Monthly Archives: December 2009

My wishes for the new year

  • Time to start working again on my Debian packages.
  • To succeed with inserting free software to the Israeli Education system.
  • To make a step forward with free software in Israel though Hamakor
  • To visit DebConf in August (missed the last two conferences).


Filed under Debian GNU/Linux, Israeli Community

When software patents works against you

AP reports about “Court: Microsoft violated patent; can’t sell Word

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corp. and issued an injunction that will prevent the sale of its popular Word software.The court injunction is set to go into effect Jan. 11. Microsoft has said such a bar would prohibit the sale of all currently available versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.

Is it time to have a second thought about Red Hat statement of position on software patents ?


Filed under Proprietary software

Oracle removes gnome packages from its database requirements

As a sysadmin I try to make sure my servers will have the minimal installation needed in order for them to work. In most cases this policy works fine, but some applications depend on too much unneeded software like GUI or sound packages.

Two years ago I wrote about “Why does Oracle’s applications needs xscreensaver in order to run ?“. It seems that finally things have changed.

In it’s latest version of the 10g r2 release notes (B15666-14), Oracle dropped the control-center and gnome-libs packages from the software requirements. This change is only relevant for RHEL5, as the list for RHEL4 (x86_64) haven’t changed except from dropping xscreensaver and adding some other packages.

Notice that for RHEL5, 3 packages were added in order to let the installer display it’s graphical interface:

  • libXp-1.0.0 (i386)
  • libXt-1.0.2 (i386)
  • libXtst-1.0.1 (i386)

I’m glad to see Oracle update it’s software requirements as a lot of people in the databases world are afraid to make changes which are against the official documentation, regardless of how wrong it might be.

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Filed under Proprietary software, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, System Administration

Use signed packages from a trusted source

Use signed packages from a trusted source or suffer the consequences.

Malware Hidden Inside Screensaver, Theme on GNOME-Look.

As it turns out, two malicious software packages had been uploaded to, masquerading as valid .deb packages (a GNOME screensaver and theme, respectively).

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