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CollabNet acquires SourceForge from VA Software

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CollabNet has acquired SourceForge Enterprise Edition (SFEE) from VA Software Corp., adding to its range of collaborative software-development tools.

Its products already include Subversion, a code repository, and CollabNet Enterprise Edition, a software-development tool for distributed project teams. SFEE is another source code repository and collaborative software-development environment.

Such Web-based development tools are increasingly popular with the geographically dispersed development teams common in many open source software projects, which often bring together enthusiasts with common interests but living in different time zones.

Between SFEE and its own tools, CollabNet will support 300 enterprise clients and 1.1 million individual users worldwide, it said. By combining the research-and-development teams for the two products, CollabNet hopes to fend off competition in the software-development tools market from IBM.

VA offered SFEE as a free download for small groups of developers, making money on technical support or on software licenses for groups of 20 users or more. CollabNet has a similar business model.

The deal does not include, a hosting service for open source software projects operated by VA subsidiary Open Source Technology Group. is home to many well-known applications, including Audacity, a cross-platform audio-editing tool and eMule, a peer-to-peer file-sharing client.

CollabNet will acquire the SFEE code, and will take on some VA employees involved with the product. In return, VA gains an equity stake in CollabNet. The companies gave no further financial details of the deal.

Source: LinuxWorld


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Sat, 28 Apr 2007 at 21:27:01 +0800

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HITBSecConf 2007 – Malaysia

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Registration for HITBSecConf 2007 – Malaysia is now OPEN! We have moved our conference to the bigger and better Hilton KL Sentral; Kuala Lumpur’s newest 5-star hotel centrally located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and a mere 28 minutes from the airport via the KLIA Express.

We’re expecting over 800 attendees to join us from around the world for this year’s Malaysian leg and we promise they will not be disappointed! HITBSecConf2007 – Malaysia will be the largest network security event in Asia with 4 keynote speakers and over 40 of the world’s leading researchers and security experts under one roof. Some of the highlights:

7 Tracks of Hands-On Technical Trainings:

TECH TRAINING 1 – Advanced Web Application & Services Hacking
TECH TRAINING 2 – The Exploit Laboratory
TECH TRAINING 3 – Structured Network Threat Analysis and Forensics
TECH TRAINING 4 – Practical Malcode Threat Analysis
TECH TRAINING 5 – Telecommunication Fraud
TECH TRAINING 6 – War Driving Kuala Lumpur
TECH TRAINING 7 – Hacking Oracle

Day 1 Keynote Speakers: Mark ‘Phiber Optik’ Abene and Emmanuel Goldstein
Day 2 Keynote Speakers: Lance Spitzner and Mikko Hypponen

HITB Cinema: As part of our yearly charity initiative, we are organizing screenings of Freedom Downtime and Urchin. Freedom Downtime, directed and produced by Emmanuel Goldstein is the story of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years while Urchin is an independent production written and directed by John Harlacher and stars Mark Abene as ‘The Inside Man’ and Emmanuel Goldstein as ‘The Outside Man’. Shot illegally in the subways, sewers, and streets of New York City “Urchin” is a prime example of guerrilla cinema made possible by new technology. This will be the first time in Asia Pacific that these movies are being shown to the public and all proceeds from these screenings will go to the Malaysian National Cancer Council – MAKNA.

Capture The Flag: With cash prizes worth USD6,000 this years’ Capture The Flag game has already received confirmation of participation from Padocon from Korea (last year’s champions), NDMTeam from Bulgaria, Army Strong comprising members of the US Army and Zone-H from Italy.

Zone-H/HITB Hacking Challenge: Zone-H in colaboration with the Hack in The Box crew will organize a 6-level web-based hackgame in which individual participants will be challenged to try to beat the hackgame in the shortest possible time. Based on the original game developed by Zone-H in 2005, there will be no need to bring your own exploits or your own laptop.

Lock Picking Village (LPV): Deviant Olam, Eric Michaud and Q who are members from the The Open Organization of Lockpickers (TOOL USA) will be running a Lock Picking Village at the conference in which attendees will be invited to try their hands at bumping and other physical security bypass methods! If you think your home locks are secure, you’re more than welcome to bring them along and see for yourself how easily they can be bypassed.

BZFlag Competition: Organized by members of the US Army, attendees to HITBSecConf2007 will be able to blow off some steam in a BZFlag arena. BZFlag is an online multiplayer cross-platform open source 3D tank battle!

Early Bird: MYR 399.00
Normal (after 1st June): MYR499.00
Student: MYR250

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Sat, 28 Apr 2007 at 21:24:10 +0800

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HackInTheBox Security Conference 2007 – Call for Papers

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The CFP for HITBSecConf2007 – Malaysia is now open. HITBSecConf – Malaysia is the premier network security event for the region and the largest gathering of hackers in Asia. Our 2007 event is expected to attract over 700 attendees from around the world and will see 4 keynote speakers in addition to 40 deep-knowledge technical researchers presenting over two-days.

Being a deep-knowledge technical conference, talks that are more technical or that discuss new and never before seen attack methods are of more interest than a subject that has been covered several times before. Summaries not exceeding 250 words should be submitted (in plain text format) to cfp@hackinthebox. org for review and possible inclusion in the programme.

Submissions are due no later than 1st May 2007.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

# 3G/4G Cellular Networks
# SS7/Backbone telephony networks
# Analysis of network and security vulnerabilities
# Firewall technologies
# Intrusion detection
# Data Recovery and Incident Response
# GPRS and CDMA Security
# Identification and Entity Authentication
# Network Protocol and Analysis
# Smart Card Security
# Virus and Worms
# WLAN and Bluetooth Security
# Analysis of malicious code
# Applications of cryptographic techniques
# Analysis of attacks against networks and machines
# File system security
# Security in heterogeneous and large-scale environments


We do not accept product or vendor related pitches. If your talk involves an advertisement for a new product or service your company is offering, please do not submit.

Your submission should include:

# Name, title, address, email and phone/contact number
# Draft of the proposed presentation (in PDF or PowerPoint format), proof of concept for tools and exploits, etc.
# Short biography, qualification, occupation, achievement and affiliations (limit 150 words).
# Summary or abstract for your presentation (limit 250 words)
# Time (45-60 minutes including time for discussion and questions)
# Technical requirements (video, internet, wireless, audio, etc.)

Each non-resident speaker will receive accommodation for 3 nights. For each non-resident speaker, HITB will cover travel expenses (through our airline partners, Malaysia Airlines) up to USD 1,000.00.

HITBSecConf2007 – Malaysia: The Largest Network Security Event in Asia!
http://conference. hitbsecconf2007k l/

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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 at 09:33:50 +0800

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Bob Sutor speaking at MyOSS Meetup

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Bob Sutor of IBM, will be speaking on Open Source, Open Standards and ODF.

Meetups are back at OUM, this time with special guest Dr. Bob Sutor of IBM who will be speaking on Open source, Open Standards and the Open Document Format.


Friday, April 20th 7:00 PM

What – Meetup Agenda

Please join us for an indepth discussion with Dr. Bob Sutor, who will share the trends and issues in open source and open standards worldwide.

7:00pm – 7:45pm Meet each other
7:45pm – 7:50pm Opening by the Organizer
8:00pm – 8:45pm Talk by Dr. Bob Sutor
8:45pm – 9:30pm Panel Discussion – A Call for Action for the Community

The Shift to ‘Open’: Boost or Brakes for Innovation and Business

Open source is making significant headway into areas that were once the stronghold of proprietary software. Is this a fad or a genuine change in the IT industry? How will this affect your development practices and the skills that you need to acquire?

Leading ICT companies worldwide are moving towards open standards and open source. Open source is making significant headway into areas that were once the stronghold of proprietary software. Is this a fad or a genuine change in the IT industry? How will this affect your development practices and the skills that you need to acquire? Will we see more or less innovation as a result of greater cross-company and cross-border sharing of information formats and software source code? This talk will discuss the background motivating these questions and provide options as to their answers, as well as how things will shake out over the next five years.


  • Relationship of open source to open standards, with a focus on the enterprise
  • Building value in the enterprise through open standards
  • Developing high quality and interoperable ICT products
  • Equipping students with fundamental and employable skills

Target Audience

  • Software Developers, Software Engineers and Architects
  • Employees at IT companies
  • Tertiary Students and Academics

8:45pm – 9:30pm Panel Discussion – A Call for Action for the Community

Dr. Bob Sutor and leading FOSS community leaders will answer your questions on how the community can work to promote, implement and participate in the development of Open Source and Open Standards


Free. No registration required, just come right in, have a seat, and join the crowd.



OUM Angkasa Raya (Map)
Open University Malaysia
Tingkat 3, Bangunan Angkasa Raya,
Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TEL: 60-3-2148 8400

Located near Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

15 minute walk from the KLCC LRT station.

Praying facilities are available on the campus.
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Written by syazli7

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 at 00:28:39 +0800

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Creative Commons Photography Workshop

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Creative Commons Malaysia Photography Workshop
Hosted by Multimedia Development Corporation

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2007
Time: 9.00am-5.00pm
Venue: Songket Room, Cyberview Lodge, Cyberjaya

The Multimedia Development Corporation, the host institution for the Creative Commons Malaysia project, is pleased to invite you to a photography workshop to acquaint you with the art of still image photography. We have world renowned photographer, John W. Ishii leading our workshop together with our Creative Commons Board Member, Jeff Ooi, and Lensa Malaysia members, Paul Choo, Leonard Yang and Dr Chen WS. This full day workshop promises to be exciting and will involve a talk on the basics of photography, an experimental photography session in Cyberview Lodge, an introduction to the licensing model of Creative Commons and a talk on the basics of post-processing of digital photography and a showcase of your very own photographs. The day promises to close with a lively discussion on your experimental photography work from the morning, led by our photography experts John, Jeff, Paul, Leonard and Dr. Chen.

Please come, join us, bring your friends and most importantly, bring your cameras and enthusiasm!

*Each participant must bring their camera (of any kind) with sufficient memory cards


09:00hr Registration and Welcome Breakfast

09:30hr Welcome Address by Ms. Ng Wan Peng, Vice President, Multimedia Development Corporation

09:40hr Housekeeping Matters by Jeff Ooi

09:45hr SESSION I: Basics in Digital Photography (John Ishii)

  • Induction to Basics: Framing and Overall Composition
  • Understanding Aperture, Shutter Speed, Sensitivity (ISO) and Lighting
  • Shooting in RAW or JPG?
  • Styles in Photography & Showcase
  • Q&A

10:30hr Morning Tea and Refreshment

11:00hr SESSION II: Experimental Shootout around Cyberview Lodge (You)

Participants will be divided into four groups, who will be chaperoned by John Ishii, Paul Choo, Leonard Yang and Dr Chen WS for on-the-spot counsel

Re-group by 12:30hr for lunch and download of pictures for judging and printing

12:45hr Lunch and Judging of Photographs

14:15hr SESSION III: Licensing through Creative Commons: What, Why and How (Ng Alina)

  • A brief presentation on Creative Commons Project and Licenses
  • Updates on Second Creative Commons Competition
  • Future Plans for Creative Commons – Global and in Malaysia

14:45hr SESSION IV: Basic Post-Processing in Digital Photography (John Ishii)

  • Post-processing: What & Why
  • Issues of Ethics in Digital Post-Processing
  • Post-Processing Tools: Photoshop, Elements, Picasa etc
  • Workflow in Post Processing
  • Q&A

15:30hr Afternoon Tea and Refreshment

16:00hr SESSION V: Showcase of Experimental Shoot: Comments & Critiques (John Ishii, Jeff Ooi, Leonard Yang, Dr Chen WS)

  • Showcase
  • Presentation of Prizes & Photographs

17:00hr Closing Remarks

RSVP: alina at by Monday, 23 April 2007.
For more information about the workshop, contact:

Ng Alina
Project Lead Creative Commons Malaysia
Senior Executive,
Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
MSC Headquarters,
2360 Persiaran APEC,
63000 Cyberjaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Telephone: (603) 8315 3306
Email: alina at

Source: Creative Commons Malaysia

Written by syazli7

Wed, 11 Apr 2007 at 13:07:46 +0800

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LinuxSIG Open Hack Challenge

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Linux Special Interest Group, Multimedia University Melaka Campus will be organizing Open Hack Challenge after being postponed due to hard drive failure, Open Hack Challenge is opened to all who are in Cyberjaya and Melaka campus from the 10th to 12th of April 2007. The target server will be opened 24/7 and ends at 4 pm on the 12th April.

IP Address of the target box will be announced in .

Participants will need to connect to MMU Melaka’s VPN in order to play.(Free)

We encourage those who are staying off-campus to start setting up your MMU VPN connection.

Open Hack is a real server break in where we provide a server rigged with holes and mis configurations for players to test their hacking skills. The aim of the game is for the player to find a way into the server and gain root privileges. Once he/she has root, the player will need to run a script that will replace the server’s index page with the player’s info, acknowledging the player as the sole winner. The server is purposely mis configured. The player should look for the obvious & non-obvious clues, it’s everywhere.

The first person to break in, gain root, and run the script wins a seat HITBSecConf2007 courtesy of Hack In The Box and a 1GB hosting package + Domain (.com/.net/.org) for a year sponsored by Advanced Integrated Software Technologies.

Rules Of The Game:
Here are some guidelines to prevent you from looking like a lame script kiddie:

  • DO NOT bruteforce the server. You’ll die of old age before the password gets cracked.
  • DO NOT launch a DoS/DDoS attack.
  • DO NOT flood the network

How to VPN:

MMU Bulletin Board:

Written by syazli7

Mon, 9 Apr 2007 at 19:33:20 +0800

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Workshop on Free and Open Source Learning Environments and Tools (FOSLET07)

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Extended deadline: April 16, 2007

Call for papers

Workshop on Free and Open Source Learning Environments and Tools

In conjunction with the Third International Conference on Open Source Systems.
June 14th, 2007, Limerick (Ireland)

Web-based Learning Environments supported by Course Management Systems, (also known as Learning Management Systems) are nowadays a valid solution for institutions, schools and universities that deliver e-learning or support blended-learning activities. Learning environments are used to distribute information and content material to learners, prepare and deliver assignments and tests, engage in discussions, and manage distance classes without time and space

During the last few years, several institutions have moved from commercial/proprietary solutions to Free and Open Source (FOS) environments. The increasing popularity that FOS solutions for e-learning are enjoying is partly due to the absence of license costs, and partly to their great adaptability and interoperability, also in relationship with the development and adoption of Learning Technology Standards, such as the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and the IMS Content Packaging and Learning Design specifications.

However, the integration of FOS solutions for e-learning is not free from some critical issues that demand research.


The workshop aim at providing a discussion platform for researchers and practitioners that wants to share research findings and experiences about the use of FOS applications for e-learning, in order to identify effective and sustainable solutions, open issues and good practices


The workshop encourages submissions on all topics related to Free and Open Source Learning Environments including (but not limited to) the following:
– Interoperability and implementation of standards among Learning Environments
– FOS Learning Environments architectures, configurations, and infrastructures
– Learning & Content Management Systems, repositories
– Metadata models and mapping
– Interoperability use cases, experience reports of interoperable educational systems
– Cost models of commercial/proprietary and FOS e-learning solutions
– Good practices of integration of FOS solutions into real institutional settings


– Submission of papers: April 16, 2007 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)
– Notification of acceptance: yup April 30, 2007
– Submission of final papers: May 21, 2007
– Workshop date: June 14, 2007


– Luca Botturi, Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Lugano, Switzerland.
– Riccardo Mazza, Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano, Switzerland.
– Stefano Tardini, eLearning Lab, University of Lugano, Switzerland.


Luca Botturi, Riccardo Mazza, Stefano Tardini
NewMinE Lab
Via G. Buffi, 13
CH-6900 Lugano (Switzerland)

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Sat, 7 Apr 2007 at 01:47:26 +0800

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