What I love about the open source community is that they can quickly respond to industry/user demands in a small fraction of the time of their closed source counterparts. Here is a great example. Netbooks are useful devices, slightly less popular now with the advent of the tablet, but they are still selling and have their place. To that point, many of the operating systems that run on them tend to force users to make a decision between two mutually exclusive capabilities: features vs performance. You either lose a significant amount of features or everything seems like it takes eons to complete. How do you handle that? Linux.
Enter lubuntu, the Lightweight Ubuntu version running a smaller version of the X Window version 11 environment, or LXDE specifically (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). Thus, you receive a full feature rich desktop environment with the quickness of a full desktop all on a smaller lighter form factor.
The main site has some nice screencasts covering some of the key features. Know that because it uses LXDE you get a desktop environment rather than the simplified netbook Unity variant.
Lifehacker did a nice review on lubuntu which has a few tech tips as well. You can find it here.
IBM Mobile Connect POODLE Fix
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 5:16a Bill Malchisky Jr. IBM just announced a couple of Technotes dealing with IBM Mobile Connect and POODLE. As this product is quite secure by design and a product that I enjoy as customers have a great track record with it in the field, the option to use TLS 1.0 - 1.2 is supported. The new SSL v3 security changes are implemented under APAR IV66131 -- available for IMC 6.1.5 and 18.104.22.168. Thus, if you have not upgraded IMC in the past ten days, then read below and plan your upgrade as appropriate. Here Are The Tec [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Protector for Mail Security POODLE Fix
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 2:20p Bill Malchisky Jr. A day after providing two Technotes on SHA-2, TLS, and POODLE for Domino, IBM released two documents to cover their Protector product. The bulletin covers three vulnerabilities and provides details on each. For the workaround document, mind the side effect mentioned at the bottom, as with some sites, this may introduce a risk assessment against delivery versus the exploit's vulnerability. 1. Bulletin - Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in OpenSSL may cause weak cyphers to be used over SSLv [read] Keywords: domino
Ryder Cup Skype Chat Announced
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 9:12p Bill Malchisky Jr. It is that time again when the best pro golfers in The United States of America take on the best pro golfers in Europe for the coveted Ryder Cup. This year, it is played at the beautiful Gleneagles course in Scotland designed by pro golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who describes his course hole by hole. Play commences Friday, Saturday at 7:35am local time, or 2:35am EDT, with a more respectable Sunday start at 11:36a local time, or 6:36a EDT for singles play. I will open a Skype chat for the event. [read] Keywords: google
Big News for ICS Partners!
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 10:15p Bill Malchisky Jr. After three years of working with IBM, I am proud to make the first public announcement of the beta milestone of a new IBM community feedback continuity tool entitled, Voice of the Partner. ICS is behind this at the highest levels and there is a strong desire within IBM to make this a success. Imagine that as a partner you have a tool where you can input ideas and concerns to IBM and receive a response in a meaningful way, that also ensures continuity of feedback throughout the issue's life [read] Keywords: ibm