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Linux

Slackware 13.1 Released 155 155

Several readers made sure we are aware that Slackware 13.1 release is out. Here's the list of mirrors. "Slackware 13.1 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.6.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy-to-use desktop environment, and KDE 4.4.3, a recent stable release of the new 4.4.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment."
Software

Simple CMS For Mixed Mac/Windows Team? 119 119

Quasar Sera writes "I am looking for a content and/or project management solution for a marketing research team using both Macs and PCs. Ideally it would support document sharing, metadata/tags, search capabilities, revision control, and the ability to share documents easily with people from outside the team without any software installation or login required. It may be tricky to configure (since I will be doing that) but must be dead simple to use for the rest of the team. We rely mostly on Word, Powerpoint, and Excel (all in their native file formats) for our work, so it would be a large number of fairly small files. Any and all advice would be appreciated."
Databases

Researchers Create Database-Hadoop Hybrid 122 122

ericatcw writes "'NoSQL' alternatives such as Hadoop and MapReduce may be uber-cheap and scalable, but they remain slower and clumsier to use than relational databases, say some. Now, researchers at Yale University have created a database-Hadoop hybrid that they say offers the best of both worlds: fast performance and the ability to scale out near-indefinitely. HadoopDB was built using PostGreSQL, though MySQL has also successfully been swapped in, according to Yale computer science professor Daniel Abadi, whose students built this prototype."
Privacy

Rapidshare Divulges Uploader Information 281 281

Gorgonzolanoid notes a post on TorrentFreak reporting that the German Rapidshare is divulging uploader information to rights holders. Record labels are apparently making creative use of "paragraph 101" of German copyright law, which gives them a streamlined process to ask a court to order disclosure of information such as an IP address. "In Germany, the file-hosting service Rapidshare has handed over the personal details of alleged copyright infringers to several major record labels. The information is used to pursue legal action against the Rapidshare users and at least one alleged uploader saw his house raided."
Sun Microsystems

Sun Announces New MySQL, Michael Widenius Forks 306 306

viktor.91 writes "Sun Microsystems announced three new MySQL products: MySQL 5.4, MySQL Cluster 7.0 and MySQL Enterprise Partner Program for 'Remote DBA' service providers." which showed up in the firehose today next to Glyn Moody's submission where he writes "Michael Widenius, founder and original developer of MySQL, says that most of the leading coders for that project have either left Sun or will be leaving in the wake of Oracle's takeover. To ensure MySQL's survival, he wants to fork from the official version — using his company Monty Program Ab to create what he calls a MySQL "Fedora" project. This raises the larger question of who really owns a commercial open software application: the corporate copyright holders, or the community?"
The Internet

Submission + - Deploying Apache Wicket in the real world->

Sanity writes: Scott Miller, Chief Architect of Thoof, gives a detailed breakdown of their choice of web framework, server hardware, and other infrastructure, along with the results of their scalability testing, in a recent series of blog entries. Thoof is built on Apache Wicket, a relatively new Java-based web framework that recently joined the Apache Software Foundation. Thoof is probably one of the highest-traffic Wicket deployments yet, so their experiences should be useful to anyone considering it as a framework.
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Microsoft

Submission + - MSXML4 to be Disabled in Late 2007

nextdrewsaid writes: "[from the MSXML Blog] As a part of our MSXML4 End of Life plan , we are going to kill bit MSXML4 in the October — December timeframe of this year. This kill bit applies to Internet Explorer only. After the kill bit, web applications will not be able to create MSXML4 objects in the browser. Applications which are not kill-bit aware will continue to work with MSXML4. We are announcing this in advance so that our customers get sufficient time to try their applications with MSXML6 and give us feedback on their experience. Please email us at msxml4@microsoft.com with feedback/questions/concerns. Why: We are going to kill-bit MSXML4 to ensure a secure browsing experience for our customers. We are planning to also remove MSXML4 from the Download Center page within the next 12 months. Support for MSXML4 going forward will be restricted to high impact security issues only. MSXML6 is the latest version available to MSXML customers today. This is where all the functionality, performance and security improvements are going in. In addition MSXML6 provides improved W3C compliance and increased compatibility with System.XML in .Net. The recommendation for MSXML customers is to program using MSXML6 and upgrade apps using older versions to MSXML6. We strongly encourage everyone to start using MSXML6 SP1. MSXML6 SP1 is now available for all supported down-level platforms and can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa milyID=d21c292c-368b-4ce1-9dab-3e9827b70604&displa ylang=en"
Biotech

Submission + - Polymers from Maple Syrup

codegen writes: The CBC is reporting a discovery where the syrup of the maple tree can be used as a base for a polymer that is biodegradable. Bacteria are used to transform the sugars into naturally occuring polymers. Maple syrup apparently works better than other sources such as apple juce waste products or corn/cane sugars. The polymers may also have medical applications as well.
Displays

Submission + - How to Properly Clean your LCD Screen

[Geeks Are Sexy] writes: "You've probably seen some of those expensive LCD cleaning solutions in computer stores right? Think you need those to properly clean your screen? The answer to this is : absolutely not. Mixing up your own cleaning solution is very easy and will actually save you quite a few bucks. Here's an article showing you how to clean your LCD screen with home products."

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