Firefox also vulnerable to Windows cursor exploit

Posted on: April 6, 2007 - 15:32 By: carl

I put this type of headline on a par with the Firefox shell commands one of a few years ago. It might sell more copy and one could argue that it is even accurate however the root cause is *still* a Windows specific problem, and no amount of polish is going to make that one shine. Computerworld article is here.

Having said all that, we need to be reminded that Firefox on Linux has had challenges as well but at least the comments in the last paragraph still hold true.

Novell delivers Open XML translator for OpenOffice

Posted on: March 8, 2007 - 23:35 By: carl

Not that there are many documents to read with it yet as I understand given that a number of organisations are taking Gartner Groups advice to delay deployment of Office 2007. Article is here.

Alternatively you could check out this item, also from Computerworld. I'll leave you to decide the humour level for yourselves but it does at least have native ODF support (and yes, Computerworld articles *are* delivered via Lotus Notes...).

Microsoft Spits Dummy : World Yawns

Posted on: February 17, 2007 - 08:54 By: Feynmanfan

There was no loving feelings between Microsoft and IBM in a recent open letter published by Microsoft. IBM has been encouraging Governments to reject the Microsoft "Open XML" format currently under consideration by ISO. Microsoft are very upset, and threw a tantrum by releasing an open letter telling the world how fair they have been, and how bad IBM have been.

President to Stand Down

Posted on: January 24, 2007 - 20:39 By: Feynmanfan

The President of the NZOSS will be stepping down at this years Annual General Meeting. Peter Harrison, the President since the foundation of the society in 2002 said that "I thought as we are now into the new year it is about time I announce that I'm stepping down as President this year. I made the decision last year, and feel quite happy that there are people in the organisation that will be more than competent in taking the NZOSS forward."

Harrison thanked his fellow members of the society for the trust placed in him during his time in the role, and expressed his desire for fre

DRM Death Sentence

Posted on: December 27, 2006 - 11:03 By: Feynmanfan

Peter Gutmann, security and encryption researcher at Auckland University has written an analysis of Vista which addresses the cost of the Digital Rights Management technology Microsoft have incorporated into the new Vista operating system. In Gutmann's estimation "The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history." He continues to describe the deliberate degradation of capabilities users will experience when DRM protected content arrives on your computer.

Novell and Microsoft under the Microscope

Posted on: December 13, 2006 - 14:25 By: Feynmanfan

Many people have been asking the NZOSS for an analysis of the deal Novell did with Microsoft. It is perhaps tempting to dismiss the deal based on Microsofts history of illegal monopolistic behaviour such as its deals that excluded DR DOS from the market, or its bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows to undermine Netscape, or its bundling of Windows Media Players to undermine Real.

Sun to Release Java under GPL

Posted on: November 17, 2006 - 13:34 By: Feynmanfan

This week Sun announced the release of Java under the GPL. Sun says that the move was a consequence of the Microsoft and Novell deal. The released code will be Java SE, Java ME and Java EE. They also said that Solaris, currently licensed under the CDDL license, may also be released under the GPL which might allow cross polination of source code between Linux and Solaris.

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