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MozBackup Synchronizes and Backs Up Your Firefox Profiles and Extensions

We've written before about Foxmarks, which recently went through a name change to Xmarks. Though it now works with several browsers, it was popularized as a Firefox extension used by many mobile users who want to synchronize their bookmarks and profiles across devices. Good as it is, I also like to use MozBackup--another Firefox extension--for backing up profiles and many similar tasks. MozBackup is compatible with a slew of browsers, and lets you back up and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache and more. Here's what you get with it.

Android Phone Owners Getting Upgrades to Cupcake

As JKOnTheRun reports, owners of the T-Mobile G1 Android phones are starting today to get over-the-air upgrades to Cupcake, the new version of Android that we covered here. Users in the U.K. and the U.S. are already getting the new firmware, according to Phandroid. We discussed the fact that the new version has a software keyboard, but some of the other features include YouTube video uploads, stereo Bluetooth support, Picasa photo uploads, and video recording. Check out more from JKOnTheRun.?

Security in Open Source Projects: Lessons From Mozilla and Drupal

Over the past few years, implementing security properly has become a big issue for software applications of all stripes, including open source applications and platforms. That's why I noted with interest a couple of blog posts on the topic from leaders behind two high-profile open source projects: Firefox and Drupal. In a piece called Learning From Mozilla Security on InternetNews, Jonathan Nightingale of Mozilla's security team, who has the title Human Shield, provides some instructive examples of the lengths Mozilla goes to to keep Firefox secure (and security is the reason some people use the browser). Meanwhile, Dries Buytaert, founder of the open source Drupal content management system, has a post up on strategic steps he wants to put in place for a security team to police Drupal and its many modules.?

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24 open source apps for Asus netbooks. Good tools for Windows and Linux systems.

Apache better than GPL for open source business? What's the optimal license for commercial open source projects?

Linux fast-boot tech targets Windows users. Xandros' Presto utility can power up Windows notebooks and netbooks in seconds.

ReactOS improves its open source Windows clone. The operating system's server version has a very low memory footprint.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring is available. It features excellent hardware compatibility and the KDE 4.2 desktop environment.

Likewise Secures $10 Million in Funding; Sets Sights on New Users and Product Development

Even though the economy is rough all over, this really is one of the best times to be working in an open source company. There are advantages for those running the business, and for those using its services. Perhaps the only better arrangement would be along the lines of what Likewise Software has put together -- an open source company developing and offering support services for software that integrates and secures mixed network environments.

There are a lot of mixed networks out in the wild, of course. This is why Likewise has successfully secured a $10 million Series C round of funding, which the company plans to use to pursue growth in new markets and fund the development of its product line.

Miro's Creative Fundraising: Adopt a Line of Incredibly Cute Code

I blame the souls at Ars Technica just as much as the diabolical (though creative) minds at Miro for the ear-drum shattering, make-your-teeth-ache squeal I just unleashed upon the world. Miro's new fundraising campaign -- where for $4 a month, one can adopt a line of code -- has got to be one of the most innovative, creative, and inviting fundraising efforts an open source software project could ever dream up.

While I still take stock in the notion that perhaps open source projects could benefit from spinning their requests for monetary contributions as investments rather than donations, the Miro team has hit on (figuratively, anyway) real gold with this effort. Adopting a line of code (as if it were a whale, or, even, say, a penguin) and giving a little to the adoptee in return -- a blog widget, an adoption certificate, and a picture of your fostered line -- has a low impact on the project's resources, can garner some great returns, and is just fun.

I'm betting it'll turn out to be effective in other ways, as well.

SugarCRM Launches Sugar Express, Online Hosted CRM

Today must be cloud computing day in the open source world. In addition to this morning's announcement about Eucalyptus Systems focusing on open source cloud tools, SugarCRM has announced that it is putting an offering called Sugar Express on its Sugar Open Cloud. Sugar Open Cloud is an on-demand computing platform, and Sugar Express is an online hosted version of SugarCRM's open source customer relationship management software aimed at individuals and businesses who need a low-cost solution, --apparently. Comparatively, though, the cost doesn't seem to be so low.?

Eucalyptus Systems, Focused on Open Source Cloud Computing, Launches With Funding

Last summer, OStatic broke the news about Eucalyptus, an open source (under a FreeBSD-style license) infrastructure for cloud computing on clusters that duplicates the functionality of Amazon's EC2, using the Amazon command-line tools directly. The project rose out of the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has made quite a few waves for its innovative, cost-saving and open approach to cloud computing infrastructure. Fast forward to today, and Eucalyptus Systems is announcing its debut as a commercial company. Eucalyptus Systems has just closed a $5.5 million Series A round of venture financing led by Benchmark Capital with BV Capital also participating. Here's what the company offers.

Open Source, Mobile Devices and the Economy Work in Sync to Push Funambol's Developer Community

In my inbox yesterday, along with the notes from my mom, forwards from relatives and friends who never really write, and a wide variety of great deals on fake watches, I discovered a press release from Funambol. That in and of itself isn't unusual, but what the open source mobile sync and push solution company was reporting is remarkable on several levels.

Many open source software companies are seeing increases in revenue, stronger migration rates and a general upswing in business thanks to the rather anemic economy. You don't need to write about open source to see this -- it's readily apparent to anyone skimming tech-related headlines. Funambol's announcement certainly mentioned the economy, and gave some truly impressive figures surrounding the project's growth -- but they weren't in relation to undeniably important financial gains. The jaw-dropping growth is happening somewhere that's even more critical in the long-term: the community.

History (and Releases) Are Cyclical: This is Fedora 11!

I've noticed, as I get older, time seems to go exponentially faster. Unfortunately, this meant high school lasted an eternity, and I'm burning through my thirties at warp speed. Some events make me more aware of this than others -- it seems like it was only last week that Fedora 10 made its first mark upon the world.

But no, another release cycle has nearly come full circle, and today the Fedora Project announced the Preview Release of Fedora 11 (codenamed Leonidas). This preview will be followed by a release candidate (scheduled for a May 12 appearance), with the final version hitting the streets on May 26.

So what new features can we expect to see in Fedora 11?

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