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Government OSS not really open: lawyer

  • (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 4:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
The federal government's recently-launched open-source content management system may not be so "open" after all, a leading IT lawyer and several software developers have claimed.

Security Threats Branch Out From Windows to Mac, Linux

Hackers still love Windows and other Microsoft gear, but they're increasingly targeting alternative operating systems, particularly Linux and Mac.

Interview with Mandriva (ex Mandrake) Linux Founder Gael Duval has just posted an interview with Mandriva (ex. Mandrake) Linux Founder Gael Duval. The interview covers the companies recovery from Chapter 11, the recent merger of Mandrakesoft and Conectiva (and the resulting Mandriva name), the Linux Core Consortium and his take on the fact that Munich selected a "non-commercial" distro. He also expands on an earlier comment about Linux on the desktop

Open source map avoids legal route

  • Australian IT (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 1:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Regular readers will know I have vigorously opposed Australian governments legislating for the use of open-source software, and have long taken the position that the opportunity lies in education, not legislation, so agencies are properly equipped to evaluate open-source options, and artificial barriers are eliminated when an open-source product happens to be the most suitable tool for the job.

Grid alliance updates open source toolkit

  • (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Globus Consortium, an alliance of grid computing companies and experts in academia, has released its latest open source toolkit for grid computing.

Novell, Chinese Firm CS2C To Expand Linux in China

CS2C and Novell will jointly promote value-added Linux products and solutions designed specifically for the China market and will work together to localize Linux products and solutions, deliver product and technology training, and provide technical support and services.

Review: Mandriva LE--The Drake Flies South for the Future

The merger of Mandrakesoft and Conectiva has already borne fruit in the form of Mandriva Limited Edition 2005. Bill von Hagen takes the new distro out for a spin and lets us know what the future has in store for this transatlantic product.

Simpler cross-platform programming with wxWidgets and wyoGuide

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Few developers can afford to ignore cross-platform issues when developing applications these days. I've written a guide to help developers with the task, along with a demo application that uses the wxWidgets framework.

Firefox: An Increasingly Popular Alternative to Internet Explorer

  • Sci-Tech Today (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What is so nice about Firefox? You can install all kinds of extensions and add-ons, from a monitor of Abe Vigoda's current health status to a version of Pong, the original video game of my youth. These install easily and dozens are built each week.


New Release Delivers Major Upgrade to Flagship Product

Siemens spins Linux-based cordless VoIP phone

  • (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Siemens will ship a Linux-based Wi-Fi cordless phone in August, according to eWEEK. The OptiPoint WL2 Professional will be SIP- and CorNet IP-compatible, and resemble a normal phone with a large screen. It will support both 8011b and 802.11g, and cost about $500, according to eWEEK.

CLI Magic: rsnapshot

  •; By Joe Barr (Posted by yuk on May 3, 2005 8:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
In addition to improving ease-of-use, rsnapshot, a high-level backup utility, allows you to keep multiple snapshots in time of your data, local or remote, without requiring the full set to be included in each one. More backups, less space.

News: Danish Host Releases Automatic Install of Linux Debian

  • (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
Danish Linux/BSD hosting company EasySpeedy,, specialised in dedicated hosting with co-location benefits, has released yet another Linux distribution, Debian, for customers to install remotely. By adding Debian, EasySpeedy is currently covering 7 Linux/BSD distributions in 13 versions. The company is aiming at offering 25 distributions by end 2005.

Get rid of pesky backgrounds with the GIMP

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Putting your CEO's mug in an Impress slide show is pretty easy -- just call up marketing and get them to email you the appropriate graphics file. But what if you're the one charged with creating that portrait for the marketing department? This article will guide you through the process of eliminating a background from a graphics file, leaving just the object you want. You don't have to be professional photographer or graphics artist to learn this. All you need is a digital camera and the GIMP.

Keep Your Eye on Ubuntu Linux

eWEEK Labs tests Ubuntu Linux 5.04 and reports that the buzz surrounding this distribution is well-warranted.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Linux Users Speak Out

  •; By Devnet (Posted by helios on May 3, 2005 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
There are more than one operating system on the market, and it is high time that companies...large companies...start to understand this.

China’s biggest bank makes switch to Linux

China’s biggest bank plans to deploy Linux on servers across its network of 20,000 national branches in a project that may be the biggest Linux deployment yet seen in China, according to an executive involved with the deal.

SuSE Pro 9.3: Good Open-Source Venue

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 5:33 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE; Story Type: News Story
Review: SuSE Linux Pro 9.3 works well for general use, but it's an even better technology testing ground.

Review: VMware 5.0

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
With last month's release of VMware Workstation 5, the virtual machine software is better than ever. VMware Workstation now has 64-bit host support, the ability to capture multiple snapshots for each virtual machine, easier sharing of virtual machines, and the ability to connect multiple virtual machines in a "team" setting. Perhaps most importantly, GNU/Linux support is improved in version 5.

iLabs Open Source Software teams tackles cross-authentication

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on May 2, 2005 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tips and tricks on getting Linux and Windows machines from different networks to talk securely

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