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An open source security triple play

Want to protect your SOHO machine or LAN from rootkits and malware, but want something a little more real-time than simply running Chkrootkit or another rootkit detector after the fact? Consider OSSEC-HIDS, an open source host intrusion detection system.

Getting your head around PHP objects

  •; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by grouch on Aug 7, 2006 5:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community, PHP
How - and when - to use objects in PHP to save you time down the line. A quick guide to POOP.

Linux Technology Leadership and the Forking Issue

Linux is the fastest-growing embedded operating environment in the world today. It's quickly becoming the single largest operating system platform for embedded computing. As a result, many technology managers must come to grips with the complexity and the dynamics of Open Source software in general and Linux evolution in particular.

Amarok Live Calling for Artwork

  • KDE Dot News; By Rokymotion Team (Posted by dcparris on Aug 7, 2006 4:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: KDE
The Amarok project has announced an artwork contest for their upcoming live CD, Amarok Live, for fancy new version 1.4.

Glsa 200608-09: MySQL Denial of Service

An authenticated user can crash MySQL through invalid parameters to the date_format function.

Stealth attack undermines Vista defences

Root cause analysisResearchers have demonstrated how to bypass security protections in order to inject potentially hostile code into the kernel of prototype versions of Windows.

[For Admins running a heterogeneous environment. Note: the researcher suggests this does not mean Vista is inherently. Maybe she should have just stuck with saying it's more secure than previous versions. That's been the sound byte for years. - dcparris]

Fedora Weekly News Issue 58

Welcome to our issue number 58 of Fedora Weekly News. Fedora Weekly News Issue 58 In this issue, we have following articles: 1 wiki down 2 Updated Fedora Core 6 Schedule 3 Red Hat Survey for Fedora Community 4 No country orders for OLPC laptops 5 What Is Fedora's Prime Directive? 6 Fedora wants to draw in women 7 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-07-31 8 Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates 9 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News 10 Editor's Blog

AM2 and MythTV war stories, a continuing saga

Warning to Linux users who want to upgrade to socket AM2 motherboards: You will almost definitely run into problems with Linux. I have an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard. I upgraded the BIOS to the latest version, and that broke IO-APIC on all versions of the Linux kernel I've tried, including I couldn't boot Linux without the"noapic" boot parameter. I solved this problem by restoring an older BIOS, and I lost a fancy NVidia acceleration feature in the process. That's no big deal for me because the feature primarily benefits Windows games and I don't play Windows games often enough to care.

Accessing DB2 UDB with PHP

A scripting language for developing dynamic web applications (Part 1)Tutorial A PHP: Hypertext Processor (PHP) script may be embedded in an HTML page; or run as a.php script in a web server such as Apache web server. PHP statements are included in<?php ?> tags.

OpenVZ virtualisation added to Debian

Debian GNU/Linux users can now use OpenVZ virtualisation software with their favourite distribution after the OpenVZ team revised its licensing terms to comply with the Debian guidelines.

CLI Magic: Make instant Web banners from the command line

Sometimes you might have a need to make an image file consisting mostly of text -- to use as a banner on a Web page, for instance. You can always make the banner in an image editor, but there's a much quicker way -- one that lends itself to automatic generation from scripts using arbitrary text.

KDE Commit-Digest for 6th August 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Support for PostScript page deletion and editing of metadata in KViewShell, and for using a SQL backend with KPhotoAlbum (feature derived from KexiDB). Strigi gets support for inotify. Plasmagik, an application to assist developers in making "Plasmoids" (Plasma applets), is imported into KDE SVN. Rendering development work continues in the Unity web rendering engine. Work stars on a "Magnetic Outline Selection" tool for Krita.

Linux event shows move to mainstream

Fifteen years after the introduction of the Linux kernel, next week's LinuxWorld conference will focus not on whether to use open source software - the market has answered that question - but on how to deploy, secure and manage the technology as part of a business IT operation.

GLSA 200608-10: pike SQL injection vulnerability

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Code Listing 3.1
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-lang/pike-7.6.86"

Open source makes 'substantial advance' in UK education, says ...

More than three quarters of all UK colleges and universities consider open source options when engaging in IT procurement exercises, says a report published today.

[Be sure to follow the link to the survey itself and at least read the "Executive Summary". -- grouch]

The responses indicate that, saving on the total cost of ownership is, for desktops as for servers, the most important reason to use OSS on desktops. This was also indicated as the most important reason in the 2003 survey. Being locked in was not mentioned as an issue in 2003, but in 2006 the majority (73%) indicated that they chose OSS for that reason either on their desktops or on their servers or on both. Ideology is not an important factor for respondents, although a third of them indicated that it played a role.
-- from OSS Watch Survey 2006: Executive Summary

64-bit Linux releases - Summary

Start64! keeps track of 64-bit Linux distributions. During the past months, quite a few 64-bit Linux and BSD distributions have been released. Here is a choice of them.

Shiira v2 beta released

Shiira, if you haven't been following the coverage as of late, is an open source and uniquely feature-packed browser based on WebKit, the same web (and also open source) rendering engine that powers Apple's own Safari.

JavaScript meets XML in Firefox on Ubuntu Linux

Learn the basics of how you can manipulate XML with JavaScript code in the fastest growing browser in the world. Included are code examples and screenshots, all of which were created and tested using Firefox on Ubuntu Linux.

Partitioning with GParted

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Aug 7, 2006 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups:
Do you fancy keeping those MP3s into their own partition? Want to copy data residing in one disk onto another? Crave for an easier way to mirror partitions? Long for a simple solution to reorganize your disk and create space for a new Linux distribution? Look no further, GParted ( will do all this and much more. And did I mention, all this, keeping your keyboard finger-free? Find out more in Packt Columnist Mayank Sharma's interview with Patrick Verner.

Firefox 2 Beta 1 Preview

Firefox has been out for quite some time now, and we are lovin it (no no, it's not a burger.) Yeah, so for the I-don't-know-nothin-about-Firefox lot, here it is: Firefox is an open source browser project from Mozilla, something similar to Linux wherein Linux is an OS while Firefox is an Internet Browser. There have been many versions released of the browser but the 1.5 version stands out the most. Now Mozilla is trying to further enhance the stability of the browser while improving on the usability as well. The second-coming of the most downloaded browser of all time, Firefox version 2.0 final, will soon be released to create another milestone of maximum downloads.

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