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Google, IBM Team on Enterprise Search

  • Google News; By Elizabeth Millard (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM Latest News about IBM and Google Latest News about Google announced plans to integrate their enterprise-search technologies to give corporate customers more power in mining their databases, documents, and e-mail.

According to the announcement, IBM will develop a new plug-in for Google Desktop for Enterprise, a free application designed to help employees sort through multiple types of information.

[ANNOUNCE] PHP 4.4.1 has been released

  • Mailing list; By Derick Rethans (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
PHP 4.4.1 is now available for download [1]. This version is a maintenance release, that contains numerous bug fixes, including a number of security fixes related to the overwriting of the GLOBALS array. All users of PHP 4.3 and 4.4 are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu Linux 5.10

Review: You may not be ready to welcome Linux onto your organization's desktops, but that doesn't mean that desktop Linux isn't ready for you.

Novell SUSE Linux 10.0

Review: You may not be ready to welcome Linux onto your organization's desktops, but that doesn't mean that desktop Linux isn't ready for you.

Open source insurance for business

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 31, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
In 2003, Linksys and its parent company Cisco found out they were in violation of the terms of the GNU General Public License because of some embedded open source software used in the company's WRT54G wireless access point. If Cisco had known about the violation ahead of time, it may have been able to avoid much of the expense and heartache of the subsequent investigation conducted by lawyers with the Free Software Foundation. A new type of insurance available to companies whose products may include snippets of free software code promises to expose potential problems before its too late.

Software Freedom Law Center Appoints Two New Attorneys to Defend ...

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced the appointment of two new attorneys. Karen M. Sandler and James Vasile have joined the SFLC and will apply their technology and legal experience to support FOSS projects, developers and vendors.

Is It Time To Switch To p2p Email?

Base your email transport on something like gnutella, they say, and you'll diffuse message delivery across a sea of nodes. Blow up a node, and its peers will still see that the message reaches its target. The dream even made it onto Wired's 101 Ways To Save The Internet.

[Ed.- Be sure to take a look at the PDF linked at the end of the article, "Secure and Resilient Peer-to-Peer E-Mail: Design and Implementation," by Kangasharju, Ross, Turner]

A Firefox Extension called Fasterfox is a Must Have

Fasterfox by Tony Gentilcore was released on October 26, 2005. It provides real "performance and network tweaks for Firefox. Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay. "

Firefox Gets SEO Extension

  • WebProNews; By Jason Lee Miller (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The beauty of open source software is the seemingly limitless options that pop up. For search engine marketers only, a new extension for the Firefox browser has been developed that lets users browse search engine statistics with a simple mouse over.

Google throws bodies at OpenOffice

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google plans to hire programmers to improve, a demonstration of its affinity for open source initiatives and one the company believes also shows sound practical sense.

Book Review: File System Forensic Analysis

  • Unix Review; By Kristy Westphal (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Before I even had this book in my hands, I was truly excited about it. I have used Autopsy and The Sleuth Kit for some time now in my forensic work, and I am a big fan. These free tools are straightforward and critical to any forensic investigation. Brian Carrier, the author of File System Forensic Analysis, also created these tools, so when I saw that he wrote an entire book on file systems, I was pumped! Who better than Carrier to detail a topic that has been sparsely documented?

The Hercules System/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture Emulator

The web site reads: "Hercules is an open source software implementation of the mainframe System/370 and ESA/390 architectures, in addition to the new 64-bit z/Architecture. Hercules runs under Linux, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Mac OS X 10.2 and later."

It runs best on Linux and it helps shops without mainframe access port their software to Linux on the S/390 and zSeries platforms.

BeOS rises from the grave, takes the name ZETA

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 31, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's Halloween, and what better way is there to celebrate than by reanimating a dead operating system on your PC? The zombie of choice this year is the ZETA Live CD 1.1, the first free download to bring the long-lost BeOS back from the grave.

Answering Microsoft: Comments on Microsoft's Letter to MA

As most readers probably know, Massachusetts has chosen the OpenDocument standard as their standard for office suite data exchange. Massachusetts has published the comments about this decision from many sources, including Adobe, Corel, IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems. Microsoft was extremely unhappy that the OASIS OpenDocument standard was selected instead of their proprietary XML format, aka the Microsoft Office Open XML format, that is under development.

Pamela Jones asked me to comment in more depth on Microsoft’s response, because I’ve had past related experience (e.g., with standards, XML, and even OpenDocument specifically). Many people have made brief comments about this letter, but she thought a more detailed commentary would help those who are less familiar with this topic. So, here’s my attempt at commenting on Microsoft’s letter in more detail.

[ED.- A very long, but thorough rebuttal of Microsoft's anti-ODF FUD, complete with references. A must read, especially if you're a government, or any other organisation concerned about your who controls your own documents!]

Hardware emulation with QEMU

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 31, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
QEMU is an open source cross-platform emulator for Linux hosts. It allows you to emulate a number of hardware architectures (x86, x86-64, and PowerPC are currently known to work, with others, including SPARC and MIPS, in development). QEMU thereby lets you run another operating system on top of your existing OS. Going through the process of installing and configuring QEMU not only gave me a worthwhile new software tool, but also helped me learn a few things about Linux.

Ellison, Old Friends in Software Showdown

  • Yahoo News; By Michael Liedtke (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 6:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison knows all about battles with old friends. After all, Oracle just pulled off high-profile takeovers of PeopleSoft Inc. and Siebel Systems Inc. - a pair of rival software makers run by former subordinates who turned against him. Now, Ellison is straddling another set of fractured friendships in a drama unfolding around Inc. and NetSuite Inc.The pioneering upstarts - conceived by a younger generation of Ellison's corporate progeny - have been helping steer the business software industry in a new direction with applications that are accessed directly over the Internet.

Once considered a crazy idea, the concept of online, or "on-demand," software has turned into a hot market as thousands of companies decide they would rather lease applications monthly than pay an upfront licensing fee and then deal with the costs - and headaches - of installation, maintenance and the inevitable software upgrades.

The Sky(pe) is falling

Robert Vamosi writes: didn't surprise me to read last week that a new buffer overflow vulnerability was found within the very popular Skype VoIP service. But what will make or break VoIP will be how this very young industry handles emerging security issues and whether the public eventually puts its trust in the new technology. Judging by the way Skype has handled its recent vulnerabilities, I think the prognosis is good for VoIP in the long run.

[A positive prognosis for Skype and VoIP, generally speaking. Oh what fun it is to defend your Skype calls from Internet-based attacks! - Ed]

Software Firewalls versus Wormhole Tunnels

  • Security Focus; By Bob Rudis and Phil Kostenbader (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 5:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security
In a VPN configuration, most personal firewalls are configured to drop their shields (because all traffic is heading to and from a trusted source), so the VPN client is, in fact, a liability because there is no need to use a libpcap outbound wormhole-tunnel communications channel. The firewall will happily ignore whatever packets a malicious program might need and they go unfiltered through the "secure" VPN connection... Creating and using a wormhole-tunnel communications channel is not limited to malicious use by malware, spyware, viruses or worms. The following scenario illustrates how one can legitimately (and more robustly) bypass the firewall without the use of libpcap.

[Ed.- and don't forget email, web browsers, and all the ways that SSH can sneak around firewall rules.]

Oregon Governor Announces New Open Source Technology Initiative by ...

On Tuesday Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski announced the contribution of $350,000 by search technology leader Google Inc. to a joint open source technology initiative of Oregon State University and Portland State University. With the grant, the universities will collaborate to encourage open source software and hardware development, develop academic curricula and provide computing infrastructure to open source projects worldwide. The universities will also help provide a bridge between Oregon's universities and Oregon's growing open technology industry.

Oracle goes free to fight MySQL, SQL Server Express

Its Database 10g Express Edition is free, and is compatible with the vendor's higher-end offerings.

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