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Atk Launch Systems Orders Linux Networx Supercomputer

Linux Networx has announced that ATK Launch Systems, a provider of advanced weapons and space systems, has ordered one of the company's Custom Supersystems. The system is expected to increase ATK Launch Systems' compute capability to over 2.24 teraflops.

Linux PDA stars in another cyber-thriller

Writer and network operator Kevin Milne has released another freely downloadable science fiction novel about a master hacker who creates the ultimate network penetration tool, a Sharp Zaurus PDA running Linux and special "Z4CK" software. Digital Force is a sequel to Milne's earlier Z4CK, and both are available for purchase or free download.

[Can you guessed what he used to write the book? - dcparris]

Real world control from a Web page

  • NewsForge; By Rob Reilly (Posted by dcparris on May 23, 2006 5:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In "Acquiring data from the physical world" we examined how to use a microcontroller to turn physical events (such as reading a switch) into data and send that data to a Linux box via the serial line. With this capability you can do things like counting people passing through a gate or recording how the temperature changes over time in a factory process. You can then send the data to a Web page. In this article, we'll do it in reverse -- from a Web form, instruct a microcontroller to perform some actions.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 47

  • Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by grouch on May 23, 2006 4:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Fedora
[Highlights:] * Changing the way that Development lands
* New ticketing system for the Fedora Project
* Fedora Board chair looks ahead

How Bad Guys Hack Into Websites Using SQL Injection

  • WebProNews; By Matija (Posted by grouch on May 23, 2006 3:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL, PHP
SQL Injection is one of the most common security vulnerabilities on the web. Here I'll try to explain in detail these kinds of vulnerabilities with examples of bugs in PHP and possible solutions.

Live Linux CD demos Qtopia phone stack

A live CD demontrating Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) 4.1.1 can be downloaded from Trolltech's website, reports OSNews. Based on Knoppix Linux and the fluxbox window manager, the bootable CD includes software emulators that demonstrate both the touchscreen and keypad versions of the Linux-based mobile phone stack.

The Neverending Story: VIA & Open-Source

...yet another episode of the neverending story on VIA and its (lack of?) commitment to open-source. There's an article over at about VIA allegedly encouraging people to violate the GPL with some of their open-source releases. The person behind these claims is someone quite familiar: Luc Verhaegen who was one of the developers of the UniChrome driver project before it disintegrated. Luc has been the most pronounced critic of VIA's approach to open-source development and his comments and rants on a variety of forums and blogs are rather legendary. You can find his personal blog at

[Hmmm... Is this yet another case of hardware vendors not supporting the FOSS community? Book 'em, Dano! We'll sort out the guilty-innocent issues shortly. - dcparris]

Renesas preps Linux-friendly telematics SoC

Renesas says it will sample in August a new SoC (system on chip) and development board that support Linux and target telematics and in-vehicle systems. The SH7397 "Euclid" SoC is based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH processor, and will double performance of the company's current SH7760 "Camelot" telematics processor, the company says.

Iowa's Phishing Kingpin Can't Make Crime Pay

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 23, 2006 12:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Jayson Harris was the irritant that helped mold the legal approach now commonly used by Microsoft's crack Internet Safety Enforcement Team. In fact, he's logged two firsts: The Harris case is the first civil case filed by Microsoft related to phishing, and the biggest phishing case in Iowa's history. Microsoft actually calls him the "MSN Billing Phisher." So why the short sentence and puny fine?

KOffice 1.5.1 Released

  • KDE Dot News; By Boudewijn Rempt (Posted by dcparris on May 22, 2006 11:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The KOffice team today released the first bug-fix release in their 1.5 series. Critical bugs in KSpread, KWord and Krita were fixed, thanks to the helpful input of our users. We also have updated languages packs. Please note that users of Kexi forms are discouraged from upgrading at the moment because of a critical bug discovered too late in the release process to do anything about. We will be releasing 1.5.2 with a fix for this problem within a month. You can read more about it in the press release and the full announcement. A full changelog is also available. Currently, you can download binary packages for Kubuntu and SUSE.

Puppy Linux v1.0.9 emerges

Australia-based Puppy's most redeeming feature is that it has a small footprint yet is full-featured, including all sorts of configuration and application installation wizards.

Hot, spicy, and working hard to satisfy Debian users

OAXTEPEC, MEXICO -- The 7th annual Debian Developers Conference (DebConf6) brought close to 300 Debian developers, package maintainers, and other interested parties to Mexico's government-owned Oaxtepec Vacational Center last week. [A long, but very interesting and important article.]

Drupal 4.7: Next-generation CMS

Drupal is a content management system (CMS) built on the PHP and MySQL combination (detailed requirements here). I've been working with the latest version since its release at the beginning of this month. Drupal 4.7 is a significant upgrade that brings major short- and long-term benefits to users and distributors of the system. It brings Drupal back to the cutting edge of CMS development.

Free open-source app integrator saves coding time

  • ADT Magazine; By Shawna McAlearney (Posted by grouch on May 22, 2006 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source application integration software is getting accolades from end users who previously spent “weeks and weeks of man hours coding integration tools and utilities to process data.”

Microsoft: Linux not 'reliable or dependable'

A senior Microsoft executive told a BBC documentary that people should use commercial software if they're looking for stability.

[Go on, read the article. It's not so tilted as it looks - dcparris]

Hacking with Nat Friedman

Founder of some of the most important projects in open source today, VP of Novell by the age of 25, and an all-round cool geek. Tectonic catches up with Nat Friedman, Linux wunderkind.

Macos X, Linux, and Open Source

Lately, OSX, or more specifically its kernel, has had a lot of attention. Benchmarks made by AnandTech have shown that OSX' kernel has some serious performance issues. As a result, some have uttered the idea Apple might replace the kernel of the MacOS with another kernel-- Linux seems, to them, the most viable option. Secondly, there have been speculations that Apple is closing the x86 version of its kernel.

Search terms

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on May 22, 2006 4:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It’s interesting to look at your Webalizer statistics and to see the list of “Search Strings”. This is what people type into search engines and shows how they found your site. Another point is, it gives you hints about how you could improve your site and the service you are offering to your readers.

KDE e.V. Quarterly report Q1 2006 published

The KDE e.V.'s first Quarterly Report for 2006 has been published. Those reports are used by the KDE e.V. to report its activities to the public. The highlights in this report include updates from the Working Groups, a report from the last KDE e.V. board meeting and a couple of other updates. The Technical Working Group for example announced a planned technical preview of KDE 4, the Human-Computer Interaction Working Group informs about progress in developing plans for usability, accessibility and artwork for KDE 4. The Marketing Working Group gives updates about the status of the promotional community around KDE 4 and different other aspects regarding marketing-related efforts.

About vservers, VPNs, and more

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on May 22, 2006 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I started this new blog site here because I tend to forget things, especially when these were done in a hurry (like at work, where you often have to do several things at the same time, with a timeline like: “should be finished yesterday”). So to remember how I did things, I started to document them - and because most of what I’m doing today concerning hard- and software, services, and networks, is done with Linux and free and open source tools, I document them here - in the public. This is my 2¢ of giving back.

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