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Microsoft's Security CD fails c't Magazine's tests

According to c't Magazine this latest contribution by Microsoft to the initiative "Germany Safe on the Net," which a short while ago took stock of its progress so far, unfortunately fails to meet the high expectations aroused.

OOo Off the Wall: Adding AutoText to Your Work Flow

It's not flashy, but if you're re-using text often or need to streamline your template and macro lists, spend a little time with AutoText.

High-def DVD SoC supports HD-DVD, BlueRay, Linux

STMicroelectronics (STM) is sampling an SoC (system-on-chip) that it says supports all required HD-DVD and Blu-Ray codecs and security schemes. The STB7109 is based on an SH-4 core, and supports Linux and other embedded OSes, along with codecs and security schemes from both Microsoft and international standards bodies.

Ruby Weekly News 24th - 30th October 2005

Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup, brought to you by Tim Sutherland, with contributions from Christophe Grandsire.

Article offers concise guide to Linux shell scripting

Although modern desktop Linux distributions pride themselves in minimizing the need for users to resort to command-line activities, there are times when a visit to a shell prompt can come in handy. To this end, a concise guide to Linux shell scripts is now available from the LinuxHelp blog.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.3

  • Apple Insider; By AppleInsider Staff (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 3:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Apple on Monday released Mac OS X 10.4.3 Update, which delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users.

Red Hat Wants Xen in Linux Kernel

After previous efforts failed, Red Hat is stepping forward to get Xen virtualization technology included in the Linux kernel as quickly as possible.

Will Wal-Mart sell $398 notebooks, desktops?

  • ZDnet; By Michael Kanellos (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 1:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wal-Mart and Hewlett-Packard will likely celebrate this Thanksgiving season by attempting to crush their competitors with low-price desktops and notebooks, according to a Web site that tracks bargains.

Scientigo Makes Broad XML Patent Claims

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 1:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If Scientigo can make its XML patent claims stick, all XML users, from office suite users to programmers, may be affected.

openSUSE inspires derivative distros

Just two months ago, Novell opened the development process behind SUSE Linux, creating the openSUSE project. Novell's move gave developers a chance to be involved in SUSE, which previously had been developed privately without community input. In the short time since openSUSE was unveiled, developers have begun work on several new and interesting SUSE derivatives.

Levanta Releases Linux Management Code

  • eWEEK Linux; By Chris Preimesberger (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 12:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Levanta, a Linux system management software company, unveiled code for a virtual file system that improves data sharing between Linux machines.

Insurer Offers Coverage for Open Source

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by bstadil on Oct 31, 2005 11:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The policies from Open Source Risk Management offer protection in the event of an intellectual property lawsuit.

[ED-This was hotly debated in the early SCO days, but with SCO on its deathbed maybe we can look at this a bit more nuanced. ]

SCO describes alleged IBM Unix misuse to court

  • C/Net; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 10:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO, IBM; Story Type: News Story
It took more than two and a half years, but the SCO Group finally has disclosed a list of areas it believes IBM violated its Unix contract, allegedly by moving proprietary Unix technology into open-source Linux.

In a five-page document filed Friday, SCO attorneys say they identify 217 areas in which it believes IBM or Sequent, a Unix server company IBM acquired, violated contracts under which SCO and its predecessors licensed the Unix operating system. However, the curious won't be able to see for themselves the details of SCO's claims: The full list of alleged abuses were filed in a separate document under court seal.

Data Security: It's Not Just for Secret Agents Anymore

  • DMReview; By Sean Barry (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 9:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The secret agent quietly enters the generic-looking office complex. The agent's assault team has the building surrounded and is standing by in case the operation goes bad. The mission: to find a computer containing information that will save the country from an enemy attack.

The agent moves from the warehouse area to the offices in search of the target's computer. He finds it in the last office. The machine is on, and after gaining access to the computer, the agent starts scanning through files only to find them encrypted.

The agent calls the computer expert at base. The expert "remote controls" the machine and tries some generic passwords - they do not work. The expert runs a password-cracking program, and in seconds, the files are accessible.

The bad guys are caught, the country's security is maintained and the world is saved, all in the course of an hour - excluding commercials, of course!

Linux misses out on record connected PDA shipments

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 8:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Worldwide PDA shipments increased nearly 21 percent year-over-year in Q3, and are on track to reach record levels in 2005, said Gartner today in a report that seems to contradict pessimistic PDA market reports from competing research firms. Linux accounted for a paltry 0.7 percent of shipments, according to Gartner.

Stop the Software Patent Madness Now

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Software patents are nasty, brutish and anything but short. For the sake of the United States' technological development, they must be stopped.

A technical introduction to MiniGUI

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 7:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- This article describes the features and capabilities of MiniGUI, a lightweight graphics framework for embedded systems based on uClinux, Linux, eCos, or proprietary real-time OSes. The article is written by Wei Yongming, who wrote MiniGUI for a CNC (computer numerical control) system, then released it to open source

Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far

  • Mark's Sysinternals Blog; By Mark Russinovich (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 7:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At that point I knew conclusively that the rootkit and its associated files were related to the First 4 Internet DRM software Sony ships on its CDs. Not happy having underhanded and sloppily written software on my system I looked for a way to uninstall it. However, I didn’t find any reference to it in the Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs list, nor did I find any uninstall utility or directions on the CD or on First 4 Internet’s site. I checked the EULA and saw no mention of the fact that I was agreeing to have software put on my system that I couldn't uninstall. Now I was mad.

[Ed.- Amazing, isn't it? I cannot even begin to fathom the mentality that thinks planting this sort of crap on our computers is OK. Also see Bots in the A/C, spyware in the 'fridge for a naive, self-serving perspective on a similar subject.]

Upgrades Lift Ubuntu and SUSE

Review: Canonical, Novell polish desktop Linux distributions.

Bots in the A/C, spyware in the 'fridge

  •; By Bill Brenner (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 4:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over time, the computers inside air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions and automobiles will increasingly connect to cyberspace. This phenomenon also will open them up to the same attacks now threatening PCs, servers and databases.

Are we as an industry prepared for such an assault? No. But Trend Micro executives last week said in time, we will be better equipped to take on such attacks.

[Ed.- interesting article, but they really miss the point- who's the bigger threat, evil crackers, or corporate spyware with secret backdoors, surveillance, and remote control?]

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