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New GCC Heavy on Optimization

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The GCC compiler is one of the most fundamental projects in the modern software ecosystem. It has enjoyed a long and storied history that continues to grow with this week's release of version 4.1. Version 4.1 includes numerous optimization and functional improvements over its predecessor.

XGL To Adopt AIGLX Changes

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The cooperation between the XGL and AIGLX projects to bring better interfaces for the Linux desktop continues as David Reveman (Novell) of XGL has agreed to adopt many changes from the AIGLX project sent in by Kristian Hogsberg (Red Hat).

ADODB in PHP vs. ADO in Windows

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ADOdb is a Database Abstraction Library for PHP (and Python). Although it's based on the same concept as Microsoft's ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), it's not the same thing!

Open Source Java: Interview with an Apache Harmony Project Founder

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There is a lot of open source activity currently surrounding Java, from JBoss and Geronimo (open source application servers) to MyFaces and Spring (open source web application frameworks), but Java itself is the last proprietary piece of the puzzle. If Harmony is successful, will Sun still matter? I asked Dalibor Topic, one of the project founders, to tell us more about the history of the project, its importance to the Java community, and plans for the future.

VMware launches $200,000 challenge for virtual appliances

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As if VMware did not already have enough companies lining up to catch the virtualisation wave, the company has launched a contest to spur development.

What is X?

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Everyone likes pretty pictures. The same applies to computers now. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) or “windows functionality” has become part of the machine that everyone now takes for granted. What is this X? What amazing super-GUI powers does it have? This article attempts to tear off its mask and reveal all.

VMware's threat to Microsoft

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First off, I'm not suggesting VMware is gunning for Microsoft. I'm sure Microsoft doesn't give a whole lot of worry to VMware. But maybe they should.

Sourcefire's Roesch pledges long, open-source life for Snort

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There's a lot of skepticism from the Snort users right now because they're in wait-and-see mode, so we need to prove to them that we mean it when we say Snort's going to get a lot better. We're not going to try to close it or anything like that. Once they see how much benefiting, they're going to be really happy.

Simpler tools for Gnome

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A significant revision of the Gnome desktop environment arriving in mid-March will introduce simple administrator tools designed for locking down desktops and other tasks, according to developers.

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