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Debian Project adds Security Support for AMD64

The Debian project adds security support for the stable amd64 distribution. This port is not yet part of the Debian archive, but it will be included in unstable/testing soon and users already benefit from security updates distributed via security.debian.org. A special advisory will be released soon by the security team to cover newly built amd64 packages for all security updates since the release of sarge. These packages will replace already existing files in the proposed-updates directory in the amd64 archive.

The Debian Project receives Funding

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.org> (Posted by tadelste on Aug 13, 2005 3:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
The Debian project is pleased to announce that it is funded by the LinuxFund with $500 per month for an entire year. The Linux-oriented credit card organisation will be disbursing $6,000 in total.

Open Source Gets Quality Control Systems

  • LinuxInsider; By Ric Shreves (Posted by tadelste on Aug 13, 2005 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Evans Data Corporation released a study which predicts fast growth for Asia-Pac open source. The survey, in which more than 400 developers throughout the region weighed in, indicates that 47 percent of the respondents plan on increasing their use of open source in the next year.

KMyMoney 0.8 Released

  • KDE Dot News; By Thomas Baumgart (Posted by tadelste on Aug 13, 2005 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The KMyMoney development team is proud to announce the availability of the newest stable release of KMyMoney, version 0.8. A lot of progress has been made since version 0.6 was released. Existing features have been improved and many new features have been added. (Editor's Note: Suggested Reading)

Symantec gussies up high-end apps for Linux

  • OSDir; By Ashlee Vance (Posted by tadelste on Aug 13, 2005 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Veritas - er, Symantec rather - has upgraded its server and storage management products to put versions of the software meant for Linux on equal footing with Unix code. Version 4.1 of Storage Foundation, Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC, Storage Foundation Cluster File System, Storage Foundation for Databases, Volume Replicator and Cluster Server will all now work with the latest versions of Red Hat and SuSE's server operating systems. In addition, the Veritas software packages now work with Intel's Itanium and Xeon 64-bit chips and AMD's Opteron processor. All in all, these products - long popular with Sun Microsystems' Solaris OS and versions of Unix from IBM and HP - are tuned to work with the latest and greatest technology in the x86 Linux realm.

LinuxWorld SF 2005 - A Report by Groklaw's Douglas Burns

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones / Douglas Burns (Posted by bstadil on Aug 12, 2005 7:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I hope those of you who wonder if a patent commons is useful or who don't see the point of other legal strategies friends of FOSS have been coming up with to try to deal with the SCO's and Microsofts of this world will note that he reports from attending Daniel Egger's speech that Microsoft has apparently been telling people that they have patents being infringed by the LAMP stack, Wine and Samba

Linuxworld 2005 Thursday

At this year's LinuxWorld, the .Org Pavilion was a special section of the Conference reserved for not-for-profit organizations developing cutting-edge projects. The .Org Pavilion participants included X.org, Gnome Foundation, Fedora, and Debian, among others. But the news wasn't who was there, but who wasn't--the OpenOffice.org folks.

Novell's OEM Linux plans start showing successes

A growing number of Linux-powered desktops and laptops are finding their way into the retail market -- driven by a more receptive system builder channel that includes the likes of Mustek, Rectron, Pinnacle and Esquire. "We are very enthusiastic about the sales through the OEMs as they are growing on a month-by-month basis, though obviously off of a low base," says Hodgson. "The biggest deal we have done to date was the deal with Rectron for 2000 units ... and those units are also apparently selling well through their channel.

Debian start-up seeks new funding

Progeny, which is aiming to commercialize the Debian version of Linux, is looking to "accelerate our growth," co-founder says.

Interview with Chris Hessing, Lead Developer of xsupplicant

  • Linux Journal; By Matthew Gast (Posted by tadelste on Aug 12, 2005 4:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In the complex world of wireless LAN security protocols, two major open-source development projects are serving as "standards cops": xsupplicant and wpa_supplicant. I first met Chris Hessing, the lead developer of xsupplicant, at Interop in 2003. Since then, he has continued to develop xsupplicant in his spare time away from his day job as the wireless network architect at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I recently had a chance to talk with Chris by phone about xsupplicant, his views on wireless security protocols and what he's trying to do on the one of the largest decentralized secure wireless networks in existence.

An introduction to Micromonitor -- an open source boot loader and boot monitor

  • LinuxDevices.com; By Ed Sutter (Posted by tadelste on Aug 12, 2005 3:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After writing code for booting dozens of different hardware platforms on numerous embedded operating systems (including VxWorks, Nucleus, pSOS, uC/OS, among others), Ed Sutter decided to develop a common boot platform for embedded devices. In 2000, his employer (Lucent) granted him permission to post "Micromonitor" (aka "uMon") on Lucent's Software Distibution Website for free public download under the Lucent Public License. Sutter has continued to enhance Micromonitor over the past five years, and has just issued the 1.0 milestone release. In this whitepaper Sutter discusses uMon's features, capabilities, typical uses, and APIs, before listing new features in version 1.0.

Open Source Database Vendors Rival mySQL

Startup EnterpriseDB said it aims to compete with MySQL AB, the open-source database leader while also taking on rivals Pervasive Software and Greenplum. Greenplum recently unveiled a software and hardware bundle that includes data analysis tools and an early version of the company’s specialized business intelligence database, which is built around a version of the PostgreSQL open-source database designed specifically for building large-scale analysis databases. PostgreSQL is the collective work of hundreds of developers which started at the University of California at Berkeley. Pervasive Software touts Pervasive Postgres as community-maintained open source database along with a bundle of connectivity drivers and management tools like views, triggers, stored procedures and security.

Firefox lost market share in July to Internet Explorer

AUGUST 12, 2005 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer halted the steady market share advance of The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser in July, a Web site monitoring company announced today. Last month, Internet Explorer, by far the most used browser, regained lost ground and pushed back the upstart Firefox for the first time since Version 1.0 of the open-source browser debuted late last year, according to NetApplications.com, an Aliso Viejo, Calif., maker of applications for monitoring and measuring Web site usage. Firefox's share shrunk to 8.07% from 8.71% in June, while Internet Explorer grew its market slice to 87.2% in July from 86.56% last month. (Editor's note: Anyone interested in a bridge I have for sale in Brooklyn?)

Study of Linux shows kernel improvements

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by tadelste on Aug 12, 2005 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Coverity, a maker of software analysis tools, said it had analyzed the 2.6.9 version of the Linux kernel in December and a newer version of the kernel (2.6.12) in July. The study found that open source developers who write and maintain the kernel had fixed some significant issues with the software over the six-month study period. Linux kernel code analyzed in December of 2004 was found to have five file system buffer overrun weaknesses and one major network buffer overrun issue. Both of these were corrected when the code was re-analyzed in July, the company says. The study says that the code base for the Linux kernel grew from 5.76 million lines of code to 6.03 million lines. Total code defects found in Coverity's study increased overall from 985 in December 2004 to 1,008 in July, but the number of defects per lines of code decreased from .17 per 1,000 lines of code to .16.

It takes patience to find the best solitaire

One of the original Windows selling points was that it included a version of solitaire, the centuries-old, time-filling card game. Later, in the mid-1990s, several critics told me Linux would never catch on unless it, too, included solitaire. Now, of course, solitaire has been part of the KDE and GNOME desktops for so long that most users can't remember not having it. So okay, everyone has solitaire, which leads us to the burning question of the day: "Which has the best built-in version of solitaire: Windows XP, GNOME, or KDE?"

Mandriva Linux 2006 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

Distrowatch reports - The second beta of Mandriva Linux 2006 is now available for testing. From the release notes: "x86_64 initrd generation problem is workarrounded (sic); new Mandriva theme; massive PHP modules update; fixed single user mode in initscripts; diskdrake: fix update boot loader on renumbering partitions; drakconnect: allow to use WEP keys in wpa_supplicant, use ifplugd for wireless interfaces, handle access point roaming using wpa_supplicant, initial IPv6 support (6to4 tunnel), keep MS_DNS1, MS_DNS2 and DOMAIN variables in ifcfg files; drakhosts, draknfs: do not crash when config file is empty.... OSDir has put together a lengthy screenshot tour of Mandriva Linux 2006 Beta 2.

Quote of the day: 'Yin and yang' of Linux life

Microsoft's platform technology director says he has to balance competitiveness with cooperation.

What are your options for managing Linux?

  • Network World; By Audrey Rasmussen (Posted by tadelste on Aug 12, 2005 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a market climate, where IT is being asked to do more with smaller budgets, how prevalent is the issue of cost? Some IT organizations are turning to Linux as an alternative to reduce the licensing costs of software. So taking that thought the next step further, if the Linux platform is looked upon as a bargain or lower cost solution, then, are IT organizations less likely to pay for management tools for this platform?

Linux: SATA Status

Jeff Garzik noted that he has updated the Serial ATA Linux softwarestatus report, "things in SATA-land have been moving along recently". The status report notes that, "the 'ATA host state machine', the core of the entire driver, is considered production-stable." The libATA driver uses the kernel's SCSI layer, and causes each SATA port to appear as a new SCSI bus.

Rachel App: Linux music geek

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 12, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rachel App is a renaissance woman whose interests are shared mostly by men and not other women. She's an independent label singer, songwriter, musician, and Linux geek who uses a variety of open source applications to record and enhance her music.

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