Chris Soghoian worries about Google's funding of Mozilla
on News.com. "This begs the question: why doesn't Firefox adopt the features of AdBlock Plus and CustomizeGoogle? While the terms of Google's contract with Mozilla are not public, even if Mozilla were contractually free to include anti-Google-tracking features, it would not be a wise move, business-wise. After all, it is not too smart to anger the company that provides more than 85 percent of your financing.
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an effort by Everex to track Linux installations on
"PC vendors haven't been eager to know how many users actually run Linux when it's preloaded on their low-end PCs, and how many of the users replace it with an infringing copy of Microsoft Windows. But Everex, the latest company to introduce a low-priced desktop Linux system, will have the information, thanks to the software update system behind its Linux distribution.
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Trade Shows and Conferences
ars technica reports from the Ubuntu Developer Summit
. "PolicyKit integration is also another topic that is considered highly relevant for Hardy Heron. PolicyKit is a new framework for secure privilege elevation. When programs currently need to perform operations that require permissions higher than those of a regular user, privileges for the entire program must be elevatedtypically with a graphical sudo utility. PolicyKit will instead require developers to isolate functionality that requires higher privileges in individual non-graphical utilities and services that will be accessed by programs through a D-Bus interface.
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ars technica has some coverage of the long-rumored gPhone announcement
, which is not a phone at all, as has also been rumored. It is, instead, a Linux-based platform for mobile applications. Google also announced the formation of the Open Handset Alliance
. "Google's handset partners upon launch will include Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG, confirming many of the recent rumors that Google would not be developing the hardware on its own. Google has a number of carrier partners worldwide as well, such as T-Mobile and Sprint in the US, T-Mobile/Deutsche Telekom in Europe, and China Mobile in China, to name a few.
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Red Hat joins forces with Sun to produce an open source version of Java Standard Edition (SE). LinuxWorld covers Red Hat joining the OpenJDK project
. "Red Hat also has licensed the OpenJDK Community Test Compatibility Kit (TCK), which allows Red Hat to build an implementation of OpenJDK and test it to ensure its compatible with the implementation the project itself develops, he said. The Java SE JDK, the basis for OpenJDK, includes the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) as well as tools for developing Java applets and applications; it is the software that is the basis for desktop Java applications.
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Linux at Work
TechNewsWorld covers the use of Linux
in one of the competitors in the recent DARPA robot vehicle competition. "To build its driverless vehicle for entry into the DARPA Urban Challenge, Axion Racing enlisted the assistance of Linux developer Terra Soft Solutions. Though the vehicle, the Spirit, did not make the final cut for the competition, the project exemplified the soul of open development, the creators said, by borrowing work from the open source community, adding its own improvements, and then giving it back.
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Issue #144 of the Linux Gazette
has been published. Contents include: Mailbag, Talkback,
NewsBytes, by Howard Dyckoff,
Virtualization made Easy, by Edgar Howell,
3D programming with Vpython, by Maxin B. John,
Slow Receivers in a Distributed Data Management System, by Sudhir Menon,
FlickOff: Escaping the Clutches of Web 2.0, by Ben Okopnik,
Ecol, by Javier Malonda and
The Linux Launderette.
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the process of replacing proprietary code with open source code in
Second Life. "One of these projects is the Linux version of the
Second Life client, the viewer application that runs on the resident's
computer and lets the resident interact with the graphical environments of
the virtual world. Ever since its release, the Linux client has remained in
constant development by an informal team, usually three people. Their work
could directly benefit the open source and Linux community beyond Second
Life, in the aftermath of the hype.
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