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Securing Linux by breaking it with Damn Vulnerable Linux

Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is everything a good Linux distribution isn't. Its developers have spent hours stuffing it with broken, ill-configured, outdated, and exploitable software that makes it vulnerable to attacks. DVL isn't built to run on your desktop -- it's a learning tool for security students.

Fedora Linux Leaves Behind Its Users?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 28, 2007 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Red Hat
Those of you who are outside of the Linux circle of influences must have heard about Eric Raymond's rejection of Fedora in favor of a distribution that he believes will better serve his needs.

Open News Episode 5 Released

This week on Open News Eric Raymond Ditches Red Hat, Cisco Not Opening CTA, South Africa Goes Open Source, So Does An Ohio School, Order Your PS3 With Linux Pre-Installed.

Red Hat Offers $20000 Contest Prize To Business Graduate Students

Red Hat has announced the launch of the first Red Hat Challenge, a contest for graduate students to formulate a group concept plan in response to a business challenge question. The Red Hat Challenge is an open invitation to create an innovative solution to a Red Hat business problem and provide the Company with original, cutting-edge ideas to shape its future business model.

Grundig Mobile's U900 Linux Phone

Although the orange and black color scheme is a wee bit passé, we do have to give props to Grundig Mobile for their new Linux-based phone, the U900. It features a single-chip architecture, which has long been considered to be the "holy grail" of modern mobile phone technology.

The Terrible State of WiFi in Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 28, 2007 9:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Articles like this just kill me. Granted, this piece was written a while back, and even considering the date in which the piece was first put together, it remains the single biggest mess that I have ever laid eyes on. Linux and wireless is a mess, period. Portail PHP/MySQL

Everyone knows the famous PHP phpinfo(), which provide the programmer with invaluable information about his server configuration and set up. This is a useful tool as soon as one get a new server, and it is also a tool to talk with any administrator.

RFI - Wellington Linux Install Fest

Linuxchix NZ are booking a venue for the linux installfest, so i need a rough idea how many people are interested. It'll be on 31st March 2007, which is a Saturday, and in Wellington central. An install fest means you bring your OWN computer (we can try and provide SOME monitors and peripherals), and we help you get set up with linux.

DragonFlyBSD: Designing a Highly Available Clustering Filesystem

Matt Dillon posted the design synopsis of a new highly available clustered filesystem he will soon begin writing forDragonFlyBSD. The feature summary at the beginning of his document included,"on-demand filesystem check and recovery; infinite snapshots; multi-master operation, including the ability to self-heal a corrupted filesystem by accessing replicated data; infinite logless replication, meaning that replication targets can be offline for'days' without effecting performance or operation; 64 bit file space, 64 bit filesystem space, no space restrictions whatsoever; reliably handles data storage for huge multi-hundred-terrabyte filesystems without fear of unrecoverable corruption; cluster operation, provides the ability to commit data to locally replicated store independantly of other replication nodes, with access governed by cache coherency protocols; independant index, data is laid out in a highly recoverable fashion, independant of index generation, and indexes can be regenerated from scratch and thus indexes can be updated asynchronously." He then goes into detail on each of these points and many more, explaining how he intends to implement the new filesystem.

The 15 minute PHP with XML Starter

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Cliff Morgan (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 28, 2007 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP
This first article of a three-part series introduces PHP5's XML implementation and help those relatively new to using XML with PHP to read, parse, and manipulate, and write a short and uncomplicated XML file using the DOM and SimpleXML in a PHP environment.

Linux: Tracking Regressions in 2.6.21-rc1

Adrian Bunk posted a couple lists of known regressions that found their way into the 2.6.21-rc1 kernel [story] since the release of the 2.6.20 kernel [story]. Adrian notes that his lists only include bugs that are not yet fixed in Linus' -git tree. In an updated version of his lists he included 19 known regressions, including links to bugzilla or the appropriate mailing list discussion thread. The lists track who submitted the bug, who is currently handling it, who caused it if known, a link to a patch that fixes the problem if any, and the current more

Trolltech Becomes the First Corporate Patron of KDE

Trolltech, the Norwegian company behind the Qt toolkit has become the second Patron of KDE. Trolltech itself should not need an introduction, since they have worked together with the KDE project since its inception ten years ago. Knut Irvin, the community manager for Trolltech points out that "KDE does an excellent job of making UNIX-based desktops easy to use. Trolltech gains from feedback, bug reports and the spread of Qt through the success of KDE".

PowerPC Extensions for Eclipse CDT

This plug-in adds new project types to the Eclipse C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT), providing a convenient way of setting PowerPC-specific switches to the GNU C and C++ compilers, linker, and assembler.

The Enterprise Committer: When Your Employee Develops Open-Source Code on the Company Payroll

"One of your developers wants to extend an open-source application to solve a company problem, then contribute the code back to the community. That's fine. But making that process work in enterprise terms involves more than getting the legal department to recover from its fainting fit.:

[Our very own Sander is profiled, and one of my fellow Linuxchix, Penny Leach- TC]

How Open Is "Open"? – Industry Luminaries Join the Debate

Nat Torkington raised this week the very real question of whether the term "open source" is now completely meaningless, in the sense that its meaning has now been sucked out of it by companies that purport to be open source yet don't allow users to feely download, compile, and use the software in question. One example Torkington cites is SugarCRM, whose license he describes as "a questionably modified OSI-approved license.

34 Linux Persian Project plans operational on 10bn Rls budget

Tehran, Iran - Manager of Linux Persian Project spoke here Monday of putting to use 34 plans of that project that were commissioned to firms through tender on an approximately ten billion rial ($900k) budget.

Many Top Open Source Projects Still Lack Enterprise Support

  • IT Jungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 28, 2007 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Commercially supported open source software may not be prevalent, but it is not alien in data centers any more and it is certainly getting to be more normal. But if a somewhat self-serving survey of open source projects done by OpenLogic is any indication, many popular open source packages are still lacking enterprise-class support, and this is an issue that has an adverse affect on the adoption of open source products among enterprises.

Zenwalk goes gold with v4.4

The Zenwalk project has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 4.4. The "mini" Linux distribution utilizes a 2.6.20 kernel, and is one of the first distros to incorporate the new Xfce 4.4 desktop, which came out on Feb. 7, according to project team manager Jean-Philippe Guillemin.

Windows refund - the next episode: Thoughts on a 2007 pan-European action

LXer Feature: 28-Feb-2007

Linux on OEM desk/laptops is a hot item these days. Dell started to ship corporate desk/laptops without Windows pre-installed lately.

Nonetheless, this is too little and too late, costumers should be able to buy any lap/desktop without Windows pre-installed. Furthermore, the secret trade deals Microsoft made with the OEM's, which effectively make it impossible for / forbids OEMS to ship desk/laptops without Windows - are forbidden.

Therefore, a new pan-European Windows refund action should be started. In this article, I will share my new insights on the legal aspect of this action, since there are a lot of new things I found out after the last article I wrote on the subject. After that, I'll show my plan to do something about it. In short, it reads: Call aunty Neelie and try to get rid of our almost criminal uncles Bill and Steve.

Edubuntu: Linux for education

Edubuntu is the Ubuntu distribution's educational variant. It provides a software platform that allows educators to spend more time teaching with computers and less time managing them. In addition to Linux and the typical productivity software, Edubuntu provides the organisational package SchoolTool and educational programs for children between preschool and high school, with three age groups within this demographic, each with their own relevant settings.

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