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2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Features Networking on a Planetary Scale and Network Security Breakthroughs

BOSTON, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- From the animated world of Pixar Animation Studios to the around-the-world network of PlanetLab, the 2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, May 30 - June 3 in Boston, presents cutting-edge technologies in a wide variety of environments. Featuring five days of training -- 30-full- and half-day tutorials -- USENIX '06 provides immediately useful information on the latest techniques, effective tools, and best strategies on topics including Ajax, administering Linux, next-generation storage networking and VoIP.

At university, GroupWise on Linux beats out Exchange

AN FRANCISCO -- For Golden Gate University, patience and sticking with a legacy application may end up paying dividends. An e-mail/collaboration package and related products long used by the university have matured to a point of being positioned for a glove-like fit with the university's aggressive new Linux and open source strategy.

Jitterbit 0.9.10 Beta Released

  • Jitterbit; By Dan (Posted by doxen on May 1, 2006 1:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Jitterbit has released 0.9.10 beta of its Open Source Integration software.

The new release of Jitterbit includes a standalone Jitterbit Apache server included in the installation that is meant to eliminate conflicts with other software that uses Apache or port 80. You can get directly to the downloads at the link below.

Download Jitterbit 0.9.10

Security Startup Targets 0day problem

A new security company says it has developed a novel approach to protecting PCs from software that exploits unpatched Windows vulnerabilities. Exploit Prevention Labs Inc., founded in 2005 by some of the same executives behind the PestPatrol antispyware product, has developed software that scans network traffic for known exploits, called 0days, which take advantage of unpatched bugs in Windows software.

FSF supports average users with high-priority list

  • NewsForge; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dcparris on May 1, 2006 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: GNU
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is frequently considered an organization for developers rather than end users, but Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF, would disagree. "We don't just want freedom for software developers," Brown said in a telephone call interview last month. "We want freedom for all." One of the ways that the FSF promotes this goal is with its high-priority project list.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Implements DataCore Software to Achieve Higher Levels of Business Continuity

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, has selected and installed DataCore's SANsymphony software to manage its growing storage area network (SAN) complex that serves over 5,000 users and adds an automatic fail- over architecture to eliminate downtime from failures, upgrades and change requests. Data is absolutely critical to hospital operations and patients' well-being, so it must be not only highly available, but safeguarded against catastrophe. Downtime previously incurred by routine tasks, such as maintenance and upgrades also has to be eliminated in order to spare users from the pain of disruption.

Safend Finds Weakness in Linux Random Number Generator

TEL AVIV, Israel – Safend has said that Zvi Gutterman, CTO and co-founder of Safend, has discovered several security vulnerabilities in Linux, the most common open source project. As Safend's CTO, Gutterman designs key technologies such as the algorithms and theory behind Safend Auditor and Safend Protector implementation and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recently, he has been conducting analysis of the Linux Random Number Generator (LRNG) along with Benny Pinkas from the University of Haifa and Tzachy Reinman from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Red Hat to Present at Investor Events

RALEIGH, N.C. --(Business Wire)-- May 1, 2006 -- Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced it will present at the following investor events.

Open Source is Becoming an Essential Part of Services Portfolios ...

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – According to a recent IDC study, open source is becoming a fundamental aspect of services portfolios for IBM Global Services, HP Services (HPS), Unisys, Novell, and other major services providers. The study also reveals that open source is moving up on the investment agenda of companies worldwide, as services providers (mostly services arms of technology companies) have formalized support, training, and certification services to encourage adoption of open source (principally Linux) on their products. As open source software goes mainstream, IDC finds that services vendors must further develop open source capabilities in order to meet their clients' needs and attract new customers.

Risks Digest Vol. 24 Iss. 26

  • ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; By Peter G. Neumann (moderator) (Posted by incinerator on May 1, 2006 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Community
Another issue of ACM's excellent digest about the risks of using computers in our society.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Selects Linux Networx Supercomputers for Earth and Space Sciences Research

SALT LAKE CITY, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux Networx, The Linux Supercomputing Company, today announced that Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has ordered a Custom Supersystem for the NASA Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The new system is designed to dramatically increase throughput for applications ranging from studying weather and climate variability to simulating astrophysical phenomena. The system will supplement the NCCS architecture with improved price/performance and is designed to scale to as many as 40 trillion floating-point operations per second (TFLOPS) in its full configuration.

Review: New Mono-Based Applications for GNOME in Fedora Core 5--Part 1

As long as Red Hat refused to touch Mono--the open source, multi-platform implementation of Microsoft's .Net framework--various power struggles and problems were occurring. So why include Mono in Fedora Core 5, given the controversies and the fact that Mono isn't strictly necessary for the future of GNOME? Dee-Ann LeBlanc files this report on the technology behind one of GNOME's new Mono-based apps: Beagle.

Linux vs. Windows Vista vs. Leopard

2008 will be a critical year for Apple, Microsoft, and the Linux contingent. If Apple can't significantly expand its presence by then in the PC market it is likely going to be finished with this segment. Its likely path in that case will be to focus more aggressively on the consumer electronics market it currently dominates.

Music Collection Sharing With Rhythmbox

  • raouls land reloaded; By raoul (Posted by raoulsland on May 1, 2006 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
Actually, this title is not very descriptive, as sharing music with Rhythmbox takes only one click of the mouse. However, this article intends to provide an overview of what happens behind the scenes after this mouse button has been pressed and how Rhythmbox and Avahi work together in order to make the sharing of music such an easy task.

Open enterprise: Schwartz doesn't get Linux

Scott McNealy is out. Jonathan Schwartz is in. And the future never looked brighter for Sun Microsystems—or so we're told. But if Sun's new CEO is going to convince me that his company can remain a dominant player in enterprise software, first he's going to have to get his story straight, particularly when it comes to Linux and open source.

Ark Linux Live released for testing

The Ark Linux team has announced the release of the first test version of Ark Linux Live, a Live CD edition of the Ark Linux operating system.

DistroWatch Weekly: Freespire, BSD releases, Kevin Carmony, GRUB with XFS

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 1, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. This issue focuses on Linspire, or more precisely Freespire, a new distribution built with the same user-friendly aspects as its commercial partner, but without the price tag; besides revisiting the Freespire press release, we also bring you an interview with Kevin Carmony, the company's CEO. The news section then informs about all the recent BSD releases, brings news from the Slackware current changelog, and provides updates on the development of Kubuntu. Robert Storey is back with his "tips and tricks" column, advising on how to use GRUB with the XFS file system. Finally, its our pleasure to announce that the April 2006 donation of US$260 goes to the Doxygen project. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Is XP crippling my Telecom ADSL?

Faster broadband, but only for Linux users?

Logicblaze, MySQL Enable SOA for LAMP, AJAX Connectivity

LogicBlaze has entered into an agreement with MySQL AB, under which LogicBlaze will distribute LogicBlaze FUSE for MySQL, a configuration developed exclusively for the MySQL database. Under the agreement, LogicBlaze will resell support for MySQL through the MySQL Network and offer product delivery and coordinated support through subscriptions to its Community-oriented Real-time Engineering (CoRE) Network, which delivers a suite of services for open source SOA, including consulting, training, developer assistance and enterprise production support.

Federal Aviation Administration Migrates to Red Hat Enterprise ...

Red Hat has said that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) saved the federal government more than $15 million in datacenter operating and upgrading costs by migrating to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The FAA executed a major systems migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in one-third of the original scheduled time and with 30 percent more operational efficiency than the previous system. In addition, by switching to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the FAA realized 50 percent savings and spent less than $10 million on a project initially estimated at $25 million.

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