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posted in March 2008
Create custom Windows Vista installations by adding or removing system components and automating setup options with vLite. It's unsupported by Microsoft, but vLite is free and will delight Vista enthusiasts.
So now that Ubuntu Linux was "last man standing" in the PWN to OWN contest at CanSecWest, does this mean open source has it all over the competition when it comes to security? It can, and it ought to -- but it's not a guarantee. And we need to not think it is.
So what's new in the world of open source apps you can really use? Among other things, we have a new edition of OpenOffice, a Linux-based system-rescue utility, and a portable edition of an open source financial management application. Read on ...
Every now and then you run across something that just makes complete sense. That happened to me earlier in the week when I was reading posts in Movable Type developer Tim Appnel's blog, and I came across an entry entitled "Open Source Is Not Just A License." It sums up, in a remarkably succinct fashion, two of the major benefits of taking a close
Reading about Microsoft counsel Brad Smith's visit to the Open Source Business Conference yesterday was about what you'd expect. It's a sign that Microsoft's stance about open source has not so much evolved as crystallized -- but that's unfortunately about the limit of what I could see Microsoft doing. It can only go so far, not just because of who it is but who it has been all a
TruCrypt, PGP, FreeOTFE, BitLocker, DriveCrypt, and 7-Zip provide remarkably strong, on-the-fly, encryption to keep your data secure from loss, theft, or prying eyes.
Social networks are all the rage right now, so what's one more to add to the fun? How about a brand-new social networking site devoted to connecting users and creators of open source? Enter Ohloh.
What I enjoy most about open source is when people take existing products and twist them around into new shapes. I've long had high regards for PortableApps for doing that, but thanks to a commenter on a previous post of mine, I now have a new crew to watch in that regard: BitNami.
There's been a lot of discussion about which open source application works best as a replacement for Microsoft Outlook: Evolution, Ximian, Thunderbird, and so on. Let's add another contender to that list, shall we? Meet Spicebird
Last year, word swirled in the air that Hewlett-Packard would be the next big PC vendor after Dell to add support for Linux on desktops. So far the official word remains muted, in the realm of "we're exploring options, we'll make an announcement when the time is right", but the guesses now center around HP providing SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as its distro of choice. The real question isn't what distribution, though -- it's what kind of support options you'll get, or as they say
I've been curious about the way Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, can be used to create SaaS applications. This week I spoke to the folks at Morph Labs, who're doing exactly that using an open source software stack. If the idea of using EC2 sounded intriguing but you blanched at the idea of trying to work directly with it, these guys have one way to fix that.
Now that the recent lawsuit against Verizon by a couple of open source developers has been settled, it's become clear -- as some people suspected -- that the real offender here wasn't Verizon per se but a subcontractor, Actiontec. I wonder if this will mean a new level scrutiny or contractual stipulations for the way subcontractors are hired to do this kind of work -- with one
So far all the talk about Google's Android has been about phones. But the more I think about it, the more I realize phones may just be the tip of a very large iceberg that Google is trying to conquer. Why stop at phones?
At the CeBIT convention in Germany the other week, Asus unveiled a new edition of its flash-based Eee sub-notebook PC, nominally running a custom version of Xandros Linux. New models, Asus said, will run Linux ... and now Windows XP.
Want to give the Firefox 3 beta a spin, but you don't want to go through the tedium of backing up your profiles and personal data? Here's an easy solution if you're a Windows user.
A while back I looked at an earlier release of the Mozilla-derived open-source music player Songbird, and while I liked what I saw it was still undeniably rough. Now I've looked at the first release candidate of the new version 0.5 of the program, and while it's still promising, there's a few too many places where the prom
Looks like Wal-Mart's experiment with Linux PCs was just that: an experiment. The big-box retailer is pulling the Everex gPC from its shelves. So what happened?
Sun's decision to move OpenOffice's licensing to the LGPLv3 sounds like a way to make sure that one of its bigger software products doesn't fall victim to software patent issues. After all, Sun went through a great deal of hassle to try and liberate Java from its legacy restrictions, so maybe it's just trying to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. A wise measure.
"AOL" and "open source" haven't typically been two phrases you'd utter in the same breath, but that may be changing. For two years now, AOL has been pushing a development named Open AIM that encourages developers to build clients for the AIM network. Now, with Open AIM 2.0, it has kicked things all the more open -- albeit with a few gotchas that will probably turn off people accustomed to more uninhibited development practices.
Bloodied (or maybe bloodless would be a better word) but unbowed, the apparently unkillable SCO has taken the next step out of the bankruptcy grave toward something like a renewed existence. Ugh.
After news broke the other day that Google's Android handset development library had several vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker, I braced for a flood of "Told you so!"-type announcements. Frankly, the fact that these problems have shown up at this stage in the development process isn't a bad thing. This is the best possible scenario.
This past weekend at Sun Tech Days in Sydney offered up further evidence that open-source acquisitions are about human talent, not merely acquiring tools 'n technologies. Sun welcomed two new employees into its fold, Ted Leung and Frank Wierzbicki, two developers of repute
Ubuntu just kicked off its new Brainstorm site, a place where ordinary users and techies alike can vote on or suggest ideas they feel are critical to Ubuntu. At the very top of the list, with more than 3,400 votes as of this writing: Fix Suspend and Hibernate.