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Review: Practical Packet Analysis

  • LinuxSecurity.com - Feature Stories; By Daniel Boland (Posted by dcparris on Jun 7, 2007 1:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
Everybody, from seasoned network administrators to people that just use the Internet to check the TV listings, will experience network problems at some point. Despite their varied technical knowledge, there is one tool that everybody can use: Wireshark. Whats the quickest way to learn this fantastic tool? Read Practical Packet Analysis, by Chris Sanders, which provides all the basic information anybody needs to start troubleshooting their network.

Programming Firefox: Building Applications in the Browser

Depending on what you plan on learning, "Programming Firefox" can provide for several different needs. XML technologies are hot, hot, hot these days and Firefox utilizes the XML User Interface Language or XUL (Pronounced "zool"...reminds me of the film "Ghostbusters", "There is no Dana, only XUL", but I digress). Perhaps that's enough to get your attention, but there's more. The text on the book's back cover promises in part to provide an "introduction to the graphical elements that compose a XUL application", "an introduction to Resource Description Files, and how the Firefox interface renders RDF", "displaying documents using the Scalable Vector Graphics standard and..." Well, you get the idea. Let's take a closer look and see what this text actually delivers.

Scripting Second Life with Rational App Developer

Create a mini game in Second Life. This tutorial explains the basics (and not so basics) behind Second Life scripts and shows you how to ease development by using Rational Application Developer as you build a small game users can carry around and play.

Navy CIO 'recognizes the importance of OSS to the warfighter'

  • linux.com; By Joe Barr (Posted by SamShazaam on Jun 6, 2007 11:36 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linspire
John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, told Linux.com today that, effective immediately, the Department of the Navy has adopted a new policy which requires that open source software must be considered in every software acquisition the Navy makes.

After Ubuntu, Windows Looks Increasingly Bad, Increasingly Archaic, Increasingly Unfriendly

  • linux.sys-con.com; By Paul Nowak (Posted by alc on Jun 6, 2007 11:03 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-time Linux sys admin role puts me in a great position to assess Ubuntu

SOURCEFORGE.NET ADDS WIKIS TO COMMUNITY TOOLCHEST

  • Sourceforge, inc.; By press release (Posted by sharonpr on Jun 6, 2007 10:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Collaboration with Wikispaces enhances functionality for SourceForge.net’s 150,000 open source projects

Building the Java Business Application on AIX

Create a simple Java business application and then deploy it as a servlet on the Apache Tomcat application server on a System p system with the IBM AIX Version 5.3 operating system. Set up the Java Environment in the first part of this series.

Review: Fedora 7

Fedora 7 was released last week, a little bit behind schedule, with a spate of new features, updates, and live CD installable "spins" of Fedora in KDE and GNOME flavors. I found a lot of good in this release, but a bug in the FireWire stack that attacked my external backup drive made this release just a little shy of perfect.

Upload Your Photos in an Instant with Kflickr

Uploading pictures to Flickr via its Web-based interface can be a hassle, particularly if you have dozens of shots to upload. Linux users have a better choice, though, in the form of Kflickr, a simple application for uploading shots to Flickr that will have your family photos online in no time.

rPath™ Simplifies Certification and Publication of Virtual Appliances for the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace

rPath facilitates certification requirements for software providers with VMware Tools integration, enables auto-publish to Community section of VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace.

GPLv3 - Unforseen Consequences?

The FSF (Free Software Foundation) recently released their latest draft of the proposed new GPL license, "v3." In its current form, GPLv3 may unintentionally end up limiting one of the most important things we love about "free" open source software...freedom of choice.

News Site for Source Mage GNU Linux

A news site has been created to follow Source Mage GNU Linux. MagePower will include SMGL news, developer interviews, how-to's and more. Many people have complained in the past about a lack of news on the latest happenings with Source Mage. MagePower is here to remedy that.

SanDisk launches 64GB solid state drives

Longer notebook battery life and less hard drive failures are on the way as SanDisk launches 64GB hard drives with no moving parts at Computex 2007 in Taiwan.

[Not FOSS related, just some cool new technology. - Scott]

Linux-Based Archos 704 WiFi Multimedia Player Reviewed

  • CoolTechZone.com; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on Jun 6, 2007 6:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Portable multimedia players are not necessarily a luxury these days; however, compared to yesteryears, they have certainly improved with additional features and a better user interface. The Archos 704 WiFi A/V player, for instance, is a step in the right direction with a multitude of impressive options, in addition to the standard support for various audio and video formats.

Stumblling around the Web

StumbleUpon was last week bought over by eBay, for a cool $75 million. Taking this as an opportunity to stumble around on company time, James Archibald collects some of the more interesting finds.

A cry from Xandros: please, take note of us

The deal Xandros Corporation signed with Microsoft on June 4 is an indicator of several things...Slice these deals any way you like, they are a sellout.

Linux vs. Microsoft: Get Ready for the Patent War

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 6, 2007 4:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
So, this is what we have been leveled to: patent wars. Earlier this week, I learned that the Linux Foundation has a portfolio of patents they own themselves and are quite willing to take Microsoft on in a patent war. And while I support the Linux Foundation fighting the good fight, I believe there are some issues that had better be considered.

OpenOffice.org alpha for Mac OS X

Many years after first announcing plans for a native version of OpenOffice.org for the Mac OS X platform, the development team yesterday released the first alpha version.

Open source phone plans September launch

OpenMoko Neo1973, an open source mobile phone similar in concept to Apple's iPhone, is expected to be launched in September this year.

How To Block Spam Before It Enters The Server (Postfix)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 6, 2007 2:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The last few weeks have seen a dramatic increase in spam (once again). Estimates say that spam makes now up for 80 - 90% of all emails, and many mail servers have difficulties in managing the additional load caused by the latest spam, and spam filters such as SpamAssassin do not recognize large parts of that spam as they did before. Fortunately, we can block a big amount of that spam at the MTA level, for example by using blacklists, running tests on the sender and recipient domains, etc. An additional benefit of doing this is that it lowers the load on the mail servers because the (resource-hungry) spamfilters have to look at less emails.

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