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Three different security books--all good in their own ways--for three different kinds of security needs.
A conference on free and open source software is seeking papers on embedded projects and technologies. FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Develpers' European Meeting) is set for Feb. 25-26 in Brussels, Belgium. The fourth-annual event will have an embedded track featuring papers on Linux, uClinux, eCos, RedBoot, and RTEMS.
Linux is coming to a consumer electronics device near you soon, thanks to Texas Instruments's (TI) new DaVinci chip.
"TI understands that there is a larger number of Linux programmers than there are DSP programmers," "What [DaVinci] does in partnership with MontaVista is enables the Linux developer to use the DSP without needing to understand the complexity of programming the DSP."
Most noteworthy, the company noted that over the last six months, its software has been identifying an average of 170,000 new infected zombie computers each day.
[Ed.- the story doesn't say, but you know they're talking about Windows zombies and viruses. Tell me again how security is a priority at Galactic Headquarters in Redmond? Tell me again how it is their user's fault- because they purchased such easily-compromised pieces of poo?- tuxchick]
IBM plans to implement web based applications using Open Data Formats (ODF) where users share the application and data by passing the desktop entirely. Apparently this is aimed primarily at rising economies of India and China where " ... They don't have the legacy of having everything saved in Microsoft Office to transition from...This is an opportunity to start out right." If true there is another very interesting aspect to this article: the claim that Microsoft's Open XML format is to be submitted to both " ... standards bodies ECMA International and ISO." The latter was not mentioned previously in what I have read and would be a much harder environment for Microsoft to sell its version of "openness". (Found on slashdot.)
Mannheim, Germany, says its switch to Linux apps won't be fast or cheap--but that's just fine.
We want to decide our IT strategy in Mannheim, and not have Microsoft make the decision for Mannheim
Texas Instruments (TI) has teamed up Linux with two new highly-integrated system-on-chip (SoC) processors aimed at next-generation portable multimedia players (PMPs), digital video recorders (DVRs), and other video-oriented consumer devices. The TMS320DM6443 and TMS320DM6446 (DM644x) are the first of TI's "daVinci" line, and are available with a full-featured development board and MontaVista Linux/tools support bundle.
Centrify to Showcase Active Directory-based Management of Unix/Linux and Java Identities at Leading Conference for Active Directory, MIIS Experts
Debian is currently the fastest growing Linux distribution for web servers, with more than 1.2 million active sites in December.
[From the Yes, Virginia, there is no such thing as too many Firefox stories dept:]
The 21st digital century is here. The Net and blogs and personal posts and sites and news pages are today's news and information sources and resources. Not the cartel-owned print and electronic lamescream media adnews outlets.
Trolltech has updated its Qtopia Phone platform for Linux handsets, adding a voice over IP (VoIP) client and better support for wireless messaging. The move will make it easier for handset makers to build Linux phones with VoIP capability, but such models are unlikely to be released in Europe for at least a year.
[ED- Covered earlier but it is important that Linux does well in the Mobile area -bstadil]
IBM is adopting OpenDocument Format (ODF) for the first generally available release of its network-based collaboration and office productivity suite. IBM said Sunday its Workplace Managed Client 2.6, due in early 2006, would adopt ODF so users could easily share files and information. The Workplace Managed Client is currently available on a limited capacity, with more than one million deployed seats.
A summary of free software news and events occurring in the month of November 2005.
When Gary Mauldin, CEO of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, died from complications from an accident on Sept. 19, 2002, Kevin Mauldin inherited his brother's job -- as well as an outdated computer network.
"I'm a retailer, not a techie," Kevin Mauldin said. The younger sibling was adept at both retail and technology, increasing his company's sales by 35 percent in 2001 and virtually building the Denver-based furniture retailer's Unix-based operating system from the ground up.
THE non-profit Mozilla Foundation has released a new version of its free, and impressive, Firefox web browser.
Among other things, it offers faster browsing, automatic updates, better pop-up blocking - and bless you Mozilla - good security.
Firefox, which uses open-source software, is the world's second most popular browser after Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which comes installed on most PCs.
More than 106 million copies of Firefox have been downloaded since it was introduced a little more than a year ago, giving Mozilla about 15 per cent of the market.
When it released the source code to its Solaris operating system, Sun Microsystems bet that people would pick it up and run. Sun said it wanted to see a community form around the OpenSolaris code, and take it beyond what the company had done with it in its more than 25 years of development of the OS. Today the community Sun was looking for seems to be coming to life.
After a two year labour of love, coffee and coding, Alistair Carruthers unveils South Africa's biggest search engine. Carruthers marries open source technologies like Lucene with Microsoft's proprietary .Net framework for a truly inspiring result.
Two public financial institutions will start the first Linux-based Internet banking services this month as the government tries to end Microsoft Windows' long-running monopoly in online banking systems.
The state-owned Korea Post said on Wednesday (Nov. 30) that it will launch an online banking service for Linux operating system users in mid-December, as a part of the open-source software fostering projects of the Ministry of Information and Communication.
LXer Day Desk: 12-05-2005
Has Microsoft repeated history in its fight against Linux? We wonder if the Redmond company has confused the proposed implementation of the Open Document Format as part of the fight against Linux. One only has to look back at anti-trust litigation from 1968 to shed light on the question. Have the people who are supposed to represent the interests of we, the people, failed? You must answer that question for yourself and so should the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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