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Melbourne and Hobart compete for linux.conf.au 2008

It is a case of a David and Goliath face-off, with Melbourne and Hobart competing for the right to stage for one of Australia's leading open source software technical conferences in 2008. Linux Australia President Jon Oxer, today announced the two teams bidding for the opportunity to host Free and Open Source Software conference linux.conf.au in 2008.

Pay a little now, pay a lot later

  • Free Software Magazine; By Kirk Strauser (Posted by fsmdave on Jul 9, 2006 5:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Freedom of choice is an ideal. It’s also increasingly obvious that it’s almost always the most pragmatic approach, whether involving economic issues that affect billions of people or comparison shopping for a pair of jeans. Unfortunately, the people who voluntarily give up their own are the ones who can least afford to do so.

Intrusion Detection With BASE And Snort

  • HowtoForge; By Noel Gaddo (Posted by falko on Jul 9, 2006 4:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial shows how to install and configure BASE (Basic Analysis and Security Engine) and the Snort intrusion detection system (IDS) on a Debian Sarge system. BASE provides a web front-end to query and analyze the alerts coming from a Snort IDS system. With BASE you can perform analysis of intrusions that Snort has detected on your network.

Linux on the Sony VAIO UX180P MicroPC

I googled around and haven't seen anyone else even ATTEMPTING to boot Linux on this thing (even though the Japanese had the UX50/90 already)...why is that? I don't know. So I decided to give it a shot. And it was surprisingly easy. Everything works just fine, the UX180P is just an ultra-mini-micro PC. Since it runs the full version of Windows XP Pro, it shouldn't have too much trouble with most current Linux distro's.

Larry sets sights on Red Hat’s customers

Larry Ellison, Oracle's President, claimed the software giant is targeting Red Hat support: specifically providing support services for Red Hat Linux users.

Firefox Version 2.0 Beta Candidate Released

  • PC Magazine; By Jim Louderback (Posted by hkwint on Jul 9, 2006 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The browser wars are heating up, as the first beta of Firefox 2.0 is due on Tuesday July 11th, and Internet Explorer version 7.0 is now on it's third beta release.

"Worst copyright law in Europe" passed in France

  • NewsForge; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by hkwint on Jul 9, 2006 1:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The French Parliament has passed what the anti-Digital Rights Management (DRM) group EUCD.INFO calls "the worst copyright law in Europe." Popularly known as DADVSI (Loi sur le Droit d'Auteur et des Droits Voisins dans la Société de l'Information, or Law on Author's Rights and Related Rights in the Information Society), the bill now goes to President Jacques Chirac to be signed into law. However, opponents of the bill hope that alleged unconstitutional maneuvering by the government and possibly unconstitutional aspects of the law itself can still be used to prevent at least some aspects of DADVSI from coming into effect.

Voip Encryption, source code open source

  • Technology News Daily; By Technology News Daily (Posted by hkwint on Jul 9, 2006 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Solegy LLC has adopted support for encryption of SIP messages among service providers using its ServicePDQ™ managed platform. The news is timely as it addresses the recent disruptions to VoIP service caused by attempts to block SIP messages and media by network operators around the world.

Is Sun Working on Brew-It-Yourself Java?

  • TechNewsWorld; By Sarah Lacy (Posted by hkwint on Jul 9, 2006 11:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Sun
Phipps, Sun's chief open source officer, said the transition to open source Java would come in a matter of months, not years. What he meant was that it would happen within the next 10 or 11 months. However, what attendees quickly trumpeted to the blogosphere was that the move was imminent. So Phipps had to go back to the press to clarify that it wouldn't be happening quite that soon. So began a fresh round of concerns about whether Sun was dragging its heels on open-sourcing Java.

Mysource Matrix Voted #1 Open Source CMS for Support

Squiz today announced that leading community review forum, CMS Matrix, has voted MySource Matrix as the world's best supported open source CMS application.

Open source as software obsolescence insurance

Lance Ulanoff, my colleague at PC Magazine, has a problem. One of his favorite applications is the Macromedia vector-based drawing tool, Freehand. Those of you who pay close attention to software as a business already know where this tale is going.

Where to get a Debian Dedicated Server?

Technocrat.net's internet provider, The Planet, has just merged with EV1 Servers.

EV1 is best known for having paid SCO for a license to use Linux, something that most people in the world had the brains not to do.

All systems are now go on your computer

You may remember a brief frisson when Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, announced that the company was switching from IBM processors and would put Intel processors in Apple Macs. Some devotees regarded this as akin to a religious betrayal; more detached folk regarded it as inevitable. IBM had refused to develop the PowerPC processor line any further and it would have been nuts for Apple to go into the chip business. That left only Intel. QED.

[Interesting point - dcparris]

10 Rules of Open Source Marketing

  • SYS-CON Brasil (Assinatura); By Ian Howells (Posted by dcparris on Jul 9, 2006 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I was lucky enough to be Documentum's first employee in Europe in 1993. While there, I worked closely with Geoffrey Moore and got "religion" about understanding not just the so-called "chasm" but the whole marketing model and its implications for strategy, marketing, product, and operational behaviour. I started working with John Newton in the late '80s and we recently discussed marketing models and their relevance to Open Source as well as Geoffrey Moore's new thinking in Darwin and the Demon. This conversation was the root of my thoughts on rules for Open Source marketing - new model, new rules (and some old ones).

EC's Neelie Kroes: No alternative for fining Microsoft

This wednesday, the EC will decide if Microsoft eventually will be fined. Prior to that decision, EC Commissioner Kroes of competition says: "I see no other way out for MS"

[ - The full article is available in Dutch only - hkwint ]

Some suggestions for summer-boredom

  • LXer.com; By H.Kwint (Posted by hkwint on Jul 9, 2006 4:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Nope, there ain't much new news around. If you are bored, here are some suggestions for you:
  • Check which groups already switched to Linux.
  • Go read ESR's The Cathedral and the Bazaar". If you are still bored after reading it, read it in Danish.
  • Go read some Halloween Docs.
  • Go read more about DRM. This is the best article I ever read about it.
  • If you need some new inspiration to flame Microsoft, proceed to http://msversus.org/this site.
  • Warning: This one is usefull! Help some Linux-noobs.
  • Look at the Firefox Counter and wait for it to pass 200M. If it did, submit an article about it at LXer.
  • Try a HURD LiveCD.
  • Read about Linux and learn a new language both at the same time!
  • Stop preaching to the choir, and tell a different audience why they should use Free Software.
  • Kick me in the butt until I finish my new article, 'A Gentoo diary' - Part 1

Why is Firefox So Darn Popular?

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 9, 2006 3:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Mozilla
Recently, I have been pondering why is Firefox so darn popular? This is a question that I honestly ask myself sometimes, often while browsing the web from within the browser itself. The real trick is that there are so many different ways to answer this.

Some friendly suggestions for iCommons and free culture

The second iCommons summit, held at the end of June in Rio de Janeiro, proved many things about the free culture movement. The most exciting development is that we're growing rapidly, both in terms of the numbers of activists and advocates who identify themselves with the movement, and in terms of the quantity of content being distributed under free licenses. But the summit also highlighted some issues that iCommons needs to address if it is to maintain its vitality and legitimacy. This article is is a friendly prod that I hope will strengthen and unite the community.

Produce Device-Independent Documentation with Groff

  • ibm.com/developerWorks; By Michael Stutz (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 9, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, IBM
Get an introduction to Groff (GNU Troff), the latest open source implementation of Troff, a document-preparation system that generates print and screen documents for various devices from the same input source. Learn how to use it for preparing your documentation, help systems, reports, or any printed output where professional quality, portability, and support for multiple output formats are desired.

Mandriva offers online Linux training

Mandriva has announced a set of online, tutored training classes aimed at satisfying the growing demand for Linux skills among both businesses and individuals.

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