Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

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One reason for the popularity of Android and Maemo among the developers as well as the cellphone manufacturers is the reason that they are Open-Source and would engage more developers and give them transparent application development opportunities. Following this, now Symbian OS has also been released as Open-Source by Symbian Limited.

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firefox-android

Firefox for Maemo say its final version 1.0 release a few days back and now, Firefox for Android pre-alpha screenshots have been released to prove that work is in fast progress.

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Google wants to change the way DNS works. It has proposed an idea according to which a proposal was placed to add information of the user’s IP address to the DNS. This would help cache local requests and reduce the load on servers.

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This supercomputer, the petascale Dawning 6000 is a successor of the current fastest supercomputer China has, the Dawning 5000a. The Dawning 5000a has been running on AMD powered microprocessors and Windows HPC Server as it’s OS.

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Nokia N900 users can now use the final release of Firefox for Mobile. With this, officially, Mozilla is one of the big players in the mobile browser market.

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Firefox for Android is under development and is soon to arrive. The browser will run its first test on the Android platform sometime in February with the first alpha release coming some months later.

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Weave is a free add-on for Firefox that syncs your data — bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, Personas and stored passwords — across multiple PCs running Firefox and supported mobile devices.

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Oracle clarified its plans to continue improving MySQL, and do it even better than Sun. Not only this, Edward Screven said, Oracle aims to improve many of MySQL features to make them compatible with Oracle apps.

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windows-security

Windows is notorious for its poor implementation of security. To prove just that, we have a 17 year old flaw from the Windows NT Kernel which has made its way, even to Windows 7.

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Reports of Oracle making huge layoffs after its acquisition of Sun are false. Also, Oracle has better plans for Java and OpenOffice.org.

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Rick Spencer is Engineering Manager at Canonicals. This recent email from Rick Spencer says that there are two new improvements in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx and the developers have been asked to arm Lucid with these changes as it nears its release date.

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Firefox for Maemo: "Fennec"

Firefox for Maemo or popularly known as Fennec, saw its third RC release today. One major change in this new RC3 version is seen as the removal of plugin support like the Adobe Flash Plugin.

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The London Stock Exchange began a migration program to a Linux platform. According to the program; all the terminals at the London stock Exchange will start using Linux at the end of 2010.

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sun_oracle

The Sun Oracle deal was held for review by EU and many other antitrust safeguarding agencies and was a long antitrust case. Oracle executives and CEO Larry Ellison will hold a meeting next Wednesday, with Sun executives on how to join the products of both the companies and release them under one single banner of Oracle.

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The SDK being called the Kindle Development Kit will be available as a limited beta next month. The SDK will include a programming interfaces, tools and a documentation to help the app development process.

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