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Virus busters clash over open source security

A WEE SPAT has broken out between virus-busters over the security merits of open source software.

While McAfee reckons open source's very openness makes it easy to fiddle with, rival Trend Micro reckons it's the openness that makes dodgy code easy to spot.

Gnu great trek to Angola grows

Thousands of wildebeest are making their way to Angola from Zambia in a little-known and expanding migration that is a sign of renewal for the war-ravaged African country.
"It is like nature reasserting itself, a really positive sign for Angola," said Boote.

[Kinda like that for GNU software, too. (Hey, we have to keep track of the mascots.) -- grouch]

No compensation for 'responsible disclosure': Microsoft

Paying independent security researchers a bounty for responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities is not the best way to protect users, according to Microsoft.
Numerous companies offer a "bug bounty" including Firefox maker Mozilla.

[It's a matter of supply and demand. MS supplies so many vulnerabilities that no one could afford to pay more than pennies apiece to find them. -- grouch]

First CCHIT Certified EMR's

The first CCHIT certified EMR products have arrived with the announcementhere.'On July 18, 2006, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced the first ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) products to attain CCHIT Certified status.The following CCHIT Certified products have been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a comprehensive set of criteria for: Functionality...Interoperability...Security... Is this a good, bad or indifferent development?

IBM extends support to Novell's SUSE Linux

IBM has announced that its portfolio of middleware and systems platforms will support Novell's new SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 offerings. The new SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings incorporate the open source Xen virtualization software to help businesses increase server utilization and lower management costs.

Linux games

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Jul 20, 2006 4:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
Some eight days ago, Joe Barr asked in Newsforge about Tremulous: The best free software game ever?

Recommended reading

Today I stumbled upon a number of essays from Dominic Humphries. I found them useful, especially for new users of Free and Open Source software, and probably Linux (or any of the BSDs).

How to contribute to the MySQL Docs

All documentation is handled by a team of five dedicated technical writers (of which I am one). Five sounds like a lot, but with 7000 pages of documentation across various versions of the manual (since we have separate manuals for the 4.1, 5.0 and 5.1 trees, not to mention the various other tools we also document) it's a lot of work :)

Sagetv Releases Version 5.0 Of SageTV Media Center For Linux

Becomes The First Linux-Based PVR/ Media Center To Offer Placeshifting And Wireless Media Extender Capabilities

[Posting this mainly to ask, what's it got that MythTV hasn't had for ages? -- grouch]

WiFi Radar eases connections

WiFi Radar is a handy tool for those who move from one wireless access point (AP) to another. My laptop regularly connects to a wireless AP on my home LAN, to a free wireless service in downtown Austin where we hold our weekly LUG meetings, and to whatever is available at airports and hotels when I'm on the road. WiFi Radar makes it simple to switch connections no matter where I am.

Fujitsu Unveils PRIMEQUEST 500 Series Servers For Linux

Fujitsu Computer Systems unveiled the PRIMEQUEST 500 series servers with Dual-core Intel Itanium 2 processors, providing performance improvements up to 2.5 times that of previous models. The PRIMEQUEST servers are built to meet the highest demands on reliability and availability in the data center.

Human-rights group targets China cooperation

  • CNET; By Declan McCullagh (Posted by grouch on Jul 20, 2006 12:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Amnesty International upped its already-harsh criticism of Internet companies on Wednesday by accusing Google, Microsoft and Yahoo of violating their own principles in China.

Online LPI training launched

SA Linux trainers Linux Holdings have launched a full range of LPI training courses that will be taught using online and correspondence methods. Providing the courses online with a mix of chat, forums and training materials will allow the company to keep their prices down as well as give students longer-term support.

openSUSE 10.1 package manager fix due this week

"We love openSUSE, but we hate openSUSE's package management problems," Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols,'s resident Linux curmudgeon, reports from his vacation. But there's good news: a fix is coming soon, he says.

Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Arrives

Novell has announced the availability of the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 operating system for servers and desktops. Novell plans on shipping the OS on Monday, which is going to be the first full release of SUSE Linux since the summer of 2004.

[Note confusion in the comments there. -- grouch]

Surfing for the World to See

At a time of increasing anxiety about online privacy, is letting volunteers download software that turns their Web surfing habits into a virtual window display for visitors.

Grep FOSSBiz

  • LXer - Grep FOSSBiz; By DC Parris (Posted by grouch on Jul 20, 2006 9:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups: LXer
LXer Feature: 20-Jul-2006

LXer goes on the search for businesses that provide migration and support services, software development, and products related to Free and Open Source Software. Do you know of a business focused on Free and Open Source Software?

A Gentoo diary part 1

A Gentoo Diary part 1 LXer Feature: 19-July-06

It's been a while since I promised to write about my Gentoo desktops. In the intro, I gave some general information about Gentoo, and explained my setup.
The reason I didn't write a bit earlier is, amongst others, not that much interesting happened the last few weeks. Anyway, let's talk about what did happen: I set up an old 300 mHz server with Gentoo, tried to make distributed compiling work, learned a bit more about Windowmaker, tried to get a Broadcom Wireless card working on a laptop, switched to Grub, and finally got rid of Xmms. Uhhm, the latter kind of unnoticeable.

Boy Who Never Slept - An Open Source Movie

At the beginning of this month, what some claim is the first fully open source full length movie was released on the internet. Boy Who Never Slept written, directed, and starring Solomon Rothman and made for almost no money has now been viewed around 200,000 times. Every aspect of the movie is available online including: the raw footage, the finished product, the audio track, and script.

Freeswitch: Open-Source Telco Switch

If you are scratching your head and asking "What's Ajax?", well, it's the new (really not so new) way of doing interactive web pages. It's how Google does Gmail, and more and more it's how a lot of web pages handle the need for smooth interaction with the public.

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