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Red Hat bangs the security drum

Red Hat has unveiled an initiative dubbed 'Security in a Networked World' at the LinuxWorld tradeshow in San Francisco. As part of the programme, the Linux vendor showcased its Red Hat Certificate System that allows organisations to manage security certificates used to sign emails, or authenticate users for online banking applications. It also supports authentication through the use of smartcards. Red Hat has been working with the Apache Foundation to add support for the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client through the use of Apache's open source Network Security Service Libraries. The collaboration will allow users of both systems to send and receive authenticated emails with Thunderbird, while organisations including online banks and web stores can use the system to authenticate users through smartcards in combination with Firefox.

GPL3 first public draft due early 2006

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Release should lead to debate of near-religious fervor over future of license that governs much free and open-source software.

It's Linux week in San Francisco...

  • Silicon Valley Watcher; By Tom Foremski for SiliconValleyWatcher (Posted by tadelste on Aug 9, 2005 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LinuxWorld is in town and I haven't seen this much activity around a trade show in years. Actually, if you think about it, this is not surprising because it is becoming such a bedrock foundation of today's enterprise software world. Linux, as the spearhead for the open source movement, has also become the metaphor for how to succeed in today's IT world. The metaphor is: take advantage of community property and layer your secret/proprietary sauce on top.

Oracle Makes Oracle(R) Cluster File System Release 2 Available to Open Source Community

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Aug 9, 2005 4:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Version Provides Simplified, General Purpose Cluster File Management at No Cost

AMD seeks to jump-start software changes

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Chipmaker releases a simulator designed to prod development of software for upcoming processor features.

Linuxcertified 64-bit Linux Laptop review

The latest 64-bit offerings from Intel and AMD are compelling and reasonably priced. 64-bit technology may soon dominate the desktop, but is it ready for the laptop market? A quality mobile computer needs to balance performance and power consumption in a way that will maximize user productivity and mobility. Are mobile 64-bit processors up to the task? I decided to review an AMD Athlon 64-bit laptop in order to find out

HP works to bring Linux to NonStop servers

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
Company will collaborate with universities to move its high-end but rarely used product line closer to the mainstream.

The case for semantic search

Everyday, employees produce a boatload of documents in their everyday work, which are stored on various content backends. WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition provides extensive capabilities to search for the needle in the haystack of business information from a single point of access, within sub-second response time, while scaling to millions of documents and thousands of users. This article describes the key concepts involved, outlines a workflow for designing and implementing semantic search solutions.

IBM updates Linux desktop with Firefox support

Previously supporting only Mozilla and Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Big Blue's Workplace desktop software now also supports the Firefox browser.

Montavista and PalmSource share Linux mobile phone party line

MontaVista Software Inc. and PalmSource Inc. have joined each others' partner programs and are teaming up to "help further accelerate the development of next generation Linux-based mobile phones," the companies announced today. They plan to "leverage their collective expertise to create integrated solutions for handset vendors and mobile operators looking to build Linux handsets

Open Source Consortium Evaluated Together with Middleware ...

ObjectWeb, an international nonprofit consortium of companies and research organizations who have joined forces to produce next-generation open source middleware, today announced that ObjectWeb is the only nonprofit organization to be evaluated in two reports published by Gartner (http://www.gartner.com).

SCO's Unixware LKP included Linux Kernel Code

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Aug 9, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO
Excerpts from the Deposition of SCO employee Erik W. Hughes [PDF]. Hold on to your hats. He confirms that the Linux Kernel Personality did indeed include Linux kernel code, and as a result, both UnixWare 7.1.2 and 7.1.3 included Linux kernel code until May of 2003

Q: So until May of last year, Unix -- those two UnixWare 7 releases included the Linux kernel?

A: That's correct.

PalmSource and MontaVista Software Team to Accelerate Development of Next Generation Linux Mobile Phones

-- PalmSource joins Mobilinux Open Framework Partner Program

Oracle looking to Linux

  • CNET News.com; By Dawn Kawamoto (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
Within next five years, half Oracle's customers may be running Linux, says Oracle President Charles Phillips.

Linux on the desktop--almost there again?

  • CNET News.com; By Michael Singer (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The buzz over breaking the Windows stronghold has died down considerably, but it hasn't been silenced.

The GNU Free Documentation License

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
"Free software needs free documentation." With this preamble, the Free Software Foundation released the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) in March 2000. Even with a revision in November 2002, the license has had mixed reviews in the free and open source communities, especially when compared to the widespread enthusiasm for the GNU General Public License (GPL). Some accept the FDL with a few reservations, while others reject it as not being free enough. Both attitudes seem likely to persist at least until the license's next revision.

Server software gets tailored to Red Hat

OpenExchange's product, long tightly tied to Novell's Suse Linux, adds a version for rival Red Hat's OS.

Foolproofing Open Source

  • BusinessWeek; By Stuart Cohen (Posted by tadelste on Aug 9, 2005 8:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
STRONG FOOTING. Any discussion of open-source software and the law begins with software licenses. The GNU General Public License (GPL) is the world's most widely used open-source software license. It continues to be a very good license for different kinds of software. The competitors to Linux and open source always stress the risk that users and companies face if they use this software to run their business. You may be surprised to learn that the GPL has never been successfully challenged in court since it was introduced in 1991. That's a very good thing to know if your business runs Linux.

Free Software Foundation against Bush's EU diplomats

Proponents of free software are protesting the planned appointment of Boyden Gray as the US's ambassador to the EU because he was a lobbyist for Microsoft in the antitrust case against the software vendor. In particular, they fear that Gray will once again stand up on behalf of Microsoft in the antitrust proceedings again to the vendor's business practices in Brussels.

An Open and Shut response to Darl McBride

Darl McBride posted an "open letter" touting OpenServer 6 as the world's most powerful, secure and cost-effective UNIX, a scion of the True Unix Vine, yadda yadda. Here's a point by point trashing^Wresponse.

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