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Hacks From Pax: SELinux And Access Decisions

  • - Feature Stories; By Pax Dickinson (Posted by tadelste on Oct 25, 2005 8:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hi, and welcome to my second of a series of articles on Security Enhanced Linux. My previous article detailed the background of SELinux and explained what makes SELinux such a revolutionary advance in systems security. This week, we'll be discussing how SELinux security contexts work and how policy decisions are made by SELinux.

Tux rides shotgun in ad-enabled taxis

Multimedia ads are coming to taxi cabs in New York City and elsewhere. Secure electronic payment expert Verifone and NYC taxicab fleet management specialist TaxiTronic have formed a joint venture around Verifone's MX870, a Linux-based PIN-entry pad that doubles as an advertising kiosk.

Announcing CrossOver Office Version 5.0

Jeremy writes: I am very excited to announce that we have shipped version 5 of CrossOver Office. We have added initial support for Microsoft Office 2003, added a powerful new feature we call 'bottles', which lets you manage your Windows applications more easily than ever before, and dramatically improved the installation and execution process of nearly every Windows program.

[If you do not know about this commercial version of WINE, consider taking a look. -Ed.]

Sun looks for users running rival OSes

Linux desktop play:

Additionally Sun is looking to expand the reach of its Java Desktop System software to cover more flavors of Linux. Sun has a new "JDS partners program" for Linux makers, which it hopes will bring the desktop software suite to Linux versions such as Gentoo, Yellow Dog, Red Hat and SuSE.

Previously the company had moved away from efforts to sell JDS on Linux and focused on Solaris.

Beta tester seeks position: will work for beer

Beta testing is a tough and unappealing task, but 1 000 beers would certainly make the time worthwhile. One thousand German beers awaits the Linux enthusiast who crash tests BitDefender Mail Protection for Enterprises Beta most thoroughly.

List Of Open-source Programs for Linux

What is the LOOP list?

This is a list of high-quality, open-source applications that run on Windows.


To demonstrate the quality of open-source applications and thereby advocate the open source software development model.


Tell all your non-Linux friends and family about the LOOP list. On this list they will find high-quality replacements for the software that they have purchased/pirated.

SpikeSource Defends Business Readiness Rating

  • SearchOpenSource; By Jack Loftus (Posted by bstadil on Oct 25, 2005 6:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
It's well known that the open Business Readiness Rating standard is still very early along in the steering process, but what would you say is the largest challenge BRR faces in going mainstream?

JoaquĆ­n Ruiz: Yes, we are still in the early going, but I would say it still is getting critical mass. However, we have been somewhat surprised in the early going in regards to BRR and in regards to the number of people downloading the proposal and asking to become part of board and steering committee..."

Mozilla Delays Firefox 1.5 RC1 To Stamp Out Late Bugs

Mozilla Corp. has had to delay the first release candidate of Firefox 1.5 by a few days to smash some late-appearing bugs, a company employee announced late Monday.

Firefox 1.5, which is currently in its second beta version, was going to move on to the next step, Release Candidate 1, on Friday, Oct. 28. A code lockdown -- which meant that no new changes for RC1 would be accepted -- was scheduled for midnight Sunday, Oct. 23.

7th International Free Software Forum - Call For Papers

One of the largest Free Software event in the world, the 7th edition of the International Free Software Forum called for papers on October 18th. Proposals due on December 4th 2005.

Migrating apps is challenge for Munich Linux project

The migration of about 300 business applications from Windows to Linux is one of the biggest challenges facing the city of Munich, which has embarked on one of Europe's largest public-sector open-source projects.

Google Base Info & Screenshots

  • Search Engine Journal; By Loren Baker (Posted by tadelste on Oct 25, 2005 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When I first heard that the Google Base url was running I immediately thought that Google was offering a Googlefied version of the Basecamp calendar project management platform. Instead, it seems that Google is offering some sort of personal database where users can upload and store all kinds of content.

MiniGUI moves upmarket with multiple process Linux support

An independent software house in China has updated its dual-licensed, lightweight graphics framework and window manager. Beijing Feynman Software's 2.01 release of MiniGUI-VAR adds support for multiple processes, and targets high-end embedded systems running embedded Linux. Older releases support uClinux, eCos, and various commercial OSes.

Google Throws More Green Behind Open Source

Not only is the Pacific Northwest home to Microsoft, it is also an active hotbed of open source development.

Google is banking on further developing open source in the region to a tune of $350,000, which is being donated to Oregon State University (OSU) and Portland State University to fund a new open source technology initiative.

LXer Feature: Strategic Alliance of MySQL AB and Oracle for Linux

Though not a prescription to destroy Microsoft, we could certainly level the field and return innovation and competition to Information Technology once again.

Skype flaws open computers to attack

  • ZDNet; By Joris Evers (Posted by tadelste on Oct 25, 2005 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Skype Technologies updated its popular Skype Internet telephony software on Tuesday to fix a pair of security bugs. The most serious flaw could allow an attacker to commandeer a user's PC.

Has DR-DOS violated GPL?

  •; By Jim Hall - coordinator/founder, the FreeDOS Project (Posted by tadelste on Oct 25, 2005 1:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
DR-DOS Inc. (formerly DeviceLogics) released DR-DOS 8.1 in the beginning of this month. But instead of an upgrade of the previous DR-DOS 8.0 released last year based on the old Caldera DR-DOS 7.03 code, as one would expect, it's something completely different.

This is not good. Of course, the copyright holders need to respond to these - while I am the coordinator for the FreeDOS Project (and I certainly shall contact DRDOS about it) only the copyright holder can respond to a copyright / GPL violation. The copyright holder is the one who is legally authorized to take action to enforce the license. We support the FreeDOS developers!

Studio To Go -- integrated music software

Studio To Go is a Knoppix-based Linux musical software environment that allows Windows users access to linux-based open-source software tools, without having to install Linux onto the Windows PC.

Knoppix is a Linux that runs completely from a CD-ROM, although it probably takes some RAM and turns it into a ram disk for housekeeping duties and temporary files. Knoppix supports a number of external devices, such as USB thumbdrives, network interface cards, and modems.

Groklaw: Friday's Interim Deadline--What Not to Expect

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Oct 25, 2005 12:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, SCO
As you know, Friday is an interim deadline for the parties in SCO v. IBM to lay their cards on the table in discovery regarding allegedly infringed code. Or more specifically, as you can see on the IBM Timeline page, it's listed as the 'Interim Deadline for Parties to Disclose with Specificity All Allegedly Misused Material Identified to Date and to Update Interrogatory Responses Accordingly.' The very thought of SCO having to disclose anything with specificity at last has us all drooling, I know, and I've seen some high hopes that finally SCO will have to present its evidence and reveal to the world what code is allegedly infringed by IBM.

Wait a second, guys. This is The SCO Group we are talking about here. SCO's middle name is delay.

Debian Weekly News - October 25th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Oct 25, 2005 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community.

Blinkbid turns to open iRadeon for CRM

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 25, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Louis Lesko came up with the idea for Blinkbid invoicing software for photographers after scribbling notes on a napkin at a cocktail party. Though Blinkbid itself is closed source, it was built using open source tools, so it's no wonder that, after its success, Lesko chose an open source customer relationship management package (CRM) to keep track of contacts and payments.

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