My previous article discussed a set of dynamic menus based upon no more than one, simple web page template, a few appropriate text files and absolutely minimal php code. There is a caveat, I dodged my responsibilities, i.e. I showed no effort to catch failures and errors. This was due to my initial code being flawed, hence, the first article was able to stress the core simplicity of the endeavor. Now, however, I attend to more serious business of both noticing failures and notifying those responsible.
First, storage and CRM moved into the cloud. Now, even open source middleware is moving toward Software as a Service, thanks to a new partnership between Red Hat and Amazon.com. Here are some quick details from MSPmentor, which covers managed services and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Perl script to ping, check ports and create a CGI page report. This time written a bit more complicated than necessary to highlight some uses of Perl.
With openSUSE 11.0 just a few days away, it’s time to look at one of the stars of the show: KDE. In openSUSE 11.0, you get two KDEs for the price of one. Here we’ll take a look at what’s coming in KDE, and talk to one of openSUSE’s KDE contributors, Stephan Binner.
Email: businesses can't stay competitive without it, but the bigger a company is, the more of a headache managing an email server can be. There are plenty of email management tools on the market, but many are expensive or lack easy customization. AtMail recently added an open source option to its product line that offers many of the same features commonly found in other Web mail apps, but for the low, low cost of free.
As the representative for Norway in the recent OOXML ratification process, Steve Pepper has become an outspoken critic of the IEC/ISO process. Pepper is also a passionate advocate of XML, open standards and Topic Maps. Here Pepper, who is in South Africa for the XML in Government workshop, speaks to Tectonic about what happened in Norway, Topic Maps and why open standards are important for governments.
I can't say exactly whether Konqueror is mainly a file manager, web browser, document or image viewer. Of course, it's mainly used for managing files in KDE and some also prefer to use it as a web browser due to better KDE integration and an obvious more responsive interface than Firefox. Konqueror is so many things that I really can't cover all of them in a single review. This article aims to review the most important features this multi-purpose application comes with, and the main ways of using it.
I am pleased to announce that we have shipped CrossOver 7 for both Macintosh and Linux. New in Version 7 is support for Microsoft Office 2007, dramatically improved support for Outlook 2003 and Internet Explorer 6, and a broad range of improvements that should bring improvements to all Windows applications.
Already announced, the new winner is IBM’s RoadRunner – the first supercomputer to break the ‘mythical’ 1 TFop/s barrier. At a recent benchmark, it achieved 1.026 TFop/s on the Linpack benchmark. The OS is yet to be confirmed, but pretty-much every other IBM computer in the list is running a version of SUSE. I’ll be guessing much the same as you! Assuming the remainder of the list looks a lot like the previous list (November 2007), running second and third, we find a couple of IBM Blue Gene systems, then SGI and Hewlett Packard get a look in.
Voodoo's Mac Air-killer has room for more goodies, including an extra operating system.
As you can see, Cinelerra is very useful, but seems to have relatively poor video transitions. But maybe not... In my life, I have discovered that OpenSource has no limits. Ready to prepare a new recipe? Let's go!
Catch all of your podcasts in style with gPodder, a Python application designed to retrieve and organize your podcasts for easy playback. gPodder can handle both RSS 2.0 and Atom podcast feeds. As soon as you add episodes to the podcatcher, the application can download them using a few different protocols, including authenticated HTTP (for feeds that require a password) and BitTorrent. BitTorrent is especially nice for popular podcasts that have a lot of subscribers and large episodes, because you can use it to download from multiple sources, called seeds, and speed up your downloads.
The best feature Songbird has is the integrated web browser from Mozilla, which allows tabs, the ability to enter any web address (for example you are not only limited to Wikipedia or Last.fm, you can search anywhere on the web for music), and it's completely configurable via the Tools -> Options menu. Songbird also benefits of an impressive number of add-ons, one of them being the Last.fm song submission.
The Wine team is proud to announce that Wine 1.0 is now available. This is the first stable release of Wine after 15 years of development and beta testing.
LDAP on Ubuntu 8.04 is a great choice for managing multiple services with one directory.
One of the biggest complaints about Linux is the speed with which Linux boots. By default, Linux is a general-purpose operating system that can serve as a client desktop or server right out of the box. This article shows you how to increase Linux boot speed, including two options for parallelizing the initialization process. It also shows you how to visualize graphically the performance of the boot process.
As you may have noticed, Firefox 3 is released today. Excited by this prospect, the first thing I did when I got up was to rush to my computer to download it (yes, pathetic, I know). And what do I find? That only Firefox 2 is on offer. I go to the main Download Day 2008 site, and for all its flash/Flash zoomable graphics, I can't find any information about exactly when Firefox 3 will be publicly available, which seems crazy: the one thing this site should be doing is making it easy for as many people as possible to download Firefox 3.
Mozilla Mac developer Josh Aas has written a weblog post discussing some of the under-the-hood improvements specific to the Mac OS X version of Mozilla Firefox 3. Josh describes how Firefox 3 has largely switched from Apple's legacy Carbon API (initially created to make it easier for developers to migrate OS 9 applications to OS X) to the more modern Cocoa. He also details how Firefox 3 delivers native-looking Aqua-style form controls in Web pages and explains how this actually has very little to do with the change to Cocoa.
The trash project allows you to interact with your desktop trashcan from the command line. It lets users "undo" deletions made with the trash command in a similar manner to restoring files from the trashcan in a desktop environment. For experienced Linux users, the trash command comes in handy when you want to put a file into the trashcan from the command line. Because trash implements the FreeDesktop.org Trash Specification, it plays nicely with the trashcan offered by the KDE desktop environment. That means you can trash a directory from the command line and see it in your trashcan from Konqueror. Unfortunately, the trash implementation in GNOME 2.20 did not communicate with either KDE 3.5.8 or the trash command.
Novell Monday released updates to its Suse Linux kernel designed to make the operating system more efficient when running on top of VMware environments. The upgrade to the Suse Linux Enterprise kernel lets it take advantage of paravirtualization techniques so it runs more efficiently as a guest operating system. Specifically, Novell has built in support for VMware's Virtual Machine Interface (VMI)."The patch to the kernel provides increased performance and better interoperability," says Carlos Montero-Luque, vice president of product management for open platform solutions at Novell.