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US-canadian body suspends certification of open-source encryption ...

  • itWorldCanada.com; By Jaikumar Vijayan (Posted by grouch on Jul 24, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Move criticized as a concession to proprietary technology vendors

A joint U.S. and Canadian organization that certifies encryption tools for use by federal government agencies has suspended its validation of OpenSSL cryptographic technology for the second time in less than six months.

Open Source Router Launched

Vyatta, a San Mateo, Calif.-based start-up is close to releasing an open source router platform, that runs on standard x86 hardware and can perform equally well as some of the more commercial products. Vyatta plans to target the corporate market with its own devices, but anyone can download the software, officially called, the Vyatta Open Flexible Router (OFR), and roll their own … router.

ODF/XML Notes and Reports From All Over (Installment VI)

Last fall, when things were moving quite rapidly in the ODF/OpenXML (then called "Microsoft XML reference schema") front, I did a c. weekly series of blog entries titled as above, pulling together most of what I thought was worth reading from all manner of sources on this topic.

SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Jul 24, 2006 4:17 AM EDT)
Mepis.org reports - MEPIS has released SimplyMEPIS 6.0. This is the first public release of SimplyMEPIS to incorporate an Ubuntu foundation. Based on the Dapper LTS package pool, 6.0 is designed for stable long term use and support. Warren Woodford of MEPIS said - Converting MEPIS to the Ubuntu pool while incorporating the latest Open Source software advances has taken several months, but it's been worth the effort. The Ubuntu team did a great job with the development of Dapper LTS. During the building of 6.0, we've enjoyed an unprecedented response from testers in the MEPIS community. Their bug reports and insights have been a big help. This appears to be the best version of SimplyMEPIS to date. Enjoy! OSDir has some great shots of SimplyMEPIS in the SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Screenshot Tour.

Create an embedded Derby database Ajax application

Derby is a great database for Ajax applications -- particularly if the client and server are on the same host -- due to Derby's zero admin requirements and ability to be embedded. This article explains all the steps and requirements to create an embedded database and Web server application. The source code and a ready to run application provided as a zip file are available for download. The Derby database acts as the data repository, the Jetty Web server or servlet container handles the HTTP requests, and Ajax technologies are used to enhance the presentation and responsiveness of the client.

Biometric Systems, MBARK, Open Source

Once a tool primarily used by law enforcement to help identify criminals, biometric technologies increasingly are being used by government and the private sector to authenticate a person’s identity, provide security at the nation’s borders and restrict access to secure sites—both buildings and computer networks. New software and other tools that can be used to help build improved biometric applications are now available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

[Note: There is a world of difference between Free/Open Source Software, which is copyrighted material, and public domain source code, which... well, is not copyrighted. - dcparris

Novell NZ sales up 30pc to $8.4m

Novell New Zealand continued its golden run last year, posting a 30 per cent increase in revenues.

[It's good to see Novell making progress with their GNU/Linux system. Now if they can replicate that success here in the US, they'll be well on their way to recovering their investment. - dcparris]

System Administration: Another Step toward the BIND -II

  • Linux Journal; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by dcparris on Jul 24, 2006 12:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Yesterday, we looked at anamed.conf file for a single domain we called example.org. Rather than send you back to the earlier article, we'll reproduce the file contents below: options {

PanAfrica: Donor Support in Eastern Cape e-Learning Programme Encouraged

Meanwhile, the Shuttleworth Foundation and Engen have also been working in conjunction with the Province's Department of Education to launch Tux computer labs in the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage areas.

"So far 35 of these Tux labs have been launched, and we are looking at launching another 50 by the end of the year," said Mr. Jones.

[It's great to see GNU/Linux systems being setup like this. Ironically, Microsoft has to 'donate' their software, since it isn't FOSS. - dcparris]

Just Whose Idea Is It Anyway?

In the new "Age of Copyright," dynasties are founded on cartoon characters, lawyers play extreme sports, and we all break the law. It's never been easier to stake a creative claim — or jump one.
[...]
Not everyone seems to have noticed, but it's clear we recently zipped past the "information economy" and straight into the "copyright economy."

[The site requires registration, but the article just might important enough to our readers. We leave it up to you. - dcparris]

Bea blends open-source and proprietary in long-term move

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Stephen Bell, Wellington (Posted by dcparris on Jul 23, 2006 9:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU
A “blended approach”, combining open-source and proprietary software, is the economical and safe route to go to get application development done “securely” and on time, says Bill Roth, vice-president of BEA’s Workshop development environment business unit.

[Roth's anti-GPL comments are pretty galling. Mixing 'OSS' with non-free? Ugh! It was for freedom that Stallman set us free. - dcparris]

MATC boot camp keeps IT instructors up to date

  • Wisconsin Technology Network; By Chris Fleissner (Posted by grouch on Jul 23, 2006 8:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The remarkable rate of development in the information technology industry occasionally outpaces the skills of even the top experts in the field. Staying astride the flow of technological advances makes adaptability an imperative for veteran IT professionals and students alike.
[...]
The train-the-trainer institute distributes free open-source Web-based software, allowing teachers to download programs for classroom instruction with minimal hardware requirements.

What can Linux learn from Microsoft?

  • arstechnica.com; By Matt Mondok (Posted by henke54 on Jul 23, 2006 7:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Vaughn-Nichols really hits the nail on the head with this excerpt: Why do you think Linux sites, like this one, Linux Today, and many others have Microsoft ads running on them? Because, Microsoft buys the ad space, and the Linux companies almost never do. It's that simple. For a long time, Linux distributors have lived off the Linux news sites, yes, like this one, which report on every small Linux move. Guess what guys. That's great for building a niche. Congratulations, it worked. It also worked for the Amiga and OS/2, It sucks at growing a mass-market. It's also beginning not to work. Oh, more people every month are reading our family of Linux publications. I'm sure that's true of the other Linux news sites. I remember, however, when the new generation of online news sites, like Slashdot, also carried all the big Linux news and a lot of the small stuff. Now, many big Linux stories don't even make Slashdot or Digg.

[O.k., I can agree we need to ipmrove our marketing efforts. Some of these are the kinds of things we've been debating about as a community for years. The OEM argument sends chills down my spine in light of the discussions about OEMs here on LXer. - dcparris]

Investment the answer to open-source fears: BEA VP

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Stephen Bell (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 23, 2006 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There is still a lot of hesitancy among commercial users over taking on open source software, says Bill Roth. The way to overcome it is for industry to invest in the open-source communities. This is the surest way of boosting the percentage of “trusted” open source applications.

Eyes-free, ubiquitous information access

A blind developer at Google has built a search engine to prioritise results that are accessible to visually impaired web users. The Google Labs project, launched last week, has been welcomed by RNIB and its US counterpart, AFB. Put a query into Google Accessible Search and a standard Google search begins. But before the results are presented, they are re-ordered to prioritise those pages identified as the most likely to be accessible to visually impaired users.

IBM ships Lotus Notes for Linux

IBM has announced the availability of IBM Lotus Notes on Linux, the industry's first business-grade collaboration software to support Linux on the desktop.

Review: X Hits the Spot

To make its distribution appealing to Windows users, Xandros pares things down to sensible basics, unlike other Linux operating systems which bewilder new users with too many programs all doing the same thing.

It's time to move beyond the Java..

I have prepared an account of the history of .Net and Java that’s intended to balance more fanciful post-mortem accounts. It reads thus:

OLS Day 4: Kroah-Hartman's Keynote Address

  • NewsForge; By David 'cdlu' Graham (Posted by dcparris on Jul 23, 2006 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The fourth and final day of the 2006 Ottawa Linux Symposium saw the annual tradition of the closing keynote address, this year by Greg Kroah-Hartman, introduced by last year's keynote speaker, Dave Jones, and the announcement of the next year's speaker.

ARTiSAN Ships ARTiSAN Studio 6.1 as OMG Announces the Adoption of SysML

ARTiSAN Studio 6.1 Includes Support for New SysML Standard

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