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Malaysia formally embraces open doc format

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Lynn Tan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 13, 2007 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Government calls for tender to conduct nine-month study to evaluate the usage of open standards, including Open Document Format, in the country's public sector ICT deployment.

Aptitude v.s. apt-get

Being an Ubuntu/Debian user (yes, I use and advocate both), I have fallen in love with the Advanced Packaging Tool, also known as apt. Before Ubuntu, I played in the world of RPM hell, with distros such as Red Hat itself, Mandrake (as it was called back then), and even SuSE. But if any of you have noticed, apt is 16 different tools that you need to become familiar with, if you are to start learning about your Debian-based distro. I don’t know about you, but doesn’t that seem a bit bass-ackwards?

OpenSUSE 10.3 beta and build service app

To mark the second birthday of the openSUSE project, the community program last week celebrated with two announcements – the availability of the first beta of openSUSE 10.3 and the growth of the openSUSE Build Service with a new end-user interface. The openSUSE Build Service is a framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to create and compile packages for multiple Linux distributions. It addresses the problem that developers have in providing their software across multiple Linux platforms.

How to Install Tor to Surf Anonymously in Ubuntu Feisty with Firefox

  • Ubuntu Geek (Posted by gg234 on Aug 13, 2007 5:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features. This article explains how to set up Tor in Feisty based on my own experience (with Gnome interface).

Envy - ATI and NVIDIA drivers installation made easy

  • debianadmin.com; By debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Aug 13, 2007 4:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Ubuntu
“Envy” is an application for Ubuntu Linux and Debian written in Python and PyGTK which can detect your graphics hardware, download the appropriate drivers from the official websites, download all their dependencies and finally build, install and configure the driver for you.

An offline wiki for your desktop

Zim looks, feels, and almost works like a common text editor, but it mixes editing features like spell checking with the page cataloging features of wikis. Zim's ability to link documents, both offline and online, is useful, especially when you're working with multiple documents. In fact, Zim's help document is written using Zim itself, and makes full use of its capabilities to link to pages that explain particular features in detail. Zim isn't really a text editor; it's actually an offline wiki that has advanced text editing features. But whatever you call it, Zim can help you become more productive.

DistroWatch Weekly: Interview with Stephan Kulow, development release galore

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 13, 2007 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It was a great week for all those who enjoy testing open source software; not only are all the major Linux distributions busy readying their upcoming releases, the two main desktop environments, GNOME and KDE, are also keeping us interested in their latest desktop innovations. The openSUSE project especially has been generating plenty of news; it has published an update to its online software installation service and has released a new openSUSE live CD set. To add to the growing presence of openSUSE in the headlines, we have asked Stephan Kulow, the new Project Manager who took over in the middle of July, a few questions about the distribution's future direction. Also in this issue: ex-Gentoo's Daniel Robbins talks about the Portage package manager and DragonFly BSD's Matthew Dillon defends the BSD licence. Happy reading!

The Art & Science of CSS

This book by Adams, et al (sorry, too many names) is a puzzling mix of the elementary and the advanced. On the one hand, it starts the reader out with very basic style sheet formatting but tosses in flash replacement which the newbie wouldn't necessarily be aware of. I'm not complaining. It's just that "The Art & Science of CSS" doesn't quite present like so many other books on the subject.

Your First Date With Vbespy

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Aug 12, 2007 4:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jerome Glisse and his posse of open-source developers have been making good progress with an open-source "Avivo" graphics driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series hardware. However, one roadblock they have hit along the way is with TMDS setting issues on the Radeon X1200, X1300, X1400, and X1900 series. This roadblock had also led to postponing the Avivo 0.1.0 release. Now if you are an ATI R500 owner and have been wondering how you can help with the advancement of this open-source driver, there is a way even without prior development experience and that is by providing VBE mode-setting BIOS dumps. As you have probably never created such dumps before, we have written a brief tutorial on using vbespy/vbetest for the first time.

Copy hard disk or partition image to another system using a network and netcat (nc)

netcat utility (nc command) considered as TCP/IP swiss army knife. It reads and writes data across network connections, using TCP or UDP protocol. It is designed to be a reliable “back-end” tool that can be used directly or easily driven by other programs and scripts. At the same time, it is a feature-rich network debugging and exploration tool, since it can create almost any kind of connection you would need and has several interesting built-in capabilities.

This howto explain migrating data between two server hard drives using netcat over a network. It is very easy to copy complete drive image from one server to another.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Aug-2007


LXer Feature: 12-Aug-2007

Some of the big stories this week are the ruling by the Judge in in the SCO case that Novell actually owns UNIX still, Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony resigns, why Microsoft might want to help get rid of patents, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian explains his company's deal with Microsoft in his keynote address at LinuxWorld, Vista is helping Linux uptake and the author of one of our FUD articles uses his own recipe to cook up some good non-facts.

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 12, 2007 7:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Debian Etch server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

"Every second apprentice fails on using computers"

That is the result of a study from TNS Infratest, paid by German Microsoft CEO Achim Berg (43), and published in the German BILD am Sonntag.

Linux: Continuing 2.6.20.y -stable

Greg KH and Chris Wright have been maintaining a -stable 2.6.x.y patchset for the 2.6.x and 2.6.(x-1) kernels since March of 2005. Thus, with the current stable release being 2.6.22, they maintain -stable patches for 2.6.22 and 2.6.21. 2.4 stable kernel maintainer Willy Tarreau noted the currently high patch rate in each of the 2.6 -stable trees and decided to maintain -stable patches against the 2.6.20 tree until things calm down. Adrian Bunk also continues to maintain a -stable 2.6.16 branch of the Linux kernel.

Use auditing to track reads and writes in a file

In this article, discover how to track several events on AIX(R) with auditing, a major feature of AIX security, and learn how to use auditing to keep track of the read and write operations on a file. Also examine commands, such as ls or istat, to check a file's time stamp.

Screenshots of KDE 4 Beta 1 Live DVD from MEPIS.

  • Linuxseekers.com; By Michael Shee Choon Beng. (Posted by linuxseekers on Aug 11, 2007 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
KDE 4 shall rule the desktop graphical interface world and MEPIS will make sure that its future Mepis 7.x is KDE 4 ready!

Google Mashup and Web 2.0 storage solutions

Google Maps API along with DB2 or Informix, PHP, JavaScript, and XML let you create an easy-to-use map with your data on it. Use custom icons, change the map type, create a sidebar, and use event handlers. Once created, manage your mashup data cache. Also, be sure to check out how you can use new Web 2.0 tools, principles, and practices in your company.

Linux: The 0.10 Release

"BACK UP ANY IMPORTANT DATA," began the Linux 0.10 installation instructions. "Linux accesses your hardware directly, and if your hardware differs from mine, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Doublecheck that your hardware is compatible: AT style harddisk, VGA controller." The installation guide explained that there were five major steps in getting Linux installed and running on your computer, including the above first step of backing up the system. The second step was to use Minix and the mkfs command to create a new filesystem on an empty partition of your hard drive. Third you used dd to write the 'boot' and 'root' Linux disk images to floppy disks. The fourth step was actually booting from the floppies, "having a floppy as root-device isn't very fast (especially on a machine with less than 6MB total ram -> small buffer cache), but it works (I hope)."

CFS Cleanups

ngo Molnar pushed a series of patches to his Completely Fair Scheduler code upstream that were merged into the mainline kernel. He explained the reason for so many small patches, "the main reason is the safe and gradual elimination of a widely used 64-bit function argument: the 64-bit 'now' timestamp."

Motorola Unveils MOTOMAGX Mobile Linux Platform

Motorola, Inc. today announced a significant step in its commitment to mobile Linux and rich experience creation by introducing MOTOMAGX, its next generation mobile Linux platform. Building on the global success of Motorola's earlier Linux-based platforms, MOTOMAGX lays the foundation to deliver new levels of openness, flexibility and support for third-party applications on Motorola mobile devices.

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