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Free knowledge experts speak their mind

  • Tectonic; By Alastair Otter (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Pablo Machon, a founder of the Free Knowledge Foundation(FKnK), told delegates at the second International FLOSS and Free Knowledge workshop yesterday that the successes of the free software movement had created a valuable example of how a similar free knowledge system could work.

What has Microsoft done for Massachusetts lately?

Microsoft's Alan Yates steps in the manure in responding to the Massachusetts Information Technology Division's late-August declaration for OpenDocument and other open software standards.

Bryant University Commits to Open-Source Future With IBM

IBM today announced that Bryant University, ranked the second most connected campus in America*, has committed to open-source computing by moving its entire data center from proprietary Sun Solaris systems to the IBM POWER™ microprocessor architecture with the open-source Linux® operating system. The IBM solution is the answer to Bryant's growing student body, providing the speed, reliability features and flexibility necessary to support the entire University's student information, financial, human resource, class scheduling and alumni applications. Consolidation to a total Linux on POWER infrastructure has also resulted in an up to twenty-five percent reduction in overhead costs.** Bryant University is following a general trend in academia to advance the capabilities of applications using the Linux operating system, considered to be critical to any organization looking to build a reliable, innovative and flexible technology platform based on open-source solutions. By using the Linux OS, students are collaboratively building their computer skills foundation for application development and as a result, broadening their technical expertise for future job opportunities.

How open source gave power to the people

  • iD4online/ Financial Times; By Richard Waters (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The sedentary art of software development and the extreme sports of kitesurfing, sailplaning and canyoning would appear to have little in common. However, both are examples of a new force that could eventually affect a far broader range of companies and industries: the power of users to shape how products are developed.

Red Hat and HP establish Linux storage lab

  • Computer Business Review; By CBR Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, Red Hat
Linux distributor Red Hat has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to create a new performance test lab to help customers deploy enterprise storage across Linux environments.

Debian developers ponder trademark changes

The leader of the Debian Linux distribution has called for changes to be made to the open source project's trademark policy, to ensure it has the appropriate level of protection against legal challenges. Debian's current trademark policy states that businesses can use the Debian trademark if they make a CD of Debian, but cannot use Debian in the name of their business.

Oracle considering support for other databases

Oracle is considering opening up its software to support other databases. Chief executive Larry Ellison told delegates at the OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco that the company is committed to work with open standards, and will compete on reliability and security. He says Oracle is thinking of making its software open to a number of other database standards, but has not yet made a decision on this.

Linux: Debating Coding Style

The Linux kernel coding style document was recently upgraded to say "the preferred form for passing a size of a struct is the following: p = kmalloc(sizeof(*p), ...);". Russell King [interview] disagreed with this suggestion, listing several reasons it was problematic. He was quickly joined by others including Al Viro, Robert Love [interview] and Alan Cox [interview], who agreed and added additional reasons why this coding convention could be problematic, suggesting instead to use "p = kmalloc(sizeof(struct foo), ...)". The reasons cited included the difficulty in grepping for such allocations and initializations, confusion over the fact the sizeof(*p) is the size of for example a void *, not the full space for the object allocated and overall readability.

IBM's Power-style promotion of Cell

As prospective developers learn more about the powerful new Cell processor, jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba, the strategy to create applications for the next-generation chip may embrace the Linux and open source community, similar to what IBM did with the Power processor.

Protecting Linux against automated attackers

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As many systems administrators will tell you, attacks from automated login scripts specifically targeting common account names with weak passwords have become a substantial threat to system security, especially via SSH (a popular program that allows remote users to log in to a Linux computer and execute commands locally). Here are some common-sense rules to follow that can greatly improve security, as well as several scripts to cut down on the computing resources wasted by these attacks.

KDE 3.5 Beta 1"Kanzler" Released

The testing period for the next major KDE release has begun with the release of KDE 3.5 Beta 1, codenamed Kanzler. This will be the last major release in the KDE 3 series

Open-source Success Roiling Software Field

  • Investor's Business Daily (subscription) (Posted by bstadil on Sep 21, 2005 7:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You probably paid too much for the software you're using — not to mention the software company you've invested in. That's the growing consensus of analysts watching the rise of open-source software, built on the notion that software should be free for everyone to use, tweak and develop further.

Linux Mark Institute Issues Statement on Australia Trademark ...

The Linux Mark Institute (LMI), a non-profit organization that handles trademark issues and licenses for Linux, released a statement in response to an unfavorable court ruling to secure the Linux patent in Australia.

Yahoo! Mail (Beta)

  • PC Magazine; By Jamie Lendino (Posted by tadelste on Sep 21, 2005 4:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yahoo! makes a huge leap forward with its new user interface. Some issues still need to be ironed out, and we'd like to see Yahoo! better integrate the calendar and contacts list with the mail application, but we're excited by what we've seen so far.

Make Mine a Lite, a MEPISLite

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 21, 2005 1:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Do you hate to see a good computer go to waste? I know I do. I have half a dozen Pentium II machines, which came with Windows 98SE. If I trusted Windows 98SE to be even half secure, I'd still be using them. But I don't. So what to do with old boxes? Well one good thing is to run MEPIS' lightweight Linux distribution, MEPISLite.

SSH Delivers Next Generation Secure Shell Products With Higher Encryption Performance and Automated File Transfers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 21, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
SSH Tectia Client/Server Solution 5.0 and SSH Tectia Manager 2.0 Now Generally Available

Microsoft Supported by Dead People

This article was pointed to by a prestigious member of the Lxer community in a post. It's really worth having its own article space. For your information, the post read: Just a reminder of who CAGW really is. (click "Read more" for a snapshot). Warning: laughing so hard that your ribs ache could be hazardous to your health.

Linux Users: Consider a free anti-virus program for your desktop

After I wound up stuck on a Windows computer for a week, I noticed my mind wondering about the possibility of a virus lurking on my Linux desktop. So I tried an anti-virus program for Linux and found a surprise.

Microsoft in Trouble With EU Again?

The European Commission may bring a fresh round of competition charges against an already embattled Microsoft after it received several complaints recently about the software giant.

Google's Summer of Code concludes

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 21, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google's Summer of Code (SOC), a program that matched computer science students with free and open source software (FOSS) projects and paid for results, is over. Despite some organizational problems, the SOC attracted an overwhelming response from both students and projects, and early indications are that the program has produced a wide range of projects and attracted a number of promising students to the FOSS communities. Whether the program will be repeated, however, remains undetermined.

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