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Linux Advisory Watch - October 28, 2005

This week, advisories were released for mozilla, module-assistant, eric, sudo, libgda2, imlib, koffice, net-snmp, lynx, RTF, Netpbm, cURL, Zope, phpMyAdmin, ethereal, pam, and fetchmail. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

ZDNet UK Goes Too Far to Get Hits with Cheap Shot

Stephen Shankland wrote an article entitled: 'Desktop Linux 'like teenage sex'. (sic) And while the underlying article appeared up to scale, the headline doesn't belong in the technical press.

Getting Kids Into Computing

It's a given that children need at least basic computing skills. Should you encourage your kids to consider a computing career? What if they turn into fat, nearsighted, socially-impaired, tunnel-visioned geeks?

Debian Security Advisory DSA 874-1

Buffer overflow in lynx, a text-mode browser for the WWW that can be remotely exploited.

New Linux with an Old Laptop: Fedora Core 4

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By Apostasy (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 27, 2005 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
Guest Editor Apostasy has decided to take a look at current distributions and how they perform and install on an older laptop.

PowerPC development board available with Linux tools, chassis

IBM's DeveloperWorks has reviewed an inexpensive PowerPC development board aimed at Linux and eCos projects. The $650 TAMS 3011 "Moab" SBC (single-board computer) is a PCI card for use with passive backplanes. It is available with Linux and eCos tools and a powered three-slot PCI chassis.

Bryant University standardizes on Linux

Bryant University in Rhode Island was ranked the the "second most connected campus in America" by the Princeton Review in October 2004. The school offers a wide variety of Web services, including online registration and course materials, a digital asset library, and a large interconnected campus, and they're all powered by Linux.

Free program translates Euro languages to/from English

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Heise Online reports that GlobalWare AG is offering individuals, universities, and public institutions open source translation software that runs on Linux. The software, called OpenLogos, reportedly translates between English and German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

OpenLogos requires the presence of a PostgreSQL database and must be currently be run from the Linux command line. The program also supports translation between German and either French or Spanish. Plans are in the works to provide a GUI interface, so that the program does not need to be run from the command line.

Mobile Linux computing coding contest underway

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Oct 27, 2005 6:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A contest to create applications and find bugs in a mobile "Linux desktop server" is underway. Realm Systems will award $75,000 for the best entertainment, security, IT infrastructure, productivity, and "other" applications for its Black Dog Linux device, as well as for "most bug reports."

What Is a Linux Distribution

The Linux kernel may be the star of the show, but like any star, it needs a supporting cast. In this case, the supporting cast is known as a Linux distribution--a useful set of system and application programs bundled with the OS. Edd Dumbill serves up overviews of the major Linux distributions as well as the specialist distros, and for who (or what) each distro is best suited.

Paranoid Penguin - Single Sign-on and the Corporate Directory, Part I

Author Ti Leggett presents the first in a series of articles focused on building a secure corporate directory, including support for single-sign-on that's scalable up to thousands of users.

Project aims to bring native Linux apps to Motorola phones

A project to create an open source Linux 2.6 kernel for Linux-based Motorola mobile phones is underway. The "OpenEZX" project aims to allow users to install and run native Linux applications on their Motorola Linux phones

Linux Basics article

  • Linuxgangster.org; By natas (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 27, 2005 4:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Only the most basic stuff is covered here, the original article was for Oracle Administrators new to Linux.

Google and Open Source

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Oct 27, 2005 4:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

It's possible that Google may be the largest open source-based company on Earth. I'm guessing at that, and I might be wrong. Several years ago, in a conversation at Google with some of their honchos, one of them told me Google's plan was to have over a million servers behind its search service, all running on LInux. I don't know if that's come to pass yet. Or if it matters, frankly. But it's crossing my mind as I get ready to talk tomorrow (or soon thereafter) with Google's chiefopen source guru (technically, Open Source Project Manager),Chris DiBona.

If any of ya'll have some questions you'd like me to ask Chris, put them below, or

UIMA Architecture SDK v1.2 Released

SDK v1.2 is a multi-platform Java software architecture and framework for supporting the development, integration, and deployment of search and analysis technologies.

Judge Chides Microsoft Music Idea

"In a rare display of indignation, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly demanded an explanation Wednesday from Microsoft's lawyers and told them, 'This should not be happening'." [Is monopolism like alcoholism - once a monopolist, always a monopolist? Let's hope the lesson learned is the right lesson. - Ed]

The Eclipse Foundation: An open source means to an end

For this initial column, here is a quick overview of Eclipse and its governing body. I included a snapshot of the members in this issue to point out to those devoted to proprietary solutions to review the tables carefully, as your competitors may be listed.

GNU/Linux, OEMs, Microsoft, Computer vendors and the End User

Nishant writes: "Now, if I don’t want to use Windows at all, why should I pay for it? Is there no freedom for a computer buyer if he goes for branded ones?" [He goes on to make the case for a grassroots movement to expose vendors to GNU/Linux. - Ed]

How to Silence a Computer

  • Quiet PC USA; By Michael Farnsworth (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 27, 2005 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is more or less the article that appeared in the October issue of the prestigious and informative ‘EQ Magazine’. The article as it appeared in the magazine has some photos of some of the components mentioned in this article. Many thanks to Craig Anderton and the wonderful staff there. If you are into audio recording and production, this magazine is an excellent and invaluable resource.

Mysql CEO: Partnerships will propel OSS into mainstream

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jan Stafford (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 2:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, MySQL
In the business IT shop of the near future, open source software will gain equality with proprietary software, but it won't get there on its own power, said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. It will ride in on the coattails of major systems and software vendors, just as Linux won users after IBM endorsed it.

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