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Linux on desktop warming up

  • Network World; By John Dix (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Linux on the desktop is still mostly a pipe dream because few large organizations are ready to make the switch, but that didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of proponents at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston last week.

Ie7 For XP Beta 2: Has Firefox Met Its Match?

The new public release of Internet Explorer Beta 2 is, according to Microsoft, more stable and ready to be used. But is it ready to go up against Firefox?

Red Hat Eats JBoss / Oracle to Market Linux? / LJE's Stack? ...

Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss made perfect sense to me. Red Hat has far more credibility if it is providing a whole software stack than if it is just offering various Linux packages. Also both Red Hat and JBoss have been targeting the corporate market and, as a single company, there should be significant economies of scale open to it. It also evens up Red Hat's competitive battle with Novell.

How to share core databases between Unix and Linux

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by solrac on Apr 26, 2006 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Examine how to use the Network Information Service (NIS) to make UNIX and Linux work together, and how to use the Network File System (NFS) to share file systems, both with direct links and through the automounter.

A draft law in France unnerves Web firms

  • International Herald Tribune; By Thomas Crampton (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Nonetheless, a draft law now best known for potentially forcing Apple Computer to open its music store to devices other than its own iPod, has also outraged software companies outside the sphere of entertainment."

LDAP in the enterprise

  • NewsForge; By Gary Sims (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 5:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a network protocol used to access a special purpose database (called a directory) that stores information about people, organizations, and computers. What can LDAP do for your business and your network?

The Cell BE Processor Security Architecture

  • dW (Posted by idean on Apr 26, 2006 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
As computers and consumer electronics devices become more connected, platform security becomes increasingly important for everyone from consumers to businesses. For consumers, privacy of data such as credit card numbers and social security numbers have always been of concern, but now new technologies such as voice-over-IP and personal video blogs bring new privacy concerns. The unrelenting evolution toward an even more open and connected computing infrastructure requires robust security to thrive. Learn how the Cell Broadband Engine processor's security architecture is uniquely suited for the challenges of this digital future.

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!

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