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SAP exec rules out Oracle-like acquisition binge

The head of SAP's product and technology group has drawn a sharp contrast between his employer's approach to corporate acquisitions and that of rival Oracle. In doing so, Shai Agassi pretty much dashed the hopes of start-ups hoping to exploit the growing trend towards acquisition by an enterprise IT provider as an exit strategy.

The California Open Voting bill passed a committee vote today. ...

The California Open Voting bill passed a committee vote today. This has been its first test.

Sun plans open-source DRM using AES

  • Atomic; By tychver (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Sun
"The system uses AES encryption, requires a constantly open two way IP connection and it sends encrypted keys to the content along with the content, and these have to be decrypted by an existing public key. Entitlement messages are delivered out of band in a separate communication..."

[This is more of a discussion than a news article, but might be interesting to some - dcparris]

Novell acquires e-Security

Novell beefs up its security position through purchase of real-time monitoring tool.

Multiple security holes found in Firefox

Internet users surfing with Firefox must urgently upgrade to avoid over 20 security holes in the open source browser, the Mozilla Foundation has warned.

Linux Needs An Advertising Platform

We need to put freedom and the protection of privacy back into web advertising and web searches. We could utilize such a movement to fund GNU/Linux projects.

Is Linux ready to challenge MS Vista?

At the Brainshare Novell user conference in Salt Lake City last month the company flagged the summer launch of version 10 of its SuSE Linux Enterprise operating system for servers and desktops. The company is positioning its Linux offering as a less complex alternative to the Vista release of Windows.

Final StartCom Enterprise Linux (AS-3.0.5) released

  • Linux PR (press release); By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 1:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
The StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-3 (Maccabee) remains still a very popular download, specially by users who want to re-use their older hardware.

The day my father blew himself up

  • Free Software Magazine; By Anthony Taylor (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 19, 2006 12:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Open standards, free software, and old documents

Bug-Squashing Party: April 20th-23rd

Time flies, and it has already been 3 months since our last Bug-Squashing Party. I think we all agree it is quite too long without such fun, and we should, therefore, fix that immediately. Fortunately enough, FISL[0] - the largest Latin-American FLOSS conference - starts tomorrow, and is certainly going to gather a number of people already involved with Debian, besides other potential contributors. It seemed to be a perfect opportunity for us to do collective in person hacking, while trying to get more people aboard and motivating interested people all around the world to join us and rock, so here we are, announcing the dates.

Open Letter to the new Debian Project Leader

"..The Open Source movement is not only moving quickly but actually gaining momentum. The only constant is not simply change, but an increasing rate of change. This is in contrast to Debian, in which the last release took 3 years and the one before that took 2 years. I believe there is no technical reason why you cannot ship whenever you’d like. The Linux kernel merges in changes whenever they are ready without anything holding up the train. Your codebase is much bigger and your changes are more frequently more intrusive, but I believe there has to be a way to work things out even if it simply requires more resources."

AMD64: etch and uploads

The amd64 architecture has been added to etch, and over the next few weeks (particularly as the changes get worked out) should become fairly complete. amd64 in etch should be debootstrapable at this point, and usable in some situations, but is obviously pretty limited while it doesn't have X. Hopefully this will improve pretty rapidly.

All-in-one Linux security distribution touts ease of use, advanced features

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 9:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
If you haven't checked out Endian Firewall yet, download the code and give it a try.

The Gemcutter's Workshop: Canada on Rails

  • Linux Journal; By Pat Eyler (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 9:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
Recapping another busy couple of weeks in Ruby land as well as the first international Ruby conference.

Oracle fires a shot across Red Hat’s bows

For long-time watchers of Larry Ellison, the revelation that Oracle is looking at launching its own version of the Linux open source operating system has aroused a suspicion: is the software industry’s most acquisitive CEO stalking his next target? Mr Ellison made the comments in an interview with the Financial Times this week, laying out strong reasons why the database software company should embed a version of Linux into its existing software.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 136:
We interview Jack Miller from the Centre/SIS student data systems project
What is Planet Techshow?
Dan takes a look at Qemu
Linc talks about SJphone
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Sco Loses in China as Linux Gains

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 7:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, SCO
The Linux market in China continues to grow, according to a new research report from IDC. And it is apparently growing partially at the expense of Linux nemesis SCO.

The State of Graphics on Linux

  • eHomeUpgrade; By Alexander Grundner (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 6:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
ZDNet has an interesting article that brings readers up to speed on what's happening on the Linux graphic card compatibility and advanced GUI effects front. As usual there's a tug-of-war with people in the Linux developer community (including the free software advocates) and hardware makers regarding implementation of proprietary drivers with the Linux kernel, as opposed to offering full open-source drivers. The only trouble the hardware makers point out is that most of their closed-source drivers implement licensed third-party technologies that make it impossible to open them up for public development.

[It looks as if Intel plans to respond to the community. Great. We either have to use proprietary drivers or get FOSS drivers at the expense of being sucked into Intel's DRM. Vendors need to quit paying lipservice to the FOSS philosophy and GET REAL! - dcparris]

Kaspersky Labs' slated for Linux virus FUD

LINUX EXPERTS are dismissing as FUD a claim by Russian Anti-Virus outfit Kaspersky labs that it has invented a cross platform virus that can eat Windows and Linux systems.

[Yeah. Welcome to GNU/Linux Land, where we not only don't fear viruses, we patch our systems to be able to run them! - dcparris]

Group plots Desktop Linux printing improvements

If you think setting up and using a printer in Linux is too much trouble, take heart -- you're not alone. To come to grips with a wide range of Linux printing-related issues, the OSDL-sponsored Portland Project has just held the first Desktop Linux Printing Summit in Atlanta.

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