Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista.
In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has committed to providing support services for its soon to be retired Windows XP through 2014 -- a full 13 years after the operating system was originally released.
In a letter sent to customers this week, Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte said the software maker will provide security patches "and other critical updates" for Windows XP until April, 2014.
"Our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years," Veghte wrote.
That may be, but Microsoft normally terminates support for an OS within ten years of its release -- at the latest. For instance, it plans to end support for Windows 2000 in 2010.
LimitNone, a small software-development company, is seeking nearly $1 billion (£508m) in damages in a lawsuit that accuses Google of reneging on a partnership with the company and misappropriating its trade secrets for the Google Apps online service.
Specifically, the suit concerns LimitNone software called gMove that is designed to let people move email, contacts and calendar information stored in Microsoft Outlook to Google's online service.
The lawsuit states Google initially helped LimitNone develop, promote and sell the product, assuring LimitNone that it wouldn't offer a competing product, but then reversed course by giving away its own tool, Google Email Uploader, to premier-level Google Apps customers.
"With gMove priced at $19 per copy and Google's prediction that there were potentially 50 million users, Google deprived LimitNone of a $950m opportunity by offering Google's competitive product for free as a part of its 'premier' Google Apps package," the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois, states.
Source: ZDNet News
As a way of showing our appreciation to members of our forums, several of the Lunarsoft Team has selected Ultimate Predator to receive a free upgrade to our Supporter status.
Normally a member receives this special forum title through donations sent to Lunarsoft; though there are other ways to achieve this title. Ultimate Predator has been a great contributor to our forums in terms of both knowledge and information sharing. He frequently helps others, asks great questions that also benefit visitors and members of all kinds! He contributes ideas to Lunarsoft and goes into nice detail with his posts talking about his experience with software he uses.
Thank you Ultimate Predator!
At least two Mac-focused security firms warned late this week of a Trojan horse that takes advantage of flaws in remote management software in Mac OS X to run code on the affected computer.
As with most Mac flaws, the user must first download and open the file in order for it to take effect. Once it is opened, the Trojan -- dubbed "AppleScript.THT" -- adds itself to the login process and can perform a variety of functions, including keystroke logging.
It can also take pictures with the iSight camera and screenshots and turn on file sharing, security firm SecureMac said. Intego, the other firm to highlight the issue, said the Trojan could be used to run arbitrary code.
A flaw within the Apple Remote Desktop Agent is the source of the problem, which exists in both Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. It is potentially very dangerous due to the fact that it could be run with root privileges.
The Lunarsoft Wiki has had several updates recently. The front page of the wiki has been updated with recommended articles, recent changes and other information. This should help users find the articles they are looking for faster and easier.
We have also helped DjLizard as his wiki has come to a close. All of his articles can now be found here in the Lunarsoft Wiki. DjLizard has set up redirects so that if anyone attempts to visit the old articles they will be redirected to the Lunarsoft Wiki.
Also, as some may have noticed; our logos have also been updated. I'm sure that some of you may be wondering why we have not updated our forum skin. In actuality, we have been planning a new forum skin and it has been in development for several months. This new forum skin has been put on hold because Invision Power has announced that IP.Board 3 will be released later this year. An approximate date is not yet known.
This means that there will be many new features and changes. There will be a completely new skinning engine, which relates to the forum skin. If we were to continue developing a forum skin (our forums are in the 2.3.x stage) it would need to be completely redesigned from the ground up once IP.Board 3 is released. So we'll have to wait just a little longer until the new forum skin is released, but it will be worth it.
You can read all about it on the Lunarsoft Forums.
Hope everyone enjoys the changes!
Funding to port the popular VLC open source media player to set-top boxes could mean a lounge-room media player that actually supports all the media you want to play.
Media sharing enthusiasts got a huge truckload of hope backed up to the delivery dock this week when Neuros announced that it had, in effect, received sponsorship from Texas Instruments to port VLC (VideoLAN if we're being formal) onto its Neuros platform, an open source set-top box. Neuros is very much a niche project, but the fact that TI, a major player in the STB market, is involved makes it likely that a mass-market box capable of playing back virtually all downloaded and streamed content could eventually hit the stands.
A set-top box that could play pretty much any existing media format would be a boon to people who (ahem) acquire their TV shows and movies from a variety of different sources, especially since additional codecs could be added over time as required. That's great news for enthusiasts, but to be fair, those are the same enthusiasts who could already install VLC on a Mac Mini or a PS3 or a custom PC, given time, enthusiasm and a drive full of freshly-torrented televisual goodness.