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IT Management Linux News for May 22, 2007

  • Nmap based open source vulnerability detection (May 22, 2007, 23:45)
    Net-Security: "When combined with Sourcefire RNA as part of the award-winning 3D System, these new active scanning capabilities will enable customers to coordinate passive network discovery with surgical active scanning for a sophisticated approach to vulnerability detection."

  • VectorLinux SOHO: A better Slackware than Slackware (May 22, 2007, 23:00)
    Linux.com: "I like VectorLinux because its roots are firmly planted in the stability and simplicity of Slackware, yet it comes with an extensive software base and lots of out-of-the-box great looks; in other words, a rock solid foundation with eye candy and useful functionality."

  • New Xen Opens Up a Little More (May 22, 2007, 22:15)
    InternetNews: "The Xen open source project released Xen 3.1 hypervisor with a little help from Intel, IBM, Novell, VA Linux (Japan), HP, Fujitsu, SGI, Red Hat, AMD, Sun, Unisys and the National Security Agency."

  • Open source communities, adoption and the Microsoft-Novell deal (May 22, 2007, 21:30)
    Search Enterprise Linux: "What purpose do open source advocacy groups serve? Open source issues and strategies expert Don Rosenberg says that the biggest help that organizations like the Linux Foundation can offer is in interoperability and legal protection."

  • Beryl, Compiz, And Metisse - The 3D Desktop on Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring (May 22, 2007, 20:45)
    HowToForge: "After having included the AIGLX, Xgl and Compiz 3D desktop technologies in Mandriva Linux 2007, Mandriva has added all the latest 3D desktop updates in Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring, like Metisse and Beryl."

  • Xen beats VMware to native 64-bit punch (May 22, 2007, 20:00)
    SearchServerVirtualization: "ESX's ability to run 64-bit guests is "a remarkable hack, really," said Simon Crosby, CTO at XenSource, the leader of the Xen virtualization project. "I'm amazed that it works.""

  • Build Linux lab equipment from a Sony PS3 (May 22, 2007, 19:15)
    DeveloperWorks: "In this series of articles I will be using a Cell/B.E. processor — resident within an off-the-shelf PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) — to build a Linux-hosted piece of laboratory equipment, namely a simple audio-bandwidth spectrum analyzer and function generator."

  • Why Novell fan left NetWare, SUSE behind (May 22, 2007, 18:30)
    Enterprise Linux Log: "Like many users, Jim Klein realized a few years ago that NetWare was a "dead-end street"."

  • Open Source's Only Friend (May 22, 2007, 17:45)
    Hoosier Penguin: "'In the end,' Asay told the [OSBC] crowd of over 300, 'open source's only friend is the customer...'"

  • Lock down the GNOME desktop with Pessulus (May 22, 2007, 17:15)
    Linux.com: "Looking for a way to limit users' functionality on a publicly available machine, such as a kiosk machine for conference attendees? If you're running the GNOME environment, you can turn to a tool called Pessulus -- a lockdown manager for the GNOME desktop."

  • Office software: GoogleDocs, OpenOffice or Microsoft Office? (May 22, 2007, 16:30)
    Search Enterprise Linux: "The amount of money saved on upgrades dwarfs the significant, but comparatively small, amount of money needed to be spent on transition tasks such as converting documents, training, productivity while users get up to speed, etc."

  • A Linux computer in every garage? (May 22, 2007, 15:45)
    Linux Devices.com: "A U.S. government- and industry-led coalition aiming to equip every car and roadside in America with wirelessly connected computers has tapped Linux for a prototype design."

  • Dell Ubuntu desktop details emerge (May 22, 2007, 15:00)
    DesktopLinux: "On the record, a Dell spokesman said he "can't comment on unannounced products," when asked about Dell's forthcoming Ubuntu-powered PCs. Over on Direct2Dell, meanwhile, John Hull, Dell's manager of Linux OS technologies on May 21 published "an overview of what customers can expect from our initial Ubuntu offering.""

  • First OpenOffice virus emerges (May 22, 2007, 14:15)
    APC: "The first worm specifically targeting the open-source office package OpenOffice has emerged."

  • Putting Together The Linux Office (May 22, 2007, 13:30)
    Channel Web: " The verdict: Microsoft has a lot to worry about down the road, but in 2007, Linux is still lacking the driver support, ease of use and interoperability with mainstream, legacy software to make office migration pain-free."

  • Shuttleworth on patents: Microsoft "not the real threat" (May 22, 2007, 12:45)
    Linux-Watch: "In a May 21 blog entry, Ubuntu leader and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth explained that when it comes to patents, he doesn't "think Microsoft is the real threat, and in fact, I think Microsoft and the Linux community will actually end up fighting on the same side of this issue.""