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Considering the Misuse of Open Source

Open-source software is used widely. This year, 69 percent of all Web servers run on open-source software developed by the Apache Foundation, according to NetCraft, an industry research company based in Bath, England. The open-source Linux operating system runs one-quarter of all file servers in the United States and one in five in Europe.

Meanwhile, in a Parallel Universe...

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Been following the ODF/XML story? Well, there's another standards war story that's been running in the news over the past few days that has an eerie sense of familiarity. It goes like this: Two camps can't agree on a standard that is being developed within an existing, well-respected standards body. Eventually one camp takes its effort to Ecma International for approval and fast tracking to an international standard in order to outflank the first standards organization, and to thwart the success of the other camp. Now where have I heard something like that before?

Novell Secures Major Enterprise Linux Agreement With Swiss Government

More Than 3,000 Servers Across Switzerland to Run Novell's SUSE Linux

Mozilla issues security advisory for Firefox 1.5

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By Antony Savvas (Posted by dcparris on Dec 13, 2005 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Mozilla Foundation has issued a security advisory to address concerns about a potential flaw in its new open-source Firefox 1.5 browser which could cause a buffer overflow error.

VMware Delivers VMware Player

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Free New Product Enables Users to Securely Browse the Internet With New Browser Appliance Powered by Mozilla Firefox, to Quickly Run Pre-configured Software Environments and to Access Their Personal Computing Environments on Any PC

Creating secure wireless access points with OpenBSD and OpenVPN

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You know how insecure 802.11x wireless networks are. In this article we'll create an OpenBSD-based secure wireless access point that prevents unauthorized access and encrypts every packet using a VPN tunnel. OpenBSD is one of the most secure operating systems available, is easy to use, and includes almost everything you need for this project in the base installation.

Agile Expands Compliance, Product Portfolio, Product Collaboration and Quality Management Capabilities in Latest Version of Leading PLM Solution

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 5:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Agile Announces General Availability of Agile 9.2

Ford Research and Design Centers Increase Productivity With SGI Technology

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 4:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Ford HPC Facilities in Michigan and Germany Apply SGI Storage and Server Solutions to Challenging Automotive Design Questions

Backup Thunderbird's Email

  • HDDsaver; By anonymouse (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 3:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article goes over backing up your email when using Mozilla's Thunderbird browser. This is not a super complex operation, but is it something this should be done correctly and periodically. The article covers manual backups as well as doing the process using a program.

Performance boost virtually assured

  • Government Computer News; By Joab Jackson (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 2:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Although Red Hat Inc. is based in Raleigh, N.C., the company runs a sizeable office more than 700 miles to the north in Westford, Mass. Why? To tap the considerable pool of talented enterprise engineers living in the area, many of whom moved there years ago to work for Digital Equipment Corp. and other IT firms in the Boston area. The Westford outpost is also an indicator of Red Hat’s true direction. The company that helped build credibility for Linux wants to operate not just as an open-source OS company, but as a solution provider of enterprise software.

Linux: Anonymous Contributions

Back in May of 2004 Linux creator Linus Torvalds suggested a simple process for tracking where patches originate from and the path they follow to ultimately be merged into the Linux kernel [story]. The process was deemed necessary to be able to prove that the kernel is an original work, and not borrowed or stolen from copyrighted works. Linus referred to SCO in the earlier email, "they've apparently made a couple of outlandish claims about where our source code comes from, including claiming to own code that was clearly written by me over a decade ago." The simple process of signing off on patches has been further refined over the past year and a half [story].

A recently submitted patch was signed off by "Noone Important", receiving the following response from 2.6 maintainer Andrew Morton [interview], "anonymous contributions rather defeat the purpose of signing off patches. I'm OK with it for small patches like this, but I'd be reluctant to accept a more subsantial piece of work on such a basis."

Network Solutions' product certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise on Monday announced that Network Solutions Enterprise Management product - SNAPPiMON is now certified on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

The Linux market in India is seeing larger penetration and acceptance both in the server and now increasingly in the desktop segment.

My sysadmin toolbox

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm that odd guy who puts Linux on virtually everything, and will take something apart just because I can. My Linksys WRT54G runs Talisman from Sveasoft, my iPaq runs Familiar, and even my TiVos (DirecTiVo and Series 2) have been hacked up a bit. So what does a guy like me use for software tools?

Free software sites review - December

  • Free Software Magazine; By Robin Monks (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 12, 2005 11:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups
The best of the best free software sites. A round up of the best free software sites.

Virtual processor tech heads for Linux mobile phones

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 10:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jaluna has revised its virtual platform software aimed at letting reference design vendors and device makers add Linux to designs for inexpensive mobile phones. OSware for ARM 2.0 lets Linux and legacy RTOSes (real-time-OSes) share a single processor, and has been adopted by Philips for a single-chipset mobile phone reference design expected next year, Jaluna says.

Mozilla Thunderbird Testing Day

Mozilla staff will be using the Litmus tool for this testing event. Mozilla will run this event similar to the way they ran the last Firefox RC3 testing day - members of the QA team will be in an IRC channel to answer questions if you need help at some point along the way.

Opinion: Wikipedia should be your first - not final - reference

The open encyclopaedia Wikipedia is facing renewed criticism over the credibility of its articles. Changing the goalposts from "authoritative" to "useful" may solve this problem.

Final Call to Participate in Linux Consultant Survey

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Dec 12, 2005 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux consultants have three days left to share their stories about battling Linux misconceptions amongst clients.

Microsoft Tackles eBay Pirates

A Microsoft investigation into the sale of counterfeit software on eBay has led to the closure of an online operation responsible for the sale of over £3 million worth of fake Microsoft software.

The activities of internet trading outfit Zoobon first came to light after Microsoft received a number of complaints from Zoobon customers unhappy with the quality of the products they had been sold.

Linuxworld Boston mulls "invisible Linux" pavilion

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 6:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A major Linux tradeshow may add a pavilion showcasing embedded Linux devices and technologies. LinuxWorld Boston 2006 organizers say the "Invisible Linux" pavilion, currently at the "concept" stage, could help surface the use of Linux and open source in devices and embedded applications, given sufficient exhibitor interest.

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