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Us government seeks the open road

  • InfoWorld (Posted by dave on Mar 13, 2004 4:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source may have flown under the radar at many government agencies, but that could soon change, says Tony Stanco, organizer of the Open Source in Government conference series at the Center for Open Source and Government at George Washington University. Stanco anticipates major discussions among government agencies about large-scale open source implementations at the conference this week in Washington.

MySQL addresses open-source license problem

  • CNET News.com (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 8:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
MySQL, an open-source database company, has taken a step to mend a rift in the open-source world by updating a controversial licensing provision that had broken a close tie between the MySQL database and another software package.

Debian alert: New samba packages fix privilege escalation in smbmnt

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 8:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Debian
Samba was found to contain a vulnerability whereby a local user could use the "smbmnt" utility, which is setuid root, to mount a file share from a remote server which contained setuid programs under the control of the user. These programs could then be executed to gain privileges on the local system.

Canadian Linux sponsors open-source weekend

  • Globetechnology.com (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Canadian Linux Users' Exchange, a non-profit organization mandated to increase professionalism, exposure and participation of Linux by corporate, government and academic environments across Canada, is sponsoring an Open Source Weekend at Carleton University, Ottawa, on Saturday March 27.

14 Firms Form Consortium in Japan to Promote Linux-Based Operating System

  • Kyodo News International, Tokyo (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 4:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The consortium, called Nature's Linux Alliance (NLA), is led by IP Telecom Inc. in Sapporo, and will provide infrastructures for a new generation of network services for government offices and companies, they said.

Security appliance gets PKI certification

  • GCN.com (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A security gateway from a Salt Lake City company has met the Defense Department’s public-key infrastructure certification requirements...The FIA Gateway appliance has two 2.8-GHz processors and a custom Linux kernel.

Lindows: Trademark case could get expensive

Microsoft wants a big chunk of change from Lindows in the companies' continuing trademark dispute in Europe, Lindows said Friday.

A plea for relief from Microsoft's escalating anti-competitive tactics.

An open letter to antitrust, competition, consumer and trade practice monitoring agency officials worldwide.

Living the Open Source Community Lifestyle

  • AllAfrica.com (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 9:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The broad-scale promotion of open source software and open standards within the South African public sector as well as in education and business, will have a profound impact on the way software systems are specified, designed and implemented.

GNU-Darwin founder plays politics with free software

In a recent journal entry at Advogato, Michael Love, the founder and lead developer of GNU-Darwin has posted a reminder of GNU-Darwin's disapproval of U.S. policy. His non-mainstraim views are an example of the politcal extremism we've become desensitized to over the years. Here is the question: is it a good idea to use a position as the head of popular free software projects to publish political propaganda?

Actuate turns to China for Linux support

  • CNET News.com (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 9:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Actuate's new research and development center in China will play a pivotal role in its Linux strategy, according to a senior company executive. San Francisco-based Actuate sells business intelligence software, designed to help companies analyze their operations by generating reports from data sources such as spreadsheets and databases.

Linux tech center planned for Baghdad, seeks textbook donations

  • DesktopLinux (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The LUG of Iraq is establishing a Linux Center in Baghdad to conduct training in all levels of Linux usage, administration, and development. With a mission to launch a Linux-based training lab and a lending library, the organization seeking global assistance in setting up the program.

Interview with Doug Turner and Chris Hofmann of the Minimo Project

Minimo is a new Gecko-based browser built for PDAs and other mobile devices. Check in for the interview and for screenshots of the mobile versions of OSNews and NMC rendering under Minimo. [Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for the link.]

Open Source's Money Troubles

  • InternetNews.com (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, MySQL
Open source projects have a fanatical band of devotees and growing momentum in the enterprise. But there remains a pain point: monetizing the business. How can companies contribute to open source and see a financial return on the resources they invest? Next week's Open Source Business Conference 2004, held in San Francisco, hopes to provide some answers.

Chris Stone to Open Inaugural Open Source Business Conference

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Chris Stone, Novell's vice chairman, office of the CEO, will deliver the opening keynote of the inaugural Open Source Business Conference (OSBC 2004), taking place March 16-17 in San Francisco.

Open source advocates wary of FTA

  • Sydney Morning Herald (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 6:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australian open source developers and advocates are wary of the trade deal struck with the US, saying it would lead to the acceptance of American-style patent and intellectual property laws which, in turn, would cripple the local software industry.

OpenPKG Alert: OpenPKG Security Advisory (uudeview)

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 6:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: OpenPKG
Alerted by a posting on Bugtraq [1] the UUDeview [2] package was reviewed. It was found that 0.5.19 and later contains a bug which leads to failure retrieving the filename during decode. All versions suffered from insecure temporary file handling. Version 0.5.20 contains bug fixes for the parsing of header lines, exact handling of maximum line length and fixes for two buffer overflows which needed backporting. The corected packages listed above remedy all of these problems.

Mandrake Linux 10 Community Edition: The Potential is Now Obvious

  • OSnews (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 6:02 AM EDT)
I have completely skipped Mandrake Linux 9.2 because previous versions of Mandrake Linux were not exactly that "glamorous". However, I wanted to try out the new Linux kernel 2.6.x on my new Linare PC and so I decided to give Mandrake 10.0 Community Edition a spin. Here are some quick thoughts on it on how MandrakeSoft has earned back my trust with this release.

Debian alert: New xitalk packages fix local group utmp exploit

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Debian
Steve Kemp from the GNU/Linux audit project discovered a problem in xitalk, a talk intercept utility for the X Window System. A local user can exploit this problem and execute arbitrary commands under the GID utmp. This could be used by an attacker to remove traces from the utmp file.

Windows, Linux Highlights From Around the Web

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by dave on Mar 12, 2004 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A nice roundup of recent happening in the Linux universe.

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