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The Risks Digest - Volume 24: Issue 16

  • ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; By Peter G. Neumann et al. (Posted by incinerator on Feb 17, 2006 7:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Community
Forum on Risks to the Public in Computers and Related Systems.

German Parliament calls for blanket monitoring of telecommunications

The Big Brother is coming to Germany. You'd better re-read George Orwell's "1984" to make sure you know what's coming.

Does Oracle Understand What It's Buying?

  • Technocrat; By Bruce Perens (Posted by bstadil on Feb 17, 2006 6:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL, Oracle
Oracle's eaten the only two companies that make transactional database back-ends for MySQL: InnoDB last year, and now Sleepycat Software. The purchases send a message that MySQL won't achieve high-end database features without being beholden to Oracle. But the message is hollow.

Durban LPI event to go ahead

Registrations have picked up for the Durban LPI exam event on March 3, allaying earlier fears that the event would be cancelled due to low turnout. The event is likely to attract between 30 and 40 examinees.

Linux boots on Sun's Niagara chip

Programmer reaches early milestone in adapting the open-source operating system to Sun's 32-thread processor.

VMWare Server not entirely free

Recently we posted news about VMWare renaming its GSX product to VMWare server and releasing it for free. Well they did do that, and it is free for now, at least what you can download. It pays to read the fine print, though as I found out from this article

Asterisk on OpenWrt

Asterisk is free software that lets you create a fully functional, easily customizable, private branch exchange (PBX). Businesses like Asterisk because they can save money by using it, and because it is open source, they can add functionality to it easily and inexpensively. Asterisk is also becoming popular with home office users -- so much so that it spawned a new project called Asterisk@Home, which released its 1.0 version last year. Now there's even a version of Asterisk that runs on OpenWrt, a Linux distribution designed to run on your wireless router (see "OpenWrt nears prime time"). I found it to be worthwhile, but I wouldn't depend on it for my home office.

Be all the geek you can be

The Geek Freedom League – a Go Open Source initiative that aims to fight for "PC liberation" in South Africa through open source "conversions" – has drawn up its battleplan for the year. Richard Frank caught up with league manager, Thomas Black.

Open source tender wait continues

South Africa's biggest open source tender has jumped its final hurdle, with the State Information Technology Agency taking a decision on the award of the tender. But it may take weeks before the award is officially announced.

GStreamer 0.10 - What's in it for the Users

  • GNOME Journal; By Christian Schaller (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 17, 2006 9:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
Christian Schaller shows what the GStreamer team has been working on for the new 0.10 release. With new additions like an automatic plugin registry, support for the RTP protocol and greatly improved playback support, you’ll want to keep on reading!

The Myth of a Linux Talent Shortage. Is it true? You tell us.

  • LXer.com; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Feb 17, 2006 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features


Last fall I wrote an article entitled "Critical Shortage of Linux Talent Slowing Adoption". I composed a parody, a spoof about the ignorance of human resource management. I wrote:
Most human resource people believe Linux is an air conditioner company. They get confused between the term Linux and Lennox. So, HR recruiters define their job profiles like this:

Linux programmer needed by enterprise. Skills required:

REFRIGERANT METERING DEVICE CALIBRATION
LEAK TESTING
LIQUID & SUCTION LINE SERVICE VALVES KNOWLEDGE
START-UP
CHARGING FOR TXV SYSTEMS

Five to ten years of relevant training and master plumbers' license required. Will accept equivalent for H1B applicants. Microsoft Certifications a plus.
The article title has become an urban myth and from the comments I have read about it, most people took the title to heart and never read the article. So, let's set the record straight.

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PolyServe Matrix Server Certified with Novell GroupWise for Improved E-Mail Server Manageability and Availability

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 17, 2006 7:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyServe today announced Novell has certified the configuration of Novell GroupWise 7 running on PolyServe Matrix Server(TM) V3 shared data clustering software.

An early Linux pioneer is swallowed up

An early Linux pioneer is about to be swallowed up by a bigger fish. Cyclades, established in 1991 as a provider of serial communications cards for Linux, was one of the first companies to commercially offer products designated specifically for the Linux platform. Now Cyclades has agreed to be purchased by Avocent Corp.

Survey says running Linux is cheaper than Windows

The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) this week released a study countering claims by Microsoft that running a Linux-based computing infrastructure has a higher total cost of ownership than operating a Windows environment.

Fsf: Microsoft's attack on EC is 'outrageous'

The Free Software Foundation Europe expressed outrage on Thursday at Microsoft's criticism of the European Commission, and of the UK expert appointed to ensure that Microsoft complies with the antitrust ruling.

Korea Plans to Build Linux City, University

  • The Korea Times; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Feb 17, 2006 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The Korean government plans to select a city and a university late next month where open-source software like Linux will become the mainstream operating programs.

Migration Guide in english

The german federal ministry of the interior (Bundesministerium des Inneren) made the second edition of their Migration Guide available in english.

FOSS for OS/2: Keeping the flame alive

After a decade of neglect and increasingly reluctant support from IBM, the manufacturer, the OS/2 community persists. Where users of GNU/Linux or FreeBSD have turned to free and open source software (FOSS) for political and philosophical freedom and software quality, the surviving OS/2 community has been turning to FOSS as a means of defending members' right to use the operating system of their choice. The result is a small but surprisingly diverse collection of projects that, to a GNU/Linux user, is a mixture of the familiar and exotic.

Mail with Nail

I do almost everything in text mode when working with Linux. Some tasks -- such as browsing the Web and reading email -- are harder to do satisfactorily at the console. I use Firefox to browse the Web, but finally I found a good tool to quickly access my mail in text mode.

Mix and Match SQL and XML with DB2 Viper hybrid

The DB2 Viper release is the first IBM implementation of a "hybrid" or multi-structured database management system.

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