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Speak freely at LinuxWorld 2006

Next year's LinuxWorld sees a change of formats. You won't have to pay to see the keynote speakers, and there will be two hot keynotes a day. Exhibitions for Africa is also planning four training modules on two tracks for our edification.

Enhancing kernel security with grsecurity

Is your server as secure as it could be? Sure, you use a firewall, mandate strong passwords, and patch regularly. You even take a proactive approach by performing security audits with tools such as nmap and Nessus. Yet you may still be vulnerable to zero-day exploits and privilege escalation attacks. If these possibilities keep you awake at night, you're not alone. The sleepless folks with the grsecurity project have developed an easy-to-use set of security enhancements to help put your fears to rest.

First Complicated, Then Simple

This column often focuses on devices or software that can be popped out of the box and put to work in no time. Be forewarned, the bulk of this week’s installment will be dedicated to something that is nowhere near that simple, but offers great rewards for the adventurous.

The subject is putting Linux, the open-source operating system, on your PC. Results should be more or less the same, regardless of the hardware you use. But some Linux variations are more suited to the unique demands of notebooks than others. Your friendly reviewer--with considerable assistance from his computer-scientist brother--used kubunto (pronounced kay-ubuntu) from Ubuntu on a ThinkPad from Lenovo.

More OS Content Management Talk

  • Content Wire (subscription) (Posted by dcparris on Nov 15, 2005 8:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Gregor J Rothfuss has been observing and working with content management tools for many years. We catch up with him over the internet to talk about open source, a subject increasingly recurring

More Sony DRM Hijinks - Now It's MediaMax

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 15, 2005 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Oh, swell. Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse, here comes another report of Sony DRM anti-customer treachery. J. Alex Haldeman on Freedom to Tinker describes in detail yet another DRM scheme from Sony, SunnComm's MediaMax. It's not a rootkit this time, like XCP. He calls it spyware. While Sony has said it has temporarily halted shipments of the XCP rootkit, it hasn't promised to stop shipping CDs with this junk on it, from all I can determine. Haldeman describes how it works at length, but here's the executive summary:

[Ed.- If it weren't for PJ, where would we see this sort of vigilance and in-depth reporting? - tuxchick]

SAP's Agassi denies anti-open source remarks

  •; By Tom Sanders (Posted by tadelste on Nov 15, 2005 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SAP has back-peddled on some controversial statements about open source made by one of its executives during a speaking engagement at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley.

[Ed.- Yes, spelling geeks, it's "back-pedaled." -tuxchick]

XFCE Screentshots

You hear so much about KDE & Gnome, what about XFCE? For those of you who haven't used or seen it, here's some good screenshots.


Programmer Overkill (MySQL)

  • WebProNews; By A.P. Lawrence (Posted by dcparris on Nov 15, 2005 7:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
I have a peeve about MySQL. Oh, not about MySQL directly: it's great. I love it, it's wonderful, no complaints. It's the people who use it when they don't need to that get me shaking my head and talking to myself. This falls in the same general category as my previous rant about text vs. binary. Some people use MySQL for idiotic purposes.

KOffice in the workplace

  •; By J Hall (Posted by hkwint on Nov 15, 2005 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
Open Source office suites have been in the spotlight recently with the current media frenzy about Massachusetts' decision to use the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for all documents created by state departments.
One of the office suites supporting ODF is KDE's KOffice.
KDE developer Raphael Langerhorst's talks about his experience with KOffice at home, university and in the business world, and the future of the suite.

Linux continues supercomputer domination

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 15, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Linux is on top, once again. On the bi-annual Top500 List, just released at the Supercomputing Conference in Seattle, IBM's Linux-powered Blue Gene/L retains the top slot. Blue Gene/L is not alone, as seven of the top 10 systems are running Linux. AIX, UNICOS, and Super-UX also appear in the top ten.

OSDL lassos patent pledges online

Open source software developers and users can now check the detail and depth of patent pledges from the likes of Red Hat, IBM, and Sun through a new Patent Commons site from the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL).

Linux News Wary of Gartner Reporting on Microsoft Vista

LXer Day Desk: 11-15-2005

Not to suggest that Bill Gates and Michael Dell have any influence on famed Gartner Distinguished Analysts, I tend to look skeptically at their pronouncements. Once Silver Lake Partners, a Silicon Valley private equity-investment firm took an increasing stake in the Gartner, I started pondering the effect of having Bill and Michael as investors in Silver Lake limited partnerships. So, when Gartner said, hold off on Vista until 2008 I started looking for a catch.

Cape company gets SA's first Asterisk accreditation

Connection-Telecom co-founder and Asterisk developer Steve Davies is the first South African to be awarded the Digium Certified Asterisk Professional accreditation.

French opt for laissez-faire Linux

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Nov 15, 2005 5:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

The French tax agency is planning to move 80.000 desktops to instead of upgrading them to Office XP, thereby reducing the cost of migration from €29.5m to a mere €200,000.

[ED.- Although the headline is slightly misleading, the article itself is great. Migrating to makes more than 99% savings! Talk about "Get the Facts" ;) - Tsela]

Shuttleworth Affirms Commitment to Kubuntu

In some good news for KDE, Mark Shuttleworth, the famous African entrepreneur, announced at the Ubuntu Below Zero conference that he is now using the Kubuntu distribution (screenshots) on his own desktop machine and affirmed his commitment to the KDE-based distribution.

[ANNOUNCE] fedora-netdev kernel repository


This message is to announce the availability of a new Fedora-based kernel repository. The kernels available there are based upon the standard Fedora kernels, with the addition of current upstream networking patches which are more recent than the Fedora kernel's upstream base.

Ruby Weekly News 7th - 13th November 2005

  •; By Tim Sutherland (Posted by Tsela on Nov 15, 2005 4:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / comp.lang.ruby newsgroup, brought to you by Tim Sutherland, with contributions from Christophe Grandsire.

The Ultimate Linux Career Challenge

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 15, 2005 3:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
There you are all bright-eyed and eager, ready to roll up your sleeves and go to work in the exciting new world of Free/Open Source software. You have rosy visions of getting paid to do enjoyable, challenging work. Maybe even fat stock options that vest while you are still young, so you can quit the wage-slave routine and venture forth on your own and maybe even fund projects yourself.


Apt metadata for RHL 7.3 and 9

Due to an error I introduced into a publish script, the apt metadata information for RHL 7.3 and RHL 9 had not been updated since Sept 15 of this year. I have fixed this error and uploaded the latest information, which was generated on Nov 13. I apologize for any problems this may cause.

Linux eats its way out to the mainstream

  •; By Patrick Tarpey (Posted by tadelste on Nov 15, 2005 2:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Patrick Tarpey writes: "Without ballyhoo or headlines, open source is eating away at the enterprise computing core and moving steadily outwards. Open source desktops are here already, but I believe it will be at least three years before we see any real effect on the Microsoft-dominated corporate desktop. So on the surface nothing looks untoward,..."

[Ed: I don't know. The idea of ingesting anything Microsoft sorta ruins my apetite. - dcparris]

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