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First Ubuntu Linux certifications held at LinuxWorld SA

Six South Africans were this afternoon the first candidates worldwide to write the brand new Ubuntu Professional certification. They wrote the exams, backed by the Linux Professional Association (LPI), during the LinuxWorld show in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Judge OKs MS anti-trust extension

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The Judge presiding over the Microsoft anti-trust settlement has agreed to a request by both parties to continue monitoring the company for an additional two years.

Jvm vendor readies Linux mobile phone stacks

  •; By staff (Posted by grouch on May 19, 2006 1:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Aplix, best known for its Java stacks for mobile phones, will add carrier-specific mobile phone software reference implementations (RIs) to its product line. Handset vendors will use its modular RIs to quickly create differentiated BTO (built-to-order) designs, it says. A Linux RI and a Brew RI are its first objectives.

Reclusive Linux founder opens up

Portland, Oregon is the unlikely capital of a global software revolution. The revolution is called Open Source. And its leader? Linus Torvalds, the reclusive founder of Linux.

[Not sure where the "reclusive" comes from, but it's a really nice interview. -- grouch]

Red Hat: Java Linux license does not go far enough

Minimalism does not suit all

Sun Microsystems' new GNU/Linux-friendly Java license does not go far enough for Red Hat. It says Sun should have open-sourced Java instead.…

A quick look at the GParted live CD

Need a way to resize NTFS partitions, mirror disk images, or otherwise muck about with disk partitions -- and don't want to use a proprietary package like Partition Magic? If so, the GNOME Partition Editor (GParted) is an excellent open source tool for the task. The GParted team released the GParted live CD version 0.2.4-2 this month, so I decided it was a good time to take GParted for a spin.

Gp2x Linux-based handheld console released in UK

  • TechSpot; By Derek Sooman (Posted by grouch on May 18, 2006 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
GamePark Holdings has announced the release of the GP2X - a Linux based handheld console. The device packs a 240MHz dual core processor, 64MB of RAM and 64MB of on-board NAND flash memory, and can be used not just to play games, but to playback music and movies, and to read e-books and store and view photos.

How Shellcodes Work

  • Linux DevCenter; By Peter Mikhalenko (Posted by dcparris on May 18, 2006 9:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Buffer overflow problems are well-known. Fewer people know how exploits can help attackers execute their malware through buffer overflows and other holes. Peter Mikhalenko walks through the construction and refinement of a shellcode to show how they work so that you can protect your machines.

Sun to support Ubuntu on Niagra?

At the JavaOne conference yesterday in San Francisco, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth joined Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz on stage during the Sun CEO's opening keynote speech to discuss the benefits of running Ubuntu on Sun's server hardware. In a move sure to antagonize Sun rivals Novell and Red Hat, Schwartz argued that Ubuntu is one of the most important Linux distributions available [. . .]

Net Neutrality: Quick Analysis of the Sensenbrenner-Conyers NN Bill

Thanks to our terrific colleague John Windhausen of Telepoly Consulting for this analysis of the Sensenbrener-Conyers net neutrality bill (H.R. 5417) that was introduced today

Symphony OS 2006-05 Beta (act 5)

  •; By srlinuxx (Posted by symphonyos on May 18, 2006 7:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I've always followed SymphonyOS with great enthusiam. I admire folks who march to a different, or even moreso, their own beat. Symphony has always done that. They have few rivals for the title of Most Unique Desktop. Each release builds more and more excitement as things begin to shape up and improve. Symphony OS 2006-05 BETA is upon us and just like its predecessors, it's still different and ever improving....

Venice Director Wins Firefox Flicks

Pete Macomber, a Venice-based aspiring director of commercial spots and music videos, has won the grand prize in the Firefox Flicks video contest sponsored by Mozilla Corp., the developer and distributor of the Firefox Internet browser.

Linux System Administration in the New ERA

The success of Mozilla's Firefox and's productivity suite has breathed life into people's aspirations about Desktop Linux. As a result, the vast majority of articles published today focus there and ignore the strides made on the Linux server. Unlike the Linux server of the past, today's version supports rocket science and its gains far exceed those of the Desktop.

China calls on open-source community for advice

China is counting on senior members of the open-source community to help formulate policy ideas to promote open-source software, according to a local software executive. The China Open-Source Software Promotion Union (COPU), a government-backed industry group, has established a think tank comprised of 19 prominent open-source executives from overseas to develop a framework for better international cooperation. The group will hold its first meeting in Beijing during July and will meet annually, said Song Kewei, the assistant to COPU's chairman. Its primary focus is to advise COPU on how local companies and the government can promote the adoption and development of open-source software in China, he said. Among those that have agreed to participate in the group are Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Web Server Project; David Axmark, co-founder and vice president of MySQL AB; Marc Fleury, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of JBoss, and Andrew Morton, the maintainer of Linux kernel version 2.6.

Wireless NAS gadget dumps Windows for Linux

Iomega has switched its wireless network attached storage (NAS) system from Windows Storage Server 2003 to Linux, and dropped the price from $1,300 to $900. It has also reduced RAM from 256MB to 64MB, and added wireless access point capabilities and automated USB camera downloads, reports ExtremeTech in an in-depth review of the "StorCenter 1TB."

New program will train FOSS trainers in India

Why is free and open source software (FOSS) languishing in IT schools all over India? Because there are not enough teachers and trainers there who are familiar with FOSS. In a first initiative of its kind, the Computer Society of India (CSI) is organizing a FOSS training program for the faculty of various IT schools.

The Internet Freedom Coalition

This coalition has formed to stop the "Network Neutrality" legislation. Is the legislation good or bad? Should it be stopped, or encouraged?

US military is blocking Slashdot and SourceForge

  • NewsForge; By Joe Barr (Posted by dcparris on May 18, 2006 11:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I was told recently that Air Force bases in the San Antonio, Texas, area are blocking one or more of our sister OSTG sites, like,, or After finding reports via Google of commercial mail services and liberal news sites being blocked by various components of the Department of Defense, I decided to go straight to the horse's mouth for the story. Here's what I learned.

Automate Linux Installations with Debian Pre-Seeding

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on May 18, 2006 10:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Red Hat and its many clones and offspring, like Fedora, CentOS, White Box Linux, and so forth have long had a simple built-in mechanism for cloning installations on diverse hardware: Kickstart. With Kickstart you can easily create a customized configuration, set up an installation server, plug a new PC into the network, and perform an unattended network installation. SUSE has AutoYaST. Debian users have not been so fortunate. FAI, the Fully-Automated Installer, works beautifully when it's set up correctly. But learning to use FAI is not so easy.

Poor, poor Apple!

Apple has closed up its kernel for Intel-based Macs in response to so-called "piracy" -- that is, users running Mac OS X on hardware unauthorized by Apple. Poor Apple -- how can it possibly survive off of the $129 license fee for Mac OS X alone?

[Well, there you have it. Everyone is free to choose non-free. But if you choose non-free, you won't be free anymore. - dcparris]

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