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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

Google Inc. on Wednesday ran an ad for Firefox on its popular homepage, giving the open-source Web browser a big marketing boost over their joint rival Microsoft Corp.
The ad promoted the key advantage supporters claim Firefox has over Microsoft's Internet Explorer -- security. IE, which has more than 85 percent of the market, is a favorite target for hackers and virus writers.

The one-line text ad read, "Firefox with Google Toolbar: tabbed browsing, safer surfing," and included a

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday said it plans to roll out next month consulting, integration and support services for customers implementing the MySQL open source database.
The offerings are part of an agreement with MySQL AB, which distributes and develops the database. Under the deal, HP will provide the services to companies that subscribe to its partner's MySQL Network, which includes certified MySQL software, updates and upgrades, proactive alerts, software advisors, and online knowledgebase and full production-level technical support.


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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

JasperSoft Corp. on Monday unveiled its open-source business intelligence architecture, and started shipping a new server for building customized reports for any department within a company.
The JasperServer is the first component unveiled as part of the architecture, which builds off of the company's reporting software called JasperReports. The product was an open-source project until last year when JasperSoft bought its trademark and copyrights.

The San Francisco-based company said the new server is the first of what will become

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-27       Article Source : InfoWorld

An active, open source development community and new tools are fueling stealth “rootkit” programs.
The number of stealth techniques found in malicious software surged 600 percent in the past three years, according to data published last week by McAfee. And the pace of change is accelerating, driven by developer interest and online forums, say experts.

Rootkit.com has more than 42,000 members and active forums that are pushing the evolution of rootkits, according to Jamie Butler, CTO of security firm

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-24       Article Source : NewsFactor

The folks who first brought Mac and Windows together have now added Linux to the recipe, offering a detailed guide on how to use Apple's Boot Camp software to run all three operating systems on an Intel-based Mac.
According to the software engineers at OnMac.net, the Triple Boot procedure "chainloads" the Linux bootloader from Windows XP after Windows is installed on a Mac.

It's as complicated a process as it sounds, and OnMac.net warns that only advanced users

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-23       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

SAN FRANCISCO-- The hacker who created a widely reported cross-platform virus that could affect both Windows and Linux PCs may have inadvertently done some free bug testing for the Linux operating system. Linux creator Linus Torvalds said today he had patched his operating system kernel to fix a bug that had been preventing the virus from running.
The virus, called Virus.Linux.Bi.a/ Virus.Win32.Bi.a, was first reported on April 7 by security vendor Kaspersky Lab, which labeled it an interesting proof-of-concept program,

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

The open-source project that first came up with a way to dual-boot an Intel-based Mac into either Mac OS X or Windows XP has published instructions on how to add Linux to the mix.
"Triple Boot," as the OnMac.net Web site calls it, relies on the newly-released Boot Camp, Apple Computer Inc.'s dual-boot utility that created a major stir when it debuted two weeks ago.

The process is involved and not for the technically faint-of-heart, as it "chainloads" Linux

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-19       Article Source : InfoWorld

CollabNet this week is unveiling a hosted service for Subversion, an open source version-control system for enterprise software development.

CollabNet Subversion On Demand supports team-based collaboration but lacks features such as issue tracking and project management that are part of CollabNet’s Enterprise Edition Subversion hosted service, according to company executives.

Subversion On Demand is a more economical offering than CollabNet Enterprise Edition, with collaboration tools and a project workspace inside a secure environment. Web-based administration is also included, said CollabNet President

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mozilla Corp. late Thursday updated its Firefox browser to patch a mega-batch of 24 vulnerabilities, the bulk of them tagged "critical."
Just days after rival Microsoft fixed 10 bugs in its Internet Explorer, Mozilla unveiled Firefox, which included 7 patches, 5 of them critical. It also unveiled 11 new patches for the older Firefox 1.5, 15 for the even older Firefox 1.0x line in an update numbered 1.0.8, and 19 in the Sea Monkey browser suite, the replacement for

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-16       Article Source : Reuters

U.S.-based software company Novell Inc. will look at acquisition opportunities as it expands its business distributing and supporting Linux-based open-source software, the company's chief operating officer said.

"I believe there are going to be some things that we are going to build which will be very important and I also believe we will be acquisitive in the market place," Novell President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Hovsepian told Reuters. "Everything is on the table." Hovsepian said the active level of merger and

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-15       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mozilla Corp. on Wednesday launched the first set of Firefox video commercials created by diehard fans of the open-source Web browser.
Part of the Firefox Flicks marketing campaign, the ads can be viewed online or downloaded for sharing with others. Links are also provided for embedding in Web pages or blogs.

The campaign includes a contest in which a panel of judges will choose the best of more than 100 videos submitted to Mozilla, the for-profit subsidiary of the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-14       Article Source : NewsFactor

Linux vendor Red Hat is poised to purchase middleware specialist JBoss in a move that will combine two of the top open-source technology brands and put Red Hat in a position to create a comprehensive enterprise software package.
JBoss sells standards-based middleware that serves as a building block for service-oriented applications. Once the acquisition is complete, the move will pair the JBoss technology with Red Hat's portfolio of enterprise software, with the goal of reducing software-development costs for business customers.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-13       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) this year will get some open-source competition. Linux proponents plan to hold the first-ever FreedomHEC conference for Linux hardware engineers immediately following the Microsoft gathering in late May.
The first-ever FreedomHEC conference, scheduled to begin in Seattle the day after WinHEC with free admission for WinHEC attendees, will feature informational sessions about how to make a variety of hardware devices run Linux effectively, according to a Web site about the conference,

FreedomHEC organizers

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-12       Article Source : InfoWorld

Software virtualization plans from a number of vendors were looking pretty real at the LinuxWorld Expo and Conference in Boston last week, as new hardware and software drives a renewed interest in virtualization.
New multicore processors, multiple-resource I/O capabilities, and virtualization technologies in processors from AMD and Intel are driving interest in software virtualization, Dell CTO Kevin Kettler said in his keynote address.

Buzz about virtualization and Linux began prior to LinuxWorld and came from an unlikely source: Archnemesis

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-09       Article Source : InfoWorld

The open source software model will continue its assault on traditional applications deployed by the enterprise when Pentaho unveils Business Intelligence Professional Edition Platform next week.
The Professional Edition is the latest version from the company that previously offered Pentaho BI Project.

Founded by BI veterans from IBM, Cognos, and Hyperion, Pentaho executives are claiming that the Professional edition is as good as -- if not better -- than current packaged applications from the BI market leaders.


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