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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.
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.
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.
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
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 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]
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. Diggable
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.
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 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.
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).
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.Diggable
Connection-Telecom co-founder and Asterisk developer Steve Davies is the first South African to be awarded the Digium Certified Asterisk Professional accreditation.
The French tax agency is planning to move 80.000 desktops to OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org makes more than 99% savings! Talk about "Get the Facts" ;) - Tsela]
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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