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Phony auctions are offering the box -- no console, just the box

  • SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER; By TODD BISHOP (Posted by henke54 on Dec 5, 2005 12:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
How hot is the new Xbox 360? Some people offered hundreds of dollars just to buy the cardboard box in which it's packed. One person even bid $630 merely for a picture of the machine. But then reality hit.

CLI Magic: More on SSH

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dave on Dec 4, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We've covered SSH before in CLI Magic, but this week let's look at some additional SSH features that new users might not be aware of. For the purpose of this article, we'll be looking specifically at OpenSSH, but many of these features apply to other SSH variants as well.

Rules for free software face overhaul

  • Financial Express (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free software, once regarded as a tiny counterculture in computing, has become a mainstream technology in recent years, led by the rising popularity of programs like the GNU Linux operating system. Industry analysts estimate that the value of hardware and software that use the Linux operating system is $40 billion

Time Indian techies: Virtual Woodstock

  • The Indian Express; By Johnson T.A. (Posted by henke54 on Dec 4, 2005 10:53 PM EDT)
BANGALORE, DECEMBER 4: Geeks, computer guerrillas and the philosophy of freedom ruled Bangalore’s Palace Grounds last week. Microsoft and proprietary software were almost bad words; open source, free software and Linux were the operating terms. After four days of ideological debates, tech exchange and interactions with some of the who’s who of the free and open source world, India’s biggest ever free and open source software conference (FOSS.IN) wound down this weekend. The message from the virtual Woodstock software engineers to Indian programmers was loud and clear: break free from company-driven coding and express themselves in the open source and free software world — which offers among other things star status for innovators.

[ED-We covered this earlier but the moniker "Virtual Woodstock" was too good to pass -bstadil]

[lg-announce] Linux Gazette #121 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 10:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette ...making Linux just a little more fun! December 2005 (#121):

AIIA open source event a closed shop

The Australian Information Industry Association appears to have decided to educate the corporate world about the use of open source software - but it doesn't want any media present while it does so.

Graphics card premiums overprice OpenGL

  • Inquirer; By Nebojsa Novakovic (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WHEN COMPARING a given Nvidia Quadro versus its GeForce counterpart, or an ATI FireGL vs an equivalent Radeon, we can't help wondering if all the extra driver validation and software certification support is really worth triple or quadruple the pricing of essentially the same card with the OpenGL functionality unlocked and DeviceID essentially being the only difference.

2008 Olympics could go open source

  • ZDNet Australia; By Andy McCue (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 4, 2005 6:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games could switch to an open-source technology platform under proposals to be considered by the International Olympic Committee.

A Few of My Favorite Online Resources

  • MacdevCenter; By Matthew Russell (Posted by bstadil on Dec 4, 2005 5:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Thanks to liberal documentation licenses like the GNU Free Documentation License, initiatives by Creative Commons, and a variety of other efforts, the number of high quality online books/resources seems to be growing and maturing rather rapidly

[ED- This is a report from a Mac aficionado but useful for Linux buffs like us -bstadil]

NiMH Rechargable Batteries and Charger Review

  • The Changelog; By John Goerzen (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 4:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
A nice blog about NiMH batteries and chargers, and getting the most life out of your NiMH batteries. Good links to resources as well.

What Is Prefactoring

  • O'Reilly Network; By Ken Pugh (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 3:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Prefactoring is the application of past experience to the creation of new software systems. Past experience includes both your own and that of others, particularly lessons learned from refactoring. The experience is captured in a number of guidelines that can be easily applied to the development process.

Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Protest Against "Vienna ...

  • LinuxElectrons; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 2:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
UK – When FSFE's president first brought attention to the manipulation of the "Vienna Conclusions" published by the Austrian government for the United Nation World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as part of the World Summit Award (WSA) in his blog, many people were shocked.

Zenwalk Linux 2.0.1 released

This release is based on the 2.6.14.2 kernel, with Reiser4 filesystem support and introduce many enhancements and updates. Zenwalk 2.0.1 is the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project. By demand of the users the installer has been striped down to remove the package selection step, which was considered unneeded by many on a system that provides 1 application for 1 task

Open Source Forges Ahead in the Enterprise - User Experiences

The takeaways I got ... is that open source software (OSS) has clearly turned the corner in the enterprise and is now seated at the table with the software elite....Gall sees the action shifting quickly from infrastructure markets where the LAMP stack is already well-established into applications. ... Gall said, "By 2010, software companies that don't incorporate OSS into offered solutions risk becoming uncompetitive due to the cost of in-house engineering."

A very long chat with Debian's Branden Robinson

  • tuxjournal.net; By tuxjournal.net (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 4, 2005 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Hi Branden, thank you for your availability. Can you tell us something about you? How are you? What's your work? What do you do in your life and your sparetime? What are your hobbies? Well, let's see. I'm 30 years old, married, have no children, and live inIndianapolis, Indiana. I work for Progeny Linux Systems, the company co-founded by Debian founder Ian Murdock. I don't have much spare time, but for hobbies I enjoy playing the electric guitar, reading (overwhelmingly non-fiction), and playing Dungeons & Dragons, a hobby I had neglected for about 9 years.

Enterprise Unix Roundup Tips of the Trade: GraphViz

  • ServerWatch.com; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
"A picture is worth a thousand words." When you need to display complex information in a graph, Graphviz might be just the ticket. Graphviz is a visualization program that takes almost any kind of structured information - such as traceroutes, TCP states, code structure, kernel state, relationships between database tables - and creates a graph. Graphs can be displayed in a number of different formats, such as PDF, SVG, and JPG.

Portable Linux 80G Desktop Drive GlobeTrotter 2.0 Introduced

Mandriva and LaCie introduce a mobile USB hard drive pre-loaded with a specially tuned version of the award-winning Mandriva Linux operating system: the GlobeTrotter2.0 in 40GB or 80GB. Combined with the power and unique design of LaCie hardware, GlobeTrotter allows users to turn any computer into their personal Linux desktop.

Jamcracker saves money with Linux

Established in 1999, Jamcracker has built its success around managed services that allowed its customers to consume applications like a utility. Since then, Jamcracker has become the pioneer in the ASP Aggregator space, supporting businesses in the financial services, high tech, and government sectors, among others.

Firefox revisions boost user experience

  • San Jose Mercury News; By Cleona Godinho (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 9:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Firefox 1.5 features major enhancements such as an improved pop-up blocker and a new ‘Software Update’ feature, which lets users automatically download security and feature updates without performing a complete installation for each. Support for Mac OS X users has also been improved.

The Big Blue Yonder

  • MSNBC.com; By By Karen Lowry Miller (Posted by gryphen on Dec 4, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
By the time Sam Palmisano took over as CEO of IBM in 2002, the technology giant had become the undisputed king of patents. Each year it files more than 3,000 patents, more than any other company. And yet IBM had also begun to present a very different face to the world—as the leading proponent of so-called open-source software, a communal body of code that individuals and companies develop at their own expense and then share with each other freely.

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