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Posted by inet on 2005-11-29       Article Source : Techworld.com

Opera Software has released an upgrade addressing two serious security flaws involving Macromedia's Flash Player and a code execution bug affecting Linux and Unix users.
The first problem relates to Flash Player and was made public earlier in November. Macromedia warned that the bug in Flash Player, one of the most widely used pieces of software on the desktop, could allow attackers to take over a system.

The security research firm co-credited with discovering the bug, eEye, said

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-27       Article Source : TechWeb News

Representatives from the most prominent browser makers -- including Microsoft and Mozilla -- recently gathered to discuss ways to make it clearer to users which Web sites are safe and which are fake.
Developers speaking for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Konqueror met in Toronto last week to hash over ideas on how their browsers could better identify trusted and suspicious Web sites. Additionally, they talked about changes to browser pop-ups that would make it more difficult for scammers to

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-25       Article Source : NewsFactor

Novell has criticized a Microsoft-sponsored report that stated the SuSE Enterprise version of Linux is relatively unreliable and difficult to maintain in comparison with the Windows Server operating system.
Novell spokesperson Kevin Barney noted that the study is intended to confuse the market about the value of Linux.

"Security and reliability are inherent in many of these products, and it's an important issue because there are a number of folks looking for a better solution," he said. "There are

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-22       Article Source : NewsFactor

Sun Microsystems, in an effort to broaden the scope of its flagship enterprise operating system, is offering support for the open-source Postgres database.

In addition, the company is integrating its 128-bit file systems, Solaris ZFS, into the OpenSolaris project, which is another nod to open-source technology.

The Solaris ZFS file system is designed to improve earlier file systems with advanced error detection and correction, task automation for data storage, and built-in storage virtualization. It will be commercially available in the first

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-20       Article Source : NewsFactor

While Microsoft has had some 20 years to make Office what it is today, most industry analysts say that new open-source contenders, such as OpenOffice, measure up reasonably well against Redmond's suite. But they also say that while these suites do have most of the features of Microsoft Office, they lack certain advanced capabilities that make all the difference.
Clearly, Microsoft continues to define the office space and likely will dominate office software for the foreseeable future. But an interesting

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-20       Article Source : eWeek

The open-source Mozilla Foundation released the latest iteration of its Firefox Web browsing software on Friday, promising faster navigation, increased customization and improved security in the third beta version of its upcoming application.
Labelled Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 3, the new installment of the Web browsing software claims many of the same types of improvements as the last several test versions of the application.

Those additions include faster navigation, with upgrades to back and forward button performance, as

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-19       Article Source : Reuters

Controversial copy-protection software used by music publisher Sony BMG (6758.T) on music CDs appears to have tapped an open source project, raising questions about copyrights, software experts said on Friday.
The XCP program, developed by British software firm First4Internet and used by Sony BMG to restrict copying and sharing of music CDs, is already highly controversial because it acts like virus software and hides deep inside a computer where it leaves the backdoor open for malicious hackers.

Sony BMG

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-19       Article Source : InfoWorld

Boosting its Solaris OS, Sun Microsystems plans to distribute the PostgreSQL open source database with Solaris and will enable Red Hat Linux binaries to run unmodified on the OpenSolaris open source version of the operating system.
The company's multifaceted announcement Thursday also includes intentions to offer ZFS (Zettabyte File System), a 128-byte file system with enhanced error detection correction capabilities, to open source via OpenSolaris.

In accommodating customer requests for an open source database, company officials acknowledged the PostgreSQL

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-19       Article Source : InformationWeek

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) launched an online patent commons reference library Tuesday, giving developers of open source software the ability to search key OSDL databases.
With more than 500 patents pledged to the Patent Commons Project to date, the searchable databases enable developers as well as users and vendors to quickly view patent data on open source software and standards, the OSDL said.

“The Project is focused on documenting the growing number of pledges and other legal

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-17       Article Source : InfoWorld

Providing an alternative to JavaServer Pages (JSP) Web development and the PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) scripting language, Apache's Jakarta Velocity tools team is touting open source tools to function with the Velocity Java template engine.
Version 1.2 of VelocityTools, a sub-project of Velocity, is now available for download. Velocity enables use of a template language to reference objects defined in Java code and can be used in Web development or to generate SQL, PostScript, and XML from templates.

"VelocityTools 1.2

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-17       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

A group of Linux device and software vendors Monday launched a group aimed at fostering and speeding the adoption of Linux in mobile devices.

Among the founding members of the group, dubbed the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum, are Palm OS vendor PalmSource, cellular operator France Telecom/Orange and Linux software vendor MontaVista Software.

The group said in a statement that their goal is to "accelerate the adoption of Linux in fixed, mobile and converged devices by standardizing Linux-based services and APIs."Read More...  

Posted by iMark on 2005-11-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mozilla Corp. rolled out the second release candidate of Firefox 1.5, and unlike the first such preview, users reported that the update went smoothly.
Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 2 (RC2), likely the last version before the final is unveiled, updated automatically for users of earlier 1.5 editions without problems, unlike RC1, which went public Nov. 1 to a host of complaints.

"Well before I knew about the availability of RC2, [Firefox] offered to upgrade and it worked!" wrote one

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-12       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Computers running the Linux operating system are continuing to advance into the consumer retail market, with the announcement this week that Micro Center will sell desktops and laptops running Linspire's Linux.

"This is very big for Linux," Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony said in an interview. "People want the value and the security. It is a viable alternative. For half the people out there, Linux would work for them."

Systems Available

Micro Center, which is owned by Micro Electronics

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

A group of tech giants linked up on Thursday to promote Linux globally, with the unveiling of a new company called the Open Invention Network (OIN).

They are IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony. Through OIN, they will acquire patents and offer them royalty-free with the proviso that acquirers not assert them against Linux or other OIN members.

"Open collaboration is critical for driving innovation, which fuels global economic growth," said Jerry Rosenthal, OIN chief executive officer, in a statement. "Impediments

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-11       Article Source : Reuters

Three of the world's biggest electronics companies -- IBM, Sony and Philips -- have joined forces with the two largest Linux software distributors to create a company for sharing Linux patents, royalty-free.

The Open Invention Network (OIN), as the new firm unveiled on Thursday is known, could mark a breakthrough in resolving how to protect vendors and customers from patent royalty disputes resulting from freely shared Linux code.

If OIN's approach to managing intellectual property wins acceptance, it could overcome a

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