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Mandriva Linux : Worldwide Install-Party

Mandriva today announces that it is organizing a Worldwide Install Party for Saturday November 19th. Following the release of Mandriva Linux 2006, Mandriva is mobilizing its network of Linux User Groups (LUGs). Free community installation sessions will take place around the world. Major participating locations include the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Moroco, and the island of Reunion.

Postini And The On-Again, Off-Again Spam List

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Jim Wagner (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 15, 2005 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Anti-spam vendor Postini has looked at spam from both sides now.

The Spamhaus Project, a popular U.K.-based organization that maintains a database of spamming activity, placed two of the San Carlos, Calif., company's IP addresses on its Spamhaus Block List (SBL) last week after receiving numerous complaints of unsolicited e-mail from the company.

Internet security: Cisco flaws

Finnish researches today announced a high-risk vulnerability in a security protocol that serves an important role in key exchanges in IPsec VPNs. The severity of the flaw depends on different vendors, some of whom report it exists in their products and others who for now maintain their offerings are unaffected. But its impact could be great, given those vendors include heavyweights Cisco Systems, 3Com, Juniper Networks, Microsoft and IBM.

Why and when open source products best Microsoft, part one

There are good reasons for using open source software (OSS), and I've learned those reasons through 15 years of experience with more traditional, commercial or closed source applications. In part one of this two-part column, I'll cover problems I've had with proprietary software and my take on the total cost of ownership (TCO) debate. In part two, I'll talk about what I consider to be Microsoft's unethical practices and when not to use open source software.

Simplify apps using XML with PHP and DB2

This article looks at the impact of schema evolution on the application and walks the reader through a usage scenario to illustrate the ease of setting up a PHP environment; the ease of integrating DB2 native XML functionality with PHP applications, including Web services written in PHP and XQuery.

IBM's validation of Ubuntu is a victory for Debian

The Ubuntu project last week announced that IBM has validated the year-old Linux distribution's version 5.04 for use with its DB2 Universal Database, bringing together a database designed to automate many time-consuming tasks with an operating system billed as easy-to-install and even easier to use.

Speak freely at LinuxWorld 2006

Next year's LinuxWorld sees a change of formats. You won't have to pay to see the keynote speakers, and there will be two hot keynotes a day. Exhibitions for Africa is also planning four training modules on two tracks for our edification.

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.

First Complicated, Then Simple

This column often focuses on devices or software that can be popped out of the box and put to work in no time. Be forewarned, the bulk of this week’s installment will be dedicated to something that is nowhere near that simple, but offers great rewards for the adventurous.

The subject is putting Linux, the open-source operating system, on your PC. Results should be more or less the same, regardless of the hardware you use. But some Linux variations are more suited to the unique demands of notebooks than others. Your friendly reviewer--with considerable assistance from his computer-scientist brother--used kubunto (pronounced kay-ubuntu) from Ubuntu on a ThinkPad from Lenovo.

More OS Content Management Talk

  • Content Wire (subscription) (Posted by dcparris on Nov 15, 2005 8:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Gregor J Rothfuss has been observing and working with content management tools for many years. We catch up with him over the internet to talk about open source, a subject increasingly recurring

More Sony DRM Hijinks - Now It's MediaMax

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 15, 2005 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Oh, swell. Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse, here comes another report of Sony DRM anti-customer treachery. J. Alex Haldeman on Freedom to Tinker describes in detail yet another DRM scheme from Sony, SunnComm's MediaMax. It's not a rootkit this time, like XCP. He calls it spyware. While Sony has said it has temporarily halted shipments of the XCP rootkit, it hasn't promised to stop shipping CDs with this junk on it, from all I can determine. Haldeman describes how it works at length, but here's the executive summary:

[Ed.- If it weren't for PJ, where would we see this sort of vigilance and in-depth reporting? - tuxchick]

SAP's Agassi denies anti-open source remarks

  •; By Tom Sanders (Posted by tadelste on Nov 15, 2005 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SAP has back-peddled on some controversial statements about open source made by one of its executives during a speaking engagement at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley.

[Ed.- Yes, spelling geeks, it's "back-pedaled." -tuxchick]

XFCE Screentshots

You hear so much about KDE & Gnome, what about XFCE? For those of you who haven't used or seen it, here's some good screenshots.


Programmer Overkill (MySQL)

  • WebProNews; By A.P. Lawrence (Posted by dcparris on Nov 15, 2005 7:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
I have a peeve about MySQL. Oh, not about MySQL directly: it's great. I love it, it's wonderful, no complaints. It's the people who use it when they don't need to that get me shaking my head and talking to myself. This falls in the same general category as my previous rant about text vs. binary. Some people use MySQL for idiotic purposes.

KOffice in the workplace

  •; By J Hall (Posted by hkwint on Nov 15, 2005 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
Open Source office suites have been in the spotlight recently with the current media frenzy about Massachusetts' decision to use the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for all documents created by state departments.
One of the office suites supporting ODF is KDE's KOffice.
KDE developer Raphael Langerhorst's talks about his experience with KOffice at home, university and in the business world, and the future of the suite.

Linux continues supercomputer domination

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 15, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Linux is on top, once again. On the bi-annual Top500 List, just released at the Supercomputing Conference in Seattle, IBM's Linux-powered Blue Gene/L retains the top slot. Blue Gene/L is not alone, as seven of the top 10 systems are running Linux. AIX, UNICOS, and Super-UX also appear in the top ten.

OSDL lassos patent pledges online

Open source software developers and users can now check the detail and depth of patent pledges from the likes of Red Hat, IBM, and Sun through a new Patent Commons site from the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL).

Linux News Wary of Gartner Reporting on Microsoft Vista

LXer Day Desk: 11-15-2005

Not to suggest that Bill Gates and Michael Dell have any influence on famed Gartner Distinguished Analysts, I tend to look skeptically at their pronouncements. Once Silver Lake Partners, a Silicon Valley private equity-investment firm took an increasing stake in the Gartner, I started pondering the effect of having Bill and Michael as investors in Silver Lake limited partnerships. So, when Gartner said, hold off on Vista until 2008 I started looking for a catch.

Cape company gets SA's first Asterisk accreditation

Connection-Telecom co-founder and Asterisk developer Steve Davies is the first South African to be awarded the Digium Certified Asterisk Professional accreditation.

French opt for laissez-faire Linux

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Nov 15, 2005 5:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

The French tax agency is planning to move 80.000 desktops to instead of upgrading them to Office XP, thereby reducing the cost of migration from €29.5m to a mere €200,000.

[ED.- Although the headline is slightly misleading, the article itself is great. Migrating to makes more than 99% savings! Talk about "Get the Facts" ;) - Tsela]

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