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Better MS compatibility for new StarOffice 8.0

Sun takes the battle to office suite leader Microsoft with the latest version of its StarOffice office suite. With a VBA macro converter, better compatibility and migration tools, Sun takes aim and fires at Redmond.

nForce4 Motherboard Review

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 8:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The nForce4 chipset has been out for the AMD platform for almost a year now. Upon release, it quickly became “the” chipset to have for most mid to high end systems. As with any popular chipset, you tend to see a plethora of motherboard makers offering little differences here and there to make their product stand out from the rest. BIOS options, fan-less chipset cooling, and UV cables are just some of the features that you see motherboard makers boasting as a selling point. Today we are going take an in depth look at the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-D motherboard and investigate whether or not its features, performance and stability make it stand out from the rest.

Tell Us What You Think: The ONLamp Survey

It's time yet again for the annual ONLamp.com reader survey! We run a survey on each site once a year to learn more about you, our readers. ONLamp.com covers a lot of topic areas, including PHP, Python, Ruby, Apache httpd, MySQL, PostgreSQL, the Linux kernel and GNU/Linux operating systems, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, C, C++, open source, free software, system administration, and advocacy. That's neither a comprehensive list of everything the LAMP metaphor has grown to represent nor a representative list of all of the skills, abilities, and interests you have.

OpenDocument standard garners worldwide support

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 5:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Emboldened by the state of Massachusetts's dictum last month requiring the use of open-standard document formats in all state offices by Jan. 1, 2007, a group of vocal open standards advocates Monday created a new special interest group to promote use of the OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) OpenDocument Format.

JBoss denies running a trademark monopoly

This is open source, not open brand, chief executive Marc Fleury says. Company also denies that accuser is a JBoss co-founder.

Open-source document standard submitted to standards body

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By Antony Savvas (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open-source OpenDocument document standard has been submitted to a key international standards organisation, which could make it more attractive as a desktop solution in the public sector.

The Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (Oasis), which is behind OpenDocument, said it has submitted...

CapitolAdvantage finds Linux advantage

CapitolAdvantage.com started out as a paper directory of members of Congress that founder Bob Hansan sold to corporations in the Washington, DC, area in the late '80s. When the Internet boomed in 1996, Hansan moved everything online and conducted a quiet revolution that has permanently changed the way constituents communicate with their congressmen and senators. Today, the entire operation runs on Red Hat Linux.

Gnome to fish in embedded Linux pond

The team developing the open source desktop environment claims to have made 'very significant improvements' in performance and memory usage, as they target the embedded market with future versions

Ubuntu Linux Wins Best Distribution at UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2005

Ubuntu Linux has won the prestigious "Best Linux/Open Source Distribution" award at this year's UK Linux and Open Source Awards, after the readership of Linux User & Developer voted for their favourite Linux Distribution. In just under a year, Ubuntu has grown to be one of the most respected versions of Linux, being the most popular distribution on Distrowatch for over six months, as well as winning the inaugural Tux Magazine's Favourite Distribution award in September this year.

GlobalLiteracy Offers eLearning Course Based on "Penguin in the Pew" 2.0

"Penguin in the Pew" 2.0 is being offered as a Web-Based Training tutorial by GlobalLiteracy (www.globalliteracy.org) for use in its site and at GospelLearning (www.gospellearning.org). "Penguin in the Pew", a book by Christian Libre Software Advocate, Don Parris, helps Christian ministries discover the advantages of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FOSS). The web-based course enables church staffers and others to understand the license terms, technical challenges and financial hurdles churches may face as they consider their next software upgrade. The course will be delivered using the libre software Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle.

Eu to press on with Microsoft case

Microsoft's opponents said Tuesday that any settlement between the company and RealNetworks Inc. will not affect the EU's coming court clash with the software giant over a landmark antitrust ruling. Seattle-based RealNetworks, maker of a rival to Microsoft's Media Player, is the company's last big commercial opponent in the EU case, after reaching out-of-court deals with four of the five major parties that had intervened against it.

Vista licensing move pushes NSW governmental shift to Linux

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by bstadil on Oct 11, 2005 8:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) is taking a tough stance against Microsoft’s decision to make the enterprise edition of Windows Vista only available to companies that have signed on to its Software Assurance programme. The tax collection agency has declared it would rather switch desktop operating systems than lock itself into Microsoft’s licensing regime.

Jboss adds open source business rules to the mix

  • Computer Business Review; By CBR Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Groups: JBoss; Story Type: News Story
JBoss Inc is announcing the addition of business rules and BPEL orchestration to its open source product mix, at its European user conference in Barcelona this week

Linux mobile phones gain instant messaging/presence stack

ndian mobile phone and carrier software vendor Jataayu is porting its Instant Messaging and Presence Service (IMPS) stack to Linux, along with several other device software stacks. It expects to ship several browsing and messaging clients for Linux devices in Q4, 2005, with initial support for MontaVista's Mobilinux OS.

Don't discount software distribution sites as attack vectors

  • SearchSecurity.com; By Ed Skoudis (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sendmail. Tcpdump. OpenSSH. In addition to being highly useful software products, the Internet sites used to distribute each of these tools were compromised by attackers over the last few years.

With control of the sites, the bad guys replaced the downloadable installation package for each tool with a "Trojanized" version that included a backdoor bundled in the package. By placing their evil versions on the normal, trusted sites enterprises relied on to download their tools, the bad guys had hit upon the ideal mechanism to propagate their malicious code -- duping systems administrators to take the bait and install their wares for them.

KOffice 1.4.2: Improved OpenDocument Support and Updated Karbon

The KOffice team today announced the second maintenance release of the 1.4 series. Among various bugfixes and translation improvements, the KOffice 1.4.2 release further improves support for the OASIS OpenDocument file format and interoperability with OpenOffice.org.

Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.053 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 11, 2005 7:36 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.053 with Update 2 available. In version 4.053 the installation environment is rebuilt, so it offers better hardware support during the installation. The x86_64 release requires either AMD Opteron or Athlon64 CPU based computer. Some new Intel Xeon and Pentium IV processors with EM64T (Extended Memory 64 Technology) will also be able to run this version.

OSDir has some great screenshots of Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.053.

Open source for the enterprise

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 11, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the first things that is asked of any new project in a modern IT department is that a cost benefit analysis be created to determine if the investment of time and resources makes sense. This takes many forms, but at many companies the idea of return on investment, or ROI, is king.

Novell Promotes Better Linux Desktops

A new initiative from Novell seeks to unlock a better Linux desktop experience by helping developers better understand how the desktop is used.

Linux Kernel "request_key_auth.c" and "namei.c" Denial of Service

Multiple vulnerabilities were identified in Linux Kernel, which could be exploited by local attackers to cause a denial of service or bypass certain security restrictions.

The first issue is due to a memory leak error in "/security/keys/request_key_auth.c", which could be exploited by malicious users to cause a denial of service.

The second vulnerability is due to a memory leak error in "/fs/namei.c" when the CONFIG_AUDITSYSCALL option is enabled, which could be exploited by malicious users to cause a denial of service.

The third flaw is due to an error in the file "drivers/char/drm/drm_stub.c" that does not properly validate "debug" sysfs permissions, which could be exploited by local attackers to bypass certain security restrictions and enable drm debugging.

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