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Novell Acquires Valuable B2B, Web Services Patents

The Linux company says it will use Commerce One's important B2B patents to defend its open-source programs.

Introduction: Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities

  • - Feature Stories (Posted by dave on May 4, 2005 5:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Features Buffer overflows are a leading type of security vulnerability. This paper explains what a buffer overflow is, how it can be exploited, and what countermeasures can be taken to prevent the use of buffer overflow vulnerabilities.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

  • The Linux Link Tech Show; By Patrick Davila (Posted by hackmeister on May 4, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Brian Tarricone, core developer from the XFCE desktop project and Dave Slusher from The Evil Genius Chronicles podcast will be our guests

Review: Sun Fire V40z

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 4, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The Sun Fire V40z is Sun Microsystems' "entry-level" server, but that classification doesn't fit the performance level and feature set included in this system -- it's far more powerful. I spent two weeks testing this machine in a production environment, trying different operating systems and measuring the performance of database calculations, and I was pretty impressed with its performance.

Penguin Computing hires Sun sales executive

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on May 3, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Bill Cook leaves Sun Microsystems to take a new job as sales chief at the Linux system seller.

Linux in Government: Linux Desktops in the Enterprise with Microsoft Terminal Services

If your office thinks legacy but still necessary Win32 applications are holding it back from moving to Linux, your office should think again.

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.

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