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Mozilla Looking to Forge Alliances with GNOME and Other Open Source Projects to Combat Longhorn

Brendan sees Mozilla developing into an open cross-platform alternative to forthcoming Microsoft technologies such as XAML and is looking to collaborate with other open-source projects to make this happen.

Red Hat plans development centre in India

  • Rediff; By Parvathy Ullatil (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
"Our global chairman, chief executive officer and president Matthew Szulik was in the country in January to study the Indian market and decide on Red Hat's investment plans for the region. Red Hat is bullish on India and has major expansion plans for its operations in the country. This may include setting up a development centre to harness the huge potential here," said Javed Tapia, director, Red Hat India.

With open arms

  • Boston.com; By Robert Weisman (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Open source software is flowering this spring in Greater Boston. Companies are distributing, writing programs for, investing in, and profiting from, the free computer software that is emerging as an alternative to proprietary systems like Microsoft Windows.

Gentoo alert: Multiple vulnerabilities in sysstat

  • Mailing list; By Kurt Lieber <klieber@gentoo.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
Multiple vulnerabilities in the way sysstat handles symlinks may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or overwrite arbitrary files.

Sun 'won't abandon' open-source lobby

  • ZDNet.co.uk; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
The pact with Microsoft will not curtail Sun's open-source advocacy, says Scott McNealy Despite a new window into Microsoft's proprietary technology, Sun Microsystems won't stop its call for open standards, executives and analysts say.

Putting the penguin on your desktop

  • Network World on Linux; By Linda Musthaler (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Is it possible that one day soon, when you boot up your PC, the Linux penguin will walk across the screen instead of the familiar red, green, blue and yellow boxes of Windows? Well, it's definitely in the works, but you shouldn't expect it overnight if you live in the U.S. or Europe.

How useful are 'proprietary vs. open source' TCO studies?

  • NewsForge; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
We've all seen Microsoft's latest barrage of studies that say their products are more cost-effective than the competition. Naturally, many accuse Microsoft -- and other companies that publish outside studies that support their corporate goals -- of bias, if not outright deception. To get a little more insight into the value of TCO studies, we turned (via email) to David A. Wheeler, who has done more than a few software cost-comparisons himself, for advice about how much we should (and shouldn't) trust "sponsored" research.

Linux boost for web development tool

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By Paul Krill (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2004 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Eclipse; Story Type: News Story
Innoopract Informationssysteme will ship a version of its W4T (Worldwide Web Windowing Toolkit) Eclipse Plug-In development tool which adds Linux as a development platform. Previously, the product only supported development on Windows but interfaces developed with it could be deployed on Linux.

Japan's Largest Grid Project Uses Linux Networx Cluster System

556-Processor Cluster Will Support Grid Technology Research

Investing in 'Professional Open Source'

This past February David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated, with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok, famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software - acquired by Novell in 2002 - is no stranger to bold moves.

A taste of Wine: Transition from Windows to Linux

  • IBM developerWorks; By Aditya Narayan, Saugata Ghosh, Irina Singh (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 7, 2004 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
A fascinating and ambitious open source project, Wine attempts to solve the complex problem of running Windows executables on Linux. Although Wine is not a new project, the growing expectations for the Linux desktop and growing demand for Linux applications make it relevant today. This article introduces Wine and suggests ways to get hands-on experience with its internals.

Weather forecasters deploy Linux

The Met Office is using a Linux software management package to improve communication with university research departments and manage and deploy software and antivirus updates. The government weather agency plans to complete installation of Novell's Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise product in the next three months.

Progeny to Offer Red Hat 9 Support

Red Hat is turning off its Red Hat Linux 9 support April 30, but on May 1, Progeny will be turning on its support for the distribution.

Debian alert: New tcpdump packages fix denial of service

  • Mailing list; By Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 6, 2004 4:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Debian
tcpdump, a tool for network monitoring and data acquisition, was found to contain two vulnerabilities whereby tcpdump could be caused to crash through attempts to read from invalid memory locations. This bug is triggered by certain invalid ISAKMP packets.

"Is Linux more secure than Windows?" - Debian, Mandrakesoft, Red Hat and SUSE answer.

GNU/Linux vendors Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, and SUSE have joined together to give a common statement about the Forrester report entitled "Is Linux more Secure than Windows?".

Debian Weekly News - April 6th, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 6, 2004 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Manoj Srivastava sent out the final call for votes on the project leader election and revealed that 351 of the 908 developers have already voted. Andreas Schuldei is still looking for ideas for talks for the upcoming Debian Conference.

Open source has no future in RP

  • eBCVG (Posted by dave on Apr 6, 2004 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite having pockets of communities spread across the country, open source software (OSS) has no future in the country's budding software development business, according to a software development expert. "The software development industry in the Philippines will always choose commercial applications over open source applications, unless the open source community comes around and becomes serious in turning open source software into a serious business," said Joey Gurango, CEO of software development firm Webworks OS.

Gentoo alert: Tcpdump Vulnerabilities in ISAKMP Parsing

  • Mailing list; By "Joshua J. Berry" <condordes@gentoo.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 6, 2004 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
There are multiple vulnerabilities in tcpdump and libpcap related to parsing of ISAKMP packets.

Desktop Guerrilla Tactics: a Portable Thin Client Approach

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 6, 2004 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Roll out a desktop Linux pilot project quickly without disturbing the legacy desktop OS.

Sitting for the RHCE

I've taken some pretty tough tests in my life, and passed every one of them on the first try. And since I'm teaching Linux system administration at my local community college, I thought I would be hot stuff when I signed up to take the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam. I don't think that way anymore.

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