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Telecom-in-a-box Solution Combines Linux And RTOS With HA ...

Enea, and MontaVista Software, Linux supplier to the communications industry, announced that they have joined forces to create the industry’s most comprehensive, highly integrated software platform for distributed telecom applications. The new high-availability, fault tolerant platform, known as the Network Application Services Platform (NASP), provides a telecom-in-a-box solution for developing, deploying and managing distributed telecom applications spanning multiple operating systems, CPUs, DSPs, interconnects, and shelf architectures.

Bah humbug commercial radio, hurrah for Internet radio

Kids these days, with their lo-fi iTunes and iPods and ringtones (that they pay money for!!) and mp3 collections. Why, I remember the early days of the Diamond Rio, one of the first portable digital music players, and even then I stuck my nose in the air and scoffed. If I want to listen to horrid low-quality low-fidelity tunes, I said to myself, I’ll go fire up the 8-track in my antique Datsun. Lossy formats and crappy little tiny speakers, bah.

South African Drupal chapter launches

Drupal core developer, Adrian Rossouw, is starting a local chapter for Drupal users in South Africa. He has also announced a training camp for web developers who want to build "really kick ass websites" using Drupal.

Universities Switch from Big Name Bandwidth Shaping Appliance to NetEqualizer

IT Directors Find APconnections Appliance Requires No Maintenance

Congress may consider mandatory ISP snooping

  • CNET; By Declan McCullagh (Posted by oilyfish on May 2, 2006 4:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a Republican, gave a speech saying that data retention by Internet service providers is an "issue that must be addressed." ... Now, in a demonstration of bipartisan unity, a Democratic member of the Congressional Internet Caucus is preparing to introduce an amendment--perhaps during a U.S. House of Representatives floor vote next week--that would make ... data deletion illegal.

[Shudder! - dcparris]

Hearts for GNOME project announcement

Hearts for GNOME is an implementation of the classic card game for the GNOME desktop, featuring configurable rulesets and editable computer opponents to satisfy widely diverging playing styles.

[The Editor-in-Chief of Lxer apologizes for the delay in this announcement. I had promised it would run much earlier than this. - dcparris]

The Patents Plaguing Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Goodlink, et al

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 2, 2006 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Once again, everyone's talking about the patents aimed at Blackberry's heart. But this time, it's not just about Blackberry. Nearly everyone in the mobile industry is at risk from a slew of much tougher software patents, served up by Visto. When you see the patents, and compare them to the earlier patents that caused RIM to cave, you'll see why the cost of mobile email's on its way up.

Major X security hole found, plugged

Coverity Inc., which makes source code analysis software, announced May 2 that the biggest X Window System security vulnerability of the last six years has been identified and fixed, thanks to developers working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Thankfully, the hole was plugged within a week, according to the company.

Central Indiana Linux Users' Group and OfficeTone to Offer ...

The Asterisk Boot Camp will be held May 6 in Indianapolis.

Free Software and ZNet

  • ZNet; By Justin Podur (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
For several months ZNet, an activist website, has been exploring the possibility of converting to free software and so joining the 'free software movement', a movement that advocates for certain fundamental freedoms for computer users. Both ZNet and the free software movement will be described in more detail below.

Emu Software Achieves Novell Ready Partner Status

  •; By Press Release (Posted by sharonpr on May 2, 2006 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Novell
NetDirector supported to run on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Platforms


Research contract from US Department of Homeland Security results in rapid fix to “worst case scenario” security vulnerability in critical software system

Richard Stallman Sets the Free Software Record Straight

"Most operating systems were developed for commercial or technical motives, but GNU was developed for the sake of giving users the freedom to cooperate in a community," said Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project. "If users don't know this, they will be in danger of losing their freedom."

Scolarships from Red Hat for creating world class open source software

Here is a unique opportunity for all students residing in the Indian subcontinent to win scolarships from one of the leading open source software product companies.

Open Source rings the tills at Burger King franchises

  • Retail Bulletin (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Specialist EPOS provider Viridian Sun and distributor DED Limited offers retailers cost savings when it comes to their EPOS systems with Open Source.

Interview: Theo de Raadt

OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt began developing OpenBSD in October of 1995. KernelTrap first spoke with Theo back in November of 2001 [interview], around the time that OpenBSD 3.0 was released, discussing much of the early history of the project. The project has continued to offer regular releases of their "free, functional& secure" operating system every six months, with OpenBSD 3.9 made available yesterday, May 1, 2006.

In this latest interview, Theo examines the past five years of OpenBSD development. He also discusses the OpenBSD 3.9 theme song, "Blob!", detailing what blobs are, why OpenBSD avoids them, and how OpenBSD developers work to reverse engineer them. Looking to the development process, Theo talks about recent and future "mini-hackathons", small and focused OpenBSD development gatherings. Finally, Theo also discusses the OpenBSD project's funding issues, and the response to requests for funding from users of the project's OpenSSH software.

German IT agency to release open source security suite

  • Computer Partner; By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: GNU
Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) will present several new open source-based desktop and security applications on Wednesday at a local Linux event.

BSA offers £20k piracy bounty to rat on your boss

  •; By Andy McCue (Posted by henke54 on May 2, 2006 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Anti-software piracy group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) is offering a £20,000 reward to anyone who informs on their employer using illegal or unlicensed software. The BSA already has an online hotline for people to report the use of illegal software within UK organisations but it has now doubled the reward from £10,000 to £20,000 until the end of June this year.

[The dirty rats! The nice thing about the FOSS community is that you get to resolve most disputes amicably. In other words, "we don't do that here." Apologies to Warren Woodford - dcparris]

A Man of Letters: Szulik the Evangelist Defends Linux, the Open ...

  • Local Tech Wire; By Rick Smith (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – It’s a rare day indeed when chairmen and chief executive officers go public with complaints about a rival, let alone a long-time partner. But when Larry Ellison of Oracle took some pot shots at Red Hat in an interview with The Financial Times two weeks ago, the Red Hatters’ CEO Matthew Szulik was quick to respond.

Controlling your locale with environment variables

  •; By Bill Poser (Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 7:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
People all over the world use Linux in dozens of languages. Since Linux's source code is free and open, speakers of minority languages can add support for their languages themselves, even though a large corporation might not consider them a worthwhile market. If you use more than one language, or a language other than English, you should know about Linux's use of locales to support different languages. Indeed, understanding locales can be useful even if you only use English.

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