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Linux Install Series Part 2: Backing up your Mac before taking the plunge...

  • Open Engineering; By Amit Uttamchandani (Posted by amituttam on Dec 30, 2006 1:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
A good read for Mac users as well as all Linux/UNIX users. Some good tips.

Yellow Dog goes gold for PS3

Terra Soft Solutions this week released Yellow Dog Linux 5.0, a Fedora-based distribution tailored to run on Sony PlayStation 3, for free download. It features a graphical installation program, an updated 2.6.16 kernel, and Enlightenment 17 as the default desktop.

Fedora Legacy shutting down

In case any of you are not aware, the Fedora Legacy project is in the process of shutting down. The current model for supporting maintenance distributions is being re-examined. In the meantime, we are unable to extend support to older Fedora Core releases as we had planned. As of now, Fedora Core 4 and earlier distributions are no longer being maintained.

Amsterdam's Open Source Experiment

In a recent interview with IT Business Edge, open source expert Bernard Golden said Microsoft’s response to the success of Linux (or open source in general) has been to create an ecosystem around its products — presumably so it isn’t so easy to replace Windows components with open source ones.

Five Open Source Predictions for 2007

Open-source advocates are predicting big things for open source in the coming year.

Kate OS Linux rev adds graphical package manager

The KateOS project team, which maintains a full-featured Linux distribution derived from Slackware Linux, last week released an installation version. KateOS version 3.2 features a 2.6.18 kernel, Xfce as its default desktop, and native support for the KDE and GNOME desktop environments.

Adempiere Project's Red1: Malaysia Primed for Open Source

"In enterprises, you don't have to go 100 percent open source." said ADempiere founder Redhuan D. Onn, aka Red1. "Eighty percent of the IT expenditure would go to the business software such as ERP, SCM, business intelligence, reporting tools, etc. This is where open source should be targeted at -- where you can save the most."

[Hmmm... I would have said you don't have to go 100% percent proprietary. But that's just me. I'm proprietary-free in '07

Running Internet Explorer in Ubuntu Linux

  • ubuntugeek.com; By ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Dec 30, 2006 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Running Internet Explorer in Ubuntu Linux

Linux: Ubuntu Founder On Microsoft “Challenge”

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth talks why it may finally be time for Linux to out-innovate Apple and Microsoft on the desktop.

[Gosh, I thought we had already done that. - dcparris]

Hot or Not: Web application vulnerabilities

There's no doubt that web applications have become the attackers' target of choice. In September, Mitre Corp.'s Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list - a tally of publicly disclosed vulnerabilities - ranked cross-site scripting in the number one slot. In fact, cross-site scripting attacks surpassed buffer overflow vulnerabilities. And four of the top five reported vulnerabilities proved to be within web applications.

Red Hat to launch Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 before March

Red Hat is the biggest vendor of Linux operating system worldwide and the company is expected to ship the next version of its premium Linux product on February 28.

Amsterdam considers Open Source switch

Amsterdam has a desktop software contract with Microsoft until the end of 2008. The authorities in the city are looking at their options early, however, and are about to start testing the use of Open Source alternatives, considering a possible switch for 2009 and a reduced reliance on Microsoft's proprietary software.

Ubuntu: 32-bit v. 64-bit Performance

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Dec 30, 2006 3:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
While 64-bit support is now considered common for both Intel and AMD processors, many Linux (as well as Windows) users are uncertain whether to use a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system with there being advantages for both paths. With this being the last Phoronix article for 2006, we decided to take this opportunity to look at the common question of whether to use 32-bit or 64-bit software. In this article, we will be comparing the i386 and x86_64 performance with Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft and Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 to see how the numbers truly stack up.

SSH your Debian servers without password

  • ubuntugeek.com; By ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Dec 30, 2006 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
SSH your Debian servers without password

Windows or Open Source: The Battle for Your Company's Computers is ...

"I think now the open-source world is coming to the realization that for projects to succeed they have to have funded developers," says Phillip Nelson, chief scientist at Plan Administrators Inc. "Way back in the golden age, when it was believed people were doing it out of the goodness of their heart, they were still paid by somebody."

[Anyone believing FOSS developers have ever lived off the sheer goodness of their hearts is sadly naive. FOSS projects are how some hackers got jobs to pay for more hacking. Duh! - dcparris]

Feeding Frenzy

  • I, Cringely @ PBS.org; By Robert Cringley (Posted by LonnieB on Dec 30, 2006 12:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
readers asked me to comment on A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection, by Peter Gutmann. The essay characterizes the DRM in Vista as so draconian that it is going to piss off the market and ultimately hurt (possibly even destroy) Microsoft, itself. Except it won't.

Red Hat's Green Friday: 25% Jump In Stock Is Nice Christmas ...

Wall Street investors greeted Red Hat’s fiscal third quarter earnings report with a whopping 25 percent jump in the Linux software firm’s stock on Friday.

Slingbox comes to Linux (unofficially)

Oh, those Linux hackers. Sure, they're constantly endeavoring to put Linux on every device possible, from PDAs to open-source PVRs. But what about building desktop Linux clients for popular consumer devices, like say the Slingbox?

Easing embedded Linux software development for SBCs

  • Embedded Computing Design (press release); By Nathan Gustavson & Eric Rossi (Posted by dcparris on Dec 29, 2006 9:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Eclipse, Linux
Most programmers today leaving college with Electrical Engineering or Computer Science degrees are fairly well versed in programming on a Linux desktop platform. When these programmers need to take the leap to programming embedded Linux systems, they are often surprised and bewildered that the program they wrote on their desktop will not run their Linux embedded system.

Yrch! "path" Parameter Handling Remote PHP File Inclusion ...

A vulnerability has been identified in Yrch!, which could be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary commands. This issue is due to an input validation error in the "yrch/plugins/metasearch/plug.inc.php" script that does not validate the "path" parameter, which could be exploited by remote attackers to include malicious PHP scripts and execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the web server.

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