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Soweto's OSS hackers attract attention

The CSIR Open Source Centre plans to open a satellite centre in Soweto in May this year to expose the untapped ICT skills and research potential in the township just south of Johannesburg.

Two-In-One DNS Server With BIND9

  • HowtoForge; By Pupeno (Posted by falko on Mar 22, 2006 4:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to configure a BIND9 DNS server to serve an internal network and an external network at the same time with different set of information. To accomplish that goal, a new feature of BIND9 called view is used.

Linux lab launches tech advisory board

Open Source Development Labs expects the group to foster closer ties with sometimes-disgruntled programmers.

A Linux desktop fairy tale

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 22, 2006 3:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Once upon a time, long long ago, everyone who was anyone in the Kingdom of Linux used SlackWare. Then, along came Red Hat, which many people in the kingdom thought was neater and had a great package manager. So, all the followers of the Great Penguin placed Red fedoras upon their heads and they were happy...

Microsoft Joins the ODF/ISO Reconciliation Committee

Microsoft joining the tiny committee that will reconcile the comments appended to "no" votes in the ISO voting process. The voting period is almost over, and the apparent goal is to slow down the official adoption of ODF while the Microsoft XML Reference Schema tries to race through Ecma to catch up.

Firefox ODFReader Extension

  • Wiki; By zero0w (Posted by zero0w on Mar 22, 2006 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Just found this in Wikipedia. There is a new Firefox extension which allows you to read ODF without downloading the 70-100MB OOo main program, in case you just want to view the document or you are on dial-up and it would take a long time to download the whole OOo package.

Major vulnerability in Sendmail 8.13.5 and earlier versions

  • (Posted by dave on Mar 22, 2006 12:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Sendmail, Inc. has recently become aware of a security vulnerability in certain versions of sendmail Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) and UNIX and Linux products that contain it. Sendmail was notified by security researchers at ISS that, under some specific timing conditions, this vulnerability may permit a specifically crafted attack to take over the sendmail MTA process, allowing remote attackers to execute commands and run arbitrary programs on the system running the MTA, affecting email delivery, or tampering with other programs and data on this system.

Interconnection rate drops don't always benefit customers

Decreases in the telecommunication interconnection rates between network operators in Africa don't always lead to reductions in the prices customers are charged for telecommunications services, according to a new report report released this week.

Open-xchange Announces Open Source Collaboration Virtual Appliance

This is a perfect example of a company claiming open source status and their product code isn't open source. This is the page that actually shows there bait and switch tactics. Scroll down the page. I hope you understand the concern. If they operated in the US, I would report them to our attorney general and have them shutdown.

I wonder about the difference between these tactics and Microsoft's. -Ed.

Novell announces workgroup collaboration, management package

At Novell's BrainShare user conference this week in Salt Lake City, the company launched a suite of Linux software for workgroups in the enterprise.

Linux lab mending fences with techies

Open Source Development Labs expects the group to foster closer ties with sometimes-disgruntled programmers.

Why the GPL Doesn't Need to be Tested in the Courts

The FSF's General Counsel, Eben Moglen, explains why there is no situation in which the brokenness or otherwise of the GPL is ever an issue: thanks to copyright law, GPL violators are always in the wrong.

OSDL Forms New Technical Advisory Board

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 22, 2006 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Key Linux and Open Source Software Developers to Advise OSDL on Community Needs, Technical Requirements

Resynthesizer changes your pictures

Resynthesizer is a texture-synthesis plugin for the GIMP.

EC rejects latest MS anti-trust spin

  • Reg Developer; By John Oates (Posted by tadelste on Mar 22, 2006 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The European Commission has dismissed Microsoft's latest attempt to placate the regulators by offering free support to licensees signing up to see server code.

Dutch court upholds Creative Commons licence

Unambiguous win for Adam Curry

Encryption for the masses

File and disk encryption needs to be simple and easy if it's going to be used. This article looks at Apple's FileVault and takes a sneak peak at what's coming in Windows Vista.

Novell eats its own dog food

It's a little thing, but I've always found it annoying that when I go to Linux tradeshows and the like, I see many companies still running Windows and using Microsoft Office on their PCs.

Microsoft tries to placate EU

Microsoft will offer free unlimited technical support to those who license its workgroup server protocols, in its latest move to satisfy the European Commission that Microsoft is complying with the 2004 antitrust ruling against the company.

Carmony: Linux desktop demand inching into retail channel

Linspire President Kevin Carmony doesn't want Dell selling and promoting Linux desktops -- at least not yet.

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