Your desktop is ready." Recent additions to Linux desktop includes nice visual effects, similar to those in latest Mac OS X and Windows Vista. KDE is celebrating 10 years of existence.

    If you search for "linux ready for desktop" on Google it will tell you there are about 15 million pages on that topic--some telling it is ready, some telling it is not. So, where is the truth?

    In this case, truth is very subjective. As the Russian proverb says, "what is good for Russian is death for German"--a colorful equivalent of "tastes differ." For me personally, Linux on the desktop was ready a long time ago, and Windows on a desktop was never ready for me. Let me tell you why.

  • Automatically Add Contacts to KAddressBook with KBBDB (Oct 27, 2006, 06:00)
    "Managing your address book and appending new addresses can get tiresome. If your email client is KMail, KBBDB can help with part of the job..."

  • developerWorks: Develop an Application with Apache Derby, Apache MyFaces, and Facelets (Oct 27, 2006, 04:30)
    "The three technologies used in the Web application demonstrated in this article are JSF, Facelets, and Java Database Connectivity..."

  • Advisories, October 26, 2006 (Oct 27, 2006, 03:45)
    Today's security advisories: kdelibs, qt-x11-free, and screen (rPath Linux); and qt (Slackware Linux).

  • The Hindu: The Indian Summer of Linux (Oct 27, 2006, 03:00)
    "Mobile phone in hand and Blackberry peeping out of a pocket, a penguin in a lounge suit is seen taking a call: 'Hey, Yahoo, Disney's on the other line. Call you back...'"

  • ZDNet Asia: Linux Desktops in China (Oct 27, 2006, 01:30)
    "...I am disappointed to report that out of the big 5 PC manufacturer and distributors in China (Lenovo, Founder, Acer, HP and Dell), none of them have Linux pre-installed on their Desktops, nor Laptops..."

  • My Way: Is Fedora the New Slackware? (Oct 27, 2006, 00:00)
    "What's interesting to note here is the community buzz surrounding this release of Fedora Core. There is none...!"