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Thinking about email security

With the National Security Agency (NSA) monitoring our phone calls, now might be a good time to think seriously about the security of our email as well. In particular, you might want to think about encrypting your email, and about whether it's safe in the hands of third-party providers like Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft.
If you can persuade Windows-using friends and family to use encryption, Lucas recommends Mozilla Thunderbird as a replacement for Outlook and Outlook Express, saying that Microsoft "doesn't provide clear and open access to APIs you need to write a solid plugin [for encryption] ... not to mention that the people I help with their computers, once I hook them up with Thunderbird, they stop calling me [for support]."

Editorial: The Chaos of Incompatibility in Mobile Linux

The open nature and yes, the hype around Linux has made lots of mobile-oriented companies to consider using Linux for their next-generation cellphones. But there is a major problem on the way to success, a problem which is created not by Linux itself, but by the greed and close-mindness of these same companies that endorse Linux.

SCO hits iceberg

On June 28, Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells ruled largely in favor of IBM's "Motion to Limit The SCO Group Inc.'s Claims Relating to Allegedly Misused Material." This means that the vast majority of SCO's claims against IBM for misusing Unix code in Linux have been thrown out.

Verso and IBM Partner on Linux Based

ATLANTA – (NASDAQ:VRSO) Verso Technologies has said that the company and IBM have executed a strategic teaming agreement to offer the Verso MetroNet VoIP Overlay solution on the IBM® eServer™ BladeCenter platform. The joint offering creates a Linux-based VoIP solution running on the IBM eServer BladeCenter and will be globally positioned and marketed by both companies.

KDE4 builds with CMake, venerable autotools are retired

For its central source code management KDE last year migrated from the venerable "Concurrent Versioning System" (CVS) to the newer, more powerful Subversion (SVN) software. [....] Now the next big change is happening: KDE is leaving the aging "autotool" build chain behind. [....] KDE 4 will feature a completely different build system: CMake.

In typical KDE fashion the current move to CMake was not a "decision by committee". Instead, the old rule "who codes, decides" made itself felt once again. Let's look back at the history of this change.

Web Apps Get New Open Source App Server

A small Sri Lankan firm of open-source developers says it's time to bring a fresh set of concepts and standards to the notion of an application server.

Linux on Board: Home Automation Using X10

The X10 protocol is a fairly primitive tool for transmitting data over power lines that allows you to turn things on and off remotely. In this article, Peter Seebach shows how to extend the software capabilities, setup a dynamic web interface and how to use cron for scheduling tasks. All this can be done easily with off-the-shelf hardware and a couple of hundred lines of simple code.

A first look at MEPIS's new Ubuntu-based Linux

Do you like Ubuntu? Do you like KDE? Would you like to have them both in one distribution, but with more than Kubuntu can give you? If that's you, then SimplyMEPIS 6.2 is your operating system.

Altium offers 'drop in' replacement for Nios II

SAN FRANCISCO — Altium Ltd. Thursday (June 29) announced the release of a new Tasking VX-toolset for the Nios II family of embedded processors from programmable logic supplier Altera Corp.

Hardening Linux Servers

An in depth article on how to secure your Linux web server. Who says that security is ever "easy"? It's a must-have for anybody running a web server - even if it's at home.

/.Stolen VA Laptop Recovered

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
According tothis slashdot story:'"Remember how the VA was pinning the theft of 26.5 million veterans' personal records on a hard working-but-renegade employee whose laptop was stolen? Surprise! It turns out that the employee had written permission to bring the sensitive data home. Fortunately, the laptop has been recovered. It is still unclear how the laptop was recovered, or if any of the veterans' personal data was leaked."' The best quote I heard on this was that databases are becoming like plutonium, very concentrated and potentially very powerful.

Ibm-led Storage Coalition Starts Aperi Open-Source Project

An IBM-led group of 10 data storage vendors initiated an open-source project on the Eclipse Foundation community Web site June 28 to build a new API for developing software that manages storage devices and the networks in which they reside.

Tech group solicits U2's Bono for support

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- He's bent the ear of world leaders on social causes. He's a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. He's a rock star. But could the lead singer of U2 also become a front man for a grass-roots campaign seeking to change how the music industry does business? The Free Software Foundation hopes so.

Tutorial: Giving VoIP Traffic the Green Light, Part 2

  • LinuxPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Today we're going to configure our Internet router/gateway to give priority to Asterisk traffic. This how-to is for admins who have nice sturdy Linux-based Internet gateways. If you're using a commercial router with its own operating system, like Cisco, you'll have to learn the traffic-shaping incantations peculiar to it.

Linux: ext4 Filesystem

Theodore Ts'o offered an insightful summary of issues affecting future development on theext3 filesystem, "it is clear that many people feel they have a stake in the future development plans of the ext2/ext3 filesystem, as it [is] one of the most popular and commonly used filesystems, particular amongst the kernel development community. For this reason, the stakes are higher than it would be for other filesystems." He listed the three main concerns for future development as stability, compatibility confusion, and code complexity, "unfortunately, these various concerns were sometimes mixed together in the discussion two months ago, and so it was hard to make progress. Linus's concern seems to have been primarily the first point, with perhaps a minor consideration of the 3rd. Others dwelled very heavily on the second point."

Red Hat Stock Falling as Lawsuit Against JBoss Comes to the Fore

Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss is now worth about $35 million less than it was when first announced on April 10.

Tutorial: Building a Linux Network Appliance, Part 3

  • LinuxPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 7:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
You probably already know that a firewall is an essential component in your network border security. But you may not know that a Linux-based iptables firewall is especially robust and configurable. Today we'll set up system administration using Webmin, and in our next installment we'll create a good stout Internet-connection sharing firewall.

Red Hat | Government News | June 2006

  • Mailing list; By Red Hat Government News (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 6:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Red Hat
From the newsletter: Our monthly roadshow for state and local government agencies and academic institutions continues in July. Both events will be a free, half-day seminar on Enterprise Linux solutions, featuring engineers from Red Hat, IBM, and customers. IT management and staff from all area state and local government agencies and academic institutions are invited. Seating for each event is limited to 40 registrants. Lunch will be served.

The GNOME Journal about end users

Some two weeks ago, the GNOME Journal reported about end users, and all in all it it a nice article. But I think Vincent Untz didn’t even consider some things, so I wanted to comment a bit.

The City of Munich praises Linux at the workplace

The City of Munich's LiMux project center is rejecting charges by the Senate administration of Berlin that the migration to free software has gotten stuck before it ever got going. As Project director Peter Hofmann told heise online, "Open Source software at the workplace is a reality in Munich." At the end of May, his department presented the future basis client to the public at in information day. At present, the pilot phase is focusing on a software suite. The approximately 100 pilot users include Mayor Christian Ude and his deputy Christine Strobl. Hofmann added that "most users" in the city's administration use individual Open Source programs to surf the net, write e-mails, or edit graphics, for example, "on the Microsoft Windows operating system, which remains dominant."

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