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Bonhams and Linux Servers

  • VNUNet.com; By Data Business Staff (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 8:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
After a series of acquisitions and mergers, auction house Bonhams needed to reconcile four different business management systems. To achieve this, it selected an IBM eServer xSeries solution running Linux, offering reduced administration and maintenance activities and a scalable architecture.

Official Announcement: OpenOffice.org 2.0 Is Here

OpenOffice.org 2.0 is the productivity suite that individuals, governments, and corporations around the world have been expecting for the last two years.

Note: Downloads available below -Ed.

http://download.openoffice.org/2.0.0/index.html

Veritas NetBackup bpjava-msvc Remote Format String Exploit (Linux)

A vulnerability has been identified in VERITAS NetBackup servers and clients, which could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands. This flaw is due to a format string error in the Java authentication service "bpjava-msvc" that does not properly handle a specially crafted "COMMAND_LOGON_TO_MSERVER" command (port 13722), which could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands with root/SYSTEM privileges.

Apple goes for Quad power

  • CNET News.com; By Scott Ard and Ina Fried (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 7:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Apple Power Mac G5 Quad features two 2.5GHz, dual-core PowerPC G5 processors to increase the power at the top of its business range

OpenOffice.org goes live with 2.0

Last week the OpenOffice.org project turned five. Today the team release the long-awaited OpenOffice.org 2.0 office. For South African users the good news is that this release is immediately available in seven of the country's official 11 languages with the remaining four planned for November.

PostgreSQL bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 20, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last month I spent an intense five days learning the ins and outs of the PostgreSQL database management system at the Big Nerd Ranch, a teaching and consulting company based in Atlanta which specializes in Mac OS X and Unix. The "Big Nerd Ranch Way" removes you from your normal environment to Historic Banning Mills, a beautiful resort southwest of Atlanta, where your only concern is learning. Founder and alpha nerd Aaron Hillegass and his staff offer a series of innovative courses taught by world-class professionals.

Gnu Bayonne 2 1.0 Released

GNU Bayonne 2 offers a GNU GPL licensed scalable, media independent software environment for development and deployment of telephony solutions for use both with current, and next generation VOIP telephone networks.

The Shuttleworth FAQ (part 3): Brown is the new black

In this installment of his FAQ, Mark covers the thinking behind the default Ubuntu brown, and the secret of the naming convention, and other quirks that make Ubuntu what it is.

Book describes best -- and worst -- OSS development practices

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Oct 20, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
O'Reilly has published a book for software developers and managers who have started, or are considering starting, an open source project. Producing Open Source Software, by Karl Fogel, aims to help projects avoid failure by outlining best -- and worst -- practices.

NZ Software deal great news for Open Source cause

  • Scoop.co.nz (press release) (Posted by bstadil on Oct 20, 2005 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The Inland Revenue Department has signed an all-of-government license agreement with Novell that will give government agencies greater freedom in their choice of software and provide a framework for those that opt for Open Source

Ubuntu for servers

Yes, yet another Ubuntu release -- this time for the server. But don't expect Ubuntu's track record of runaway success to sway server administrators, though.

Black Duck makes open-source code service free until year's end

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by bstadil on Oct 20, 2005 5:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Black Duck Software Inc. is making its protexIP/OnDemand software-compliance assessment service available free of charge from Tuesday through year's end, according to a company executive. The service analyzes software projects to determine whether they contain any pieces of open-source code and ensure that the code meets licensing obligations

Local Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in XMAIL Advisory

A vulnerability has been identified in XMail, which may be exploited by malicious users to obtain elevated privileges. This issue is due to a stack overflow error in the "AddressFromAtPtr" function that does not properly handle an overly long hostname portion of an e-mail address passed to the "-t" command line option, which could be exploited by local attackers to execute arbitrary commands with "root" or "mail" privileges.

Group to develop Open Document Format plug-in for MS Office users

Software industry group Open Source Victoria has teamed up with technology company Phase N to develop a plug-in for Microsoft Office users to view documents in the Open Document Format.

Microsoft slams open source licensing chaos

Microsoft has launched an attack on existing open source "licensing proliferation" claiming that the system is confusing and unnecessarily challenging for software developers.

Jason Matusow, director of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, told vnunet.com that the large number of open source licences currently in use is counterproductive.

Firefox Tops 100 Million With Google's Help

The Mozilla Foundation has earned around $30 million from Google for its placement as Firefox's default browser. Funding has helped Mozilla hit the 100 million mark has happened despite some growing pains.

Inveneo lights up Bay St. Louis

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 20, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the usual course of business, Inveneo provides information and communication technology for remote villages in places such as Uganda. But after Hurricane Katrina hit the US south coast at the end of August, the company went to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to set up a communication system for relief workers, who needed to be able to talk to each other and coordinate relief supplies for local residents.

Oracle's DevDay in Jozie next month

Developers and DBAs are invited to get to grips with the hottest Oracle middleware and databases. Oracle also gets into the developer spirit with blogs and podcasts of the event.

Firefox Catches Up With IE

Firefox has been adding new features in an effort to match IE; now, the browser is catching up in a more unfortunate way -- with vulnerabilities. Our own security guru Russ Cooper recently reported in his weekly Security Watch newsletter (sign up here) that the Web is awash with code that can attack Firefox and its Mozilla brethren. There are two fixes: patches and disabling International Domain Name (IDN) support.

The CUPS Printing System

A basic introduction to what CUPS is and why you might want to use it rather than LPD.

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