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iCanProgram online Linux Programming courses offered

Author: JT Smith

Bob Findlay writes

“Back in December iCanProgram.com announced that it would be offering its
online “Introduction to Linux Programming” courses without fees in return
for a voluntary donation to Cancer Research by the participants. These donations were made in memory of one of our founding partners who lost her own battle with Cancer last summer.

This “learning for charity” formula has been a success far beyond our expectations. We have now offered our courses under this format to over 350 students worldwide.

For those of you who missed out the first time round there are still openings in the 2 remaining courses that will be offered in the 2002 spring session.

The 02 Apr edition of the

Introduction to Linux Programming
course has room.

The 02 Apr edition of our newest advanced Linux Programming course titled

Linux Programming the SIMPL way

has room as well.

m as well.

Thanks once again to all those who have participated so far and given so generously to the cause of fighting Cancer.”

The myth of Open Source security revisited v2.0

Author: JT Smith

From Earthweb Networking and Communications:
“This article is a followup to an article entitled The Myth of Open Source Security Revisited. The original article tackled the common misconception
amongst users of Open Source Software(OSS) that OSS is a panacea when it comes to creating secure software. The article presented anecdotal evidence
taken from an article written by John Viega, the original author of GNU Mailman, to illustrate its point. This article follows up the anecdotal
evidence presented in the original paper by providing an analysis of similar software applications, their development methodology and the frequency of
the discovery of security vulnerabilities.”

Category:

  • Security

Interview: Miguel de Icaza on just about everything

Author: JT Smith

Anonymous Reader writes “In a long interview, Miguel de Icaza discusses everything from why he thinks .NET is a good idea to the reason .GNU and Mono are at odds to the importance of Linux in third-world countries (and the future of Linux in general) to what makes programmers tick.”

Category:

  • Linux

New configuration management system

Author: JT Smith

From Avogato: “Apparently Compaq/Digital have been working on something called Vesta, a configuration management system, for about 10 years. It’s been ported to Linux and LGPL’d. It’s quite a bit different from CVS/etc.”

Category:

  • Linux

Darwin Streaming Server beats Real, Windows Media

Author: JT Smith

Slashdot readers discuss a shootout at NetworkComputing.com comparing free, Open Source Darwin Streaming Server to Real and Windows Media. The Slashdot intro says Darwin Streaming Server “edged out costly and closed source Windows Media & RealVideo streaming systems. Well, it edged out Real. It blew Microsoft away.”

Bynari provides Exchange emulator for backend Linux systems

Author: JT Smith

LinuxPlanet has the review: “Bynari software’s new InsightConnector is a Windows-side utility that does the magic necessary to enable any IMAP4 (Internet Mail Access Protocol, Version 4) mail server to look and work like an Exchange mail server, supporting Outlook email, calendaring, scheduling, and related message traffic. The deep dark secret of Outlook calendaring is that it’s all done using specially formatted email messages under the covers.”

Analysts: Security flaws won’t undermine Linux

Author: JT Smith

ComputerWorld .com has a story talking about two recent security vulnerabilities related to Linux. Analysts and corporate IT types say the security issues don’t change their minds about the general security of Linux. One manager of network services said “he found the Linux community to be far more responsive than traditional, proprietary operating system vendors when security issues have cropped up, issuing fixes and patches quickly and publicly.”

Category:

  • Security

Note-it Mozilla sidebar tab updated

Author: JT Smith

From LinuxPR: LiveSidebar is proud to announce the new version of the Note-it, our Post-it style tab – an application for Mozilla’s My Sidebar.

As the traditional Post-it, the Note-it is intended at quick annotations but with an advantage, it is integrated with the browser. The Note-it tab is the ideal place for those quick annotations that pop up all of a sudden. The annotations are saved in the Note-it and can be forwarded to someone else or even yourself via email or instant message if available.

Back Orifice for Unix flaw emerges from obscurity

Author: JT Smith

From The Register: “A vulnerability involving an obscure UDP protocol might permits crackers to obtain remote control of Unix workstations, security experts have warned.

Security firm ProCheckUp has issued an advisory warning that anonymous XDMCP connections allow remote attackers to obtain a remote console identical to a local X-Windows session, using a command enabled by default on most Unix boxes.”

Category:

  • Security

Open Source flaw threatens MS code

Author: JT Smith

ZDNet story:

“A security flaw in open-source software used by Linux and Unix systems for compression may affect some Microsoft products that also use the code … A flaw in the zlib software-compression library could leave much of the systems based on the open-source operating system Linux open to attack.”

Category:

  • Security