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IBM, OSDL Hype Falls Short in Reality

A news conference invite has sparked rumors about rewriting the Linux kernel, but sources say the much-hyped announcement is nothing more than a modest job-development initiative.

Speak to me, Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 19, 2005 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Voice control is the next step in human interaction with computers. Voice recognition, and its flip side, speech synthesis, can help you streamline your day-to-day work and organize your Linux desktop in a better way.

Coders 'have support concerns' over open source

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 19, 2005 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Groups: JBoss; Story Type: News Story
BEA claims that many software developers are worried about using open source software, but JBoss isn't convinced

Free Eclipse 3.0-based TimeStorm Linux Development Suite Evaluation Kit

Free Eclipse 3.0-based TimeStorm Linux Development Suite Evaluation Kit Available for Download from TimeSys.

Mark Shuttleworth describes marketing's role in Ubuntu Linux

Mark Shuttleworth talks about the future of Ubuntu Linux and how the project is using subtle marketing to help develop its user base.

Daffodil Software Open Sources One$DB, edition of Daffodil DB at SourceForge.net

The move to Open Source One$DB, is driven by the fact that Open Source products are more acceptable and flexible, as they can be understood better in terms of strengths and limitations and can be customized to suit specific requirements without any fear of vendor locking. We also feel that Open Source products become more mature due to the continuous involvement of a diverse community.

Debian Weekly News - January 18th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 1:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Roger So sent a reminder for the Call for Papers for the Asia Debian Mini-Conf taking place at the end of February in Beijing, China. Jeroen van Wolffelaar compiled a list of packages in contrib which should be forced into the testing stage of contrib. Ankit Malik listed ten ways to pay back to the Free Software community.

Site review: Snazzy zazzybob.com

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 1:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
What's a zazzybob? I don't know, but zazzybob.com is a Linux site that has a "particular lean" toward scripting, with a full repository of Linux and Unix scripts free for the taking under the terms of the GNU GPL. The scripts perform all sort of useful and automatic functions, like adding a user, clearing the screen, opening a bash xterm, or converting a decimal number to hex (or vice versa).

News: 2004 Sees Linux Growth in More Spaces

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 1:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What was the biggest theme to emerge during the 2004 "Year in Linux"? In large measure, it all had to do with the expanded movement of Linux into new environments, ranging from the data center to embedded spaces.

Build a wireless network sniffer

This article, the first in a two-part report, reviews common issues of wireless security, and shows how to use open source software to suss out wireless networks, get information about them, and start recognizing common security problems.

Linux: Auditing Kernel Code

Following the recent string of security-related kernel issues, the question was raised on the lkml what formal effort is being made to audit new patches. Long time Linux kernel guru Alan Cox noted two trends that he considers positive.

Linux: A Brave GNU World

  • Cool Tech Zone (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
There is a new wave sweeping our world, and it has one name - Linux. Everyone, from Eskimos in Greenland to Bedouins in desert, has heard of Linux. As a reader to a publication of this nature, you have most probably already used Linux in some form, or toyed with the idea of setting up a Linux Box. But some questions may have plagued you. For example, when we say "Linux", what exactly do we mean? Do we mean Red Hat? Or SuSe? What is the nature of the beast? In this article, we will attempt to give a broad introduction to the world of Linux.

Red Hat set for major Linux upgrade

Red Hat is believed to be planning a major upgrade to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system that will fully support the latest Linux 2.6 kernel for the first time.

New partner program from Mandrakesoft helps IT services

Mandrakesoft has just announced a new partner program for the US. The Mandrakelinux Solution Provider Program will assist IT services companies in delivering practical, affordable Linux-based products to the small and mid-sized business market. As part of the partner program, Mandrakesoft is introducing a new line of solution-based Linux servers, called the Mandrakelinux Dedicated Server Series, tailored to the needs of the mainstream SMB market. These server offerings are designed to be easy to migrate from Windows, and are only available from official Mandrakelinux Solution Providers.

Network Scanner Includes Linux Security Checks

  • CXOtoday.com (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 10:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GFI Software Ltd., recently announced the release of a new version of its network security scanner, GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) 6 that can detect all machines and devices connected to the network via a wireless link. It also alerts administrators when suspicious USB devices are connected to the network. Additionally, the new version includes further Linux security checks. It now incorporates an SSH scripting feature that allows administrators to connect to remote Linux/Unix machines and launch scripts. This feature also enables the creation of custom security checks.

Australian open source procurement guide weeks away

  • ZDNet.com.au (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Publication of an open source procurement guide for government agencies is not expected until March this year, four months after the early December timeframe flagged by officials last year.

Consumer Electronics Linux Forum goes non-profit

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 8:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The CE Linux Forum, which develops and promotes Linux for consumer electronic devices, has officially established itself as a non-profit corporation based in San Jose, California.

Microsoft says Linux leaks cost compared to commercial software solutions

AMI-Partners Inc. tempered some of its findings, stating "user challenges and a dearth of applications continue to hinder the growth of Linux servers and on the desktop."

Building a command-line generator for RSS feeds

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While there's no shortage of Web-based programs that output RSS, sometimes all you want to do is generate and serve a quick-and-dirty feed, perhaps as part of a script, or using the output of some other program. You might want to check your log summaries with the same ease than you check your daily news, or perhaps set up an RSS feed to distribute internal documents to your workgroup. While these are things that could be done with a content management system, they really call for nothing more that a simple command-line program able to create a feed and add content to it. Luckily, kludging together a reusable tool to generate RSS feeds is a relatively straightforward proposition, and one that opens myriad possibilities for creative uses of RSS.

Gates seeking samba with Brazil's president?

Microsoft is lobbying Brazil's government to agree to a meeting between the company's chairman, Bill Gates, and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the World Economic Forum next week, a Brazilian official said. The country has taken prominent role in the so-called free software movement, an effort that champions free computer operating systems like Linux as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows program.

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