- Еженедельные новости Linux: Firefox блокирует каталог компонентов
- "Mozilla announced an important security change in the upcoming Firefox 3.6 that should prevent dangerous behavior caused by external applications bypassing the normal add-on installation process. Starting with 3.6, extensions, plugins, and third-party applications will no longer be able to install code in Firefox's components directory, where much of the browser's own code is housed and loaded automatically. Installing code into the directory was never an approved method, but because the lockdown is a change, Mozilla is providing add-on developers with technical assistance to transition their code to the approved, XPI-based installation scheme. For end users, the change should not adversely affect browsing, but may improve stability and should make for a more secure Firefox experience."
- Linux.com/Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.32 Released
- "This release _feels_ long overdue due to two empty weeks for me (kernel summit and thanksgiving week vacation), but it's actually less than three months since 2.6.31, so I guess it's actually not that far off the normal schedule.
- I've been merging a few things that were pending while I was offline, but it really seems to have been pretty quiet. The biggest thing since -rc8 is the horribly timed stability fixes for fscache, which caused some hickups and I really wish it hadn't happened that way, but apart from that it's mainly small updates (and mainly drivers)."
- Introducing Google Public DNS: A new DNS resolver from Google
- "Сегодня, as part of our efforts to make the web faster, we are announcing Google Public DNS, a new experimental public DNS resolver.
- The DNS protocol is an important part of the web's infrastructure, serving as the Internet's "phone book". Every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they complete loading. As a result, the average Internet user performs hundreds of DNS lookups each day, that collectively can slow down his or her browsing experience."
- Joe Brockmeier: The Linux Foundation: Gateway to all things Linux
- "Another Open Mic podcast is up on NetworkWorld. I had a chance a few weeks ago to talk to a longtime friend, Brian Proffitt. Brian's the community manager for the Linux Foundation and has been active in and around the Linux community for many, many years. Brian gives a status update on Linux.com following its acquisition by the Linux Foundation, and a look ahead to where it's going. Fun conversation, and Brian always has interesting things to say -- so be sure to check it out when you have a few minutes!"
- Ben Kevan: Ubuntu to Remove GIMP – Will more follow?
- "arstechnica.com recently discussed Ubuntu’s decision to remove GIMP (a GNU Image Manipulation Program that is popular among the Linux world) on the next release of Ubuntu slated for April 2010, and dubbed 10.04.
- Many people think it’s not the right thing to do, but if you think long and hard about the decision, it’s quite simple to realize, that it’s a niche product for a niche market and its removal from a default installation doesn’t seem like that bad of an idea, since it could be simply installed using aptitude, or apt-get."
- Ben Kevan: QT 4.6 Release – The Future Platform?
- "On Dec 1st, Nokia released QT 4.6. The major new improvements are: (from nokia’s website) Advanced Graphics Effects Opacity, drop-shadows, blur, colorization and many more graphics effects can now be used with Qt 4.6 to create more exciting UIs."
- OSOR.EU/Gijs Hillenius: DE: Open source professorship at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
- "Germany's first open source professorship was established at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
- First professor of Open Source will be Dr. Dirk Riehle, MBA. The professorship and its research group will focus on the use of open source as a target for developers, and its application in enterprises."
Обзоры и статьи
- Artur Souza (MoRpHeUz): Qt 4.6: Ow!
- "Итак, Qt 4.6.0 is out! It’s really a “big” release: QAnimation Framework, Symbian Release, Qt Creator 1.3, Maemo 5 Tech Preview and Qt Mobility. Ow! Basically we have been working with the trolls in this release for a year now and it was awesome to see how we got from 4.5 to 4.6. All the work done on the APIs, bug fixing, the release process and also making it more open. The LGPL license, the opening of repositories and bug tracker."
- Luc Verhaegen: Coreboot and Xorg DevRooms at FOSDEM!
- "Yeah, you read that correctly, there will be two close to the metal DevRooms at FOSDEM this year (or next year, Mr. Daenzer :)) FOSDEM 2010 runs on the 6th and 7th of February and in the AW building in room AW.124 there will be some really interesting things happening :)"
- eWEEK europe/Andrew Donoghue: US Air Force Upgrading Playstation 3 Linux Cluster
- "The US AirForce has revealed plans to purchase up to 2,200 PlayStation 3 games machines as part of a supercomputing project running on an in-house Linux distribution.
- According to reports, the Air Force plans to use the devices to expand an existing supercomputing project based on PS3 hardware. The machines use IBM's high-end Cell processor."
- eWEEK europe/Peter Judge: Microsoft 'Has Acknowledged The Enterprise Role Of Linux'
- "When Novell and Microsoft signed a deal to support Windows and Linux in the enterprise, it caused a furore. Three years on, the deal shows that Microsoft really does acknowledge the value of Linux in the enterprise - at least that's the view from the OpenSUSE community."
- polishlinux.org/Korneliusz Jarzębski: KDE 4.4 dev: What’s new?
- "I have managed to find some time to cover the recent changes in the development version of KDE 4.4. The number of changes is not impressive but they are interesting enough to write an article."
- Linux.com/minaev: Сравнение поисковиков для рабочего стола Linux
- "I have a large electronic library (over 15,000 books) and I was looking for a way to cope with this mass of information. I didn't like the idea of a special catalog, since it would take a lot of manual work to enter the metadata. Besides, my books are in various formats, from HTML, to RTF, to DOC, to PDF, to DjVU. These files lack metadata way too often and I thought a local indexing service with a full-text search might solve my problem. I knew there are more options to choose from than just Google, but I could not find a good modern comparison. Even the table in Wikinfo's Comparison of desktop search software contained too many errors, as I discovered."
- Datamation/Bruce Byfield: Open Source Projects and the Meritocracy Myth
- ""This is not a democracy, it's a meritocracy." - The statement comes from the Ubuntu Governance page, but you can find similar statements in the Fedora Release Notes, the Why Debian For Developers page, and just about anywhere else were free and open source software (FOSS) projects discuss their core values."
- Linux Journal/Doc Searls: Open Source Tweeting
- "Can we liberate tweeting from Twitter? It's an open question. And it's one that Dave Winer hopes we can answer, in response to his post We need: An open source Twitter shell. He begins,
- "It would do more or less exactly what the twitter.com website does. Same prefs, same commands, same user experience. Think Apache for the Twitter user interface.""