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Samsung Captivate Code Released, Novell’s AppArmor May Enter Linux 2.6.36

Posted in AppArmor, Mono, Novell, OpenSUSE, Samsung, Security at 1:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: News about Captivate, AppArmor, SUSE Gallery, and integrating the MeeGo desktop into OpenSUSE

The GPL violator Samsung (which also pays Microsoft for Linux) is finally releasing some source code to Captivate. To quote:

Weighing in at about 161 megabytes, the code should assist developers wishing to work on custom Captivate ROMs. Samsung Captivate owners have been eager to see their first custom builds as the device has sold thousands already since its nationwide launch at AT&T on the 18th.

This is a positive thing from a negative company of corruption and GPL hostility.

Looking over at Novell, what we find is SuperLumin eDir SSO replaceing BorderManager ClientTrust and SUSE is mentioned too.

The announcement is believed to have come at the right time when BorderManager customers are transitioning into the SuperLumin Proxy Cache. Earlier in March, SuperLumin Networks announced its agreement with Novell ( News – Alert) to offer BorderManager customers with a SUSE Linux-based replacement proxy.

Novell’s AppArmor is being merged for the next Linux release even though Novell no longer supports the project.

The following is a summary of changes to the security subsystem for the 2.6.36 kernel, which may be found in my development tree at:

git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jmorris/security-testing-2.6#next

SUSE Gallery, which we mentioned before, has free membership now.

Aiming to fulfill part of this industry need, Novell’s SUSE Gallery is a new online showcase for registered SUSE Studio users to publish their Linux-based software appliances and cloud-based applications.

There is also news about Novell’s OpenSUSE 11.3 LiveCD with MeeGo desktop (there are Fluxbox options too).

Andrew Wafaa, the developer working on integrating the MeeGo desktop into openSUSE, has posted information about the current development status on his blog and made a LiveCD image of openSUSE 11.3 with the MeeGo desktop at its current state of integration available to download. Alternatively, users interested in testing out the current development preview can also add the required MeeGo packages to an openSUSE 11.3 system via a one-click install.

There are some new OpenSUSE HOWTOs in a couple [1, 2] of sites [1, 2] and also this summary. We already know that Novell works on putting Mono in MeeGo [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], but this effort seems to be different. MeeGo is one of the least restrictive Linux-based mobile platforms at the moment. It doesn’t need Mono, unless Novell gets its way.

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