May 2007


Foleo is Palm’s new device that they just announced. Not quite a full laptop, but more than a Treo… and hey, it runs Linux. What’s not to like/love?

While I’ve only seen their marketing site and a couple of articles on it, I still see a couple of things I’d like to have added. Here are a few things on my wishlist…

  • Integrated camera and video conferencing
  • ODF support – not just MS Office
  • Multimedia support – it should play videos (movies) and music
  • Touch screen would be nice, but is not essential
  • Tomboy for note taking
  • File synchronization capabilities with my “desktop”… maybe iFolder, Rsync, or something else?

What’s on your wishlist?

(Updated 6/1/07: because I can’t spell and think at the same time… Sorry, it’s Foleo. Thx Ross.)

While, not a full fledged review, this SearchEnterpriseLinux article does give you the 100,000 foot view of the major issues involved in the key options of office suite these days.

  • OpenOffice.org – open source, MS Office compatible, low-cost/”free”, Novell Edition included with SLED and NOWS
  • MS Office – proprietary, expensive, new version = new user interface = user training requirement, familiar name
  • GoogleDocs – proprietary, word-processor and spreadsheet only, MS Office compatible, low-cost/”free”

It’s worth mentioning that RossB and I did blog a few comparisons to OpenOffice.org and MS Office which you might care to review:  here, here and here.

Novell’s Market Start program works with selected application providers to bring high quality solutions to help small and medium businesses, and certified on the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. From the website:

When you select solutions from Novell Market partners, you’re getting rock-solid applications that address real business challenges. These Novell-certified applications from proven independent software vendors provide the highest quality solutions for SUSE Linux Enterprise. First of all, they’re truly enterprise-class applications in function and capability. Secondly, they provide that functionality with easier deployments and at a fraction of the cost.

There are now TWO new Market Start Partners: Liferay and Zenoss

Liferay – is “provider of the worlds leading enterprise-class, open source portal and content management system.” More info is available at the Liferay website.
Zenoss – is “the provider of the most popular network and systems monitoring product on Sourceforge.net”. More info is available at the Zenoss website.

Got experience with either of these new applications? Why not share a few words in our comments section…

CRN recently conducted weeks of testing to compare Windows Vista and Windows XP for security features, and found interesting results.  Researchers found Vista had “marginal security advantages over XP”, and “Vista remains riddled with holes, despite its multilayer security architecture and embedded security tools.”

The tests included vulnerability comparisons for:

  • Viruses
  • Spyware/Malware
  • Trojans
  • Remote Data Exploits
  • Flaws in Images
  • Spoofing
  • Scripting

While sometimes the CRN report is a tad harsh, it does strip bare the lofty claims of Vista’s much-improved security through wizards, check-boxes and agents.   Too bad we couldn’t get a SLED ad on those pages, to give everyone hope!

The report concludes: “… both the Vista and the XP test notebooks were almost equally damaged by viruses, trojans and other malware.  And because most of the Web sites in the test were able to exploit Vista’s weaknesses, Internet users are just about equally vulnerable with both OSes”.

The CRN report can  be found here.

RossB

    ZENworks Linux Management (ZLM) has been awarded the “Best of Interop” Award for the Management, Network Software and Services category at Interop Las Vegas 2007 last week.  ZLM is the recommended tool to manage your SUSE Linux environment or your mixed SUSE Linux / Red Hat environment – both servers and desktops.

Here’s the link to the press release.

In a very interesting twist of irony, car #77 – the Linux car – crashed in the Indy 500 on Sunday.

Now here’s my take on this. Since they painted the car blue, I believe the Linux penguin gods got angry at the potential Microsoft association. Considering blue is not only their corporate color, but also one of the most common occurrences in their OS with the BSOD, I think they’ve got a virtual lock on it.

I’m thinking next year, we have to go with white & black, or a nice Novell red

 Jason G

In a world where even SSH seems like it’s not enough, enter SBD. Yeah, it’s the same initials as something that we all said as kids, but it really refers to System Back Door.

SBD is an ultra-secure service that relies on the SBD protocol, one-time pad’s and the HMAC authentication routine to verify what you’re sending to it.

Effectively, it allows you to encrypt a single command that is sent to the server based on completely random and identical files on both systems, making it easy to send a wake-up call to an SSH server or other service with an almost-unbreakable one-time encrypted command.

After using the service on demand, you can then disable it with another SBD-secured command, or have the service disable itself automatically via scripting.

Linux.com has a great article about this, including make instructions for those who find they will need this additional security measure. The SourceForge project page, while, ahem, somewhat terse, is helpful too.

Enjoy,

RossB

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