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Debian Core Consortium takes 2 steps backward, 7 steps forward

Progeny and more than half a dozen other Debian Linux distributors are working toward forming a common Debian Linux distribution for the enterprise based on the next version of Progeny's Componentized Linux. This is not a done deal yet. Two companies previously mentioned as being involved with the project, Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft) and Turbolinux Inc., appear to not be participating at this time. Progeny Linux Systems Inc. continues to lead the way.

Spice up your presentations with Impress

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The next time you give a presentation with your laptop, don't use bullet points, long-running paragraphs, or templates. Oh, and don't be so organized either. Exercise some freedom, as in free and open source, and talk to your audience, as opposed to reading from slides. Let Impress, a tool for creating multimedia presentations, add richness to your story.

Mozilla Updates Firefox to Fix Security Gaps

Firefox 1.0.5 patches 11 security issues, including a spoofing vulnerability and a tenacious frame-injection flaw. Meanwhile, Mozilla gets closer to a new update system for Firefox 1.1.

New GNU Source Installer eases Unix source installations

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
GNU/Linux distributions and other Unix and Unix-like operating systems already offer a plethora of tools for installing software. Many of them rely on different package formats, and a lot of the GNU/Linux distributions' effort goes into maintaining an updated and comprehensive list of ports or packages. Sometimes this great and respectable effort does not suffice, however, and users must install from the source packages provided by the developers.

SGI Clutches At Linux Lifeline

  • WebPro News; By David Utter (Posted by bstadil on Jul 13, 2005 12:22 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat, SUSE
Silicon Graphics supplants its proprietary IRIX operating system with Linux in order to enter the supercomputer field. So which bit of news is more surprising: SGI going with Linux, or SGI still being in business?

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5 Released

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5 has been released. This latest update contains several security fixes and improvements to stability. Grab Firefox 1.0.5 from the Firefox product page and check out the Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5 Release Notes for more information. The security advisories page has not been updated at the time of writing this, but should soon be.

CLI Magic: John the Ripper

There is more to the CLI than a collection of operating system commands. There are many tools - applications written without a thought as to the operating system - available at the CLI to handle a wide range of chores. Like cracking passwords, for example. Not for nefarious purposes, you understand: but for education. If you've ever wondered just how secure your passwords are, John the Ripper is a good way to find out. A much nicer way to find out than having a script-kiddy crack it seconds.


  • Open for Business; By Timothy R. Butler (Posted by bstadil on Jul 12, 2005 6:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
I knew when I mentioned something negative about the GNU Project’s General Public License (GPL), in my column last week, I would inevitably be accused of arguing the GPL was a bad license. I knew this would happen despite my qualification to the argument that I had released code under the GPL myself.

A review of Xandros Desktop OS Version 3 Business Edition

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jul 12, 2005 5:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Xandros touts its Desktop OS Version 3 Business Edition as "an alternative to Windows and . . . does not try to hide that fact that it was designed to be a Linux distribution for Windows users," leading to "a focus on ease of use and Windows compatibility but with the unique advantages of Linux," according to a recently published review at The review summarizes the key features of the Xandros Linux OS, and briefly outlines the installation process, providing screenshots of several configuration wizards.

The Linux User Show #6

This week’s show is on web browsers for Linux. While there are waaaay to many available to check them all out on one show, Kelly Penguin Girl and I take a look at 4-5 of them

The genius behind Linux cherishes his anonymity

  • SeattleTimes; By MIike Rogoway (Posted by bstadil on Jul 12, 2005 3:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
He goes unrecognized in Portland's coffee shops. He rarely shows up at his suburban Beaverton office. And while Linus Torvalds is a cult figure among computer enthusiasts worldwide, he's essentially invisible in his new home state.

Trustix Secure Linux 3.0 Released

  •; By Mailing List (Posted by on Jul 12, 2005 2:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Trustix
We have just released Trustix Secure Linux 3.0TSL's rapidly expanding new user base has identified a wide range of possible improvements which have now been implemented and made available in this release. Foremost amongst these is the new installer"Viper"... Other additions to the system include X11 libraries, FreeRadius support, easy PXE installs, Mini CD and Net CD versions of the OS, enhanced hardware detection, installation on RAID and logical volumes and a range of kernel upgrades including the shift to Linux 2.6 kernel and BASH 3.

Cybercrooks lure citizens into international crime

  • USAToday; By Byron Acohido (Posted by tadelste on Jul 12, 2005 2:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One day, a $4,358 electronic deposit appeared out of nowhere in Karl's online bank account, followed by e-mail instructions to keep a small amount as pay and wire the rest to Moscow. Then he began receiving account statements intended for online banking customers from across the USA. Someone had changed the billing addresses for stolen credit cards and bank account numbers to his residence in Grass Valley.

MPAA pushes for increase in hard drive tax

  •; By Danamania (Posted by tuxchick on Jul 12, 2005 1:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) representative Chet Littlemore is pressing for a raise in the little known Hard Drive Piracy Tax, a small percentage of a hard disk's storage space kept from a consumer so that it can't be used for pirated materials....Littlemore says that in these early years of the 21st century, up to one quarter of the average hard drive is pirated material. "The Hard Disk tax must be raised a proportional amount. If the space is not there, it cannot be used for illegal storage. We're balancing the effects of people's illegal downloading habits."

Mandriva, Turbolinux Step Back from Debian Core Project

Lead by Progeny, numerous Debian Linux distribution companies and nonprofits consider forming a common core server distribution for the enterprise. But Mandriva and Turbolinux are rethinking their involvement.

LinuxFund remnants may resurrect the project

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Although it appeared that its Web site would remain stale and funds would not support Linux developers, there is now growing interest and opportunity for LinuxFund.

Evolution of the Bittorrent to mainstream market

  • TechWhack; By Sushub (Posted by tadelste on Jul 12, 2005 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

The third most popular browser (arguably) on the web Opera has just got a technical preview update with the capability of downloading torrent files from within the browser.

Now, the Open Source Community is in process of developing an extension for the Mozilla Firefox browser to add this similar functionality in the popular Firefox browser.

MythTV: Easy personal video recording with Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A few months ago, I started looking for an alternative to Windows Media Center Edition 2005, a personal video recorder (PVR) or digital video recorder (DVR) system. While other complete hardware/software combos, such as the popular TiVo, solve many of the headaches of having to build your own system and find out which hardware works and which doesn't, they also lack a level of customization and user freedom; with TiVo, for instance, you have join one of the company's monthly subscription plans. I decided to build my own system using open source software and carefully picked hardware. This proved to be much easier than I expected, thanks to MythTV.

Inside Google Firefox Extensions

  • Search Engine Journal; By Michael Nguyen (Posted by tadelste on Jul 12, 2005 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
With the release of several Firefox extensions by Google - we can take a look at how Google officially implements PageRank queries.

LQ Radio Show - Episode #2

Episode #2 of the LQ Radio Show has been posted. The show is hosted by jeremy and includes a panel of LQ moderators. Topics include Linux on the desktop, beagle, Apple moving to Intel, blogging, Linux appliances, broadcom, Google’s Linux app, the Vienna Linux migration and much much more. Total running time is 1:29. A Bittorrent is available. You can also download the show directly (in mp3 and ogg format) or as a Podcast.

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