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KDE 3.4 Release Candidate 1 is availableKDE 3.4 Release Candidate 1 is available
KDE is a mature, complete desktop system for Linux. A new and exiting version 3.4 is expected mid-march. Release Candidate 1 is now available for those who can afford to run experimental software in order to aid the development.
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Mozilla Firefox 1.0.1 released, fixes security issues and some bugs.Mozilla Firefox 1.0.1 released, fixes security issues and some bugs.
The new release is said to be more stable and more secure. It features much better tab-management and it now, for security reasons, show international domain names as unicode.
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GIMP 2.2.4 released, mainly a bug fix releaseGIMP 2.2.4 released, mainly a bug fix release
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a very popular paint and image manipulation program for Linux. The 2.2 series is based on GTK2 and has a lot of new nice features compared to the 1.x series. 2.2.4 is mainly a bug fix release for version 2.2.
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FFII plans anti-patent demo in Brussels 17. th February 2005FFII plans anti-patent demo in Brussels 17. th February 2005
Europeans will this Thursday show their support for a software-patent free Europe. The demonstration is needed because of the recent attacks on the poetry of code and thereby freedom of speech in Europe. Software patents prevent the evolution of Open Source software, this is why so many people view them as a problem for our species and the development of human knowledge.
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Norwegian Proposal for Now Digital Copyright Law is even worse than feared, yet the same laws mark the end of Copyright area and the beginning of true freedom. Norwegian Proposal for Now Digital Copyright Law is even worse than feared, yet the same laws mark the end of Copyright area and the beginning of true freedom.
The Norwegian The Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs today presented a law proposal for a new New Digital Copyright Law that will effectively outlaw fair use of MP3s and other digitally stored media.
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EFNET IPv6 Server down due to power failueEFNET IPv6 Server down due to power failue
The worlds largest Ipv6 EFNet server and a lot of personal home pages are temporary down due to very bad luck in the form of hard drive failures as a consequence of a long-lasting power failure in Oslo.
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IPv6 POP for Norway and SwedenIPv6 POP for Norway and Sweden
Ipv6 is todays Internet protocol, but sadly a huge number of Internet providers are still calling it the protocol of the future. SCC Networks from Norway has now made a POP available for people in Scandinavia who are connected to Internet Service Providers who fail to comply with technological development. Modern Linux distributions have full support for ipv6 and the protocol has a huge number of great benefits.
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KDE 3.4 Beta 2 ("Keinstein") ReleasedKDE 3.4 Beta 2 (
The KDE project has now made a second Beta version of the upcoming 3.4 version of the popular Linux desktop environment KDE available for download. A new text to speech system subsystem called KTTS (KDE Text-To-Speech system) and the proof of concept application KsayIt that uses this to speak the contents of a text-file or the clipboard and support for the Gimp image format XCF in the KimgIO subsystem are among the finished features in KDE 3.4 Beta 2.
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New Swedish law closes The Pirate Bay and prohibits Linux-distributions from 1st July 2005New Swedish law closes The Pirate Bay and prohibits Linux-distributions from 1st July 2005
The Pirate Bay is on of the biggest distribution sites for BitTorrent files. The site distributes torrents files who together with a BitTorrent can be used to download everything spanning from Linux distributions to movies and music owned by Copyright holders who prohibit distribution. The new law also prohibits distribution of software capable of circumventing copyright protection, effectively making the sales of Linux distributions illegal.
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Software Patents Showdown in Brussels 2005-02-17: European democracy needs your help - againSoftware Patents Showdown in Brussels 2005-02-17: European democracy needs your help - again
The EU Council will meet 17 February and try to adopt a very controversial legislation, or 'political agreement', that would lay the ground work for patenting software within the EU. The proposed legislation could potentially cause serious problems for Linux users and the Open Source world in general. Now is the time to show your support.
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All Linux Browsers are vulnerable to web site address spoofingAll Linux Browsers are vulnerable to web site address spoofing
The International Domain Name system (IDN) which allows local characters to be used as part of domain names can be used to fool browser into showing the wrong URL displayed in the address bar, status bar and even on SSL certificates.
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