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Mistakes found in 98% of US patents

Almost every US patent contains at least one mistake, according to new research. The vast majority are trivial errors, most of them the fault of the USPTO; but two per cent of the patents examined were found to contain serious mistakes that weakened the core claims.

Kde flaws put Linux, Unix systems at risk

  • ZDNet; By Joris Evers (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
A serious vulnerability has been found in the popular KDE open-source software bundle. The flaw, deemed "critical" by the research outfit the French Security Incident Response Team, could allow a remote attacker to gain control over vulnerable systems. KDE is a desktop software package for Linux and Unix systems and includes the Konqueror Web browser and other applications.

Government agency dragging its heels on OpenSSL validation

  • NewsForge; By Stephen Feller (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An agency created by the US and Canadian governments to validate security software has spent about two years reviewing the OpenSSL project -- and continues to search for a way to validate that the software will always do what it is expected to do.

Hello World...This is Linux

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Jan 20, 2006 3:06 PM EDT)
Is there really a "Linux Community"? Or is it simply a concept to make us feel warm and fuzzy? Are we a united group or just a large number of people taking advantage of free software? There is one good way to find out.

Your Gnu needs you

For a document shorter than a lawyer's note to the milkman, the GPL has had profound effects on the industry. Now's your chance to influence the first revision in 15 years - use it or lose it

[GPL:] A simple statement of rights and obligations, the General Public License sets out with astonishing brevity and unmatched clarity one particular concept of community fairness. Among those who agree: take freely what you want, do with it what you wish, give freely to those who ask.

Open-Source Radioware

Rivendell and other Salem Radio Labs projects bring GPLed open-source tools to broadcasters everywhere.

The Perfect Linux Firewall - IPCOP

The IPCop project is a GNU/GPL project that offers an exceptional feature packed stand alone firewall to the internet community. Its comprehensive web interface, well documented administration guides, and its involved and helpful user/administrative mailing lists make users of any technical capacity feel at home. It goes far beyond a simple ipchains / netfilter implementation available in most Linux distributions and even the firewall feature sets of commercial competitors.
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Interview: Dru Lavigne, BSD Certification Group

The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) is a non-profit organization established to create and maintain a global certification standard for system administration on BSD-based operating systems. After a year of work, the group behind the BSD Certification project plans to complete the process for the first certification (BSD Associate) in the first half of this year, with the first exam to be available by the second quarter. We interviewed Dru Lavigne, BSD advocate and creator of the initiative.

Consultants report corporations embracing, saving with open source

  • NewsForge; By Jay Lyman (Posted by Abe on Jan 20, 2006 11:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux and open source software are jumping the hurdles to wider corporate adoption, and are delivering significant cost savings to companies that use them, according to a report released last month by consulting firm Optaros.
From an August-September survey of 512 US companies, government agencies, and others, Optaros reported that 87 percent were using open source software. Dave Gynn, application infrastructure practice lead at Optaros, said all companies and agencies are likely using open source software in reality. "There's still a gap of many people who don't realize they're using open source," Gynn said.

Survey of EU Government FLOSS Use Rebuts MS TCO FUD

Thursday, January 19 2006 @ 08:01 AM EST
You know how Microsoft FUD hammers home the idea that total cost of ownership of using GNU/Linux is higher than with Windows, because of needing to train administrators? Well, look at this EU FLOSSpols survey of FLOSS use by 955 European local governments, which found that "FLOSS users administer 35% more PCs per IT administrator than non-users – FLOSS use appears to reduce administrator workload per PC, and IT departments with high workloads are more likely to want a future increase in FLOSS use." The survey was done in March of 2005.

LINUX - A Buyer's Guide for SMEs

Windows isn’t the only operating system in town: there's growing interest in Linux and open-source applications, both for server and desktop deployment. This guide looks at what small businesses have to gain by going down this route, and where the pitfalls lie.


Walk into any small business and, for the most part, you’ll find individually licensed Windows desktops connected via Windows networks to Windows servers running Windows applications. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, and an increasing number of companies are discovering the benefits of switching some, if not all, of their IT to the open source Linux platform.

O'reilly Releases "Running Linux, Fifth Edition: The Ultimate ...

O'Reilly has announced the release of “Running Linux, Fifth Edition: The Ultimate Getting-Started, Problem-Solving Linux Guide”. The book is authored by Matthias Kalle Dalheimer and Matt Welsh. According to O'Reilly, “All those newcomers need to be welcomed, supported, informed, and educated.”

Matthias Kalle Dalheimer says, "More and more non-technical people are moving to Linux from Windows, and they need to be well received and shown that while Linux is a new world--a world in which those who are willing to do their part of the thinking will thrive best--it is still a friendly world, with a wealth of tools and applications to help."

Google Talk opens up to GAIM, other IM services

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 20, 2006 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google has announced it has opened up its new instant messaging service, Google Talk, to all other IM networks that utilize the XMPP protocol, which originally was developed for Jabber. This enables Google users to communicate directly with users of Linux IM clients GAIM and Psi, Apple's iChat, Jabber, Gizmo Project, Tiscali, Netease, Chikka, MediaRing, and several others.

Novell moves to secure Linux apps

Not everything Novell does is designed (or so it seems) to make the choice about moving to SuSE as hard as possible for you. This week I want to mention two major efforts by the company that could, perhaps, make your decision easier. One was actually announced a few months ago (but got very little press attention) while the second surfaced just last week. I'll start with the most recent announcement.

Stallman Speaks on the Future of GPL 3.0

Q&A:Richard Stallman, founder of the FSF, talks about his goals for the GPL and the hopes and fears of free software advocates.

Australian open source conference comes to NZ

This week, the University of Otago will host the first Australian Linux conference to be held outside Australia.

The five previous approximately annual conferences have been held in various Australian state capitals since 1999 (there was no conference in calendar year 2000). This year’s event will involve as speakers some of the seminal figures of Linux and wider open source development, including Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of web-related open source programming language PHP, Andrew Tridgell from the Samba project, Linux kernel developer Dave Miller, Damian Conway, developer of Perl, Jon 'Maddog' Hall, executive director of Linux International and Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu and Thawte, often described as the First African in Space (he was a civilian cosmonaut aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission in 2002). loves computer contractors (true)

The government has surpassed the private sector to become the country’s largest employer of freelance IT specialists.

Over one in four IT contractors in the UK now work in the public sector, according a report by contractor services firm Giant Group.

My MySQL - Cheat Sheet

  •; By Theoden (Posted by natas on Jan 20, 2006 5:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL
There is a lot of depth to MySQL and what you can do with it, and consequently, no small list of commands and combinations that are a part of it. Here is MY list of 'must know' information and commands for the MySQL beginner.

2006 update for FOSS education tool

The University of the Western Cape kicks off 2006 with a new release of KEWL.NextGen, the free software e-learning application originally developed under the university's AVOIR project.

LXer Feature: Another View of the Hijack of Free/Open Source Software by the Unscrupulous

For many reasons I think, for the moment, it is better to heap praise upon our real friends than to attempt to root out the abusers. There is just too much noise to signal for even to be possible to convey the proper message.

So when the next Sap (as was so emblematicly expressed by SAP) complains about the short comings of F/OSS (because they failed to get the free labor they so ardently desired) to revive their decaying product line, just grin. I think by the most subtle means possible, in a subliminal sense, the message is being sent to the uncaring public that something is more amiss with these large corporations than their targets of the moment.

Hence, reward those worthy with praise and give scorn to those such as the above only in forums where the audience level of knowledge and interest is sufficient to understand the underlying arguments. For the rest patience, thought and contributions to the new forthcoming GPL 3. The latter, if done right, will then make it more difficult for the abusers to gain mileage with inferior products via false, misleading marketing.

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