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How safe is Linux really

Catchy title huh? It's the major subject in this months issue of Linux Magazine.

NCS Introduces Ultra-Compact, Low-Cost, Low-Power and Super-Quiet Set-top Server Appliance Platforms

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 4:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Platforms Include New Fanless and Diskless Appliance Suitable for Office Deployment

Understanding UNIX/Linux file system

A conceptual understanding of file system, especially data structure and related terms will help you become a successful system administrator.

Linux News Questions Corel's Support of OpenDocument

  LXer Feature: 16-Jan-06

With OASIS ODF member Corel chanting a Microsoft mantra on OpenDocument - that is, they'll support it if they see customer demand - Linux News wonders aloud if a "family" connection between Corel and Microsoft exists.

HP and PolyServe Clustered Gateway Declared 'Best NAS Killer'

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
InfoWorld 2006 Technology of the Year Awards Honors Powerful File-Serving Combination of HP Servers and PolyServe Clustering Software

Microsoft Takes a Dump on the European Commission

  • LXer; By Richard Vandermeire de Albany (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 1:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Microsoft apparently struggled with the European Commission deadline for delivering documentation associated with their server protocols. So, Microsoft characteristically offered something else and the EU wants to think about it.

What's Left Of Unix?

  • Information Week; By Charles Babcock (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 12:22 PM EDT)
Take off your hard hat because this article speaks favorably about Linux as in Linux has finally made it to major media. This article made the cover of Information Week on January 23, 2006. Our hats off to Babcock and Co. for finally "getting it".

Linux Growth in Developing Countries Soaring Past Microsoft

  •; By Fernando Lopez (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 11:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features

US trained technology managers proliferate developing countries. They worked in the US, they came back and they're bringing GNU/Linux with them. As for Microsoft, vendors don't even talk about them these days.

Chrooted SSH HowTo

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 29, 2006 10:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial describes how to install and configure OpenSSH so that it will allow chrooted sessions for users. With this setup, you can give your users shell access without having to fear that they can see your whole system. Your users will be jailed in a specific directory which they will not be able to break out of.

Byebye Google.

[opionion]Google's recent decision to comply with the Chinese Governments "requirements" have brought things to a head for me. I'm not going to use Google anymore. I don't want anything to do with a company that is prepared to accommodate repression like this.

OpenSolaris (maybe) dual licensed GPLv3

Want to laugh and get sick at the same time? Then click on this link and get a picture of the mouth that ate Silicon Valley. Sun's buffoon says little of substance, but he continues to rattle away. In this article he's bragging about the 4 million downloads of OpenSolaris. That's somewhere around the volume of Linux in a single day. But he continues to be impressed with himself.

Whoever submitted this blog entry may not have realized the animosity some of us have for the clown of Mountain View. His comedy act: Never shutting up and never saying anything that works out.

The moral of this introduction: Poor Sun.

A Rare Glimpse Into Richard Stallman's World

  • Information Week; By K.C. Jones (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the January 23 issue of Information Week, K.C. Jones provides an attempt to analyze RMS using psycho-babble. While some might consider K.C. Jones a bit foolish for taking this approach, from a journalistic point of view he wrote an excellent article and Free software got some serious media coverage. You might find this portrayal of RMS informative and then some.

Open Microsoft

  • O'Reilly; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 6:11 AM EDT)

I spent two days this past week at Microsoft Search Champs, a conference where invitees make suggestions for their search tools and other MSN offerings. Microsoft paid for everything and picked our brains concerning a lot of different topics, some under NDA and some public.

Why would I do this, and why would they want me there? I've been associated with the free software movement for at least ten years. But while I value openness, I also value functionality. If you browse my articles and blogs about Microsoft, you'll find about as many positive references as negative ones. I appreciate new solutions and technologies from all vendors, and I think one company's success will provide a model and a motivation for others to move forward.

Andy Oram is an editor for O'Reilly Media, specializing in Linux and free software books, and a member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. His web site is

Rapid GNOME Development with Mono

How to get started with GNOME monkeyshines using the open-source .NET system Mono.

Novell delivers comprehensive bundled Linux support solution for ...

Novell announced it will bundle support and training offerings with its market leading SUSEĀ® Linux Enterprise Server, making it easier than ever for small and medium sized businesses to leverage the power of Linux*.

Effective partitioning - The How and Why of it.

Here is a very nice article on the topic of partitioning ones hard disk and why one should partition it. The author also gives a few tips on good design principles related to creating partitions.

Google to combat spyware

Though it was overshadowed last week by news that Google is going to censor its Chinese search engine and protect the privacy of pedophiles in the United States, another bit of Googlish news caught my eye: The company is funding a big, new academic effort at Harvard and Cambridge to combat spyware and adware, which the new organization has decided to call "badware." Read about it at the new Web site,

According to the site, " is a 'Neighborhood Watch' campaign aimed at fighting badware." It says the organization "will seek to provide reliable, objective information about downloadable applications in order to help consumers make better choices about what they download onto their computers. We aim to become a central clearinghouse for research on badware and the bad actors who spread it, and become a focal point for developing collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware."

Fishing for POI

  • Reg Developer; By John Hunt (Posted by tadelste on Jan 29, 2006 1:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the Apache projects does all the hard work for you and makes it very easy to create, read and update Excel, and soon, Word files. This project is called POI. It has already been in development for several years, starting in April 2001. It is currently in version 2.5.

Why we need Windows apps ported on Linux

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Jan 29, 2006 12:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Novell has had one of those amazingly simple ideas that make you ask: "Why didn't I think of that?" The Linux vendor is using its Cool Solutions community-relations website to conduct an online public survey to determine which Windows-only applications people want to run on their Linux systems.

Search Fears Spark Interest in Web Anonymizers

  •; By Ben Charny (Posted by SamShazaam on Jan 28, 2006 11:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the blink of a few recent news reports, using an Internet search engine has lost its innocence. For entrepreneurs like Roger Dingledine and others making Web anonymity software, that means basking in newfound attention.

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