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Get the Facts: Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion about the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation

Lafarge cements its security with Smoothwall

Cement and building materials maker Lafarge has begun rolling out Linux-based firewall Smoothwall throughout its African operations.

Debian Weekly News - April 4th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Apr 4, 2006 11:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Robert Millan [1]reported that he has built a CD installer images for GNU/kFreeBSD on [2]AMD64. Joey Schulze earlier [3]announced that the changelog files have been regenerated on the new [4] system.

MIT Professor Dismisses Laptop Criticism

  • The Associated Press; By BRIAN BERGSTEIN (Posted by tadelste on Apr 4, 2006 10:44 AM EDT)
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who hopes to distribute $100 laptops to the world's children dismissed recent criticisms Tuesday and said his project could begin distributing the computers by early next year. Kicking off the LinuxWorld conference in Boston, Nicholas Negroponte said he was undeterred by skepticism from two of the leading forces in computing, Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. "When you have both Intel and Microsoft on your case, you know you're doing something right," Negroponte said, prompting applause from the audience of several hundred open-source software devotees.

Fedora Core 5 Review

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by h00pla on Apr 4, 2006 10:01 AM EDT)
Fedora Core is a distribution developed by a community of developers sponsored by RedHat. Fedora is the descendant, so to speak, of RedHat's distribution for individual users, which they stopped selling a few years ago.

Applying the reverse of the Star Trek curse, I usually skip the even numbered Fedora Core releases. And since Fedora Core 5 was just released, and 5 being an odd number, I give you my customary combination how-to/review of this latest Linux distribution.

Thinking outside of the wireless box

Wireless connections are great for liberating us from our desks but have you ever thought of what else you could achieve with a bit of time and a few less wires? <i>Wireless Network Hacks and Mods for Dummies</i> throws the rulebook out the window and comes up with some imaginative ways to exploit wireless technology.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.6 update

Intel and PowerPC; client and server

Linux Phone Standards Forum Announced

Michel Gien introduces the Linux Phone Standards Forum, a consortium aimed at facilitating the use of Linux for telephony applications in general, and mobile phones in particular.(MP3, 4:21 mins.)

Virtualization, On Demand, And Open Source Stirring Stagnant ...

Software makers are failing to give their customers and themselves the tools and mindset needed to grow in tomorrow's business environment. But that's changing, said Jason Maynard, director of equity research for Credit Suisse Securities, at the InformationWeek Spring Conference.

An Open-Source Lightning Rod

One weekend back in December, Marc Fleury was hunched over his computer, absorbed in writing a fervent, almost preachy and completely self-serving blog about why IBM (IBM ) and BEA Systems Inc. (BEAS ) will never be able to best his tiny but growing open-source company, JBoss Inc. His 6-year-old daughter walked up to him and asked: "Daddy, why are you still working on a Sunday? Is IBM still after you?" He laughed and replied: "Yes, darling...but now a whole industry is ganging up on us."

Reinventing the wheel

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 4, 2006 5:16 AM EDT)
Free Software Magazine's Editor In Chief Tony Mobily talks on the importance of NOT reinventing the wheel.

Dr. Dobb's Linux Digest- October 2005

Fault tolerance, Live CDs, Audio editing,Encryption, distibution news, instant messaging clients, vector graphics, Linuxpodcasts and book reviews

SA Home Affairs stamps Linux visa

The South African Department of Home Affairs plans to roll out Suse Linux and Novell Groupwise to its 635 foreign missions, border posts and local offices.

Gregarius aggregator succeeds with feeds

Using Really Simple Syndication (RSS) or Atom feeds to check your favorite sites and blogs can be a big time-saver. However, if you use more than one computer or operating system, managing your feeds and tracking updates is more difficult. Gregarius, a Web-based server-side aggregator that supports RSS, RDF, and Atom feeds, can help.

Report: Novell Chips Away at Microsoft's Desktop Dominance

In an effort to break some of Microsoft's stranglehold on the desktop, Novell is taking new steps in the product and pricing arenas to attract customers who want to move either gradually or quickly to Linux. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Softwarepatent of the month

The German division of have awarded Philips and the European Patent Office the “nosoftwarepatent of the month” for its patent on right mouse-clicks to bring up context menus.

Ibm Teams With Novell On Linux-Based Middleware

Unveiled at LinuxWorld in Boston, the first offering, put together by Novell, includes the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Websphere Application Server Community Edition and DB2 Express-C. Initially, the bundle will be available through Avnet’s partner channel. Also contained in the bundle is the IBM eServer xSeries or BladeCenter servers with either external or internal storage.

HP offers open-source software bundles

Hewlett-Packard plans to package their products in bundles called HP's Open Source Integrated Portfolio, the computer maker plans to announce Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo Tuesday. The bundles combine open-source "building blocks"--including the JBoss Application Server, JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite, and Symas' Connexitor Directory Services software--with Linux, Windows or HP's version of Unix, HP-UX.

Microsoft Fallout: Rep. DeLay Won't Seek Reelection

We received an email from Dr. Nelson this evening alerting us to the pending resignation of Tom DeLay. Dr. Nelson serves as an advocate for unemployed technology workers who have lost their jobs as a result of cheap labor furnished by H-1B workers. He has found that Microsoft lobbied for increases in worker Visa programs while obliterating the workforce protections of the Age Discrimination In Employment Act of 1967, as Amended. The Act designates U.S. citizens over age 40 as a "protected class" so designated to insure US supremacy in the field of technology innovation.

Many believe that Microsoft's intent in lobbying for H1B Visas had more to do with destroying the pool of knowledgeable programmers and administrators familiar with the UNIX operating system than in finding technology workers.

You can visit Dr. Nelson's web site to find extensive research and information putting our friends in Redmond in the forefront of the DeLay-Abramoff affair. Meanwhile, we will continue to monitor these events with the help of Dr. Nelson.

Vendors, Customers Should Set Xen Standards High

Opinion: A specter of vendor-introduced incompatibilities looms, but an appropriate level of Xen standardization will carry the day.

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