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Linux Pipeline Newsletter
Wednesday, August 31, 2005

In This Issue:
  • Editor's Note: An Ill Wind
  • Top Linux News
        - SEC Filing Shows Microsoft Fears Firefox, Lawsuit Threats
        - Skype Opens VoIP, Messaging Platforms
        - Publishers Read Google Riot Act Over Book-Copying
        - More News...
  • Editor's Picks
        - Google Unlikely To Change Fragmented IM Market
        - IE Turns 10: Prodigy, Or Problem Child?
        - Apache: The First Open-Source Superpower?
        - More Picks...
  • Voting Booth: Clams Again?
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    Editor's Note: An Ill Wind

    I'm a New Orleans native; my family goes back at least six generations in that city. The house where I lived my first five years was the same one my parents had been lucky to escape with their lives the year before I was born: The storm surge from Hurricane Betsy breached the levee two blocks down the street, leaving them in chest-deep water by the time a neighbor pulled them into his boat.

    We left New Orleans when I was still in grade school, but I have returned frequently over the years. A number of my relatives still live in the city -- some still close, some virtual strangers, all of them by now wondering how their homes could have survived the wrath of nature, only to have bad luck and human folly step in to finish the job.

    If you want to get a sense of what has happened, don't rely on the evening news, or anything else you see on TV. Those folks are very good at what they do, and I don't begrudge the need to edit Katrina's wrath to suit the needs of a 24-minute network news program. And as of this afternoon, when rising water forced the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune to flee their offices and temporarily focus more on surviving than on updating the paper's Web site, the main official source of local news about Katrina had gone ominously silent.

    Fittingly, the last time I looked, the paper had left in the top spot of its news brief page a story about the only topic that could be more depressing to a New Orleans native than a killer hurricane: The New Orleans Saints. Nice try, guys.

    Once again, as we've seen so often in recent years, it's the bloggers -- the "citizen-journalists," as CNN calls them -- who have stepped up and demonstrated just how powerful this new medium can be. The mainstream media, to its credit, recognizes that power and has taken to blogging, or to publishing others' blogs, photos, video and other content, to supplement its own coverage. Yet the most compelling blog content has always been, and I believe always will be, material that keeps the professionals -- the folks who are trained their whole professional lives to strive for objectivity -- at a safe distance from the proceedings.

    If you haven't already been over there, Technorati set up a section dedicated to Katrina-related blogs. It's a better place to start than any individual blog, because those have been so changeable over the past couple of days. Very few, of course, are actually coming out of the New Orleans metro area, and the few that are will probably be offline by the time you read this. But there are plenty of blogs where people have talked to people, other stories have been linked, cross-referenced, and reality-checked, bits of cell phone conversations and cam pics assembled into something far larger than the sum of its parts. When it works, it's both more accurate and more gripping than any conventional coverage could be.

    There's still a place for the grey-haired veterans of wars, plagues and famines the world over who, I'm sure have already converged on a drowning city, ready to file their appropriately somber, carefully prepared, meticulously crafted stories during the weeks to come. They'll cover this hellish fiasco, but with all due respect, they won't even begin to get it. That's why I owe an immense debt to the people, the technologies, and the way of thinking that produced the blog just as surely as it produced Linux, Apache, and Perl -- those blogs are giving me the ability, however tenuous it may be, to see into a disaster that is in one sense more than a thousand miles away, and in another sense happening in my own back yard.

    And now, by the way, you know why the people of New Orleans spend so much time having a good time: Rebuilding a city, when the time comes, is damned hard work.

    Matt McKenzie
    Editor, Linux Pipeline

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    Top Linux News

    SEC Filing Shows Microsoft Fears Firefox, Lawsuit Threats
    In its SEC regulatory filing, Microsoft for the first time ever acknowledged that Mozilla's browsers pose a security threat. The company also said that security vulnerabilities leave it open to litigation.

    Skype Opens VoIP, Messaging Platforms
    Hot on the heels of Google's move into the IM and VoIP markets, Skype looks to an open API and a strong developer community to protect its market lead -- and to blunt any similar plans on Google's part.

    Publishers Read Google Riot Act Over Book-Copying
    Google Inc.'s book-copying library project has come under fire by two more publishers' groups, with one raising the possibility of legal action.

    OpenOffice Enters Second Beta Release
    Developers of the open-source competitor to Microsoft Office roll out a second beta release of what promises to be a major upgrade -- the latest step in a process that has involved more than a year of development and testing to date.

    Sun Lags Behind Growing Server Market
    The overall server market shows second-quarter growth, says a Gartner report, but while HP quickly gets back on track, Sun Microsystems can't seem to escape its persistent hardware-sales slump.

    Porn Site Seeks Court Order Blocking Google, Amazon Search
    An adult magazine publisher wants a judge to stop Google from linking to third-party sites that pirate the magazine's photos, claiming the search engine's actions contribute to the pirates' crimes.

    Mozilla Posts Long-Awaited Update Tool
    Mozilla Foundation developers have posted a test version of a new tool that enables smaller, faster-downloading Firefox and Thunderbird software updates.

    Linux Stands Out In Strong Server Market
    Linux server sales revenue grew more than 45 percent, and unit volume increased more than 30 percent, in a worldwide server market that expanded during the second quarter by more than five percent over the year before.

    Editor's Picks

    Analysis: Google Unlikely To Change Fragmented IM Market
    In launching Google Talk, the search engine called for other major network providers, including AOL, MSN, and Yahoo, to work towards interoperability. Experts say it's unlikely.

    IE Turns 10: Prodigy, Or Problem Child?
    Microsoft passed Internet Explorer's 10th anniversary quietly, but the debate over the company's infamous decision to build the Web browser into the very heart of the Windows platform is far from over.

    Apache: The First Open-Source Superpower?
    The Apache Foundation's new 'Synapse' project could represent a serious competitive threat to enterprise software makers and reshape the middleware market. In other words, it's business as usual

    Will Podcasting Pay?
    Podcasting started from the same open-source origins as blogging and RSS feeds. Today, however, like its cousins, companies ranging from IBM and Oracle to Purina and Absolut Spirits are looking for ways to put a commercial spin on podcast content.

    Preview: Enterasys' Dragon Intrusion Detection 7.1
    Intrusion-prevention, easier installation and management round out a top-notch enterprise product -- from a company that respects its users enough to give them full access to the system's Slackware Linux core.

    The Shape Of Macs To Come
    Steve Jobs set the computing world abuzz when he announced that Apple will switch to Intel microprocessors next year. What can we expect from these next generation Macs?

    Voting Booth: Clams Again?

    Cast Your Vote Now!
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    - Yes: Open-source anti-virus software such as ClamAV: 19 percent
    - Proprietary anti-spyware and/or anti-spam software: 3 percent
    - Open-source anti-spyware and/or anti-spam software: 17 percent
    - I don't use ANY of these tools: 57 percent

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