SCO Is Downsizing

SCO is downsizing according to Groklaw. It’s not nice to be gleeful with someone else’s demise, but in SCO’s case, we will make an exemption. If they turn it around and make a contribution to the Linux community, maybe we will give them a reprieve. But, don’t expect SCO to change their suit happy ways. They are burning cash faster than money thrown in a bonfire. Anyways, here’s an excerpt from Groklaw.

SCO is downsizing. Ch. 11 Trustee Edward Cahn has filed a motion for the sale, transfer or abandonment of certain de minimis assets. They have also signed a new lease with Canopy, and they hope the court will approve it. The new lease with Canopy is for space more than 50 percent smaller than where they’ve been. So, no more feet on that huge desk in Darl’s office. Remember that picture? Ah, yes, 2004. The bogo accusations. I call them the Bogo Years.

SCO was in a space measuring 11,480 square feet and paying $22,715 a month for rent and other charges. Now they signed a lease this month for 4,365 square feet for $9,850 a month. The lease is attached as Exhibit A. So SCO is getting smaller and smaller.

Seriously. Don’t abandon a thing. Put it on eBay, for real. A lot of geeks will pay you for Darl’s swivel chair and pen holder. Dibs on the computer. I’m not a bit kidding. Talk about flax into gold. You shouldn’t turn your back on this fabulous opportunity.

Google Chrome Now Available For Mac and Linux

Well, it’s official. Google Chrome browser is now available for the Mac and Linux. Information Week has the details:

“We’ve been working hard to deliver a first-class browser for the Mac — it took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it!” declared Google product manager Brian Rakowski in a blog post. “We wanted Google Chrome to feel at home on the Mac, so we’ve focused on uniting our clean, simple design with subtle animations and effects to create a snappy and satisfying browsing experience on OS X.”Google also released a beta version of Chrome for Linux and browser extensions for users of beta and developer builds.

Google’s design goals for Chrome, which represents the foundation of the company’s forthcoming Chrome OS, remain focused on speed, stability, and security. As an example, Chrome isolates each browser tab so that buggy Web page code will only crash the tab and not the entire browser. Chrome’s multiprocess architecture is also a way to protect users from poorly coded or malicious extensions.

Start Using Difficult Wi-Fi Passwords

If you have an easy, guessable password that contain words found in dictionaries, you might want to alter your approach, because you are subjecting your password to be cracked easily. Having a weak password compromises all systems, from mainframes, servers, desktops, phones and network systems. With network devices, wireless networks particularly access point routers have been using encrypted passwords or passphrases to secure wi-fi networks.

128 bit WEP was widely used initially, but have given way to a more secure WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). WPA was created by the Wi-Fi Alliance to replace WEP. TKIP or Temporal Key Integrity Protocol was brought in as the protocol of choice, but it had its shortcomings. WPA was eventually replaced by WPA2, and in turn, the Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the AES protocol.

Of all protocols available, experts recommended WPA2 AES because of its strong encryption. Having a weak password or passphrase jeopardizes the security of a network. It’s recommended that administrators choose strong passwords. Such passwords can be obtained from free password generator programs that can generate a random combination of alphanumeric, case-sensitive characters sprinkled with a few special characters in between.

Yesterday, a WPA cracker service was announced. The $34 service says it can crack a password in less than 20 minutes.

The service leverages a known vulnerability in Pre-shared Key (PSK) networks usually used by home and small-business users.

To use it, the tester first submits a small file that contains an initial communication between the WPA router and a computer. Based on that information, WPA Cracker can then figure out whether the network is vulnerable to a type of attack.

While this job would take over five days on a contemporary dual-core PC, on our cluster it takes an average of 20 minutes, for only $17.

The $34 price tag is for the whole cluster. Using half the cluster costs $17, but the job could take 40 minutes.

All the more reason for users to start using difficult Wi-Fi passwords.

Video Subtitles Editor

Most of us who make videos resort to our old Windows ways when it comes to editing videos, placing subtitles, etc. Well, there are several Linux applications that are available for free. Mygnulinux.com shares with us several programs that do just that. They are: Ksubtitleripper, a KDE-based application, OGMRip and Avidemux.

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10 Best Open Source ERP Systems

Enterprise Resource Planning is a software package that manages business functions. LinuxLinks.com provides 10 of the best open-source ERP systems that are available for free. None in the list are going to make SAP or Oracle shake in their boots, but here is the top 10 list:

  1. Openbravo – Designed with broad business functionality.
  2. Compiere – ERP & CRM solution for small and medium-sized enterprises.
  3. Apache OFBiz – Enterprise software framework.
  4. ADempiere – Business solution offering ERP, CRM & SCM functionality.
  5. opentaps – Based on Apache OFBiz.
  6. Dolibarr – Compact ERP & CRM
  7. OpenERP – A complete ERP and CRM modular system
  8. ERP5 – Mission critical software for industrial organisations and government agencies
  9. webERP – Complete web based accounting & ERP system for SMEs.
  10. PostBooks – Full-featured, fully-integrated accounting, ERP, and CRM system