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Oracle to host Linux and Java installfest at LinuxWorld

Oracle South Africa will host a Linux and Java 'installfest' at the upcoming LinuxWorld conference and exhibition, being held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 17th to 20th May.

LugRadio goes live this summer

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 5:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The creators of LugRadio, a fortnightly radio programme that takes an irreverent look at Linux and open source, are holding a Linux community event this summer in Wolverhampton. It is aimed at open source fans, rather than corporate IT buyers, and the emphasis is very much on fun, rather than sales pitches.

Government: Open source could halve school IT bills

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 4:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A leaked report from the British Educational Communications and Technology Association contains bad news for software vendors such as Microsoft

Security Advisory

The Mozilla Foundation is aware of two potentially critical Firefox security vulnerabilities as reported publicly Saturday, May 7th. There are currently no known active exploits of these vulnerabilities although a "proof of concept" has been reported. Changes to the Mozilla Update web service have been made to mitigate the risk of an exploit. Mozilla is aggressively working to provide a more comprehensive solution to these potential vulnerabilities and will provide that solution in a forthcoming security update. Users can further protect themselves today by temporarily disabling JavaScript.

DistroWatch Weekly: Mini review of Gentoo Linux, Frugalware Linux

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 2:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Robert Storey has installed Gentoo Linux for the first time and he summarises his impressions in a mini-review. Despite some reports in the media, the FTP edition of SUSE LINUX 9.3 has not been released just yet, but there is much to look forward to in the next few weeks - the 3rd test of Fedora Core 4 should be out this coming Tuesday and, according to a new report, Debian Sarge is not far off either. Also in this issue - focus on Frugalware Linux as our featured distribution of the week. Happy reading!

Allowing exactly the right people to send email

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EXACT, the EXperimental Access Control Thing, is a POP-before-SMTP daemon that integrates with most email systems to control email relaying and thereby potentially reduce spamming. Here's how you can install and configure EXACT to keep spammers from taking advantage of your mail server.

Meet the Head of Microsoft's Linux Lab

Hidden away in Building 17 — when he's not on the road, working to counteract the impression among open-source backers that Microsoft is the devil personified — is Bill Hilf.

Linux Stateful Firewall Design

Daniel Robbins, President/CEO of Gentoo Technologies, Inc shows you how to use netfilter to set up a powerful Linux stateful firewall. By completing this tutorial, you will understand how Linux stateful firewalls are put together, and you'll have several example configurations to use in your own projects.

Microsoft versus Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Unix

On the Internet there is a tremoundous amount of argument over which operating system is the best for web hosting. There are anti-windows haters, there are FreeBSD fanatics and more. But which is the best? The truth is it depends on what you are doing.

Microsoft changes tune on open source

For a company whose most familiar competitive tactic has been to undercut rivals on price, Microsoft has faced a new and unusual threat from "free" open-source software such as the Linux operating system.

Easy DB2 skill building with Oracle experiance

Two DB skills are better than one and can expand your potential compensation scale. If you've had experience with Oracle and now are starting or want to learn DB2 Universal Database, this article will help you leverage your previous experience.

Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter #103

  • Mailing list; By Adam Williamson (Posted by dave on May 8, 2005 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Mandriva
Welcome to the Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter -- dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandriva-related news & info.

US DoD Buys Renewed Support for Red Hat Certificate Software

  • Defense Industry Daily (Posted by dave on May 8, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
The department's Defense Information Systems Agency has agreed to purchase subscriptions for Red Hat Certificate System software. The contract is a two-year deal with possible extensions. It permits the DoD to keep track of as many as 12 million certificates, and an optional extension could boost that to 38 million. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Open source project boosts democracy online

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by dave on May 8, 2005 4:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A pilot e-democracy service cannot tackle low voter turnout, but it is beginning to engage the public, says a new report

Word's Open-Source Competition

The latest version of the free OpenOffice suite promises to be a strong competitor to Microsoft Office. It's still in beta, but it's already a good alternative -- and you can't argue with the price. OpenOffice is the fruit of a collaboration between Sun Microsystems and volunteer programmers around the world. Sun bought a German company in 1999 to get office software to bundle with its computers but figured that it wasn't going to make big bucks selling the software to a wider market because of Microsoft's grip. So it released portions of the code to the public.

Public Radio International Announces "Open Source" Podcast

  • Podcasting News (Posted by dave on May 8, 2005 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Public Radio International (PRI) and Open Source Media Inc. have announced plans to launch a radio program to embrace bloggers, podcasters, Web enthusiasts, and the Internet transformation of media. Open Source from PRI is a hour-long, on-air conversation designed to capture “the sound of the Web” with host Christopher Lydon engaging callers, e-mailers, and bloggers from around the world in a range of fascinating topics.

Experts work to aid compiler behind open source

  • ZDNet (Posted by dave on May 7, 2005 10:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Programmers are working to debug and speed performance of the newly released GCC 4.0, the compiler at the foundation of the open-source and free-software movements.

Victorian government elects open source for e-democracy platform

  • Computerworld Australia; By Michael Crawford (Posted by dave on May 7, 2005 8:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An inquiry into the potential of e-democracy in Victoria has recommended Internet broadcasting for parliament, the use of videoconferencing for parliamentary committees and the use of open source code for electronic voting kiosks.

Q&A: Ameritrade CIO on open-source, smaller arrays

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by dave on May 7, 2005 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Since his company paid $1.29 billion for Datek Online Holdings two years ago, Ameritrade Holding Corp. CIO Asiff Hirji said, he has increased overall IT staffing while cutting the combined IT budgets. Hirji spoke with Computerworld this week about the consolidation with Datek and how Ameritrade has slashed costs by replacing high-end storage arrays with midrange equipment and using open-source technologies.

The Advantages of Adopting Open Source Software

  • informit.com; By By Jason Williams, Peter Clegg, Emmett Dulaney (Posted by mariuz on May 7, 2005 5:09 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell, PHP; Story Type: News Story
This chapter focuses on the advantages of going with an open source solution. It looks at application availability, software costs, license management, and other issues that must factor into a decision of whether to adopt open source in your environment.

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