We were out on Christmas Eve doing an install in a nasty part of town. The East side of Austin at night isn't a good place for a couple white boys to be boppin' the streets after dark. Never the less, we had an install to do there and we had to get it done.
Like a lot of companies, Farpoint Group closes between Christmas and New Years. Traditionally, the end-of-the-year shutdown has been spent re-building the network, installing new equipment, etc., which is always wonderful therapy for techies everywhere, despite the bad language sometimes involved. The big project, though, was re-thinking our overall computing philosophy. So, anyway, I loaded up the Ubuntu LINUX distribution, and I am so impressed I can't express how impressed I am.
As of February 1, 2008 Netscape Navigator will no longer be; no more support will be available for Netscape Navigator and no new releases of the browser will become available. While most of us no longer use Netscape Navigator it is still a sad day that reminds of how an innovative company and project fell prey to the muscle of software giant Microsoft.
It's about the name-calling these Microsoft fans do. I heard 'zealots', 'bigots', 'advocates', the whole lot. What may be not too clear to these Microsoft zealots is why I am a fanboy. It's not because I really dig this "free the software, free the world" ideology. That came much later. It's because I like this "gimme the source" idea.
"New year, new kernel: Linux 2.4.36 is finally ready and has been checked long enough to be released. Quite a bunch of bugs, build errors and security issues have been fixed since 2.4.35, but all of those fixes were merged into 2.4.35-stable," 2.4 maintainer Willy Tarreau stated, announcing the latest 2.4 stable Linux kernel. He noted, "I should say that I'm quite satisfied of this dual-branch release model which proves to be very successful at separating quick fixes from changes which require more thorough testing."
Welcome to the seventh issue of OpenLDAP Weekly News (OWN), the unofficial weekly newsletter for the OpenLDAP community. In this issue: OpenLDAP 2.4.7 and 2.3.40 released, A new mailing list, update on build farm, "If there was an OpenLDAP Cookbook, what recipes would you like to see?" and much more.
Nmap is a must have tool for network administrators, it helps to discover computers in the network, see what services they are offering (ports open), works with TCP and UDP, and on this article you will see its command line form and also two GUI front ends, with a lot of options, and screen shots
Episode 226 of The Linux Link Tech Show is now available for download in OGG or MP3 format. We interview Aaron Seigo from the KDE Project regarding the impending release of KDE 4.0, Dan finds a web site that is a geek's paradise, Audio streaming with Butt (Icecast client), Soup+laptops = a search for a new Linux laptop and much, much more
Netscape, the Web browser that opened up not only the Web, but the entire Internet to mass use, is dead. It died after a long decline caused by its murderer, Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It was only 15 years ago that only a handful of nerds knew about the Internet and the Web. Even after CIX (Commercial Internet Exchange) opened up the Internet for business in 1991, only the kinds of people who now use Linux were using the Internet.
Over the past year or two I’ve been drifting away from Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva towards distros derived from Slackware for desktop use. The reason is simple: these distributions tend to have the best performance I’ve found, particularly on older or limited hardware. Slackware itself lacks some graphical tools and user friendly features that more popular distros have but is outstanding in terms of stability and reliability. A number of Slackware derived distros retain those benefits while offering the ease of use many of us have come to expect. AliXe is such a distro, albeit one designed to be small and compact, making it particularly suitable for older hardware. True to it’s Canadian heritage, AliXe also offers full support for both French and English despite it’s small size.
xine-lib is the backbone of many Linux multimedia players, from xine itself, to Totem, Kaffeine and Miro. It's a great library to use to build your own media player, but unfortunately, documentation for it is rather hard to find. This tutorial provides some starting steps for using xine-lib to play audio in your own code.
Weave ; It's the newest Mozilla Labs project. It allows the user to save his browser settings on Mozilla servers (Favorites, sessions ,passwords...etc..) and be able to load it wherever he is. With this project. Mozilla is trying to be an online services provider which is an important step. But can Mozilla labs get over the privacy issues ?
We learned a lot in 2007, and we hope you did too! Here’s a list of the top 10 most popular articles of the year.
No operating system, no not even Linux, is ever completely secure. So it is that the Debian Project released on Dec. 27 its second update to Debian 4.0, Etch, with an eye to improved security. While not a new release as such, Debian's core features and functionality remain unchanged, this new security rollup includes multiple fixes that have been released over the last few months. For example, this release includes numerous repairs to the Linux kernel.
Abdel Benamrouche announced that he has updated the original 0.01 Linux kernel to compile with GCC-4.x, allowing it to run on emulators such as QEMU and Bochs. After applying his series of small patches, Abdel explains that the 0.01 kernel can be built on a system running the 2.6 Linux kernel. He added that he's successfully ported bach-3.2, portions of coreutils-6.9, dietlibc-0.31 (instead of glibc), bin86-0.16.17, make-3.81, ncurses-2.0.7, and vim-7.1 all to run on his modified 0.01 kernel.
Marc Fribush, a former "Microsoft guy," is a telecommunications industry entrepreneur who discovered the benefits of open source when he launched a turnkey SAAS telephony business based on Asterisk. "It's really powerful stuff," Fribush says.
Last week I came acrossGodwin's Law. Many of you may already be familiar with it. For those of you who aren't, Godwin's Law, according to wikipedia, states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."
It seems to be a very famous question : how can free software developers make money to live. They spend a lot of time and effort on something that they'll never sell.. The problem is : are they supposed to earn money ? If they don't code for money what is their motivator ?
The Reusable Computer Network (ReCoN) builds networks of computers from mini-itx, USB ThumbDrives and older computers. ReCoN uses two Linux distributions to create a powerful network of computers that can be built for next to nothing. The concept is based on the fact that, most homes, schools and businesses now have at least one new computer at their location and they also have a number of older computers they just do not know what to do with.
The most important thing that came to light this year is how much Linux and FOSS drive the computer industry. It's not the oldtime traditional commercial companies that are "driving innovation" as they like to say, and which makes me want to hit something every time I hear it because it's such a big fat fib, but Linux and the FOSS world. So rather than getting all violent, let's take a look at some of the ways that Linux is leaving everyone else in the dust.