PacketProtector is an embedded Linux distribution based on OpenWRT, the first popular distribution designed to run on a number of wireless routers commonly found in SOHO settings. Like X-Wrt, which we reviewed earlier this year, PacketProtector extends OpenWrt by offering additional functionality to enhance network security right out of the box.
With IT budgets getting tighter, managers need to trim costs. Service contracts are expensive for any technology; firewalls are no exception. Netfilter, the project that provides the packet filtering program iptables, is a free firewall alternative. While it lacks the service contract of commercial solutions and a pretty interfaces to make firewall modification easy, it has solid performance, performs effectively at firewalling, and allows for add-on functionality to enhance its reporting and response functions.
I’ve been using and advocating free software for around six years. When studying and then working as a freelance writer, migrating an office seemed so simple — draw up a list of comparable programs and, over a reasonable period, move your staff across. But over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to use Ubuntu Gutsy on my desktop PC in a Windows-based office, and whilst most things work just fine, it’s far from the seamless integration I was hoping for.
Palamida, the San Francisco company that helps companies to audit their use of open source software, has released a list of what it calls "the top five most overlooked open source vulnerabilities." To this list, Palamida has added an additional five vulnerabilities exclusively for Linux.com.
Adobe Systems today announced it will release the remoting and messaging technologies used in Flex, Flash and other Adobe products as open source projects. Because the technologies are fairly mature, Adobe isn’t so much looking for help from the open source community as it is looking to get its technology into more hands.
Adobe intends to release the remoting and HTTP-based messaging technologies in its LiveCycle Data Services ES along with the Action Message Format (AMF) protocol specification under the named BlazeDS. They will be made available as public betas under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v3 and downloadable from Adobe Labs
The Action Message Format (AMF3) is a binary data protocol specification used in a variety of Adobe products, including Flash, which is used on almost every computer due to its availability on Linux and Mac OS in addition to Windows.
Adobe said BlazeDS will allow developers to add data connectivity to rich Internet applications (RIAs) (define), such as its Flex and AIR client technologies, for real-time collaboration and data-push capabilities. It will also allow RIAs to easily connect back to server applications ranging from Java apps to Adobe ColdFusion components. >>>>>
Pardus developers describe the Linux distribution as advanced yet easy to install and use. Let’s see how well it lives up to the hype.
My new avatar from today onwards …. so if you see this anywhere on the internet, then it is me
… btw, do you know where the word avatar comes from …. no … then head here for a small introduction to this magical word.
You can now test the Linux operating system and desktop environment. It’s as easy as ABC.
The Linux Test is just that, a very clever way for anyone to experience Linux on their Windows PC without having to install anything. Just hit the â€˜START Linuxâ€™ buttonÂ and a Linux OS will start up in a virtual space.Â You’ll need an Internet connection. Yes, it runs a much much slower than normal full install will, or even LiveCD/DVD, but then again itâ€™s a great way to get acquainted with minimal of what Linux has to offer and to try out the included applications such as Open Office 1.1 and few others. be much better if they had updated their applications, and provide both KDE, at least 3.5, and Gnome versions of it.
Here is a quick and small video showing the execution of this application on my …. hmm hmm …. system:
Now, ain’t that cool …. I mean that I have seen now GaZiLLiON ways of how you can run, launch and test Linux OS.
True or False: Switching from a Windows-operated computer to a Linux-operated one could slash computer-generated e-waste levels by 50%.
The answer is: TRUE
A UK government study in late 2004 reported that there were substantial green benefits to running a Linux open source operating system (OS) on computers instead of the ubiquitous Windows OS, owned by Microsoft. The main problem with Windows users was that they had to change their computer twice as many times as Linux users, on average, thereby effectively creating twice as much computer-generated e-waste.
The report, titled, “Office of Government Commerce: Open Source Software Trials in Government – Final Report” reported the following:
“There are also potential Green Agenda benefits, through reducing the energy and resources consumed in manufacturing replacement equipment, and reducing landfill requirements and costs arising from disposal of redundant equipment.
“Industry observers quote a typical hardware refresh period for Microsoft Windows systems as 3-4 years; a major UK manufacturing organisation quotes its hardware refresh period for Linux systems as 6-8 years.”
-Â EcoGeek (original)
What has happened in the year since Sun Microsystems released the source code for Java? While end users might be starting to wonder, those most involved in the building of the free Java community describe a thriving community that, after one year, is still working hard to reinvent itself. Free Java projects that existed prior to Sun’s announcement on November 13, 2006, are either integrating into the OpenJDK community or continuing to provide alternatives — but with greater resources in code. Meanwhile, within Sun, Java engineers are overhauling their processes as they learn to interact with a larger community. Problems exist — specifically, the governance of OpenJDK and the need to replace encumbranced code — but, although criticisms can be found online if you search, the mood of those involved in Java development seems optimistic.