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Can the malware industry be trusted?

Commentary: Internet security is big business. Microsoft Windows and Office vulnerabilities have made major contributions to making it -- and keeping it -- that way. Today, players like McAfee, Symantec, Norton, and dozens of other firms fight for a share of a market worth tens-of-billions of dollars a year. I would like to think that this industry displays the same high degree of ethical standards and integrity shown by other first-responders: our police forces, firefighters, and paramedics. Sure, there are bad apples in the bunch now and then, but on the whole they are a admirably honest and trustworthy group. I don't think nearly as highly of the computer security industry.

Not there yet…

After reading some very positive reactions about the all-new Ubuntu 6.06 LTS ‘Dapper Drake’ release, I decided to go and give it a try as well.

Microsoft, Adobe and the Murky World of "RAND"

  • Standards Blog:; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 7, 2006 6:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
For a week now, the IT world has been scratching its collective head over the breakdown of PDF licensing negotiations between Microsoft and Adobe. What was there to breakdown over, if PDF is a standard?

In the Linux comfort zone...

  • Free Software Magazine; By Bridget Kulakauskas (Posted by fsmdave on Jun 7, 2006 5:56 PM EDT)
When I go to visit my mother (as I will be doing shortly) I feel like tearing my hair out. "Oh," I hear you say, "one of THOSE stories". But no, it's not. She lets me enjoy my usual sleeping habits, lets me put my shoes on the couch, and eat whatever I want. But there is one huge difference between my house and her house, and for the two weeks a year that I stay with her there is just one point of tension. I'll set the scene...

Rational Application Developer certification prep series

Learn how to quickly move your Web services, Java, J2EE, Web, and portal applications from design to deployment by preparing to take the IBM Rational Application Developer certification Test 255.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 143:
We talk to Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier, editorial director of
Running Ubuntu on a Macbook
Running WinXP on a Macbook via Bootcamp & Parallels
More on linux package management
Feedback regarding last week's show
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Debian DPL Threatens to Leave SPI Over Sun Java

A three-week-long flame war in debian-devel over the new Java Distribution License has culminated in Anthony Towns, the newly elected Debian Project Lead, offering to separate Debian from its legal representative, SPI.

Cybersource wants Linux on white-boxes

  • CRN Australia; By Byron Connolly (Posted by grouch on Jun 7, 2006 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Open source evangelist Con Zymaris wants Australian PC assemblers to consider selling dual-boot Windows and Linux systems with a new plan that he claims would “double their profit margins.”

A degree in hacking

  • NewsForge; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by grouch on Jun 7, 2006 2:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) in Phoenix, Ariz., is marketing its new Network Security program as a way to get a degree in hacking. The school is drawing the interest of geeks who use Windows, Linux, and Macintosh, according to UAT's IT manager Raymond Todd Blackwood, and even a few who want to go to the dark side of network security.

Atca platform runs CGL, open source management suite

Wind River says its commercial Linux distribution was chosen by Mercury Computer Systems for an ATCA-compliant system for telecom application development, evaluation, and deployment.

VLOS 1.3 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - After a series of alpha releases, the first beta of the Gentoo-based VLOS 1.3 has been released. The new release includes a number of major changes, such as improvements to the Gentoo port of Anaconda and new Mono-based applications, including Beagle, F-Spot and Banshee. It also comes with a modular X.Org 7.0 and uses 'gnome-mount' for mounting external storage devices. Among applications, GNOME has been upgraded to version 2.14.1 and KDE to 3.5.2. OSDir took a look at the latest VLOS in the VLOS 1.3 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour.

Accelerating OpenSSH connections with ControlMaster

  •; By Marc Abramowitz (Posted by grouch on Jun 7, 2006 1:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
OpenSSH 4.0 introduced an interesting new feature called ControlMaster that allows it to reuse an existing connection to a remote host when opening new connections to that host. This can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to establish connections after the initial connection. Let's see how this can help you work faster, and how to start using ControlMaster right away.

Jive Software Announces Open-Source of Spark IM Client

Jive Software, a leading provider of easy-to-use, open-architecture, enterprise collaboration software, today announced it will license its Spark IM Client application under the LGPL Open Source license (the "GNU Lesser General Public License").

Stockholders Cuddled, Customers Screwed. - Microsoft: "Sorry, it's just business"

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Jun 7, 2006 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
'm speaking of course of the deadly payload Microsoft will deliver under the name of their new operating system, Vista. In a nutshell, Vista will complete the DRM/Trusted Computing circuit. Hardware makers have already buckled to the Microsoft directive and manufactured their components to do their bidding.

The Open Source Car - Unconventional Wisdom and Sustainability

  • Auto Industry; By Sir John Whitmore (Posted by grouch on Jun 7, 2006 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
In this article Sir John Whitmore, columnist with the daily Telegraph motoring section, looks at a new approach to development. We all face an environmental crisis. Hybrid cars and biofuels might be interim steps in the right direction, but they are not sustainable solutions. Conventional wisdom predicts great technical problems and cost in overcoming these problems. But what about unconventional wisdom?

[Applying '"Open Source" philosophy' in another area. -- grouch]

Standards Organizations: Work With Me

  • xchange Magazine; By Meg McGinity (Posted by grouch on Jun 7, 2006 10:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, OSDL
Technology groups aimed at enabling interoperability are on hand at GLOBALCOMM to discuss their progress and underscore the importance in continued cooperation between the various sectors of communication platforms.

The Emerging ODF Environment: Spotlight on StarOffice 2.0

In this third interview in a continuing series, I interview Sun's Erwin Tenhumberg, in order to compare StarOffice 2.0 with the other leading software productivity suites that support ODF (previous interviews have focused on KOffice and OpenOffice).

Joshua: Autonomous Robot Chess

A Freshmeat update appeared recently for Joshua v0.1.3a, a software package designed as part of an autonomous chess playing robot.

[Open hardware, too. -- grouch]

Emacs tips: Making outlines

The ability to make outlines, or to view any structured document in an outline view, are touted features of Microsoft Word and just about every word processor out there. Linux has its ways here, too. The Vim editor has folding, and Emacs has Outline mode, which lets you selectively view documents by their main headings. You can hide and view the text under headings, move quickly between headings, and easily mark whole branches of the outline for cutting.

New York Research Breakthrough on NCSA's SGI Altix System May Hold Key to Developing New Drugs to Stop HIV

For the First Time, Researchers Simulate HIV Protease Molecule at the Instant it Is Most Vulnerable to New Drugs and Treatments

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