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Open source makes a good donation

Two disparate charities have successfully implemented open source software, saving money and creating happier users in the process. Jane Dudman looks at how open source can give smaller organisations greater control at minimum expense

Linux powers rugged vehicle computer

Parvus will demonstrate a new Linux-ready in-vehicle computer on June 13, at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Rail Conference in New York City. The DuraCOR 1100 is a rugged, Intel Celeron-based "vehicle logic unit" (VLU) that targets "information-level applications" in road and rail transit vehicles.

Palamida CEO Talks Open-Source Opportunities

Q&A: The maker of code sleuthing technology for open-source applications sees the market growing swiftly as more enterprises adopt open-source technology.

A Firefox in a software hen house

Software companies, big and small, have failed to deliver on the promise to make life easier for users, said the 21-year-old inventor of the Firefox Internet browser during a speech today at the City Club of Cleveland.

Building a Bulletproof Penguin: DB2 and Linux Failover

  • SysAdmin Magazine; By Joe La Chapell and JT Vogt (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 14, 2006 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that will impact every division of a company is an intriguing proposition. A lot is expected of such a system, and when we were tasked with this undertaking at our company, we did not want to neglect the foundation of it -- the database. As we researched this project, it became evident that we could satisfy all the necessary requirements with a combination of products: IBM DB2, Red Hat Linux, as well as Heartbeat, Mon, and ipfail. In this article, I will describe how we built a "bulletproof penguin" one piece at a time.

Security Updates: Artswrapper and KDM

KDE made two security announcements today, the KDM Symlink Vulnerability is a potential local exploit on systems using KDM as their login manager. Artswrapper return value checking vulnerability affects Linux 2.6 systems that have artswrapper installed SUID root. A separate update was made for the wv2 library used in KWord to import MS Word files to fix a boundary check error. Your distribution should have updates for these issues.

How To Run Your Own Name Servers With ISPConfig And GoDaddy

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 14, 2006 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial shows how you can run your own name servers for domains that you register with GoDaddy. Of course, this works with every other registrar as well, although the procedure might differ a little bit.

Hands Across the Water: Open Source and Open Standards

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 14, 2006 8:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Item: "Having the latest computer technology is great. But what e-government users from the public sector as well as citizens really want is software interoperability. Unfortunately IT managers still only pay lip service to such interoperability, concludes a European project assessing today's open-source movement."

Getting Scanners to work In Dapper

*buntu Dapper not only replaced devfs with udev, they removed the user documentation for managing udev (thanks a lot), with the result that hordes of users found their scanners (and other devices) didn't work after upgrading to Dapper. This Kubuntu forum thread tells how to get your scanner back, and to make it work for non-root users. It's very simple, once you infiltrate the temple and learn the secret incantation.

Growing support for open option

“If I chose a Windows platform, I would also have to buy different packages and a licence for every single thing. It becomes very expensive.”

He added, “We have been bowled over by how reliable and stable it is. We are now going to roll out more applications based on this Linux framework.”

Do Automated Cross-Platform Network Backups The Easy Way (Part 3)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 14, 2006 5:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Part 1 included an overview of BackupPC, and some of the issues of making backups on a mixed LAN. Part 2 covered server hardware, and setting up a BackupPC server. Today we'll configure the BackupPC clients, and use Partimage and SystemRescueCD to create and restore Windows system images.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 144:
We talk to Max Spevack from the Fedora Project
Our thoughts on Google Earth for Linux
Dan gives us an update on running Linux on his new Macbook
DRM battles and revisited
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

Trend Micro: open source is more secure

"Open source is more secure. Period," Raimund Genes, chief technical officer for anti-malware at Trend, told ZDNet UK. "More people control the codebase, they can react immediately to vulnerabilties, and open source doesn't have so much of a problem with legacy code because of the number of distributions."

[Just don't get smug and complacent. -- grouch]

Berlin Senate opposes complete migration to Linux

The administration of the Berlin Senate (the governement of the German federal state Berlin) has voiced its opposition to a complete migration of the authority's computers to Linux. It thus opposes the Berlin Parliament, which called for a two-phase migration of servers and workstations to Open Sources systems.

Open Source Portal to Aid Iraqi Researchers

  • TechNewsWorld; By Aliya Sternstein (Posted by grouch on Jun 14, 2006 3:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
A U.S. team and several Iraqi agencies are creating an open source portal, which Iraqi institutions will own, operate and customize. Sun and the Iraqi Virtual Science Library team are equipping the Iraqi partners with hardware, software and IT training so that they can take control of the system.

OSDL to Mentor Four Students in this Year’s Google Summer of Code Program

  •; By Press Release (Posted by sharonpr on Jun 14, 2006 2:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Selected students will spend the summer with OSDL contributing to projects, increasing quality of enterprise open source solutions

Interview with Linspire's Kevin Carmony

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by fsmdave on Jun 14, 2006 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Linspire
Linspire has been under fire lately when they announced that they were working on Freespire, which came in two versions (a free and a non-free one). In this interview, Kevin was asked not-so-easy questions about some of the most controversial topics. This is a must-read.

Linux dev kit targets remote, unattended apps

Arcom is shipping an embedded Linux development kit targeting deeply embedded, remote, or unattended installations demanding "reasonable" processing power.

[Includes a photo of the kit that the earlier press release did not. -- grouch]

Looking back at one year of OpenSolaris

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by daria42 on Jun 14, 2006 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
In June 2005, Sun Microsystems released core elements of its flagship Solaris operating system as open source software, making public more than five million lines of code. The announcement sparked intense interest among developers. But, one year on, are the structures governing the OpenSolaris project fully in place and has the community embraced the offering?

Caught on Tape: Vista Beta takes on Novell's Linux Desktop

Novell's current beta version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 - set for general availability next month - has some believing it will be the strongest competitor to the Windows platform in years. And its price point that will make more than a few eyes pop.

[Check out the link to the text version, too, which includes such things as:

"Arguably, the biggest factor in completing a successful installation comes in the form of driver support. That turned out to be a challenge with Vista.

"With SUSE Linux, most drivers were included on the installation CD or readily available during the install.

"In taking a look at the major features, one quickly sees that SUSE Linux is more than a match for Vista."

-- grouch]

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