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LXer Weekly Security Roundup - Feb 23, 2004 to Mar 01, 2004

There were 15 security alerts issued last week:
  • 5 from Debian
  • 1 from Fedora
  • 1 from Immunix
  • 3 from Mandrake
  • 1 from Mozilla
  • 2 from Red Hat
  • 1 from SUSE
  • 1 from Trustix

Sweda Announces Linux Version of Aurora Supermarket POS Application

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 11:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open Source Version of Proven Performer Delivers Major Cost Benefits to Grocers

KDE Traffic #75 is out

  • KDE Traffic (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 10:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE Traffic #75 is out with news regarding KDE's future, KDE Edu, HTML message composition for KMail and more. In case you missed the previous edition, which wasn't announced on the dot due to personal problems, follow the link to KDE Traffic #74. [Thanks to KDE.news.]

Novell ready for bite of China's Linux market

  • Asia Computer Weekly (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Novell is set to make inroads into China’s Linux market this year, after partnership talks with major Chinese Linux vendor RedFlag and the unveiling of its Linux products.

China targets Microsoft with software law

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Officials say a new law will be announced by this summer requiring a minimum percentage of software bought by the government be produced in China. That's crucial in a country where the government accounts for 25 percent of the $30 billion software market.

Get a free listing in gov't open source reference -- but hurry!

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 5:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The deadline for the Open Source Reference Book 2004 published by The Center of Open Source and Government is March first. Listings are free, and almost any kind of open source-oriented business, non-profit group or open source project qualifies for inclusion.

Mozilla Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability Reported and Fixed

  • MozillaZine (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Mozilla
roseman wrote in to tell us about a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Mozilla, which was discovered and fixed in December last year. An advisory from Secunia refers to the flaw as "Less critical", while a SecurityTracker note gives more precise details of the bug, which could allow a malicious site to read another site's cookies or access other data recently submitted by the user.

Mozilla Firefox on Sharp Zaurus PDA

The pdaXrom team, found at http://www.pdaXrom.org, has been successful in making Mozilla Firefox run on the Sharp Zaurus series PDA (at the moment only the C7X0 series), which means that users now can use this wonderful browser for 'pocket browsing'. :-)

GNU/Linux Use Growing in China and Israel

  • GrokLaw (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 4:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Chinese officials are saying that they will announce a law by summer that will require that a certain percentage of all software used by the government be produced in China. No one yet knows how much the percentage will be, though some say as much as 70%, but they are predicting that GNU/Linux will benefit, no matter what the percentage chosen...

MS-open source hostilities

  • Philippines Daily News (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 4:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
META Group said the rivalry is not against Microsoft and the open source community but rather between commercial software business and the open source industry.

The relevance of Linux in a stagnant IT market

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 4:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software (OSS) originated from exactly this scenario in universities where talent is available but the budgets are not always as big as they should be." The result was powerful and flexible software with little or no cost that was shared by users so that everyone could benefit.

The People Behind KDE: Aaron Seigo

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Feb 29, 2004 4:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
At The People Behind KDE this week an interview with the man who represents what working and contributing to a project like KDE stands for.

Spain plans second largest supercomputer

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2004 6:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The Spanish computer will be built over four years by IBM, and use the Linux operating system, the government said in a news conference.

Toward a new kind of Linux distribution

To allow optimization for depth, a new kind of distribution is needed--a componentized distribution from which users may build platforms from the bottom up, including only the features and technologies their products require. Progeny is building such a distribution, which we call (cleverly enough) componentized Linux. Furthermore, we are building it in the open as a community project in the hopes that others will be intrigued with the concept, collaborate with us on the component infrastructure and underlying open-source technologies (Anaconda, APT, etc.) and ultimately build their own components too.

The Linux Booting Process

In this article we will explore how most Linux distributions boot, in some detail. I haven't seem many full explanations of this, and it's not terribly complex, although it is somewhat long. I will use a Red Hat 9 system to explain it, but most distributions should be almost the same... except Slackware and its derivatives.

Desktop functionality I'd like to see

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2004 4:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Windowing environments are in their third decade, and they still do little more than open and close. There's no reason windows can't be more sophisticated.

Community: Beyond an Open Source Java

  • Linux Today (Posted by Galik on Feb 28, 2004 4:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Sun
The Open Source community would be overjoyed, and the Java user community would be relieved, if Sun were to guarantee the perpetually open nature of Java by Open Source-ing its implementations. But what's in it for Sun?

World Bank Report Offers Open Source Insights

  • OpenEnterpriseTrends.com (Posted by dave on Feb 27, 2004 4:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The World Bank recently issued a report on Open Source software, providing international agencies and governments some instructive guidelines on the its use of Open Source, and how best to implement Open Source solutions to tie in with existing commercial software from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and others.

Online reviews of Linux software for the Sharp Zaurus

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Feb 27, 2004 4:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PDA Buyer's Guide has published an extensive article reviewing a number of commercial and free applications available for Sharp's popular Zaurus line of PDAs based on embedded Linux and Qtopia.

Microsoft Head Talks Linux

Microsoft has gone on the warpath trying to convince customers it is safer and, more importantly, cheaper to choose Windows over Linux. In fact it has been the basis of a recent ad campaign.

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