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Vista security feature is 'anti-Linux'

Security features introduced in Windows Vista will make setting up PCs to boot in either Linux or Windows far more difficult, according to security guru Bruce Schneier. Vista is due to feature hardware-based encryption, called BitLocker Drive Encryption, which acts as a repository to protect sensitive data in the event of a PC being either lost or stolen. This encryption technology also has the effect of frustrating the exchange of data needed in a dual boot system. "You could look at BitLocker as anti-Linux because it frustrates dual boot," Schneier told El Reg.

[Hmmm... We're sure this is all accidental. Yeah right. - dcparris]

Manipulating PDFs with the PDF Toolkit

  •; By Scott Nesbitt (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 9:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Creating and reading PDF files in Linux is easy, but manipulating existing PDF files is a little trickier. Countless applications enable you to fiddle with PDFs, but it's hard to find a single application that does everything. The PDF Toolkit (pdftk) claims to be that all-in-one solution. It's the closest thing to Adobe Acrobat that I've found for Linux.

Debian Weekly News - April 25th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. The Debian Live Initiative that aims to produce a pure Debian live CD summarises links to mailing lists, ISO images and other resources on their [1]website. Aníbal Monsalve Salazar is [2]soliciting ASCII armoured public keys for the keysigning [3]party at the upcoming [4]Debian Conference.

Last look: ApplixWare

Eight years ago, ApplixWare was one of the premier office suites for Unix-like systems. Then Sun Microsystems began promoting StarOffice aggressively, and KOffice and GNOME Office started maturing. Passed to a subsidiary of Applix called VistaSource that later became independent, ApplixWare was repositioned as a combination of a basic office package and a developer's toolkit running from a common main menu. For a while, it was even renamed AnyWare. Now at version 6, ApplixWare is back to its original name, with versions available for AIX, GNU/Linux, and SPARC Solaris, with earlier versions still supported for Windows and FreeBSD. The trial download for GNU/Linux shows ApplixWare's age, but it also shows a trick or two that its newer rivals might learn from.

Open Letter to Ubuntu’s Benevolent Dictator

  •; By Keith Curtis (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Few non-geeks realize how building software for PCs is staggeringly complicated. Getting every driver ready to handle sleep & hibernate is enormous, and that’s just one row in the hardware matrix. Compounding that, even if Ubuntu had 10x the number of devs, you would all still be running at 110% to keep up with the incoming workload.

All-in-one browser/email/chat suite gets updated

Mozilla's SeaMonkey project, successor to the venerable Mozilla Application Suite (which, in turn, succeeded the even older Netscape desktop suite), which combines browser, email, newsgroups, IRC chat, and HTML editing capabilities in a single application, has released version 1.0.1

db4objects Announces First Global db4o User Conference

  LXer Feature: 27-Apr-06

The first db4objects user conference offers users an opportunity to influence the future of db4objects, learn best practices and have fun.

Linuxfest Northwest This Weekend

Here’s a tip for Pacific Northwest free software fans; Linuxfest Northwest is this weekend. This is a free, community-organized showcase for open source in the area. The insider tip (from Brian Aker) is that you shouldn’t miss it.

There’s a Linuxfest Northwest talks schedule online, with plenty of subjects and several good speakers — including George Dyson, Dee-Ann LeBlanc, Danny O’Brien, Eric Wilhelm, Peter Scott, Keith Lofstrom, Chris Dawson, Tim Maher, Tim Bray, Eric Harrison.

If you’re in the area this Saturday, grab a friend or colleague you want to introduce to Linux and F/LOSS and go.

WLANs, WPANs, and WMANs...Oh My!

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Apr 27, 2006 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Wireless networks present enormous advantages and just a few drawbacks but one thing is certain...they're not going away. But just how many kinds of wireless networks exist out there?

Linksys ships Linux-based 802.11n WAP

LinkSys is shipping a Linux-powered wireless access point (WAP) claimed to offer four times the range and 12 times the speed of WAPs based on 802.11a/b/g standards. The WRT300N is based on a draft 802.11n specification, and is the first in a forthcoming "Wireless-N" line, the company says.

Soweto's dreadlocked hacker pushes free software

Kgabo Sepuru says he's passionate about freedom, and it shows. He's been a software developer for nearly 15 years and is one of the driving forces behind free and open source software in South Africa's most famous apartheid-township, Soweto.

2nd International GPLv3 Conference concludes

The 7th International Free Software Forum (FISL) in Porto Alegre, Brazil has concluded, and thousands of free software users, developers and activists are now probably headed back to their homes, or enjoying a vacation elsewhere in Brazil's beautiful fall weather. Among those attending the four-day conference were representatives of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), and the new Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA).

Banks 'should give back to open-source community'

Wall Street is making increasing use of open source, but the financial world should contribute more code in return, experts say.

Fear And Loathing In Googlemania

For those poor lost souls still actually using Internet Explorer, they'll see something new on the Google homepage: a promo for Mozilla Firefox. A link directly beneath the search bar reads "Firefox with Google Toolbar, tabbed browsing, safe surfing." Directly beneath that is an example of what the toolbar looks like.

Linux nearing tipping point in goverment?

This research report by a third-year graduate student examines the growing use of desktop Linux among governments in the U.S. and globally. Drawing on published research and comments from industry analysts, the author hypothesizes that desktop Linux may be nearing a tipping point within government settings, after which adoption can be expected to accelerate.

Open-Xchange Announces Comprehensive Feature Upgrade for Community Edition

  • (Posted by sharonpr on Apr 27, 2006 12:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
More than 100 Improvements Extend Usability, Security and Integration Capabilities for Leading Open Source Collaboration Suite

Citigroup buys into open source

Linux on Wall Street: But open source systems don't offer a 'significant' competitive edge, and the cost benefits are 'frothy and overhyped'

Template Monster Launches New PHP Site

April 26, 2006 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Template Monster (, a provider of website templates that enable users to quickly and efficiently develop high standard websites, recently announced the launch of a new website dedicated to PHP - (http://www. The site contains numerous tutorials and materials providing tuition on PHP, MySQL, and a range of Content Management Systems (CMSs).

Virtualization with Xen, Part 3

Since Thursday last week, I splitted up an old machine into 4 virtual ones, like I reported here and here. Now, after a bit of fine-tuning, I got all but one unused one running fine.

Group bug: Flaws flagged in IE, Mozilla, Safari

Newly disclosed, unpatched flaws in three browsers could make the web a more dangerous place to surf, security experts have warned.

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