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RPM to be revitalized - courtesy of Fedora Project

Perhaps the need of the hour is that all Linux distributions support a universal package format with all packages residing in a central repository, which can be shared by all Linux distributions alike. But this scenario looks bleak with Debian having its own dpkg format and Red Hat based distributions having their own RPM based package formats. At least there is going to be better inter operability with different Red Hat based Linux distributions in the future as one of the goals of this new project is to work towards a shared code base between SuSE, Mandrake, Fedora and so on.

Researcher Uncovers McAfee Linux VirusScan Flaw

A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in McAfee's VirusScan Command Line Scanner antivirus software that could enable remote attackers to execute malicious code.

Virtualization and Linux--A Primer

  • IT Management; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Dec 16, 2006 1:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Virtualization is the hot buzzword these days. Everyone is all excited over this latest, greatest miracle computer cure. It transforms your computing infrastructure into a shiny empire of efficiency and contentment, makes you an IT Hero and it repairs bad haircuts. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the virtualization bandwagon quickly, before it goes away forever!

Arm11-based processor module to support Linux soon

Logic Product Development (LPD) is shipping a small, component-like board integrating a Freescale i.MX31 applications processor with memory and I/O functions. The i.MX31 SOM (system-on-module) and associated development kit will support Linux soon, the company says, and target medical, industrial, wireless, and consumer electronics applications.

Getting Vista to work with Linux NAS gadgets

Some Linux- and Samba-based network storage appliances may not work with Windows Vista, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols over at The solution is to configure Vista to use NTLM instead of NTLMv2 authentication, or else update the storage appliance to Samba server 3.0.22 or higher.

Solera Open Sources Software

Lindon, Utah-based Solera Networks has open sourced the firm's DataEcho software, the company said today.

Abstracting telephony: software servers for Linux mobile phones

This whitepaper discusses telephony server middleware that aims to de-couple cellular modem functionality from mobile phone operating systems. It was written by Blane E. Rockafellow, who co-founded TapRoot Systems, a telephony server specialist that has partnered with Microsoft, MontaVista, Trolltech (story), and Symbian.

Pre-build MythTV Linux PVR eats Windows MCE for breakfast

With its little side-flaps extended I can’t help but see this pre-built MythTV PVR as some sort of Transformer, but sadly though its capabilities are broad I don’t think they extend to being a robot in disguise. Still, you could have some pretty good times even without self-adhesive decals to position; $499 gets you an Intel Celeron 2.66GHz, 256MB of RAM, a GeForce 6200 graphics card, 80GB hard drive and 18x DVD burner, specs easily capable of running the Ubuntu OS together with one of the most well-respected PVR environments, MythTV.

More classrooms migrating to Linux desktops

School districts around the world are increasingly examining the benefits of utilizing open-source software -- whether on servers and desktops, or via so-called Web 2.0 services freely available online. The Plano, Texas, school district is a recent example of this trend, according to an article published on

Best practices for NIS use

  •; By Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, and Trent Hein (Posted by dcparris on Dec 15, 2006 8:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Yesterday we introduced NIS, the Network Information Service. In the second and final article in this series, let's look at how to use it effectively.

Talking Linux IP with Bill Gates

If you could ask Bill Gates one question, what would you ask? I spent an hour today with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the company's Redmond campus. I chose to ask Bill about Microsoft's intellectual property stance against Linux and its open source developers, from the SCO Group's litigation against IBM to Steve Ballmer's recent claim Linux infringes on Microsoft patents after signing a patent indemnity with Novell. Bill Gates claimed he had never heard of BayStar Capital, an investor in SCO Group and their litigation against large corporate supporters of Linux.

Release-critical Bugreport for December 15, 2006

Bugreport for December 15, 2006

Embedded linux Primer: Bootloaders

Christopher Hallinan examines the bootloader’s role in a system, followed by an introduction to some common features of bootloaders. He also takes a detailed look at a popular bootloader used for embedded systems, and introduces a few of the more popular bootloaders.

Ubuntu Christian Edition Review

It's no secret that Linux needs parental controls installed with a distribution by default, and it’s been a necessity for a long time now. Advanced users have always pointed to Dans Guardian, but they are delusional if they believe that most people have the time or the ability to implement this great resource.

Cook up Web sites fast with CakePHP, Part 2: Bake bigger and better

This tutorial shows you how to jumpstart your CakePHP application using scaffolding and Bake. You will also learn the ins and outs of using CakePHP's Access Control Lists (ACLs).

Shill season

It's often difficult to figure out the motivation behind a particular study - until one finds out who has commissioned and paid for it. The so-called tech consulting companies would love it if the consumer believes that they have conducted an "independent" study. The worrying thing is that not many people blow their cover.

Building AJAX apps with WebSphere

WebSphere consultant Roland Barcia answers questions on building Web 2.0 applications with AJAX technologies on WebSphere.

Configuration Management Databases: the bigReg survey

Those among you who'd like the chance to win a Reg goodie bag should take a few minutes to complete our survey on Configuration Management Databases - known as CMDBs to their mates - which form the focus of our latest tap into the expertise of you, our beloved readers.

FSF helps free online gaming world

The Free Software Foundation have pledged $60 000 to the Free Ryzom campaign in order to help purchase the online game and release the software under a GPL.

Damn Small Linux delivers first v3.2 release candidate

The first live CD release candidate of Damn Small Linux 3.2 was made available this week, only two weeks after the release of version 3.1. The v3.2 release candidate sports a 2.4.26 kernel and the Fluxbox window manager in a tidy, 49.8 MB package. Damn Small Linux is a thumb-drive-sized Linux distribution that, despite its minuscule size, strives to be a functional and easy-to-use desktop.

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