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Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in sudo, Ethereal, Apache mod_auth_shadow, fetchmailconf, lynx, Mantis, pnmtopng, gnump3d, Squid, unzip, uim, Curl, and imlib.
Twelve months ago Ubuntu barely registered on the Distrowatch (www.distrowatch.com) list of favourite OSes. In the past six months it's soared to number one, beating distributions from major global companies - we're talking phenomenon here, folks.
What do we know about"open source" political campaigns? More with every loss. Including a huge one, two months ago.
A Linux Today story, which asked the rhetorical question "Why has Novell management decided to discontinue their entire SuSE Linux branded desktop and workstation product line?" seems to have been the source of these stories.
[Perhaps their focus on GNOME will benefit the SUSE users who prefer that desktop. - ed]
Red Hat announced the appointment of SQL Star as a preferred partner. SQL Star, currently in software and learning services, will now be a Red Hat Authorized Training Partner and a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner.
Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1, which came out earlier this week, is a preview of the upcoming version of the browser. The final release is expected later this year, following several delays.
- There are many Linux-based Live CDs our there. So we've made sure Myah is different by including the programs you're going to use on a daily basis... To Windows users the unfamiliar Linux program names can be confusing. So we've changed the menus to make sense... Also: the user isn't hassled for any information during startup. Myah boots up completely on its own.
OSDir has some screenshots of MyahOS 1.1.
LXer received a document from an anonymous source with the message "I read your article on linuxJournel about countries growing use of Linux. The attached article was posted in Intel's intranet site." It reveals that Intel expects to sell hundreds of millions of Linux-based computers in rural China. If Intel can sell a Linux computer in rural China, why can't they do the same thing in the United States?
Nokia has begun shipping its much-anticipated 770 Internet Tablet through a direct-sales website in Europe, LinuxDevices.com reports.
- The ReactOS® project is dedicated to making Free Software available to everyone by providing a ground-up implementation of a Microsoft Windows® XP compatible operating system. ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems, by using a similar architecture and providing a complete and equivalent public interface.
OSDir has some screenshots of ReactOS 0.2.8.
Rick G. Sherlund of Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of Red Hat (nasdaq: RHAT - news - people ) with an "in-line" rating given the stock's high valuation premium.
The stock trades at 64 times the analyst's calendar 2006 earnings estimate of 39 cents per share, well above the broader software group median of 22 times estimated 2006 earnings.
Red Hat is expanding margins and growing at a much faster rate than the rest of the industry. Its Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform has gained a leading market position and supports major hardware, database and applications systems.
Want to cheat in your online game and not get caught? Just buy a Sony BMG copy protected CD.
The FreeBSD Project announces the availability of FreeBSD 6.0, an open source operating system derived from BSD UNIX, which offers a powerful alternative to Linux, Solaris, and Windows. FreeBSD enables enterprise organizations to utilize open source technologies that focus on reliability, security, and scalability.
Skapare writes: "In the USA, computer manufacturers are not really selling you a computer so much as they are delivering your eyes to the multitudes of marketing offers that are integrated into the various sample programs installed in the system, or accessed through the default browser home page that is not easy to change (though telco and cable broadband providers manage to do so at times). It's a model not unlike how printers are sold (nearly give away the low end printer, and make obscene profits on cartridges ... e.g. the razor blade practice)."
Related to: Chinese Halloween with Intel
A new feature in CustomizeGoogle (Firefox extension) modifies the Google Cache urls so that they are no longer blocked by the Chinese firewall.
A Halloween Style Document Uncovers Intel's Dealins with desktop Linux
"Open-source initiatives are the most important components of Nokia's offers for the mobile solutions market," Nokia declared at the Mobility Conference 2005 in Barcelona, while at the same time with its own open-source website launching a portal aimed at promoting open-source projects and embracing open-source developers to a greater degree. Besides the Web browser for Series 60 mobile phones, presented a short time ago, projects such as Python for Series 60, maemo, an open development environment for creating applications for handhelds, and Wilbur, a Semantic Web toolkit written in Common Lisp, can be found at opensource.nokia.com.
If Microsoft makes good on its self-destructive threat to pull Windows from the South Korean market rather than accede to local damands to un-bundle its proprietary media and IM apps, there's a safe harbour waiting in the form of blanket, country-wide licenses for the OS formerly known as Lindows. Noting that South Korea blows $100m per year on Microsoft bugware, Linspire honcho Kevin Carmony has made a formal offer to South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to license every computer in the realm for the bargain price of $5m.
Television: we may grumble about its poor quality and the time it wastes, but we don't want to miss our favorite shows. MythTV to the rescue!
The open source school management system is looking for schools to collaborate in the future design and testing of the software. The participating schools will get customised versions of the software and support for the entire year.
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