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Thursday, July 17, 2003

DOOM III Requirements

Phobos Lab emailed id's John Carmack, asking about the minimum system specs to run DOOM III. Here it is:

GF1 or Radeon 7xxx series card

I wouldn't expect 100fps on a system like that, but it will run. My Athlon XP 1800+, 512M PC2100, and GF3 Ti200 might stand a chance! I can't wait . . . Thanks Blue's News.

Netscape Completely Gone?

MozillaZine is reporting that AOL is killing off Netscape entirely, even to the point of removing logos from buildings. Of course, anyone who thought that AOL was going to be a good steward of Netscape needed to have their head examined. They got Netscape so they could get leverage with M$. Once that leverage was no longer needed, see ya! Of course, at least Mozilla is out there and it's open source. That cannot be taken away. Hopefully some folks with axes to grind against AOL and/or Microsoft can step up and provide more funding.

Another note: it appears that AOL has released all of the Netscape code that was under the Netscape Public License and relicensed it under the Mozilla Public License. That will help their plan to relicense the thing as MPL/GPL/LGPL.

Slackware Turns 10

J.t.'s and my favorite Linux distribution, Slackware, turned 10 today. You can take a trip on the Way-Back Machine and read the message announcing Slackware 1.0 which sported kernel .99pl11 Alpha and came in two series on either 11 or 13 floppies. Thanks Slashdot.

Windows Hole du Jour

Microsoft has released a patch for every version of Windows except ME to patch a hole in the "remote procedure call (RPC) process". What does this mean?

The flaw is in a component of the operating system that allows other computers to request the Windows system perform an action or service. The component, known as the remote procedure call (RPC) process, facilitates such activities such as sharing files and allowing others to use the computer's printer.

By sending too much data to the RPC process, an attacker can cause the system to grant full access to the system.

So if you run any of those versions of Windows, hit Windows Update ASAP. Thanks HardOCP.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003 Redesign, the homepage for Mozilla and its derivatives, has been given a facelift. It includes an announcement of the Mozilla Foundation. It's goal is:

to promote the development, distribution and adoption of the award-winning Mozilla standards-based web applications and core technologies, including the Gecko browser layout engine

Funding continues to come from AOL and also sources like Red Hat and Sun. It sounds like they're trying to make financial support from the outside easier by making themselves not-for-profit.

In a no doubt related story, AOL announced that they were cutting 50 jobs at Netscape. That's not terribly surprising since they threw up the white flag and surrendered to Microsoft (for $3/4 billion, of course). Why develop another (albeit superior) browser, when you can use IE for free and take the cash to prop up the train wreck that is AOL-Time Warner? Thanks Slashdot.

J.t.Qbe comments: The Mozilla site has needed this facelift for a long time. It looks much better than the original. While there I read up on Mozilla Firebird, so I thought I'd give it a spin. Nice work, especially for a 0.6 release! It definitely has a snappy feel, I love the built in Google/dmoz/current page search field, and it's nice that popup blocking is enabled by default. I can't wait to see what 1.0 will be like!

A.T. Hun comments: I'm waiting for Mozilla Firebird and especially Thunderbird to become much more mature before I switch over from Mozilla 1.4. 1.4 works so well, I see very little impetus to change.

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