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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.

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.
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