Linux News ZDNET: Is Linux breaking Microsoft's Grip? Open-source software gave Microsoft a one-two punch this week, with the European Union and an African nonprofit educational organization showing preference for Linux systems. The European Union awarded on Thursday a $249,000 (250,000 euro) contract to U.K.-based system-integrator Netproject to study the feasibility of moving the information systems of several member countries' governments to the Linux operating system from Microsoft's Windows OS. Full Story _________________________________ Linux vs Windows Security If it's not the Slapper worm, it's the Mighty worm -- if you're watching the technology press recently, you might think Linux is plagued with security problems lately. And then there's the never-ending Linux vs. Microsoft security debate, revived by Newsfactor a couple of weeks ago. We went to Jay Beale with our questions about the current state of Linux security. He's a security consultant specializing in host lockdown, network security and security audits. Jay also serves as lead developer of the Bastille project, which creates a hardening script for Linux and HP-UX, is a member of the Honeynet Project, and is a core participant in the Center for Internet Security. Full Story ________________________________ OpenSource: A Strong Case for E-Government This was the official title of a conference I attended last week in Washington, D.C., where government officials and consultants from countries on every inhabited continent gathered to discuss how and why they are using more Linux and Open Source software. This article is an overview of the event. Later this week I'll report on conversations I had with Peruvian Congressman Edgar Villanueva, with several Linux advocates from Vietnam, and with some very strange Microsoft apologists from the Alexis De Toqueville Institution. Most of the conference sessions had a strong "how to do it" bent to them, not only on the technical side but also on the political front. Many attendees were Open Source devotees, but a significant number came to learn more about why they should use Open Source, and many -- even the strongest advocates -- seemed at least as interested in the political and economic ramifications of Open Source as in learning about the latest Gnome, MySQL or OpenOffice features. There was broad consensus among attendees from less-prosperous countries that Linux and Open Source are the way to go. Full Story ____________________________________ Linux finding its own niche in the automotive industry To lower costs and stay competitive, automakers are turning to inexpensive Linux-based computers for crash simulations, structural analysis and other tasks once handled by expensive high-performance systems. The auto industry's move away from computers based on custom hardware and the proprietary Unix operating system mirrors trends in other industries, including oil exploration and retail. "This is a game-changer for any industry that has a high-performance computing workload," said Steve Solazzo, general manager for Linux operations at IBM. Open-source Linux can be downloaded for free or purchased at a fraction of the price of other operating systems. It runs on mass-produced chips from Intel and other semiconductor makers. Companies such as IBM, which also is a major player in the supercomputer business, are bundling the software and teaching businesses how to install it Full Story _______________________________ New Releases HW+ / DXR3 device driver This project is an attempt to provide the Linux community with kernel drivers for two hugely popular DVD playback cards namely DXR3 from Creative Labs and Hollywood Plus from Sigma Designs. Link _________________________________ KWave Kwave is a sound editor for the KDE environment. It is written with KDE/QT and is extendable through a powerful plugin interface. For the moment it only supports .wav files, but other audio formats will follow in future. Link ___________________________________ LSB RPMs The purpose of this site is to provide many commonly used (and many not-so-commonly used) binary RPM packages for the Linux community. These RPMs are all designed to be LSB-compliant, and thus, are designed to work on all LSB-compliant distributions. Link ___________________________________ Project of the Week Project ELX was started in February 2000 in Hyderabad, India. ELX Linux is a product of Everyone's Linux Pvt. Ltd (formerly known as 3T Solutions Pvt Ltd), a highly progressive organisation of young, dynamic and hardworking professionals yearning for perfection. It started with only 15 developers and today a brilliant team of over 25 Linux professionals have been working for ELX. ELX Linux is a fully featured Desktop Operating System with user friendliness as its basic feature. The easy-to-use desktop does not demand any learning curve for a typical Windows user and is very easy to use for a novice in computers. ELX comes with a vast variety of applications starting from word processors compatible with MS Word, other productivity applications like spreadsheets, presentation tools, and also CD burning applications. _____________________________ Linux Site of the Week LinuxMax was founded by Ewdison Then in June 2001. Supported by volunteer around the world, LinuxMax continue to grow and contribute to the open source community by delivering latest news, tutorials, and opinions focusing on Open Source and Linux to help users enhanced their Linux experience. 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