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Linux® distributor security list destroyed after hacker compromise

Although Linux has been termed as a secure OS, kernel level malicious attacks can still happen. This is not the first time that the Vendor-Sec distributor security list has been compromised. It happened earlier in 2005 also. Is Linux just as vulnerable as any of the other available operating systems, is a point of discussion.

At the root of it, let us be sure of one thing, practices of the users clearly define the vulnerability of any operating system. We can only say that compared to the Windows platform, the Linux platform has suffered really very minimal attacks. What matters most is the security standards, or rather the lack of it, when defining how secure an operating system can be. Linux is neither intrusion proof, and is definitely not hacker proof. Linux is only extremely difficult for unauthorized entrants to break into.

Linux comes with a whole set of repositories as a part of the standard. If you are careful enough, not installing anything outside of the standard set of repositories, and you are quite safe. Regular updating is a must. The only difference between Linux and others is that the response time for the open source community, patching up of security holes, is extremely fast. Consider this the real beauty of Linux. Besides patching of holes, updates and fixes are rapidly sent out, minimizing whatever damage has been caused, very quickly.

Principally, being a multi-user networked system, the Linux is basically better on security. Linux was basically built to deal with potentially hostile environment. Only last week we saw the Ubuntu and their Linux kernel problems affecting quite a few versions of Linux.

It is absolutely essential that a very careful configuration of your firewall is done. Activating various filters and not allowing remote administration features and tools, can make the Linux environment safe and secure.

Is it time for OpenSUSE to say goodbye to Novell?

It seems after years of working together in developing a complete Linux platform the openSUSE project that was taken in by Novell have developed different interests are seeking to co-exist with different set  of goals and ideas. The OpenSUSE community is developing their own community statement and is now looking for wider horizons. The main objective of this statement is to clarify their goals and put forth a new technical focus of their project.

OpenSUSE is open source software and uses graphical interfacing using the UNIX platform. It released its first version in 1994 and since then 11 versions have been released. The current stable version is 11.2 which was released in Nov 2009.

It all started after a year of acquiring the Linux OS SUSE, Novell changed the project on its head and made it a contributory application. As a result individual developers were able to submit their widgets on this OS and this gave the birth to OpenSUSE. An open source platform that could be used by anyone without having the need to acquire any license.

Throughout their partnership there have several occasions when there has been a difference of opinion between these two organizations. The one which made headlines last year was the OpenSUSE idea’s make KDE their default desktop environment. Previously users were given the option to select the IDE at the time of installing. Through all Novell and OpenSUSE have somehow been able to co-exist and provided the users with this amazing UNIX platform.

But now with the growth of both the companies their ideologies are taking a big turn and while Novell was initially interested in the desktop market where it was transporting OpenSUSE for official and home uses but  now it seems to have a found a potential market in the Netbooks that are making the waves. Novell has been in cohorts with Intel and both have developed the MeeGo operating system together hence it makes sense that Novell would like to focus more on this project.

The basic problem with all the open source projects is that at one point of time it becomes hard to collect funds and keep the operation running, it might very well be the reason for Novell and OpenSUSE growing differences.

Although it is too early to say that the companies have drifted apart completely. But that possibility cannot be rules out because OpenSUSE has traversed a long way from being a small project in its testing stage to a fully functional operating system that is in commercial use. Hence it makes a sense for this project to have its own goal and marketing strategy rather than using the ideas of its parent company.

iTunes Substitutes

Apple has necessitated the use of iTunes to add or modify the files on an iPod for reasons known only to them. Simply enabling the disk use functionality and adding songs as you would on an USB will not work. This is because the iPod only plays songs stored in its iTunesDB, a database for songs stored on the iPod. This is where iTunes becomes essential, it allows for songs to be added to the iTunesDB. The reason why Apple has chosen this method has never been officially expressed but tech gurus vaguely state speed and efficiency.

Many iPod users feel iTunes is way too bloated with unnecessary software and are in the search for other alternatives. For all such users here is an exploration on what else is on the offer as alternatives.

Media Monkey:

Developed by Ventis Media, MediaMonkey is offered in two versions, the Free version and the Gold version. The free version should suffice for the average user. The Gold version offers enhancements in Disk Burning, MP3 encoding and Folder Monitoring. MediaMonkey supports all versions of iPod Apple has ever sold till the very latest iPod Touch(3G). It also features a functionality for managing your podcast subscription. One of the fun features MediaMonkey incorporates is the Party Mode. In this mode song requests can be made without altering your playlist. There is also the Auto-DJ feature which automatically selects tracks once your playlist runs out. Fetching of ID3 tags for your huge collection of songs has never been simpler. MediaMonkey does all the hard work while it lets you lean back and enjoy the music. One drawback of MediaMonkey is that it requires iTunes to be installed on your system as it utilizes the same drivers. If you are looking for a player which plays almost anything and is also customizable with a fun interface, MediaMonkey is just the one for you.


Amarok2 is a KDE based music player available for the Linux platform. It is widely touted to be as one of the best audio players available. It scores in the area of interface, where Amarok2 offers an interface to die for. Though for the latest versions of iPhone and iPod Touch to work they must be jailbroken.


Songbird is a very interesting, cross platform audio player on offer. It works fine on Linux, Windows and also on Mac. It is based on the same core architecture as Mozilla Firefox, the XULRunner framework. Thus it is not only an audio player but also an integrated browser. The browser and player features are well integrated to provide a rich experience. Just like as Firefox, SongBird too supports skins and plug-ins.

SongBird supports iPod once you install an extra plug-in. It seamlessly syncs all your music files and videos too. It can also sync your hard disk collection to your iPod. SongBird is a feature rich player with a strong developer base. The only drawback though is the fact that it almost uses as much resources as iTunes.


How can we ever forget the trusted media player which has become the standard for any Window- based system. It supports iPod functionality once the m1_ipod plug-in is installed. Music transfer is pretty much hassle free. Resource usage though is pretty heavy by Winamp. There is way too much bloatware included.

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