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How to break into a computer that is right at your fingertips

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 1:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If the BIOS is not password protected, the attacker doesn't even need a screwdriver. He or she can hack into a Windows- or Linux-based computer by using only two items: a KNOPPIX CD and a USB key. KNOPPIX is a Linux distribution that is available for free at and that can be burned onto a single CD. The attacker can boot KNOPPIX from the CD and then copy everything from the hard drive to the USB key. (If the BIOS has been set to disallow booting from the CD drive, the attacker needs only one additional item: a KNOPPIX boot floppy disk, which is available from the same site as the KNOPPIX CD.)

Sun's software chief eyes databases, groupware

  • Computerworld Australia; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 12:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL, Sun
Loiacono said that, because customers are asking what else is out there, Sun is taking a serious look at solving that problem by addressing some of the need in that space. "We're not going to OEM Microsoft but we are looking at PostgreSQL right now," he said, adding that over time the database will become integrated into the operating system.

Bush Supreme Court Nominee Former Microsoft Lawyer

"Bush's most recent Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers, successfully argued that people who were sold defective software by Microsoft weren't "injured," and couldn't participate in a class action against the company. The case involved unstable compression features in MS DOS 6.0, which were corrected by a $9.95 update, MS DOS 6.2. Plaintiffs wanted Microsoft to offer the updates for free, but eventually lost to Miers' arguments."

Microsoft funds African PCs amid open source debate

  • China Post; By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG, Reuters (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 10:21 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft Corp. is funding computer centers it hopes will reach half a million poor South Africans and argued on Monday that free open source software is not always the best option for developing countries. (In other words - Microsoft has decided to take on Mark Shuttleworth -Ed.)

Tree Locked Down for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 2

At 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -0700) on Monday, the Mozilla development tree was locked down in preparation for the release of Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 (also known as the 1.8 Beta 5 milestone). This means that no more checkins will be accepted for inclusion in the second Firefox 1.5 beta, which is set for release on Wednesday.

Google-Sun Partnership Falls Short of Hopes

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by bstadil on Oct 4, 2005 6:43 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: We were hoping for the next great moment in office software. We got"Google Toolbar as an option in its consumer downloads of the Java Runtime Environment."

Dell Offers Potential Linux Desktop

Dell's new Dimension offers SOHO customers a PC that comes without a Microsoft operating system, but that's as far as it goes.

Petition Aims to Improve eBay's Mozilla Firefox Support

Online auction news site AuctionBytes is reporting that some eBay sellers have started a petition to persuade the auction giant to support Mozilla Firefox and other alternative browsers. According to the article, some features on the eBay Sell Your Item page are optimised for Microsoft Internet Explorer and do not work correctly in Firefox and other browsers.

Red Hat Linux centralizes Bryant University IT

Information technology at Bryant University was a twisted potpourri of hardware and software before Linux came along. The concept of a centralized data center seemed unreachable amid the university's eclectic mix of Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Dell hardware, but it was something that president Ronald Machtley wanted addressed by those in IT. According to Art Gloster, the Smithfield, R.I. university's vice president for information services, the school -- now ranked the second most wired university by the Princeton Review – had "a little bit of everything and not much of anything."

Hummingbird Genio(R) 6.0 Takes Data and Content Integration Performance to the Next Level

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Latest version features new parallel processing capabilities; additional platform support

ATmission 2.0-01 (reloaded) Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - ATmission is a Fedora-based live CD designed to allow users to experiment with the Linux operating system and other open source software without having to install anything on a hard disk. Version 2.0 has been released: Based on the Fedora Core 4 release with Linux kernel 2.6.11...

Jacques sent in to OSDir some very cool shots ATmission 2.0-01 (reloaded).

Debian Weekly News - October 4th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by bstadil on Oct 4, 2005 1:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Donald Feinberg, vice-president of Gartner [1]predicted the end of Unix in 10-15 years and the rise of GNU/Linux.

Shuttleworth Answers Controversial Subjects Surrounding Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Wiki; By Mark Shuttleworth (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 1:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
I'm 32 and counting, South African, living in London. Most of my time is devoted to the Ubuntu project as cheerleader and chief whip. I've spent the last year or so focused on the Launchpad collaborative infrastructure, writing a fair portion of it and helping the team to define our goals. It's a thrill to see it all coming on stream! More details at [WWW]

Red Hat monopolises Linux distro mind share

  • Inquirer; By Fernando Cassia in Argentina (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
WHILE SEVERAL Linux based vendors showed up at this year's exhibition like last year, the only major distributor present was Red Hat. The company's booth seemed to attract even more people than last year.

Optus@home makes final network move to Linux

  • Whirlpool; By Matt Borgo (Posted by tadelste on Oct 4, 2005 12:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Optus@Home will complete its integration of the Excite@Home Australia network across to the same architecture as its dial-up service reports Fairfax IT in this article. The transition involves moving the network across from the legacy Excite network to a network of "incredibly powerful" Linux servers, a spokeswoman for Optus said today.

Critical Shortage of Linux Talent Slowing Adoption

Microsoft Professionals provide an adbundance of applicants for infrastructure. Disheartening as it seems, corporations, governments, start-ups and small business have difficulty recruiting and retaining talented Linux IT workers. That has become a familiar refrain whenever Linux fails the adoption test in many places across the globe.

UK open source consultancy provides services for free

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 4, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OpenAdvantage is an IT consultancy based in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. As the name suggests, OpenAdvantage deals strictly in open source software solutions, providing its clients with everything from a basic introduction to open source, to custom development services. The best part? It's all free -- free as in beer.

Microsoft CEO makes free-software pledge

“We hope to reach perhaps 500000 or more people who don’t today have access to information technology,” he said.

Microsoft, Motorola eye emergency providers

  • CNET; By Dawn Kawamoto (Posted by dave on Oct 4, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
The companies team up to enhance software applications for law enforcement and other emergency service providers.

Fast wireless robot prototyping

Rather than constructing a solid finished robot, see how to build a fast and easy prototype that can be disassembled, reconfigured, and reassembled quickly and easily.

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