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May 2006

Red Hat returns to developer roots

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Linux

Red Hat has unveiled a series of products and projects that aim to further push adoption of open source applications and open content.

BB completes XP migration to open source

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OSS

Federally owned Banco do Brasil has completed the migration of all its Windows XP computers to the OpenOffice.org open source suite, reported local tech service Computerworld.

Google denies browser plans

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Google

Google Inc. has no plans to build its own Web browser software to compete with rival Microsoft Corp., Chief Executive Eric Schmidt says.

Ubuntu Dapper Review

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Ubuntu

Another review of the upcoming Ubuntu Dapper Drake has surfaced onto the net today. Actually utilizing the Release Candidate from approximately a week ago, this review goes into some detail about how to get some multimedia working as well as XGL.

Gnome 2.16 expected in Mandriva 2007

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MDV

According to reports not only is Xorg 7.0 expected to be included in the upcoming Mandriva 2007 scheduled for release in early fall, but also Gnome 2.16.

SUSE kubuntu Slackware KDE 3.5.3 packages on mirrors

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KDE

KDE 3.5.3 was tagged approximately a week ago and some developers have uploaded binaries onto mirrors. Not announced yet, kde 3.5.3 is primarily a maintenance release.

Open Source Industry Veteran, Paula Hunter, Joins Collax to Lead U.S. Marketing

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OS

-based server solutions for small and medium businesses, today announced that Paula Hunter, formerly of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), has joined the management team as vice president of U.S. marketing.

Linux Kernel SMP "/proc" Race Condition DoS

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Security

Tony Griffiths has reported a vulnerability in the Linux Kernel, which can be exploited malicious, local users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

Puppy Power

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Linux
Interviews

The Puppy Linux team is currently working on the next revolutionary version Puppy 2.0, http://puppyos.com/development/howpuppyworks.html, which just hit beta and will soon be released. Barry was kind enough to find time between developing Puppy and burning CDs for people who have purchased Puppy Linux CDs and made donations, to answer a few questions on what makes Puppy one of the best distributions.

Linux Picasa infected with Virus?

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Software

I’m running nothing more then a personal file server for my network: httpd, sshd, and dhcpd. Today, I decide to install an anti-virus to this machine and run it as a joke. Shortly after starting, I see the Warning: The file is infected with W32/Magistr.a@MM virus.

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Election fraud: Is there an open source solution?

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Meld is an excellent file and folder comparison tool for Windows and Linux

Ever had two sets of the same files and folders and couldn't decide which one to retain? It may take a long time to actually open each to verify the one that's recent or the one you need; while dates associated with the files may help, they won't all the time as they don't tell you anything about the actual content. This is where file comparison tools can be time-savers. Meld is an open source file comparison tool for Windows and Linux for exactly that purpose. Read more