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An increasing number of federal information technology systems are being migrated from proprietary Unix systems to open-source Linux systems and desktops in order to gain quicker upgrades, platform flexibility, increased security.
Stories about Microsoft's latest study are beginning to crop up here and there. This time, Redmond is trying to convince us that Linux isn't really any better on older hardware.
Through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department has given $1.24 million in funding to Stanford University, Coverity and Symantec to hunt for security bugs in open-source software and to improve Coverity's commercial tool for source code analysis, representatives for the three grant recipients told CNET News.com.
Zope developers have replaced one of their core components in the latest version of the open source application server, bringing potential performance and scalability benefits.
User groups have long been an integral part of the free software and open source world. Goan journalist and LUGger Frederick Noronha shares his secrets on what makes a great community.
Due to a marked increase of computers in Nepal, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) -- the country's principal archive of books and periodicals in Nepali -- has launched a beta version of NepaLinux, a Debian-based Linux distribution localized in Nepali, the language spoken by more than 30 million South Asian people.
At Leapsoft Technologies, we see the future of IT in Nigeria as that of affordable software powering the Nation. Nigeria has long suffered from expensive proprietary software plaguing our government, education and private sectors with each of these bodies writing out huge cheques annually or even more frequently in licensing fees.
Some of these fees could be saved and better spent on improving education in our schools, improving the healthcare system or providing electricity and water to other parts of Nigeria that do not already have these utilities by adopting open source software that is a fraction of the cost of proprietary software.
The company behind the virtual private server (VPS) software Virtuozzo announced yesterday it would release a "bare-bones" open source version called OpenVZ, which it expects to help drive development of the proprietary one.
It's been over a year since Xandros Inc. launched a new version of its well-regarded Xandros Desktop Operating System, but the company is now looking for a few good beta testers for its next release. Xandros Desktop OS 4, which will be released later this year, will be based on the DCC Alliance's Common Core. This, in turn, is based on Debian 3.1, aka Sarge, which has been made LSB (Linux Standard Base) 3.0 compliant
WASHINGTON -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tried to pressure the Bush administration into shutting down an Indian-owned casino that lobbyist Jack Abramoff wanted closed - shortly after a tribal client of Abramoff's donated to a DeLay political action committee, The Associated Press has learned.
[Ed: But he didn't know Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed or anyone else. Why he didn't even know that Bill Gates' and Michael Dell's Foundation gave his Foundation $350,000 -tadelste]
Abramoff pleaded guilty to federal charges and is cooperating with investigators whose bribery probe is now focusing on several members of Congress and their aides, including a former DeLay aide. Abramoff's former business partner Michael Scanlon, DeLay's former press aide, also has pleaded guilty in the case.
In a Linuxdevices.com guest column back in 2002, I argued that without a major attitude change, digital rights management (DRM) technologies would cause software security failures and generate safety problems for everything from medical equipment to military systems.
IT directors shouldn't worry about SCO Group's latest sallies in its legal war on Linux vendors IBM Corp. and Novell Inc., says attorney Thomas Carey. It's just more posturing, or as Shakespeare said, a tale "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
In this interview, Carey explains why SCO has no case, predicts the open source legal fields of battle for 2006 and discusses SCO's claims against Novell. Carey chairs the Business Practice Group of Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, an intellectual property law practice in Boston, Mass. Carey's IT background includes a stint as a programmer for the city of New York.
Wars have been fought on the net over which is the better desktop of the two ie KDE or Gnome. But what people miss out is that there are other options available to the Linux user if only he would look for them. One such project is Xfce desktop. This is a review of this light weight window manager.
There is a vital need to draw the free software community's attention to the ongoing development work on these particular projects.
These projects are important because computer users are continually being seduced into using non-free software, because there is no adequate free replacement. Please support these projects:
Just days after Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in the way the Windows operating system renders certain types of graphics files, a hacker has published details of two new flaws that affect the same part of the operating system.
The new vulnerabilities were posted to the Bugtraq security mailing list today by a hacker using the name "cocoruder." All Three Affect WMF Format
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled new Intel-powered desktop and notebook computers, along with new digital lifestyle software, at the 2006 Macworld Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday morning. Starting today, Apple is selling a retooled iMac with the new Intel Core Duo processor. It's available with a 1.83-GHz Intel dual-core chip for $1,299 or with a faster 2.0-GHz dual-core processor for $1,699.
When it acquired Immunix in 2005, Novell gained the security tool it now calls AppArmor. Today, all of the community can benefit from the security application, as Novell has announced the release of AppArmor's source code under the GPL.
Red Hat To Sponsor Critical Linux Conference Track
Any Web site owner knows the value of traffic statistics, but finding the right Web statistics package is not as easy as it may seem. Of course, there are excellent packages such as AWStats, Modlogan, and Webalizer, but these applications are overkill for people running smaller Web sites. Moreover, you can't install them if your Web hosting provider doesn't allow you to use custom scripts. If you are in the market for an easy-to-use program that provides essential Web traffic information, you might want to take a closer look at phpMyVisites.
It's been about 6 months since our last big desktop processor review (July '05: Battle of the High-End CPUs), but here we are at another big release from both Intel and AMD. In this review we'll be taking a look at the new big dogs from both companies. This time they're laying it all down and going for the highest clocked dual-core processors they can pump out.
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