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New virus worth $80bn to EC economies

In my most conservative estimate, it will infect about sixty million PC's in Europe over the next three months. That is twice as much as Vista in a quarter of the time. That will generate $80 billion in the EC due to "cascading economic benefits" from increased employment and taxes, creating a stronger economic base. That's not bad for one night work, isn't it, Mr. Beez?

Didn’t God say “...and the geeks shall inherit the earth”?

  • Free Software Magazine; By Bridget Kulakauskas (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 17, 2006 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Okay kids, gather ’round, I’m going to reminisce. When I was about six, I had what is classed as well developed literacy skills—I could write some words, I could read books about Jenny and Jack on the swing, that sort of thing. My parents bought a mac and we thought we were the height of sophistication. (That was in 1986, BTW.) But to me, it was like a magic box that was used on special occasions, and it was a grownup thing. I mean, I only used the phone on special occasions!

How To Combat Viruses Using Your Postfix Configuration

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Sep 17, 2006 5:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this guide you will learn how to tweak your Postfix/Amavisd setup to give better virus protection. If you want to achieve business grade virus protection you need to do a few small things so that there is less chance of the latest greatest script kiddie invention getting through. Therefore this tutorial shows how to install and use ClamAV, F-Prot, and McAfee UVScan.

Software Freedom Day - Charlotte Pics

LXer Feature: 17-Sep-2006

Here are the pics for Software Freedom Day - Charlotte. We held our event yesterday afternoon at the Cone Center at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Enjoy!

Web Hosting Provider Verizon Business Expands Managed Hosting ...

September 17, 2006 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Web hosting provider Verizon Business has expanded its managed hosting capabilities, it was announced recently. The company’s managed hosting now supports five of the world's most widely deployed computer operating systems – Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Sun Solaris systems alongside IBM's AIX and Hewlett-Packard's UX.

Dr. Garth Gibson to Lead Petascale Data Storage Institute

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Sep 17, 2006 2:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Panasas CTO/CMU Associate Professor Gibson to Serve as Lead Principle Investigator in DOE-Sponsored Project

Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax

  • All about Linux; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Sep 17, 2006 1:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
This is an elaborate review of a very good book on Google Maps and how one can use the Google Map API to integrate interactive maps with ones personal websites. For the uninitiated, Google Maps mashes up satellite telemetric data with the maps and displays it in a web browser allowing a wide degree of user interaction.

In New Dot-Com Flourish, Copper Wire Sparks Silver Shoestring Philosophy

Newark, NJ - Any real estate agent will tell you that "it’s all about location," but of late this has become less and less true for new internet startups. As the technology sector finally restabilizes 5 years on from the double disaster of the late 90’s bust compounded by 9-11, more and more new business ventures are opting to avoid the traditional overhead costs of maintaining a business and to head to their local "rent-free district," the internet.

[Article is more about shoestring business strategy, but mentions as one example. Of course, we already knew that, didn't we? - dcparris]

One Week Until Akademy 2006

  • KDE Dot News; By Jonathan Riddell (Posted by dcparris on Sep 16, 2006 9:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
There is now less than one week to go until KDE developers meet with our users and industry supporters at Trinity College Dublin for our annual KDE World Summit, Akademy 2006. We are pleased to announce a further two sponsors to our long list.

New KBOX Appliances Bring Enterprise-Grade, Cross Platform IT Automation to Mid-Market

KBOX 1000 Series Offers Affordable, Easy to Use Linux, Windows and Mac IT Management

[More non-libre software. Give me some news about libre management solutions being released. - dcparris]

VMware demonstrates para-virtualized Linux

Virtualization key players have been busy during the whole 2006 summer arguing about value of para-virtualization as well as the best approach to integrate a standard hypervisor interface in the Linux kernel.

Welcoming MS Windows users to Linux

Dear Windows user,

You are looking into the world of Linux? Welcome to another world of computing. As an MS Windows user you are familiar with one way of doing things. Be prepared to familiarize with a different way of doing things. This can sometimes be confusing, sometimes frustrating.

IBM Eclipse VPA for Java on Linux Released

VPA is an Eclipse-based performance visualization toolkit, similar to Intel’s VTune, and AMD's CodeAnalyst for Linux, Java and Windows platforms that uses three major parts to improve performance.

DeLi Linux 0.7

Henry Jensen has announced the release of DeLi Linux 0.7, an independently developed distribution designed to run on very old computer systems (those with a minimum of 8 MB of RAM).

[Runs on old hardware? I got some old hardware to try it on.. - Scott]

Wife of ReiserFS creator goes missing

According to police in Oakland Calif., Nina Reiser, the estranged wife of well-known open-source programmer Hans Reiser, has been missing since Sept. 3. Hans Reiser (pictured here) is the founder of Namesys and creator and primary developer of the highly popular ReiserFS Linux filesystem.

University dumps Cisco VoIP for open-source Asterisk

Some organizations consider taking the plunge off of big iron PBX platforms into IP telephony as being pretty daring, but that's nothing compared to what Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is doing. The south Texas school is boldly moving thousands of users off a Cisco VoIP platform to an open-source VoIP network based on Asterisk.

Open Source Firm Vyatta Secures $7.5 Million In Series A Funding

Vyatta announced it has secured $7.5 million in first round financing from JPMorgan Partners (advised in the financing by Panorama Capital), ComVentures, and ArrowPath Venture Partners. Vyatta recently introduced the Open Flexible Router (OFR), a flexible, cost-effective, and secure alternative to the incumbent, closed-source solutions that dominate the market today.

Ten from IBM: Eclipse DWB and GMF, CI, NVSv4, JSON, backup hints...

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development.

[This is a round-up of most of the IBM/developerWorks articles posted here this past week. - Scott]

Software glitch behind Segway recall

A software glitch that can cause riders to be thrown off the ultra-cool Segway personal transporter has prompted the Bedford, N.H.-based Segway Inc to issue a recall of all the 23,500 scooters sold in the United States.

[This has nothing to do with FOSS but I love those cool scooters. - Scott]

Book Review: Ubuntu Linux For Non-Geeks by Rickford Grant

There was a time, not too long ago in our reckless youth, that the term “Linux” might have been met with a gaze generally reserved for naughty and/or vaguely Germanic-sounding words. Mothers would have disapproved, because although they might not have known what it meant, it was probably inappropriate and surely the result of listening to those foul-mouthed high schoolers after band practice.

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