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LXer Feature: 8-Aug-2006

I am sure that like me, you have all had your, “My system went down and took everything with it” event, or events. Now if I had just had a back-up program that had all of my files in it already..Hmmm.

Why Binary-Only Linux Kernel Modules are Illegal

Rick Moen’s knowledgebase has some great information. I ran across a series of postings the other day that clarified the problem with loadable Linux kernel modules at the GPL. As usual, the dividing line between legal and illegal (or permitted and infringing) rests on the legal definition of a derivative work. The usual “is it linking?” question brought up by the GPL is sort of misleading here. As well, Linus’ policy during the early years of the kernel can be a little confusing.


I look forward to a Linux kernel copyright holder contacting a blob vendor with this argument. Companies that desire so strongly to “protect [their] valuable intellectual property” might consider respecting the copyright of everyrone who has contributed to the kernel; their argument wears thin by their hypocrisy.

Devs to include OpenVZ suite inside Debian

Debian is one of the most popular Linux distros available, and is very often used in enterprise environments where reliability is key.

Open source scores in higher education

A report shows widespread enthusiasm for open source software in colleges and universities but a lack of clear support from the top

Interview: PortableApps brings open source to USB

For most people, mobile computing means a laptop. Some make do with a Linux live CD distribution such as Knoppix and a USB pen drive to save their data, or one of the newer live CD distros that run off a rewritable CD or USB drive, but if you can't restart the box where you end up, those won't help you. Now, thanks to John T. Haller's PortableApps project, you get to use your favorite open source productivity applications from a USB drive without restarting a Windows-based host computer.

Court stops resale of software licenses in Germany

Oracle wins infringement suitA German court has upheld adecision by a lower court in Munich which banned the resale of used software licenses.…

Buying a preinstalled Linux desktop or laptop

So you want to run Linux, but you really would rather have it preinstalled? Good idea. It's for those users that longtime reader cyber_rigger started putting together his "Companies selling preinstalled Linux and no-OS" listing.


Cyber_rigger's new list is for everyone who wants a low-end Linux desktop or laptop that just works. In other words, it's for home users.

Report: Big Blue Gets Cool

With its new round of "Cool Blue" PC servers, rolled out last week, IBM is starting to push HPC (high-performance computing) beyond the scientific-technical niche and into the mainstream, particularly among SMBs (small to mid-sized businesses). Jacqueline Emigh reports.

AM2 mobos and systems

Our readers are searching for infos about them. LinuxJournal’s chief Nicholas Peterey warns about them. Now German c’t magazine tested a bunch of them in their 17/06 issue (available in print and in German only, sadly). And I can hardly wait to get one…

Document-Level Security Using pureXML

DB2 9 pureXML provides native XML storage and retrieval, as well as a new security protection mechanism called Label Based Access Control (LBAC). Combining these two features can produce a Native XML data store that can protect XML documents at the document level by labeling each document row with an LBAC security label, and assigning users their appropriate access level.

Printers a weak link in network security

The multifunction printers found in many offices are not dumb devices, but are computers that can be hacked, a security expert has warned.

Linux Use on the Rise

Linux, the open-source operating system long popular with programmers, is being used by more U.S. companies and in more products.

[From the article: "It seems Linux may become a formidable competitor against Microsoft in the embedded systems market."
Seems to me they got something backwards there. - dcparris]

Sophos to Join SCALE 3x - A Premier Linux and Open Source ...

Los Angeles, CA (OPENPRESS) January 11, 2005 -- The Southern California Linux Expo has announced that Sophos has signed on as one of the latest sponsors of SCALE 3x, the Third Annual Southern California Linux Expo. SCALE 3x has been called " .. one of the few good grass-root level technical conferences for Linux" by Linux Kernel Developer Robert Love.

SFD '06 Supplies

Pia Waugh, the [new!] president of SFI, has just put in the order for the SFD '06 t-shirts. 136 of your teams are registered to receive SFD supplies for your celebrations in 2006; this is up from 90 in 2005.

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Fleury Q&A: JBoss Inc. Looks Beyond J2EE

Last week, JBoss Inc., provider of an Open Source J2EE application server received $10 million in venture funding in a group led by Matrix Partners. But what does JBoss founder Marc Fluery, want to do with that money? And will VC investment water down the Open Source movement?

AOL Data Spill Threatens AOLusers With Extinction

The fallout from an intentional dump of search data by AOL researchers is rapidly spreading. So far, those poisoned by the spill include porn-seekers, suicidals, murderers, other AOL users, the spillers, MySpace and Google. Beneficiaries include blog spammers, pay-per-click crooks, trial lawyers and competitors of every stripe.

[I highly suggest you get any remaining family members off of AOL now. I mean now! - dcparris]

SLED speeds to "most polished Linux" rating

Review: Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is a strong contender to Windows on corporate clients, with a well-thought-out desktop environment and some innovative features.

Accessibility and the Web; Underlining the First Two "Ws"

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 7, 2006 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
The history of information technology has always had a bias towards Western languages, and particularly towards English, making it less accessible to those living in other parts of the globe. But there are those that are working to level the playing field.

Linux Server Security

Starting in 1843, a steady progression of emigrants began travelling the Oregon Trail. Thousands came west. Some said it was Manifest Destiny and the will of God that America should expand from sea to sea. Others saw it as opportunity. The 2000 miles trail was not without its trials – confused mapmakers and wheelbarrows that put human endurance to test. The domination of Linux in the server market (73% of Web Servers run Linux, at last count), and its en route saga, in many ways draw a striking semblance to the Oregon Trail. And much like the Oregon Trail, its path has been ridden with perils (read Security) that were partly shielded by Mormon handcarts and caravans. O'Reilly deserves credit for capturing on the cover, a typical family caravan on the Oregon Trail. So, does the book end up teaching you how to put together a typical caravan or a hack-free Mormon handcart? Read the rest of this review to find out.

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