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Security the focus as Debian upgrades

Linux vendor Debian has released an update to its popular GNU/Linux distribution, with security-related bugfixes a key feature.

Virtualization

  • lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Dec 20, 2005 11:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups
There were times when we had 8 bit processors with a clock rate of 1MHz, and most of the time, these processors were waiting for us, not us for them.

Novell bringing Linux to American schools

Kevan Barney of the Novell Open PR blog gives a couple of examples of Novell bringing great Linux solutions to American schools. The first example shows how Novell provided open source solutions to the Whitfield School of St. Louis, Missouri. The second example is an excerpt from Government Technology, a e-zine covering solutions for state and local goverment in the information age. A telling excerpt from the article "We've rejected one-time deals, or free-the-first-year deals, because that doesn't help with sustainability," Huffman said. "We don't want to get three years into this project and realize that's as far as the fiscal plan will take us."

Firefox Gets Blogging Extension

  • WebProNews; By David A. Utter (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 11:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nick Wilson and Jed Brown at Performancing built a Firefox extension that launches a blog entry editor and publishes to Blogger, Moveable Type, or WordPress from within the browser.

Sun: No Rush to Open Software

  • eWEEK Linux; By Peter Galli (Posted by dcparris on Dec 20, 2005 10:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun's chief open-source officer says the company's process of open-sourcing its software stack will not be rushed and will not happen quickly.

Red Hat Magazine | December 2005

We've been busy collaborating. The movement is open source culture and we have an issue to prove it.

Identity management bandwagon on a roll

  • Reg Developer; By Martin Banks (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 9:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Who does what with an enterprise IT system can be quite important. This is even more the case given the glut of new regulations and laws governing how businesses are run in a post-Enron/Worldcom world, even if it only means that the right company director can be taken outside and shot. So knowing which people should have access to what systems and trapping the meddlers –whether malicious or incompetent – is now a core component of sound compliance management.

That is one reason why Identity Management systems are now getting to be big business.

Applied Innovation Announces Product Convergence

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 9:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Consolidation decreases cost; simplifies product offering for converging carriers

Open source principles just the beginning

Leading tech companies and academia have agreed to make intellectual property from selected research collaborations free for commercial and academic use.

EU judge rejects think tank involvement in Microsoft appeal

The European Court Judge handling Microsoft Corp's appeal against European Commission antitrust sanctions has dismissed the attempts of a number of Microsoft supporters to intervene in the appeals process.

[Ed: Unfortunately, they still have quite a list of supporters and the likely view of the court appears to be affected by the fact that it is overhauling its handling of monopolist practices. - dcparris]

Adding Your Code to the Kernel: A Book Excerpt

From their book's section on adding your own code to the kernel, the authors demonstrate how device drivers are represented in the filesystem.

Open source for governments

  • Computerworld Singapore; By Kenneth Liew (Posted by dcparris on Dec 20, 2005 6:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More and more countries are embracing the collaborative model of open source on a national level to fend off caged IT models. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s (IDA) Technology Group has positioned Linux as a medium term technology bet, which means one to three years to mass adoption.

[Ed: This is an excellent article for our government tech readers, and offers great information about some of the migrations completed or in progress. - dcparris]

Red Hat shifts Skanska to Linux

Red Hat said Tuesday that it has completed converting the core financial systems of construction giant Skanska to Red Hat's Linux Enterprise operating system.

Linux: 2.6.15-rc6, Stable Release Before New Year

Linux creator Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.15-rc6 release candidate kernel today, suggesting that the final 2.6.15 was still on track for a release before the end of the year. He described it as "slightly delayed by me being away for a week, and now Andrew is gone, but looking at the changes, they all seem to be pretty trivial". Linus went on to summarize:

"The shortlog really says it all. Apart from some sparse annotations from Al, it's all random small things. But do give it a try, because Santa Claus has his CIA spooks checking y'all out, and naughty people don't get any of the loot."

Tech possibilities abound at EAC

  • Eastern Arizona Courier; By Alysa Phillips (Posted by dcparris on Dec 20, 2005 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For decades, Arizona's larger cities have stolen the Gila Valley's youth by offering better-paying jobs and more career options, but Eastern Arizona College's computer staff hopes to reverse the trend.

[Ed: If you're education-minded, and looking at Eastern Arizona College, you'll be glad to know they are offering Linux+ certification. - dcparris]

Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout writer needs help -any volunteers?

  • LXer.com; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
After reading George Ou's articles Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout and Could Desktop Linux really be so slow?, one might consider him a candidate for Microsoft's Get the Facts web page. He's ill informed but might do well as a body double for B.D. Wong. When it comes to PC's, he's over his head.

Ni-daqmx 8 Drivers Expand Linux Support

National Instruments continues its support for Linux as a test and measurement platform by tripling the number of products that can use the operating system to over 200 instruments. NI-DAQmx 8 drivers for Linux support PCI, PCI Express, and PXI bus-based instruments, including data-acquisition, signal conditioning, dynamic signal acquisition, and switching hardware.

Additional new NI instrument drivers for Linux cover digital multimeters, high-speed digitizers, arbitrary waveform generators, and instrument-control devices. National Instruments also now supports Linux installation for select PXI and VXI controllers.

Dell will bundle Firefox in the UK

  • Geek.com; By Joshua (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Browser bundling has become popular again. We reported in October that Hewlett-Packard will begin bundling Netscape with its HP and Compaq branded computers in 2006. Now, it seems reports floating around about Dell bundling Firefox on its computers sold in the U.K. are totally true, according to Blake Ross, one of the Firefox developers.

Is Linux Desktop ready for prime time?

One of the things that has facinated me on Linux is the question of when it would be ready for real general release (and not just for geeks). To understand my position, I have been involved with Unix for better than 17 years and would consider myself a "rusty" master of the OS. I have not been diligent in keeping up with the changes and permutations, so I get surprised occasionally.

[Ed: I thought everyone knew about K3B. Isn't that just a front-end for cdrecord? Frankly, I think the guy *is* a little rusty. - dcparris]

Nokia's open source director on the 770 Internet Tablet

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Dec 20, 2005 12:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- LinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum recently discussed the new 770 Internet tablet with Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source software operations. The following article presents a summary of their discussion, along with Lehrbaum's quick first impressions of the new device. Enjoy . . .

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