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Microsoft OneCare: the wrong solution to a growing problem

  • Bernardo's Blog; By Eldon Martin (Posted by eldon on Feb 12, 2006 8:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
The fact that Microsoft is the one offering the new service bothers me greatly. The reason is that it will create a conflict-of-interest. In my opinion, Microsoft has failed to make Windows as secure as it should be and now they have an incentive to continue failing in that regard.

Sun to publish draft for open-source DRM specs

Sun Microsystems will publish open-source technical drafts for conditional access specifications (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) within the next 10 days, the company said Friday.

The open-source project is under Sun's Open Media Commons (OMS) initiative to licence content to individuals rather than machines, such as mobile phones, MP3 players, PCs and set-top boxes.

"The specifications need more work before they can ship, but there are many startups that would have shipped them a long time ago," said Tom Jacobs, director of research at Sun Labs, and project lead for Open Media Commons. "We think it will take between 12 and 18 months to complete, but in reality we will have specs in which independent companies can either modify existing products or build new ones before the end of the year."

Kalzium Wins Award; Carsten Niehaus Interviewed

A Kalzium double bill today, with Kalzium gaining recognition in OsnaBrück University's annual prize giving, and this week's People Behind KDE interview. Find out everything you wanted to know about chemistry, the small print on toothpaste, and why not to visit Bavaria in the People Behind KDE interview with Carsten Niehaus, author of Kalzium. Read on for details of the prize.

Firefox barely affected by spyware

Internet Explorer users can be as much as 21 times more likely to end up with a spyware-infected PC than people who go online with Mozilla's Firefox browser, academic researchers from Microsoft's backyard said in a recently published paper.

"We can't say whether Firefox is a safer browser or not," said Henry Levy, one of the two University of Washington professors who, along with a pair of graduate students, created Web crawlers to scour the Internet for spyware in several 2005 forays. "But we can say that users will have a safer experience [surfing] with Firefox."

Nsw Traffic Authority eyes open source thin clients

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 6:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In an effort to reduce its desktop TCO by at least 25 percent, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority will start implementing open source thin clients as early as June this year...

While no specific reference to Linux was made in the document, one source familiar with the RTA's plans said Linux vendor Novell is "most likely" to win the contract. If so, it will tie in with the RTA's existing installations of Novell identity and client management products such as Zenworks.

Setting up an SSL server with Apache2

  • Debian Administration; By Steve (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 6:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
With the introduction of the Apache2 packages in Debian it is much simpler to create and use a secure SSL protected webserver than in the old days with Apache 1.3, here we'll show how it is done.

uploading with an ftp macro script

  • Debian Administration; By PJ_at_Belzabar_Software (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 4:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Gather round the hearth, young nerdlings and I will tell you a tale...just let me settle my creaking bones into my rocking chair, let me wipe my rheumy eyes and nose - there, that's better. Now pass me my ear trumpet. Do give me a little prod if I nod off or my voice wavers too much. Are we all settled in now? Yes? Marvellous! Now let me tell you about ftp upload.

Euro open source consortium lifts game

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The ObjectWeb consortium is giving itself a makeover this year to make its open source software more suitable for business use and to help it expand further outside Europe. The plans include issuing product road maps, marketing itself more actively and opening local chapters overseas.

Udev on Fedora

  • Fedora Project; By Harald Hoyer (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
udev provides a dynamic device directory containing only the files for actually present devices. It creates or removes device node files usually located in the /dev/ directory, or it renames network interfaces.

As part of the hotplug subsystem, udev is executed if a kernel device is added or removed from the system. On device creation, udev reads the sysfs directory of the given device to collect device attributes like label, serial number or bus device number. These attributes may be used as keys to determine a unique name for the device. udev maintains a database for devices present on the system. On device removal, udev queries its database for the name of the device file to be deleted.

Linux on the MsnTV

  • Main Page; By chrisw (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 2:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Where to start! I have been searching for a cheap device that i could use for a cluster. I came across the msntv 2 at CompUSA one day about 2 months ago. Ever since then I have been buying them on eBay for around $0.99 cents. Don't believe me? I have bought 20 so far for a total price of around $200. After socketing the msntv bios and poking around. I managed to get Linux running and even better managed to get it running without any hardware modifications. The specs for the msntv 2 are as follows :

Windows to Linux: a corporate success story

  • The R Zone; By Rudd-O (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 12:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I frequently hear complaints about CIOs in other companies. Complaints directed straight at Microsoft Windows. I’ve seen people go blue in the face when complaining about the assorted kinds of malware they’ve had to remove from the networks they manage.

But the mere suggestion of migrating to Linux, directed at those CIOs, is enough to trigger a bunch of emotional responses on them. “Our users won’t go along”, “We depend too much on Office to make the switch”, “Linux costs more in the end” are common responses.

Today, I’ll be telling the story of our own migration to Linux. As you can probably infer from the title of this story, it’s been a success.

Linux urged to be more user-friendly

Linux has a long way to go to gain popularity

NEW DELHI: Linux has to more user-friendly for more adoption, according to professor Deepak B Phatak of Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology, IIT Bombay. Delivering the inaugural keynote address at the three-day LinuxAsia 2006, Prof Phatak said that even though many sectors in the industry have adopted Linux, there is a long way to go to gain popularity. Citing an example, he said that the Government of West Bengal had recently decided to adopt Linux but majority of the people preferred to use the Windows operating system.

“This is an example that Linux is less user-friendlier compared to the popularly used Windows,” he said.

On the Open Source (OS) market, Prof Phatak remarked that the OS should go beyond software. He said that the huge dreams could be realized with the help of Linux Kernel.

It's time for TV

  • Softpedia; By Bogdan Radulescu, Editor, Linux Software Reviews (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
This review isn't just for those of you who have a TV Tuner, is for all Linux users. If you don't have a TV Tuner don't run away from this page, because this review might convince you to acquire one.

How To Install ColdFusion MX 7 On Debian Sarge

  • HowtoForge; By Oguz Demirkapi (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 12, 2006 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Although ColdFusion MX 7 does not officially support Debian, it is still possible to run ColdFusion on a Debian server. This HowTo shows how to install ColdFusion MX 7 on a Debian Sarge system and how to integrate it into Debian's Apache web server.

SUSEWatcher is a great openSUSE feature

I "rotate" Linux distributions, using each of the most popular ones for a few months so I have a chance to give all of them a fair chance to win my love. Right now, I'm running openSUSE, and the openSUSE feature I like best so far is SUSEWatcher, Novell's automatic software update alert.

Microsoft Message To Windows Users…Shut Up And Pay Up.

  • www.lobby4linux.com; By helios (Posted by helios on Feb 12, 2006 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
…you are going to kneel at the alter of Bill Gates and fearfully pay your tithe. For those of you who do this…for those of you who will actually drink this kool-aid…

Linux, other free open source software powering the new Austrian Health Card system

  • Valentinos tiny WebServer; By Christian (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 12, 2006 7:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux and other free Open Source software is the base of the IT infrastructure of the new Austrian health insurance card system. Eleven other countries might follow the Austrian example.

Microsoft's IE7 browser preview fails to impress

Some geek once told me that Web browsers are like sports teams -- they inspire loyalty. If that's true, I guess you can call me a fair-weather fan.

The Road Goes Ever On and On for Peter Quinn

For the first time, to the best of my knowledge, Peter Quinn's still-evolving slide set on the OpenDocument Format (ODF) saga is available on line (in ODF, of course, as well as in PDF form).

Open source review crucial

  • London Free Press; By DAVID CANTON (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 12:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed: Signs that Linux is making inroads into major media when people like David Canton write that "open source" came about 20 years ago. So have fun and enjoy a good laugh. Some day, we should expect the press to get it right. -tadelstein]

The GPL -- perhaps the best known open source software licence -- is being rewritten.

The concept of "open source" software was first put forward about 20 years ago by computer programmer Richard Stallman. It began as a philosophical notion that software should be distributed in a form that allows it to be modified by its users.

This means the source code -- or human readable code -- is distributed along with the object code -- or computer readable code. Most open source software is free or low cost. It is improved and modified by a bevy of users, rather than employees of the creator.

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