I've installed SuSE 9.3 on a Notebook HP Nx7000 and a AMD desktop without any major difficulties except the fact that for some legal reasons, Novel has removed the ability of SuSe to play out the box any Divx, Xvid, mp3. In fact If You have a acess to internet, the online update tool may resolve some of these issues (You will have to download what Novel call "Multimedia pack" ). After using 2 years long SuSE 9.0, 9.1, 9.2 and now 9.3 I found pathetic that I still need to remove this crappy noatun, kaffeine and xine because they simply do not work as good as Mplayer or even better Videolan (VLC). Note that both Videolan, or VLC can not be install through YaST, and I think that it is really a big mistake.
So let repair this by:
Before deciding to buy it, download it (FTP source are here), or starting Your favorite Bittorent client, You can
Some people are scared by open source to say the least...
GPL Sued For "Software Price Fixing"
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the General Public License (GPL), the great enabler of the open source movement, were sued last Thursday for restraint of trade under the Clayton Antitrust Act (15 US Code Section 26) in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The pro se suit, filed by physicist, computer programmer and Groklaw gadfly Daniel Wallace, charges that the GPL âcontract licensing schemeâ? artificially fixes software prices. more at LinuxBusinessNews
while other are excited by the future...
How free software is leading to change
Computer enthusiasts, professional and amateur, who are interested in intellectual stimulation rather than dollar signs have always existed, as exemplified by the emergence of the Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park in the mid-1970s and the creation of the GNU project for free software in the mid-'80s.
... more at dailypress.com
and All IT manager are encouraged to read this "A Guide to Open Source Software for Australian Government Agencies". a 975Kb PDF whitepaper
Found on slashdot.org a poster has state:
"I once built a very secure linux version. Here is the sorts of things it I did.
1) It had no shells of any sort, nor any user interface of any sort.
2) It would not mount any filesystem whose CDs meet a certain checksum (this avoided mounting random data). CDs that had the right checksum it would automatically run a program with a particular name. This was the sole way to introduce new software/issue commands to the system.
3) It only about 4 open ports, and 2 for getting data and 2 it used to sending the data out.
4) It was stripped having almost no software except the bare mimimum needed to run 2 apps. It used a minimal set of libraries missing any links that weren't needed for the included software. All the apps and all the libraries had their names scrambled (using a hash generator) so apache might be something like /vksjl39/skl9394/i8843nvnnf. This made the box harder to get around. The result most pieces of gcc software wouldn't have run at all with a great deal of knowledge about the box.
5) It checksummed the bios to verify the bios wasn't corrupted (i.e. boot password was intact).
6) Data on the drives were encrypted.
Sound like a fun distribution to work on? On the other hand under computer generated network attacks (like say 10000 attacks per second) they system was able function fine indefinitely. Even somebody with physical access would have had to take a long time to hack the system. That is sort of the ultimate in Linux security. The goal of hardening a system it to reduce points of entry for people to issue privledged commands, and this is done by reducing features. And that means a decrease in usability."
it is extreme :-)
User developer guide of the cryptographic component framework for Mambo: com_hashcash
A version 1.0 will be release soon....GNU/GPL
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