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Tremulous: The best free software game ever?

Linux and open source software lag behind the proprietary market in the number and quality of available video games, especially in the realm of first-person shooters (FPS), a genre dominated by the likes of Doom, Quake, Unreal, Half-Life, and Halo. Here, Linux is an afterthought, if not ignored completely. Tremulous, a mixture of FPS and RTS (real-time strategy) written by Tim Angus, is an exception to that rule.

Assess the Mess: Porting Apps from Unix to Linux

  •; By MiMi Yeh (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 13, 2006 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Linux
If you are planning to port your Unix apps to Linux, be sure to consider the technical, business and project management perspectives, says Alfredo Mendoza, one of the co-authors of Unix to Linux Porting. A thorough assessment of your porting plan from those three perspectives could cut down on unforeseen events in the actual porting and testing.

In this interview with, Mendoza gives IT managers tips on where to begin when planning to porting apps and what issues IT managers can expect to encounter when porting older Unix apps.

Firefox makes big gains on IE browser

In Australia, Firefox has also gain considerable penetration with 24.23%, while IE has slipped to 69.35%.

Tip a Hat to Red Hat's Quarter (RHAT)

  • Seeking Alpha; By David Harper (Posted by grouch on Jul 13, 2006 11:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Monday’s 10Q filing (following the June 28th call) added another strong fundamental quarter to Red Hat’s (RHAT) upward trajectory.

Yahoo Drops Live Search Into Firefox 2.0

The newest beta candidate of the Firefox 2.0 web browser has been online for only a day, but Yahoo has already made one of its technologies available to it.

Only one week left to register your Software Freedom Day team!

One week left to register your Software Freedom Day teams for free stuff! Let's look at why Software Freedom matters now more than ever!

In an increasingly digital age more and more of our everyday lives are based on technology. How we interact with each other, enjoy different media, vote, get paid, and even navigate our roads. Technology underpins our very way of life, our basic freedoms such as freedom of association, freedom of thought, freedom of choice and much more, yet many people do not realise the importance of transparent and sustainable technologies, what we call Software Freedom.

Mandriva Linux Powers Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Sea Fisheries (MARDSF), one of the first Moroccan government departments to take advantage of free software, has just signed a contract with Liberty Tech to migrate all its servers to Mandriva Linux. Technical support will be handle by Mandriva and Liberty Tech via a yearly subscription to the Mandriva Corporate Club.

Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Debuts

Among the features new to Firefox 2.0 are an in-line spell-checker, anti-phishing alerts, and restore-after-crash capability. But Mozilla says the beta is for developers, not end users.

Videos and transcripts of 2-day GPLv3 conference

  • Free Software Foundation Europe; By Ciaran O'Riordan (Posted by ciaran on Jul 13, 2006 8:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: GNU, Linux
Video and audio files are online from FSFE's recent GPLv3 conference, as well as transcripts of Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen's presentations plus the Q&A sessions

Fancy video fun with Perl, ImageMagick, & MPlayer

  • IBM Developer Works; By Nathan Harrington (Posted by solrac on Jul 13, 2006 6:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Take a break and have some fun this summer using Perl, ImageMagick, and MPlayer to create mosaic movies. Zoom out from the center of a large text-overlay image made up of sequential frames of existing movies. Disassemble, composite, and encode your own mosaic-type movies for special promotional or home video events.

Get GNU/Linux dot org

Ever wondered where to refer everyday people who wanted to know more about GNU/Linux? This site is your answer.

[I like it, this is the site I would send my Mom too - Scott]

Secure Your Apache With mod_security

This article shows how to install and configure mod_security. mod_security is an Apache module (for Apache 1 and 2) that provides intrusion detection and prevention for web applications. It aims at shielding web applications from known and unknown attacks, such as SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting, path traversal attacks, etc.

gluck compromised

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Jul 13, 2006 4:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
Yesterday, James Troup (one of the core Debian developers and sysadmins) and others found out that one of the project’s machines was compromised.

Moroccan fisheries escapes proprietary net

One of Morocco's first government departments to start the move to free software has chosen to switch its servers to Mandriva Linux and is looking at switching desktops to Linux in the near future in a move that could save them as much as 80% of their acquisition and support costs.

Connect to remote Unix desktops with Cygwin

In my work I'm expected to be on a Unix system 80% of the time, yet I also need to use office applications, a Windows-only VPN client, and some Windows-based asset management tools. That leaves me with little choice but to use a tool to connect a Windows client to a remote Unix desktop. I could use a terminal emulator or connect via a VNC server, but I've found that Cygwin, a Windows port of many GNU/Linux tools, is the best way for me to bridge the gap.

First look at Firefox 2.0

  • PC Advisor; By Scot Finnie (Posted by grouch on Jul 13, 2006 3:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
We think it's more of a tweak than a revolution

Freedom Partners leaves Microsoft for Nitix

Freedom Partners is a network of car dealerships in Vermont. Freedom IT director Chip Kaupp doesn't know one Linux distribution from another, but he doesn't need to. Freedom Partners' Web sites and its company intranet run on the Nitix server appliance.

Nitix is a custom variation of Linux that includes Web, email, printing, security, and backup utilities, which is administered through a browser-based GUI. It comes in an easy-to-install package, or preinstalled on its own server hardware.

FSF Europe's Statement on the EU Commission Fine on Microsoft

The Free Software Foundation Europe has issued a statement welcoming the decision of the European Commission to fine Microsoft as a penalty for noncompliance. As you know, the Free Software Foundation Europe was invited by the European Commission to represent the interests of the Free Software movement in the case.

FSFE raises some arguments in its statement that I hadn't heard before, so I thought I should present them here to complete the picture. This is, after all, history we are living, and the explanation for Microsoft's alleged inability to comply earlier is intriguing. Also, it's important to remember who it was that did not quit and leave the field.

[Emphasis mine. -- grouch]

Schools Save Big with Open Source

I asked before about success stories of schools using Open Source Software. Here's a few examples with dollars attached.

[I am studying to become a Teacher, its nice to see at least a few success stories. - Scott]

Croatian government defined open source policy

Today, Croatian goverment specified how to handle open source in government offices, ministries and agencies. Document is called Open source policy and it gives good push to open source implementation in government bodies. You can read press release or document itself (it's on Croatian, but you can use free online translator to read). It's big day for Croatian LUG and all open source advocates in Croatia!

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