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Here come the RHEL 5 clones

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Red Hat should be flattered. Less than two weeks after the company introduced RHEL 5 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5), StartCom Ltd. released the first RHEL 5 clone, StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-5.0.0.

SIL Open Font License revised

SIL International, a nonprofit organization whose concerns include literacy and the study and preservation of minority languages, has announced the release of version 1.1 of the SIL Open Font License (OFL). The revision, which follows months of discussion and review on several mailing lists, including OFL-Discuss, clarifies the language of the license, especially about embedding fonts and allowing reserved font names.

CELF-con to feature embedded Linux luminaries

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) has attracted a veritable who's who of embedded Linux speakers for its annual conference, set this year for Apr. 17-19 in Santa Clara, Calif. Speakers include Thomas Gleixner, Greg Ungerer, Koen Kooi, and Nicholas McGuire, to name just a few.

Sys Admin magazine Announces First System Administrator Conference

Sys Admin Technical Conference on Security and Scripting in Baltimore May 7-8.

Analyst: Will new Red Hat SLA be followed by price cuts?

When Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 launched, it contained more than just new software. It also offered customers a substantially streamlined service-level agreement (SLA).

Mr. Gates, tear down this wall

In this software cold war, there are two sides. One represents entrepreneurship, cooperation, and the free exchange of ideas and resources. The other is a totalitarian monoculture that does everything in its power to keep customers under its control. This, too, resembles the real Cold War -- and we know how that conflict ended.

Novell Linux Mocks “I’m a Mac” TV Adverts

Novell have done a great collection of spoof ads of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” series, you know, the ones that had a UK launch in January this year. While playing to the same music and video style, it mocks the self congratulatory styles and adds a third character … Linux. Rather than the obvious blokes, it uses a woman to represent Linux.

[I just love the new, 3rd video. -- Sander]

Review: MCSA/MCSE 70-290 Exam Cram

Stop! There's no way in the world that this book alone is going to help you pass the 70-290 exam unless you already know Windows Server 2003 backwards and forwards. The good news is that it isn't supposed to be your one-stop-shopping guide for this exam. Exam Cram books are designed to be what Reader's Digest is to full-length novels. Buy this book but as a backup to other more complete tomes and resources on the subject.

Firefox 3.0 Development Continues in 'Gran' Style

Mozilla developers are keeping up the pace on the development of their next-generation Firefox 3.0 browser with the Alpha 3 release, adding more under-the-hood improvements to security and its offline capabilities. Development began on Firefox 3.0, code-named Gran Paradiso, around October when Firefox 2.0 was released. Gran Paradiso hit its Alpha 2 release in early February.

Quicker open source editor: Emacs

The open source Emacs editor (one of the powerhouses of UNIX computing) is a large, complex application that does everything from editing text to functioning as a complete development environment. Master the Emacs editor and delve into the depths of its most advanced editing commands that have made it famous.

Buying the Best Linux Performance?

Recently the following was posted to the Beowulf Mailing list: I would like to know what server has the best performance for HPC systems between The Dell Poweredge 1950 (Xeon) And 1435SC (Opteron). Please send me suggestions...

The response was probably not what the poster expected. From his specifications, almost certainly the Opteron would work well for a variety of reasons. If you think you know about buying a Linux performance, learn why you should not believe the answer.

Mozilla: Researchers should practice responsible flaw disclosure

Security researchers should make an effort to practice "responsible disclosure," according to Mozilla's security chief, Window Snyder. Her comments were made at a panel discussion during the ShmooCon hacker conference in Washington last week. "The researcher has all the power. They control when they disclose it, and they control the idea whether or not the vendor responds in time," she said during the panel, according to

FOSS Essentials Training conducted in Nepal

  • LocalFOSS; By Subir Pradhanang and Sagun Dhakhwa (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Mar 26, 2007 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over 27 IT professionals and students from different organizations and universities gathered at Yala Maya Kendra, Lalitpur, Nepal for a two-day Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) training called “FOSS Essentials Training 2007” on March 17-18, 2007. It was the first Free/Open Source Software training of its kind in Nepal.

CLI Magic: socat

Socat, netcat's "twin brother," is a utility that "establishes two bidirectional byte streams and transfers data between them." It handles sockets in various ways, allowing a wide range of actions, including file transfers, port forwarding, and serial line emulation.

Protect SSH from brute force attacks with pam_abl

Practically all Unix and Linux servers run an SSH service to let administrators connect securely from remote locations. Unfortunately for security administrators, attacks on SSH services are popular today. In this article I'll show you how can you protect machines running SSH services from brute force attacks using the pam_abl plugin for SSH pluggable authentication modules (PAM).

Gentoo attempts to deal with developer conflicts

Earlier this month, Slashdot posted a piece asking whether the Gentoo project is in "crisis." The project has responded to the issues discussed in the posting, in part, by adopting a Code of Conduct (CoC), with "proctors" who will address breaches of the CoC. So far, that move seems of limited worth.

Adopting Ubuntu

If you're looking for a new computer and you're not sure whether to go Windows or Mac, I'd suggest also paying some attention to the "L" word. No, not that "L" word. I'm talking about Linux.

[Nothing new in this article, but the source is interesting. CBC is like the Canadian BBC, aimed at non technical users. — Sander]

Linux-optimized Laptops: Does the Hardware Matter?

Linux laptops users have a wide variety of performance needs. If one is running basic productivity apps like e-mail, and Web browsing, one doesn't need a rip-roaring processor with 2 GB of memory. Predictably, hardware requirements -- while generally less than what is needed for Microsoft Vista -- are entirely dependent on the kind of use expected out of a Linux-based laptop.

kdenlive - the iMovie of linux?

  • everyday linux howtos; By dmbkiwi (Posted by dmbkiwi on Mar 26, 2007 2:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
kdenlive is a video editor that doesn't have the same profile as other editors on linux. However, it is a credible application for consumer level video editing for linux. It has a nice intuitive interface, is stable and fast, incredibly versatile in terms of file formats, and has some great editing tools and effects. With a bit more polish, it could easily become the "iMovie" of linux. This article has a quick look at kdenlive, its installation, features and usage.

Mozilla Gran Paradiso Alpha 3 released

Gran Paradiso Alpha 3 is an early developer milestone for the next major version of Firefox that is being built on top of the next generation of Mozilla's layout engine, Gecko 1.9. Most notable improvement: Support for animated PNG's.

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