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Tips on keeping your Ubuntu Linux server secure

This article is excerpted from The Official Ubuntu Book by Benjamin Mako Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger, Jonathan Jesse and Ivan Krstic, copyright Prentice Hall. Reprinted with permission of Prentice Hall, all rights reserved.

CIO's Take a Top Down Approach to Open Source

  •; By Shamus McGillicuddy (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CIOs are taking over from those in the trenches and leading the charge into open source. Experts say enterprise use of open source has long been the provenance of developers and other rank-and-file IT pros, but as open source matures and more enterprise-ready tools become available, CIOs are taking over, bringing a new top-down approach to adoption.

Prosilica releases Linux software development kit

Prosilica has released a Linux software development kit (SDK) for their GigE Vision cameras. These GigE Vision gigabit Ethernet cameras, which have been used in wide range of Windows-based computer vision applications, can now also be easily used on Linux computers.

Designing a book with LyX

Self-publishing is becoming easier and cheaper, thanks in part to improved printing technologies and desktop publishing tools. If you've ever considered writing a book, you may have looked at the layout capabilities of Writer, AbiWord, KWrite, or other word processing programs. While these tools can produce adequate results for many types of documents, it's also worth considering LyX, an open source (GPL) desktop publishing application that, with a bit of work, can create a really professional-looking book that is indistinguishable from a book produced by a mainstream publishing house.

DistroWatch Weekly: LinuxWorld Expo, Linux distribution timeline, Ubuntu Christian Edition

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2006 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! A slow week in terms of distribution releases, but an exciting one for those who attended the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco. Missing from the exhibition for the first time in years, Red Hat also failed to release the first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 - apparently due to issues with Xen. But the company was represented by a Fedora booth - a distribution that is rapidly regaining trust among its users and passion among its developers. In other news, we'll take a quick look at Linux in Cuba, point you to a list of new features in Ubuntu "Edgy Eft", and link to a chart depicting Linux distribution timeline. A range of new distributions should make up for the lack of other news this week. Happy reading!

Packt announces open-source CMS award scheme

A new award scheme has been launched by Packt Publishing offering a first prize of $5,000 and the title of best Open Source Content Management System, 2006.

Much Ado About Nothing

That is the title of a comedy from William Shakespeare, and the last days somehow reminded me of that title. Why? Because sometimes, minor problems can get big ones…

Specviewperf v9 for Linux/Unix Available for Download

A Linux/UNIX version of SPECviewperf v9 graphics performance evaluation software was posted for free downloading earlier this week on the SPEC/GPC Web site

Migrating from shadow passwords to tcb in Linux

Shadow passwords have been a de facto standard with Linux distributions for years, and as well as the use of md5 passwords. However, there are drawbacks to using the traditional shadow password method, and even md5 is not as secure as it used to be.

Book review: Setup and Run a Small Office Email Server Using Postfix, Courier, Procmail, Squirrelmail, Clamav and Spamassassin

  • nixcraft; By nixcraft (Posted by nixcraft on Aug 24, 2006 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Email is one the killer application of Internet. It is the easy method of composing, sending, storing, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. However many new sysadmin finds it difficult to setup and maintain an email server system. This book is aimed at all new sysadmin who wish to learn the basis of mail server, setup & configuration issues, and advanced topics such as spam/virus protection. This book gives you just what you need to know to set up and maintain an email server.

Industrial Linux distro changes names

A real-time (RTAI-based) embedded Linux distribution targeting industrial applications has changed its name. Koan Software's Klinux (formerly K-Linux) will henceforth be known as KaeilOS (Koan advanced embedded industrial Linux operating system), according to founder Marco Cavallini. launches

A new, interactive website with the self-explanatory URL,, launched Aug. 23. As one might imagine, the site was established in an effort to promote the adoption of the GNOME desktop and GNOME-related applications.

Create and Deploy Blog and Wiki Modules with Apache Geronimo

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Artem Papkov and Jim Smith (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 24, 2006 3:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Blogs and wikis are taking the Internet by storm. One reason these technologies thrive is simplicity for both end users and administrators. Administrators find that Apache Geronimo is a robust and secure platform for creating new blog and wiki applications. Find out how you, too, can create blog and wiki applications using Geronimo and other open source components.

Eff: Patent ruling hurts open-source software

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has asked the Supreme Court to overturn a patent ruling, saying the way a lower court views patentable inventions could hurt free and open-source software projects. The EFF filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to shoot down the so-called "suggestion test," a method the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has used to determine whether an invention should be obvious to others, and therefore, not patentable.

Smart way to reinstall Linux software after crash

Hardware and Software failures are part of Life. That is why you need to have a backup. However, you need not to backup all installed binaries (mostly software). In order to reinstall or restore your installed software you need to have a list of all installed software. This tutorial show how to backup list of installed software and apply it when needed after crash. It will not just save your time but both Debian and RHEL distro can update them instantly for you.

Eclipse Open Healthcare Framework& OpenEHR at Stuttgart

The Eclipse Open Healthcare Framework (OHF) Project is an open source project whose aim is to build an e-health computing platform (tools, run-times and community) on which developers can more effectively build useful and interoperable applications. We believe that the openEHR community could leverage the Eclipse platform - the tooling, run-time and governance support, to improve the coherence of the the tools, implementations and uptake of openEHR.

Tiny, sub-$100 PC runs Puppy Linux

A Bangkok-based company is shipping a tiny, sub-$100 PC capable of running Puppy and other lightweight Linux distributions. NorhTec's MicroClient Jr. measures 4.5 inches square, draws 8 Watts, and has a 166MHz Pentium-compatible processor with three integer units. It targets thin-client, kiosk, and electronic signage applications.

FSF hires new GPL compliance engineer

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has hired long-time volunteer Brett Smith as compliance engineer for the GNU Public License (GPL). Smith replaces David Turner, who has held the position for more than five years. Both Smith and Turner say they expect a smooth changeover, with continued development of existing policies.

CMU publishes open, Linux-based robot designs

The Mobile Robot Programming Lab (MRPL) at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute has published the first in a planned series of open, educational robotics designs. The Linux-based "Qwerkbot" can be built in two hours from detailed online instructions, at a cost of $550, the Lab says.

Java 6 Platform Revealed

It seems it was only yesterday that the Tiger was escaping into the wild, and here we are today with Mustang rearing up ahead, and the Dolphin already surfacing here and there. Javaists will recognise Tiger, Mustang and Dolphin as Java 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0 respectively, and everyone else can now stop scratching their heads and wondering what this reviewer is on about. And with Java 6.0 on the horizon we can expect a slew of books to follow – either established titles updated or, as in this case, new titles making a first appearance.

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