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That GNOME-Only Thing? I Was Just Kidding

When Novell gave up supporting KDE, I expected something to happen. But what I didn't expect Novell to do, as one KDE supporter put it to me,"was to cave in so fast."

Sheila Lennon: Google's paying sites to get you to switch to ...

Kill Bill's Browser: 13 Good reasons to switch from IE to Firefox is pretty funny. (8. Mozilla has never made a talking paper clip.)

Enhancing kernel security with grsecurity

Is your server as secure as it could be? Sure, you use a firewall, mandate strong passwords, and patch regularly. You even take a proactive approach by performing security audits with tools such as nmap and Nessus. Yet you may still be vulnerable to zero-day exploits and privilege escalation attacks. If these possibilities keep you awake at night, you're not alone. The sleepless folks with the grsecurity project have developed an easy-to-use set of security enhancements to help put your fears to rest.

High-performance Computers Become Interactive

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 15, 2005 12:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: SGI
New software platform brings ease and interactivity of desktop applications to high-performance computers

Gates to tout Microsoft's supercomputing move

The computing giant ventures takes on supercomputing with a beta of its first supercomputer operating system.

[ED - Linux commands 76% of the top 500 supercomputers. What can MS possible gain from this endevour? Wonder what their licensing scheme will be. Per CPU? bstadil]

MS' Reaction to Sony's Rootkit Raises Some Questions

...antivirus firms are already warning about a new trojan in the wild taking advantage of the rootkit. This story raisess some questions. These CDs with rootkits have been sold for 8 months. Where was Microsoft? Why didn't they and antivirus companies notice this rootkit themselves long ago? ...So, Symantec and "the big antivirus companies" already knew about the rootkit? According to this statement, it seems they did. Are they then liable as well as Sony?

Who Is Open Source?

  • CIO; By Christopher Koch (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 10:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Christopher Koch, CIO's Executive Editor, Investigations, presents good, honest conversation about what works and what doesn't for creating an enterprise IT strategy that aligns with the business strategy of the company. Do you have an issue you'd like to see covered here? Do you have some nugget of wisdom you'd like to share? Did you recently read something or hear a good presentation about the topic that would help other CIOs?

Open-source community hits back against SAP

Open-source advocates have lashed out at SAP AG after a senior executive's "bold and ill-informed" criticisms. Shai Agassi, SAP's head of product development and technology, had said last week in a presentation that open source represents a kind of "IP socialism" that kills innovation.

Make your files immutable in Linux which even root can't delete

Root is considered all powerful in Linux. But here is a cool article which tells you how to forbid even root user from deleting/modifying certain files.

Purdue Offers Open-Source Software for Virtual Reality ...

  • AScribe; By AScribe Newswire (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Researchers at Purdue University's Rosen Center for Advanced Computing have created open-source software that makes it easier to collaborate in virtual reality environments with colleagues at other locations. The Access Grid Juggler software, now available free of charge on the Internet, eliminates the need to create customized programs. The software, referred to as AGJuggler, can be used on platforms ranging from desktop simulators to a sophisticated virtual reality system called a CAVE, or cave automatic virtual environment, in which users are immersed in an interactive 3-D environment.

The Wonderful World of Wikis

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 7:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This mini-lesson deals with the WWW that you may or may not have known about - the Wonderful World of Wikis. A wiki (or wikiwiki, from the Hawaiian word for 'very quickly') is a web-based application to create content quickly for whatever reason you desire.

Open source: Developing markets look for alternatives to US

  • ZDNet; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Outside the United States and Europe, cost is a big motivator for governments to open source software, but it's not the only one, experts say.

Mysql 5 Downloads Hit 1 Million Mark

  • OpenEnterpriseTrends.com; By An Open Enterprise Trends Interview with Brian Aker (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 6:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: MySQL
In less than a month after its GA, MySQL has hit the 1 million download mark. To commemorate the milestone, OET takes a look at the MySQL user trends with MySQL’s architecture director Brian Aker. OET also provides a list of 3rd party support products that are assisting MySQL 5’s push into the enterprise.

New guide lists latest desktop Linux books

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 6:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With so many interesting Linux desktop-oriented books published on an ongoing basis, we thought it might be useful to aggregate them into a convenient "Desktop Linux book roundup." As of its launch today, the roundup currently includes ten recently published books.

Summary of the the ODF Summit to the OASIS ODF TC list

Here's the report from the technical breakout group from the 11/4 ODF summit:

IBM releases Java 5 Standard Edition Download for Linux

  • Digg.com; By solrac (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 5:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
solrac writes: Java 5.0 offers developers some powerful new choices for developing high-performance concurrent applications. You can now download the IBM Java 5 Standard Edition at no charge.


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Consortium Tackles Linux Mobile Phone Standards

A consortium is chartered to turn embedded Linux into a plug-and-play mobile phone platform comparable to Microsoft's Windows Mobile Smartphone OS, but with greater flexibility and lower costs.

Linux-based Nokia 770 on sale in the US

  • Nokia770.com; By Alex Moskalyuk on Digg.com (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 4:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Alex posted this information: Nokia started accepting orders for Linux-based Nokia 770 wireless Internet tablet device. It's $359.99, but shows out of stock on NokiaUSA.com site.


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Mozilla releases smoothly the second RC for Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation announced at the end of last week the Release Candidate 2 for Firefox 1.5, and this time there were no complaints from testers. For the previous release, things didn't go so well for the Foxy browser.

A creepy tale of workplace theft

  • Atlanta Business Chronicle; By Bryan Long (Posted by dcparris on Nov 14, 2005 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Bryan Long writes: "James -- which is not his real name -- is a reformed "office creeper." His work often put him in a suit and tie, or sometimes a building engineer's overalls. He would sneak into offices and steal laptop computers while employees were out to lunch, in a meeting or just away from their desks."

[Ed. This seems like a timely reminder that computer security starts with the physical security. Speaking as one who has spent years in physical security, it's a good idea to foster a relational environment in the office, where people are open to asking questions. - dcparris]

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