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Encrypt and sign Gmail messages with FireGPG

Gmail may be an excellent Web-based email application, but there is no easy way to use it with privacy tools like GnuPG. The FireGPG extension for Firefox is designed to solve this problem. It integrates nicely into Gmail's interface and allows you to sign and encrypt not only email messages but also text snippets from any Web page.

Novell Supports Xen Virtualization at BMW Group

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with Xen will save money without sacrificing performance

GPLv3 Authors Comment on Final Draft

The GPL authors talk about how they addressed Microsoft/Novell, patents and other issues in the GPLv3's final draft.

[I think the MS-Xandros deal will have to be talked about as well. - Scott]

SolutionBase: Stop spam on Linux e-mail servers with SpamAssassin

  • TechRepublic; By Jack Wallen (Posted by NoDough on Jun 4, 2007 2:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Spam has long been a problem for e-mail servers, including those running Linux. Here's how you can use SpamAssassin to stop the spam onslaught on your Linux servers.

Word 2007 documents rejected by leading science journals

For reasons known only to itself, Microsoft has changed the default equations editor of Word 2007 so that, unlike previous versions of Word, it is no longer compatible with the globally accepted standard for writing equations in documents, Mathematical Markup Language (MathML).

[As a former Geology and Chemistry Major I feel for the students who have to deal with this. - Scott]

Tiny SBC integrates biometrics, Linux

U.K.-based startup TriMetrix has announced a tiny single-board computer (SBC) designed for use in devices requiring biometric scanners, including time/attendence, access control, and POS (point-of-sales) equipment. The TMX1000 has a powerful ARM9 processor, and comes with an open-source software stack based on Linux 2.6.

This week at LWN: What Microsoft and Novell agreed to

Since last November, there has been much discussion of the deal between Microsoft and Novell. To an extent, it has all been talk in a vacuum, since the actual text of the agreement has not been available. That has finally changed, however; the terms of the agreement have been released as part of Novell's (delayed) annual regulatory filings.

The Perfect Server - CentOS 4.5 (32-bit)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 4, 2007 10:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
This tutorial shows how to set up a CentOS 4.5 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and web hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of CentOS 4.5, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Top Linux Misconceptions

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 4, 2007 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I could hardly believe the words in this blog piece from ZDNET. Surely, I must have missed something along the way? But rather than bad mouthing yet another “hot air” article, I will look at each point to see where our opinions differ.

FNB switches to Linux desktops

Following recent reports of a South African bank eyeing out Linux, Novell South Africa today issued a statement in which it said it had reached an agreement with First National Bank of South Africa to standardise the bank's 12 000 desktops in its 680 retail branches on Novell's Linux product.

Customise legal documents online

Now one can avoid the pain of dealing with lawyers for simple legal paperwork thanks to DocumentX, the first website to offer customised legal documents, created and stored online.

KeyJnote: A nifty engine for your presentations

If you need to create a presentation every now and then, but you find OpenOffice.org Impress too complicated and bulky, check out KeyJnote, a tool that turns any PDF document or set of graphics files into a professional-quality presentation with impressive transition effects.

Microsoft teams with Linux distributor Xandros

Microsoft and Linux distributor Xandros announced on Monday a technical and legal collaboration, the latest step in the software giant's ongoing program to partner with open-source companies.

[I wonder what the dollar amount was this time. - Scott]

Application Installers: Let's Be Open

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Jun 4, 2007 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Can someone please tell me why software installers that alter the operating system in backhanded ways are still tolerated by so many people?

Sun explores parallel universe with Studio 12

Sun Microsystems today releases Sun Studio 12, its latest IDE (integrated development environment) for C, C++ and Fortran. It's freely available for Solaris and Linux software platforms and the update will be useful for developers building multi-core and multi-threaded applications, the company says.

TiVo Warns Investors New Open Source License Could Hurt Business

Novell isn't the only company that could be hurt by new license terms likely to be implemented by the group that polices open source software. In a regulatory filing, digital video recorder manufacturer TiVo warned that the newly revised General Public License could harm its business.

How to setup a Dual boot system with Debian and Mandriva sharing /home directory

Install two different Linux distributions on your system, and share the /home directory, in the case of this guide the Distros chosen are Debian and Mandriva, but this guide could be used to install any flavor of Linux.

DistroWatch Weekly: First look at Fedora 7, Turbolinux Wizpy, Mandriva and Novell financials

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jun 4, 2007 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The release of Fedora 7 last week has been the dominant topic on many Linux web sites and DistroWatch is no exception; we'll comment on the release, bring you a first-look review, and present details about the project's upcoming version 8, scheduled for release at the end of October. In other news, Turbolinux introduces the world to a media player and portable operating system called Wizpy, Mandriva seeks solutions for its current financial troubles, Gentoo founder comments on SabayonLinux, and Debian updates its "volatile" infrastructure. Finally, as DistroWatch celebrates its 6th birthday, we are pleased to announce that the May 2007 donation was awarded to VectorLinux. Happy reading!

The Google Crapplet

Opinion: Like DRM, pre-installed garbage on your OEM PC may be leaving such a bad taste in people's mouths that even money-hungry vendors will shy away from it.

Linux: making small businesses possible

I have a small company that builds websites for equally small businesses in the area and it's Linux that made this possible. If we would have been stuck on the Windows platform there is no way we could have done what we do because it would simply have been too expensive. I am sure the same is true for many start-ups. It is no coincidence that virtually all the successful start-ups of today are powered by open source software.

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