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High-security Linux project publishes conference program

The Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Symposium has announced speakers and session topics for its third annual event, set for Mar. 12-16 in Baltimore, MD. The symposium will feature business, government, and academic speakers sharing experiences, research, and product plans, organizers say.

Synapse EMR

Synapse EMR is being ported to Linux. Alpha builds are now available to play with (Libc6). Synapse EMR is a GUI rich free EMR on Win32. See here Lots of things not working yet, but the basic GUI comes up. Still to work on printing, print preview etc. Only 50% thru reading Linux for Dummies so once I finish that I'll have more ideas on how to complete this project!

Retired from

  •; By Stefan Esser (Posted by mbaehrlxer on Dec 12, 2006 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Last night I finally retired from the PHP Security Response Team, that was initially my idea a few years ago. The reasons for this are many, but the most important one is that I have realised that any attempt to improve the security of PHP from the inside is futile.

Password Management Concerns with IE and Firefox, part two

This article presents an analysis of the security mechanisms, risks, attacks, and defenses of the two most commonly used password management systems: those found in Internet Explorer and Firefox. The article specifically addresses IE 6 and 7 and Firefox 1.5 and 2.0. Attention is devoted to the following areas:

Open source conference opens in Paris next month

Solutions Linux / Solutions Open Source 2007, billed as the "biggest professional fair in Europe dedicated to open source solutions," will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at the Paris Expo. The event caters to professionals dedicated to working with Linux, open source, and free software.

Build Apache Geronimo apps using JavaServer Faces Part 4

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Chris Herborth (Posted by solrac on Dec 12, 2006 4:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Trinidad offers a set of complimentary components that will further enhance the interface of your JSF application.

FSM Newsletter 11th of December 2006

Big news, everybody... Issue 15 has been released! If you haven’t already got it, come and download... it’s packed full of interesting articles! Furthermore, the winners of the blogging competition have been notified and are now blogging with us. This is fantastic news, and combined with the other new bloggers we have recently aquired, we now have an army of talent writing for us all the time. So keep your eyes out for the new names on the front page, and enjoy what they have to say!

SELinux: Comprehensive security at the price of usability

Operating system security revolves around controlling access. Linux distributions subscribe to the Discretionary Access Control (DAC) mechanism that lets resource owners decide who gets to access the resource and how. People soon realized that DAC is not an ideal solution, as it gives applications the same privileges of the user running them. One compromised application running as root effectively compromises the full system. This led security experts to develop Mandatory Access Control (MAC), which grants access to resources as defined by a security policy, regardless of the user running the application. The Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) project is the first mainstream implementation of MAC.

Pepping up OOo Writer documents with sparklines

Big graphs are not the only way to visualize data in a text document. Using a couple of tricks, you can spice up your Writer documents with sparklines -- word-sized graphs embedded into text. Developed by infographic guru Edward Tufte, sparklines provide a simple yet effective way of visualizing data directly in the text body of the document.

UWC ICT chief withdraws threat to Novell

Derek Keats, IT chief at the University of the Western Cape, has posted a letter which reviews his stance on Novell following the CITI FOSS Forum last week. He has withdrawn his threat to rid the university of Novell products, yet he maintains his stance that Novell had "crossed the line".

Building consumer products with open source

This thoughtful essay by Dr. Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source, explores Nokia's experience developing a commercial software environment based two-thirds on open-source software. Jaaksi lists a few challenges, but concludes that tapping into open-source components and the developer community saves time and resources.

Xen-loving rPath revs up

Version 1.0.5 of rPath Linux has been released and is available for download, project team member Michael K. Johnson announced last week. The new version of the Xen-oriented distribution features a kernel along with the GNOME desktop environment.

Report: Heading Beyond Wall Street--HP's Linux-Enabled Blade Workstation

Hewlett-Packard is eyeing additional markets for a new Linux-enabled remote blade workstation solution, already in use at Lloyds TSB and several other big financial trading firms. Jacqueline Emigh gets the low-down on a groundbreaking product line HP is introducing in the financial sector.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 70

Fedora Weekly News Issue 70

openSUSE 10.2: the best Linux desktop yet?

First impressions are important, and openSUSE 10.2 made a strong enough impression with me that I may be making openSUSE 10.2 my new desktop OS. I installed openSUSE 10.2 RC1 soon after its release in late November, and I've been kicking the tires on the final release since it was made public last Thursday. Here's my report.

How to Use XL C/C++ V8 for Linux on POWER

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Chakarat Skawratananond and others (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 11, 2006 8:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
The IBM XL C/C++ Advanced Edition for Linux is a standards-based, command-line compiler for Linux running on Power Architecture processor-based systems. Besides exploiting POWER4, POWER5, and PowerPC 970, it also supports the new POWER5+ processor. This article introduces the new features added in the XL C/C++ V8.0 for Linux compiler and highlights the various differences between GCC compilers and XL C/C++.

Zenwalk: A Slackware desktop alternative

Zenwalk is a lightweight desktop oriented Slackware based GNU/Linux distribution that aims to be fast and user friendly. It is still quite new, but the growth, as well as the progress of development, has been pretty fast so far. I've taken a hike with the latest release, Zenwalk 4.0, and here's what I can say about it.

Atomix 4.0 Screenshot Walkthrough

Atomix is a Serbian Linux distribution based on Fedora Core. Version 4.0, released today, is a major update bringing the following changes: includes more than 2,700 packages; major components: Linux kernel, KDE 3.5.5 and 2.0.4; development tools: GCC, Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby; complete support for Java development: Java 1.4.2, (GCJ), Eclipse 3.2.1, Jakarta Tomcat 5.5.17; support for virtualisation with Xen 3.0.3; Firefox 2.0 and Thunderbird; administration tools for configuring desktops and servers.

Bittorrent / uTorrent, open source?

After the recent announcement by BitTorrent Inc that it has acquired the popular, lightweight Windows torrent client, µTorrent, there has been much speculation about the company making the source code of µTorrent public.

Firefox 3 has Alpha Release

Mozilla today hit an early milestone on the road to the next version of its open-source browser, but the final product is still a year away, developers say. The Mozilla team released its first alpha release of Firefox 3.0 today, giving Firefox and Web application developers an early look at the next-generation browser. This release is not intended for regular users, not even those who like to play around with early versions of a product, Mozilla said.

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