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Open Source and the Profit Motive

With corporations prowling for multimillion dollar open source buyout prospects, it is becoming clearer than ever that open source software – software you can download, use and modify for no charge – has the potential to generate serious profits for corporations clever enough to figure out how to make it pay.

Mysql releases security patch

  • ComputerWorld; By Elizabeth Montalbano (Posted by dcparris on May 4, 2006 1:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
MAY 04, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - MySQL AB this week issued a security patch for multiple vulnerabilities in its MySQL open-source database. The MySQL 5.0.21 update patches three flaws that affect versions 4.0.26, 4.1.18, 5.0.20 and 5.1.9, as well as prior versions of the company's database, according to security company

An Open-Xchange of Communication

Open-Xchange Server: A best-of-breed open source collaboration, messaging, and authentication server.

Minister promotes Linux beyond the pew and into the data center

Special to LXer: 4-May-06

There are those in the Linux and open source communities who believe the label "religious devotees" is detrimental to the cause, but the Rev. Don Parris embraces it.

Dead In The Water Still Packs A Punch.

My dirty little secret is out, so there is no harm done by saying sister's husband works for Microsoft...Yes, THAT Microsoft...the one in Redmond. He says he hasn't noticed any foul smell or buzzards circling as of late.

LinuxCertified Announces its next "Linux Fundamentals" course.

This two-day introduction to Linux broadens attendees horizons with a detailed overview of the operating system.

Firefox users won't be buying on Windows Live shopping

Microsoft has released in beta this week its Windows Live Shopping site, but Firefox users will have to switch to Internet Explorer if they want to look for bargains.

Open-source software: A leap of faith?

WE HAVE all heard the buzz surrounding the open-source movement that is progressively gaining momentum throughout the IT world.

"Critical" Firefox Update Hits Mark... Almost

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 4, 2006 4:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Firefox patch blocks an open hole for attackers while further stabilizing Javascript. That will make a lot of Firefox power users happy. But a Firefox contributor reports that the new patch still doesn't completely solve the issue that stimulated his bug report. Even so, developers say the vulnerability no longer exists. And when you stack up Firefox security flaws against Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, Firefox looks pretty good.

Open Document Format Gets ISO Approval

ODF gets approved as an international standard for information retrieval and exchange regardless of platform; Microsoft is still pushing its OpenXML format as an alternative.

Freespire: Great Idea? Awful Idea?

It's a simple idea. Take the Linspire Debian-based Linux distribution and bundle it with every proprietary driver and program that's available for Linux. Ta-da, an instant Linux that's compatible with far more hardware and applications.

Microsoft Books Its Flight -- On Air Linux

Matt McKenzie writes: "The article doesn't say a word about Microsoft or Windows -- and without knowing a lot more about the project, it's unfair to read anything between the lines. In any case, it's hard to imagine Microsoft vilifying Linux the way it did not so long ago, while its employees log millions of miles traveling air routes where Linux plays the traffic cop. Or are Greyhound tickets about to become a very hot commodity?"

Advanced techniques for using the UNIX find command

The find command is one of the most powerful and useful commands in the UNIX programmer's repertoire.

AMD PIC snubs Linux

Eighteen months after shipping, AMD's Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) apparently still does not run Linux, despite criticism for using a commercial operating system given AMD's goal of reducing the cost of computing such that half of the world could enjoy Internet access by 2015.

Free software, you've been framed

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has always been concerned about the power of language. Most famously, it is known for insisting on the term "GNU/Linux" and giving "free software" equal billing with "open source" in order to receive its due credit. Now, as the FSF prepares a campaign to inform the general public about the dangers of digital rights management (DRM) technologies, it's struggling with the question of how to enter a debate that the opposition has defined in such a way that opposing views are discredited automatically.

Simple package management with Synaptic

  • Free Software Magazine; By Marco Marongiu (Posted by fsmdave on May 3, 2006 9:30 PM EDT)
A package management GUI for Debian-based distributions

The Penguin's Practical Network Troubleshooting Guide

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on May 3, 2006 8:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Linux has everything you need to do any kind of networking, plus it has eleventy-eight hundred different software utilities for network monitoring and troubleshooting. Today we'll learn how to pinpoint connectivity problems and how to map your network and all running services. This is handy not only for keeping tabs on everyday activities, but also to catch users running illicit hosts and services.

Ceo counts 50 top business apps for open source, part 2

In part two of this interview, Dave Uhlman, CEO of Unversa Inc., names the apps he considers enterprise-ready, such as MySQL, and how IT managers can cash in on the savings to be gained reduced licensing and support fees by strategically pitching open source applications to higher-ups. Uhlman recommends targeting that IT managers target specific IT needs and choose the best possible fit for their environment.

Laid back at Linuxfest Northwest

A heavy spring rain was not enough to dampen spirits at Linuxfest Northwest this year. Despite the rain, an estimated 700-800 people converged on Bellingham Technical College in the Pacific Northwest for a day of informal presentations and a gathering of the local free and open source software (FOSS) communities.

Th-unis Applies Linux Operating Platform to New Products

Senior officials from TH-UNIS and Microsoft are now in talks with regard to the price and amount of TH-UNIS's procurement. Apparently, Linux will be the first choice for the company due to its competitiveness in price.

[This article bears in mind the compliance with the new regulation in China that PCs must be shipped with a "legal" OS. - dcparris]

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