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The Internet

Submission + - Browser Wars Declared Over

Kelson writes: "Opera Watch reports that Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera and Google declared the Browser Wars to be over at a panel at Web 2.0 Expo yesterday. "Instead of trying to trump one another by adding features in point releases, the companies that developed these browsers are instead intent on advancing their use as platforms for a new generation of rich Internet applications and for tackling the hurdles that will come along with that shift in strategy." ComputerWorld and eWeek have more details. Apple, the remaining major browser manufacturer, was not represented at the panel."

Submission + - Turn 2D into 3D

Kanuck writes: "An interesting piece has flown by lately, but I didn't see it mentioned here. There's a new service called Fotowoosh that's currently accepting signups for their beta. It can apparently take an image, preferably a landscape, and "pop it up" by labeling each region of an outdoor image as ground, vertical, or sky. By using these as judgements, it can literally "pop-up" the image into a 3D model, with it outputting in VRML. They have examples available on their site — looks pretty interesting, perhaps it can beat off Microsofts Photosynth?"
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux over Broadband

rar42 writes: "BabelDisc Computing are advertising a trouble free computing service based on Linux. They provide you with a CD that boots your computer and then connects over broadband to their application servers. This a subscription service with a monthly fee of 1 GBP — about 2 dollars.

There is a little technical detail on the site, but it is a safe bet that they are using something like FreeNX to compress the X session between server and client."

Submission + - Linux Coding Environment for Windows coder

NewLinuxCoder writes: "I've pretty much made the switch to Linux from Windows at home, though I'm still stuck on Windows at work...which is where I do most of my coding. But I still have the itch occasionally to write some code at home.
I'm used to text-editing type environments (use UltraEdit and TextPad for Windows mostly) so I'm really just looking for a decent text editor with syntax highlighting, some macro functionality, integrated command execution and stdout/stderr capture. And despite my fun with vi (oddly also mostly at work!) I prefer to code in a GUI. I played with Eclipse in the past and found it somewhat overkill (and to be honest: bloated) for my needs, but maybe I should give it another look?

So the Question is: What is your Linux coding environment?"
The Internet

Submission + - Open Source Parking Spoofing Headers for Apache?

An anonymous reader writes: From Netcraft: "An open source initiative to reverse gains for Microsoft web server software appears to be using edited server headers to try and improve the showing of the Apache web server. Sites using the Open Source Parking service report that they are running on Apache, but appear to actually be hosted on lighttpd."

Submission + - EU sticks it to Microsoft over Windows Licensing

EnderGT writes: "According to the Financial Times, Microsoft will be forced to hand over to rivals what the group claims is sensitive and valuable technical information about its Windows operating system for next to no compensation.

Seems Microsoft wanted 5.95% of server revenues as a license fee. Too bad the expert (oh by the way — recommended by Microsoft) on the Commission said that "even 1% would be too much"."

Submission + - Do you get a UNIX workstation?

Fished writes: "This may be a selfish question, but so far as I can tell it hasn't been asked before. I'm currently a Solaris System Engineer in a Very Large Company. This Very Large Company has predictably standardized on Windows as their corporate desktop. However, they are also of the opinion that nobody needs anything but Windows on their desktop. While this may be true for most employees, as a System Engineer I find that my productivity is much lower when I am forced to use Windows on my desktop. I spend way too much time overcoming the ways in which Windows is just different from UNIX, and not enough time getting my job done. Loading Solaris X86 is not an option, since we are required to use a bunch of software that is Windows only (much of it sloppily written, IE only internal websites, with fun things like ActiveX controls.) VmWare works, but is certainly less than ideal. So, I have two questions. First, if you're a UNIX/Linux systems engineer/administrator in a large company, do they give you a desktop for the platform you manage? Second, have you any tips on justifying your need for a second, UNIX-based desktop to the powers that be? I'm hoping enough people will write in that I can point management at this article to demonstrate that we're not just being picky."

Submission + - Schools across Japan may switch to Linux

Chris Salzberg writes: "Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported late last week that the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to introduce the open-source operating system Linux for use within classrooms across the country in the near future. According to an investigation conducted in the spring of last year, there are currently over 400,000 computers at schools in Japan running on either Windows 98 or Windows Me, systems no longer supported by the software manufacturer Microsoft. The prohibitive cost of replacing these machines with newer models, as well as the rising price of proprietary software, prompted school teachers and administrators to propose the possibility of switching to open-source software as an affordable alternative. A conference held in Tokyo on March 2-3, attended by around 2000 government officials, teachers and education board members from across the country, considered the idea of reclaiming these older computers by switching from unsupported and out-of-date versions of Windows to the operating-system Linux, which can be freely downloaded from the Internet. A teacher from a high-school in Fukuoka Prefecture explained: "Having to always install the latest software is costly, and it makes things very difficult for us. From now on, I want to actively move toward the use of free open-source software." (continue reading at gyaku.jp)"

Submission + - What Bosses should know: software requirements

Esther Schindler writes: "CIO.com asked developers to name the ONE thing that they wished the CIO understood about software requirements. The summary is several pages long, but it pulls no punches: from the role of requirements, to defining who creates the requirements (and in how much detail), to the need to shake the boss to get him to understand that requirements change, to paying attention to the process. It's all here, in Five Things CIOs Should Know About Software Requirements, with a few dozen developer's voices loud and clear. For instance, one developer comments, "The CIO has to realize that if there is no bad news, there is something very wrong. Smiling people nodding 'Yes' in meetings is not a sign of great intelligence at work.""

Submission + - LinuxBIOS with X Server Inside

acassis writes: "LinuxBIOS is a BIOS replacement. You can use it to start Linux from Hard Disk or even using Linux inside BIOS flash. This work show LinuxBIOS with Linux and graphic mode inside the BIOS flash. There is used a tiny X Server known as Kdrive (formely tinyx). The graphic mode and window manager (MatchBox) starts in 8s.
See yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuzRsXKm_NQ
More info about this system: http://www.linuxabordo.com.br/wiki/index.php?title =LinuxBIOS_Graphical"
The Courts

Submission + - Third Level Domain Legal Issues

MikeB writes: "This is my first post ever, so please excuse any etiquette errors. I have a question for the lawyer types.

My company is looking into third level domain names (i.e. XXXXX.website.com), and has raised the issue of using trademarked (or otherwise legally protected) names in that third level slot. Our intent is to use the model numbers of the hardware that our software works on in the thid level area to specify a landing page for each model. Since those model names/numbers are owned by a separate company, does that open us up to legal ramifications if that company decided to press charges? I checked with Network Solutions (www.networksolutions.com) and they told me that there were no legal ramifications, but I wanted to check with the larger community.

So the main question: Do we open ourselves up to legal attacks by using the aforementioned names in the third level domain slot of our company's website? Thank you for any help you guys can give."

Submission + - Asterisk 1.4.1 Released

An anonymous reader writes: The Asterisk and Zaptel development teams have released Asterisk 1.4.1. This release contains a very large number of bug fixes, including a fix for the recently discovered security vulnerability. Because of the security vulnerability fix present in this version, all users of Asterisk 1.4 are urged to update as soon as they can schedule it.

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