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Software Writers Spot Open Source in Sony BMG CDs

  • eWEEK Linux; By Lucas van Grinsven, Reuters (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Controversial copy-protection software used by music publisher Sony BMG on music CDs appears to have tapped an open source project, raising questions about copyrights, software experts say.

Debian Security Update Fixes Fetchmail Password Disclosure Issue

Debian has released updated packages to correct a vulnerability identified in Fetchmail. This flaw is due to an error in the "fetchmailconf" program that writes configuration data to the "run control" file, which could be exploited by local attackers to gain knowledge of sensitive information (e.g. passwords). For additional information, see : FrSIRT/ADV-2005-2182

The Complete Concise History of Linux

This is a very good article which tells the history of linux in a unique angle. It is peppered with the photos of all the leaders who helped shape Linux to the robust OS it is now. A must read for all linux enthusiasts.

LXer Day Desk: The newest “Get the Facts” report

  • LXer; By Hans Kwint (Posted by hkwint on Nov 18, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups:
 LXer Day Desk: 11-18-2005

Two days ago, Microsoft sent out a press release about a study commissioned by Security Innovations, titled “Security Innovation Finds Microsoft Windows Platform More Reliable Than Linux”.

Now, from previous “Get the Facts” studies, we know, what Microsoft states in its press release, and what the report itself states, are often two different things.

Lets look into this study to find out if it made big errors, and lets try to find out how Microsoft distorts the facts found in this report in their press release.

Ministers Speak Up, Encourage Action

LXer Feature

A small group of ministers spoke out on OpenDocument, challenging Microsoft to support it in their office suite. The reaction we drew was mixed, but largely positive. We simply expressed what many already felt, but words are meaningless unless followed by action.


The What, Why and When of Free Software in India

Talking with one of the organizers of FSF-India about the role of free software as both technology and philosophy.

Linux News says Digital Rights Management Picking on the Wrong People

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 11-18-2005

The Digital Rights Management (DRM) people think that Open Source Software advocates cause piracy. In my experience, the people pirating their materials use Microsoft Windows. The vast numbers alone should bear that out.

Some astute observers would see that OSS advocates live up to a higher moral standard. If you have ever worked on an OSS project, you would know that pedantic adherence to the rules comes along with self-policing.


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

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 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

  • (Posted by tadelste on Nov 18, 2005 3:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story 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), (, 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.

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