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Tanzanian government uses OSS for localisation

Tanzania, like the rest of Africa, is attempting to bridge the digital divide to create an information economy. And like many other African states, it is turning to open source to achieve this goal.

Firebird 2.0 Beta Released

The Firebird Project is pleased to announce the release of Firebird 2.0 Beta 1 kits for immediate download and testing. This version of Firebird 2 is an beta version, meant for field testing only and not for use in production.

A first look at the Flock social browser

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the nice things about open source software is that it gives developers the ability to reuse and re-purpose code. Take, for example, the Flock Web browser, recently released as a pre-beta developer preview based on the Firefox code base. Flock sports a layout similar to Firefox, with a navigation toolbar, bookmark toolbar, a search tabbed interface, and so forth. But it has been dubbed a "social browser" because it integrates with weblogs, photo and bookmark sharing, and other "social" services on the Web.

Proprietary Software to Open Source - Migration Approach

  • Onlamp; By Murugan Pal (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Sun
As more and more IT and ISV executives understand the power and promise of open source, proprietary software companies are starting to adopt the open source model. I quoted this phenomena as 'Opening Up - Who, When, What' in one of my presentations in May 2004. Since then, Ingres, Open Solaris, and many other commercial products have been open sourced. Recent announcements on Google's Free Urchin (free software, not open) and Sun's PostgreSQL support stress the importance of ‘Software Delivered As A Service (SAAS)’. Larry Augustin's editorial describes why open source model is better very well.

First a maverick, now a patriarch

  • SanDiego Union Tribune; By Bruce V. Bigelow (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linspire; Story Type: Interview
Like many from the dot-com generation, Michael Robertson seemed awfully young when he led San Diego's Internet boom as the 30-something founder of MP3.com.

Now at the tender age of 38, the maverick entrepreneur has assumed another age-incongruous role – as the patriarch in a burgeoning revival of Web-based startups.

In a recent interview, Robertson described his role in starting three local ventures, Linspire, Gizmo Project and MP3tunes – and hinted of plans to unveil a fourth Internet-based business next month. Meanwhile, at least seven former employees from MP3.com have launched their own companies here in recent years.

Linux Firewalls, 3rd Edition: Greater Security with GrSecurity

Looking for more ways to secure your system? Try the GrSecurity kernel patch and gain greater control over files, resources and who sees them.

Levanta Releases MapFS Code To Linux Open Source Community

Levanta, the leader in Linux management, has announced that the company has released its MapFS code to the open source community. MapFS -- a key component in Levanta's award-winning Linux management appliance -- is a virtual file system that simplifies data sharing between multiple Linux machines connected to a shared storage medium (SAN/NAS/Mainframe DASD).

[ED: I suggest reading this article with javascript turned off. - ralph]

Open source renders patching a problem

  • ZDNet UK; By Mike Mullins (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 4:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to Internet services company Netcraft's latest poll, open source Web sites dominate the Web site market. The November 2005 survey found that Apache Web servers run on 70 percent of all Web sites. In addition, almost every reputable site that asks you for any personal information will do so using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

Sony's CD rootkit infringes DVD Jon's copyright

  • The Register; By Andrew Orlowski (Posted by Tsela on Nov 18, 2005 3:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU

Sony's rootkit style DRM software XCP, designed to prevent copyright infringement, looks like it's breaching the terms of a copyright agreement itself, by including code written by no less than MPAA nemesis "DVD Jon" Johansen.

[ED.- DRM software illegally containing code written by someone who got sued by the MPAA for circumventing the DRM on DVDs... Oh! The irony! - Tsela]

16 papers on real-time and embedded Linux

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 3:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LinuxDevices.com is pleased to publish the proceedings from the Seventh Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Lille, France, November 3-4, 2005, at the University for Science and Technology of Lille (USTL). The papers span a broad range of topics, ranging from fundamental real-time technologies to applications, hardware, and tools.

Google Base: Toward a Walled Garden

  • Earthweb news; By Susan Kuchinskas (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 2:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Anyone can search the Web. Now, Google aims to create its own invisible Web, which will be invisible to anyone not using Google.

Linux Professional Institute Certification Exams Top 100,000

(Frankfurt, Germany - November 16, 2005): The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), (http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification organization announced that their exam totals have topped the 100,000 mark and continue to demonstrate strong global growth. Notable IT companies such as IBM, Novell, SGI, NEC and others joined together in congratulating LPI on this achievement.

Web publishing with SPIP

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SPIP stands for Système de Publication Pour l'Internet, which can be loosely translated as Publishing System for the Internet. Although the first version of SPIP appeared in 2001 and the software continues to evolve rapidly, it remains relatively unknown outside France, despite the fact that SPIP is available in multiple languages and is well documented.

Even MORE Problems For Sony BMG

  • Security Pronews (Posted by bstadil on Nov 18, 2005 12:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
[ED-We have covered this in detail but this summary is priceless and accurate I might add bstadil]

So, let quickly recap: Sony sells CDs with DRM software containing rootkit malware. They get caught. They offer a fix. The fix makes matters worse. The Sony exec in charge puts foot in mouth. Viruses surface using the holes provided by the rootkit. Charges of copyright infringements (what's the DRM for anyway?) on open license software surface as well. Sony's getting sued. They issue a recall on the offending discs. In the meantime, Sony's losing record sales and credibility at a time of year when people spend more money than ever. Also consider they're trying to push through their Blu-Ray DVD technology and the PlayStation3.

Linux Advisory Watch - November 18, 2005

This week, advisories were released for awstats, kdelibs, acidlab, AbiWord, uim, ftpd-ssl, phpsysinfo, phpgroupware, lynx, rar, sylpheed, gtk, egroupware, cpio, lm_sensors, and gdk-pixpuf. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva, and Red Hat.

Make Klipper Work FOR you

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By Devnet (Posted by devnet on Nov 17, 2005 11:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
"Klipper is the KDE clipboard utility. It stores clipboard history, and allows you to link clipboard contents to application actions." That's the common explanation you get from most people and online manuals when seeking information about Klipper. But what else can Klipper do? Is that ALL it does? Can we empower it to be what cut and past is in Windows? (ducks the possible flames) Perhaps. Grab a pen and paper Klip...let's see what this thing can do. Please note that this article is written with the assumption that you are using KDE 3.4 or higher.

Real Story of the Rogue Rootkit

What happens when the creators of malware collude with the very companies we hire to protect us from that malware? We users lose, that's what happens. A dangerous and damaging rootkit gets introduced into the wild, and half a million computers get infected before anyone does anything.

GNU/Linux Web-Radio & Podcasts

  • LinuxLink.net (Posted by bstadil on Nov 17, 2005 9:53 PM EDT)
FYI, Here is a new website that lists 12 Linux/ GNU regular Web-Radio & Podcasts!. Hopefully TheLinuxShow will show up one of these days as well.

Panic time: Handling those rare Linux crashes

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jan Stafford, Editor (Posted by tadelste on Nov 17, 2005 9:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux's record for reliability may be the polar opposite of what critics consider the crash-a-day life of Windows. Yet, the fact that Linux crashes are rare means that an unexpected outage throws many IT administrators in unmapped territory. Learning the proper steps to prevent such crashes can help Linux admins avoid many headaches over the long term.

Copyrights Misdirect Congress

  • Email Battles (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 17, 2005 8:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In a misguided attempt to protect the movie industry, key members of the US Congress are considering funding the equivalent of a perpetual motion machine. It won't work. No Law can shield copyright holders from millions of highly motivated file sharers. Instead, Congress should focus its might on protecting innovators from its wild and woolly US Patent Office.

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