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US Navy sails the open seas

The US Navy is bored with manufacturer lock-in and wants to buy IT systems based on open standards.only. Speaking this month at the Navy IT conference in Vienna, VA , Vice Admiral Mark Edwards, the 'CIO' of the Navy, declared: “The days of proprietary technology must come to an end,” he said. “We will no longer accept systems …
Tina Gasperson, 26 Mar 2008
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Line up for some PayPal settlement pie

PayPal sent a long email to its US customers this week with details about how to get a piece of the $9.25m settlement fund the lawyers have created. It is possible to get a chunk of it even if you have no specific complaint related to the lawsuit. PayPal sent the notice to anyone who opened an account in the US between October …
Tina Gasperson, 29 Jul 2004

BOFH is now passé – consultant

Rick Freedman, IT consultant and author, says he sees changes coming in the typical IT admin job description. No longer will sysadmins or network administrators be able to get by on technical talent alone. In the near future, they're going to need - gasp - people skills. For many people, the phrase "IT tech" conjures up a …
Tina Gasperson, 12 Mar 2003
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SCO offers Linux and UNIX courseware for sale to all

SCO announced that anyone can now purchase the company's Linux and UNIX courseware for the purpose of conducting training and certification, but only "authorized partners" will get the best deals. The Authorized Education Partner program, or AEP, gives IT testing and training centers the opportunity to offer SCO's courseware, …
Tina Gasperson, 26 Feb 2003
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Open Source security manual and training for ethical hacking

The Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) has become an international open standard, according to its creator, Pete Herzog. It is used by large organizations like the U.S. Treasury Department, Home Depot, Verisign, and IBM, although Herzog says that he has a hard time getting entities that use the manual to …
Tina Gasperson, 20 Feb 2003
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Perens throws hat into SPI ring

Software in the Public Interest (SPI), the entity that owns the Debian trademark, is holding elections and working to generate enough interest in said elections to actually elect some new board members. Ironically, the last "original" board member just resigned at the same time a former board member is getting re-acquainted …
Tina Gasperson, 06 Feb 2003
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Voila! Workspot Linux is instant and portable ‘magic’

Workspot. is an online Linux desktop. You go there in any browser (java-enabled is better), login, and start up Red Hat Linux within that browser. It is so cool, I really want it to be something that people go for. I want it to succeed. I'm not so sure it can - but the guy who runs things at Workspot is a believer. He's …
Tina Gasperson, 24 Jan 2003
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SCO says it has made no decision on Unix IP

Newsforge logo A story at Linux Business Week, originally published by Client Server News, raised a ruckus in the Linux community. SCO, it said, had drafted a press release that detailed plans to cash in on its Unix patents, either by charging an extra license fee to users of its Linux distribution, or by "pressing …
Tina Gasperson, 13 Jan 2003
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Mandrake 9.0: It takes two, baby

Review Newsforge logo Review The first thing I noticed about Mandrake 9.0 Linux is that the goofy cross-eyed penguin is gone. Mandrake is pointing itself in a more sophisticated direction - it's not drab like Red Hat, but elegant and inviting. It looks expensive. Mandrake 9.0 is, in fact, not expensive at all; it's free if you're …
Tina Gasperson, 08 Jan 2003

Linux can do hot backups on Oracle now

http://www.newsforge.com/"> Newsforge logo Data backups are essential in the enterprise - not just a good idea. STORserver has an interesting backup appliance that installs in fifteen minutes, they say. Now, they're releasing a product that will allow companies to run "hot" backups on Oracle databases, in Linux. It is called …
Tina Gasperson, 06 Jan 2003
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MandrakeSoft intros commercial license

Rumors of MandrakeSoft "stepping back" from Free Software are not true, says Gael Duval, VP of the Paris, France Linux distribution company. Yes, they have released their latest product, the Mandrake Multiple Network Firewall, with a dual licensing scheme that would have commercial users signing up under a more restrictive …
Tina Gasperson, 18 Dec 2002
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Cheap Mandrake for Windows refugees

Newsforge logo Monday, MandrakeSoft announced what it calls a Refugee Program. If you can muster proof that you purchased an operating system license to run Windows or Unix or any other OS, Mandrake has got a deal for you. MandrakeSoft VP Gael Duval says that he wants to see a copy of your proof of ownership (doesn't he know …
Tina Gasperson, 03 Dec 2002
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Linux Professional Institute raises the bar on testing

Newsforge logo The Linux Professional Intitute isn't out to make money. That could be the factor that sets this Linux certification agency apart from the others - if nothing else, LPI can certainly claim to be the only certification body with non-profit status. Not having to focus on the bottom line provides certain benefits …
Tina Gasperson, 19 Nov 2002
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Remote Windows desktop access with the Sharp Zaurus PDA

theKompany and ThinSoft are working together to bundle tkcJabber and WinConnect Z, in a deal that will have them co-marketing the products on each other's site. WinConnect Z is especially interesting because it allows remote access to a Windows PC. Shawn Gordon, theKompany CEO, says that ThinSoft approached him because of …
Tina Gasperson, 13 Nov 2002
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A kinder, gentler Perens is going Global now

One thing you have to admire about Bruce Perens: he has lots of ideas and he's not afraid to implement them. Before the door was fully closed behind him at HP, he started Sincere Choice to counter Microsoft's "Software Choice" initiative. Now he's heading up a new non-profit: the Global Technology Policy Institute. GTPI is …
Tina Gasperson, 06 Nov 2002
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Xandros Linux: ‘It just works’, even with Windows stuff

Review The "premier release" of Xandros, formerly known as Corel Linux, is being released today at the Xandros.com Web site. Individual users can pick up a copy for $99, and corporate/enterprise users will see a discount price for multiple licenses. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Xandros to play around with. This …
Tina Gasperson, 23 Oct 2002
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Perens asks SPI to own Sincere Choice

Bruce Perens, one of the original board members of Software in the Public Interest (SPI) Inc. has asked that organization to consider taking ownership of another project he started, the Sincere Choice initiative. But while SPI considers itself part of the Free Software community, Sincere Choice says it believes that "there …
Tina Gasperson, 18 Oct 2002
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LinuxIT using Lindows, Ximian in custom desktops

UK-based LinuxIT recently announced it had released the "Professional Open Desktop" series, calling it a solution designed for "organizations with non-technical staff." The company is offering a standard version, based on Lindows, and an enterprise version that makes use of Ximian standards. Peter Dawes-Huish, sales director …
Tina Gasperson, 15 Oct 2002
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Ximian to release enterprise level Red Carpet service

On Monday, October 7, Ximian is expected to announce Red Carpet Enterprise, the latest offering in the Red Carpet service family. Much the same as Red Carpet CorporateConnect, the difference is that systems administrators can put a Red Carpet server inside their firewall instead of having to rely on a less powerful and …
Tina Gasperson, 04 Oct 2002
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Less RMS, more freedom – FSF pitches to wider audience

Now that GNU/Linux is becoming a household commodity, the Free Software Foundation is facing changes in its priorities. Used to be that rounding up Free Software developers to complete a non-proprietary operating system was job one. Now other things are more urgent, like fighting digital rights management (or digital " …
Tina Gasperson, 25 Sep 2002
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Review: Lindows 2.0 has beautiful skin, iffy personality

Lindows 2.0 looks cool, I have to admit. The company has stopped aping KDE and gotten a desktop look that is more its own. Lindows has made scant concessions to the knowledgeable, allowing for a somewhat more advanced setup configuration. I'm still concerned for the newbies, though. The latest release of Lindows recognized all …
Tina Gasperson, 23 Sep 2002
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UnitedLinux might not be very GPL-friendly

UnitedLinux held a telephone party yesterday to announce new general manager Paula Hunter and talk about its open beta release. Lots of curious journalists showed up. The question-askers all had a cynical air about them, and yet UnitedLinux bigwigs didn't seem surprised by the grilling. The underlying question still: what will …
Tina Gasperson, 19 Sep 2002
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Music labels are bleeding – Midbar

Midbar, the company that has been selling a lot of anti-copying technology to music publishers, says it is just that: a technology provider. "It's up to the labels which of the CD products they want to implement," says Midbar's v.p. of sales and marketing, Noam Zur. Consumers with complaints need to contact the music companies …
Tina Gasperson, 05 Sep 2002
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Felt-tip marker hack for copy-protect CDs ‘completely neutralized’

Israel-based Midbar Tech announced yesterday that 10 million CDs using its Cactus Data Shield technology have been released in Japan, bringing the total number of music CDs using the controversial copy-protection utility to about 30 million. Coincidentally, a Japanese entrepreneur is credited with the 1962 invention of the …
Tina Gasperson, 28 Aug 2002
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You can help reverse the UCITA today

A group of lawyers committed to keeping uniformity in state laws is having its annual meeting beginning this week, and the Open Source community wants to deliver this message to them: UCITA will kill Open Source. And they really need your help. Carol Kunze, on behalf of Red Hat, has posted an open letter to the National …
Tina Gasperson, 25 Jul 2002
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Wal-Mart shipping PCs with Lindows preinstalled

In a move that appears to be a coup for Michael Robertson et al, Wal-Mart's online store is offering eight different Microtel PCs with LindowsOS included. The computers sell for USD$299 to $599 and ship in one to seven days. NewsForge originally reviewed Wal-Mart's OS-less PCs, a dramatic move away from the standard Windows- …
Tina Gasperson, 14 Jun 2002
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Sustainable Computing Consortium ‘foolish’ if…

Carnegie Mellon University is expected to formally announce its "Sustainable Computing Consortium" on May 16th. In order to make some measurable gains in software quality and security, CMU is hooking up with big players in IT and software development, and NASA, to look at new techniques for measuring sustainability. And …
Tina Gasperson, 15 May 2002
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Microsoft winds up on both ends of software piracy stick

Did you know Microsoft was convicted of software piracy last year by a French court? Not many people do. The Commercial Court of Nanterre fined Microsoft 3 million francs because it illegally included another company's proprietary source code in SoftImage 3D, a top-of-the-line animation package. The only authoritative report …
Tina Gasperson, 10 May 2002
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FSF ask Lindows: 'Where's the Source?'

Bradley Kuhn, vice president of the Free Software Foundation, says the organization is contacting representatives because the company has not included source code with its "sneak preview" releases. Lindows CEO Michael Robertson says his company will comply with the GPL when the product is released to the public. Kuhn says a …
Tina Gasperson, 12 Apr 2002
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GPL enforcement goes to court for first time in MySQL case

MySQL AB, the originator of the MySQL GPL database, is taking Progress Software Corporation, the corporate parent of NuSphere to court because it continues to distribute a database product that links statically to MySQL's code. The product was originally released without the accompanying source code. The Free Software …
Tina Gasperson, 27 Feb 2002
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Out of the box, Linux is ‘dreadfully insecure’

LinuxWorld Jay Beale, the lead developer of Bastille Linux and an independent security consultant, says it's not the Unix-based systems with interesting stuff on them that get hacked, it's the vulnerable ones. And if you're not prepared to tighten up what you get from the vendor, it's just a matter of time. Beale shared his philosophy …
Tina Gasperson, 31 Jan 2002
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CP/M collection is back online with an Open Source licence

When CP/M enthusiast Tim Olmstead died from cancer on September 11 this year, the Unofficial CP/M Web site he had been maintaining had to be taken down because of licensing issues with the software collection. Now, Lineo has granted unrestricted use of the technology and the site is back up. CP/M (Control Program for …
Tina Gasperson, 26 Nov 2001
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Disney cartoon lambasts evil music-sharing

The Disney Channel cartoon series The Proud Family aired an episode on October 5 entitled EZ Jackster . In the storyline, EZ Jackster is a Napster-like site, and the show's little heroines get addicted to the service and play a part in the downfall of the music industry. Disney is one of the backers of the SSSCA legislation that …
Tina Gasperson, 23 Oct 2001
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Eazel sacks 40 staff

Eazel has had a rollercoaster of a day. Yesterday, the company announced the release of Nautilus 1.0 and, in the afternoon, 40 of its marketing, sales, and engineering people became former employees. Aaron Brick, one of the unfortunate recipients of a pink slip, was a research and testing engineer for Eazel, founded in August …
Tina Gasperson, 14 Mar 2001