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France sings a different tune

(Fortune International) -- Francisco Mingorance was on vacation in Spain last winter when he logged on to an Internet webcast and heard French politicians debating how to require Apple Computer to disclose its secret underlying code for iTunes software - a move that would allow millions of music lovers to play downloaded music and video on any device they chose.

Open Source encryption module loses FIPS certification

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has revoked certification of the open-source encryption tool OpenSSL under the Federal Information Processing Standard.

[Hmmm... One wonders at just how the re-evaluation process, which should have noted corrections to the original problem, wound up leading to a revocation. One assumes that the problems will be made known to the OpenSSL folks - if it's so proprietary that even they can't find out what's wrong, someone needs to examine the process. - dcparris]

Eu Parliament calls for better support of Open Source

  • Heise Online; By Stefan Krempl, Craig Morris (Posted by dcparris on Jul 17, 2006 10:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
In their recent plenary session, EU parliamentarians have voiced their support for an open information society. A text adopted by a majority of the EU parliament to implement the Lisbon program of the European Community under the motto "More research and innovation - investing for growth and employment" aims, among other things, to send a signal to the EU commission, which is constantly expanding intellectual property rights to the benefit of rights holders. The parliamentarians countered that the concept of "Open Innovation" is the best way to increase investments in research and development and attain the Lisbon goals. In these goals, the EU Plans to become the most competitive, dynamic economic area in the world by 2010. [Is it possible that Europe could become more "free" than the U.S.? - dcparris]

Growth of Open Source Solutions in Healthcare in the 21st Century

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Jul 17, 2006 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux, MySQL
Douglas Goldstein and Peter Groen have an informativearticle with a wide ranging perspective of FOSS in medicine.'...It is important to recognize that a wide range of OSS solutions are already in use in health care, generally consisting of technical tools and business applications - Linux, Apache, Open Office, mySQL, FireFox, and other fairly well known products. In addition, there are a large number of health care specific OSS solutions that have also been developed and are being widely deployed, such as OSCAR, FreeMed, MedLine, BLAST, Epi-X, SaTScan, VistA, and many more...'

Feather Linux: Light is right

  •; By Stefan Vrabie (Posted by dcparris on Jul 17, 2006 9:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Feather Linux is a Knoppix-based Linux distribution that can run from a CD or a USB pen drive in under 128MB of space. According to its Web site, it "tries to include software which most people would use every day on their desktop."

Fedora Weekly News Issue 55

Welcome to our issue number 55 of Fedora Weekly News. In this issue, we have following articles: 1 FC6 test2 freeze slipping by a week 2 Packaging Committee Information 3 How was NECC 2006? 4 SELinux blocks local privilege escalation vulnerability 5 Linux Magazine: AppArmor vs SELinux 6 New Linux Hardware Compatibility List Launches 7 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-07-10 8 Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates 9 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News 10 Editor's Blog

Mcafee: Hackers Learning from Open Source

  • CIO; By -Robert McMillan, IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau) (Posted by dcparris on Jul 17, 2006 8:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, Linux
Hackers are taking a page from the open-source playbook, using the same techniques that made Linux and Apache successes to improve their malicious software, according to McAfee.
[This is a different take on an earlier article posted here at LXer. - dcparris]

Leading Open-Source, Open-Standard DRM Project OpenIPMP Announces New Version, Boasting Cross-Platform OMA, ISMAcryp, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Support

Open-source project OpenIPMP today announced the release of OpenIPMP v2, a major upgrade to the leading open- source and open-standards based DRM (Digital Rights Management) system originally released in 2002.

[It's a disgrace that Free/Open Source Software users embrace the idea of restricting freedom this way. Some who host their projects on Sourceforge may wish to move them to Savannah. - dcparris]

VistA Video

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Jul 17, 2006 6:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: GNU, Linux
Very nicely done video on the Veterans Affairs hospital system VistA system can be foundhere. From the video:"VA is a leader in electronic health records...VHA patients received higher quality care...higher quality of overall, chronic disease and preventive care..."

Xilinx Releases ISE WebPACK 8.2i - FPGA Industry's Only Free Fully Featured Design Suite

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced the immediate availability of the Integrated Software Environment (ISE(TM)) WebPACK(TM) 8.2i release -- the latest version of the company's free* downloadable programmable logic design suite. This new version includes all the features of the 8.2i release of the popular Xilinx ISE Foundation(TM) software with full support for optional embedded, digital signal processing (DSP) and real-time debug design flows. Most notably, ISE WebPACK 8.2i builds on the ISE Fmax Technology with the integration of the Xplorer utility enabling designers to easily explore multiple design rule settings and constraints to improve design performance by 10 percent.

Unmasking Novell's identity plans

  • Reg Developer; By Mary Branscombe (Posted by hkwint on Jul 17, 2006 5:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Bandit countryIdentity systems such as Higgins and InfoCard give us new ways of storing and exchanging information about users; good news for users and developers.

The other half of the picture is managing and auditing those identities and the roles they correspond to.

Serious Cluster Design and Prototyping

In the article Robert Brown looks at choosing Linux cluster hardware. He is not going to tell you what kind of hardware to buy, but more importantly, how to navigate the ever changing and complex hardware landscape. Cost and benefit are going to be two key words in this article. If you are interested in real cluster HPC, this article is a great place to begin.

Hackers learn from open source

  • PC Advisor; By Robert McMillan (Posted by hkwint on Jul 17, 2006 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Hackers are using techniques popularised by developers of open-source software like Linux to improve their malicious code, a researcher at McAfee has said.

[ - Crackers also like freedom 0 - hkwint ]

Novell Delivers Next-Generation Platform for the Open Enterprise

SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is Now Available Worldwide

iWave announces low cost ARM Platform with Linux and Win CE.Net

iWave Systems, a leading embedded Single Board computer provider announces support for Linux for their Atmel ARM9(ATRM9200) Platform. The Indian based design house has wide spectrum of reference platforms based on Atmel/Sharp ARM9, Free Scale Power PC, Intel Xscale etc to address the needs of Educational institutions, Embedded Training Institutes, R&D Institutes, IP service providers, ODMs and OEMs.

Ex-microsoft staffers set up open source directory site

Timid about diving into the oceanic waters of open-source projects? A few former Microsoft employees have launched a website that evaluates open source projects. The site, called Ohloh, is not a reviews site but instead a directory of open source software, its co-founders said.

Red Hat Expands Presence in Bangladesh

Red Hat, the open source solutions provider, announced the growth of its partner network, presence and services to Bangladesh. While the new partners include Base, Thakral, Daffodil, Flora and Technohaven, Red Hat's customers are offered support by key ISVs, software resellers, OEMs, SIs and business partners operating from Bangladesh. The sales, pre-sales and technical support requirements for Bangladesh will be addressed through Red Hat's Kolkata office.

Red Hat Announces Increasing Presence in Bangladesh

Red Hat has announced the growth of its partner network, presence and services in Bangladesh. The company said this enhanced network enables it to continue providing regional support, training and sales activities, in addition to localized solutions for Bangladesh.

Debian update for rssh

Debian has issued an update for rssh. This fixes a vulnerability, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.

Suse leads Linux pack for virtual servers

Novell will today launch Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10, the first commercially-supported version of Linux to include the Xen open-source virtual server technology, presenting firms with a new way to consolidate servers and run multiple applications and operating systems.

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