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Bastille: rated security with education

Bastille is a program for improving system security on Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE. Unlike packet sniffers, anti-virus programs, and the majority of security programs available today, Bastille does not wait to react to possible security breaches, but prevents them by removing system vulnerabilities. With many distributions softening security in their default installations in the name of convenience, this approach is enough by itself to make Bastille an essential program.

Greatly Improve Linux LAMP Security

The root of the PHP and Lamp security problem lies in the way most Apache servers are configured. In this article, you will improve the Linux security of a LAMP by using the capabilities of Apache's Proxy's directive mod_proxy module to isolate potential Linux security risks while maintaining the flexibility that tools like PHP provide.

Novell Adds Microsoft's Open XML to OpenOffice

The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format.

Configurable, extensible processor cores run Linux

Tensilica is shipping two new processor core families based on its "post-RISC" style Xtensa architecture. The LX2 and Xtensa 7 cores are available with MontaVista Linux, and come with tools aimed at helping designers configure interfaces, memory subsystems, and other components, and even extend the architecture with C/C++ application-specific instructions.

Red Hat & Satyam partner to deliver open source solutions

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source, today announced their strategic partnership with Satyam, the leading global consulting and IT services provider, to provide innovative and cost effective open source solutions for customers. Red Hat and Satyam are also planning to set up a Center of Excellence (COE) and Open Source Lab in Bangalore for developing horizontal competencies and business solutions on Red Hat and JBoss platforms.

DistroWatch Weekly: new openSUSE and Ulteo releases, Linux for PS3, KANOTIX split

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2006 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 49th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It's openSUSE week, as one of the oldest and most popular Linux distributions on the market makes a brand new release on Thursday. Will the project's association with Novell (and, indirectly, Microsoft) hurt the download figures? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, the much awaited public release from Gaël Duval's Ulteo is about to hit the download mirrors - expect the live CD image later this week. Also in the news: interest in running Linux on Sony PlayStation 3 intensifies, KANOTIX is rocked by resignation of a co-developer, and Ubuntu developers react on the project's decision to include proprietary graphics driver in Feisty. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the recipient of DistroWatch's November 2006 donation is the digiKam project. Happy reading!

Network interface operations for IPv4 and IPv6 on AIX version 5.3

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Katiyar Manish and Shweta Gupta (Posted by solrac on Dec 5, 2006 1:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
Learn more about the socket I/O control (ioctl) commands and how to use them to perform various network-related operations.

Registration Open for 14th VistA Community Meeting, Gaithersburg MD

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Dec 5, 2006 1:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU, Linux
K.S. Bhaskar writes:As you may be aware, the next VistA Community Meeting will be at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Tuesday through Thursday, January 9-11, 2007. We hope that you will be able to attend. The URL for registration for those who are not WorldVistA members ishere and you will need tologin to SPORG with a SPORG username to complete the registration. There is a separate registration URL for WorldVistA members, who receive a reduced rate...Please note: you must be registered in advance to enter NIST. Unlike prior VistA Community Meetings, NIST security procedures do not allow for walk in registration at this meeting.'

ComputerWorld Documents Microsoft's Lobbying in Massachusetts

Carol Sliwa at ComputerWorld has posted an excellent story today on ODF in Massachusetts, based on over 300 emails secured under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (the local analogue of the Federal Freedom of Information Act). The sotry focuses on Microsoft's lobbying efforts in Massachusetts, and confirms, as I reported last week, that Microsoft lobbyist Brian Burke was spearheading an effort to bring pressure on the state's Information Technology Division (ITD) by promoting an amendment that would have taken away much of the ITD's power to make technology policy.

Iona Tightens Open Source, SOA Bond

"There are a lot of problems that are being addressed in different aspects of SOA. Where two different aspects of SOA may be somewhat similar, it's quite normal to have different projects addressing those pieces. It's also quite normal for them to grow together to provide another picture, another single approach to addressing those two aspects," Iona engineer Oisin Hurley said.

Resolution Software successfully installs ClearHealth

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Fred Trotter (Posted by dcparris on Dec 4, 2006 10:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Anthony Presley and Resolution Software are successfully running ClearHealth in a live environment! As far as I know this is first company besides Uversa or SynSeer to do this! This is an important step forward in the eco-system of support for this codebase and congratulations are in order to the Resolution team! -Fred Trotter

Open source will attain acceptance in '07: Unisys

Open source software would in 2007 get the architectural backing and distribution channels it needed to gain acceptance from enterprise customers that aimed to deploy enterprise applications at a lower per-transaction cost, Unisys said.

Akademy 2006 Review and Videos

  • KDE Dot News; By Jonathan Riddell (Posted by dcparris on Dec 4, 2006 8:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Linux Magazine have put their overview of aKademy 2006 -- the KDE World Conference -- online from their December 2006 issue.

Mysharpsql version 1.1

Would you like to create your own database client applications in C# using MySQL and its ADO .NET Data Provider?

[Not exactly Linux, but at least it's MySQL - dcparris]

Red Hat signs up UK services partner

Surrey-based open-source consultancy Sirius has formalised its partnership with Red Hat.

OSDL restructures; CEO leaves, nine employees dismissed

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Dec 4, 2006 6:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The Open Source Development Labs has announced a restructuring, including the departure of CEO Stuart Cohen and layoffs of nine employees working for the organization. Mike Temple, the current CFO of OSDL, will be taking over as the chief operating officer.

HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS

Most books have a website that adds value to the original text publication. "HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS" is the text that adds value to the original website. To quote from the site's "about" page: "HTML Dog has been dishing out healthy code treats since 2003, and currently serves up around 1,500,000 page views a month. The idea is to take the somewhat convoluted official specs for XHTML and CSS and present them in a much more readable fashion". Since this is a book review and not a website review, I will endeavour to read HTML Dog as a single entity (for the moment, anyway) and see how it stands up on its own (four) legs.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 69

In this issue, we have following articles: 1 Fedora Project is Hiring 2 Fedora Ambassadors Day 3 Eclipse on Linux Distributions Project 4 FUDCon Boston 2007 5 SCALE 5X Registration Opens 6 Migration to Fedora Core 6 7 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-11-27 8 Fedora Core 5 and 6 Updates 9 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News 10 Editor's Blog

Of hypocrisy and the FSF

FSF has a list of 100% Free Software distros they recommend for use which doesn't include Debian, although FSF itself uses Debian on its servers. Hypocritical or well justified?

FlightGear takes off

FlightGear is a multiplatform, GPLed flight simulator. It is sophisticated, realistic, and extensible. You can choose to fly more than 100 different aircraft, ranging from a Sopwith Camel to a UFO, you can take off and land from thousands of airports, and you can fly over virtually any terrain in the world. After 10 years of development, it has suddenly become a very hot item. How hot? You may have seen it used recently on prime time TV and not realized it. It was used in an episode of Fox TV's legal drama Justice to prove pilot error in the fatal crash of a private plane.

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