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EPEL Repository Open For Business

For those running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (well, once it's out), the EPEL repository has opened this past Friday. EPEL, or Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux, is an RPM repository similar to the Fedora Extras project for community-built packages.

The Fun of LDAP - objectClass Attributes

OK - I actually like and enjoy LDAP, but do not allow that to cloud your judgment. LDAP took much more of my time and effort to learn than Bind and/or DNS. And I recall sitting in front of DNS chapters wondering why we needed another language to do something as easy as mapping a friendly name to an IP address. This jargon stuff has value though such as constraing insomnia.

To Cut Code and Other Pet Peeves

It finally happened. Someone finally said it. I was attending a recent talk by a nameless major speaker in charge of a large Health IT organization. I had to get up and walk out on the speaker. I'm not normally one to get up and walk out on people in a huff, but long ago I made a contract with myself that if anyone uttered 2 fateful words again I was going to get up and walk out. Those two words are:

MOPB reports old hole in new version of PHP

The initiators of the Month of PHP Bugs (MOPB) have published vulnerabilities in the Zend engine, PHP4, and the current developer version of the script language. Software updates have already been provided for a few of these7 flaws.

Can Apple clear the way for the Linux desktop?

That's the question that occurs to me as I read this piece in Roughly Drafted. It's about how Apple is kicking Microsoft's butt at the high end of the desktop market, and how Microsoft seems to be bumbling its way out of desktop hegemony anyway. Linux is mentioned only twice in this long piece, but the harbingery of the references are significant.

CPI(M) for free and open source software

HYDERABAD: Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the Centre to shift to free and open source software in all its e-governance applications, as it will be a major step towards breaking the `monopoly' of proprietary software that currently exists.

Motorola Unveils OpenSAF Project for SA

Motorola Inc. has initiated a new open source project to develop a complete high availability operating environment based on Service Availability Forum (SA Forum) standards. The objective of the new "OpenSAF" project is to accelerate broad adoption of an SA Forum compliant operating environment.

Online applications mean trade-off

Although Google’s success in making billions from web advertising was a “wake-up call” inside Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, the company’s chief software architect, says Google’s approach to delivering productivity software is the wrong way to go.

Amarok Newsletter Issue 7 Out, Wil Wheaton raves about Amarok

The seventh issue of the Amarok Newsletter is out. We talk about Amarok's success in the Linuxquestions.org yearly poll, new features in the upcoming Amarok 2, and continue to point out interesting related projects. Read on for some Amarok lovin' from Wil Wheaton. In the other news, Wil Wheaton from Star Trek reviews Amarok. When you see quotes like "Amarok is much more than just another music player or iTunes clone; in fact, it blows iTunes away. It is Kryptonite to iTunes Superman. It's the Death Star to iTunes' Alderaan." and "[...] it's like having Uncle Joe Benson and Rodney Bingenheimer sitting in your living room with you", you know you can't miss it!

Configuration Automation & Centralized Management With Puppet on Ubuntu

  • HowtoForge; By Kent Brede (Posted by falko on Mar 4, 2007 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Puppet is a configuration automation tool that allows you to centralize management of the various *nix flavors running on your network. Puppet supports central management of the important aspects of your systems, such as: files, packages, users, services, cron, mounts, etc. This guide shows how to install Puppet (server & client) on Ubuntu.

E17 — Desktop Enlightenment

  • PolishLinux.org; By Tomasz Roszak (Posted by michux on Mar 4, 2007 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
The performance of desktop computers increases year by year. This gives the programmers great opportunities to further improve the desktop experience of the users. However, what should you do when you have an old computer that is not capable of running the latest and hottest software? No need for upgrading your PC. Let me introduce you Enlightenment E17 — the window manager with minimal hardware requirements that may amaze you.

Blackberry-style Linux phone debuts

Less than two weeks after launching its Linux-based "single core" U900 phone aimed at the mid-range market, Grundig Mobile has introduced another Linux-powered smartphone. The B700 targets enterprise users with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard and push email, similar to RIM's Blackberry.

Jaspersoft, MySQL Introduce Jasper for MySQL: OEM Edition

JasperSoft Corp., a provider of open source business intelligence solutions, and MySQL AB have announced the availability of Jasper for MySQL: OEM Edition, a suite of operational reporting products that includes a high-performance interactive report server, a graphical report creation tool and a pixel-perfect reporting system with dashboards, tables, crosstabs and charts.

Servers Dance on a String With Puppet

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 4, 2007 6:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Puppet is a secure configuration management tool for Unix-like operating systems, with features that will undoubtedly mark it for fame. Puppet has been around for nearly two years now, and has claimed a large share of cfengine converts. As mentioned last week, its configuration is more of a specification than a set of instructions, designed to make managing large groups of servers and services more than just tolerable—it can completely streamline an infrastructure.

Single Packet Authorization

Countless pieces of software, protocols and complex interdependencies together form a system for which it is difficult to guarantee any particular property-particularly security. Even software specifically designed to enhance security can, at the behest of clever individuals armed with detailed knowledge, work to its detriment. Vulnerabilities have been discovered in all sorts of security software from firewalls to implementations of the Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol. For example, OpenSSH is developed by some of the most security-conscious developers in the world, and yet it occasionally contains a remotely exploitable vulnerability.

The Next Round Of Microsoft Vs. Linux: Health Care

An industry that has long resisted IT automation got a double dose of medicine last week. Both Microsoft and backers of key open source initiatives laid out plans to push IT further into health care--plans that also put the Windows and Linux camps on another collision course.

Open Source Developer Warns of Adobe

Ted Leung is an open source developer (he works on Mitch Kapor’s Chandler project) and he warns that Adobe wants to be the Microsoft of the Web with its Apollo and Flex platforms. He doesn’t want to give control of his work to yet another single vendor.

Where Open Source Developers Shine

In January I reviewed Vector Linux 5.8. While the review was mainly positive I did complain about what I saw as some faults in the distribution. The response from the developers of Vector Linux was almost immediate, both in the Vector Linux forum and in the comments under my reviews, and was incredibly positive. In the weeks since then a surprising number of changes and improvements have already been made, particularly in the area of internationalization and localization. A suggestion I made in the VL forum regarding compiling and building packages to insure that localization files (translations into various languages) are included was taken to heart by the developers. The result is that when an updated Xfce package was built after version 4.4.0 was released it included the additional language support. So… if you’re native language is Danish or Hebrew or any other language for which translations exist in Xfce you’ll find, for example, suitable menus for your desktop.

Spending on open source support services in Canada to soar

The market for open source support services is going to boom over the next five years, according to a recent Gartner survey. The study of organizations in geographies around the world – including Canada and the U.S. – predict that spending in this country will likely see a compound annual growth rate of 16.1 per cent between 2006 and 2010. That's marginally below the expectation in the U.S. and almost three per cent more than the global average.

Preview Time for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5

Although Red Hat is poised to roll out its much-anticipated Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 release shortly, work still continues on previous versions of RHEL. This week, Red Hat rolled out a beta release of its fifth update to RHEL 4, officially tagged Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5. It provides users with a small taste of the virtualization that is to come in RHEL 5.

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