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Linux patch problems: Your distro may vary

  •; By Edmund X. DeJesus (Posted by hkwint on Jul 28, 2006 12:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Why pick one distro instead of another? One reason is security. Not the security of the code itself, but how fast security patches get applied and published.
Therefore, all other things being equal, security managers would prefer a Linux distribution with a record of speedy publication of fixes for security issues.

A Million Linux Smart Phones Shipped in China, Q2

  • Technology News Daily; By Technology News Daily (Posted by hkwint on Jul 28, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Another vendor reaching a significant milestone in Q2 was second-placed, and second-fastest growing, Motorola, its position achieved primarily from shipments of more than a million Linux-based smart phones in China in the quarter.

This week at LWN: The 2006 Ottawa Linux Symposium

Your editor has, once again, had the opportunity to add to his collection of Ottawa Linux Symposium T-shirts. OLS2006 was a fun and interesting event, a testament to the increasing professionalism of its organizers, speakers, and attendees. And also, of course, to the energy and vitality which drives the Linux community.
LinuxWorld may be the place to go to see what companies are doing, but OLS has clearly established itself as the event to attend to learn about what the development community - and the kernel development community in particular - is up to.


This year's keynote speaker was Greg Kroah-Hartman. [...] The talk covered topics like hardware support (Linux is now second to none, says Greg), the illegal and unethical nature of closed source kernel modules, various aspects of the kernel development process, and more. The talk is very much worth a read.

Google at OSCON: Open Source Promotes Competition

  • eWEEK Linux; By Peter Galli (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 11:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Google believes that open source is one of the strongest ways to preserve industry competition, and its goal is to help this industry remain healthy and keep injecting fresh blood into it, said Chris DiBona, Google's open source program manager, in a presentation at the annual O'Reilly Open Source Conference here July 26.

[ Wonder what they would think of an open source search engine - hkwint]

Linux-based Scpl phones to replace Motorola Razr line

  •; By (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 10:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Motorola will abandon the proprietary "P2K" OS used in the Razr and other currently or soon-to-be shipping models, such as the Rizr, Krazr, and RazrMaxx. Additionally, the world's number-two handset vendor will transition future feature-phones to Linux, starting with a Scpl ("scalpel") model due in October, according to a PC Magazine article.

Scalix to Contribute Software to Open-Source Community

Scalix has taken the open-source plunge and will contribute parts of the source code for its messaging infrastructure platform to the community.

Wordpress vulnerability?

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Jul 27, 2006 9:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Community
There could be a vulnerability in Wordpress. First I read about it here (via Planet Debian), then on the OP (original poster)’s blog

Flash Player 9 Heading To Linux

  • WebProNews; By David Utter (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 9:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Adobe developer Mike Melanson has been tracking the development progress of Flash Player 9 for Linux users. A recent post on his Penguin.SWF blog listed the APIs being used in this version of the software.

[ Though no big fan of Flash, I would be glad to see Flash 9 on Linux, because a lot of sites don't work at the moment since they require Flash 8 - hkwint]

Mozilla pushes security update out to Firefox 1.x users

Mozilla Corp. on July 26 started urging Firefox users to install a newly released version of the browser, v1.5.0.5, which includes some essential security fixes.

Backing up your network with RANCID

A couple of years ago, my employer, a large state university, was looking for an open source replacement for CiscoWorks to assist us in backing up our network configurations. We found RANCID (Really Awesome New Cisco config Differ), tried it, and have used it ever since.

Google GDrive and Its Relation to Net Neutrality

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jul 27, 2006 7:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
In a move that could potentially prove my theory explained in my previous Google OS article here at, the evidence is stacking up that the GDrive may in fact be much more than a silly rumor. As I mentioned previously, Google has no intention of creating a Google OS - we've already provided it for them with existing means. Each one of us.

Linux Professional Institute, Ubuntu and MySQL Certification exams ...

The Linux Professional Institute will provide certification testing during LinuxWorld Conference & Expo San Francisco, August 15 - 17, 2006 at Moscone Center North

Can Wikipedia conquer expertise?

On March 1st, Wikipedia, the online interactive encyclopedia, hit the million-articles mark, with an entry on Jordanhill, a railway station in suburban Glasgow. Its author, Ewan MacDonald, posted a single sentence about the station at 11 P.M., local time; over the next twenty-four hours, the entry was edited more than four hundred times, by dozens of people.
It is also perfectly configured to be current: there are detailed entries for each of the twelve finalists on this season’s “American Idol,” and the article on the “2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict” has been edited more than four thousand times since it was created, on July 12th, six hours after Hezbollah militants ignited the hostilities by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers.

Rock Linux 3

Rock Linux is a collection of tools to build a GNU/Linux distribution from scratch. There are also ready-for-use versions of Rock Linux available like Crystal Rock, Generic Rock and a Live CD. The developers released Rock Linux 3, in which a lot of things are improved compared to version 2.0.3, the last available version. The announcement together with the English changelog looks as follows:

[Site is in Dutch, though the article contains a fair amount of English - dcparris]

[Sloppy translation by hkwint - hkwint]

Trojan poses as Firefox extension

Firefox users are being warned to watch out for a new Trojan that that pretends to be an extension for the web browser.

If you have to maintain legacy OSes, you might have some concern for this one. Not much, but it's better to be aware. LXer recommends upgrading all legacy OSes to modern, robust OSes with greatly reduced vulnerabilities, such as GNU/Linux or one of the BSDs. - dcparris]

Ibm, strongest proponents of open source policy

IBM is one of the strongest proponents of open standards and has a long history of working with the open source community. "We believe open source promotes innovation and quality code,"

[Hmmm.... See what happens when you talk out both sides of your mouth? - dcparris]

Open source at the National Education Computing Conference

Open source software made a big showing earlier this month at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego. Presentations were made on a variety of open source topics including advocacy, programming, deployment, and education software. [...] Huffman comments that the "time needed for a Windows-using high school student to acclimate him or herself to the Linux desktop [is] 10 minutes."

[Based on my experience during a recent family reunion, I would say that is highly accurate. - dcparris]

ISO 27001: A new standard for IT security

  • IT Manager's Journal; By Mikael Vingaard (Posted by dcparris on Jul 27, 2006 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Information security flaws can create havoc within your business operations. The ISO 27001 standard for information security management systems can help to locate existing security problems and prevent future threats before they prove harmful to your organization.

GPLv3 Draft Moves Forward, Torvalds Unimpressed

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The latest draft revision of the GPL 3 open-source license is out, but Linux creator Linus Torvalds doesn't see any new reasons to use it for Linux. (Linux-Watch)

Scalix To Open Source E-Mail

Scalix will offer up a good chunk of its next e-mail release to the open source world, the company said Wednesday. Components of Scalix Community Edition will be available under a license modeled on the Mozilla Public License (MPL). That will enable the legal use of third-party code not licensed under the MPL to coexist with commercial code. A commercial license will also be available for the Scalix enterprise product.

While this is not the first company to open source a software package, but now we're seeing a market battle centered around Free/Open Source Software

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