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What's GNU in Old Utilities

  • Linux Magazine; By Jerry Peek (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Utility programs like cp have new features you may not have seen. Here’s the third in a series about some of the handiest. Back in Unix Version 7, cp, mv, and ln had no options: they simply copied, renamed, or linked one or more files to a destination. Now, GNU cp has more than twenty options, and mv and ln aren’t far behind. Is this feature creep or innovation?

Firefox enhances security in version 1.5

The browser has several security enhancements, as well as an improved performance in navigation and the auto-update feature.

Get exact control over your files and directories using ACLs in Linux

Linux had lacked a feature wherein you can have finer control over who you allow read, write and execute access to your files and directories. But not anymore. If you are using a newer kernel (2.6), you can implement it using ACLs. A short and sweet article.

KDE 3.5 RC1 available for download

The KDE Project announced that KDE 3.5 is almost finished, so the group has prepared a first release candidate. "We want to have it tested as much as possible, so please give it a show," project member Stephan Binner asked, in an announcement on on the KDE website.

Linux NAS Server offers unlimited storage.

  • Industrial News Room (Posted by tadelste on Nov 19, 2005 6:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With CLN/20 Linux NAS network attached storage server appliance, unlimited number of Unix, Linux, or Windows clients can access unlimited amount of network storage using NFS file sharing. Small storage systems can be expanded one disk at a time up to to thousands of disks. Since server is separated from storage with Ethernet, storage is never captive to one NAS server. Rack mount, 1U unit is prepackaged with Coraid Linux NAS distro.

Building Linux High Availability and HPC clusters

This paper will show you how to use Cluster System Management (CSM), General Parallel File System (GPFS), the Heartbeat application and the Apache Web server to create a High Availability (HA) cluster to demonstrate failover of the Apache Web server.

Using the GPG signature checking with apt 0.6

  • Debian Administration; By Steve Kemp (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
If you're running a Debian Unstable installation you'll likely have noticed that new package installations, and upgrades, are now prompting for confirmation - warning about package checking. This is because the most recent version of APT supports checking package signatures with GPG...This is a useful thing, as it provides reasonable certainty that the packages you're downloading are the packages you were intended to get.

Comment of the Day - November 19, 2005 - Novell impressions

[Ed: Our commentor is a Linux Guru and one of the most knowledgeable IT people we know. He has an inside track on vendors and insight into the market few people can match.- tadelste]

Chris writes: SUSE has certainly gotten a bad rap. The true shame is that Novell is responsible for spreading their own FUD against themselves. Novell doesn't believe in SUSE. Until that changes, Novell doesn't have a chance.

Related to:
Why did SuSE Linux's founder resign from Novell?

Cisco to buy Scientific-Atlanta for 6.9 billion dollars

Networking giant Cisco Systems said it agreed to buy cable set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta for 6.9 billion dollars in a sign of convergence of the telecom and television industries.

Opinion: Five reasons NOT to use Linux

  • linux-watch.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by alc on Nov 19, 2005 1:35 PM EDT)
I love Linux. I use it on my servers, I use it on my desktops, and I use it on my entertainment center, where it powers my HDTV TiVo and my D-Link DSM-320 media player, which turns my network into a media library with terabytes of storage. Heck, I even run Linux on my Linksys WRT54G Wi-Fi access points, which hook the whole shebang together. But, Linux isn't for everyone. Seriously. Here are my top five reasons why you shouldn't move to Linux

CIO Jury: $100 laptop will boost Linux

  • Silicon.com; By Steve Ranger (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The hand-cranked laptop could be in the hands of schoolchildren in poorer countries by late 2006. The goal of the One Laptop Per Child project is to ship the devices in quantities of more than one million per order, for schoolchildren to keep...The group has already turned down an offer from Apple to provide the Mac OS X operating system for the systems because they want to use open source software instead - probably Linux.

Einstein endorses development tool

  • The Register; By David Norfolk (Posted by tadelste on Nov 19, 2005 12:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's not often you see a software development product endorsed by a world-famous physicist, especially a dead one, but it's a feat Collabnet appears to have pulled off. Perhaps we shouldn't laugh: Albert's soundbites are a lot more interesting than the average CEO can manage.

We are talking about a little red book called “Software Development According ² Einstein” and, for example, Einstein's remark “insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” certainly describes the way some people react to failure in developing systems. You know, "we wrote a system spec and froze changes before we cut any code and then it wasn't what the users wanted by the time they got it - so next time we'll produce an even longer system spec and accept absolutely no changes at all...".

Special session on OpenDocument is coming: Make your voice heard

  • http://www.fsf.org/news/odf-stimulus.html; By johns (Posted by henke54 on Nov 19, 2005 10:49 AM EDT)
We expect that the Legislature will return for a special session on December 19th or 20th to consider the economic stimulus bill, so we believe that is the deadline by which you should send your comments.

Linux Today Editor's Note: Putting Away the Welcome Mat

I'll admit it: I found some of anti-virus for Linux software announcements mildly interesting. After all, there seemed to be some logic in the notion that once Linux got more popular on the desktop, it would become a bigger target for the virus-writing crowd. And there seemed to definitely be a need for running AV software on Linux servers that dealt with Windows clients. No argument from me there.

Until now.

Now my attitude has shifted from a neutral "what harm can it do" stance to outright opposition.

Asterisk 1.2 Released

Asterisk 1.2 is now available for download. This is the second major release of Digium's open source PBX and telephony platform since the 1.0 release in September 2004. The latest release includes over 3,000 bugfixes and upgrades...

World's largest commercial Linux data warehouse runs Oracle ...

The survey, which identifies the world's largest and most heavily used databases, found that the largest commercial data warehouse in the world runs a 100 terabyte Oracle Database. That's more than triple the size of the largest database in the previous TopTen Program survey, which was also powered by Oracle.

[The complete results of the survey are here. -tuxchick]

'Literary' texts no more?

  • 'Literary' texts no more? (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From the who-needs-silly-old-literacy-anyway dept.:

Dot mobile, a British mobile phone service aimed at students, says it plans to condense classic works of literature into SMS text messages....John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" begins "devl kikd outa hevn coz jelus of jesus&strts war." ("The devil is kicked out of heaven because he is jealous of Jesus and starts a war.")

Richard Stallman Gets in Trouble with UN Security for Wearing a Tin-Foil Hat

  • http://perens.sourcelabs.com/; By Bruce Perens (Posted by henke54 on Nov 19, 2005 7:40 AM EDT)
Richard Stallman, Mark Shuttleworth, and I are in Tunis, Tunisia for the UN World Summit on the information society. We've had an interesting day :-) Richard is opposed to RF ID, because of the many privacy violations that are possible. It's a real problem, and one worth lobbying about.

[Link fixed. I love how low-tech foils high-tech. Foils. Get it? haw- Ed.]

SourceForge.net Gets a Facelift

  • internetnews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 19, 2005 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sure, it looks better, but does it improve how it facilitates open source projects? So far, the answer is yes about the revamped SourceForge.net open source project site from users and some members of the open source community. The home to over 100,000 listed projects has freshened up its look and improved usability as part of a new site design

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