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Embedded Linux powers Paris airport parking payment system

Thales Group used MontaVista Linux to minimize hardware resources and maximize functionality in its new parking lot fare collection system, it says. The "Largo WiLi" system has operated successfully at Paris Orly airport since May 2003, and at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport since November 2003.

Sun finally launches its own graphical Java platform

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 3:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems at its quarterly "software summit" Tuesday announced that the beta version of Java Studio Creator, its drag-and-drop, rapid application development platform, is now available for download, with general access for the final build scheduled for sometime in June.

Insurance firm to offer open-source seminars

  • CNET News.com (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 2:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source Risk Management, a company hoping to profit from intensifying legal scrutiny of Linux and other open-source programs, will take a first step in its plan with a $495 seminar series, the company said Wednesday.

ESC Best of Show award winners announced

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wind River was named the overall Best of Show winner at the 2004 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) for its full-scale replica of the VxWorks-based Mars Rover. Category winners were also announced for six device categories.

Conectiva alert: ethereal

ith a graphical user interface (GUI). This update fixes several vulnerabilities[2] in Ethereal.

Conectiva alert: libxml2

This update fixes a buffer overflow vulnerability[1,2] in the URI parsing code of the nanoftp and nanohttp modules of libxml2.

IBM Bets Chips on Open Source

  • Wired News (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM computer microprocessors are going open source. Big Blue now wants companies and developers to actively participate in the design of IBM's Power microchips, and is encouraging researchers, chip fabricators and electrical engineers to customize Power chips for use in specialized systems or devices.

Conectiva alert: openssl

OpenSSL[1] implements the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as full-strength general purpose cryptography functions. It's used (as a library) by several projects, like Apache, OpenSSH, Bind, OpenLDAP and many others clients and servers programs.

Mysql-php Restriction Fears Unwarranted

Open-source database vendor MySQL recently initiated some restrictions on the bundling of MySQL libraries with the PHP scripting language. Some observers criticized the restrictions as an example of the fragility of open-source technology, suggesting that the limitations could break the easy-deployment model of LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP). As it turns out, their fears were unwarranted.

Red Hat brings SE Linux to Fedora

Red Hat Inc. took the first step this week toward the inclusion of Security Enhanced Linux in its enterprise offerings when it released Fedora Core 2, test2.

Conectiva alert: mc

Midnight Commander (MC) is a visual shell and a file manager for text consoles.

LynuxWorks Introduces BlueCat Linux 5.0

LynuxWorks and IBM Driving Linux 2.6 and 64-bit Development in Wide Range of Deeply Embedded Computing Environments

Who is TryOutLinux.com?

LWN reader Geert Jan van Oldenborgh recently encountered TryOutLinux.com by way of a Google ad. This site, which looks like a another Linux information site, has no affiliation listed on it; it claims copyright in the name of TryOutLinux.com. The ad leads to the "Which Linux is Best?" page, which concludes: "We Recommend LindowsOS for Most Desktop Users and Red Hat or SuSE for File Servers" (caps in the original). So it, perhaps, won't be surprising that the whois information for TryOutLinux.com lists Lindows.com as the registrant.

Gnome 2.6 Out to Up Linux Desktop Stakes

  • InternetNews.com (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 8:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
The GNOME project is expected to release version 2.6 of its open source Linux desktop Wednesday, which supporters call a major step forward in offering choice among desktop players.

A developer's guide to the PowerPC architecture

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Mar 31, 2004 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
PowerPC® processors are found in everything from supercomputers to game consoles and from servers to cell phones -- and they all share a common architecture. This introduction to the PowerPC application-level programming model will give you an overview of the instruction set, important registers, and other details necessary for developing reliable, high performing PowerPC applications and maintaining code compatibility among processors.

Gentoo alert: Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Monit

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 6:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
A denial of service and a buffer overflow vulnerability have been found in Monit.

Linux open-source backers drive 'desktop initiative'

  • Oregonian (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Beaverton-based lab pushes for wider use of the software, according to the group's chief executive

OpenOffice.org Off-the-Wall: Style Is Everything, Right?

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A guide for when and how to use styles instead of manual overrides in OpenOffice.org documents.

Will Open Source Come to the Rescue?

  • OSnews (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 6:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over the past months we have heard about how free and open source software (FOSS) is becoming more and more acceptable in the business community. There has also been a movement to have governments adopt policies that open the door to FOSS. However, it appears that the open source community has overlooked one vital area of the community that would most likely embrace FOSS with open arms, and that is the area of emergency services (Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services).

[Australia] Linux powers nation’s largest satellite network

  • LinuxWorld Australia (Posted by dave on Mar 31, 2004 5:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some 75 towns across New South Wales have started accessing the Internet through Linux-based satellite routers in what is said to be largest network of its type in Australia spanning upwards of 800,000 square kilometres.

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