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The Financial Times said it has seen a memo from Microsoft which shows executives have met White House officials and asked them to influence the European Union. [Ed. You can go here to read the original The Financial Times article. This post was edited to link readers directly to the Inquirer's article, as it would be inappropriate for LXer to copy articles without permission from the author(s)/publisher(s) of other sites. - dcparris]
Making effective use of shared memory in high-level languages such as C++ is not straightforward, but it is possible to overcome the inherent difficulties. This article describes, and includes sample code for, two C++ design patterns that use shared memory on Linux in interesting ways and open the door for more efficient interprocess communication.
Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The controversy over Nexenta's use of GPL software in its OpenSolaris-based distribution and the never-ending GNOME vs KDE flame wars dominated the headlines last week. We will briefly look at the above stories before examining other interesting events and releases of the week. We also feature an exclusive interview with Barry Kauler, the founder and lead developer of the increasingly popular Puppy Linux. And to prove that a new distribution is born just about every day, we have added seven new ones to the waiting list last week - including a controversial one called "Open Windows", developed by -- wait for this -- a law firm! Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch
We were pleasantly surprised when we discovered (by hex-dumping its firmware files ;-) that the Pontis MX2020 multimedia device that Geeks.com sent us for a review actually uses Linux (embedded distribution uCLinux, kernel 2.4.19). If it's video, audio, pictures or even basic PDA functionality via its touch screen, the Pontis MX2020 can do it all. And for very cheap too.
[It looks pretty good for the most part. Too bad the company has no plans to support it further! - Ed]
A couple of weeks ago, I took the second preview release of the Mozilla XForms Project for a spin, demonstrating how it could be used along with the FormsPlayer plug-in for Internet Explorer to create cross-browser XForms. Unfortunately, despite all the promise of that preview, things are suddenly looking very grim for XForms support in Mozilla.
Cluster Resources has announced the Novell SUSE Linux and HP hardware validation of their cluster and grid solutions, Moab Cluster Suite and Moab Grid Suite, through the Novell/HP Validation Program for high performance computing (HPC).
One of PHP's greatest strengths happens to be one of its greatest weaknesses as well: PHP is easy to learn. A lot of people are attracted to the language because of this, not realizing that it's a lot tougher to learn how to do it right. There just hasn't been enough emphasis on good programming practice. Inexperienced coders are being asked to create and distribute complex web applications. Mistakes that an experienced programmer would avoid are all over the place, such as the improper use of the printf()functions or the misapplication of PHP's semantics.
What will the Internet look like 10 years from now? Will it look more like one big pay-per-view channel, or more like an open street fair, or will it be somewhere in between? The answer will be heavily influenced, of course, by the competition between the King of Search and the current desktop market leader. On November 2, 2005, Microsoft announced
its most major new initiative in 10 years, and although the announcement was vague, it is clear that Microsoft intends to directly take on Google
on Google's on terms: search, services and advertising.
there is another way of using Perl with PostgreSQL--writing little Perl programs that actually execute inside of the server. This way of using Perl is less well known than using the DBI driver, and is, as far as I know, unique to PostgreSQL. It lets you do some very cool things that you just can't do in the client.
If Michael Doyle, Eolas Technologies and the University of California win the next round in a patent-infringement lawsuit against Microsoft, they stand to make more than half a billion dollars.
... several options to increase LOGFED’s deployment agility, including replacing the mainframe with a deployable “zFrame” machine running Linux with an OS390 ...
Comprehensive Wiki Guide on Linux Games including: Reviews, Previews, Game Lists, Game Ports, Emulators & Virtual Machines, Gaming Sites, Hardware Help, Howtos, Installation etc... Diggable
The response to my recent sysadmin toolbox article has been overwhelming. By far, readers' number one suggestion was to replace Telnet with netcat. Here then is an introduction to netcat for Linux users who may not be familiar with the "TCP/IP Swiss Army knife."
When Col Needham was 14, he was developing gaming software. At 23, he created the Internet Movie Database. That was 15 years ago. ADVERTISEMENT Better known now as IMDb.com, the site started as a simple Usenet group for movie fans. Needham made the site searchable in 1990. He quit his day job in 1995 to focus full time on IMDb and sold the company to Amazon.com in 1998.
Looking to leapfrog its rivals, computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. announced a server chip that it claims will deliver more performance while requiring less electricity than competing microprocessors. The UltraSparc T1 processor, code-named Niagara, has eight computing engines on a single chip, with each core capable of handling up to four tasks at once, Sun said Monday. It expects to ship systems based on the processor by the end of the year.
- KDE 3.5 is almost finished, so we have prepared a first release candidate. We want to have it tested as much as possible, so please give it a show.
OSDir has some sweet screenshots of KDE 3.5 Release Candidate 1 running off the Klax Live CD.
John C Dvorak's PC Magazine article called "How to Kill Linux," introduced the world to what he called "the lopped-off head approach" - the head being that of Linux, and the beheader being Microsoft. Dvorak's notion is that, since the key to competitive success is to gain dominant market share with a proprietary product, all Microsoft needs to neuter Linux is to usher "MS-Linux" into the world, then cut the driver layer out of Windows and attach it to Linux directly.
[Ed. Microsoft should introduce their own GNU/Linux distribution. Those who oppose proprietary software would not use it, obviously, but even following Apple's lead and developing on top of FreeBSD would be better than trying to improve their current offering. - dcparris]
Last month, Tom Adelstein over on sister site LinuxDevCenter asked the question Why do people switch to Linux? The results of a survey of readers on lxer.com were presented responding to that question, and the results were rather surprising, particularly how little anti-Microsoft feelings had to do with the decision, relative to other factors.
Frankfurt-based 2X Software Ltd. has released a new thin-client software suite that aims to simplify thin-client deployment and give new life to old PCs, by converting them into thin-client terminals. The client-side operating system is a "small footprint Linux-based OS," and the server-side software works on either Linux or Windows systems, the company said.
ThinClientServer can be used to convert old PCs to thin clients, supports "any" brand of thin-client device, and allows administrators to manage them all from a single management interface, 2X said. The server-side software also provides central management of users' connection settings.
[Ed: Notice the advertisement to your right under "Today's Big Story" -tadelste]
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