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EXITE introduces school girls to technology

40 school girls are currently being introduced to technology in the workplace at IBM's campus in Sandton, Johannesburg. Big Blue's technology camp, Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering, hopes to lure more women into the technology professions.

[Remember GNOME's call for women? Maybe camps like these will eliminate the shortage of women developers. -- grouch]

Bricked! Or, How to Resurrect a Dead Linksys WRT54G

  • Wi-Fi Planet; By Aaron Weiss (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 13, 2006 4:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
One of the more exciting developments for networking enthusiasts has been the evolution of open-source firmware replacements for certain popular, inexpensive routers (usually the famed Linux-running Linksys WRT54G).

While replacement firmware offers the promise of significantly expanded features, greater customization, and mondo-tweakability, they also carry some risk. Should misfortune strike, you might - oh, let's say, render your router into a useless hunk of plastic. Or, as victims prefer to say, you could "brick it." How does a router become a brick? And if it does, is there any hope of bringing it back to life?

The short answers: "by accident" and "yes...sometimes."

Fiveruns Open Source Systems Management Solution Rapidly ...

Exactly one month after its systems management beta launch at JBoss World Conference, FiveRuns is rapidly approaching 1,000 beta subscribers. The company has received an overwhelming response to its attractive, straightforward user interface based on Ruby on Rails and Ajax. Within one month of beta launch, rich, dynamic interface drives adoption.

Startup Helps Assess Open-Source Projects

Ohloh, a startup founded by ex-Microsoft executives, helps prospective users of open-source projects choose which ones are right for their needs.

Strategy & Management: Issues and innovations: Our health is your health

IBM’s global health initiative provides further evidence of a trend towards corporate social innovation

In May, IBM launched its Global Pandemic Initiative in partnership with 20 international organisations, including the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Develop for the Web with TurboGears and Python

In this second article of a two-part series, we demonstrate TurboGears, another open source MVC-style Web application framework based on Python. This article shows how to use TurboGears to create a Web-based shopping application and concludes with a comparison between Turbogears and Django.

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.

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