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Small step for NASA, giant leap for Linux

Linux Networx may be based in Bluffdale, but the supercomputer maker has its eyes on the stars. Over the past month, the company has contracted with NASA and now ATK Launch Systems for customized editions of some of its most advanced creations. Terms, including expected installation dates and costs, were not disclosed. But the deals likely run into the millions of dollars.

Good times with Apache

Fancy a trip to ApacheCon in Dublin?

ApacheCon 2006 is coming up. And this year it's in Dublin, a city famous for knowing how to have a good time. We confidently expect the regular conference on Apache technologies to be not merely productive, but also tremendous fun! So for your diary, that's the week of 24 to 28 June. Register before 29 May for the EarlyBird Discount.…

Use RFID for people tracking

There are many situations when you might need to know where someone is at any given time. This article introduces one of the most popular scenarios for RFID technology -- people tracking. Learn about the challenges of tracking people, the devices used, and what hardware and software are needed to implement an RFID-enabled people tracking system. This is a companion article to Lightweight RFID Framework and Greenlight your RFID System.

Spammers Beware: There's A New Frog In Town.

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 23, 2006 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The death of the Blue Frog anti-spam client has mobilized a small group of developers to rethink Blue Security's concept. Not the tit-for-tat spam opt-out methods, mind you. The network architecture. Developers suggest that, if Blue Security had built a distributed P2P network, it could have withstood the type of attack that brought it down, along with Prolexis, Tucows, Typepad and UltraDNS. After looking over the plans, Email Battles offers a few suggestions.

Microsoft loses South Korea appeal

Still appealing to high court though...

The South Korean Fair Trade Commission has rejected Microsoft's objection to last year's ruling that it is guilty of anti-competitive behaviour.

[Where's your lap DOJ oops, I mean lap dog now Microsoft? - Scott]

Restricting rsync over ssh

I recently did some rearranging of our network setup, in part with the explicit aim of removing user logon access to several of the servers (both for security and for performance reasons). In general this has worked out fine - we use NFS so that users can still access all the relevant directories. However, the RAID array is used, among other things, for users to back up their laptops to - which means that the server running the RAID array needs to act as an rsync server.

Web Services Client Tool for LAMP and WAMP

IBM Generic Web Services Client is a lightweight multi-platform tool designed for testing existing Web services from a Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP (LAMP) environment, as well as from WAMP (the corresponding Windows environment). The tool provides both direct and indirect (low-level) calls, using either the PHP5 SOAP extension or the NuSOAP package.

OSAPA initiative will combat unworthy software patents

The elusive open source prior art repository -- attempted by several, failed at by all. What makes the Open Source as Prior Art (OSAPA) initiative, championed by OSDL, IBM, and others such as, and announced by the USPTO Office in January, likely to succeed where others have failed? The answer can be found in the timely confluence of pressures on the different stakeholders, combined with an approach that leverages the existing resources and strengths of the open source community.

A free education

My sister Erika's second grade primary school class had a problem: it had four old computers running Microsoft Windows 98, and no educational software for the computers. The computers were used mainly for viewing children's educational Web sites, and playing simple Macromedia Flash games. I decided to introduce free software into her classroom. The results were heart-warming.

PGP creator offers VoIP crypto to Windows users

Zfone reignites privacy debate

Philip Zimmermann, best known as the developer of the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption algorithm, has released a new public beta of a software package designed to encrypt VoIP calls.Zfone uses Diffie-Helman to generate a per-session key for IP Telephony calls using a protocol called ZRTP, that Zimmermann says is superior to other approaches.…

Fiat readies 'proper' Golf rival

As for the new version of the 500 or Cinquecento, scheduled for release in September 2007, Fiat has set up a Web site ( inviting fans of the tiny car to submit ideas for its design.

De Meo likened the site to Linux, the computer operating system whose source code is open to the public to add, change and use as they see fit.

[You know you've arrived when you become part of a car salesman's pitch. -- grouch]

Hard must-read for creators

One of the hardest and most often repeated myth is that people either support the collection of monopoly rents (royalties) for every possible use of a work (every copy, every communication, every performance), or they oppose the idea of authors getting compensated for their work.

System Builders To Novell: We'll Give You A Listen

If packed demo rooms are any indication of interest in its latest Linux desktop, Novell has a willing audience.

$100 laptops? ... Not yet

On a desk in a messy office on the eighth floor of a building opposite the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sits a circuit board that might just transform education for millions of kids around the world.

Trolltech flies the flag for Linux mobile apps

  • LinuxWorld AU; By Mitchell Bingemann (Posted by grouch on May 23, 2006 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
A Brisbane-based team of developers has played a key part in the development of Linux-based mobile applications for software developer Trolltech.

Despite being headquartered in Norway, Trolltech has led its primary development team at its Brisbane base since 1999.

The Brisbane team was responsible for development of Trolltech's flagship software, Qtopia, an application platform for embedded Linux mobile phones, PDAs and other mobile computing devices.

Novell and NCR Offer Linux on NCR POS Platforms

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) and Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) have announced a global agreement to offer Novell(R) Linux Point of Service on NCR RealPOS(TM) retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

The agreement between Novell and NCR -- one of the world's largest store automation solution vendors -- makes a secure, reliable software platform and hardware combination available for retailers deploying Linux-based POS solutions. NCR's plans call for offering Novell Linux Point of Service on NCR EasyPoint(TM) kiosks and NCR FastLane(TM) self-checkout in the future.

Stumbleupon is hot or what?

For past three weeks, I have been seeing a steady increase in the number of referrers being sent to this site by Stumble Upon. I am sure others are experiencing similar kind of “traffic” referrals.
I decided to install it, and well, like Pete Cashmore, I find StumbleUpon simply addictive.

Broadjam Introduces New Web Hosting 2.0 For Musicians

Musicians can now record a song, upload it to their own unique website, and sell it five minutes later, courtesy of the innovators at Broadjam Inc. Oh, the possibilities!

About Broadjam Inc. Broadjam Inc. is a rapidly growing company that provides web-based technology, software and services for the music industry and independent musicians around the world. The company operates one of the world's largest web communities for musicians and hosts a massive online database of searchable independent music.

Lots of bluster, but no real reply

Steven Titch writes: "While he’s clearly agitated enough to post two responses to one of my recent comments, D.C. Parris, editor-in-chief of, fails to answer my central point – that it’s bad policy to mandate open source procurement." Read the rest of Titch's response on his blog.

[It's official. I'm a zealot now. Per Steven Titch, Senior Fellow, The Heartland Institute. - dcparris]

Wikis Are a Waste of Time

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 23, 2006 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Opinion: People say wikis are wonderful, but really they are just another form of groupware, and not all that useful to most people.

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