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Consistent Packaging for Linux Apps

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Dec 5, 2006 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I'll admit it; the concept of finding a road that meets in the middle with regards to RPM and DEB packages has crossed my mind before. And yet in the end, I decided to let it go. After all, I’m not all that convinced that it will ever happen anyway.

Asterisk saves call centre operator R4.5 million

Metropolitan Health Group switches to Asterisk to speed up delivery and saves a healthy packet. "Asterisk makes us master of our own destiny," says thrilled IT manager.

Installing Popular Applications On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Automatix2

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 5, 2006 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Although Ubuntu comes with lots of applications that can be installed on your desktop, there are still some applications that are available only from third-party repositories. Finding all these repositories and installing these applications manually is very time-consuming, but fortunately some people have created a script called Automatix2 (which is the successor to Automatix) which automates the task for you. It comes with a graphical interface so that you can run it from your desktop, and this tutorial describes how you do it.

The Linux way to Flickr

The Flickr Web portal allows people to publish and share online, grouped and tagged by subject, whole galleries of digital pictures. You can use Flickr with several GNU/Linux-based applications. Developers can also use the API published on the Web site to obtain an API_KEY and build new interfaces to download, upload, or process pictures in Flickr. What might be less known is that Flickr already is another place where GNU/Linux users can meet, as well as a potentially very useful advocacy tool.

Terracotta Goes Open Source

Terracotta announced that the company is open sourcing its Java clustering product line to accelerate adoption by developers using open source frameworks. Terracotta provides drop-in clustering solutions that enable developers to achieve high availability without rewriting applications. Terracotta will provide open source products free of charge, while offering professional support under a commercial subscription.

Linux adoption - it's the ecology stupid!

Why should an operating system be important for a mobile phone? It shouldn't, but of course mobile phones are no longer simple voice communicators, they are smart devices capable of many methods of communication and other sophisticated applications. Capable and complex, with a high degree of variety required to meet different market and user needs.

Linux Information Project defends Novell-Microsoft pact

The non-profit Linux Information Project, whose duty, it says, it is "to provide high quality, comprehensive and easily accessible information about Linux and other free software," has published a treatise entitled "13 Reasons to Celebrate the New Microsoft-Novell Pact."

Test New WAS CE V1 Features on Linux

Download WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1.0.1 (WAS CE)--a free, lightweight J2EE application server built on Apache Geronimo technology--to use on the Linux OS. New features in this version include latest open source innovations such as support for JDK 5.0, improved deployment capabilities for compressed JARs and J2EE modules, and eclipse plug-in with Eclipse Web Tools Platform 1.5.

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Humor - Get your ABC's of Linux right

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Dec 5, 2006 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Community, Linux
Recently, one of my friends shared with me this rather funny ode to Linux which was passed on to him by a friend of his, which I am in turn sharing with you. So without much ado, here is the rhyming ode to Linux...

Linux: Maintaining the 2.4 Kernel

Willy Tarreau replaced Marcelo Tosatti as the 2.4 stable Linux kernel maintainer in August of 2006. In response to a series of compilation fixes sent to the lkml by Mariusz Kozlowski, Willy suggested that all patches would be postponed until 2.4.34 is released. He suggested that in the interum the appropriate subsystem maintainers should be contacted to determine whether or not each of the patches should be merged, "we would merge the accepted patches and those without any reply which we consider relevant early in the 35-pre cycle so that people have some time to inform us about the potential conflicts they encounter."

The Art of Loading and Storing on PowerPC

The previous article in this series introduced assembly language programming using the 64-bit PowerPC instruction set on POWER5 and other processors that use these instructions. This article drills down the specifics of using the 64-bit PowerPC on Linux and UNIX-like operating systems, focusing on data access methods and position-independent code.

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LPI Modifies Linux Recertification Policy

The Linux Professional Institute is updating its recertification policy to ensure that Linux professionals' skills and knowledge are up to date and relevant.

Bastille: rated security with education

Bastille is a program for improving system security on Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE. Unlike packet sniffers, anti-virus programs, and the majority of security programs available today, Bastille does not wait to react to possible security breaches, but prevents them by removing system vulnerabilities. With many distributions softening security in their default installations in the name of convenience, this approach is enough by itself to make Bastille an essential program.

Greatly Improve Linux LAMP Security

The root of the PHP and Lamp security problem lies in the way most Apache servers are configured. In this article, you will improve the Linux security of a LAMP by using the capabilities of Apache's Proxy's directive mod_proxy module to isolate potential Linux security risks while maintaining the flexibility that tools like PHP provide.

Novell Adds Microsoft's Open XML to OpenOffice

The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format.

Configurable, extensible processor cores run Linux

Tensilica is shipping two new processor core families based on its "post-RISC" style Xtensa architecture. The LX2 and Xtensa 7 cores are available with MontaVista Linux, and come with tools aimed at helping designers configure interfaces, memory subsystems, and other components, and even extend the architecture with C/C++ application-specific instructions.

Red Hat & Satyam partner to deliver open source solutions

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source, today announced their strategic partnership with Satyam, the leading global consulting and IT services provider, to provide innovative and cost effective open source solutions for customers. Red Hat and Satyam are also planning to set up a Center of Excellence (COE) and Open Source Lab in Bangalore for developing horizontal competencies and business solutions on Red Hat and JBoss platforms.

DistroWatch Weekly: new openSUSE and Ulteo releases, Linux for PS3, KANOTIX split

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 5, 2006 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 49th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It's openSUSE week, as one of the oldest and most popular Linux distributions on the market makes a brand new release on Thursday. Will the project's association with Novell (and, indirectly, Microsoft) hurt the download figures? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, the much awaited public release from Gaël Duval's Ulteo is about to hit the download mirrors - expect the live CD image later this week. Also in the news: interest in running Linux on Sony PlayStation 3 intensifies, KANOTIX is rocked by resignation of a co-developer, and Ubuntu developers react on the project's decision to include proprietary graphics driver in Feisty. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the recipient of DistroWatch's November 2006 donation is the digiKam project. Happy reading!

Network interface operations for IPv4 and IPv6 on AIX version 5.3

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Katiyar Manish and Shweta Gupta (Posted by solrac on Dec 5, 2006 1:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
Learn more about the socket I/O control (ioctl) commands and how to use them to perform various network-related operations.

Registration Open for 14th VistA Community Meeting, Gaithersburg MD

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Dec 5, 2006 1:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU, Linux
K.S. Bhaskar writes:As you may be aware, the next VistA Community Meeting will be at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Tuesday through Thursday, January 9-11, 2007. We hope that you will be able to attend. The URL for registration for those who are not WorldVistA members ishere and you will need tologin to SPORG with a SPORG username to complete the registration. There is a separate registration URL for WorldVistA members, who receive a reduced rate...Please note: you must be registered in advance to enter NIST. Unlike prior VistA Community Meetings, NIST security procedures do not allow for walk in registration at this meeting.'

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