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Submission + - Survey results on Thunderbird ideas (

normafella writes: At The Rumbling Edge, there is some interesting stuff on a sample of ~700 Thunderbird users regarding the current status of Thunderbird as perceived by the (arguably more power users) community. The summary there states that 'Thunderbird 2 is already a great product lauded for its stability and adherence to open standards, but with lots of room for improvement and / or innovation. It could do with more features and functionality, especially improved global search across all accounts and default calendaring support.'

Seems like many ideas forthcoming for the recently set-up MailCo by Mozilla.


Submission + - KDE 4.0 RC 1 released (

angryfirelord writes: "The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first release candidate for KDE 4.0. This release candidate marks that the majority of the components of KDE 4.0 are now approaching release quality. While the final bits of Plasma, the brand new desktop shell and panel in KDE 4, are falling into place, the KDE community decided to publish a first release candidate for the KDE 4.0 Desktop. Release Candidate 1 is the first preview of KDE 4.0 which is suitable for general use and discovering the improvements that have taken place all over the KDE codebase."

Submission + - Intel Core 2 "Penryn" and Linux (

LHoAugustus writes: "Linux Hardware has posted a look at the new Intel "Penryn" processor and how the new processor will work with Linux. "Intel recently released the new "Penryn" Core 2 processor with many new features. So what are these features and how will they equate into benefits to Linux users? That's what Linux Hardware is here to unravel. In this review I'll cover all the high points of the new "Penryn" core and talk to a couple Linux projects about the impact on end-user performance.""

Submission + - First look: Firefox 3 visual refresh for Linux (

ohrmazd writes: Firefox 3 is getting a visual refresh for better integration with Mac OS X and Windows, but original plans called for Linux to be left out of the fun. That decision was reversed and Ars has a look at some of the new themes. 'A patch submitted by Michael Ventnor makes the Firefox 3 toolbar use stock GTK icons from the user's GNOME icon theme. We tested this feature extensively and found that it worked very well with Tango, the default GNOME icon theme, Ubuntu's Human icon theme, and a variety of other popular third-party icon themes downloaded from' So far, it looks very promising.
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Submission + - Gore joining venture firm Kleiner Perkins

netbuzz writes: "In a move that may finally silence those who want him to run for president, Al Gore has decided to take his Nobel and Oscar awards on over to venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, where he will concentrate on — guess what? — green technologies. What's even more interesting is that Gore apparently intends to be an active member of the Kleiner Perkins team, as opposed to a high-powered glad-hander."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - IBM to Buy Cognos

CrkHead writes: After some speculation there now is more consolidation in the market. The CBC is now reporting that IBM is to buy Cognos for $5 billion USD.

The U.S. computing giant will pay $58 US per share in cash for Cognos. The offer includes a premium of more than $5 US over the $52.98 US closing price of Cognos shares last week.

Submission + - Open Handset Alliance releases Android SDK preview (

radimvice writes: "As anticipated, the Open Handset Alliance led by Google has released an early look at the Android open-source wireless platform SDK. Google has put up an official Android developer blog and a developer discussion group, and there are also plenty of unofficial forums set up to discuss the release. Source code download, documentation, sample code and more is up at Google Code. Google has also announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million in awards for great mobile applications built on the Android platform over the next year."

Submission + - How can I buy an electric car? (

An anonymous reader writes: I recently attended a talk by Sherry Boschert, the author of "Plug-In Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge America". Sherry got into plug-in hybrid when she put in solar panel on her home in foggy San Francisco. Once one gets free electricity from the sun, the logical next step, obviously, is to figure out what else could be plugged in. Today, she has been driving an all-electric Toyota RAV4 for 5 years now, and hasn't been to a gas station in 5 years. Some people has racked up over 100K miles on the RAV4 and the battery is still doing well. I am sure you are wondering, by now, whether it makes sense to drive an electric car if you don't have solar panels.

Submission + - Cambridge Uni "desperate" for computer sci (

mistersooreams writes: "Computer Science professors at Cambridge University have expressed worries about the falling number of applicants for the subject. To make up the numbers, 1 in 3 applicants is now accepted — less than ten years ago, it was lower than 1 in 5. Jack Lang, millionaire businessman and lecturer in the department, said "People seem to think computer science is just for nerds — it's not." It remains to be seen whether the department can recover its high numbers of applicants following the dot com burst."

Ask Database Guru Brian Aker 232

Brian Aker is Director of Architecture for MySQL AB. He has also worked on the code (and database) that runs Slashdot, and is well-known in both Apache and Perl circles. Outside of the arcane world of open source "back-end" programming, though, hardly anyone has heard of him. This is your chance to ask Brian (hopefully after looking at his blog and Wikipedia listing) about anything you like, from Perl to database architecture to open source philosophy to upcoming events in Seattle. We'll send Brian 10 of the highest-moderated questions approximately 24 hours after this post appears. His (verbatim) answers will appear late this week or early next week.

Submission + - Intel Is Changing with the Times

An anonymous reader writes: It is clear that Intel is undergoing a number of major changes, but until you get a look inside it is hard to judge just how significant those changes are. One of's writers had a chance to tour the tech at Intel recently and posted his impressions. After interviewing a number of employees and touring the facilities, his recounting of the experience leaves little doubt that big changes are happening at Intel. From the article, "It seems that Intel is realizing something about the ecosystem it inhabits. They're realizing that open-source community efforts are often more desirable, for example, than proprietary ones. This explains their products released there, and releasing what would have normally been fee-based products for free. Intel's relationship with its community and users is undergoing some significant changes, and I got the impression more is coming."

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