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Major X security hole found, plugged

Coverity Inc., which makes source code analysis software, announced May 2 that the biggest X Window System security vulnerability of the last six years has been identified and fixed, thanks to developers working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Thankfully, the hole was plugged within a week, according to the company.

Central Indiana Linux Users' Group and OfficeTone to Offer ...

The Asterisk Boot Camp will be held May 6 in Indianapolis.

Free Software and ZNet

  • ZNet; By Justin Podur (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
For several months ZNet, an activist website, has been exploring the possibility of converting to free software and so joining the 'free software movement', a movement that advocates for certain fundamental freedoms for computer users. Both ZNet and the free software movement will be described in more detail below.

Emu Software Achieves Novell Ready Partner Status

  •; By Press Release (Posted by sharonpr on May 2, 2006 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Novell
NetDirector supported to run on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Platforms


Research contract from US Department of Homeland Security results in rapid fix to “worst case scenario” security vulnerability in critical software system

Richard Stallman Sets the Free Software Record Straight

"Most operating systems were developed for commercial or technical motives, but GNU was developed for the sake of giving users the freedom to cooperate in a community," said Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project. "If users don't know this, they will be in danger of losing their freedom."

Scolarships from Red Hat for creating world class open source software

Here is a unique opportunity for all students residing in the Indian subcontinent to win scolarships from one of the leading open source software product companies.

Open Source rings the tills at Burger King franchises

  • Retail Bulletin (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Specialist EPOS provider Viridian Sun and distributor DED Limited offers retailers cost savings when it comes to their EPOS systems with Open Source.

Interview: Theo de Raadt

OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt began developing OpenBSD in October of 1995. KernelTrap first spoke with Theo back in November of 2001 [interview], around the time that OpenBSD 3.0 was released, discussing much of the early history of the project. The project has continued to offer regular releases of their "free, functional& secure" operating system every six months, with OpenBSD 3.9 made available yesterday, May 1, 2006.

In this latest interview, Theo examines the past five years of OpenBSD development. He also discusses the OpenBSD 3.9 theme song, "Blob!", detailing what blobs are, why OpenBSD avoids them, and how OpenBSD developers work to reverse engineer them. Looking to the development process, Theo talks about recent and future "mini-hackathons", small and focused OpenBSD development gatherings. Finally, Theo also discusses the OpenBSD project's funding issues, and the response to requests for funding from users of the project's OpenSSH software.

German IT agency to release open source security suite

  • Computer Partner; By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: GNU
Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) will present several new open source-based desktop and security applications on Wednesday at a local Linux event.

BSA offers £20k piracy bounty to rat on your boss

  •; By Andy McCue (Posted by henke54 on May 2, 2006 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Anti-software piracy group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) is offering a £20,000 reward to anyone who informs on their employer using illegal or unlicensed software. The BSA already has an online hotline for people to report the use of illegal software within UK organisations but it has now doubled the reward from £10,000 to £20,000 until the end of June this year.

[The dirty rats! The nice thing about the FOSS community is that you get to resolve most disputes amicably. In other words, "we don't do that here." Apologies to Warren Woodford - dcparris]

A Man of Letters: Szulik the Evangelist Defends Linux, the Open ...

  • Local Tech Wire; By Rick Smith (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – It’s a rare day indeed when chairmen and chief executive officers go public with complaints about a rival, let alone a long-time partner. But when Larry Ellison of Oracle took some pot shots at Red Hat in an interview with The Financial Times two weeks ago, the Red Hatters’ CEO Matthew Szulik was quick to respond.

Controlling your locale with environment variables

  •; By Bill Poser (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 7:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
People all over the world use Linux in dozens of languages. Since Linux's source code is free and open, speakers of minority languages can add support for their languages themselves, even though a large corporation might not consider them a worthwhile market. If you use more than one language, or a language other than English, you should know about Linux's use of locales to support different languages. Indeed, understanding locales can be useful even if you only use English.

Microsoft exec calls for calm on OSS site

Special to LXer: 2-May-06

Microsoft extended an olive branch to the open source community with the launch of Port 25, but visitors to the Web site have been treating the branch as if it were poison ivy.

[Lxer regulars will enjoy this one. Word of warning: Loftis is apparently confused about the Korea issue - that was very recent. Otherwise, he was dead on about what LXer's new Editor-in-Chief said. - dcparris]

Linux powers WLAN switch, access point stacks

Devicescape has partnered with wireless and wireline switch and router specialist LVL7 on Linux-based "wireless LAN switch" software expected to ship this quarter. LVL7's FastPath Wireless LAN stack leverages Devicescape's Wireless Infrastructure Platform (WIP) to support a variety of intelligent wireless network capabilities useful in enterprise environments, the companies say.

Global firm extends free open source training to Filipinos

  •; By Erwin Lemuel Oliva (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: JBoss
EXIST Engineering, a global company founded by a Filipino, is providing open source technology training in Manila this month, learned.

Linux Dependency tree

Linux dependency tree is an attempt to organise common linux libraries and their dependecies into a human readable diagram. The diagram can be used freely by anyone. [Link here: - dcparris]

Self-configuring WiFi stack eases device setup

Wireless networking specialist Devicescape has added standards-based self-configuration capabilities to its WiFi stacks for consumer electronic devices and wireless infrastructure products, including those based on Linux. The "Easy Access" capabilities are based on Wi-Fi Alliance standards, and make setting up secure, WPA2-encrypted wireless networking trivial, the company claims.

Open letter to academics on Microsoft's 2020 Science Group

The Age newspaper's IT section had a front-page article discussing a letter sent by a group of women researchers to Bill Gates about Microsoft's 2020 Science Group programme. In essence, the women were raising the issue that no women researchers were included in that group. I decided to write my own letter in response to some of these women researchers, pointing out that there may be better ways to harness womens' research energies towards a better world in 2020, than by aligning themselves to Microsoft.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Securing Your Server, Part 2

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on May 2, 2006 12:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Last week in part 1 we changed a bale of passwords. Today we'll take two more important steps to lock down our Asterisk@Home server: make sure that all Web administration traffic is encrypted, and lock down OpenSSH more tightly.

By default, Asterisk@Home sets up OpenSSH to run after installation, and to accept root logins. Accepting remote root logins is not the best security practice..

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