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Italian Bank Deploys Red Hat Enterprise Linux Across Desktops..

BPU Banca Migrates From Sun Solaris To Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Uk Cabinet Office backs security enhanced Linux

  • SC Magazine; By William Eazel (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
Steve Marsh, director of the U.K. government’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA), has announced that IBM, and its partners Tresys Technology and Belmin Group, are working with the U.K. Cabinet Office to demonstrate one of the first mainstream mandatory access control (MAC) environments. The design is based upon Security Enhanced Linux and IBM WebSphere.

Keeping an Open Source Eye on Interop

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on May 3, 2006 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LAS VEGAS –- The 18,000 visitors expected to descend on Interop this year will be tapping into an open source network that provides connectivity of all kinds.

Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 2:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian, Linux
MEPIS, also known as SimplyMEPIS, is a Linux Distribution that's the brainchild of Warren Woodford. First released in 2003, MEPIS was the culmination of its founder's frustration with the dominant desktop distributions provided by Red Hat and SUSE, which he felt lacked user-friendliness and seemed clumsy and awkward.

The secrets of open source security

A careful examination of the facts regarding how open source development relates to software security.

[Not all new info, but interesting nevertheless... - dcparris]

It Services Providers Need to Act Now on Open Source Opportunities, says IDC

  • Tekrati Industry Analyst Reporter; By IDC (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IDC is advising IT services providers to wake up and smell the open source. A new report analyzes 11 service companies that compete in the open source services market, presents an open source services competitive map, and offers advice on business strategy. The analysts say open source is becoming a fundamental aspect of services portfolios for IBM Global Services, HP Services (HPS)), Unisys, Novell and other major services providers.

Building A Low-Cost LAMP Server For Your Webhosting Business With CentOS 4.3

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 3, 2006 11:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This is a detailed description how to set up a CentOS 4.3 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

Linux Gazette #126 is out!

  • Linuxgazette.net; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 10:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
May 2006 (#126):
# The Mailbag, by Kat Tanaka Okopnik
# News Bytes, by Howard Dyckoff
# Preventing DDoS attacks, by Blessen Cherian and Ben Okopnik
# Away Mission -- SDWest 2006, by Howard Dyckoff
# From Assembler to COBOL with the Aid of Open Source, by Edgar Howell
# Plotting time series data with Gnuplot, by Ron Peterson
# Digging More Secure Tunnels with IPsec, by René Pfeiffer
# Column: IT's Enough To Drive You Crazy, by Pete Savage
# HelpDex, by Shane Collinge
# The Linux Launderette

[ Sorry, I messed up the layout. Fixed it! - hkwint ]

Learning the basics of VoIP

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Richard Frank (Posted by dcparris on May 3, 2006 10:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
<i>VOIP for Dummies</i> gets down to the nuts and bolts of VoIP, the hottest thing since the telephone. It is a good introduction for IT professonals and business people but don't expect too much for end-users.

The Increasing Importance of Community

Community has always played a central role in the Open Source landscape, and the term 'community' is bandied around almost as much as 'Web 2.0'. Unfortunately, as with 'Web 2.0', the term 'community' has become a vague descriptor for a collection of principles that represent similar things. As more and more disparate groups and organisations make use of any definition, meaning tends to be blurred by the exceptions to the rule.

Why non-programmers should use Free Software

"If you don't program, you may end up wondering why you should use free-software. Why not just buy Mac OSX and Microsoft word? Well, let us look at the potential negative consequences for choosing proprietary software. If you have used proprietary software at all, you have probably run into one or more of these problems that free software eliminates for you."

Microsoft selling hobbled software to poor countries

In a low-key announcement last week Microsoft South Africa launched Windows XP Starter Edition into the African market. Billed as a low-cost, "full-featured" alternative to XP, Starter Edition is little more than a stripped down version of XP with a smattering of marketing gloss. Alastair Otter suggests African-style wallpapers and bigger icons hardly make up for not being able to open more than three applications at once or the lack of networking capabilities.

[All I can say is, we don't treat people that way here (in the FOSS community). - dcparris]

Diving deeper into the latest Linux vulnerability numbers

A recent report by Russian cyber security outfit Kaspersky Labs says Linux saw the largest gains in malware, viruses and other malicious software targeting the operating system, compared to other non-Windows, Unix-based operating systems. Statistics from the report - titled "2005: *nix Malware Evolution" - show that there were 863 malicious programs targeting Linux in 2005, a jump from 422 in 2004.

Xandros debuts a Linux-based replacement for Windows Small Business Server

  • Linux-Watch.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tripwire45 on May 3, 2006 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Xandros Inc., a leading Linux desktop distributor, took its time but after almost two years, the company finally launched its server operating system, Xandros Server, on April 25 at the LinuxWorld Toronto. Rather than try to take on the likes of Red Hat's RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) or Novell's SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) head-on, Xandros is positioning its new server for SMBs (small-to-medium businesses) that want to cut down their Windows server management costs.

ODF Approved by ISO/IEC Members

The six month voting window for ISO/IEC adoption of the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard closed on May 1, and at midnight (Geneva time) last night it was announced internally that ODF had been approved by the ISO members eligible and interested in casting a vote.

Gentoo, Linux? Yes, Sometimes

eWeek Labs tested the latest version of Gentoo Linux, 2006.0, which was released in late February. We were impressed by the steps the Gentoo team has taken toward making the system accessible to a broader group of potential users-—principally through the addition of a graphical installer that graces the distribution's new LiveCD installer.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 138:
We talk to Eli Tomlinson of Gamix.org, an open videogame platform specification
More on Linspire's big announcement and the recent Desktop Linux Summit
Debate on binary drivers in Linux
Typing tutor applications
Kturtle
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.3 Released

  • mozillaZine; By mozillaZine (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.3 has been released. This update fixes a publicly disclosed denial of service weakness. All users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

The bugfixes previously planned for Firefox 1.5.0.3 were shifted to 1.5.0.4, and a quick update was released shortly after the recent 1.5.0.2 release to address the publicly reported issue.

Coverity Catches Biggest X Window Security Hole Since 2000

Coverity, Inc., makers of the world's most advanced and scalable source code analysis solution, today announced that as a result of their contract with US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the biggest X Window System security vulnerability of the last six years was identified and fixed.

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