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Critical Review of Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5

Thunderbird 0.5 is pretty much the same as Thunderbird 0.1 + the new theme + some improvements. Nevertheless, despite the problems, I still consider to be an app with some great potential and continue to use it. [Thanks to MozillaZine for the link.]

Mandrake security alert: Updated mtools packages fix local root vulnerability

Sebastian Krahmer found that the mformat program, when installed suid root, can create any file with 0666 permissions as root, and that it also does not drop privileges when reading local configuration files. The updated packages remove the suid bit from mformat.

Sendmail takes sender authentication seriously

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2004 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sendmail, Inc., which claims that more than 60% of the world's email traffic runs on its messaging servers, announced Monday that it is developing and promoting sender authentication technologies that are designed to prevent email address spoofing, forging and email fraud. The open source technology will follow Sendmail's plug-in framework.

Open Source Software: A Gift Of Technology

  • Techtree.com (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2004 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The National Conference on Open Source Software (OSS) was held by MAIT at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumba i to discuss the use of OSS in different networking systems.

World's first embedded Linux product

MontaVista Software and Access Technologies, today announced they have teamed up to provide a complete Linux-based development platform and embedded browser solution for TI's OMAP platform (OMAP 1510 Innovator). ACCESS will demonstrate the joint solution at 3GSM World Congress 2004 (Hall 4 stand L29).

National Instruments Delivers Motion Control for Linux, VxWorks Platforms

Engineers who were once limited to developing motion control applications on the Windows platform now can use the Motion Hardware Driver Development Kit to create embedded motion systems in varied platforms such as Linux, VxWorks and RTX.

OpenPKG 2.0 released

The OpenPKG project releases version 2.0 of the unique cross-platform software packaging facility.

HP Jumps on Opteron Bandwagon

  • San Jose Mercury News (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2004 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
HP won't adapt any of its own operating systems to run on Opteron because Linux and Windows will be the primary software for Opteron servers. But HP continues to adapt its operating systems to run on Itanium chips.

X Marks the Spot: Looking back at X11 Developments of Past Year

  • OSnews (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2004 3:56 AM EDT)
For the past year, there has been a slow and steady stream of news events regarding XFree86, X11, or new X server implementations. To those not paying close attention (and even those who are), the meaning of some of these events may not be clear. In this brief article, I attempt to share my impression on what the changes mean for users of free software on the desktop. It appears that XFree86 is in some turmoil, and it may leave some to infer that free desktop systems will suffer.

Novell Announces Two New Linux Programs

Novell launched its Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) program, including the CLE Practicum exam, and the SUSE Certified Linux Professional certification, which recognizes expertise on the SUSE Linux distribution.

REAL Software Enters Linux Development Tools Market, REALbasic 5.5 Builds Software for Linux, Windows and Mac

...cross-platform software adds the ability to easily create Linux desktop and server applications.

Tarantella's new chief talks money

  • ZDNet.co.uk (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2004 3:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
Since Frank Wilde joined Tarantella as chief executive in December, he's brought in a new management team, and now a cool $16.4m in funding. ZDNet UK quizzed him about his plans to rebuild the company's fortunes

A first look at the new GIMP 2.0

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2004 3:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The GNU Image Manipulation Program, a.k.a. the GIMP, is a freely available and versatile graphic editor comparable to Adobe Photoshop and Jasc Paintshop Pro. This powerful program can refine photographs, generate animated images, and create graphics suitable for the Web and print. The highly anticipated version 2.0 of the GIMP, due out next month, will run under Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, and preview versions are now available for all three platforms. In this article we'll examine some of the key differences between the stable GIMP 1.2 and the upcoming version 2.0 of the software.

Automounter madness

  • Linux.com (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2004 3:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The world of automounters is a confusing one. For one thing, a single automounter wasn't enough, so there are two of them for Linux, called 'amd' and 'autofs'.

Certified Xandros Linux Laptops Target Education, Research, and Development Markets

  • Market Wire (press release) (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2004 5:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Xandros Teams With LinuxCertified to Provide Pre-Installed Linux Laptops with Full-Spectrum Connectivity and Universal File Sharing

Sendmail working on sender authentication in war on spam

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2004 5:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sendmail, Inc., which claims that more than 60 percent of the world's email traffic runs on its messaging servers, announced Monday that it is developing and promoting sender authentication technologies that are designed to prevent email address spoofing, forging, and email fraud. The open source technology will follow Sendmail's milter (mail filter) plug-in framework.

Lawrence Lessig to speak on "The Creators' Dilemma"

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2004 5:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), set for March 16-17 in San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel on Union Square, has added distinguished author and Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig as opening day keynote speaker. Lessig's speech "The Creators' Dilemma: Open Source, Open Society, Open Innovations" will sketch the boundaries

Linux 2.2.26 aka "2.2 is not dead" released

...so here we go, 2.2.26 final. I am very proud to announce this because it fixes several of security bugs including the last mremap() bug, the longer known hashing exploit possibility in the network stack and /dev/rtc leakage.

Linux Gets Security Boost from NSA

  • InternetNews.com (Posted by dave on Feb 24, 2004 5:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), also known as the codemakers and codebreakers cryptologic division within the Department of Defense, has helped to harden Linux with newly-released Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) kernel modifications.

Novell Launches New Certifications to Push Linux

The two programs are called the Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) program, and the SuSE certified Linux professional certification.

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