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Glimpses of LinuxWorld

BOSTON, MASS -These are short "impromptu" videos I shot at OSTG's Slashdot Lounge in the middle of the ORG pavilion at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Their purpose is to help you put faces (and voices) to people whose names you often see on this site and others -- and one or two people who just happened to be in the vicinity and looked like they might have something to say, too.

Puppy Linux wags tail for $100 OLPC laptop

Puppy Linux, one of the smallest-footprint distributions available, has offered its services to the One Laptop Per Child project spearheaded by former MIT Media Lab head Nicholas Negroponte. OLPC plans to distribute laptops to children around the world for $100 apiece.

Well, I know several Puppy Linux users who would agree that it's the perfect distro for the OLPC project - dcparris

How The Anti-Virus Industry Is Turning A White Hat Black, or (at least) Gray

After most anti-virus vendors wasted a year before they could detect any near-current version of Hacker Defender, many dismissed their failure as an anomaly. The Hacker Defender blunder just slipped through the cracks, right? Wrong. Late in December, a hacker unleashed an encrypted Hacker Defender along with the code. As, after three long months, fewer than half the anti-virus engines can detect the beasts, chances are excellent that you are not among the protected. Email Battles tells you who can, who can't... and how the a/v industry helps turn frustrated white hats black or gray. Anything but white.

Google Releases Toolbar v2 for Firefox

  • Digital-Lifestyles.Info (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2006 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Google is launching an upgrade to its toolbar for Mozilla's Firefox browser, adding enhancements to the search box and an antiphishing feature.

Carmony Dispels Linspire Linux Myths

Speaking at LinuxWorld, CEO Kevin Carmony clarifies the company's goals, defends its Linux credentials and more.(

Actually, I think Carmony may be onto something. Most of us are looking for a Dell or HP to bring GNU/Linux to the masses. I think it would be better - and more in line with the FOSS philosophy to have several smaller vendors distributing GNU/Linux and various solution stacks on top of that. If some of the smaller OEMs would pick a distro and round it out as a turn-key solution for various markets, We would not have to worry about whether Dell or HP owns the hardware market. Nor would we have to worry whether Microsoft - or any other company - owns the software market. There's room for all kinds of fish in the technology sea. - dcparris

Beyond Rootkits: World's First Standalone Kernel Mode Bot?

A new kernelmode rootkit has the ability to communicate via Internet Relay Chat without relying on outside applications. This represents a dangerous escalation in Windows rootkit ability, as previous kernelmode device drivers required help from usermode programs. While the IRCbot released is non-destructive, it can be easily enhanced. The developer has made the download available as a Visual Studio 2003 project.

DRM key to Linux's consumer success?

Yes, RealNetworks exec argues at LinuxWorld, pointing out that commercial makers of the OS are open to tech like FairPlay and PlaysForSure. But the Free Software Foundation Europe countered this claim on Thursday, saying consumers have made it clear that they do not want digital rights management, or DRM, restricting their use of digital media.

Norway increasing use of open-source software

OSLO, Norway (AP) - The Norwegian government said Friday it will increase its use of freely shared, open-source software to reduce its dependency on large computer companies like Microsoft Corp.

Intense Linux Competition In China

  • SDA Asia Magazine (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2006 2:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
China’s Linux market revenue reached USD11.8 million in 2005, up 27.1% over 2004. 2005 saw a steady growth in the China Linux market, brought about mainly by the huge volume of government procurements and large-scale SCO Unix replacement by major banks and industrial projects such as Telecommunication and Internet cafes...

Open source going strong at the Christian Science Monitor

  • Network World (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2006 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"One of the amazing benefit of working with open source is that you're interacting with a worldwide network of really, really smart people instead of dealing with your typical corporate software support structure," says J. Johnson, manager of Web technology for the Christian Science Monitor.

Sendmail tools to go open source?

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2006 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The email delivery firm looks set to open source some of its proprietary technologies.

ActiveState reactivates

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2006 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
David Ascher, CTO and vice president of engineering for programming tool vendor ActiveState, has seen his company through several incarnations. The latest change is ActiveState's re-emergence as an independent company after more than two years as a subsidiary of security software vendor Sophos. I talked with Ascher about what ActiveState's new status means, where the company has been and where it's going. His answers illustrate the challenges of building a company around free and open source software, and reflect how the market for FOSS has changed over the last six years.

Linux Is Almost as Popular as Solaris for Oracle Databases

Applications tend to drive platform choices when all other economic factors remain equal, but since 2000, all economic factors have not remained equal and that is why Wintel and Lintel platforms took off as RISC/Unix platforms were too pricey for some IT budgets. It is now six years since the bottom fell out of the worldwide dot-com economy and IT budgets felt the crunch, and Linux is so established that it is about ready to draw even with the darling of the dot-com era, the Solaris platform, among Oracle database customers.

Web Server Market: Microsoft Gains, Apache/Linux Declines

Microsoft Corp. took a big chunk of the Web server market this month at the expense of Apache running on Linux, as a major domain registrar moved to the Windows platform, a research and security firm said Thursday. The Redmond, Wash., company gained a 4.7 percent share while the open-source alternative fell 5.9 percent, making the shift one of the largest one-month swings on record, U.K.-based Netcraft Ltd. said. Microsoft's bonanza was driven by domain registrar Go Daddy migrating 3.5 million hostnames from Linux to Windows.

Bruce Perens and the"State of Open Source"

On the scene at LinuxWorld Boston, Bruce Perens tries to convince the community that it's time to challenge the patent system.

Linux 'needs DRM support' for consumer success

But the Free Software Foundation Europe argues it's not users that want DRM - it's record companies and the like.

Installing Software on Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful and popular community-developed Linux distribution--and the basis for several other useful and usable distributions. One of the reasons for its popularity is the ease of installing and maintaining software. Edd Dumbill, Debian developer and GNU/Linux advocate, shows how to use Debian's tools to find and install software packages.

Microsoft details Linux collaboration

Microsoft is working with Linux software maker XenSource Inc. to make sure files created on Windows machines can be used with Linux, Bill Hilf, Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy, said Wednesday. Hilf described the collaboration in Microsoft's first-ever keynote address at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston yesterday.

OpenMFG Releases New Tools to Open Source Community

OpenMFG, the leading provider of open source-based enterprise solutions for small manufacturers and distributors, today announced two new initiatives to support the global open source community.

LinuxWorld expo wrapup

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2006 7:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP, IBM; Story Type: News Story
LinuxWorld Conference& Expo Boston had a decidedly subdued air this year -- one colleague called it "sleepy" -- and many were wondering why big names such as IBM and HP weren't exhibiting. The show was held at the Boston Convention Center, a sprawling complex big enough for two or three shows at the same time, and if walking distance from classrooms to show floor to press lounge were an indicator, the show could be considered huge. But LinuxWorld didn't have enough exhibitors to fill up the floor, and many booth operators looked like they needed more to do.

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