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Gentoo cuts key parts of itself from net for its own good

Admins with the Gentoo Project say they have disconnected major parts of its website a week after discovering it could be vulnerable to a command injection attack that allows bad guys to remotely execute code on the machine. At time of writing, users trying to access Gentoo Archives and at least seven other areas of Gentoo.org got a message saying they were unavailable. Gentoo pulled the server hosting the sections "to prevent further exploitation and to allow for forensic analysis," according to Gentoo's homepage.

How many Linux desktop users are there?

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 17, 2007 9:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Desktop operating systems numbers, even when gathered by top research companies, such as IDG and Gartner, are often a bit fuzzy. When it comes to uncommon desktop operating systems, like Linux, the numbers often amount to little more than an educated guess. Now, a new open-source program, statix, promises to give accurate data on how many Linux desktops are actually in use.

Is IBM about to acquire Wind River?

Wind River's stock price rose significantly when the rumour came out that IBM would be interested to acquire Wind River. Earlier IBM was not that interested in Linux based operations as the company had its own operating systems but IBM has now moved toward Linux and according to industry sources the acquisition of Wind River would be suitable for IBM.

Pardus Linux 2007.2 Review

  • Linuxseekers; By Michael Shee Choon Beng. (Posted by linuxseekers on Aug 17, 2007 8:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Pardus Linux is funded by the Turkish government. With the support from the government, I hope that Linux and open source software would be given more emphasis by the newly elected Turkey government. As Microsoft Windows is the dominant operating system in Turkey, I hope that this relatively new desktop-centric Linux distribution (Pardus) will slowly capture a portion of the desktop operating system market share and thus release the Turkish people from the grip of Microsoft Windows. Actually, I decided to review Pardus Linux 2007.2 when I got to know of its security model that has raised many eyebrows. Another 2 reasons were the very gratifying wifi experience and of course the Pardus Linux's innovations.

Sourcefire Aquires ClamAV Project

Open source innovator and SNORT creator, Sourcefire, Inc., today announced that it has acquired ClamAV, a leading open source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project. Sourcefire's first acquisition since its Initial Public Offering in March 2007, ClamAV will broaden the company's open source footprint while providing the technology foundation for new products and services that will extend the company's Enterprise Threat Management network security portfolio. Under terms of the transaction, Sourcefire has acquired the ClamAV project and related trademarks, as well as the copyrights held by the five principal members of the ClamAV team including project founder Tomasz Kojm. Sourcefire will also assume control of the open source ClamAV project including the ClamAV.org domain, web site and web site content and the ClamAV Sourceforge project page.

RT mailgate

I use RT as a request/bug tracker, but until recently hadn’t set it up with an email address plugged directly into it. This was because I don’t run my own email server - that’s centralised - which makes setup a bit more difficult. And undocumented, hence this post. Convincing users to use a different email address may well be tough, but at least you yourself can start bouncing relevant emails to the RT address, thereby creating a more trackable system. There are 2 basic steps: 1. setting up the mail gateway to RT; 2. mail pickup from the external central server. Note that I’m using exim4 - other mail programs will obviously work differently. These are the details...

Sun Sparc defectors tap Transitive for Linux migrations

IT shops the world over are continuing their inexorable march: They're jettisoning legacy Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Sparc systems running Solaris and moving to commodity Intel or AMD-based x86 systems. And now Transitive Corp. is here to help with its QuickTransit application migration software, the most popular version of which transfers Sparc-based systems onto x86 servers.

The gradual triumph of Linux

Open source moves at a different speed to commercial software. This has become apparent over the last decade as Linux and its Open Source fellow travelers (Apache, Open Office, MySQL, Firefox et al) gradually established their position in the software world. It may have been frustrating for the Open Source activists, more vocal than numerous, who had been hoping for more instant gratification than the software market delivered. Nevertheless Linux and many of its associated Open Source products continued their forward march.

How Linux became a mobile phone OS

Linux started out on desktops and servers, but has now shipped on about 20 million mobile phones. Ever wonder how it made the jump? In a new whitepaper, embedded industry pioneer Jim Ready offers a concise technical retrospective on Linux's transition into a mobile phone OS. Ready credits semiconductor vendors, embedded Linux providers, and the open source community with helping to make Linux the powerhouse it is today in the mobile phone market. Other factors include Linux's horizontal, vendor-neutral nature and customizability, and "Moore's Law," which over time has resulted in processors powerful enough and memory inexpensive enough to make Linux practical in mobile devices.

Minty Dell(icious)

As I was getting ready for LinuxWorld, I went around booting Knoppix on everything I could get my hands on, and all the Dells I tried from other people at the office all worked fine. The deal was sealed when the D620 of the last post arrived and worked so well. It was time to try Linux on the Dell C400.

How To Save Traffic With mod_deflate On Lighttpd 1.4 (Debian Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 17, 2007 4:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this tutorial I will describe how to install and configure mod_deflate on a lighttpd 1.4 web server on Debian Etch. mod_deflate is included by default in lighttpd 1.5, but not in 1.4 where mod_compress is used instead. The advantage of mod_deflate over mod_compress is that it can compress static and dynamic files (such as PHP files), whereas mod_compress can compress static files only. The lighttpd version coming with Debian Etch is 1.4.13, so we have to patch it to support mod_deflate. mod_deflate allows lighttpd to compress files and deliver them to clients (e.g. browsers) that can handle compressed content which most modern browsers do. With mod_deflate, you can compress HTML, text or XML files to approx. 20 - 30% of their original sizes, thus saving you server traffic and making your modem users happier.

Two tools for enabling wireless cards

No other hardware nowadays supports GNU/Linux as weakly as wireless network adapters. Between the constant release of new models and major vendors who are uninterested in supporting the operating system, free drivers for wireless cards are next to impossible to reverse engineer. Nor can you find many retailers willing to customize laptops as readily as they do workstations. In this situation, ndiswrapper and the Broadcom firmware cutter provide a functional, if not always satisfactory, solution.

Linux In The Park 2007 is this Sunday

For the third year in a row, the geeks will gather in Bickford Park to eat drink and be nerdy. This year, just like last year, non-geeks and people who just like penguins, are invited. A computer swap meet is planned along the south edge of the park (tentatively 10am - 3pm) where we have the luxury of having a truck come by ,later in the day, to pick up the detritus. So bring all your computer junk and tell all your friends. The gathering starts at 11:00 hours and will end at 20:00 hours.

What tricks is the BBC up to with Microsoft?

The BBC iPlayer has been a hot topic on everyone's lips. It's late, doesn't work very well yet, presents some ISPs with a big economic problems, and is limited to Windows XP users running Internet Explorer. That last point has proven particularly sticky for the Beeb's spinners in the last few weeks, but in reality reveals as much about Microsoft's plans for DRM as it does about any supposed "corruption" of the BBC by some Gates-backed Sith.

Swiss Telecom Subsidiary Picks Red Hat for Linux Infrastructure

Swisscom IT Services, a subsidiary of the largest telecommunications provider in Switzerland, is using a wide variety of solutions from Red Hat for its Linux software infrastructure. Swisscom is using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Cluster Suite, JBoss Enterprise Platform and other Red Hat offerings in multiple data centers. It provides outsourcing information technology services to more than 50 customers.

High-speed military networking device runs Linux

A U.K.-based embedded software consultancy says it recently implemented a Linux driver and other software for a marine-based military application involving high-speed, fiber-optic networking. Pebble Bay Consulting Ltd. says it helped U.K.-based defense contractor Kaon implement an "embedded Linux" solution for an unspecified military customer. Pebble Bay's role reportedly included re-writing a Linux driver, creating an FPGA (field-programmable gate array), interface, and creating a user-space API (application programming interface) library.

Selling software that sells itself: An interview with Matt Asay

Open source is changing not just how companies make software, but how they sell it. Alfresco's Matt Asay explains the new sales cycle and the skills that today's software sales people need to close deals.

Point and Click XForms Design

In this 12-minute video watch and learn the order of magnitude simplification that XForms can offer to the development of applications that interact with users to collect the XML data that drives back-end business processes.

Creating an Open Source Strategy - Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I explained my reasoning behind creating an open source strategy. In Part 2, I will discuss our progress. Our first step was to create an inventory of the open source products that we use at my IT shop. We have a few areas within the organization that were early adopters of OSS and have a variety of products in use. When polling the staff for OSS products, I expected to find between 20-30 actively being used. I was shocked to find that we have around 100 different OSS products in our inventory (not including the ones packaged within proprietary closed software products). What an eye opener!

What the XenSource deal says about open source

Very little, in my opinion. While Matt Asay sees the deal as "a big win for open source... mostly because it pegs the value of an open source company quite high" I'm not sure that's true in this case. I've got to agree with Raven Zachary over at The 451 Group when he writes that "It wasn’t open source that provided the 150x multiplier." Yes, the open source Xen project is at the heart of XenSource's business, but Citrix did not pay $500m for the Xen project. As Savio Rodrigues notes if Citrix was after Xen it could have got its hands on it for a lot less than $500m

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