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Virus proof of concept can infect both Windows and Linux systems

  • The Linux Tutorial, http://www.linux-tutorial.info; By Jaikumar Vijayan at ComputerWorld (Posted by tripwire45 on Apr 8, 2006 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
There are many opinions as to why most virus writers write their code to affect Windows but for the most part seem to ignore Linux. Some think this represents an "apples and oranges" situation since each operating system kernel is dissimilar from one another. Now we see a "proof of concept" virus that can affect both Windows and Linux...

Registrar's database said to have exposed data

A database problem with a U.S. domain name registrar exposed sensitive financial and personal information relating to thousands of domain name registrations, a Dutch company said Friday.

One open source software defect fix every six minutes

Coverity, makers of a source code analysis solution, today announced preliminary findings showing that open source developers fixed a software defect every six minutes in the week following Coverity's analysis that established a baseline metric for software quality.

Mysql fills Oracle-consumed hole in database

The upstart database company is developing its own transactional storage engine, which can effectively be used as a replacement for the Oracle-acquired technology, executives said.

Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room

  • Wired News; By Ryan Singel (Posted by oilyfish on Apr 8, 2006 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Despite what we are hearing, and considering the public track record of this administration, I simply do not believe their claims that the NSA's spying program is really limited to foreign communications or is otherwise consistent with the NSA's charter or with FISA," Klein's wrote. "And unlike the controversy over targeted wiretaps of individuals' phone calls, this potential spying appears to be applied wholesale to all sorts of internet communications of countless citizens."

Also at Wired: Wiretap Whistleblower's Statement

Interview with Simon Peter, creator of klik

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 8, 2006 9:46 AM EDT)
Klik is a fantastic system which allows users to install an application without worrying about dependencies and without being root. I was lucky enough to talk to its author.

We need a shared blog format

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 8, 2006 8:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We have open and shared formats for word processing, spreadsheets, vector graphics, audio and video, site subscription feeds, and all sorts of other computing activities -- but every damn blogging and content management system (CMS) package is an island unto itself. It's time for a shared format that lets users move content from one package to another.

Open-Source Portal Products

In this eWEEK Labs TestRun podcast, Technical Analyst Michael Caton discusses open-source portal products with Labs Director Jim Rapoza. (Podcast #61)

Atsec information security Evaluates Red Hat Linux 4 Update 2 at ...

atsec information security is proud to announce completion of its Common Criteria evaluation of Red Hat Linux 4 Update 2 at evaluation assurance level (EAL) 3 in just six months. The accomplishment adds to atsec's unparalleled reputation for timely completion of Linux evaluations; since December 1, 2004, atsec has initiated and completed five Linux evaluations at EAL3+ and EAL4+ for three different customers. The timely completion of evaluation projects is critical if sponsors are to reap maximum benefit from their investment. atsec's proven success in timely evaluation of Linux products is attributable to the extensive experience of its Linux product evaluators, its ongoing working partnerships with Linux product sponsors, and its excellent relationships with the Common Criteria certifying and validating bodies.

The Lure Of Open Source

Akibia is a 20-year-old, $100 million traditional IT services provider that cast a net into the shallow waters of Linux two years ago. And even though it has brought in only between $2 million and $4 million in revenue from its Linux practice over the past 12 months, the Westborough, Mass., firm—which was selected as Novell’s Linux Partner of The Year for 2005—sees a wave of service opportunities crashing in as Linux and open-source use expands in the data center.

Linux a BIG hit in India

It has been over a year since UTI Bank set up its call center that handles over 7,000 calls per day. The bank was looking for a robust platform that could guarantee it "high availability of services and uninterrupted call traffic". It had options but finally decided on Linux for its core business applications. "Today, we are really happy with Linux that has delivered 99.99 per cent uptime so far," says Pritesh Thaker, AVP, IT, UTI Bank. The bank, in fact, is now planning to base its credit card-based system on Linux too.

CPI Analysis on POWER5

  • IBM DeveloperWorks; By Duc Vianney, Alex Mericas, Bill Maron, Thomas Chen, Steve Kunkel, and Bret Olszewski (Posted by idean on Apr 8, 2006 5:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article begins a short series on workload performance analysis on Power Architecture systems. Part 1 introduces the CPU feature set and a variety of useful tools for collecting data. Cycles per instruction (CPI) is the measurement for analyzing the performance of a workload.

Access Linux Platform Shown at LinuxWorld

The ACCESS Linux Platform is the next mobile software platform from PalmSource. It has its roots in the Palm OS for Linux project. ALP is a combination of a number of technologies including Palm OS for Linux, the NetFront mobile web browser and a number of open source projects.

Microsoft Shows Linux the Love

With a high-profile executive speech at LinuxWorld and the launch of a new Web site focusing on open source, Microsoft has been cozying up to the Linux penguin this week.

Linux PDA/phone deemed a bargain

The A780 has a clever design that allows it to be used conveniently as a candybar phone, or opened up when touchscreen PDA applications are required, Loli-Queru observes. Much of the device's functionality, including its music player and camera, is available in candybar mode.

New PoC malware can infect both Windows and Linux

Kaspersky Lab today reported a new proof-of-concept (PoC) cross-platform virus that creates malicious code to infect both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems. [ED: They made a virus that can infect both Linux and Windows just to prove it could be done? - sharkscott]

Novell Named 'Best of Show' in Boston and Sydney

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 1:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
OpenSUSE, Open Enterprise Server and Mono Honored at LinuxWorld Events for Innovation

Linuxworld: What not to do when eyeing open-source software

  • ComputerWorld; By Todd R. Weiss (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When considering a migration to open-source software, IT users should keep in mind the mistakes of those who tried before and avoid falling into the same traps experienced by others.

DCC Alliance: We're Not Dead Yet

The DCC Alliance emerges from LinuxWorld still set to its goal of making Debian Linux a major business player.

Linuxworld 2006: A Diamond in The Rough

"What do you think of the show?" This is the question I heard all week at LinuxWorld here. It turns out that many of my journalist peers, a few speakers and a number of vendors weren't as impressed by the show as I was.

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