While not exactly the freshest news (due to some things we at BetaNews will announce shortly), the Canadian government has opened a 90-day public comment period this week on whether or not the government should legalize cell phone jamming technology. Such technology could be used in movie theaters or restaurants. The blocking could be based in the on-board software of the phone, or by physical jamming devices on the premises. This could also block important emergency calls or the like. We at BetaNews are interested in hearing you thoughts on the matter, as this could soon be coming our way.
It seems ICQ has posted a link on their Web site's front page that reads "Banners on ICQ Messages?! Voice your opinion here!" It includes a link to a message board on ICQ's Web site as well as a link to the BetaNews article and forum. Make your voice heard and tell us what you think about the addition of banner ads to ICQ messages.
A number of readers sent in that Opera Software today released Opera 5.0 for Windows, as well as making its Web browser available for free. Though it is now free if you choose the "sponsor supported version," its hope is to re-ignite Browser War in "full force as a third player" besides AOL’s Netscape and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Download it from opera’s website and give it a try, It’s available for BeOS, EPOC, Linux, Mac and Windows.
Zope version 2.2.4 is now available, Zope is the leading Open Source web application server. It enables teams to collaborate in the creation and management of dynamic web-based business applications such as intranets and portals. Zope makes it easy to build features such as site search, news, personalization, and e-commerce into your web applications. Read more about the latest release here. This bug-fix release contains the fixes for all released Hotfixes to date.
This month Microsoft’s latest incarnation of Office hits the store shelves, but don’t get too excited it’s gonna be for Macintosh. Office:mac 2001 as it has been rebranded, repackaged, and updated with new Mac-only features, it's designed specifically for anyone with a PowerPC-enabled Mac.
"Mac users are unique users," explains Microsoft Group Product Manager Mary Rose Becker “They want things to act differently, feel differently and look differently.
In other Linux news, it seems that Linux creator Linus Torvalds is planning to write his autobiography. The memoirs promise an "inside look" at the open-source revolution and how Torvalds thinks it was "purely accidental." HarperBusiness, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, said that it plans to publish the book, entitled Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary in the spring of 2001.
For you users of Red Hat 7 a patch is now available to update from the Beta version of the glibc 2.2 library to the official, and final version. This has caused some users problems as this was not fully tested beta software. The glibc library is the GNU C library that allows many Unix programs written in that langue run, this package updates the GNU C library to 2.2 and fixes several bugs found in glibc 2.1.92-14 and 2.1.94-3 releases.
Microsoft today officially denied it held a monopoly or violated antitrust law, and it asked a federal appeals court to throw out a lower court ruling that seeks to separate the company.
In a 150-page brief submitted prior to oral arguments set for February, Microsoft said District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled inaccurately that Microsoft’s business practices were anti-competitive.
"Far from violating the antitrust laws, Microsoft's conduct was pro-competitive, producing enormous consumer benefits," the company filed in its brief.
We would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and extend our thanks for your continued support to BetaNews! We will all be with our families today, as we hope you are. Don't forget to pass the stuffing to Grandma and make sure to count, and recount all of your blessings! We look forward to some continued improvements to BetaNews, and hopefully some additional reporters as well. Save some room for pumpkin pie, and have a great holiday!
FreeBSD fans should be starting up the wave, as a new version of FreeBSD, 4.2-RELEASE, is now available! There is not a slew of new features in this release but many bugs were fixed, important security issues were dealt with, and a conservative number of new features have been added. See the release notes for more information. You can download ISOs for i386 and Alpha or just visit the FTP server and browse.
Well if you tried downloading PHP 4.0.3, you will notice that the version has been changed to 4.0.3pl1 (Patch Level 1). Due to a memory leak in the module versions of PHP and a separate issues with the Apache php_value mechanism not working properly with .conf files. As this effected only the non-CGI version of PHP there is no need to upgrade if you use CGI-PHP. Download the source here.
The Washington Post is reporting that attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission are busily preparing court documents in hopes of blocking America Online's takeover of Time Warner. The two sides "remain apart on the exact language of a guarantee allowing rivals access to the combined company's high-speed Internet service." See the article for more, and keep checking back for more updates on the AOL-Time Warner merger.
Zeev Suraski sent word that PHP 4.0.3 has been released. As this is mostly a security-oriented
maintenance release, it is therefore strongly recommended for all users of
PHP to upgrade to it. As well the Win32 version has been beefed up with a lot of
loadable modules. Download the source
or the Win32 binaries.
Jordan K. Hubbard, of the FreeBSD project announced this morning that FreeBSD 4.1.1-RELEASE is now available. Since the release of 4.1, the RSA has released their code into the public domain and a number of other security enhancements were made possible through the FreeBSD project's permission to export cryptographic code from the United States. These changes were all rolled into 4.1.1-RELEASE making it one of the most secure "out of the box" releases of FreeBSD ever completed.
The FreeBSD crew also took the opportunity to include support for new features
like IDE ATA100 support, drivers for additional Gigabit Ethernet cards and hardware watchpoints in gdb.