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Sourcefire prepares for rare open source IPO

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 10, 2007 1:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intrusion-detection and prevention software developer Sourcefire Inc is set to launch its initial public offering in a rare excursion on to the public markets for an open source-based technology vendor.

Open-source ID project awaits Microsoft's blessing

An open-source rival to a Microsoft identity tool has been in limbo for months, awaiting the software giant's go-ahead on certain patent-related issues.

[Grrrr.... patents! Holding up progress all because of stupid patents. What a waste! - dcparris]

Software: when it's free, it's for me

Today, I offer a shopping list with plenty of free programs as well as some of the name-brand stuff.

[The guy actually referred to Ubuntu Linux, and not just Firefox and Wait, I think I hear the world waking up... - dcparris]

"Open Source Means You Have to Be Better."

How can a company give away its flagship product and still make money? Ask Red Hat, because it's doing a great job at doing just that. Really. Go here to download it. You can modify it and re-distribute it, or distribute it with only token modifications. You can even sell it, if you can find paying customers.

Welsh agency pays for open source integration with Cisco kit

The Countryside Council for Wales has hired European open source service provider Sirius Corporation to help extend its OpenBSD security system’s integration with its Cisco-based network.

Whither the SUSE Exodus? Novell’s Linux Business Soars

The Open Source community has had the opportunity to be extremely vocal of late. With the Vista launch, and Dell's IdeaStorm suggestion box website they've had ample chance to flex their feedback muscles. Still neither of these recent events compares to the sheer outrage that the Microsoft-Novell pact received last year. But as Novell proved last week, this was an instance of the community being more loud than correct.

Jaspersoft: from Proprietary to Open Source

  • IT Management; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Mar 10, 2007 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source business intelligence vendor JasperSoft wasn't always an open source vendor. JasperSoft made the decision to become open source just over two-and-a-half years ago and since then has become a leading open source business intelligence vendor.

Large-screen Linux-powered PMP pleases

The newest Linux-based PMP (portable media player) from Archos is much larger than most, but its bright, detailed, 7-inch screen justifies the extra bulk, according to several early reviews. At $550, the 704 features an 80GB hard drive, a 802.11b/g WiFi radio, and an Opera browser.

Home networking vendor acquires embedded Linux specialist

Arabella Software, a San Diego-based PowerPC microcode and embedded Linux specialist, will be acquired by Entropic Communications, a privately held Israeli company that makes coaxial cable networking equipment for the digital home entertainment market. Entropic says the deal with strengthen and expand its Linux and embedded software capabilities.

Publishing Writer documents on the Web

Although has an HTML/XHTML export feature, it is not up to the snuff when it comes to turning Writer documents into clean HTML files. Instead, this feature turns even the simplest Writer documents into HTML gobbledygook, and while it attempts to preserve the original formatting, the results are often far from perfect. Moreover, publishing static HTML pages is so '90s: today, blogs and wikis rule the Web. So what options do you have if you want to convert your Writer documents into tidy HTML pages or wiki-formatted text files? Quite a few, actually.

HP sees Linux desktop nearing critical mass

The good news, according to an HP executive, is that the company sees "the Linux desktop nearing critical mass." The bad news, for would be off-the-shelf Linux desktop buyers, is that it's still not there yet. Doug Small, HP's worldwide director of open source and Linux marketing, explained that while "the number of indicators we look at -- the noise level, the interest in the products on the market, the interest in our forums -- are all tending to heat up for Linux during the last six months or so." However, "It's still not been enough to get a pre-configured Linux desktop or laptop on the price list."

Review: Cisco IOS Cookbook, 2nd Edition

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Mar 10, 2007 2:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
don't really think of myself as a recipe book reviewer but I guess I am today. I thought I was going to need a forklift to get Dooley and Brown's Cisco IOS Cookbook from my shelf to my desk but I managed to schlep it there on my own. There's a reason this tome weighs in at 1207 pages (which is much larger than the original). It has to be thorough.

Use the CUBE with XGL and Compiz on your Suse Laptop.

Well, I got my laptop on Friday two weeks ago. I must say, the HP Compaq nx6310 was definitely a good choice. The only thing I don’t really like is the TrueLife screen. I don’t like it because of the glare, but I suppose I’ll get used to it. Anyway, one of the first things I did was partition the drive, and install OpenSuse 10.2, 64bit version. The installation went smoothly and everything (including WLAN) worked perfect. In this workshop I want to explain the installation of the 3D cube using XGL and Compiz.


SNORT prepares for IPO

Open source innovator and SNORT creator, Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in network intrusion prevention, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,770,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. More information on the SNORT IPO can be found over at

Simply MEPIS 6.5 speeds to first release candidate

Linux distributions are known for evolving quickly, but it looks like MEPIS is trying to set a new speed record. Yesterday, MEPIS announced the release of the feature-complete RC1 (release candidate) of SimplyMEPIS 6.5.

Joe Barr rips proprietary software vendor a new one

It seems to be a trend among some proprietary software vendors: attacking open source with lies. The latest appears in this week's Network World's Face-off, which features a slop-bucket full of self-serving hogwash by Ipswitch's Roger Greene entitled "Don't trust your network to open source."

K3b enters new era with approaching 1.0 release

One of free software's premier applications, KDE's CD and DVD burning suite K3b, is about to hit the big 1-0. This milestone touts rewritten DVD video ripping and a refocused interface design. The new release represents a level of feature-completeness and stability that surpasses all previous K3b releases and, perhaps, all free software competitors.

Firefox challenging IE for dominance in US SMBs

A survey of 140,000 small to medium-sized business (SMB) users has revealed that the Mozilla Firefox browser is now almost on equal footing with Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the SMB market sector. What's more, the gap is narrowing dramatically every month.

Google Summer of Code 2007 - mentors and project ideas wanted

The Google Summer of Code is running again this year.

Core Security: GNU Privacy Guard flaw allows phishing-like attacks

A critical flaw in the popular encryption software GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) allows attackers to launch a phishing-style attack that inserts text appearing to part of a trusted email, Core Security Technologies announced today.

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