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Linux Advisory Watch - November 25th 2005

This week, advisories were released for phpgroupware, egroupware, fetchmail, gnump3d, common-lisp-controller, xmail, unzip, netpbm, mantis, fetchmail-ssl, sylpheed, ipmenu, horde3, zope, Smb4k, mtab, phpSysInfo, eix, php, drakxtools, binutils, and fuse. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva.

Browser developers work together on better security

Next generation browsers will have advanced features that will get tough with hackers, thanks to four rival firms getting together to work on combating security threats. Security developers from Microsoft, Mozilla/Firefox, Opera and Konqueror are discussing plans to help make the Internet a safer place for us all.


  • Ubuntu developers mailing list; By Mark Shuttleworth (Posted by richo123 on Nov 24, 2005 9:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Ubuntu
Shuttleworth has been talking with RMS and there may be an idealogically pure FSF-like version of Ubuntu launched. Details in Mark's list message

Sun sees large penetration of Solaris 10 in LatAm

  • TMCnet; By UNKNOWN (Posted by tadelste on Nov 24, 2005 8:55 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
We really want to say kind things about Sun and keep the dialog flowing. Afterall, they claim to be an open-source company. But when we see articles like the one reference here, we have to rethink our position one more time.

So, some unnamed editor from writes: "Adoption of the Sun Solaris 10 operating system is being led in Latin America by the region's large data centers and SMEs, according to Juan Carlos Barroux, strategic accounts marketing manager for US IT firm Sun Microsystems in Southern Latin America."

Then we see: "SMEs are able to replace a Linux solution without support or one with really expensive support.".

[Ed: Wait a minute. We recently got blasted for writing that Sun said it was trying to kill Linux. The head of the JDS project wrote a vicious blog saying it was not a policy of Sun to kill Linux. So what this? It's you basic flip-flop. - tadelste]

Intel to cut Linux out of the content market

  • The Inquirer; By Charlie Demerjian: (Posted by tadelste on Nov 24, 2005 7:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
So, Linux becomes a forbidden for those who want to watch a movie legally. Think this is by chance? Think it won't catch on? There is a $300 million plus ad campaign cooking to make sure you equate digital media with EF, and don't question that you are giving up all your rights to pay for the privilege. People are stupid, and by the time they catch on that the EF machine they bought is the main method that they are being screwed by, it will be too late and you won't be able to buy anything else. Trust me, this really is the plan.

FreeMED Released

The FreeMED Software Foundation is proud to announce the release of version of FreeMED. This release is a bugfix and security release before the 0.8.2 release cycle. This release is available on the FreeMED Sourceforge Download Site at the FreeMED Sourceforge Download site. Some of the improved features and bugfixes are:

Meet Jane Geek

With women accounting for 50% of technology purchases, Dell, Samsung, and others are opening the door for them

[Ed: Gadgets aren't just for guys... - dcparris]


Linux tools make the most of AMD processors

FSMLabs is claiming a breakthrough single digit microsecond timing on a 64bit dual core AMD Opteron processors and has released Carrier Grade Linux and tools for a wide range of AMD processors.

Public Knowledge Tells Hill How DMCA Prevents Lawful Uses of Content

In a follow-up letter to Capitol Hill, Public Knowledge Pres. Gigi B. Sohn provided examples of how lawful uses of content are being stifled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The letter, sent today, was requested by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. Sohn testified before the Subcommittee on Nov. 16 at the panel’s hearing on fair use policies.

Operating with open source

Myths and realities about open source software (OSS) came under discussion at the "Operating with Open Source" day, part of ICT Forum Wales.

Infinite Loop: Taking a fstab at Linux

Tectonic columnist Richard Frank asks whether Linux is ready for the mainstream when a current distribution can't recognise his laptop's floppy drive.

80gb Portable Linux Desktop Drive GlobeTrotter 2.0

Mandriva and LaCie introduce a mobile USB hard drive pre-loaded with a specially tuned version of the award-winning Mandriva Linux operating system: the GlobeTrotter2.0 in 40GB or 80GB.

Linux gurus ask to join EU Microsoft fight

  •; By Jo Best (Posted by dcparris on Nov 24, 2005 3:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux and Samba developer group has filed its request for leave to intervene in the case saying Microsoft's fiscal might is skewing the fight unfairly.

MirrorMed Announcement

It is time to announce MirrorMed. MirrorMed is a friendly fork of the ClearHealth project. MirrorMed will use essentially the same codebase but will have a totally separate support structure, available from SynSeer. Read on for the reason for the fork, and a list of the changes that you can expect!

Tenable discusses Nessus 3

SecurityFocus interviews Ron Gula to get a glimpse of Tenable's upcoming free (but closed-source) Nessus 3 vulnerability scanner. The discussion looks at license changes, community involvement, daemon security, new features, GPL open-source versus free, NASL, and more.

Gentleware Celebrates 5 Years of Success

Poseidon for UML’s merit sees it through tech downturns to emerge leading the competition.

[ANNOUNCE] PHP 5.1 Release Announcement

  • Mailing list; By Ilia Alshanetsky (Posted by bstadil on Nov 24, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 5.1.

Open-source vending machine 'gaining momentum'

It looks like a vending machine but it doesn't spit out chocolate or coffee. Instead, it's providing free, open-source software (Foss) in more than 30 locations in South Africa.

Networking 101: Understanding Subnets and CIDR

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 24, 2005 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In the olden days, there were Class A, B and C networks. These could only be divided up into equal parts, so VLSM, or Variable Length Subnet Masks , were introduced. The old Class C was a /24, B was a /16, and A was a /8. (Check out Understanding IP Addresses if you're not clear on what that means.) That's all you need to know about Classes. They don't exist anymore.

Open document formats and the path to world domination

Microsoft's never ending fight to remain relevant while defeating nasty attacks upon its bulwark, which unnecessarily distracts this valiant company from more worthy tasks such as getting a lock on the Internet nearly matching its hold on both the PC desktop and most of the Office type applications. Woe unto them that do not recognize how unworthy they are to desire the fruits that this company so assiduously picked off so many dead, dying, decaying and those still living but consigned to a similar fate. Companies that hold any shred of property (IP or otherwise) that Microsoft desired, becomes theirs. Be warned ODF will suffer the same fate. Though the path may be long and the dead will strewn alongside our skewed path. Be fearful you lackeys, open source, free types we shall not rest until your are gone or if we are forced to we will compromise if we must. But until then: the world belongs to us and anything you own too is ours. Just kidding, I think.

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