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Podcast: Linux Audio Players

In this episode: LR email notification now available; future voice mail possibility; Mutt and Mutt-ng; listener feedback, our first Listener Tip on symbolic links; a review of Linux audio players and applications, including Xmms, Beep Media Player, BMPx, Audacious, Grip, Ripperx, Goobox, Soundjuicer, Kscd, Gnome CD Player, Amarok, kaboodle, Juk, Noatun, Banshee, Rhythmbox, and the Music Player Daemon (mpd) and its related clients, like Gnome Music Player, Glurp, Kmp, mpc, and ncmpc.

'The Guardian' on Being Forced to Use Internet Explorer Instead of Mozilla Firefox at the Office

Today's edition of The Guardian, the UK newspaper, has a humourous column about the horrors of being forced to use Internet Explorer rather than Mozilla Firefox at work.

[Some mozillaZine commenters could use some gentle enlightenment on who to blame for IE's horrors. -- grouch]

The 2006 Linux File Systems Workshop

Why do we need a Linux file systems workshop, when all seems well in Linux file systems land? .... After all, file systems are a solved problem, right? Right?

If computer hardware never changed, we kernel developers would have nothing better to do than argue about the optimal scheduling algorithm and flame each others' coding style. Unfortunately, hardware has this terrible habit of changing frequently, drastically, and worst of all, exponentially. File systems are especially vulnerable to changes in hardware because of their long-lived nature.

Using Internet Explorer at work can be a nasty shock if you use Firefox at home

So it's only when I work in an office that I am exposed to the full horror of Internet Explorer. Businesses, particularly newspaper offices, have yet to join the Firefox revolution. Corporate IT installations are like ocean liners: vast, not updated often enough, slow to respond and bloody difficult to turn around.
Firefox is wonderful. It's up there with chocolate and sex on the grand scale of great things about being alive.

A family business based on PHP

Tedd Caldwell didn't know much about computers before his dad retired from NASA in 1999. But Dad didn't take too well to just "sitting around"; he needed something to keep him active. After some consideration, Caldwell decided the answer would be to start a family business. So he created a Web site called, with message boards, chat, links to news stories, and other interactive community content. One good site led to another, until today the Caldwells find themselves in the Web development business.

Who reads LXer? Why do I care?

grouch A recent discussion on LXer asked the question, " Where are the readers?" It spawned an informative discussion about analysis of web site statistics. Those statistics are fairly obviously of financial concern to the publisher, since it costs money to keep LXer online, but are they important, otherwise? Do they serve the community of GNU/Linux and FOSS?

Women in Free Software: Findings From FLOSSPOLS

Hanna Wallach is a wonderful speaker and presenter. This is a 500k PDF slideshow summarizing the FLOSSPOL findings. Slide #29 gets my vote as Best Showstopper.

Those who want to read the original reports will find them here, Deliverable D16: Gender: Integrated Report of Findings and Deliverable D17: Gender: Policy Recommendations.

Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird Community Test Day

In preparation for the forthcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird, a Community Test Day is taking place today. From 7:00am until 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time (2:00pm until 12:00am UTC), testers will be invited to check the latest release candidate builds of for new bugs and regressions. The event will be coordinated via a special IRC channel.

People Behind KDE: Ellen Reitmayr

Today on People Behind KDE we introduce you to Ellen Reitmayr, one of KDE and's top usability experts.

RIAA Case Against Mother Dismissed With Prejudice; Court May Award Attorneys Fees Against RIAA

  • Recording Industry vs The People; By Ty Rogers and Ray Beckerman (Posted by dave on Jul 14, 2006 5:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
In Capitol Records v. Foster, in federal court in Oklahoma, a case against a mother -- whose only connection to the alleged filesharing was that she was the person who paid for the internet access -- has been dismissed with prejudice.

Need-to-Know XML Data Sets for Security

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 14, 2006 4:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Most developers have to learn a different playbook when they deal with XML and they are used to database technologies. XML's transparency requires a lot of care when you expose XML to applications on a network. Learn how to avoid security breaches that come with XML's transparency, as well as how to deal with other vulnerabilities that may arise.

Linux Pre-installed on a AMD 64-bit Based System for $300

Technalign has said that they have partnered with Britt Systems in Florida to provide a 64-bit AMD 2800+ computer for under $300.00. The certified system will include a SATA 80 GB hard drive, CD-RW, 256 MB of memory, 1.44 MB floppy, 400-Watt power supply, and a full OEM copy of the newly released Frontier Operating System.

Firefox 2.0 preview

The first beta of Firefox 2.0 was officially released on yesterday, and I couldn't wait to take it for a spin to see what new and exciting features would be available. After spending the day with beta 1, it looks like Firefox 2.0 has plenty to entice users to upgrade.

Cluster File Systems Attains World Leadership Position In High Performance File System

Cluster File Systems(tm), Inc. (CFS), announced that its Lustre(r) File System, has established a world leadership position in High Performance Computing (HPC) in the area of parallel, scalable cluster file systems. With the most recent release by the TOP500 Supercomputer Sites, it was confirmed that the highest ranked supercomputers in North America, Europe and Asia rely on Lustre technology to meet their requirements for scalability and high performance. In fact, 10 of the world's top 30 supercomputers use Lustre software, including the number one ranked supercomputer in the world.

New book helps users master Ubuntu

  • (Posted by grouch on Jul 14, 2006 2:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
A new book aimed at both new and experienced users of Ubuntu Linux is due out in August. The Official Ubuntu Book, from Prentice Hall ($34.99), covers all the important facets of the popular new Linux distribution, and features a foreword by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Firefox 2 beta birth, MS fined by EU (and smellivision)

Hasta la pasta, it's IT Blogwatch, in which the new Firefox 2.0 peeps around the corner and Microsoft gets fined by the European Union (again). Not to mention Japanese technology for odor reproduction...

[Several reviews of Firefox. -- grouch]

Firefox 2.0 ready to test

The Mozilla Foundation is set to release the first beta of the next version of its Firefox web browser, Firefox 2.0. The organisation wants software developers especially to download and test the new version.

Updating and installing software in Ubuntu

The first video in this pair shows you how to update all the software in your Ubuntu GNU/Linux installation in a single, big gulp. The second video shows you how easy it is to install and remove software with the Synaptic Package Manager.

Net Neutrality: A Threat to Operating Systems

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 14, 2006 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Is net neutrality a threat to the birth of viable online operating systems? Some believe so, while others feel that the neutrality of the Internet is not even in any sort of danger.

Debian Server restored after Compromise

One core Debian server has been reinstalled after a compromise and services have been restored. On July 12th the host has been compromised using a local root vulnerability in the Linux kernel. The intruder had access to the server using a compromised developer account.

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