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The National Security Agency’s Security Enhanced Linux has started to undergo Common Criteria evaluation. Earlier this month, IBM Corp. submitted Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.5 (RHEL 5)—which includes the SE Linux module—for Evaluation Assurance Level l. With the evaluation in place, this version of Linux, available from Red Hat Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., in late 2006, could offer another trusted operating system for handling sensitive information. Traditionally, Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Trusted Solaris operating system has dominated this market.
IT professionals face a wide variety of issues ranging form virus outbreaks to security flaws across the board. In fact, advisories from IT-security services have grown from less than 300 per month to an average well above that for 2005. Of those advisories, 72% of them were of a nature where they could be executed remotely. These problems have spurred a revolution in the IT industry.
With a big penguin dressed in a power suite and tie, pocketing a Blackberry and holding a cell phone to his ear, InformationWeek (Sept. 26, 2005) writes "Hey, Yahoo, Disney's on the other line. Call you back." And below that, the lead says, "Open-source software, led by Linux, is barreling into big business. P. 38"
Not bad for the print friendly Microsoft publication.
nuBridges, a leading provider of eBusiness community management solutions, today launched its truExchange eBusiness platform. With truExchange, nuBridges brings the innovation and low cost of open source development to enterprise-class eBusiness applications.
Few of Google's projects, rumors of projects, and acquisitions have generated as much envy among Linux users as Google Earth. In some respects the search engine behemoth is quite OS-agnostic, but the 3D virtual globe remains limited to Windows desktops only. But there is an alternative. NASA's World Wind project -- like Google Earth -- is a 3D planetary visualization system that overlays satellite imagery, weather, political, and topological map data. Zoom in and look for your childhood home, fly past your favorite landmarks, study the coastlines for continental drift -- you have all of the same options. The only difference is that World Wind is open source.
Media players running on Linux face a new security vulnerabiliy that could leave users open to remote attacks, security experts say.
Richard Frank confesses to a secret Windows habit and an equally disturbing interest in dodgy literary "classics". Over the coming weeks he'll document his attempts to kick the proprietary habit. This week, however, he just loses his disc of Russian short stories.
Avaya, Dell, HP, Network Appliance, Novell, Research In Motion and RSA Security Form Second Wave of Technology Titans to License SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture
Media players running on Linux face an exploit that could leave users open to remote attacks, security experts say.
Alan Cox [interview] provided astatus update on his PATA driver efforts with libata [story]. He offered a qualified call for testers, "some initial patches are now ready for wider testing although strictly suicide squad material at this point." His status document currently lists 11 drivers about which he notes, "a lot of hardware isn't yet covered - I'm working on adding more support but I wanted to start with weirder devices first to better understand what was needed in libata."
In the brief thread, error handling was brought into question. Alan noted, "basic error handling in the libata code seems to work as well when I tested it, if not better because the old PATA code hangs the box on SMP or pre-empt if you get a DMA timeout and cable changedown due to locking flaws and also issues an immediate idle in error recovery which seems to crash some drives for good." He went on to point out that failed cable detect currently isn't supported by libata, "the speed change down support simply isn't in libata yet and that turns a downspeed change for poor cables or cable misdetect into a hang."
Read about a unique and powerful open source groupware server that's been around for years, but you might not have known about it.
After learning of Scott's participation in FireFox, we took a look at a link on the article, "Why Former IE Developer Switched To Firefox". We feel it's definitely worth its own publication space at Lxer. Enjoy! -ED
ApacheCon announced today the opening of registration for ApacheCon US 2005, taking place December 10-14 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina San Diego, California.
In Linux Format issue 72, we chat to Gnome and OpenOffice.org coder Michael Meeks about all things Linux. Here's a few of the questions we asked the Novell employee...
At a members' conference in Shanghai, China today, Power.org -- an organization dedicated to accelerating collaborative innovation on Power Architecture™ technology -- said that new membership and product development by member companies had exceeded first year expectations. Organization officials credited the growth to the collaborative innovation approach Power.org fosters among members, in addition to advances made in Power Architecture technology itself.
Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, is participating at the 25th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) with Dubai-based distributor Opennet to look for more channel partners in the Middle East.
I'm pleased to announce the permanent availability of an archive in which D ebian can preserve materials (video, audio, slides, example code used, etc.) gathered, used at or derived from real life meetings.
We had a very productive QA Team Meeting in Darmstadt from the 9th to the 11th of September. The participants had a lot of fruitful discussions during the weekend. Besides minor bits that "just happened", the following major issues progressed significantly:
Peru has passed its law encouraging procurement of Free Software by the government. Please note that the law is about Free Software, not Open Source, as opposed to proprietary software, distinguished by license. Here's an English translation published by the Asociación Peruana de Software Libre, and here is the law itself [PDF]. Technically, it's not official until it is published in the official Peruvian daily newspaper, but that is pretty much certain at this point. Note that the version Slashdot links to on OSI is not, I don't think, the final version. It's a useful translation, but be aware that certain articles in that beta version are not in the final version.
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