Author Archive

Susan M. Menke


DOE under cyber siege

Energy's zooming cybersecurity attack rate calls for management reforms, auditors say.

Xandros Desktop 3.0 Business Edition

If you're worried that users won't be able to adjust to a Linux desktop, given their Windows mind-set, then Xandros is the way to go. In fact, there are very few differences between a Xandros desktop and Windows 2000.

Novell SUSE Linux 10

SUSE 10 has many of the same features as version 9.1, but with a greater emphasis on security. The biggest addition is Novell's AppArmor, which, like SELinux, is a way the OS can detect unauthorized access to programs and system applications.

Mandriva Linux 2006

After we finally wrestled Mandriva into place, we found the overall interface fairly crude compared with Fedora Core. While we had no trouble with Internet access, the Mandriva OS had trouble connecting and sharing files with our Windows network.

Ubuntu Linux 5.10

Ubuntu represents the best and worst of open-source programming. On the one hand, there is a rather diverse community of people adding new productivity applications to this free program. But on the other, there does not seem to be any official support network if things go wrong.

Fedora Core 5

Fedora Core 5 should be available by the time you read this. Think of Fedora as the standalone (and more user-friendly) flavor of Linux Enterprise Desktop, but without the enterprise support.

Red Hat Linux Desktop

If Windows is a family sedan and basic Linux is an armored car, then Red Hat Linux Desktop is a mainline battle tank.

2006: The year of desktop Linux?

The GCN Lab pulled together the latest versions of several desktop Linux distributions to determine not only which was our favorite, but also to gauge what might be required to integrate these systems into an existing environment.

D.C. area maintains stable tech employment

Greater Washington's technology workforce approaches 333,000 (one in 10 area workers), more than twice the national average, according to a study released yesterday.

Government technology innovators recognized at FOSE

Five federal, state and local organizations today received Digital Government awards sponsored by Accenture LLP and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning. The awards recognize outstanding government use of technology to transform delivery of citizen services.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD developing 'disruptive tech'

As a military theorist, Navy Capt. Terry C. Pierce writes books and teaches classes at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

New buzz around NIST environmental software

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's so-called BEES software will help agencies comply with USDA reqirements to buy environmentally friendly products.

Federal GIS users want a better GPS fit

Interoperability, data standards and policies for sharing geospatial information are among the top concerns of federal geographic information system users, according to a survey by ESRI.

USGS backs global warning system idea

Through its Public Warning Network Challenge, the Internet Society is calling for collaborators on an all-media, all-hazards public warning system.

Weather service syncs up new supercomputers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's planned Global Earth Observation System of Systems got a new member earlier this month when the National Weather Service synchronized a trio of IBM eServer clustered supercomputers.

Telecom reform may be back in play on the Hill

The Internet rated only a footnote in the landmark 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act.

NOAA links its architecture online

Enterprise architects at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week said they are piecing together an online portal that can navigate 99 disparate systems.

GAO re-examines agency missions, including IT's role

A sweeping Government Accountability Office report on agencies' work in light of looming deficits noted IT's successes but also its vulnerabilities.

XML will weave a common picture of military intel

The Defense Department and its allies are building an architecture to share their intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in near-real time.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Global warning system gets USGS support

Through its Public Warning Network Challenge, the Internet Society is calling for collaborators for an all-hazards public warning system'an effort that the Geological Survey endorses.