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Java Open Source Move Leaves Wiggle Room

With all the hoopla it could muster, Sun Microsystems made Java, its portable programming language and closely held software gem, an open source commodity last week. The highly anticipated move means more technology products based on Java and more street cred for Sun.

Implement NFSv4: Domains and Authentication

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 20, 2006 1:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This week we'll explain what's required to get NFS servers and clients talking NFSv4, and briefly talk about the components for secure NFS.

DistroWatch Weekly: Etch delay, third-party software repositories, FreeBSD's security event auditing

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 20, 2006 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It was a relatively quiet week, only disturbed by the news about Java being released under the GPL and the unusual levels of interest in the new Linux Mint 2.0. This week's discussion revolves around adding third-party repositories to Ubuntu and other distributions; while the goal of extending the number of easily installable software packages sounds good, mindless addition of repositories can not only compromise system security, it can also break one's system beyond repair. Also in the news: Debian "etch" delays, Fedora 6 usage statistics, FreeBSD's new Security Event Auditing (SEA) system, and an opinion about including proprietary kernel modules in Linux distributions. Finally, the DistroWatch database saw an addition of four new Linux distributions last week; these include the low-end Fluxbuntu Linux and the user-friendly Ulteo. Happy reading!

LernTux 1.0 Screenshot Walkthrough

LearnTux is a German Linux live CD with a collection of educational software. The latest version is based on Mandriva Linux 2007.

Printing in Calc, Part I: Page styles

Spreadsheets are primarily used online. For this reason, printing them can be challenging even to experienced users. However, offers more help than most spreadsheets with printing, starting with the introduction of page styles. In this entry, I'll explain how Calc page styles can help with printing spreadsheets. In Part II, I'll continue by explaining the other tools available for printing in Calc.

Turnitin: Inculcating Ideology, or Enforcing Proper Attribution

  • Free Software Magazine; By Matt Barton (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 19, 2006 10:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A few months back on Kairosnews, we had a long discussion with Michael Bruton, a representative of Turnitin, a commercial "plagiarism detection and prevention service." In short, the question was whether it was ethical for teachers to use the service, since it involves uploading students' essays into's database, where they will ostensibly be encrypted and then used to guard against its being used illicitly in the future. Students at various schools across the country have protested the software as well, arguing that (a) the service is very expensive, and student's don't want to pay for it, and (b) they feel it violates their "intellectual property rights."

Linux Mint 2.0 Screenshot Walkthrough

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java, and other components. Linux Mint 2.0, code name "Barbara", was released yesterday: This release is based on Ubuntu 6.10 and uses the Ubuntu installer. The desktop is GNOME 2.16.1 and the kernel is 2.6.17. Barbara comes with the following plugins: Macromedia Flash 9 beta, Sun Java 1.5 Update 9, RealPlayer 10. Support for MP3, Windows and various codecs, encrypted DVDs is installed by default. Barbara comes with Amarok 1.4.4 instead of Rhythmbox.

KDE Commit-Digest for 19th November 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KTorrent supports the creation of trackerless torrents, with work beginning on a web-based management GUI. Support for browsing the SHOUTcast webradio listings in Amarok. Work starts on a new Planner Summary plugin for Kontact. KDissert is renamed Semantik. Maps of more countries added to KGeography. Version 2 of Kallery, a web image gallery creator, is imported into KDE SVN. Qt3 and KDE 3 Java bindings are removed from KDE SVN, superceded by the developments of Qt Jambi.

Survey recommends that public authorities used more open source

A survey by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) commissioned by IBM, Novell and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS) concludes that open source is on the ascendant and is stimulating the economy. Surveys by market research companies such as IDC and Gartner have come to similar conclusions.

Microsoft, Mozilla plan Firefox CardSpace plug-in

The Firefox open-source web browser will soon be compatible with Microsoft's CardSpace identity-management technology, since Microsoft has vowed to write the browser a software plug-in. The plug-in will be written at Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab and released eventually to the open-source community, said Hank Janssen, the lab's program manager, at the TechEd IT Forum in Barcelona yesterday.

This week at LWN: Resisting the binary blob

Last week, LWN pointed at a software review claiming that Fedora Core 6 was so bad that the whole distribution should simply be shut down. The failing which led to such a dire prescription was a lack of proprietary software.

Getting Cute with the GPL

Eben Moglen has now stated that GPLv3 will be redrafted to include clear language that will make the Novell-Microsoft agreement an obvious GPL violation, and more: "GPL version 3 will be adjusted so the effect of the current deal is that Microsoft will by giving away access to the very patents Microsoft is trying to assert."

SGI and Fed Centric Secure U.S. Government Order for Massive, Cost-Efficient Enterprise Computing System

SGI today announced an order with the U.S. Government for a massive SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 system and maintenance services. The order is the result of SGI's close collaboration with Fed Centric Technologies, a Bethesda, Md.-based company that specializes in supporting the mission-critical applications, infrastructure and professional services requirements of the Department of Defense, intelligence community, the Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement communities. Powered by 128 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 9000 Series Processors, the new system features 4TB of globally shared memory running under a single instance of SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell(R).

Racoon Roadwarrior Configuration

  • HowtoForge; By Matija Zeman (Posted by falko on Nov 19, 2006 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Racoon Roadwarrior is a client that uses unknown, dynamically assigned IP addresses to connect to a VPN gateway (in this case also firewall). This is one of the most interesting and today most needed scenarios in business environment. This tutorial shows how to configure Racoon Roadwarrior.

Open source start-ups speak out

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By John Blau Potsdam (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 19, 2006 12:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Entrepreneurs attending a recent forum in Germany showed how they plan to use clever open source products — commercially — to compete with proprietary software companies. The Open Source Forum gave software entrepreneurs from Europe and the US an opportunity to present their business ideas to venture capitalists and other ICT experts. Their message was loud and clear: open source is a disruptive technology that is here to stay, and it will nibble, or maybe even someday gobble, away at the customer base of big and pricey commercial software companies.

IBM VP Bob Sutor reflects on open source

In the mythical land of "Open Source," an egalitarian, global network of software developers sacrificially contribute programming code to the greater good. But in today's real world, open source minds and corporate technology giants are finding they need each other to survive and thrive, says Bob Sutor, IBM vice president of Open Standards and Open Source.

Three Minutes With Zimbra's Satish Dharmaraj

Open-source collaboration software vendor Zimbra is adopting an intriguing approach to taking on proprietary titans like Microsoft and Google, using its channel partners as its competitive muscle. The aim is for Zimbra to step completely out of directly selling the commercial versions of its products so the startup can focus fully on software development and support, according to Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra's ebullient cofounder and chief executive officer.

Bring on the WorkStation 3

  • Open for Business; By Timothy R. Butler (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 19, 2006 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the launch of the PlayStation 3, the fate of one of the world’s best-known brands, Sony, hangs in the balance. Although the technology, and the price tag, of the new system will likely lead to it moving at least partially it into the realm of home theater enthusiasts rather than just gaming enthusiasts wanting the latest game system, presently Sony is staking much of its future on that market. For true security, it needs a complete digital ecosystem, and for that, it needs to change its PC strategy.

Sugarcrm Builds a Firm Foundation

SugarCRM has become the latest open source vendor to simplify the installation and support of a full software stack comprising its own CRM application and other third party offerings. Thursday, the company unveiled Sugar FastStack, a service to set up and support a stack of its Sugar Professional or Enterprise product.

NL: ATI Linux Driver 8.31.5

Advanced Micro Devices heeft onlangs nieuwe display drivers voor Linux uitgebracht. Ze hebben versienummer 8.31.5 meegegeven, kunnen hun werk doen op alle kaarten vanaf de Radeon 9500. Anders dan dat we van ATi gewend waren is er nu slechts één download, die geschikt zijn voor zowel een 32-bits als een 64-bits omgeving. De downloadgrootte daarentegen is gegroeid naar zo'n 55MB.

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