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Comment of the Day - November 28, 2005 - What brings you to LXer

Chris writes: I don't think anyone has heard of the "lxer effect" on a website yet, and that's a good thing. It's hard to be a community when you don't ever recognize anyone due to sheer size.

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An open source guide to a flat world

  • Financial Times; By Andrew Hill (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“It’s been suggested to me that we actually turn the book into an open-source product. Just put it up on the web like Wikipedia [the collaborative online encyclopedia] and let people add to it,” says the New York Times columnist, who is working on the second edition of his bestseller on ­ globalisation.

Xubuntu 5.10 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 28, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu states - The aim of the Xubuntu community project is to provide a nice Ubuntu desktop experience (even on older hardware) by using Xfce4 as the desktop environment and GTK+ 2 applications wherever possible. Xfce4 has been supported in Ubuntu's universe by the MOTUXfce team since Hoary and Breezy. For Dapper we want to go one step further and make Xubuntu a sibling of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu by having install and live CD images generated for it. We haven't decided on a release date, but it should be as close as possible to Dapper's and should use the latest stable Xfce 4.X code (hopefully 4.4 will be release by then)

OSDir has some nice shots of Xubuntu 5.10.

Premiere position made for McCloskey

Clarke has an extensive background in Unix and Linux systems in diverse environments, including internet service providers, defence, mining and finances.

He comes to CQR after four years with Iocane, a South Australian system services company.

His recent accreditations include Red Hat certified engineer and certification in ITIL service management. He plans to sit for the Certified Information System Security Professional exam early next year.

Verilog simulator becomes open-source item

  • EE Times Online; By Richard Goering (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 12:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Santa Cruz, Calif. — In the 1990s, Elliot Mednick pioneered low-cost Verilog simulation. Now he's made his VeriWell simulator a free, open-source offering available through the Sourceforge Web site.

"I'm not doing this for my personal gain," said Mednick, who today is a principal engineer at behavioral synthesis provider Bluespec Inc. "I just think people will find it useful, so why hold on to it?"

Report: broadband usage to double next year

World Wide Worx finds that broadband is finally making an impact in South Africa, with usage expected to double in 2006. However, pricing is unlikely to change and government intervention is needed if any digital divides hope to be bridged.

SSH Tectia Introduces Seamless OpenSSH Compatibility

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Features of SSH Tectia Allow Easy Migration and Smooth Interoperability With OpenSSH Environments

Sony rootkit author asked for free code to lock up music

  • BoingBoing; By Alexander (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
First4Internet ripped off code from at least two free/open source software projects for the malicious rootkit program they supplied to Sony. Yesterday, I posted some old mailing list and newsgroup messages from First4Internet programmers where they were seeking advice on breaking peoples' computers.

Simplifying backups

Most computer users don't make use of a system backup tool until after they suffer the misfortunes of a hard drive crash without one. But even then, many find backup software too complicated to configure, and there seems to be little in between creating CD or DVD archives by hand and overpowered network backup systems designed for the enterprise. The Simple Backup Suite (sbackup) is a tool for configuring regular backups of system data and simplifying full and partial recoveries.

OS Virtualization: An Introduction

One of the hottest topics in all of IT today is the subject of virtualization. While it has been around for some time, it has just recently started to garner the attention of the biggest names in tech. Everyone from Intel and AMD, to Microsoft, Sun, and virtually every commercial Linux vendor has either current or planned support for virtualization. So what is it, and why is everyone so head over heels about it?

Reports of Linux's death premature

A recent Slashdot offering entitled A Look At Windows Server Outselling Linux pointed to a story on CoolTechZone with the absurd title of "Linux is Doomed, Thanks to Microsoft." The story, title and all, is one of the most egregiously wrong reports of the century. Here's why.

if (Windows Rules) then (Linux fails)

FUD, taken as the art of spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt, is at its most dangerous when it plays on existing certainties to reinforce delusion. A recent report by Security Innovation comparing Windows and Linux seems to fall squarely into that category.

Partition Image is a utility which saves partitions in many formats

  • Digg.com; By bcassner (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Description: Partition Image is a Linux/UNIX utility which saves partitions in many formats (see below) to an image file. The image file can be compressed in the GZIP/BZIP2 formats to save disk space, and split into multiple files to be copied on removable floppies (ZIP for example), ... Partitions can be saved across the network since version 0.6.0.

Hacking 101

  • sourceforge.net; By Project (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 9:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This document gives the reader a tour of what the UNIX development environment has to offer. It describes the components usually found in the toolboxes of open source developers, and points the readers to selected web resources that introduce the use of those tools. The goal of all these is to help the readers to become productive quickly in the UNIX world. This document can be used by a young hacker as a syllabus for a self-guided study...

Official Alpha Release of RSS D.J.

RSS DJ is a new style of RSS aggregator. It can take any text based RSS feed (blogs, news feeds, anything), and automatically convert them to spoken word MP3 podcasts. You can even create your own “Mixes” combining feeds based on tags, freshness, and peer ratings.

Libranet Shutting Down

  • Something Happened; By Tal Danzig (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
On the Libranet front, I hope to be able to post something more official soon, but basically the operation is shutting down. I don't know if this will be permanent or not, but it's the situation for now. I'm not a business man, and I can't run the company on my own so it's really the only choice for the moment. There is a possibility of finding some outside involvement to give Libranet a good kick in the pants and get it going again, but I'm not going to be able to even investigate anything along this path until I get back to Canada next spring. Still, if anyone out there is seriously interested (or knows of someone who is interested) in getting involved in the GNU/Linux world in a big way, don't hesitate to let me know.

MySQL wants to be Ikea of the database market

MySQL AB's imminent release of its MySQL 5.0 database will introduce new enterprise features making it more competitive with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, but the company's CEO has maintained that it is more interested in mimicking the run-away success of Swedish retailer Ikea than any of the established database vendors.

OpenSolaris leader leaves Sun for Amazon

Claire Giordano, the Sun executive who led the introduction of the Sun's OpenSolaris operating system project and its accompanying open-source Community Development and Distribution License, is leaving the company for a to work for Amazon's A9 search engine project.

Review: Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

  • Newsfactor Network; By Mark Long (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intuitive controls make Internet browsing and e-mailing simple. If you use a PDA, then you should feel right at home: The color touch-screen allows you to input text using an included stylus via a virtual keyboard or handwriting, although a slide-out Qwerty keyboard would have been nice. A directional pad makes for easy scrolling.

Join the Geekcorp, see the world.

  • Tectonic; By Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
US non-profit volunteer group Geekcorps is recruiting geeky volunteers to brave darkest Africa with Linux in one hand and goodwill in the other.

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