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The developers of Mozilla Firefox 2 have reached their second milestone release on the way to the final build. Developers have made a host of changes from previous builds of Firefox 2 and encourage testers to download the latest release and provide feedback.
Some of the new features included in Bon Echo Alpha 2 include inline spell checking in text boxes, automatic browser restore in the event of a crash (currently provided to FireFox 1.5 users with the SessionSaver plugin), new search plugin manager, search suggestions for Google and Yahoo! searches and improvements to the extensions system for better security among other things.
There are builds available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, but proceed with caution, it is beta!
The 'new' XiTi-report about Firefox-usage worldwide is in, and it shows us Finland has lost is lead in Firefox-usage to Slovenia. Three countries have have more than 30% usage of Firefox now: Slovenia, Finland and Croatia, while the European average is 19,4%. Usage in the continent of Northern America is 15,6% now.
Drupal is an open source content management platform.
After more than a year of development we are ready to release Drupal 4.7.0 to the world. More than five years, 13 major releases, 30+ servicing firms employing 100+ Drupal professionals, 300+ third party modules, and over 55,000+ Drupal powered sites later, Drupal 4.7.0 is finally here and it rocks!
To celebrate and promote the Drupal 4.7.0 launch, they present three videocasts that explain the ins and outs of the new Drupal version.
What's new in Drupal 4.7 | Installing Drupal 4.7 | Upgrading to Drupal 4.7
WiFi on Linux got a major boost today, as Devicescape Software donated technology to allow WiFi to run natively for the first time.
Running WiFi natively is considered critical for the open-source operating system to make further inroads in consumer and mobile devices, where Linux has had limited success. Until now, Linux required add-on software to work with WiFi such as hardware-specific drivers from chipmakers. That has translated into quality of service issues and spotty third-party support, which in turn have slowed market adoption.
Adding native support is considered critical for winning increased attention from Linux developers for WiFi, according to Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. “Right now there is no direct access of digital media devices to Web-based services,” he said. “With MP3, digital cameras and voice over IP phones, they all work through a PC. But there is a capability for a new breed of devices to access services directly.”
At least part of that is dependent upon the momentum of WiFi, but another part of it is reliant on ease of setup. Companies such as Slingbox, for example, have built their reputation on ease of use. And Apple’s iPod is widely recognized as winning market share because it greatly improved the user interface for MP3 players. -Electronicnews
Lumen Software, a leader in Portal technology, announced the release of their Lumenation v6.0 Portal with unlimited User Licensing. The Portal can be downloaded from the company's website, www.lumensoftware.com. Organizations can immediately begin providing key information to users appropriately based upon who the user is and what role they play in the organization regardless of the underlying OS (Microsoft, Mac, Linux, Unix). -Novell Cool Solutions
Microsoft stunned LinuxWorld attendees last week by pledging to support Linux virtual machines on its Virtual Server and revealing free virtual machine additions for Red Hat Linux and Novell SUSE Linux. It wasn't the only dogs-playing-with-cats kind of moment last week: Apple offered up software to let Windows run on Intel-based Macs.What's going on here? The answer is virtualization, the ability to much more easily carve up servers and PCs into compartments that can run multiple applications under different operating systems at the same time. Business interest in virtualization–particularly of servers–is picking up quickly, and vendors are racing to stake out this emerging market. The result could blur some of the hard-and-fast lines drawn between operating systems. >>>>
Kaspersky Lab today reported a new proof-of-concept (PoC) cross-platform virus that creates malicious code to infect both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Kaspersky researchers gave the crossover virus a double name, Virus.Linux.Bi.a/Virus.Win32.Bi.a.
The virus is interesting, said analysts on Kaspesky's Viruslist website, because it is capable of infecting ELF, the file format used for Linux systems, and PE, Windows' file format. It only infects files in its current directory, according to the Kaspersky report.
"The virus doesn't have any classic application – it's classic proof-of-concept code, written to show that it is possible to create a cross-platform virus," warned the Kaspersky report. "However, our experience shows that once proof-of-concept code is released, virus writers are usually quick to take the code and adapt it for their own use."
Swa Frantzen, a researcher posting on the SANS Internet Storm Center website, said the virus shows the gaining importance of cross-platform viruses.
"The impact of the PoC at this point is very low in itself, but it is a sign the cross-platform aspects are becoming important. As the developers of viruses continue to research this, we will see (more) cross platform malware come about in the future," said Frantzen. "Even today, websites sending exploits to their visitors tend to detect what browser/platform the visitor is using and send a matching exploit to install some malware and earn their quarter for each confirmed installation." -scmagazine
Also checkout Analyst's Diary from Kaspersky's Weblog titled "Crossplatform virus - the latest proof of concept".