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Using Functions in a BASH Prompt

One of theneat things a user can do on Unix is play around with the Bourne Again Shell (bash). An even more interesting thing is how the environment can be tweaked to a particular user's preference. In this text a look at how the Bash prompt can be manipulated by inserting commands and even shell code functions directly into the prompt itself.

Court: Microsoft, Best Buy must stand trial for racketeering

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY) must stand trial on charges they violated the federal anti-racketeering laws, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

Adobe turns Apollo into AIR

Adobe Systems today lets loose beta code for Apollo, a software developer platform that runs web applications such as Flash, HTML and Javascript on a browser and integrates them with applications running on a desktop PC.

Alan Cox on Patent Law and MS-Novell Deal

Alan Cox talks about cooperation with hardware vendors, US patent law, and what GPLv3 is going to mean for Novell: "Personally I think [the MS-Novell deal] is a bad idea and that Novell are going to get stung by the GPLv3, and rightfully so. The license is designed to keep the software free, if it fails to do this then it needs fixing, so GPLv3 hopefully will fix this flaw."

Legislators Wimp Out on Open Document Format Bills

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 10, 2007 7:29 PM EDT)
I am overdue in offering a few thoughts on the news that open format legislation has gone down in flames in legislatures throughout the US. Eric Lai and Gregg Keizer compiled the grim data in a story they posted at ComputerWorld last week titled Microsoft trounces pro-ODF forces in state battles over open document formats. What are we to make of this? Several things, I think, and none of them reflect very well on the legislators involved.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 10-Jun-2007

LXer Feature: 10-Jun-2007

The big news this week was Microsoft signing LG Electronics and Linux Distributor Xandros to cross patent licensing deals. We have several articles submitted by our readers and Don Parris talks about why those patent agreements are a search for Fool's Gold.

Learning Marty Hall's JSF Tutorial with Exadel Studio Pro

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Jun 10, 2007 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: JBoss, Red Hat
Just note, that you cannot import samples from directly into Eclipse 3.2.X.Purchase of MyEclipse Plugin subscription seems to be quite necessary.View for details.

Microsoft Finds Legal Defender in Justice Dept.

Thomas O. Barnett, top Justice Department antitrust official and former partner at a law firm that representing Microsoft in antitrust disputes, has recently rejected a complaint by Google and is urging state prosecutors to do the same.

[I would love to know how many public attorneys used to work for Microsoft.. - Scott]

Privacy International demands apology from Google over smear campaign

  • DaniWeb Inside Edge; By Davey Winder (Posted by markdoughty on Jun 10, 2007 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: LXer
Privacy International accuses Google of spearheading a smear campaign to distract attention from a report revealing Google has the worst privacy record of the major Internet companies today.

How To Install VMware Server On A Fedora 7 Desktop

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 10, 2007 1:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server on a Fedora 7 desktop. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system. This has the benefit that you can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware which saves a lot of money, and you can move virtual machines from one VMware Server to the next one (or to a system that has the VMware Player which is also free).

Everything but the 'why'

In the Microsoft patent debate, one simple question -- why? -- has a variety of speculative answers. But is Redmond collecting distros to show a judge that "all these Linux companies violated our patents, and they signed agreements to prove it"?

Parsix 0.90 Test 3

The third test release of Parsix GNU/Linux 0.90 is now available. New in this LiveCD is GNOME 2.18.2, Sun Java replaced by GCJ, added the Parsix Book to the LiveCD, several bug fixes, glibc 2.5, and many other improvements. If you've never tried out Parsix, it's based on a combination of KANOTIX and Debian that is a well polished distribution worth trying out for desktop users.

How to cleanup your GNOME registry?

The other day I stumbled upon this neat tool that helps cleanup your GConf registry, called GConf Cleaner. While GNOME registry size isn't nowhere near the size of Windows registry, and thus shouldn't slow your computer too much, it's still nice to have a tool that cleans unused and obsolete entries.

A Patent Lie

  • New York Times; By Timothy B. Lee (Posted by devnet on Jun 9, 2007 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
WHAT a difference 16 years makes. Last month, the technology world was abuzz over an interview in Fortune magazine in which Bradford Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, accused users and developers of various free software products of patent infringement and demanded royalties. Indeed, in recent years, Mr. Smith has argued that patents are essential to technological breakthroughs in software

New GTK+ Widgets - GtkAssistant

This article is the first part of a series that will introduce you to widgets and APIs that were recently introduced into GTK+. The tutorial is taken from Chapter 5 of Foundations of GTK+ Development. First, we will cover the GtkAssistant widget, which was added in GTK+ 2.10. It allows you to create "Wizard" dialogs that span multiple pages.

Incremental release of 3.1.3

MINIX 3.1.3 was released friday, april 13th 2007. It is not a full-quality, stable release but a work-in-progress interim release. It is a convenient way for those who are interested in MINIX development to get up-to-date, but it has known flaws and caveats.

The New Distro

How much does it cost to buy you? Do you have a price? Can you be paid off?

I'm sure many of the CEO's and CTO's of various Linux companies are now asking themselves this very question this week (or should be asking themselves) as Microsoft announced yet another "patent deal"...this time, with LG Electronics.

With this, the Xandros deal, the Novell Deal, and anything else Microsoft has up its sleeve (I look for several other distros to "indemnify" themselves in the next few months...for example, Linspire and Mandriva are two prime targets for MS...the bullseye is probably painted) I think that Microsoft has created it's own "Linux Distribution" so to speak. Let me share with you why I think they have...

Linux Kernel 2.6.x vulnerabilities

According to postings at concerning a report by Vilmos Nebehaj which was consequently signed off by Linus Torvalds and Chris Wright, the Linux Kernel 2.6.x has multiple security vulnerabilities.

Editor's Note: Thank You, Builders

I'll wager that the economic contributions of FOSS to the world economies are far more significant than are reflected in mere sales figures. I'll wager that a certain notorious unpopular monopolist creates a net loss, thanks to losses due to malware, unreliability, high operating costs, its success at crushing competition, and high barriers to interoperability.

Scorched 3D makes tank battles fun

Whether or not you remember the days when DOS was DOS and real geeks played Scorched Earth, a turn-based warfare game with tanks trading shots at each other until one was destroyed, you might find Scorched 3D, a modern remake of the old classic, just as addicting today as those playing the original did then. Not only that, it is the Project of the Month for May on

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