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News Archive - February 2006

Macs and Penguins

Sunday 26th February 2006

Category: News

Here is today's news bulletin!

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Trojans and GPL

Tuesday 21st February 2006

Category: News

First of all, an apology: due to certain circumstances out of my control, I may not have gotten all of your e-mails and comments over the past two or three days. However, on the plus side, things should now be faster around here!

Unfortunately, it is not so rosy for people using OS X - a new trojan has been found. On Linux, there is a PHP Worm, although the article points out that the risk is fairly small. Finally, a little more on the GPL from the Register.

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SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

ReviewsGNU/LinuxFLOSS

Saturday 18th February 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

Like so many others, SimplyMEPIS is based on Debian, and remains consistently in the top ten on Distrowatch. That makes it pretty popular - but can it stand up against SUSE, Fedora and Ubuntu?

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Mandriva and Microsoft

Thursday 16th February 2006

Category: News

We start off today with an article from Newsforge - this time Newsforge publishes a person's account of Mandriva as a Desktop OS. Speaking of Linux, Google is planning to bring Picasa to GNU/Linux, albeit through Wine rather than natively. Still, the effect is supposed the same as having it run natively, so nevermind! [Picasa is an image program from Google]

Meanwhile, Sun has GPLed the latest incarnation of UltraSPARC, which should be a boost to the FOSS community.

Finally, the ever present Microsoft makes the news once again - this time because Gentoo Founder Daniel Robbins has quit Microsoft. Additionally, Microsoft and the EC are still arguing with each other.

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Website Annoyances

InternetOpinion

Friday 10th February 2006

Categories: Internet, Opinion

Over the years, we've seen the Internet move forward at an incredible pace - we now have XHTML, CSS, Flash, Java, Javascript, Perl, Python, PHP... along with thousands of downloads that enrich our computing experience. On the other hand, some websites just annoy us, or, worse, make us want to smash our keyboards in frustration. Here's the chance to have a good rant, and complain as much as you want about websites - whether it is Flash, slow speeds or navigation that is the problem.

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Changes

Friday 10th February 2006

Category: News

Yes, there have been even more changes to the site... and that means what once was working is now broken. If you do find anything not working as it is supposed to be, please report it to me - just take a look at the Contact Us page (assuming you can access it). The main difference is that each news post can be accessed individually, and you can comment on it.

Many thanks!

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Graphics, GPL and GCSEs

Friday 10th February 2006

Category: News

First of all, Novell has given X.Org a helping hand with Xgl. News.com reports on Xgl, and Newsforge similarly explains Xgl. There is also an article on Richard Stallman, software patents and the GPL.

Finally, something a bit different - a GCSE test in ICT. The Register reports on the quality of Bitesize's ICT test, and points some of the lovely mistakes they've made.

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Seamonkey and Google

Thursday 2nd February 2006

Category: News

At long last, Seamonkey 1.0 has been released. Based upon the Mozilla Suite, yet with the same Gecko engine as Firefox 1.5, it comes with all the usual suspects, including the Navigator, Composer, Mail and Newsgroups and Address Book.

There's been plenty of talk about Google recently. We had rumours of a Google Linux distribution, those rumours debunked, and a fall in share price, although sales still grew considerably. From Google itself comes some statistics about pages on the web, which make for an interesting read.

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