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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11   

Mozilla Corp. has released the second, and last, beta of Thunderbird 1.5, the next major update of the company's competitor to Microsoft's Outlook e-mail client.
 
Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 2, which appeared Saturday, doesn't include any new features said Mozilla, but it does sport improvements to auto complete, an enhanced automated update system, and performance and security updates.

The client will include a phishing detector, support for RSS and podcasting, an auto complete tool that shows potential To: addresses based

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11       Article Source : IDG News Service

IBM is no longer using its massive patent portfolio to defend itself against The SCO Group in the companies' two year-old legal dispute, according to court documents filed last week in a U.S. District Court in Utah.
 
In the documents, IBM agreed to drop its patent infringement claims in an effort to hasten the outcome of the case. IBM had brought the patent claims against SCO in August 2003 as part of a countersuit against the Lindon, Utah, software vendor.

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-08       Article Source : IDG News Service

Oracle scooped up another small technology company on Friday, announcing its acquisition of Finnish open-source database technology developer Innobase. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
Innobase, based in Helsinki, is the creator of InnoDB, an add-on storage engine for MySQL. InnoDB is distributed under the GNU GPL (General Public License) open-source license. The software is bundled with MySQL through a contractual agreement that comes up for renewal next year; Oracle said it expects to negotiate an extension of

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-08   

Mozilla Corp. released the second beta of its next browser, Firefox 1.5, Friday to testers and developers.
 
Although there are no new features included in Beta 2, Mozilla said the follow-up to September's Beta 1 includes improvements in the automatic update system, performance and site rendering enhancements, and fixes for several security problems. A complete list of the fixes and changes to Beta 2 can be viewed on the Burning Edge Web site.

Beta 2 can be downloaded manually

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-07   

A Chinese software vendor has won a contract to deliver one of the nation's biggest     Linux deployments to date, including more than 140,000 desktop PCs.

In a news release issued Tuesday, Sun Wah Linux announced that the Chinese government had awarded the company a massive desktop Linux contract. Under the terms of the deal, the Beijing-based software vendor, working with six Chinese PC hardware firms, will deliver a total of 141,624 PCs to primary and secondary schools in Jiangsu Province by the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-06       Article Source : AFP

Japan aims to switch some government computers to the free     Linux operating system and reduce its dependence on Microsoft Windows.
 
Japan is drawing up guidelines for its ministries recommending open source software such as Linux as an "important option" in government procurement, said an official at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

"This is not intended to exclude a particular software nor to recommend a particular one but it reflects the recent development of open source software as

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-06       Article Source : NewsFactor

Dell has added to its Dimension line of PCs a computer that ships with a blank hard drive and a copy of the minimal open-source system FreeDOS.
 
The operating system shipping on the Dimension E510n is an open-source version of MS-DOS that buyers can use as a tool for subsequently installing any operating system they want, according to Dell spokesperson Liem Nguyen.

After FreeDOS is in place, users can install Linux or Unix if they like.

"This is

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-06       Article Source : Newsfactor.com

The community marketing site for the Mozilla Foundation's open-source browser Firefox has been hacked, just months after a similar breach occurred.
 
SpreadFirefox, the official site for promoting the browser, is currently shut down, with a message on the page directing visitors to Getfirefox.com, where they can download the latest version of Firefox.

"We currently plan to make SpreadFirefox available again around October 15th," the message on the site reads. "Keep checking in because it might be up before expected."Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2005-10-05       Article Source : eWEEK

The Mozilla Foundation has temporarily pulled the plug on its SpreadFirefox.com marketing site after a hacker break-in put user accounts at risk.

The non-profit Foundation, which has used the site to launch grassroots campaigns to support the Firefox Web browser, said the site will remain offline until October 15 while the site is rebuilt from scratch.

"We have scanned SpreadFirefox servers and at this time do not believe any sensitive data was taken, but as a precautionary measure we have shutdown

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-05   

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Monday said it has agreed to acquire privately held RLX Technologies Inc., and plans to add the smaller company's     Linux-based management software to HP products. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition, which is expected to close in 30 days, would enable HP to deliver better management technology for Linux on blade server environments, the Palo Alto, Calif., company said. RLX, headquartered in Spring, Texas, has 36 employees and about 200 customers.

RLX technology fits into HP's overall

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-05       Article Source : IDG News Service

For the second time in three months, a security breach has shut down the marketing Web site used to promote the Firefox browser. Members of the Spread Firefox community have learned that their Spreadfirefox.com site was hit by attackers looking to exploit a bug in the TWiki collaboration software that had been running on the server.

The Mozilla Foundation does not believe that any sensitive information was compromised in the attack, but it is encouraging the approximately 100,000 Spread Firefox members to reset

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-04   

RealNetworks has patched the Linux media players that were susceptible to a zero-day attack for much of last week.

Both RealPlayer and Helix Player for Linux have been patched against a vulnerability that could let a hacker execute commands remotely once he'd convinced the user to open a malformed .rp (realpix) or .rt (realtext) file.

According to RealNetworks, Linux RealPlayer 10 (10.0.0 through 10.0.5) and Helix Player (also versions 10.0.0 through 10.0.5) are vulnerable to attack; last week exploit code was

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-03       Article Source : InfoWorld

The Sun Microsystems-led NetBeans developer community this week released a beta version of the NetBeans 5.0 open source IDE, with enhancements for client development based on Java.

The general release of Version 5.0 is due by the end of 2005. Sun positions NetBeans as a counterbalance to the rival Eclipse open source tools platform.

NetBeans 5.0 features the Matisse GUI builder, which offers visual, drag-and-drop capabilities for building desktop clients that can either work in a client-server or standalone mode, said

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-03       Article Source : InfoWorld

The former co-founder of Documentum hopes to break new ground by applying lessons learned in commercial ECM (enterprise content management) to open source software.

John Newton, CTO and chairman of Alfresco, acknowledges that tackling content management with open source technology is nothing new. And yet, Newton points out, most of the open source offerings available today target Web content. Seeing this opportunity, Newton spent several months building a developer community around an open source platform for ECM that Alfresco will release next

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