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Apache Version 2.2.0

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It's the undisputed king of the Web server world and the perfect illustration that slow and steady wins the race. The Apache Foundation has always moved deliberately when it comes to upgrading its Apache Web server. Version 2.2.0 is no exception, adding useful (but not jarringly different) capabilities for managing, securing and scaling the open-source Web server.

Systems Management Platform Goes Open-Source

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The open-source community will see yet another offering in the systems management arena when Qlusters Inc. introduces its OpenQRM project.

DivX 6.1.1 codec for Linux developers (Tux: We still love you!)

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It's been a little while (ok.. 3 years Wink) since we last released a version of the DivX codec for Linux. Now that work on 6.1.1 is complete, we have decided not only to release the Windows version, but a Linux version too.

Battle of the Ajax Mail Packages

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Traditionally, there have been two paths to choose from when considering mail servers. The Redmond path or the path of the penguin. Recently, the e-mail landscape has changed dramatically. For one thing, rich client tools such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail have shown the promise of Ajax. I'm sure there are many die-hard Linux folks out there who are silently saying, "who cares?"

SARA, spawn of SATAN

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If you are an old school Linux or Unix user, you probably remember the System Administrator's Tool for Scanning Networks (SATAN). In 1995, SATAN brought browser-based network auditing to the world. Despite its initial splash, SATAN fell to the wayside due to lack of updates. Thanks to the kind folks at the Advanced Research Corp., SATAN is back, in the form of the Security Auditor's Research Assistant (SARA), a kinder, gentler, easier to use, and more updated auditing tool.

Gaim 2.0 Beta 2: The Sequel to Beta

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Please grab beta 2 and let us know what you think. With any luck we won't need to make any major changes, and Gaim 2.0.0 final will be out before you can prove the theory of special relativity.

Also: Phoronix has the Screenshots

Festival - A Text to Speech synthesis software in Linux

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Coming home after a hard day at work after staring at the monitor continuously for hours on end, the last thing I want to do many days is sit in front of the computer again. At times though, I have this urge to grab a book and do some light reading but often the strain on my eyes dissuades me in pursuing this thought any further. This is where this very nice utility called festival comes into the picture.

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Open Source Desktop Blogging Software that works with Cheap Hosting

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Thingamablog is an open source desktop blog tool which can make a difference for people who cannot afford expensive hosting and who aren't willing to sign up for accounts at Blogger.com.

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Corel pussyfoots on WordPerfect ODF

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"Suffice to say, Corel remains committed to working alongside OASIS and other technology vendors to ensure the continued evolution of the ODF standard and the adoption of open standards industry-wide."

Still, at that time, Wood was unwilling to commit to ODF support in WordPerfect.

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Open-Source Radioware

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As soon as I looked through Salem Labs' site, I got in touch with Fred Gleason, Director of Broadcast Software Development for Salem Radio Labs, and told him I'd like to do a Q&A with him. He got back (and forth) almost immediately. Here's a selection from the dialog:

Is Wine really faster than Windows?

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If you just look at the top-line results, it looks like Wine isn't just edging out XP, it's killing it! It won the majority, 67, of the total tests.

A closer look at the results, however, reveals that while Wine is remarkably good at letting users run Windows applications, it's not as good as that top number might make you think.

Also: Wine 0.9.6 Released

Browster Plugin Combines Open Source, Cash

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Browster, Inc., a California-based company geared toward Internet search technologies, on Wednesday launched its Open Design Project, which will involve the general public in shaping the design for its flagship Browster plug-in -- with cash.

Google Talk opens up to GAIM, other IM services

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Google has announced it has opened up its new instant messaging service, Google Talk, to all other IM networks that utilize the XMPP protocol, which originally was developed for Jabber. This enables Google users to communicate directly with users of Linux IM clients GAIM and Psi, Apple's iChat, Jabber, Gizmo Project, Tiscali, Netease, Chikka, MediaRing, and several others.

TurboCASH debates moving to Linux

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TurboCASH, from South Africa's Pink Software, claims superior functionality to its closed source rivals, is licensed under the GPL, and has a user base of more than 30,000. It even integrates directly with the OSCommerce and Zen Cart ecommerce applications. However, as a Windows-only application, it hasn't solved the free software desktop problem for small business -- until now.

UWIN - Unix for Windows

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There are times when you are forced to use a Windows machine and there is no way of getting your hands on a PC running Linux. And you feel your productivity is severely hampered because certain tasks - which could easily be accomplished using the plethora of command line tools in Linux - do not have an easy solution in Windows.

This is where UWIN comes into the picture.

The Rebirth of X Window?

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At the end of last year, just in time for Christmas, a technological child was quietly reborn. A GUI technology that was largely supplanted by the Web, Web Services, and a whole lot more has experienced its first major version release in more than a decade. What is the Christmas rebirth you ask? The X Window System X11R7.0 and its companion X11R6.9.

Also: Standard terminology for open systems

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