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Problems with OpenOffice

  • InfoWorld; By Matt Asay (Posted by Abe on Jan 9, 2006 6:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

Before you start flaming, please understand that both I and the author of the news article are open source PROponents. We like open source. I've made a career of it.

But that doesn't mean open source is somehow infallible. Sometimes the comments here read like a devout Catholic thinking I've started a smear campaign against the immaculate conception. Keep in mind that it's just software and that it can always get better. Things get better as we find their bugs and improve them.

So, with that caveat....

Microsoft study finds Linux to have no advantage on older hardware

Proponents of the open-sourced GNU/Linux operating system are quick to compare it favorably to Microsoft Windows, citing a series of advantages for their favorite OS. The first one to come up is invariably price, an area where Linux can always claim victory, as US$0 is a difficult target for any closed-source software company to beat. However, price alone is rarely a convincing argument for switching operating systems, so other benefits are quickly put forward.

Red Hat Ranked Industrys Most Valued Vendor

Ziff Davis' CIO Insight Research Study named Red Hat the leader in vendor value and overall satisfaction according to US senior-level IT executives surveyed.

A new Vista on Linux

With Linux continuing its struggle to convince the world's businesses that it's a viable Windows alternative, ZDNet asks in a four page analysis if the pending release of Windows Vista could finally provide the boost it's been waiting for.

Include diff attachment -- Re: Fedora-netdev FC4: kernel-2.6.14-1.1656_FC4.netdev.7 is now available!

FC4.netdev.7 (kernel-2.6.14-1.1656_FC4.netdev.7) is now available.

OpenSolaris ready to power up on IBM's PowerPC

A long-hyped version of the Solaris operating system for IBM's Power processor appears close at hand.

Red Hat CEO to Present at C3 Expo

January 9, 2006 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- C3, the Corporate Channel and Computing Expo, announced on Monday that Red Hat (redhat.com) CEO and chairman Matthew J. Szulik will deliver the keynote address at its second annual exhibition and conference. The event will be held June 27 to 29, 2006 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Ruby on Rails on Debian

"Most of you have probably heard of Ruby on Rails and may be wondering what exactly it does and how you can try it for yourself. Put simply, Rails is a web application framework that uses the model-view-controller software design pattern to allow for rapid development of web applications. This article will cover how to install Rails on Debian and how to configure it to work with Apache and a relational database of your choice."

TeamQuest Corporation Announces FIPS 140-2-Validated Encryption for TeamQuest Performance Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 3:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
First FIPS 140-2 compliant performance optimization software delivers expanded security for Government sector

Adodb Multiple Test Scripts Remote Command Execution ...

Two vulnerabilities were identified in ADOdb, which could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands. The first issue is due to an input validation error in the "server.php" test script that does not properly validate the "sql" variable, which could be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary SQL queries (when the MySQL password for the root user is empty). The second flaw is due to an input validation error in the "tests/tmssql.php" test script that does not properly validate the "do" parameter, which could be exploited by remote attackers to call arbitrary PHP functions.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 28

Welcome to our issue number 28 of Fedora Weekly News.

Apache shot with security holes

Red Hat warned of a flaw late last week in mod_auth_pgsql, an Apache module that allows authentication against information in popular open-source database PostgreSQL.

Cio Insight survey gives Red Hat high marks

  • Raleigh Triangle Business Journal; By Patrick Hogan (Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 1:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
For the second consecutive year, Red Hat Inc. ranks among senior level IT executives as the leader in vendor value and overall customer satisfaction, according to results of a study by trade publication CIO Insight.

Becta reviews UK schools for Microsoft 'lock-in'

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) last week announced a value for money review of Microsoft's educational licensing programme, and a second looking at ways of improving home ICT access for school pupils.

A Libertarian begins to see the light

  • Samizdata; By Alex Singleton (Posted by jdixon on Jan 9, 2006 12:21 PM EDT)
Many people sympathetic to the free market are not at all sympathetic to open source. I used to be one of these people.

Avg UK Introduces Free Virus Protection For Linux

  • The IT Shield (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 11:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Newark, UK, January 9th, 2006
AVG UK, the official business partner of Grisoft, makers of the award-winning AVG Anti-Virus software, has introduced a new free version of its software specifically for the Linux desktop.

ISPConfig: A hosting control panel

A while ago I moved the debianHELP site to another server and was faced with the prospect of building the box from scratch. To me, handling Apache or MySQL is no problem, but I loath setting up virtual email domains. Being of the lazy sort, I decided to examine free software hosting control panels and to install one on the box I was going to build.

eWEEK Names VMware Workstation a Top Product of 2005

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Fifth Generation of Powerful Desktop Virtualization Software Honored for Pushing the Technology Envelope

IBLS development release

For those who dont know, IBLS is a modular mini linux server distribution.
An updated version of IBLS is now avaliable, included are numerous upgrades, from bug fixes and security updates to new features.

China Says Yes to Linux, No to Open-Source Middleware

Though Linux is rising in popularity in China, the majority of enterprises still prefer commercial software over open-source middleware.

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