A vulnerability in Firefox could expose users of the open-source browser to the risk of phishing scams, security experts have warned.
What do we do when we have a substandard free software product that we could use, but would be more productive with a proprietary competitor? What sacrifices should we make in order to use a free software program? Originally the GNU Project was intended to provide a free (as in rights) replacement for proprietary Unix -- the dominant industrial operating system at the time. This project was initiated with the understanding that proprietary software would have to be used until free alternatives were made available. Today we have many free replacements for proprietary programs, but are they truly equivalents?
TalkBack: Our article reporting the discovery of a security hole in Firefox had elicited a wide range of opinions - both from fans of the open source browser, and those who are less enamoured with it.
Thibaut Varene didn't mean to start a discussion about free software projects and community standards. But that's what he did when he posted an Intent to Package notice to the Debian-devel list for a novelty program called Hot Babe. The notice resulted in half a dozen threads and hundreds of emails, and an ongoing debate about whether a free software project like Debian should accept packages that are sexist, pornographic, or otherwise potentially offensive -- and who and who would be held to account in any resulting legal action.
Long-time Linux users know that the kernel and most of the programs are the same across distributions, but different implementations vary in their hardware detection, default choices of basic software, package management system, availability of extra packages, third-party software, and bundled management tools. I was looking for a single distribution I could rely on as both a server and a desktop OS, and one that I could install and support remotely for clients and use at home for work and play. What I found was the powerful SUSE Professional.
After an evening of research, I determined I needed the following software to make the most of my camera...
This chapter is a simple but realistic case study of using Open Source tools in everyday development. In particular, this chapter uses ASpell, a commercial-caliber spell checking component that supports twenty-some different language dictionaries, as an example.
The news just broke that the Venezuelan government is planning to migrate to Open Source, having issued a decree to central government organizations to draft plans for migration. The decree involves three phases of migration beginning with central government, then regional government and finally municipal government. Central ministries covered in the first phase are being asked to complete the migration within two years (unless they can demonstrate that the time frame cannot be met). The Venezuelan government has founded an Open Source academy in the city of Merida in an effort to provide a supply of capable staff.
WebScan for Linux combines both anti-virus and content security features in order to protect the network at a Linux based gateway or proxy server level. It helps organizations control the type of Web traffic content flowing through the gateway and offers protection from harmful viruses.
Every new Linux distribution, particularly from an established vendor such as Novell's SuSE division, brings with it the question "Is it ready to take on Microsoft on the desktop?" We recently got a copy of the Novell Linux Desktop, which was created to offer an alternative corporate desktop operating system that meets the needs of most structured task workers.
This was also the year when open source software finally broke through on to the desktop. And the strange thing is that this didn’t happen via Linux or the free OpenOffice suite, but via the one piece of software that most people use every day: the web browser.
There are two Linux philosophies... either install "everything under the kitchen sink" or install the cream of the crop apps that a user is most likely to need. Xandros believes in the latter ...
Senior Editor Doc Searls goes on his annual penguin hunt at one of the world's largest trade shows.
Imagine all of the processing power within your enterprise - from every large and small server and cluster in every datacenter, to every networked personal computer - all available to work on solving the day's business problems. That's the notion of an enterprise grid, and if the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA) fulfills its mission, a company-wide computing farm will be a reality.
How would you like to run several operating systems at once on the same physical hardware with virtually no performance overhead - and for free? That's the promise and the purpose of Xen, a relatively new open source project that turns one piece of hardware into many, virtually. If you're looking to cut costs or maximize usage or both, follow the path to Xen.
Whatever the size of your project, the chore of managing issues - bugs, feature requests, even programming assignments - can be aided by a good issue tracking system (ITS). One of the newest tracking systems is Scarab. Easy-to-install, easy-to-use, and built to be customized, Scarab may give scaly, old Bugzilla the boot.
Last month, I expressed boredom with the personal computer. Beyond gigahertz, gigabytes, and wireless, I complained, personal computers sold today look and feel a lot like those sold ten years ago. Of course, that's not entirely true.
It's a coincidence that last month's "On the Docket" discussed the dangers of software patents just as a troubling headline appeared: according to an exhaustive study by the Public Patent Foundation (http://www.pubpat.org), the Linux kernel infringes 283 patents. Although that news seems dire, having this information in hand is a good thing for at least two reasons.
I've started to have a sort of love-hate relationship with Fedora. On the one hand, I like the fact that the Fedora Project keeps their distribution constantly up-to-date, making all of the latest and greatest advancements in KDE, GNOME, OpenOffice.org, and so on available to me. On the other hand, Fedora can sometimes be as stable as Anne Heche strung out on peyote.
Last month's "Tech Support" showed how to monitor resource utilization with Cacti. This month, let's use vmstat to track down any bottlenecks that Cacti might have found. Part of the procps package (which contains many other useful utilities such as ps, top, w, and kill), vmstat reports statistical information about process status, memory consumption, paging activity, block I/O operations, interrupts, context switches, and processor usage. vmstat is available from http://procps.sourceforge.net and is licensed under the GPL. While you can download and install the latest version of procps, it's a standard set of utilities found in almost every Linux install.