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How long last CDs?

Posted by baffa on Apr 25, 2004 - 03:48 PM
A disturbing essay on durability of CD media was recently published in UK. An excellent reasearch by the US Library of Congress is here.

ADASS XIV Conference

Posted by baffa on Apr 20, 2004 - 07:00 PM
The 14th annual conference on Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, at the Sheraton Hotel from October 24-27, 2004.

Mandrakelinux 10 Released

Posted by baffa on Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 AM
Two months after the Community release, Mandrakesoft has announced the Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official release. Download ISOs are available for Club members and packs are also avaible on MandrakeStore.

Introducing "Cooperative Linux"

Posted by baffa on Apr 15, 2004 - 12:00 AM
From LinuxWorld: "A month ago, a trial version of a little-known Linux application called CoLinux was released that is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively. Some analysts are already saying it could help transform the software world."

A Live Linux-CD for Security

Posted by baffa on Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 AM has released a new version of their live-CD Linux distribution which contains over 200 security tools. The ISO images are meant to be burned on 185MB and 210MB miniCDs.

NASA Extends Mars Rovers' Mission

Posted by baffa on Apr 10, 2004 - 11:57 AM
NASA has approved an extended mission for the Mars Exploration Rovers, handing them up to five months of overtime assignments as they finish their three-month prime mission.

X windows forks.

Posted by baffa on Apr 08, 2004 - 04:16 PM
A press release announced the formation of the X.Org Foundation and the release of X11R6.7 of the X Window System. The XOrg Foundation is the successor to the X Consortium, formed by many of the most notworthy participants in the XFree86 Project. This code release is a tree forked from the last XFree86 release but without the the lichece changes done by XFree86 group.

Conference on Low-mass stars and brown dwarfs

Posted by baffa on Apr 06, 2004 - 10:42 AM
On October 17 - 19, 2004, a Conference on Low-mass stars and brown dwarfs: IMF, accretion and activity will be held at Volterra, an ancient etrurian city in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The pre-registration deadline is April 30, 2004.

Nature on Open Access Journals

Posted by baffa on Apr 05, 2004 - 05:35 PM
Nature is carryng a vast debate on Open Access Scientific Journal. From the site: "The Internet is profoundly changing how scientists work and publish. New business models are being tested by publishers, including open access, in which the author pays and content is free to the user. This ongoing web focus will explore current trends and future possibilities. Each week, the website will publish specially commissioned insights and analysis from leading scientists, librarians, publishers and other stakeholders, as well as key links, and articles from our archive. All content is available free."

Help on migrating to Linux

Posted by baffa on Apr 02, 2004 - 01:02 PM
A reputed Computer Site (Tom's Hardware Guide) published a guide on migrating from Windows to Linux. Interesting read.

Five Years of VLT

Posted by baffa on Apr 01, 2004 - 12:00 AM
On April 1, 2004, the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has been offered to the astronomical community for five years. To celebrate this anniversary, ESO prepared a collection of 20 'best' images.

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.
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