GNOME Boston Summit 2006

The 6th Boston Summit will be held on Columbus Day Long Weekend (October 7-9) in Boston, MA, USA at the MIT Media Lab.

The Boston Summit is a three-day hackfest for GNOME developers and contributors. It is not primarily aimed at users or new contributors, but if you want to jump right into the deep end, it's a fantastic way to meet everyone and get involved. Unlike traditional conferences, the Boston Summit is all about getting developers together and getting things done. While there are some non-hacking sessions, they are geared heavily towards many-to-many, interactive discussion and planning, rather than one-to-many presentations.

How several configurations can keep your system safe from attack

Learn techniques for making your Linux system more resistant to attacks, including securing the boot process and local filesystems, locking up services and daemons, enforcing quotas and limits, enabling mandatory access control, and recognizing security vulnerabilities that can be introduced when updating security with new software. Part 1 in this series introduces security concepts and potential threats. Part 2 lists the concerns to keep in mind when planning a secure installation.

Stallman: OSDL patent project 'worse than nothing'

An effort by the Open Source Development Labs to help developers defend themselves against software patents has come under fire from Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, who believes that the plan could backfire.

The controversy centers on the issue of patents on software processes, which many believe could threaten the future of open-source software and software innovation in general. Because software processes are abstract, critics say such patents effectively let companies monopolize ideas, without which software can't be developed.

Vancouver Community College phases in more Linux

Vancouver Community College made the switch to Linux from a mixed environment of NetWare and Windows operating systems one year ago when it purchased IBM blade servers, which came with Linux pre-installed, to replace its aging infrastructure. Novell’s Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 now accounts for over 50 per cent of VCC’s server environment, which has 40 physical servers and double that number of virtual machines.

MySQL is Hiring

MySQL is the recognized leader in open source database software with over 10 million users. Many of the world's largest organizations, including Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA rely on MySQL for their business-critical applications.

Linux XP Desktop is Officially Released

Linux XP Desktop is a simplified and fine tuned system based on Red Hat Linux / Fedora. Linux XP Desktop 2006 is based on an updated Fedora Core 3. The graphical user interface (GUI) is based on a «fine tuned» GNOME environment. The system includes specially developed setup and integration software, as well as some additional drivers and applications.

Novell Receives Delisting Notice from NASDAQ

Novell announced that it had received a staff determination notice from the NASDAQ Stock Market stating that the company’s common stock is subject to delisting from the NASDAQ Stock Market. The notice was issued in accordance with standard NASDAQ procedures as a result of the delayed filing of Novell’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 31, 2006. Timely filing of periodic reports is a requirement for continued listing under NASDAQ marketplace rule 4310(c)(14).

Interested in securely sharing a secret?

I needed a method for sharing a secret that required multiple agents to coordinate before the secret could be recovered. This is useful for encrypting keys used in critical backups. I decided to use an implementation of Shamir's Secret Splitting Scheme (The S in RSA).