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Linux audit files to see who made changes to a file

This is one of the key questions asked by new admins - How do I audit file events such as read / write etc? How can I use audit to see who changed a file in Linux?

The answer is to use 2.6 kernel’s audit system. Modern Linux kernel (2.6.x) comes with auditd daemon. It’s responsible for writing audit records to the disk. During startup, the rules in /etc/audit.rules are read by this daemon. You can open /etc/audit.rules file and make changes such as setup audit file log location and other option. The default file is good enough to get started with auditd.

Europe, Brazil and China team up on open source software platform

Funded under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the QualiPSo (Quality Platform for Open Source Software) project is designed to 'make open source a formidable lever to strengthen Europe's competitiveness, accelerate information and communication technology (ICT) growth, and implement the i2010 policy for growth and jobs.'

GPL 3: Coming Saturday?

Open source community members expect the long-awaited GPL 3 (or at least another draft of it) to be unveiled this Saturday at a Free Software Foundation meeting in Cambridge, Mass. GPL 3 proponent Bruce Perens told reporters Monday that he would bet that new license will be disclosed at this meeting, although he said he did not know for certain.

Two spiffy dictionary tools for Linux desktop users

Whether you're learning a foreign language or just need to look up an unknown word or phrase, a good dictionary application can come in handy. JaLingo and StarDict are two such tools. Each sports a polished GUI and a set of features that puts it among the best dictionary applications on Linux.

GNOME Foundation Retains Software Freedom Law Center

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software, today announced the addition of a new client, the GNOME Foundation. The GNOME Foundation supports the development of the open source GNOME Desktop Environment, a user interface used by millions of people around the world and distributed with all major versions of Linux and Unix.

Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux: Taking a Power Position

Terra Soft has claimed a fairly unique platform in the Linux community: Power Architecture computers, among which is Sony's PlayStation 3. More than a game box, the PS3 with Yellow Dog Linux runs as a low-cost home and office personal computer and Cell Broadband Engine development workstation. Linux ran on the PS2, but it was definitely a geek-only option. For the PS3, the geek factor was removed.

FTC Grants a Partial Stay to Rambus

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 20, 2007 5:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The world of open source has its SCO suit, and the world of open standards has its Rambus mess. Rambus is a memory technology developer that the Federal Trade Commission has ruled created an illegal monopoly by "gaming" the standard setting process. Last Friday, Rambus won a tactical victory that will allow it to continue to charge its current royalties, so long as the part the FTC deems to be excessive goes into an escrow account, until an appeal by Rambus' is won or lost.

Open source, open mind

Open source software, once considered the realm of idealists and risk-takers, is increasingly finding its way into the corporate IT toolkit. For Grant Swinbourne, general manager of Online Channels at Jetstar Airways, the decision to use an open source content management system, Joomla!, saved his company software licensing costs close to $100,000 and "hundreds of hours" in contract negotiations and budget approvals.

Learn to love Object-Oriented Databases again

Try the object-oriented alternative known as db4o.

Free software meets the media

African media workers and free software developers will have an opportunity to exchange ideas on the ways free software can be used in media production at a workshop to be held in Ghana in April.

Reason Why Schools Should Adopt Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 20, 2007 2:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Consider this: you have document after document tied up into formats, such as Outlook, MS Publisher and so on. Now, with Outlook, I "believe" the data can be exported without too much trouble. But last time I checked, your Publisher files were stuck as is, period.

BOSS Linux makes new users feel at home

BOSS Linux is a single-CD Debian-based distribution primarily designed for an Indian language user, though everything from the installer to the desktop defaults to English. BOSS 1.1, which was released last month by the Indian government-sponsored National Resource Center for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS), includes several utilities and desktop enhancements, such as a document converter and the 3-D desktop Beryl, which make it a very usable distro, despite a few rough edges.

Displaying Weather And System Information On A GNOME Desktop With gDesklets

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Mar 20, 2007 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
This tutorial shows how you can display weather forecasts, system information like CPU and memory usage, news feeds, music player controls, etc. on a GNOME desktop with gDesklets. gDesklets is a programm that can place small desktop widgets on top of the user's desktop.

OSS used in fight for human rights

In recognition of Human Rights Day, we searched the net to find some examples of open source software being used to preserve human rights and fight against abuse. We describe a few of the applications that we came across, as well as the organisations that use them.

Firefox Live, BoothCD, LiveKiosk Review Roundup

The mission for today’s article is to find a Kiosk Live option that will fit the needs of a small bookstore that wishes to provide a free-to-use PC for their customers. My options that are currently available for this test include Portable Firefox Live, BoothCD and LiveKiosk (Free Edition).

Winning Against Linux the Smart Way

Microsoft's latest attempt at making friends has backfired again. They've published a new site that claims to give people a headsup on "what Linux users are like" so they can be spotted and dealt with. Quite what the people at Novell are to make of this is another matter.

IT group to fight sexism

The launch of a forum for Australian women in open source coincides with a debate about discrimination in the industry, writes Sarah Stokely. Women working in open source IT suffer "overt hostility", according to new national group AussieChix. Founder Mary Gardiner says the group aims to encourage participation and combat discrimination with an online forum for "social and technical interaction". An amalgamation of several state-based LinuxChix groups, AussieChix was launched on March 8, International Women's Day, and arrives at a time when the open source industry is dogged by gender issues.

Novell to focus on stability: CEO

SALT LAKE CITY -- For the last couple of years, Novell has been a whirlwind of change. From its change from its own Netware platform to its all-encompassing embrace of Linux and open source technology, and from Microsoft's main network operating system competitor to a close, if controversial, partner of the software titan. But now, CEO Ron Hovsepian has one more change in mind -- less change.

Dell tests consumer preferences on Linux

Dell Inc. launched an online survey last week that it hopes will help determine what versions of the open-source Linux operating system it eventually might include in its desktop and notebook computers.

[Sander: The FUD stinks high in this article. Tread carefully!]

Mixing Politics and Linux: So Uncool

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Mar 20, 2007 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Linux has developed quite a reputation since its creation. While the world was using Windows and a select few were using the Mac OS, this new operating system comes into the picture in a sly take it or leave it fashion. It wasn’t for everyone, and the technical competence that was required to even accomplish the most basic tasks proved to be too much for anyone that had a life away from the computer.

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