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Start-up raids Microsoft's logs

Open source Windows Lasso

Lego Goes Open Source GD

If you think the toys you built with ordinary Legos were cool, robotics enthusiasts are about to make a quantum leap forward. The Lego Group announced today that it plans to release the firmware of its Lego Mindstorms microprocessor (the new NXT brick) as open source in August 2006.

Researcher: Digital Signatures Can Lie To Linux, OSX and Windows Users

To hear some banks and other financial outfits tell it, digital certificates are the answer for all your email security worries. But at the 15th European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research Conference, one researcher discussed how digital signatures could be perverted on virtually any operating system, including BSD, Linux, OSX and Windows. Conclusion: A digital signature is only as valid as the combined security of the sending and receiving computers allow.

Yellow Dog Linux Installs Neatly on an iPod

Forget bootable USB pendrives and use an iPod to boot Linux on a Mac.

A First Look at LyX

  • LinuxCult.com; By abhishek (Posted by linuxfora on May 1, 2006 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Whether you are writing technical documentation, an article, CV, letter, or thesis, working with LyX, the free, fully-featured cross-platform document processor, can increase your productivity immensely. In this introductory tutorial, we'll see how to get started with LyX, and explore a few of its big features and drawbacks.

OpenBSD: 3.9 Released

Bob Beck announced the release ofOpenBSD 3.9 today:

"We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 3.9. This is our 19th release on CD-ROM (and 18th via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of eight years with only a single remote hole in the default install. As in our previous releases, 3.9 provides significant improvements, including new features, in nearly all areas of the system."

OpenBSD 3.9 can bepurchased as a 3-CD set to help support the OpenBSD project [story], or freelydownloaded. The theme song for the upcoming OpenBSD release is titled "Blob!", a cautionary tale about the growing prevalence of binary blobs among open source operating systems and where this might lead [story]. Read on for a detailed overview of what's new in this latest OpenBSD release.

Green Hills Software Announces Landmark POSIX Certification

  • Embedded Computing Design (press release) (Posted by dcparris on May 1, 2006 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
SALT LAKE CITY, UT--May 1, 2006 -- Systems & Software Technology Conference (SSTC), Booth 610 -- Green Hills Software, Inc., the market leader in safe and secure operating systems, today announced that its INTEGRITY Workstation operating system is the first desktop and enterprise class system to be certified to a product standard based on the latest edition of IEEE 1003.1, "Standard for Information Technology -- Portab le Operating System Interface (POSIX)." INTEGRITY Workstation joins the Green Hills Software INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS), used in embedded systems, as the first operating systems to be certified under "POSIX®: Certified by IEEE and The Open Group" program. INTEGRITY Workstation has been certified to the 1003.1(TM)-2003 System Interfaces Product Standard and is listed on the certification register at http://get.posixcertified.ieee.org.

Mac and Linux viruses?

  • None; By R. Fennimore (Posted by otis_2 on May 1, 2006 4:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I'm getting a little tired of reading all of these articles by supposed "experts" suggesting that Mac and Linux systems are becoming as vulnerable to malicious code (viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, etc.) as Windows because they are gaining in popularity. That the only reason Windows is targeted so much is due to their market share of desktop operating systems. What a pile of rubbish!

[I would suggest that the user of a GNU/Linux system who has lost his/her data due to a run-in with some malicious code is, in fact, vulnerable to that malicious code. Additionally, the fact that it is much more difficult to contract malware using a GNU/Mac/UNIX system does not mean it is impossible. Even so, I can agree that some of the hype is exactly that - mere hype. - dcparris]

SANS warns of zero day attacks

The SANS Institute conducted a security briefing today in a teleconference hosted by Alan Paller, director of research at SANS, with a guest panel of Internet security experts on hand to elaborate. A press release from SANS warns of a surge in zero day attacks -- those which have been identified in the wild but have not yet patched by the vendors or projects involved -- and in attacks on the Apple OS X platform.

[In the Marine security forces, our motto was "complacency kills". The same applies to your IT systems. - dcparris]

Protest against ATI nearly led to the arrest of RMS

When Richard Stallman learned that a compiler architect from ATI would be speaking at MIT, he immediately started organizing a protest against ATI's damaging free software policies.

[Hmmm... this at least borders on an overreaction on the assistant's part, especially in light of his promise not to disrupt the speaker. I know of no incident in which RMS has caused a disturbance before. - dcparris]

2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Features Networking on a Planetary Scale and Network Security Breakthroughs

BOSTON, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- From the animated world of Pixar Animation Studios to the around-the-world network of PlanetLab, the 2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, May 30 - June 3 in Boston, presents cutting-edge technologies in a wide variety of environments. Featuring five days of training -- 30-full- and half-day tutorials -- USENIX '06 provides immediately useful information on the latest techniques, effective tools, and best strategies on topics including Ajax, administering Linux, next-generation storage networking and VoIP.

At university, GroupWise on Linux beats out Exchange

AN FRANCISCO -- For Golden Gate University, patience and sticking with a legacy application may end up paying dividends. An e-mail/collaboration package and related products long used by the university have matured to a point of being positioned for a glove-like fit with the university's aggressive new Linux and open source strategy.

Jitterbit 0.9.10 Beta Released

  • Jitterbit; By Dan (Posted by doxen on May 1, 2006 1:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Jitterbit has released 0.9.10 beta of its Open Source Integration software.

The new release of Jitterbit includes a standalone Jitterbit Apache server included in the installation that is meant to eliminate conflicts with other software that uses Apache or port 80. You can get directly to the downloads at the link below.

Download Jitterbit 0.9.10

Security Startup Targets 0day problem

A new security company says it has developed a novel approach to protecting PCs from software that exploits unpatched Windows vulnerabilities. Exploit Prevention Labs Inc., founded in 2005 by some of the same executives behind the PestPatrol antispyware product, has developed software that scans network traffic for known exploits, called 0days, which take advantage of unpatched bugs in Windows software.

FSF supports average users with high-priority list

  • NewsForge; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dcparris on May 1, 2006 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: GNU
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is frequently considered an organization for developers rather than end users, but Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF, would disagree. "We don't just want freedom for software developers," Brown said in a telephone call interview last month. "We want freedom for all." One of the ways that the FSF promotes this goal is with its high-priority project list.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Implements DataCore Software to Achieve Higher Levels of Business Continuity

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, has selected and installed DataCore's SANsymphony software to manage its growing storage area network (SAN) complex that serves over 5,000 users and adds an automatic fail- over architecture to eliminate downtime from failures, upgrades and change requests. Data is absolutely critical to hospital operations and patients' well-being, so it must be not only highly available, but safeguarded against catastrophe. Downtime previously incurred by routine tasks, such as maintenance and upgrades also has to be eliminated in order to spare users from the pain of disruption.

Safend Finds Weakness in Linux Random Number Generator

TEL AVIV, Israel – Safend has said that Zvi Gutterman, CTO and co-founder of Safend, has discovered several security vulnerabilities in Linux, the most common open source project. As Safend's CTO, Gutterman designs key technologies such as the algorithms and theory behind Safend Auditor and Safend Protector implementation and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recently, he has been conducting analysis of the Linux Random Number Generator (LRNG) along with Benny Pinkas from the University of Haifa and Tzachy Reinman from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Red Hat to Present at Investor Events

RALEIGH, N.C. --(Business Wire)-- May 1, 2006 -- Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced it will present at the following investor events.

Open Source is Becoming an Essential Part of Services Portfolios ...

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – According to a recent IDC study, open source is becoming a fundamental aspect of services portfolios for IBM Global Services, HP Services (HPS), Unisys, Novell, and other major services providers. The study also reveals that open source is moving up on the investment agenda of companies worldwide, as services providers (mostly services arms of technology companies) have formalized support, training, and certification services to encourage adoption of open source (principally Linux) on their products. As open source software goes mainstream, IDC finds that services vendors must further develop open source capabilities in order to meet their clients' needs and attract new customers.

Risks Digest Vol. 24 Iss. 26

  • ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; By Peter G. Neumann (moderator) (Posted by incinerator on May 1, 2006 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Community
Another issue of ACM's excellent digest about the risks of using computers in our society.

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