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Symbian development using Linux

Symbian development using Linux

Programming your application or library based on Qt has always had the promise that you can deploy your application on many different platforms. Development of those applications can, likewise, happen on many different platforms. QtCreator runs on Windows, Mac & Linux among others. Since Qt4.6 Symbian is also one of those platforms to deploy on, your Qt apps can run […]

Citizens ask e-government project to use open source and standards

Two hundred Romanians have signed a petition urging Gabriel Sandu, the Minister for Communications and Information Society, to support open source software on e-government projects. They also ask him to use open standards and to make government data public electronically. The petition was organised by APTI, a Romanian Association for Technology and Internet. It was organised on-line regarding the eRomânia […]

Government procurement agency approves use of open source

The Portuguese government agency for public procurement has published a list of open source applications it deems suitable for use by public administrations. The selected open source applications are now part of the official software catalogue published by Portugal’s procurement authority, the Agência Nacional de Compras Públicas, ANCP. Included on ANCP’s list are the database management system MySQL, content management […]

Open source desktops manage shared office space ministries

Twenty desktop PCs running the Ubuntu Linux distribution are used to manage the services at a shared office building in the Hague for all Dutch ministries, since the beginning of this month. The shared office building, called Rijkskantoor Beatrixpark, facilitates ministries working together on temporary projects, and offers the ministries extra office space when needed.

New storage options for Anaconda on Fedora 13

New storage options for Anaconda on Fedora 13

Fedora 13 Beta has just been released for testing and bug reporting, with the stable version slated for release in May. Thanks to boot.fedoraproject.org, I didn’t have to download the full CD iso image. Used the same bfo iso image from last month and took the Fedora 13 beta out for spin. But rather than dish out a full review […]

Open Source Think Tank: The Way Forward

I have just finished attending the Fifth Annual Open Source Think Tank, hosted by Andrew Aitken and I at Meritage in Napa Valley.  Andrew and his team did a great job of organizing the event. The Think Tank is a great forum for discussing the important questions facing the industry, but equally important, we have structured the Think Tank to provide plenty […]

How to configure disk encryption on Sabayon 5.2

How to configure disk encryption on Sabayon 5.2

Disk encryption is one of five methods you can use to enhance the physical security posture of your computer (laptop, netbook, desktop or server). It enables you to protect your data in the event that your computer is ever lost or stolen. Sabayon’s installer has had the disk encryption feature for some time, but it is not as simple and […]

How to Stop Distant Attacks on RFID Chips

The limited power and processing ability of RFID chips makes them vulnerable to attackers operating at a distance. A new protocol could tackle this problem. One drawback with RFID chips is their inability to know the distance of any device that is interrogating them. That allows a malicious user to attack from a distance, more or less at leisure and […]

Is Android Evil?

Is Android Evil?

You thought Android was open? The Android governance model consists of an elaborate set of control points that allows Google to bundle its own services and control the exact software and hardware make-up on every handset. All this while touting the openness rhetoric that is founded on the Apache permissive license used in the Android SDK. Indeed, Google’s mobile platform […]

Traffic Mining Firewall Logs Could Improve Network Security

A firewall is the safety barrier between a computer network and the outside world. Individuals, companies and large organizations alike rely on a firewall being robust enough to fend off hackers attempting to break into a computer system. However, managing the firewall rules that decide between online friend and foe has proved to be complex, error-prone, expensive, and inefficient for […]

ClearOS

ClearOS

ClearOS is a Linux distribution derived from RedHat and CentOS. Formerly known as Clark Connect, it is developed and maintained by the Clear Foundation, an IT solutions provider based in Wellington, New Zealand. It is modular in design, with the base OS and all modules free to download and use. However, updates to the most mission-critical modules are fee based. […]

How essential is anonymity to peer to peer relationality?

How essential is anonymity to peer to peer relationality? I believe answering that question becomes easier if we look at the historical development of relationality and that such a review may lead us to challenge any simplistic identification of peer to peer relationality with anonymity. For starters, let us broadly define peer to peer relationality, as that type of relationality […]

Open Source Education

Open source or software freedom isn’t simply another way of procuring software, it’s more a state of mind, a particular attitude to technology. Of course, you can just treat it as a cheap way of getting high quality, robust code, and there’s certainly no requirement to grow a beard, wear sandals or drink real ale in order to install open […]

In Networks We Trust

European researchers are proposing a paradigm-shifting solution to trusted computing that offers better security and authentication with none of the drawbacks that exist in the current state of the art. Trusted computing (TC) is a hot topic in computer science. Major software and hardware providers are planning to include TC components in the next generation of computers, and the US […]

Bio-Inspired Computer Networks Self-Organise and Learn

Powerful computers made up of physically separate modules, self-organising networks, and computing inspired by biological systems are three hot research topics coming together in one European project. European researchers have developed an innovative computing platform. At the heart of the system are many small modules, each made from chips with an inbuilt ability to learn. A self-configuring wireless network connects […]

iPad: The Disneyland of Computers

iPad: The Disneyland of Computers

Tech commentators have a love/hate relationship with Apple’s new iPad. Those who try it tend to like it, but many dislike its locked-down App Store which only allows Apple-approved apps. Some people even see the iPad as the dawn of a new relationship between people and computers. To me, the iPad is Disneyland. I like Disneyland. It’s clean, safe, and […]

Open Source and Computer Science Education

In his March 2006 column in the Communications of the ACM, ACM President David Patterson urged Computer Science (CS) educators to “Join the open source movement.” Despite the widespread use of the open source development model in the software industry, Patterson observed that “most schools still teach ‘write programs from a blank piece of paper’ programming.” Patterson noted that students […]

Privacy Risks from Geographic Information

In today’s world more geographic information is being collected about us, such as where we live, where the clinic we visited is located, and where we work. Web sites are also collecting more geographic information about their users. This location information makes it easier to identify individuals, which can raise privacy concerns when location is coupled with basic demographics and […]

Using OpenCL with Qt

Using OpenCL with Qt

Recently we have been experimenting with OpenCL and Qt, to see what Qt needs to make it easier to use OpenCL and to see what Qt could use it for internally.  In this post we are going to give an introduction to OpenCL, the QtOpenCL wrapper library, show how to write your first QtOpenCL program, and tell you where to […]

Removing the RSA Security 1024 V3 Root

There’s been confusion today about the work we’re doing on our root store, the set of trusted certificate authorities shipped with Mozilla products. The short story is this: we’re removing the “RSA Security 1024 V3″ root from that list. Its owners have confirmed that it is not in use, and not covered by current audits. We regularly check for roots […]