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Mozilla 1.7.12 Released

Mozilla 1.7.12, a security and stability update to the Mozilla Application Suite, is now available for download. Fixes are included for the international domain name (IDN) link buffer overflow vulnerability and the Linux command line URL parsing flaw. There are also other security and stability changes, including a fix for a crash experienced when using certain Proxy Auto-Config scripts. In addition, some regressions introduced by previous 1.7.x security updates have been resolved. If this description sounds like our article on Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7, that's because most of the fixes included in the two releases are the same.

Inkscape review: It's all in the UI

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If Inkscape were at the 1.0 release level, I could easily forget a reviewer's responsibility and gush about it like an adolescent in love. Fortunately, it is only at version 0.42.2, and has enough gaps in functionality that I can view it more sensibly. A Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) program, Inkscape faces a pack of competitors, including Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Macromedia FreeHand, Draw, and Xara X. Yet, even at its current early stage, Inkscape has already distinguished itself from the crowd. By focusing its development on the basic interface, objects and paths, and text objects, Inkscape already shows an awareness of interface and usability issues that makes it one of the most promising desktop free software projects of the last few years.

You can't offshore legacy systems Integrity

This article examines the critical role that older workers with extensive knowledge about legacy systems should play in maintaining, integrating, and replacing those systems. Based on his consulting experiences, the author describes effective techniques for discovering legacy system characteristics and leveraging the wisdom of experienced Older staff members.

Device Profile: Kontron ThinkIO industrial PLC

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Kontron is shipping a DIN-rail-mounted PLC (programmable logic controller) based on an embedded PC that primarily targets Linux. The ThinkIO PLC supports up to 64 modular Fieldbus I/O clamps from Wago, and runs CoDeSys (controller development system) "soft PLC" software from 3S Software.

Novell, under pressure, will buy back its stock

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Software company's decision to repurchase $200 million worth of shares follows recent, vocal requests for financial change.

Debian trademark policy under question

  • CNET; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
Developers discuss whether Linux project needs to change policy in light of recent legal moves.

LXer Formalizes Features Section with Articles, Reviews and HOWTOs

Less than two years after our initial launch, LXer has become a top news site in the Linux community. Continuing progress allows us to provide services to authors wishing to publish original material. Click to read more about the announcement.

MRI Study Uncovers Critical Six-Year Crossroad in the Career Path of U.S. Middle Managers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 8:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
By Year Six, U.S. Middle Managers Are Either Identified "Senior Management Potential" or a 'Career Middle Manager'

Linux: A New Kind of Service-Oriented Architecture

  • Top Tech News; By Laura DiDio (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, IBM
Strip away the hype and hyperbole and there are two factors driving mainstream businesses to adopt Linux Latest News about Linux and other open-source technologies: drastic reduction of hardware costs by swapping out expensive servers and fear of being locked into proprietary software.

Free knowledge experts speak their mind

  • Tectonic; By Alastair Otter (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Pablo Machon, a founder of the Free Knowledge Foundation(FKnK), told delegates at the second International FLOSS and Free Knowledge workshop yesterday that the successes of the free software movement had created a valuable example of how a similar free knowledge system could work.

What has Microsoft done for Massachusetts lately?

Microsoft's Alan Yates steps in the manure in responding to the Massachusetts Information Technology Division's late-August declaration for OpenDocument and other open software standards.

Bryant University Commits to Open-Source Future With IBM

IBM today announced that Bryant University, ranked the second most connected campus in America*, has committed to open-source computing by moving its entire data center from proprietary Sun Solaris systems to the IBM POWER™ microprocessor architecture with the open-source Linux® operating system. The IBM solution is the answer to Bryant's growing student body, providing the speed, reliability features and flexibility necessary to support the entire University's student information, financial, human resource, class scheduling and alumni applications. Consolidation to a total Linux on POWER infrastructure has also resulted in an up to twenty-five percent reduction in overhead costs.** Bryant University is following a general trend in academia to advance the capabilities of applications using the Linux operating system, considered to be critical to any organization looking to build a reliable, innovative and flexible technology platform based on open-source solutions. By using the Linux OS, students are collaboratively building their computer skills foundation for application development and as a result, broadening their technical expertise for future job opportunities.

How open source gave power to the people

  • iD4online/ Financial Times; By Richard Waters (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The sedentary art of software development and the extreme sports of kitesurfing, sailplaning and canyoning would appear to have little in common. However, both are examples of a new force that could eventually affect a far broader range of companies and industries: the power of users to shape how products are developed.

Red Hat and HP establish Linux storage lab

  • Computer Business Review; By CBR Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, Red Hat
Linux distributor Red Hat has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to create a new performance test lab to help customers deploy enterprise storage across Linux environments.

Debian developers ponder trademark changes

The leader of the Debian Linux distribution has called for changes to be made to the open source project's trademark policy, to ensure it has the appropriate level of protection against legal challenges. Debian's current trademark policy states that businesses can use the Debian trademark if they make a CD of Debian, but cannot use Debian in the name of their business.

Oracle considering support for other databases

Oracle is considering opening up its software to support other databases. Chief executive Larry Ellison told delegates at the OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco that the company is committed to work with open standards, and will compete on reliability and security. He says Oracle is thinking of making its software open to a number of other database standards, but has not yet made a decision on this.

Linux: Debating Coding Style

The Linux kernel coding style document was recently upgraded to say "the preferred form for passing a size of a struct is the following: p = kmalloc(sizeof(*p), ...);". Russell King [interview] disagreed with this suggestion, listing several reasons it was problematic. He was quickly joined by others including Al Viro, Robert Love [interview] and Alan Cox [interview], who agreed and added additional reasons why this coding convention could be problematic, suggesting instead to use "p = kmalloc(sizeof(struct foo), ...)". The reasons cited included the difficulty in grepping for such allocations and initializations, confusion over the fact the sizeof(*p) is the size of for example a void *, not the full space for the object allocated and overall readability.

IBM's Power-style promotion of Cell

As prospective developers learn more about the powerful new Cell processor, jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba, the strategy to create applications for the next-generation chip may embrace the Linux and open source community, similar to what IBM did with the Power processor.

Protecting Linux against automated attackers

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As many systems administrators will tell you, attacks from automated login scripts specifically targeting common account names with weak passwords have become a substantial threat to system security, especially via SSH (a popular program that allows remote users to log in to a Linux computer and execute commands locally). Here are some common-sense rules to follow that can greatly improve security, as well as several scripts to cut down on the computing resources wasted by these attacks.

KDE 3.5 Beta 1"Kanzler" Released

The testing period for the next major KDE release has begun with the release of KDE 3.5 Beta 1, codenamed Kanzler. This will be the last major release in the KDE 3 series

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