Archive for December, 2002

German city switches to Linux, saves money

December 18th, 2002 | No Comments »

German city Schwäbisch Hall plans to build its entire IT infrastructure entirely on SuSE Linux running on IBM servers and a selection of PCs. The installation will replace a current Windows setup. The city, of 36 000 residents, will deploy Linux on approximately 400 PCs saving the city an estimated one hundred thousand Euros over [...]

Multiple MySQL vulnerabilities: you have been warned

December 18th, 2002 | No Comments »

Security firm e-matters this week warned that multiple vulnerabilities in the popular open source database MySQL make it possible for crackers to access accounts without passwords or even crash the server. e-matter’s Stefan Esser has also discovered a heap buffer overflow as well as a flaw in MySQL’s client libraries that allows crackers to write [...]

Easing into open source

December 17th, 2002 | No Comments »

Want to try out open source but not ready to dump Windows, yet? TheOpenCD project yesterday released version 1.0 of a collection of open source software that runs under Windows. The collection, which includes the likes of OpenOffice.org, Abiword and FileZillla, is meant to ease users into the world of open source without requiring they [...]

Boost for open source at UWC

December 11th, 2002 | No Comments »

The University of the Western Cape(UWC) has been given a grant of US$50 000 by USAID to aid the university’s development of open source educational tools as part of its African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) project. Eventually it is hoped that AVOIR will consist of four components: open source software development and advisory [...]