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Make your files immutable in Linux which even root can't delete

Root is considered all powerful in Linux. But here is a cool article which tells you how to forbid even root user from deleting/modifying certain files.

Purdue Offers Open-Source Software for Virtual Reality ...

  • AScribe; By AScribe Newswire (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Researchers at Purdue University's Rosen Center for Advanced Computing have created open-source software that makes it easier to collaborate in virtual reality environments with colleagues at other locations. The Access Grid Juggler software, now available free of charge on the Internet, eliminates the need to create customized programs. The software, referred to as AGJuggler, can be used on platforms ranging from desktop simulators to a sophisticated virtual reality system called a CAVE, or cave automatic virtual environment, in which users are immersed in an interactive 3-D environment.

The Wonderful World of Wikis

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 7:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This mini-lesson deals with the WWW that you may or may not have known about - the Wonderful World of Wikis. A wiki (or wikiwiki, from the Hawaiian word for 'very quickly') is a web-based application to create content quickly for whatever reason you desire.

Open source: Developing markets look for alternatives to US

  • ZDNet; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Outside the United States and Europe, cost is a big motivator for governments to open source software, but it's not the only one, experts say.

Mysql 5 Downloads Hit 1 Million Mark

  •; By An Open Enterprise Trends Interview with Brian Aker (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 6:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: MySQL
In less than a month after its GA, MySQL has hit the 1 million download mark. To commemorate the milestone, OET takes a look at the MySQL user trends with MySQL’s architecture director Brian Aker. OET also provides a list of 3rd party support products that are assisting MySQL 5’s push into the enterprise.

New guide lists latest desktop Linux books

  • (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 6:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With so many interesting Linux desktop-oriented books published on an ongoing basis, we thought it might be useful to aggregate them into a convenient "Desktop Linux book roundup." As of its launch today, the roundup currently includes ten recently published books.

Summary of the the ODF Summit to the OASIS ODF TC list

Here's the report from the technical breakout group from the 11/4 ODF summit:

IBM releases Java 5 Standard Edition Download for Linux

  •; By solrac (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 5:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
solrac writes: Java 5.0 offers developers some powerful new choices for developing high-performance concurrent applications. You can now download the IBM Java 5 Standard Edition at no charge.


Consortium Tackles Linux Mobile Phone Standards

A consortium is chartered to turn embedded Linux into a plug-and-play mobile phone platform comparable to Microsoft's Windows Mobile Smartphone OS, but with greater flexibility and lower costs.

Linux-based Nokia 770 on sale in the US

  •; By Alex Moskalyuk on (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 4:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Alex posted this information: Nokia started accepting orders for Linux-based Nokia 770 wireless Internet tablet device. It's $359.99, but shows out of stock on site.


Mozilla releases smoothly the second RC for Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation announced at the end of last week the Release Candidate 2 for Firefox 1.5, and this time there were no complaints from testers. For the previous release, things didn't go so well for the Foxy browser.

A creepy tale of workplace theft

  • Atlanta Business Chronicle; By Bryan Long (Posted by dcparris on Nov 14, 2005 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Bryan Long writes: "James -- which is not his real name -- is a reformed "office creeper." His work often put him in a suit and tie, or sometimes a building engineer's overalls. He would sneak into offices and steal laptop computers while employees were out to lunch, in a meeting or just away from their desks."

[Ed. This seems like a timely reminder that computer security starts with the physical security. Speaking as one who has spent years in physical security, it's a good idea to foster a relational environment in the office, where people are open to asking questions. - dcparris]

Phoronix Linux Articles

  •; By Phoronix (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 3:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Video Card Reviews Phoronix writes "Over the past couple of weeks, we have compiled quite a few Linux articles that your readers may find of interest. On the topic of NVIDIA graphics, we had recently reviewed an eVGA GeForce 6800GT PCI-E. This 256MB card, now being replaced by the 6800GS, offered very interesting results when compared against the 7800GTX. Over onto benchmarking, a few days after the Quake 4 release we featured a Doom 3 v. Quake 4 Performance article.

Linux runs 76%+ of top 500 Supercomputers

  • Top500 (Posted by bstadil on Nov 14, 2005 3:12 PM EDT)
Linux wipes the floor with any other OS at the just released top 500 list. This is truly amazing.

Sundance Launches Development Platform for Software Defined Radio Powered by TI DSPs

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 2:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Development Platform Gives OEMs the Hardware and the tools Needed to Maximize the Potential of Software Defined Radio

Graphically Monitor AIX and Linux side by side

LPAR (graphical logical partition) is a Java based GUI monitor for the system p5 server that allows the status of CPU and memory resources used by one or more LPARS to be monitored side by side. The user can monitor these various OS LPARs side by side to watch for problems or trends in CPU and memory utilization.

File System Performance Record for Sandia National Laboratories

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
DataDirect Networks, Cluster File Systems and Voltaire Achieve 15 Gigabytes/second in Sandia's RoSE Visualization Cluster

Oracle(R) Database 10g Release 2 on Linux Produces New Leading TPC-H Benchmark Result in 300GB Category

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) announced a new world record TPC-H 300 gigabyte (GB) benchmark for Oracle(R) Database 10g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Open-source Use Is Slowing, Exec Says

Ron Hovsepian, Novell's new president and chief operating officer, noted that Novell has increased the number of packaged applications supported by SuSE Linux to more than 1,000, up from 42 when it bought the operating system in January 2004. But he also stressed the importance of "driving open source where it is needed and not trying to force-fit it" into user sites.

[Ed: In biz-speak this is what a new executive says to explain why his company hasn't performed well. Out of the other side of his mouth, he will explain that Novell is now the number one distributor of Linux in China. If this is the kind of non-sense we can expect out of Hovsepian, then the board of directors might consider another change. Novell was winning support from the community that makes it run. But if you're going to act like the people who lost the NOS market to Microsoft and became a non-event, then we suggest you lose the Open-Source business. We thought Novell's spin was in the past. - tadelste]

Meraka takes SA ICT to the world

The CSIR's Meraka Institute will be showcasing some of South Africa's top open source projects at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia, which kicks off today.

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