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Looking for Algae--the Next Voyage

The Brazilian winter was almost over, and while the mild winters in Florianopolis allowed me to work on the Agape, the coming of spring meant that it was time to set sail for new adventures.Grayson, the youngest of the Pollywogs, showed up early in the morning at the dock, as I got ready to sail."What are you doing?", he asked."I am getting ready to study algae", I answered."Algae!", he exclaimed,"why are you looking for that?"

Tips and tricks: How can I use webalizer to process the logs of multiple virtual hosts?

There are many ways to process multiple virtual hosts on the same machine. One easy way is to setup different webalizer configuration files with different HostName parameters.

Review: Ubuntu Popularity: Blessing or Curse?

For an increasing number of people, Ubuntuis GNU/Linux. Yet, looking at the pre-releases of Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu 7.10, I found myself becoming disturbed by the degree to which this popularity has translated into uncritical acceptance.

Gmail Manager extension lets you manage multiple accounts

Nowadays, many people maintain separate email accounts for work, for family and friends, to post into forums, and so on. I use several Gmail accounts, and I find it a challenge to read all those accounts without having to set up a POP client or disconnecting and connecting to the Gmail Web site with a browser over and over again. Gmail Manager is an OS-independent Firefox extension that can help anyone with that problem. With it, you can manage multiple accounts and be notified as soon as you receive a new message in any of them.

Coming soon: automatic Linux driver upgrades

  • Linux-Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by SamShazaam on Sep 24, 2007 12:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux users want two things for their hardware: drivers; and easy access to those drivers. The first is finally happening; and now, thanks to a Dell Linux project called DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support), the other is on its way.

Group text editing with Gobby

If you program in a distributed environment, you surely are used to working with tools such as CVS or SVN, two version control systems that allow many users to work on a group of files. However, those tools don't provide for real-time updates, and if two programmers work on the same piece of code, they will need to reconcile their updates, which can be troublesome. Gobby provides group editing capability, so two or more people can edit the same document at the same time, in a collaborative fashion, with every participant getting to see all edits at the same time.

Virus Protection With F-PROT Antivirus On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Sep 24, 2007 10:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how you can install and use F-PROT Antivirus on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. Although there are not many Linux viruses out there, this can be useful if you often exchange files with Windows users - it can help you to not pass on any Windows viruses (that do not do any harm to Linux systems) to Windows users. F-PROT Antivirus for Linux is free for home use.

OpenProj Review: An OSS Alternative to Microsoft Project

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 24, 2007 9:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
It's great to see a Microsoft Project alternative built with the open source user in mind. In a bit of haste, I downloaded and installed the app to see what it had to offer. What I found was a mixed bag of tricks and treats, no Halloween reference meant to be implied.

Linux Sets Sail For Uncharted Waters

The Good Ship Linux, while her crew has been steadfast in keeping her ship-shape and gleaming, has been adrift in a rough and sometimes unfriendly sea. Little forward motion has been achieved and her course has, at times, been set in a circular path. The hands on the rudder have been many and not all have been knowledgeable in sailing her.

GNUmed 0.2.7.0 released

A new GNUmed version is out. The version name is up to 0.2.7.0 which implies a whole new set of features.

Linux and open source software pay off for PayPal

When Scott Thompson left Visa to take the CTO role at PayPal in 2005, the Web company's data centre surprised him. "Wait a minute," he recalls saying, "they run a payment system on Linux?" PayPal runs thousands of Linux-based, single-rack-unit servers, which host the company's Web-presentation layer, middleware and user interface. Thompson says he quickly saw the economic, operational and development advantages of open source and Linux technology. He now sees no other way to do it.

Suspend and Resume with ACPI

"It took me quite a while to realize the real root cause of the VAIO - and probably many other machines - suspend/resume regressions, which were unearthed by the dyntick / clockevents patches," Thomas Gleixner explained regarding two patches for fixing suspend issues that Andrew Morton experienced with his VAIO laptop. He continued, "we disable a lot of ACPI/BIOS functionality during suspend, but we keep the lower idle C-states functionality active across suspend/resume. It seems that this causes trouble with certain BIOSes, but I assume that the problem is more wide spread and just not surfacing due to the various scenarios in which a machine goes into suspend/resume." Thomas concluded, "I really hope that this two patches finally set an end to the 'jinxed VAIO heisenbug series', which started when we removed the periodic tick with the clockevents/dyntick patches."

Linux Education in America: Inspiration from Russia?

LXer Feature: 24-Sept-2007

The reason that the Russian announcement is funny boils down to the perception over the years that Russia equates to totalitarianism, whilst here in America we're all about Freedom and innovation. Yet our educational system -- the very underpinnings of how we're growing out future technological talent, is based upon the inversion of what one would expect given the respective reputations of both countries.

Dell and The Saga of Poor Linux Support

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 24, 2007 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Certainly another reason to consider when buying your Ubuntu PCs from System76 over Dell, it seems to me. Having dealt with Dell 'support' in the past, it's clear. It is the over-sized anchor on an already sinking ship.

DistroWatch Weekly: Security and bug fix infrastructures in distributions, from FreeBSD to Debian

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Sep 24, 2007 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! GNOME 2.20 is finally here and we can soon look forward to a range of releases from all the major distribution incorporating the new version into their products; Mandriva Linux 2008 is expected later this week, but openSUSE 10.3 won't be far behind. In other news: Fedora introduces a new desktop theme called Nodoka, Mandriva simplifies its product range before the upcoming release of version 2008, and Ian Murdock reveals some details about Project Indiana, Sun Microsystems' new Solaris-based desktop distribution. The featured story in this week's issue looks at the security and bug fix infrastructure in today's leading distributions, while those readers who were curious about DistroWatch's recent migration from FreeBSD to Debian GNU/Linux will find the answer in the "Site News" section. Happy reading!

Is FOSS Big Business in the U.S.?

Just sharing some thoughts on FOSS businesses in the US, based on data I've collected on nearly 1000 companies.

Negroponte to announce "Give one, get one" OLPC promotion

Nicholas Negroponte, the visionary behind the One Laptop Per Child initiative (OLPC), has publicly expressed his disappointment at the lack of orders for his low-cost computer for poor children. The situation has become so dire that Negroponte will announce a "Give one, get one" promotion in the US and Canada. While production of the XO-1 is due to start next month, Negroponte had previously said that he needed 3 million orders to start production.

Lesser Known Applications for Linux — Getting Things Done

Much has been written about David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” action and time management system (GTD). Many websites have come into existence to help people organize their lives, projects, and time around GTD methodology. GTD software solutions have been developed as well for people who do not want a web-based GTD system. It is a system geared toward the overly busy, technically bombarded lifestyles many people live today. This installment of Lesser Known Applications for Linux provides approaches to getting things done.

Creative X-Fi Linux Driver Coming Soon

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 24, 2007 1:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The X-Fi family of sound cards from Creative Labs has been around for over two years but through this time there has been no Linux support officially from Creative or from the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA). Among the Creative X-Fi solutions are the X-Fi XtremeGamer, X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro, X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series, and the X-Fi Elite Pro. However, Creative Labs is on the heals of finally releasing a new audio Linux driver that supports the X-Fi family. The driver that will be released any day now is considered beta software, but worst of all is that this sound driver will be closed-source.

KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd September 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: A security fix developed for KDM, covering KDE 3.3.0 to 3.5.7. A KioBrowser data engine, HDD monitor applet, and general layout work in Plasma. More refinements in Parley (formerly KVocTrain). GeoData subproject in Marble to support popular geographic data formats. An AI player added to Kombination. Development renewed on the KPicross game. Basic printing support in Gwenview...

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