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Sony stole code from Lame in their rootkit

  • Dewinter (Posted by bstadil on Nov 13, 2005 12:13 AM EDT)
Sony themselves felt they were exempt from copyright law when they decided to harass their customers with the now infamous rootkit.

It turns out that the rootkit contains pieces of code that are identical to LAME, an open source mp3-encoder, and thereby breach the license. Who is counting as long as Celine Dion's stuff is protected.

Gelato Spotlights Linux Itanium at Brazil Meeting

Ninety scientists, developers, and engineers convened from all around the globe for the October 2005 meeting of the Gelato Federation (, an international technical organization dedicated to advancing Linux on the Intel® Itanium® processor.

Set up the VNC Server in Fedora

  • Raoul's Land Reloaded; By Fedora Core Xposed - A Linux Chronicle (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 11:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
"Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a desktop protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard presses and mouse clicks from one computer to another relaying the screen updates back in the other direction, over a network." -WikiPedia-

This is a mini howto which covers the VNC server’s configuration in brief.


Comment of the Day - November 12, 2005 - Why People Switch to Linux

Cstura writes about his experience with computers and why he chose Linux.

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Why do people switch to Linux

Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) 20051111 Build Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 9:13 PM EDT)
Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) daily builds have hit the Ubuntu servers. Dapper's goals: Substantial polish and integration of the existing desktop environment is the primary desktop goal, for both Ubuntu (GNOME) and Kubuntu (KDE). Yes, we've got some screenshots of the first daily build.

Microsoft in Linux patent commons? rubbish!

Don't believe everything you read. Despite's news item that initially declared "Microsoft, IBM Lead Group To Consolidate Linux Patents," Microsoft is definitely NOT listed as a participant in today's announcement of the formation of Open Invention Network (OIN), an initiative that will share patents among consenting Linux users.

Google searches become evidence in murder case

  • CNet; By Elinor Mills (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 6:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Elinor Mills writes: "Remember the e-mails that ended up being used in court as part of Microsoft's antitrust trial? Well, now Google search histories are making an appearance in court."

Video Without Boundaries, Inc. Launches Several Initiatives to Further Profit From Recent Explosion in Digital TV, Broadband and Portable Media

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 12, 2005 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Outlines Plans to Embrace OpenCable(R) and Reaffirms Support for Open Standards

Ibm, Sony, Philips, Red Hat, Novell in Open Invention Network

SAN FRANCISCO - IBM, Sony Corp., Philips N.V, Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. have announced on Thursday that they are forming a new company to share Linux patents, but without charging any royalties. The new company is to be called Open Invention Network.

[How about these folks forming something - anything - to abolish software patents? - Ed]

Ubuntu Linux Displays Business Savvy

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Nov 12, 2005 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Canonical's Ubuntu is a Debian Linux branch. In the past, its developers have emphasized its community Linux status. In particular, it's well-known for being a Linux used by those interested in the third world and education. Nevertheless, Ubuntu engineers worked directly with IBM DB2 Lab Software engineers to do compatibility testing under the DB2 for Linux Validation program to earn the "Ready for IBM DB2 Software for Linux" service mark.

Microsoft "copies Apple", open source "breaks applications"

Florian Mueller, who spearheaded a successful political campaign against European software patents, said: "MSFT (Microsoft) and SAP collaborate ever more closely on the lobbying front. Initially they were only together in EICTA, a big industry association where IBM, Sun, Nokia, Philips et al. are also involved. MSFT and SAP became the main sponsors of the Campaign for Creativity."

From little Acorns to Linux PDA gadgets

  •; By Chris Williams (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
The programmer who looks after the Linux kernel for legacy Acorn kit has spoken of his work with ARM powered PDAs. Ian Molton's efforts on the portable gadgets, whose internal workings are closely guarded by their manufacturers, began when he decided to port the open source kernel to a PDA that originally had WindowsCE installed on it. Upset at the lack of stability in Microsoft's attempt at embedded software engineering, Ian drew on his knowledge from working with 26bit ARM powered Acorn machines to hack the Linux kernel onto the devices.

Welcome to CUTs!

  • transgress at Digg; By transgress at Digg (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 1:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CUTs is a procmail "hack" that basically enables you to use a normal cellphone as a Unix/Linux terminal. From anywhere.

Evil Conservatives Score One For Joe Sixpack

  • Washinton Post; By Brian Krebs - Submitted by helios (Posted by helios on Nov 12, 2005 12:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Community
With the Bush Administration under siege, it is surprising that they find time for everyday matters. The Sony "rootkit" mess has become known at the White House and they have responded.

Appligent's Standalone Desktop Tool Eases the Electronic Filing of PDF Documents

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 12, 2005 12:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
APSplit Desktop Edition automatically splits PDF files based on size and other variables on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux desktops

Is Autonomic code the ultimate outsourcing solution

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 12, 2005 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IT professionals can automate IT management tasks by delegating them to the system, and can plan the degree of automation that is right for them and how manual managers and autonomic managers work together. This article discusses the role of the human, or lack there of, in autonomic systems. Is it about replacing people with machines? Is Autonomic computing the ultimate outsorcing solution? This article sheds light on the truth.

Microsoft Astroturfing Exposed BIG TIME

If you want to see how Microsoft fans can invade a high volume Linux web site - go to Digg and see how this article redirects users to the "Get the Facts" pages at What the posting member does is like spamming unsuspecting users. We call that referral spam.


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p2p Shriekers Force Network Lock-Downs

  • trimMail's Email Battles; By Brian J. Gillette (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 12, 2005 7:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Europe's answer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, BEUC added another line yesterday to those previously drawn in the sand, declaring that consumers have the "right to benefit from technological innovations without abusive restrictions," and redundantly, the "right not to be criminalised."

Besieged Owners of Various Assets heard this as "the right to steal anything, anytime without being hassled."

Thus, the circle is complete. Network managers are surrounded.

Stolen Computer Has Credit Data for 3,600

  • Yahoo News; By Associated Press (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 12, 2005 7:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A desktop computer stolen last month from one of the nation's three major credit bureaus contained Social Security numbers and other credit information for as many as 3,600 people, the company confirmed Friday.

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