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All News Stories Posted September 2004

Important Open-Source people in car accident
Tragedy struck sometime before 09:00 (CEST) on the morning of September 30th as a car with Hans Bakker (mclightje), Edwin Hermans (madeddie), and Sebastian S. (webmind) collided with a truck which has merged into their lane.
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Sphinx-4 1.0 beta available: Speak freely and be understood by Linux! Linux lacks working voice recognition software, something that could help disabled people work with computers and also potentially allow you to interact more effectively with your computer. Sphinx-4 1.0 beta available: Speak freely and be understood by Linux! Linux lacks working voice recognition software, something that could help disabled people work with computers and also potentially allow you to interact more effectively with your computer.
Sphinx is here to fill the gap. Sphinx is a speed recognition system written purely in Java, created by a joint collaboration between Sphinx group at Carnegie Mellon University, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), and Hewlett Packard (HP) with the aid of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 4 Available for Linux, Windows og MacintoshMozilla 1.8 Alpha 4 Available for Linux, Windows og Macintosh
The pop-up blocker has been greatly improved, it now resizes large images better and places the image more correctly according to the link followed and Mozilla now supports spell-checking on Linux systems.
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LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in London 6-7 October 2004LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in London 6-7 October 2004
The conference will feature a .org village where Open Source developers are allowed to show the future of morrow and explain why using such software will make your corporation more profitable than proprietary solutions. Key speakers from HP, Novell, Sun and Veritas will be there to explain the corporate Linux-agenda, making the conference a nice representation of how the forces of capitalism and communism are working together towards making Linux a better Operating System for all.
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Evolution 2.0.0 has been released! Evolution is the GNOME group-ware application aimed at making beginners and Microsoft Outlook users comfortable when they need to send mail or keep track of their time.Evolution 2.0.0 has been released! Evolution is the GNOME group-ware application aimed at making beginners and Microsoft Outlook users comfortable when they need to send mail or keep track of their time.
The new release has a very advanced built-in Junk-Filter, support for filtering away spam using Spam-Assassin (if you ISP doesn't already do this for you), support for sharing your schedule using web calenders, NNTP support and obviously, the usual amount of bug-fixes are applied.
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Krita Preview Available, KOffice gets ready for image manipulation! Developers aim at making a user-friendly image manipulation program where users with no computer experience or slim experience with other image programs like Photoshop and Gimp should feel right at home.Krita Preview Available, KOffice gets ready for image manipulation! Developers aim at making a user-friendly image manipulation program where users with no computer experience or slim experience with other image programs like Photoshop and Gimp should feel right at home.
Krita will be the paint program included in KOffice. View Bart Coppens preview videos to get impressed, or download the preview release source code and try it yourself today!
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Mandrakelinux 10.1 Community releasedMandrakelinux 10.1 Community released
Mandrakelinux 10.1 Community is available from Mandrakesoft. The biggest improvements are done in the area of mobility, hardware support and the package management system. The included software packages are as always updated to the latest versions available at the release-time.
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Linux-vendor RedHat increased Q2 net earnings pr share by 225%Linux-vendor RedHat increased Q2 net earnings pr share by 225%
RedHat, one of the worlds biggest Linux vendors, earned $11.8 million second quarter this year, compared to $3.64 million in the same period last year.
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Mozilla Firefox 1.0PR downloaded 1,3 million times in one weekMozilla Firefox 1.0PR downloaded 1,3 million times in one week
A preview release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 was made available 14. September. This version of the popular Internet Web Browser is probably the worst ever released, and a major set-back when it comes to usability. Read on to find how why 1,3 million flies are wrong when they regard horse-shit as food.
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New version of the popular KDE office suite KOffice ReleasedNew version of the popular KDE office suite KOffice Released
Koffice 1.3.3 fixes numerous bugs reported since last release. Much work has been done to improve the various import and export filters, making it easier to exchange files between KOffice and other office packages.
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Fedora Core 3 Test 2 announcedFedora Core 3 Test 2 announced
A new test-version of the upcoming Fedora Core 3 is released and available. It features the latest Linux desktops, KDE 3.3.0 and Gnome 2.8RC, and uses X.org X11 6.8.0 as X server.
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Bad bug in SUS utility allows users to gain root accessBad bug in SUS utility allows users to gain root access
SUS is a small tool that, like SuDO, allows regular users on a system to execute given allowed commands as root. A bug in SUS < 2.0.2 actually allows any user on a system with SUS to run ANY command as root.
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Simpler to make KDE applications for WindowsSimpler to make KDE applications for Windows
Work has begun porting KDE libraries to Windows. The goal is not to make KDE for Windows, but to make it simpler for software developers to benefit from the KDEs features when making Windows software.
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Possibly serious security risk in imlib-library, Linux users are urged to updatePossibly serious security risk in imlib-library, Linux users are urged to update
Imlib is a image library used to display graphics used by Gnome and many important Linux applications. The library has a bug that allows evil code to be executed on your computer just by opening a carefully crafted image with a program that uses it to display graphics.
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DNS Root Servers are now Updated every 5 minutesDNS Root Servers are now Updated every 5 minutes
SOA records for .com and .net zones are now updated every five minutes. This means your domain name will be usable and available to your customers almost instantly after you purchase it, and also means you now theoretically can run domain-servers using dynamic IP addresses.
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X Window System Version 11 Release 6.8.0X Window System Version 11 Release 6.8.0
The long awaited version 6.8.0 of the X.org implementation of the X Window System will be announced and available today. Development has finally moving rapidly forward after years of stagnation in Xfree development. The latest version of the essential Linux building block that handles screen rendering, keyboard input and other important underlying parts of any Linux Desktop system has many significant improvements.
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X.org 6.8RC4, the future of X is hereX.org 6.8RC4, the future of X is here
XFree86 is dead (if you ask me) and X.org is here to replace that overweight non-moving dog. Here are some of the great new features in the latest release candidate!
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Debian projects kills Microsofts Sender ID identification proposalDebian projects kills Microsofts Sender ID identification proposal
Microsoft has proposed a new standard called Sender ID for mail authentication, meant to stop the ever-increasing number of spam messages. The Debian project, a major Open-Source authority, has rejected their standard-proposal and thereby killed the while idea.
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Two Denial of Service conditions found in the Apache2 web-servers mod_ssl moduleTwo Denial of Service conditions found in the Apache2 web-servers mod_ssl module
This means any evil black-hat can close down a vulnerable apache2 web-server and make all websites hosted on it temporarily unavailable.
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Creative Commons holds benefit concert in New York City September 21stCreative Commons holds benefit concert in New York City September 21st
Proceeds from the concert by David Byrne (with Tosca Strings) and Gilberto Gil will be used to support the non-profit efforts done by Creative Commons
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Sender Policy Framework Not Effective Against SpamSender Policy Framework Not Effective Against Spam
Sender Policy Framework (SPF) is a new e-mail authentication protocol meant to stop spam-mail. Statistics from CipherTrust show SPF is working against it's intention because spam-senders are much quicker than legitimate ISPs to adopt the standard.
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FreeDNS down 5 hours due because of E-Bay Scammer, making thousands of websites unavailableFreeDNS down 5 hours due because of E-Bay Scammer, making thousands of websites unavailable
A complaint from EBay about a scam site hosted using their DNS service made their ISP, Webair, disconnect their service.
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Nmap 3.70 released. Nmap is a port scanner utility for security auditing and network explorationNmap 3.70 released. Nmap is a port scanner utility for security auditing and network exploration
The scanning engine has been rewritten and is now faster, gentler against target hosts and now able to scan many hosts in parallel.
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AdvanceMAME and AdvanceMESS v0.86 Released! The unofficial MAME and MESS versions has better support for special monitors like Arcade Monitors and TVs compared to the official versions.AdvanceMAME and AdvanceMESS v0.86 Released! The unofficial MAME and MESS versions has better support for special monitors like Arcade Monitors and TVs compared to the official versions.
The new releases updated the Advance versions to MAME/MESS 0.86 released last week. AdvanceMAME has a new spectrum analyzer in the Audio menu and does better joystick recognition.
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Linux Cell Phones are coming, 1.1 million Linux-based phones expected to be shipped this yearLinux Cell Phones are coming, 1.1 million Linux-based phones expected to be shipped this year
BusinessWeek reports both Samsung Group and Motorola are selling Linux-based phones in Asia.
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