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After my less than satisfying visit to the land of Linux streaming media viewers just a few weeks ago, I was a little reluctant to try another, in spite of the readers who suggested I look at Xine. I shouldn't have been. I found the Xine experience satisfying in every aspect. Xine installation is quick, easy, and well documented. On my Red Hat 7.2 desktop box with its 1-GHz Athlon CPU, 512 megabytes of RAM, and a GeForce 2 MX video card, I got video that rivaled anything I've seen, even in full-screen mode. I downloaded xine-lib-0.9.8.tar.gz and xine-ui-0.9.8.tar.gz source code tar balls from the Xine project page on SourceForge. A perfectly behaved configure script -- I was impressed by the level of detail and information provided by the scripts -- started the normal install process of ./configure; make; make install. Per the README on the Web site, I installed xine... (more)

Cherokee Indians To Encircle Open Source?

Jeff Merkey, who used to be chief scientist at Novell and wrote NetWare's SMP kernel, calls open source a "socialist movement that's destroying the software industry in America." He's also convinced open source misappropriates other people's IP. But he thinks he's figured out a way to make it a commercially viable capitalist tool by letting the Cherokee Nation run it. Merkey has rewritten NetWare and merged it with Linux to create a distribution called GaDuGi, a Cherokee word for the work crews that used to engage in what we might call community service for the good of the whole tribe. He says he has turned GaDuGi over to the Cherokee Nation, which will hold the copyright. GaDuGi will be distributed under a new Cherokee Nation Open Source License that is still being written, but reportedly differs from other open source licenses in recognizing trade secret rights in ... (more)

Information Security Assurance

Information security assurance is a topic that has developed quickly over the last few years. Drivers for its rapid development include the development of computers at the pace of Moore's Law during the information revolution of the last century. Motivation for interest in the topic stems from the more recent Internet revolution, the focus on critical infrastructure related to Homeland Security, the increased emphasis on corporate governance, and the increasing awareness of privacy matters as society recognizes the dangers that accompany IT advances. No wonder we occasionally see confusion, and more disturbingly, inappropriate use of standards, schemes, and activities in the security assurance arena. Below is the information security ecosystem in a way that will clarify and demystify some of the key factors and the certification frameworks in common use for informa... (more)

NTELOS Holdings Corp. Prices Public Offering of Common Stock by CVC and Quadrangle

WAYNESBORO, Va., March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NTELOS Holdings Corp. announced today the pricing of the public offering of 11,000,000 shares of NTELOS common stock at a public offering price of $18.25 per share. All of the shares of common stock are being offered by certain affiliates of Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners, L.P. and Quadrangle Capital Partners LP. These stockholders also have granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 1,650,000 shares. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the offering. Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and Lehman Brothers are the joint book-running managers for the offering. UBS Investment Bank and Raymond James are the joint lead managers, and Wachovia Securities is a co-manager. A registration statement relating to the shares of common stock has been filed and declared effective by the Securiti... (more)

Proxim Expands WiMAX Family to Include Ultra-Secure Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint Solutions for Governments, Utilities and Enterprises

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/21/08 -- Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leader in core-to-client solutions for broadband wireless networks, today announced the Tsunami(TM) MP.11 HS (High Security) line of base station units, subscriber units and bridges. The new products provide governments, utilities and ultra-secure enterprises with FIPS 140-2 level 2 compliant point-to-point and point-to-multipoint products in the 5.1-5.95 GHz, 4.9 GHz, 2.4 GHz, and 1.8 GHz frequency bands. The Tsunami MP.11 HS product family is Proxim's ultra-secure broadband wireless solution for wireless video, data connectivity, VoIP and mobility, combining FIPS 140-2 level 2 compliance, advanced AES-256 encryption, and secure management to meet strict U.S. Federal Government standards. Whereas competitors' approaches to high security wireless broadband require multiple pr... (more)

News Watch: July 1999

In This Issue: Industry Watch Web Application Scalability Study Product News Allaire Announces a New Product: Spectra! Allaire Apologizes for Technical Problems During Spectra Webcast; Provides Webcast Archive JRun's End Run ColdFusion Express Upcoming Events First-Ever Allaire Developer Conference: October 24-26 Ongoing at Allaire Integrated Server-Side Java Support Announced Subscriber News JavaJim Featured on SeattleTimes.com Fun Factoids and Food for Thought Just When I Got Kilograms, Kilometers and Kilobytes Straight. . . Perhaps Some Paranoia is Healthy? A Look at Legal Rulings Regarding the Internet: Too Broad a Spectrum? Industry Watch Web Application Scalability Study BOSTON, MA: June 1999: RSW Software, a leading provider of Web application testing software (E-TESTÖ Suite) and a business unit of Teradyne, Inc., has announced the availability of a compreh... (more)

NewsWatch September, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE: ALLAIRE STOCK Today Honey, We Froze The Market Cap Allaire Stock Drops On 3Q Report E-COMMERCE FAO Schwarz Relaunches FAO.com With JRun Pottery Barn Extends to the Web With ColdFusion DEVELOPER NEWS Network Six Becomes Allaire Alliance Partner Edgewater Technology An Allaire Alliance Premier Partner Broadiant An Allaire Premier Training Partner Cyberserv & Allaire Alliance Produces beCyber Geodesic Partners With Allaire New WAP Book From Ben Forta et al. 5B Technologies A Premier Allaire Alliance Partner ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS Server 4.5.1 Service Pack Available Localized ColdFusion & HomeSite Documentation Spectra Powers AspenSnowmass's Virtual Skiing & Snowboarding 1,000 Linux ColdFusion Servers Sold in 6 Months Allaire Outlook on 3Q 2000 Results Allaire Developer Conference, Nov. 5-8 USER GROUPS & CONFERENCES Ben Forta to Present CF Master Tips & T... (more)

Munich Court Defends GPL

A Munich district court has hit Sitecom Germany GmbH with a preliminary injunction forbidding it to distribute a wireless access router, model WL-122, unless it conforms to the GNU General Public License. The GPL has only been the subject of a court decision once before when, in the summer of 2001, a Massachusetts federal court ruled that the license was "binding" and "enforceable" during a dispute between MySQL AB and its one-time US distributor NuSphere, a subsidiary of Progress Software. Subsequently, IBM has based part of its countersuit against the SCO Group on the GPL, but IBM's claims have yet to be tried in court. Anyway, the open source netfilter/iptables project, which has been going around quietly enforcing the GPL with other companies, claims the Sitecom router is based on software that it developed and licenses for free under the GPL and that Sitecom refu... (more)

Ex-CA CEO Sanjay Kumar's Looking at Doing 100 Years

Related Links: "Not Guilty," Both Kumar and Richards Tell Judge Computer Associates Founder Charles Wang Government's Next Target Ex-Computer Associates CEO Sanjay Kumar could be sentenced to 100 years in the slammer if he's found guilty of everything he was charged with on Wednesday, according to the Justice Department. Not exactly a Martha Stewart reprise. Ditto the former head of the company's worldwide sales Stephen Richards. CA's former general counsel Stephen Woghin, who turned state's evidence and has reportedly been drawing the noose tighter and tighter around the necks of Kumar and Richards, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and obstruction of justice in federal court in Brooklyn Wednesday morning. He could get 25 years. CA, on the other hand, which turned a blind eye to the company's so-called 35-day month shenanigans until ... (more)

Text of E-Mail from Steve Ballmer

Text of Steve Ballmer E-Mail to U.S. Microsoft Employees Regarding Public Policy Engagement REDMOND, Wash. -- May 6, 2005 -- In response to widespread public interest in the company's position on anti-discrimination legislation, Microsoft Corp. today released the following text of an e-mail sent today from Steve Ballmer, CEO, to all Microsoft employees in the United States: Date: May 6, 2005 To: All U.S. Microsoft Employees Subject: Microsoft’s principles for public policy engagement During the past two weeks I’ve heard from many of you with a wide range of views on the recent anti-discrimination bill in Washington State, and the larger issue of what is the appropriate role of a public corporation in public policy discussions. This input has reminded me again of what makes our company unique and why I care about it so much. One point really stood out i... (more)

Out of Step - NIEM and N-DEx

Since the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the federal government has intensified its efforts to improve communications, collaboration, and information sharing between government and private sector agencies at all levels. The task of creating a seamless system of data and communication between disparate agencies has faced both technological and political obstacles. This article will look at two federal data-sharing initiatives: the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the National Data Exchange (N-DEx). Each offers new information-sharing capabilities and each faces major challenges. Is universal sharing of information between governmental agencies actually doable? NIEM is an ambitious new initiative that is taking a giant step towards making the dream of government-wide data interoperability a reality. NIEM is a joint effort of the Departments of ... (more)