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Php forum systems inherit phpBB vulnerability

A hacker using the pseudonym Xoron (real name Mehmet Ince) has disclosed on mailing lists that there are such vulnerabilities in Omegaboard, Cerulean Portal System, phpBB Tweaked, Hailboards, EclipseBB and Xero Portal. Exploits are available for some forum systems that could permit an attacker to remotely upload and execute arbitrary malicious code on affected systems.

The Machine Stops: IPV6 and the Growth of the Internet

  • Free Software Magazine; By Gary Richmond (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 3, 2007 5:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How could Gutenberg and Caxton have known that the invention of the printing press would be a massive force for the democratisation of knowledge and central to the transformation of a feudal society into the beginnings of a recognisably modern world via the Renaissance and the Reformation? The ability of printing presses to produce a massive volume of information, especially on religion and science, helped to break the elitist monopoly of the Roman Catholic Church.

One Company's Search For The Perfect Open Source Software

H&R Block wanted a flexible, easy- to-use document management system to capture clients' tax documents and move them digitally to its tax preparers' offices. It considered commercial products, such as FileNet and Documentum. But H&R Block CIO Marc West eventually directed the team to focus on open source options, since the cost of putting commercial options in 13,000 fields offices wouldn't fly.

10 technical articles from IBM.

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks and AlphaWorks websites. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration.

Vista Home Editions Won't Run On Mac, Linux Virtual Machines

Mac owners and Linux users hoping to run Windows Vista using virtual machine software had better own the Business or Ultimate editions of the new operating system, according to Microsoft's licensing terms. The end-user license agreements governing both the Home Basic and Home Premium editions of the OS specifically forbid users from booting the software "within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system." The blanket prohibitions don't apply to the higher-end editions of Windows Vista.

DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Claire Hong and Renata Kupresak (Posted by solrac on Feb 3, 2007 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
You'll learn about how to configure DB2 databases, how locking and isolation levels work within DB2, and how to recover a corrupted database. This tutorial is designed for developers with little or no knowledge of DB2.

KDE releases maintenance update

The KDE Project this week released version 3.5.6, a maintenance update to the popular free desktop for Linux and UNIX. KDE now supports 65 languages, making it available to more people than most non-free software.

Port PHP to z/OZ

This technology ports PHP 5.1.2 to the z/OS platform, which allows one to run PHP scripts both in command line and CGI environments. It contains the core PHP extensions as well as the PDO_ODBC extension for communication with DB2 databases.

Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha (Herd) 3 Screenshots

Tollef Fog Heen has announced the third alpha release of Ubuntu 7.04, also known as "Herd CD" - now with painless multimedia codecs, new GNOME Control Centre, updated versions of most GNOME applications, and Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM): "Ubuntu 'Feisty Fawn' 7.04 has two and a half more months to go until its release date planned in April 19th, and already many exciting features have been introduced. Herd 3, the third Alpha release kicks off the most active period in the release schedule." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 3 are available at

New open source advocacy group's launch is shrouded in secrecy

A new open source advocacy group, the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), is scheduled to debut February 15 at the upcoming LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit in New York. But unlike most open source software launches and even open source association beginnings, OSA founders are unwilling to be quoted by name about their plans before their formal launch. Instead, they are only speaking to media representatives grudgingly, "on background," without attribution. The reason for this, says an OSA insider interviewed by telephone on Friday, February 3, is that they "don't want to ruffle feathers of people we're still talking to about joining."

The Importance of Video Settings on Linux

It's maddening. For someone who is trying make a daily use of what is to be considered a beginner friendly distribution for the first time, most options leave a lot to be desired for the uninitiated. More often than not, new Linux users find that everything works great at first only to discover that setting up something as common as a dual-head monitor configuration requires editing your xorg.conf file. If you are coming from a non-Linux environment, this can be a fairly frightening proposition.

LPI Releases Top-Level Linux Certification

After years in the making -- and after some people had given up on ever seeing it -- the distribution-neutral Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and its affiliate, LPI-Japan, have finally jointly launched the LPIC-3 certification program.

Installing Nodes in a Large Linux Cluster

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Graham White and Mandie Quartly (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 3, 2007 7:26 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Create a working Linux cluster from many separate pieces of hardware and software, including System x and IBM TotalStorage systems. This second part in a multipart series describes configuring the management server and installing the nodes in the cluster. Part 1 provided detailed instructions on setting up the hardware for the cluster.

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Programming pioneer dies

Second acts are rare in the computer industry but Jean Ichbiah, who died this week, managed it. Not only did he revolutionise software development for military computer systems with the Ada programming language, but he also devised a widely-used fast text-entry system for handheld computers.

Adding a Background Image To a Basic Window Manager

Running a basic, truly minimal window manager can save significant CPU cycles and memory. This becomes important if you’re running old, limited hardware or when designing a desktop environment for an embedded Linux device. Even the oldest, most primitive window managers (think TWM or MWM) can support a pretty desktop background image. The ability is almost as old as X itself.

French students to get open-source software on USB key

French authorities will give out 175,000 USB memory sticks loaded with open-source software to Parisian high school students at the start of the next school year. The sticks will give the students, ages 15 and 16, the freedom to access their e-mail, browser bookmarks and other documents on computers at school, home, a friend's house or in an Internet cafe -- but at a much lower cost than providing notebook computers for all, a spokesman for the Greater Paris Regional Council said Friday.

Open source is the ticket for In Ticketing

Ticket broker In Ticketing is going head to head with Ticketmaster. It's able to offer lower fees for the same services because of open source software, says co-founder and CTO Marc Urbaitel.

Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData

  • HowtoForge; By Jed McCaleb (Posted by falko on Feb 3, 2007 2:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, MySQL
With BixData you can monitor your servers as well as VMware and Xen. BixData includes pre-built plugins for things like CPU, Memory, Disk, etc. but any good monitoring tool needs to be customizable. BixData includes the basic ability to run scripts and record their exit values, similar to Nagios Plugins. BixData 2.7 adds support for importing data in more complex formats. This allows you to monitor almost anything. I'll go through the steps showing you how to monitor MySQL locally where an agent is installed and then the steps to monitor a device remotely through SNMP. The advantage of BixData is that any data available through a BixAgent works with the standard tools such as the situation room, scoreboards, notifications and the reporting system. All data are stored in standard SQL tables and are easily accessible.

Will GPLv3 energize Free Software, or marginalize the FSF?

As written, GPLv3 threatens to fork GNU projects and marginalize the Free Software Foundation, writes Linux observer Bill Weinberg in this well-written essay. Drawing on long experience evangelizing open source licensing to business users, Weinberg suggests that the FSF's GPLv3 high road could be a lonesome one.

How to create a PAD file

  • Avangate; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Feb 3, 2007 12:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
If you're a software author, you're probably familiar with those never ending requests and the need of updating the info on your programs, over and over again. Find out how to create a PAD file and why it is important.

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