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Slackware update for kde (SSA:2004-247-01)

Security has a cost: speed, convenience

a friend recently complained that Mozilla's new Firefox browser was slower on various sites than Internet Explorer. But Mozilla suppresses pop-ups and spyware, where Internet Explorer does not. For the same reason that stuff gets through a sieve faster than a filter, IE has a speed advantage.

Think proprietary, government tells open source developers

  • ZDNet.com.au (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2004 4:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source developers keen to impress potential government buyers should take some pages from the practices of proprietary software vendors, a senior government procurement officer told attendees at the AUUG 2004 conference in Melbourne.

Open source software deserves a state look

  • San Jose Mercury News (subscription) (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2004 3:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
it's encouraging that the California Performance Review, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's blueprint for saving money in government, recommends that officials consider open source software alternatives to proprietary products.

‘no Market For Linux In Desktop Segment Yet’

Juergen Geck, chief technology officer (CTO), Suse Linux, a Novell company, who is responsible for aligning and communicating the company’s technology strategy, was also instrumental in designing SuSE’s flagship product SuSE Linux Enterprise server. The enterprise server was the first Linux offering in the market. In an interview with eFE, he spoke about the current trends in the Linux market.

Professor promotes open source software

  • eTaiwan News (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2004 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A prominent U.S. law professor Lawrence Lessig has called on Taiwan and other Asian countries to join in the worldwide movement in the collaborative sharing of software programs as a means of encouraging technical innovation and fueling the growth of the IT revolution.

Is Open Source Imperative?

  • TechWeb (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2004 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Linux is not a boy. Linux is not a child. Linux is ready." With these words, Martin Fink, VP of Linux for Hewlett-Packard, rephrased a popular sentiment at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco this August (while simultaneously knocking competitor IBM's ad campaign). He, along with many others, took the message another step: Not only is open source enterprise ready, but the enterprise had better be ready for open source.

Taiwan launches knowledge-sharing network

  • eTaiwan News (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2004 6:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the aim of promoting the free flow of ideas and supporting knowledge sharing in the public domain, Taiwan launched a "Creative Commons" network yesterday, to join 23 other countries already leading the drive in this international movement.

Novell's Linux promotion comes through

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2004 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Last week in my Wired Windows column I took Novell to task over a promotion, the Novell Linux Technical Resource Kit. This was a package of goodies intended to showcase Novell?s new Linux offerings.

The Mandrake Mystery

  • NewsFactor; By Russell Shaw (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2004 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mandriva
So, if Mandrakelinux is so user-friendly and powerful, why is it not a household word -- even compared to other Linux flavors? In a word: marketing. There is a widespread, if not universally shared, perception that Mandrakesoft's marketing efforts are far less sophisticated then its technical attributes.

Debian project unable to deploy Sender ID

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.org> (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2004 4:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Debian
The current Microsoft Royalty-Free Sender ID Patent License Agreement terms are a barrier to any Debian package which wants to implement Sender ID or include Sender ID support.

Microsoft vs. Linux vs. vendor lock-in

One of the big reasons enterprise IT users eye Linux hungrily is that it offers a chance to break the ties that bind them to Microsoft. It's bad business to rely on anything, whether it's a truck or an operating system, that can only be repaired by one supplier. Indeed, one of Microsoft's big sales advantages when PCs were just starting to become popular was that it freed companies from hardware vendor lock-in by offering an operating system that would work with PCs and peripherals made by many companies. Now we need to ask how we can keep from getting locked in by Linux vendors. There's simply no getting around the fact that, from the vendor's point of view, customer lock-in is wonderful no matter what product that vendor sells.

Longhorn's Demise Gives Linux Its Chance

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Sep 3, 2004 11:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Longhorn's delay may be Linux's gain, according to Linux vendors and analysts.

In Operating Systems We Trust

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Sep 3, 2004 10:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
eWEEK Labs tested two trusted operating system products: the National Security Agency's SELinux, which makes Linux into a trusted operating system, and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Trusted Solaris 8. Both have access controls that are much more fine-grained than those in mainstream operating systems, limiting the damage that can be done by an attacker who takes control of a process running with root privileges by minimizing the permissions of that process.

Open Source As Policy

  • InternetNews.com (Posted by dave on Sep 3, 2004 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A draft study released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) looks at the various policies and legislation being considered by various levels of government around the globe. The 33-page document provides an exhaustive list of various initiatives and their current status. More than 45 nations have had some level of public-policy initiatives or discussion about open source according to the report. However, the report's authors note that, "slightly more than half of the initiatives never went beyond the proposal stage."

Gentoo update for ruby (200409-08)

  • LWN.net (Posted by dave on Sep 3, 2004 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo; Story Type: Security

Automate remote backups using rdiff-backup and perl

  • FedoraNews: Gavin Henry; By Gavin Henry (Posted by ghenry on Sep 3, 2004 12:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
I thought I would tell you about how I do my remote backups. The program I use is rdiff-backup, with a perl script to sort out e-mail notification and logfile generation.

Linux-based Wi-Fi hot spot on CD

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Sep 3, 2004 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Users looking for an easy way to set up a public Wi-Fi hotspot might find help from an open source project called ZoneCD. Offered by a group called Public IP, ZoneCD is a CD-based Linux distribution that can turn any PC into a Wi-Fi access gateway for a public hot spot. The gateway runs off of a PC’s CD player, requiring no installation or hardware configuration, according to the software’s developers.

Gentoo update for xv (200409-07)

  • LWN.net (Posted by dave on Sep 3, 2004 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo; Story Type: Security

Longhorn's Demise Gives Linux Its Chance

  • eWeek; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Sep 3, 2004 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Longhorn's delay may be Linux's gain, according to Linux vendors and analysts. With Longhorn shorn of most of its most important features, such as WinFS (Windows File System), Linux supporters are hopeful that the Linux desktop can finally make inroads into the hearts and minds of corporate desktop users.

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