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Code signing systems

  • Free Software Magazine; By Saqib Ali (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 14, 2005 5:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article looks at the management of the private key for the Software Publishing Certificate (SPC). SPCs are used to digitally sign binaries that are produced by software development vendors. Digitally signing executables proves the identity of the software vendor and guarantees that the code has not been altered or corrupted since it was created and signed. Signing the code requires access to the SPC and the Private Key (PVK) associated with the SPC.

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Installation Face Off: Linux or Windows

Lately, I have been hearing that Ubuntu is an easy Linux distribution to install and it is easier to install than Windows XP. I have even heard remarks that "My grandmother could install Ubuntu." With that being said, I did virtual installs of both Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 to see which one I felt was easier. The XP interface was easier to work with but had many more screens to work through than the Ubuntu Linux.

Suse Linux for Swiss Federal Government

Network specialist Novell, the maker of the Linux distribution SuSE, has announced an agreement with the Federal Government of Switzerland. The IT infrastructure of Swiss public administration will soon be running on SuSE Linux Enterprise servers. More than 3000 servers of the Swiss Federal Government will be running on Novell's Linux server OS upon rollout. Novell was awarded the contract after a public tender.

Superior Linux Technology not Stopping Microsoft - Time to Call Uncle Sam

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Dec 14, 2005 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 12-14-2005

Back when the Communists ran the Soviet Union, truth never reached the outside world. Within the big computer manufacturers, media relations people have gestapo like power. Want to keep your job? Never let them find you quoted in the newspaper, especially about Microsoft.

But today, the time has come for you to find out what lurks behind the corporate veil, particularly when it comes to the subject of Microsoft and Linux. President Bush open this gate! Mr. Bush, tear down this wall!

Related Article:
Congress: Clear the Air about Microsoft, Apple and Linux

Citadel Releases WebCit 6.40

  •; By Art Canco (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 14, 2005 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Looking for AJAX groupware that is easy to install, easy to use, and easy to live with? Check out the newest version of Citadel’s WebCit. Just released today, the newest version of this web-based front end to the open-source Citadel groupware system now sports a range of user-friendly AJAX-enabled features.

[ED-Guess the people behind this have been busy voting on this story but it looks interesting so we are posting it anyway. Please refrain from this in the future -bstadil]

The Apache Geronimo push for clustering

Clustering allows an application server to support multiple nodes with failover, session data sharing, and load balancing across many network nodes. This article provides details, direct from the Apache Geronimo clustering effort team leader, Jeff Genender. Find out who is working on the details, how they work together to get the code written, and the ramifications these efforts are having on the open source community.

OOo Off the Wall: Master Documents

  • Linux Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2005 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
If the mere mention ofmaster documents brings back memories of corrupted files and lost data, give Writer a chance to show you they're not all bad.

LynuxWorks: A case study in combat-ready Linux

As open source, especially Linux, makes its way into nearly every sector of the economy, one of the final frontiers is the military and aerospace market, where new applications must clear hurdles such as the FAA's rigorous DO-178B certification for aviation software. California-based LynuxWorks, developer of the LynxOS real time operating system and BlueCat Linux embedded distribution, has staked its future on the idea that open source and the military/aerospace market can not only coexist, but thrive together.

Attack code for old Firefox bug hits the net

Computer code that demonstrates how a known flaw in an older version of the Firefox or Mozilla web browsers can be exploited in a potentially crippling attack was published on the web over the weekend.

The vulnerability was fixed in Firefox 1.0.5, released in July, and in Mozilla Suite 1.7.9, according to Mozilla.

The code was published by Aviv Raff, a developer in Israel. Writing in his blog on Sunday he said: "I think it's been enough time for people to upgrade from v1.0.4 of Firefox." Raff's code doesn't do much harm but he notes that it would be easy to turn it into malicious code that commandeers a vulnerable system.

Securely setting up a Linux PC

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2005 9:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
No matter which Linux distribution you choose, there are at least 10 things you do to properly prepare the operating system for connection to the Internet.

[Ed: Not a bad tutorial, especially if you're coming over from the Windows world. - dcparris]

The problems with IBM's SOA message

  • Reg Developer; By Phil Howard (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2005 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: IBM
This is the fourth and final set of my observations based on IBM's recent analyst conference from its Software Group. As I have discussed in my previous articles, SOA (service-oriented architecture) now pervades all of IBM's software offerings. Is this a good thing? Yes. Are there unanswered problems? Yes. I have discussed the former in my previous articles; I will now highlight the latter.

A year in the life of open source in South Africa

  • Tectonic; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2005 7:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's been a long, bad year for politicians, petrol prices and proprietary software. But 2005 was an exceptional year for open source software. It really found its feet this year, and I think it also started to cement a new façade that will serve it well for years to come.

[Ed: Interesting insight into what's going on 'Down South' - dcparris]

Suspend is now working on my Ubuntu Laptop

  • Linux DevCenter; By Jeremy Jones (Posted by tadelste on Dec 14, 2005 7:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
I recently wrote an article about my new laptop. In that article, I mentioned that suspend to RAM just doesn't seem to work. I had seen this website before about Ubuntu on an Inspiron 9300 and tried the suggestions for getting suspend to no avail. Recently, though, I tried it again and it worked. I don't know what has changed, but suspend works for me now. I did revert back to the xorg ATI drivers rather than the ATI proprietary fglrx drivers, but I tried that before, so I guess the xorg ATI drivers were maybe updated.

How Tech Education Can Help Your Congregation

  LXer TechMinistry: 13-Dec-05

LXer editor Don Parris considers how ministries of all faiths can help computer users and others through the use of technology.

Digg Story

Firefox users ignore online ads, report says

Internet Explorer users are at least four times as likely to click on Web ads than Firefox users, a German advertising technology company said last week. The company, Adtech, found that during October and November, only 0.11 percent of Firefox users ever clicked on an ad, compared with around 0.5 percent of IE users. The percentage of IE users clicking on ads varied depending on which version of the browser was being used, the company said: from 0.44 percent of version 6.x users to 0.53 percent of version 5.5 users. The survey was based on 1,000 Web sites in Europe that use Adtech's ad server.

[Ed: The interesting story here is the reasoning behind the differences. Oh, and watch out for those pop-up ads that redirect you to a malicious site! - dcparris]

Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter #111

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Firefox targeted with exploit code

Sample code that exploits a hole in Firefox and could allow a hacker to take control of your machine has been released on the Net. The code targets a known hole in the way the open -source browser processes Javascript. Versions 1.0.4 or earlier are affected - so users are advised the upgrade to the latest version of Firefox, released last month.

Wily Technology Extends End-to-End Application Visibility to oracle(R) Databases

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 14, 2005 4:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Introscope(R) PowerPack(TM) for Oracle Database Adds Database Performance to End-to-End View of Web Application Transactions

Vmware releases Player, teams up with Mozilla

Virtualisation software vendor VMware made two announcements today: the release of its VMware Player and a partnering deal with Mozilla on another free product, Browser Appliance, a virtual machine powered by Mozilla's Firefox web browser.

VMware Player enables users to run, assess and share software in a virtual machine on a PC running Microsoft's Windows OS or Linux.

The state of ICT in Northern Ireland

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 14, 2005 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Invest Northern Ireland, an agency of the UK government, recently funded a whirlwind trip to Northern Ireland by a half dozen journalists in order to show and tell them about Northern Ireland's high-tech industry. In exchange for footing the bill, they hope to see stories favorable to the area to attract not only new high-tech investment, but offshoring work as well. I took advantage of the opportunity to get a better understanding of the state of Linux and free and open source software in Northern Ireland.

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