6Nov Briefs

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New Red Fedora Hat sighted
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6 November, 2003: Fedora Core 1, which is the first edition of source code for Fedora, Red Hat\’s free, development-oriented distribution, has been released. Red Hat will publish up to 3 versions of Fedora annually, with packages absorbed from the developer community, although Red Hat will provide no active product support. Industry cynics have noted that this allows Red Hat to get product development done on the cheap by simply absorbing the work of Linux enthusiasts into it\’s premier Enterprise product line.
More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-7344_3-5102282.html
http://fedora.redhat.com/
http://www.badmonkey.ca
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/11/05/2031213

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Intel Centrino drivers available
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27 October, 2003: LinuxAnt\’s Driverloader is a compatibility wrapper which allows Windows drivers to work in the Linux environment. DriverLoader 1.2 is a free distribution which can be used on all x86 systems using Intel\’s low power, 802.11-enabled chipset popular in notebooks. The product also supports wireless drivers from a range of other suppliers of Windows-compatible wireless hardware.
More at:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/11/04/0125259
http://www.linuxant.com/company/press_dldr.php

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KDE 3.2 Beta released
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3 November, 2003: Version 3.2 beta of the popular KDE open source desktop has released in beta, codenamed Rudi.
Improvements include a less cluttered menu system, new multimedia players (modelled on Apple\’s iTunes), web development and programming tools, and an MS Outlook clone called Kontact.
More at:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/11/03/1855220
http://www.kde.org/
http://kontact.kde.org/
http://bugs.kde.org/

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Dreamweaver and Flash for Linux
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October 28, 2003: Popular emulation software maker, CodeWeavers, which allows leading Windows progrmas such as Office and Photoshiop to run under Linux, has announced noteworthy improvements in it\’s latest version. CodeWeavers 2.1 now also supports Macromedia\’s Flash and Dreamweaver applications regarded as the industry standards for complex, interactive web page designs and animation.
More at:
http://news.com.com/2110-7344_3-5098169.html

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RedHat ends free products
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RedHat has decided to end its free RedHat Linux line of products. Beginning April 30 2004 for Red Hat Linux 9, and December 31 2003 for versions 7.1 through to 8, RedHat will no longer provide errata maintenance. RedHat will also no longer sell retail boxes of its RedHat Linux software. In conjunction with this action, RedHat has set up a website to assist consumers in migrating to RedHat Enterprise Linux.
More at:
http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2003Nov/gee20031105022523.htm

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Sun\’s Schwartz on why Linux is not a threat to Solaris
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Continuing his declarations on Sun and Linux Sun\’s Jonathan Schwartz says they are not worried abour Linux and remain committed to Solaris. After all, he says, it is really all about the hardware and its price.
More at:
http://www.alwayson-network.com/comments.php?id=338_0_1_0_C

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ARM backs Linux for consumer devices
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UK chip designer ARM, whose technology drives most mobile phones and recent handheld computers, said it has joined an organisation promoting the use of Linux in consumer electronics. ARM on earlier this week announced it had become an associate member of the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), a group founded in June by Matsushita and Sony, which already use Linux in products such as set-top boxes.†Motorola, NEC, Samsung, European chipmaker STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments are also members of the forum. Other members include embedded software makers MontaVista and TimeSys.
More at:
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/developer/0%2c39020387%2c39117422%2c00.htm

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China to invest in Linux-based software industry
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The Chinese government plans to throw its financial weight behind Linux-based computer systems that could rival Microsoft\’s Windows in one of the world\’s fastest-growing technology markets, an official said on Wednesday. China would build a domestic software industry around Linux – a cheaper software standard that can copied and modified freely – said Gou Zhongwen, a vice minister at the powerful Ministry of Information Industry.
More at:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/world/2003-11-05-linux-takes-china_x.htm

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