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Mono Project Grows as Novell Hires 2 Volunteers

"It looks as if Mono is going to get a lot more manpower," writes Dennis Hayes. "If this translates into more code, Mono could be entering a whole new era. Novell's acquisition of Ximian has been very good for the project, and Novell seems to be true to their word about keeping open source open," he adds, before discussing Mono's 0.30 release System.Windows. Forms (SWF) implementation changes, and some other ways that Novell has helped Mono and open source.

LXer Weekly Security Roundup - Apr 05, 2004 to Apr 12, 2004

There were 22 security alerts issued last week:
  • 4 from Debian
  • 12 from Gentoo
  • 2 from Mandrake
  • 4 from OpenPKG

The People Behind KDE : Adriaan de Groot

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2004 12:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
This guy has given himself the Dutch label; a 'hardcore béta', he's focussed on writing his thesis, can't stand bad and rude behavior on IRC, amuses himself with Algebra and his most successful and recent accomplishment is contributing to the compilation of a new project, a baby girl named Mira! This week we sync up with KPilot's Adriaan de Groot!

Introducing "Cooperative Linux" - Linux for Windows, No Less

A month ago, a trial version of a little-known Linux application called "CoLinux" was released that is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively. It's the work of a 21 year-old Israeli computer science student and some Japanese open source programmers; in Israel, analysts are already saying it could help transform the software world.

Wildseed Announces French Kitty version of SmartSkins

  • MobileTechNews; By Jean Panke (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2004 11:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
The first Smart Skin capable phone is GSM/GPRS and will be launched by Curitel in early 2004. Wildseed's software is based on Linux and is licensed for use in specially designed handsets supporting GSM/GPRES and Qualcomm's CDMA 1XRTT. Smart Screens software is also compatible with Symbian, Microsoft Stinger and Qualcomm's BREW.

Dan O'Dowd Reminds World of UNIX Creator Ken Thompson's Security Stunt

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2004 10:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a speeech intended to serve us a wake-up call to anyone relying on the "many eyes" that look at the Linux source code to quickly find any subversions, the CEO of Green Hills Software last week reminded his audience how UNIX's creator Ken Thompson installed a back door in the binary code of UNIX that automatically added his user name and password to every UNIX system - a secret he revealed only 14 years later.

Testing the Waters with Linux

  • SitePoint; By Blane Warrene (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2004 10:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you are new to Linux, need a test environment or do not want to setup dual-booting on your primary workstation, there is an easy way to build a Linux server. Simply uncover some retired hardware.

Whizzkid develops Linux application for Windows

Dan Aloni, a 21-year-old computer science student, has caused a stir in the computing world by developing a Linux application that works within Microsoft's Windows system...Aloni's project, called CoLinux, was released on the Web a month ago, but is only at a trial stage. Pini Cohen a senior informations systems analyst at computer research company Meta Group Israel has called the development "an important stage in breaking Microsoft's monopoly."

Debian Project Leader Election 2004 Results

  • Mailing list; By Debian Project Secretary <> (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Debian
The winner of the election is Martin Michlmayr.

Devices get smart

Indeed, Linux’s biggest strength probably comes not from being a lower-cost solution than Microsoft’s, but from the fact that there is no one company deciding where it is going. Wind River, whose VxWorks is the leading embedded OS, has partnered with Red Hat to create a 1MB embedded Linux distribution. The company is also creating vertical platforms that link old-school VxWorks with Linux.

Who is Messman trying to convince?

  • Network World on Linux; By Dave Kearns (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 7:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Is it just me, or do others think Jack Messman is trying to convince himself that the move to Linux is a good idea? Just look at some of the things he said at BrainShare:

RTAI release brings real-time add-ons to Linux 2.6

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 6:33 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
Project Leader Paolo Mantegazza reports that a test version of RTAI-3.1 is available for download, featuring real-time support for Linux 2.4.xx and 2.6.x. The release may represent the first implementation of real-time performance in the 2.6-series kernel, according to Mantegazza.

Open Source or Open Sesame?

  • The Age; By Leon Brooks (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source policies not only reduce the risk of back-dooring by empowering customers and potential customers to audit the software themselves, but they also reduce the incentive for back-dooring by making it more likely that any perpetrator will be caught, and in that event “everybody” would know what and how that had been done by whom. Consequently, back-dooring in serious Open Source projects is very rare.

Berkeley DB adds XML smarts

  • InfoWorld: Platforms; By Rick Grehan (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Berkeley DB XML is a database library built on the venerable Berkeley DB engine. Sleepycat engineers erected a layer atop Berkeley DB, extending that engine and creating a new one that provides XML document storage, management, and querying.

Japanese lab adds cluster supercomputer from Linux Networx

  • ComputerWorld; By Todd R. Weiss (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The 556-processor Evolocity II cluster will be used as part of a massive supercomputing grid project

Green Hills calls Linux 'insecure' for defense

  • EE Times Online; By Alexander Wolfe (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 5:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A storm has erupted in the embedded community, with real-time operating systems house Green Hills charging that Linux is fundamentally insecure and wide open to security breaches by "foreign intelligence agencies and terrorists."

Ark Linux 1.0 alpha 11 Released

  • OS News; By Eugenia Loli-Queru (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Ark Linux team has announced the immediate availability of Ark Linux 1.0 alpha 11, a new version of its easy to use, easy to learn desktop operating system.

Tutorial: Setting Up Samba 3.x

  • OSnews; By Brian Snipes (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recently I got the opportunity to setup a new lab for a small school. The server runs Linux and the workstations run WindowsXP. There are 3 levels of access on the workstations (admin, teacher, and student) and security on the workstations is based on Windows policies applied at logon.

Sun's Microsoft Mistake

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 12:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft, Sun
Sun's Microsoft deal will only hurt it in the long run and puts an end to the idea of open-sourcing Java, Linux & Open-Source.

KDE 3.2: A User's Perspective, Now Online

  • KDE Dot News; By William Kendrick (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
I gave my presentation "KDE 3.2: A User's Perspective" to my local Linux User Group last Tuesday night as previously announced...My presentation 'slides', a collection of over 3MB of screenshots of KDE in action, are now online for your viewing pleasure (mirrored here). Enjoy!

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