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It's a Wiki World

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 15 years ago, he always intended that it should be easy for people to write to it, not just read from it. But if websites are opened up to anyone, they often get vandalised by people with axes to grind. Now, a researcher from Manchester has brought together two of computing's current buzzwords - the Grid, and Wikis - to overcome this problem. A Wiki is a web site where users can easily add and edit its content. Although some Wikis ask contributors to pick a username and password, people running the sites have no idea who their users really are, and the better known Wikis have to be constantly on the look out for offensive or just irrelevant additions. The new open source software, GridSiteWiki, combines the functions of a Wiki with user authentication based on security tools developed for Grid computing. Dr Andrew McNab of Manchester University, who developed the new software, will be speaking on Grid security at the UK e-Science All Hands Conference in Nottingham on Thursday.

Freescale To Set The Pace For Automakers

  • CXO Today; By Sohini Bagchi (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
On the auto-market trend, Guruswamy pointed out that today, traditional body, chassis and safety applications, from climate control to power steering, have in some cases exceeded the performance scope of existing microcontrollers solutions. A drift, which would shoot up in the days to come, is the usage of embedded Linux in car infotainment systems.

Making good on Unix

  • Austin American Statesman; By Dan Zehr (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 8:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
After boldly investing billions, IBM has its rivals on the defensive. With a subpar product in a dying market, IBM Corp. simply did what any rational company would do — double its billion-dollar investment.

Marcel Gagne from Addison-Wesley and Paul Shomo from Diskeeper are guests on Let's Talk Computers ®

NASHVILLE, TN - September 23, 2005 - Guests from Addison-Wesley and Diskeeper will appear on radio talk show "Let's Talk Computers". Addison-Wesley, a unit of Pearson Technology Group, an operating unit of Pearson Education, which is a part of Pearson plc, the international media company. In recognition of Diskeeper's 19-year leadership position as the number one automatic defragmenter in both the Windows® and OpenVMS® markets, Executive Software has now focused that leadership by becoming Diskeeper Corporation. Let's Talk Computers ranks as one of the longest-running computer radio talk shows, and airs on multiple radio stations weekly - and 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the Internet.

Middle East region's leading technology users gather in Dubai for fourth CIO Conference

IBM has kicked off this morning the fourth Middle East CIO Conference hosting over 50 of the leading players in corporate technology deployments in Dubai as part of the company's strategic initiative to work more closely with customers across the region.

Microsoft Dealt Big Blow

  • Smart Office - Australia; By David Richards (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 7:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft has been dealt a massive blow in the USA with the US state of Massachusetts requiring that by 2007 all documents produced by the state's executive branch must be stored in a new universal format that is not compatible with Microsoft Office.

Battling Google, Microsoft Battling Google, Microsoft Changes How It Builds Software

  • The Wall Street Journal - Online; By ROBERT A. GUTH (Posted by Abe on Sep 24, 2005 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
"It's not going to work," Mr. Allchin says he told the Microsoft chairman. The new version, code-named Longhorn, was so complex its writers would never be able to make it run properly. [Jim Allchin] The news got even worse: Longhorn was irredeemable because Microsoft engineers were building it just as they had always built software. Throughout its history, Microsoft had let thousands of programmers each produce their own piece of computer code, then stitched it together into one sprawling program. Now, Mr. Allchin argued, the jig was up. Microsoft needed to start over.

Linux is at the top of the world's Top 500 List of World's Fastest Supercomputers, but does it have what it takes to stay there?

  • NewsForge; By Jay Lyman (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 2:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How will Linux be leveraged in next-gen supercomputers?

Security Update of Debian Saturated Hosting Provider Network

The recently released security update of XFree86 in DSA 816 for sarge and woody had caused the host of security.debian.org to saturate its 100MBit/s network connection entirely this past week. Due to the large number of X packages, the gross size of these packages and the high number of users who need to install the update, the server was busy sending out updates which exhaust its total outgoing bandwidth.

Aaron Seigo on the upcoming OSDW in San Diego

Earlier in the week, I conducted a lengthy phone interview with Aaron Seigo about the Open Source Desktop Workshop being held in San Diego on October 13th and 14th. Fast approaching, we discuss the workshop's inception, target audience and expectations. Read on to learn more about the first in a series of workshops planned for North America.

Graphics Company Xara, Sponsors Open Source Project

Xara is pleased to announce it is sponsoring an Open Source project for a 'universal vector graphics translator' to help facilitate the conversion between various vector graphic file formats. The Uber-converter is a universal vector graphics translator that can convert between numerous different vector formats. It is an Open Source software project produced by Scratch Computing. Converting between graphics file formats is a nightmare for both users and developers. Each new format results in a factorial increase in the number of converters needed to directly convert from one format to all the others.

Independent prep school switches to Linux to save costs

The independent Mall School in Richmond has replaced its aging Windows 2000 PCs with a Linux thin-client network rather than going for an upgraded Microsoft-based solution.

Novell Launches Enhanced PartnerNet Program

Novell introduced its new PartnerNet program in India. The company said that the program will enable unified, effective synergies between the company's global solutions, technology and training partner relationships. Novell will integrate the existing Indian partners into the new partner program. Novell will have three tracks in its PartnerNet program: solutions providers, technology partners and training partners.

Linux Foe to Embrace Open Source

  • Linux News; By James Hein (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
One excellent open-source program that often gets overlooked in the focus on products like Linux is The Gimp. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is freely distributed software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Exploit released for already fixed Firefox flaw

The foundation just released their latest stable security update, which fixed a crucial security flaw. This IDN bug has now been published on the Internet as per the news released by a French security vendor. FrSIRT has now warned the users to upgrade to the latest release soon as the exploit can now be deployed by random public sites, which can lead to problems for the users.

Industry Summit on the Commercial Adoption of Open Source Software ...

The 451 Group is hosting a senior executive-level industry summit to discuss the impact of open source software in the enterprise IT arena and to identify how to build a successful business model around open source. The use of open source software is fundamentally changing the way that vendors, end users and investors do business and make money. Like all powerful tools, open source can do damage if used improperly; however, the potential benefits also are massive, and that's why it's important to understand where there is upside potential in the commercial adoption of open source.

Ubuntu: derivative or fork?

Ubuntu is based on Debian, and is intended primarily for Linux newbies who use it mainly as a desktop. In short, it's a well-polished Debian distro, with fewer customization capacities and an excellent hardware detection. But Ubuntu is much more than that. Ubuntu never positioned itself as a Debian derivative, like Xandros, or Mepis, or Knoppix.

Local software co offers SLA for OSS middleware

South African software house Dariel Solutions has launched a full service level agreement for Jboss and PostgreSQL platforms.

Spikesource Adds Mambo to Open Source Stack

The Mambo Foundation has said that Mambo has been approved for inclusion in the SpikeSource Open Source component stack. Users are now able to tap into the resources of SpikeSource for information and automated installation tools for the Mambo Content Management System.

Music executive tells Mac / Linux users to get a proper cd player

Mac owners and Linux users have been verbally bashed by Tommi Kyrra of the Finish division of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IPFI). The bashing of both the Mac platform and Linux platform came after users of these systems kicked up a stink about songs with DRM / Copy protection not working on their platforms.

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