KOffice: Summer of Code Students Deliver the Goods

Under the KDE umbrella, the KOffice project took part in the 2006 Summer of Code with four participants. And not only that, but the Dutch Programmeerzomer, sponsored by Finalist, also selected a KOffice project. The summer is over, the season of mists and long hacking nights has arrived and the question that's obviously in everyone's mind is, have these five delivered? -- and, more importantly, will Gabor, Alfredo, Emanuele, Thomas and Fredrik continue hacking on KOffice?

It's not just Linux: Open Source has arrived

Open-source true believers have been saying forever that open source is the way to develop software. It turns out they've convinced most programmers that they're right. According to a newly released IDC study, open source isn't just hype; it's now the way most developers make software.

Five Questions (plus one) for My Boss, Jim Curtin, CEO, Win4Lin

"I’m kicking off a series of interviews with thought leaders in the world of Linux Business and Open Source. I thought it only fair that I’d place my own boss, Jim Curtin, in the hot seat for the first interview. Jim is President and CEO of Win4Lin."

Education minister's proposal needs a rewrite

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), which bills itself as the national voice for education in Canada, brings together the ministers of education from across Canada (with the exception of Quebec) to work on issues of mutual concern. At the moment, one such issue is the use of the Internet in the classroom, with CMEC lobbying for a special exception that would allow the education community to freely use any works that are publicly available on the Internet.

Free Linux Disk Project Delivers First Shipment

"It is with great delight that I announce the first bulk shipment of free Linux disks from the Free Linux Disk project. This shipment will put Linux into the hands of people from around the world. This would not have been made possible without support from the contributors, the sponsors, and your donations. A huge thank you to everyone that continues to help and make the project a success."

Open Source Java License Sure to Disappoint

Sun has not yet disclosed under which license it will release the Java code. The company said at the LinuxWorld conference last month that it will release Java under one of the 58 licenses approved by the Open Source Initiative and that the first code will arrive by October.

Johnny Cache breaks silence on Apple Wi-Fi exploit

Jon Ellch -- aka Johnny Cache -- was one of the presenters of the now infamous "faux disclosure" at Black Hat and DEFCON last month. Ellch and co-presenter Dave Maynor have gone silent since then, fueling speculation that the entire presentation may have been a hoax. Ellch finally broke the silence in an email to the Daily Dave security mailing list over the weekend, and one thing is clear: he is chafing under the cone of silence which has been placed over the two of them.

5 easy steps to secure your database: MySQL on encrypted filesystem

Storing sensitive data on encrypted filesystem is very good practice. This way no one can access data of stolen computer - data is unaccessible after reboot. After booting the machine, secret passphrase must be entered before the data can be accessed.

Here are steps that I have taken to encrypt MySQL database under Debian/GNU Linux (testing/unstable).