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Giant Fine to Microsoft

Posted by baffa on Mar 25, 2004 - 12:08 PM
From CNN site: "The European Union has found Microsoft guilty of abusing the "near-monopoly" of its Windows PC operating system and fined it a record 497 million euro ($613 million)". Microsoft plans to appeal the decision.

GIMP 2.0 released

Posted by baffa on Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 PM
From Gimp site: "The GIMP developers are proud to release version 2.0 of the GIMP, the leading free software tool for image manipulation. This release is a major event, and it is the first stable release that is officially supported not only on Unix-based operating systems, but also on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OS X."

Novell Releases Linux Suse 9.1

Posted by baffa on Mar 19, 2004 - 12:00 AM
Novell today released the new Suse 9.1, based on the 2.6 kernel. It will come in both 32 and 64-bit versions, and includes a LiveCD version.

A new planet?

Posted by baffa on Mar 16, 2004 - 03:33 PM
A group of astronomer, lead by Mike Brown, announced the discovery of Sedna, a very far planetoids. Its distance from Sun (13 billion kilometers) and estimated diameter (about 1,700 kilometers) can make Sedna the tenth planet of the solas system.

Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community

Posted by baffa on Mar 11, 2004 - 09:21 AM
The new Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community is ready and available for download. As MandrakeSoft stated, this is an advance release, while the official one will follow in few months.

Fluid Lenses!

Posted by baffa on Mar 04, 2004 - 10:12 AM

Rosetta Lauched

Posted by baffa on Mar 03, 2004 - 12:18 PM
From 2 March 2004 ESA press release: "Rosetta cometary probe has been successfully launched into an orbit around the Sun, which will allow it to reach the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 after three flybys of the Earth and one of Mars."

New release of Scisoft

Posted by baffa on Feb 24, 2004 - 09:26 AM
A new release of Scisoft for Linux is now available. The latest version, Scisoft v5, is only available for Linux Redhat 9.x. Scisoft is a project within ESO to provide a collection of astronomical software utilities, mostly public domain tools, in a uniform way at all four ESO sites. It is also available, on request, to the general astronomical community.

A live Windows CD

Posted by baffa on Feb 20, 2004 - 12:00 AM
A Knoppix-like live Windows bootable CD (or DVD) is now possible using Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD. It's basically an expansion of the Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment) idea and allows anyone to make a bootable CD using their own Windows XP/2K3 media.

Windows Source Code Leaks

Posted by baffa on Feb 18, 2004 - 12:05 PM
Starting in Neowin, many news sites reported that some Windows 2000 and Windows NT source code has been leaked to the internet.Few days later, an exploit based on the Win2K available code hit internet.

Astronomical Data Analysis - III

Posted by baffa on Feb 15, 2004 - 05:00 AM
February 28th is the registration deadline for the third meeting on Astronomical Data Analysis which will be held from April 29th 2004 to May 1st 2004 at Sorrento, Italy.

Using Linux 2.6

Posted by baffa on Feb 09, 2004 - 12:35 PM
William von Hagen, a long time linux writer, published the first of a series of articles on using the new Linux 2.6 kernel. This looks to be a good thing for anyone who plans to migrate to Linux 2.6,

New VLT Milestone.

Posted by baffa on Feb 03, 2004 - 03:50 PM
A new telescope, known as Auxiliary Telescope no. 1 (AT1), has just been installed at the Paranal Observatory (Chile) near the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT).
The new telescope forms part of the VLT Interferometer (VLTI). It has a main mirror of 1.8-m diameter and is installed in a compact dome. This is the first of four AT's that will be installed in 2004-2006. When placed in different configurations on the tracks, they will enable the VLTI to operate with great flexibility.

Conference on Interacting Binaries

Posted by baffa on Jan 30, 2004 - 04:02 PM

Opportunity on Mars

Posted by baffa on Jan 26, 2004 - 03:37 PM
On Jan 25th, the second NASA lander, Opportunity, landed successfully on Mars. It seems that also the first lander, Spirit, is back on work. More info can be found on Spaceflight site
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