Monday, May 30, 2005

Linux Vs. Microsoft Windows

PC Magazine: Linux Lasts Longer: "Linux Lasts Longer
The HoneyNet Project
Total posts: 3

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

The Honeypot Project ( ) has added fuel to the debate over which is more secure, Linux or Microsoft Windows. It found that unpatched Linux systems can be on the Internet for months before being successfully attacked, while Windows systems have been compromised in hours"

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Should I be OFFENDED by the term 'AFRICAN AMERICAN'?

I suppose this is a call to Only the folks that call them selves African American (however anyone may comment).

First, I should state that I am an American male of African decent. OK.....There goes...I'm just going to ramble in no particular order.

I need YOU to help me understand why I should accept (aside from that fact that it's on government documents) the term African American as a label for my family and I. It's rather offensive to me (and should be to African born Americans, which can be of any race) because it implies that I'm half 1/2 African and 1/2 American. Though I am not 100% pleased with America or my neighbors I am VERY proud to be American. I would suspect that my neighbors as well as America is not 100% pleased with me and would hope that they don't try to find a way to disassociate themselves with me. Yes I do believe that we Americans of African descent are trying very hard to disassociate ourselves from America when we are as much a part of THIS land as anyone else...Like any other race we have both honored, improved, glorified, built-up, tore-down, and disgraced America.

I was born: Jeff Thomas III
In: Los Angeles, CA - 1975 - (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
Never been to Africa - though I would like to go...And that still doesn't make me an African.

America: The Good Neighbor

TwinValleyONLINE: "America: The Good Neighbor

A remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator.

'This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth...

...Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States...

...Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon - not once, but several times and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded..." complete artical here.


Listen to the original broadcast in RealAudio format (with music soundtrack overlay)

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This is the original broadcast by Gordon Sinclair without music overlay but with introduction by

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you may also what to check this out.....

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Adobe to acquire Macromedia

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately US$3.4 billion.

The companies plan to meet a wider set of customer needs and have a significantly greater opportunity to grow into new markets, particularly in the mobile and enterprise segments.

"Customers are calling for integrated software solutions that enable them to create, manage and deliver a wide range of compelling content and applications -- from documents and images to audio and video," said Bruce Chizen, chief executive officer of Adobe. "By combining our powerful development, authoring and collaboration software -- along with the complementary functionality of PDF and Flash -- Adobe has the opportunity to bring this vision to life with an industry-defining technology platform."

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by both boards of directors, Macromedia stockholders will receive, at a fixed exchange ratio, 0.69 shares of Adobe common stock for every share of Macromedia common stock in a tax-free exchange. Based on Adobe's and Macromedia's closing prices on Friday, 15 April 2005, this represents a price of US$41.86 per share of Macromedia common stock. Upon the close of the transaction, Macromedia stockholders will own approximately 18 percent of the combined company on a pro forma basis.

In the combined company, Chizen will continue as chief executive officer and Shantanu Narayen will remain president and chief operating officer. Stephen Elop, president and chief executive officer of Macromedia, will join Adobe as president of worldwide field operations. Murray Demo will remain executive vice president and chief financial officer. Dr. John Warnock and Dr. Charles Geschke will remain as co-chairmen of the Board of Directors of the combined company and Rob Burgess, chairman of the Macromedia Board of Directors, will join the Adobe Board.

The two companies are developing integration plans and there will be additional details and information about the acquisition available at the Adobe website at later date.

"While we anticipate the integration team will identify opportunities for cost savings by the time the acquisition closes, the primary motivation for the two companies' joining is to continue to expand and grow our business into new markets," said Chizen.

Adobe also announced its Board of Directors has approved a post-acquisition stock repurchase program of US$1 billion. "After a review of the combined companies' financial position, our Board concluded that the repurchase program is consistent with our overall commitment to deliver value to our stockholders," Chizen added.

The repurchase program is in addition to the Adobe's existing stock repurchase programs and is expected to commence following the completion of the acquisition. The repurchases will be funded from available working capital.

Dell Invests 99.5 Million USD in Red Hat

Dell Invests 99.5 Million USD in Red Hat

"Through his private investment firm, PC Tycoon Michael Dell has invested $99 Million in Red Hat recently, according to an SEC filing."

Friday, May 06, 2005

xpde :: desktop environment

XPde is a complete desktop environment for Linux on x86. It tries to make easier for Windows XP users to use a Linux box. Nothing more, no clipboard compatibility between Gtk and Qt applications, no emulation of Windows applications, no unification on the widgets of X applications, just a desktop environment. more....

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

DistroWatch on

DistroWatch on

Folks, we have done it - DistroWatch is now linked directly from a web page at! It is a page discussing computer security (of all pages) and although the article has generated negligible amount of traffic for this web site, it still represents an interesting point of view. Naturally, don't expect much flattery on account of Linux, but don't dismiss the article either - the author presents some interesting points.
More details in Security Management: When an Issue Affects Multiple Products.".....

this was taken from "DistroWatch in the News" section of DistroWatch Weekley