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Bitdefender for Samba Linux File Servers Receives Virus Bulletin ...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --(Business Wire)-- April 26, 2006 -- BitDefender(R), an award-winning provider of antivirus software and data security solutions, today announced that BitDefender for Samba File Servers was awarded a VB100% certificate from Virus Bulletin for its ability to detect 100% of the viruses on the WildList. Tested by Virus Bulletin on a Red Hat Linux 9 system, BitDefender's powerful security solution was proven once again to be one of the most secure solutions available for Samba file servers.

Firebird 2.0 RC1 is out

The Firebird Project is pleased to announce the release of the first release candidate of Firebird 2.0, for final testing.

Desktop Linux Summit finale

SAN DIEGO -- The fourth annual Desktop Linux Summit 2006 concluded yesterday with its second full day of back-to-back, three-at-a-time sessions. I enjoyed all of the talks I attended except the last one, where Rob Enderle first recited Microsoft's version of the history of the world and then explained to the dwindling crowd why OEMs don't preload Linux.

[The end of this article points back to the recent debate over Linspire's business model here on LXer. - dcparris]

Commission solves Windows XPN mystery

MS v EU: Day one (round 2) Day One, round two...

Syncing Websites From Your Linux System To Your Palm For Offline Reading

  • HowtoForge; By Rene Cunningham (Posted by falko on Apr 26, 2006 2:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This is a brief tutorial on how to sync websites from your Linux system to your palm for offline reading. The websites are stored in Plucker format.

Microsoft's Automatic Update Spreads The Disease, Then Cures It

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Apr 26, 2006 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Ugly surprises are popping up, as more and more people cede responsibility for patching Windows to Automatic Update. Security Update 908531 (Security Bulletin MS06-015), for example, triggered application lock-ups and made folders like "My Documents" inaccessible for afflicted users. Email Battles explains why you can count Automatic Update as a spectacular failure... or a stunning success. It's a "glass half-full or glass half-empty" thing.

Linux: Who Owns The Stack?

In a short thread on thelkml, Linux creator Linus Torvalds discussedrecentlyadded hacks to prevent gcc from overwriting the argument stack inasmlinkage functions on the x86 platform. The existing fix involves usingprevent_tail_call() to prevent the gcc tail call optimization, though Linus notes, "the problem isn't even really fundamentally tailcalls, that just is the detail that happens to trigger the problem (but I could imagine other situations triggering it _too_". Tail calls are when the last line of one function returns a call to another function, somethingcommonly optimized by compilers.

Linus acknowledged that the current hack in the kernel code is ugly, suggesting that the proper fix is for the gcc team to add an attribute allowing code to tell gcc it doesn't own the argument stack, "I'd much rather have 'asmlinkage' tell gcc directly that it doesn't own the stack, but no such attribute exists, so we're stuck with our hacky manual 'prevent_tail_call()' macro once more (we've had the same issue before with sys_waitpid() and sys_wait4())." He then went on to propose a cleaner hack to solve the same problem in a more generic way, not specific to the tail call optimization.

Title: phpLDAPadmin Cross-Site Scripting and Script Insertion

  • SecuObs; By Security Alert (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: PHP
0t has reported some vulnerabilities in phpLDAPadmin, which can be exploited by malicious users to conduct script insertion attacks and by malicious people to conduct cross-site scripting attacks.

Why is desktop Linux still languishing in obscurity?

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
"If customers come in with a PC disk, tell them we use Macs. If they have a Mac disk, tell them we use PCs. If they have both, tell them we use Linux." - "PopCopy" training video, from Chappelle's Show DVD, Season I.

Notacon 3: Con or not, it's a good time

Notacon 3 was held on April 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Select City Center in downtown Cleveland. It's about 180 miles from my place in Detroit so I decided to drive. Thanks to multiple construction zones and Cleveland's complicated freeway layout I was late and missed the opening ceremonies which had started at 1pm. Unless you live near Cleveland its probably less hassle to fly in. However, the return trip was a lot easier.

Faa Reports $15M in Savings in Deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux

RALEIGH – The Federal Aviation Administration has upgraded its data center operations with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, reporting that it saved time, money and improved efficiency with the move.

Writing device drivers in Linux: A brief tutorial

  • Free Software Magazine; By Xavier Calbet (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 26, 2006 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Kernel, Linux
A quick and easy intro to writing device drivers for Linux like a true kernel developer!

Running .Net applications on Linux with Mono

  •; By Mark Alexander Bain (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 11:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Imagine the fate of your company rests on your completing your new Linux project on time. You have a crack team of first-class developers, but they're all .Net programmers. What are you going to do? Admit that Windows is better that Linux? Cry? Resign? No, you're going to install Mono and save the world!

Network your music with DAAP for Linux

  •; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 11:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Apple's iTunes popularized the Digital Audio Access Protocol (DAAP) for simple networked music playlist sharing. Linux users can take advantage of it too. Linux users can choose from several easy-to-use DAAP servers for sharing music, and several DAAP-aware applications for listening to it -- as well as discover and tune in to other people's collections.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 137:
We talk to Martin Streicher, editor in chief of Linux Magazine
Linspire's big announcement
Pat reviews KnoppMyth
Evil internet legislation, will the politicians ever get a clue?
Dan gets published
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Last look: ApplixWare

Eight years ago, ApplixWare was one of the premier office suites for Unix-like systems. Then Sun Microsystems began promoting StarOffice aggressively, and KOffice and GNOME Office started maturing. Passed to a subsidiary of Applix called VistaSource that later became independent, ApplixWare was repositioned as a combination of a basic office package and a developer's toolkit running from a common main menu. For a while, it was even renamed AnyWare. Now at version 6, ApplixWare is back to its original name, with versions available for AIX, GNU/Linux, and SPARC Solaris, with earlier versions still supported for Windows and FreeBSD. The trial download for GNU/Linux shows ApplixWare's age, but it also shows a trick or two that its newer rivals might learn from.

Upcoming Ubuntu Linux to be enterprise-ready

  •; By Eric Lai (Posted by henke54 on Apr 26, 2006 10:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Our biggest customer is the Andalusian regional government in Spain, which is using an Ubuntu derivative we helped create. That's hundreds of thousands of desktops. We have some deals with banks and retailers I can't disclose right now.

The Portland Project

  • GNOME Journal; By Sri Ramakrishna (Posted by claus on Apr 26, 2006 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
The Portland Project recently gained attention by announcing plans to create an additional set of standards for Linux desktop environments such as GNOME and KDE. Sri Ramakrishna explains its aims, gleaned from a conversation with one of its lead architects, Waldo Bastian.

Theoretical Hacking for IT Managers

  • Linux Journal; By Aaron Steimle (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
When it comes to network security, yes, balance between paranoia and apathy is possible.

Charting the future of Kubuntu

This is an invitation for the Kubuntu and KDE community to join us at LinuxTag on 6 May in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt to chart the future course of Kubuntu. We will hold a series of meetings and presentations on the structure of Kubuntu and Ubuntu, the goals of the project, and an open discussion on how Kubuntu can come to represent the very best example of KDE in action.

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