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Archive for February, 2010

Google Buzz Privacy Update

Google Buzz Privacy Update

Over the weekend, Google announced significant changes to its new social networking service, Buzz. Responding to criticism (including EFF’s), Google moved away from the system in which Buzz automatically sets you up to follow the people you email and chat with most. Instead, Google has adopted an auto-suggest model, in which you are shown the friend list with an option […]

Digital Books and Your Rights: A Checklist for Readers

Digital Books and Your Rights: A Checklist for Readers

I. Introduction After several years of false starts, the universe of digital books seems at last poised to expand dramatically. Readers should view this expansion with both excitement and wariness. Excitement because digital books could revolutionize reading, making more books more findable and more accessible to more people in more ways than ever before. Wariness because the various entities that […]

Symbian

Symbian

Symbian is an open platform for smartphones overseen by the Symbian Foundation. It formerly existed as a proprietary mobile operating system under the Symbian OS name, which was under the control of Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Psion. Nokia was the majority share holder. In 2008, Nokia acquired complete control of the platform and made it available as an open source […]

Bada

Bada

Bada, Korean for ocean, is a platform for smartphones developed and maintained by Samsung, a multi-faceted, digital technology company. Bada is not open to other handset vendors in the same sense as Android, but it is open for developers to create applications for smartphones powered by Bada. “The bada platform is kernel-configurable so that it can run either on the […]

Qt 4.6.2 for Maemo 5 released

Qt 4.6.2 for Maemo 5 released

The latest version of Qt for the Maemo platform has been released. See the official announcement page. Note that since Moblin and Maemo have been merged to form a single platform, this could be the last release of Qt for Maemo. Don’t quote me on this, but that’s what I think. Watch the video demo of some of the new […]

Galician government launches a promotion campaign on open source

Galician government launches a promotion campaign on open source

The government of Galicia, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, wants to boost the use of free and open source software by its public administrations and citizens. The regional ministry for Modernisation and Innovation aims to bring together its previous initiatives on open source, it explains in a statement published on 27 January. Previous initiatives on free and open source software […]

MeeGo

MeeGo

MeeGo is a new Linux platform formed from the merger of Intel’s Moblin platform and Nokia’s Maemo platform. The objective is to have a single platform that will be usable on a wide range of devices – “netbooks/entry-level desktops, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, connected TVs, and media phones.” The platform is scheduled for release by the […]

Open source to fix mandatory e-government’s service

Open source to fix mandatory e-government’s service

At least three open source projects in the Czech Republic are working to allow platform independent access to the government’s electronic message service. The mandatory service, called ‘Datove schranky’ (Data boxes) is currently only accessible on computers running Microsoft’s proprietary operating system. The open source development projects started following an appeal by a group of 25 Czech companies and individuals. […]

Protect Your Privacy on Google Buzz

Protect Your Privacy on Google Buzz

Google’s new social networking service, Buzz has upset a lot of people who have inadvertently posted the list of the people they email and chat with most frequently on their profile. If you took the default options and didn’t opt-out or edit this list during profile creation, the list becomes part of your profile. Since who you email with frequently […]

Parsix 3.0r2 review

Parsix 3.0r2 review

Parsix is a Linux distribution based on Kanotix and Debian. It is purely a desktop-focused distribution. The last major release was Parsix 3.0r0 (aka Kev). This review is of Parsix 3.0r2, the second update release of Kev. Installation – Parsix is the second distribution reviewed and listed on this site with a menu-type installer (the other one is Zenwalk). It’s […]

Star rating system for the physical security profile of your computer

In how to enhance the physical security posture of your PC, five physical security features were identified in that article. Here’s a summary of those features: Enable BIOS password Password-protect the bootloader Full disk encryption Use strong passwords Implement password aging From this list comes the following star-rating system:

Valencia migrates three open source GIS tools to OSOR

Valencia migrates three open source GIS tools to OSOR

The ministry of infrastructure and transport in Valencia, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, last week began migration of three of its open source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications and projects to the European Union’s Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR). The applications, gvSIG Carreteras, gvSIG Sandbox and gsSIG Mobile, are currently hosted on the gvSIG software development site of the […]

Intel Lifts the Hood on its “Single-Chip Cloud Computer”

Chips that can simulate a supernova or predict a hurricane are yesterday’s goal, if Intel’s recently unveiled 48-core research chip is any indication. Today’s goal is squeezing all the simple but extensive work of a data center onto a single chip. Big IT firms have huge, sophisticated networks of servers, says Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer and director of […]

A Perfect Linux or BSD desktop distribution

The main objective of this blog is to help narrow down the list of Linux- and BSD-based distributions that a new user will feel comfortable using. Distributions that provide the same or better level of user-friendliness than the malware-infested and DRM-riddled operating system that they currently use. With more than 600 distributions listed at Distrowatch (only about 300 of which […]

The Multiple Meanings of the Term “Open”

Over the last couple of months I’ve found myself involved, both actively and passively, in several conversations that contained terms like “open” or “openness”. The adjective “open” was associated to nouns like “format”, “standard”, “source”, “government”, “data”, and so forth. Quite often the use and misuse of the term “open” leads to almost hatred discussions, exuding religious fervor on both […]

OOXML not suitable for Norwegian government, says study

Microsoft’s XML-based office document format, OOXML, does not meet the requirements for governmental use, according to a new report published by the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DIFI). The agency wants to start a debate over the report as part of its work on standards in the Norwegian government. For the Norwegian government, PDF is the recommended file […]

Google Superbowl Ad Explains The Need for Search Privacy

Google Superbowl Ad Explains The Need for Search Privacy

Google’s ad during yesterday’s Superbowl explained in less than a minute how the story of someone’s life can be pieced together from their search queries. Using only the search terms and user’s clicks of the search results, Google told the story of a user who seeks love while studying abroad in Paris, finds it, moves to Paris, marries and has […]

Patent Office Grants EFF Request for Reexamination of Dangerous VOIP Patent

Patent Office Grants EFF Request for Reexamination of Dangerous VOIP Patent

Another Big Win for EFF’s Patent Busting Project San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won reexamination of an illegitimate patent on voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) that could cripple the adoption of new VoIP technologies. A company named Acceris Communications Technologies, now C2 Communications Technologies, was awarded the bogus patent for hardware, software, and processes for implementing VoIP using […]

LVM configuration on Openfiler 2.3

LVM configuration on Openfiler 2.3

Openfiler is one of two free and open source NAS/SAN applications in active development (the other one is FreeNAS). By default, Openfiler is installed to hard disk using the traditional Linux disk partitioning system. Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) adds a layer of flexibility to disk space configuration and management that is not possible with the traditional method of disk […]

How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC

How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC

Securing a computer goes beyond more than just using strong passwords. You should consider what happens if an unauthorized person gains physical access to your computer. If the only security feature protecting your data from an unauthorized person is a user account password, then you have not taken enough steps to protect your computer and your data. This article presents […]