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DistroWatch Weekly: New SUSE and FreeBSD releases, wrecking the Internet, DSL Linux interview

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 8, 2006 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The long delayed SUSE Linux 10.1, which is expected to be released on Thursday, should be the highlight of the week, but FreeBSD 6.1 is also likely to hit the download mirrors within the next day or two. In other news, confirmation of the Debian "etch" December release date target, an introduction to an Ubuntu-based live CD with a collection of genealogy software, and an announcement by a project developing a range of Gentoo-based virtual machines for VMware and Xen. In the interview section, we talk with the two lead developers of Damn Small Linux about their new product - DSL-N. Finally, don't miss the chilling opinion piece by Robert Storey who appeals to all US citizens to fight against the newly proposed COPE legislation. Happy reading!

Flight 7

Flight 7, the latest alpha of Dapper Drake, is now available. These releases are tested to be reasonably free of showstopper bugs, but are still not release quality, so do not use these on your production systems. You can download the Flight 7 CD here:

MCNLive Leuven Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - I am glad to announce a new version of MCNLive, code name Leuven. Some highlights: 2.6.14 kernel with updated Unionfs and SquashFS. Desktop environment: KDE 3.5.2. Office suite: KOffice 1.5, Open Document Format, Firefox, music, video and image applications with all common codecs, Internet and networking applications for all your needs. All this on less than 350 MB.

OSDir has some great screenshots of MCNLive Leuven in the MCNLive Leuven Screenshot Tour.

Digital Signatures Can Lie To Linux, OSX and Windows Users

Digital signatures were designed to allow secure, confidential communication between two parties. As Wikipedia describes it: 'A user may digitally sign messages using his private key, and another user can check that signature (using the public key contained in that user's certificate issued by a certificate authority). This enables two (or more) communicating parties to establish confidentiality, message integrity and user authentication without having to exchange any secret information in advance.'

Frenzy BSD 1.0 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Frenzy is a small FreeBSD-based live CD with a good collection of security and penetration testing tools. After several months of delays and fundraising, the project has now announced the first beta release of the upcoming version 1.0. The new Frenzy is based on a pre-release version of FreeBSD 6.1, includes an improved hard disk installer, language options, an option to load the entire system into RAM disk, various methods to monitor disk activity, several new configuration tools, a new backup mechanism, an installer for USB storage devices, a stress testing utility, and many other updates.

OSDir has put together some cool shots of Frenzy BSD in the Frenzy BSD 1.0 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour.

Desktop Linux needs to develop standards

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Neil McAllister (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Say what you will about Windows' lack of openness or its seemingly never-ending software flaws, but if you double-click on an installer and the version of Windows you're using is reasonably up-to-date, your software will install. This is even truer on Mac OS X, where installing software often involves nothing more than dragging a single icon from the install disk to your applications folder.

Nanotechnology expert analysis: Huge impacts from tiny tech

Center for Responsible Nanotechnology announces new essays from leading thinkers

Server Monitoring With munin And monit

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 7, 2006 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this article I will describe how to monitor your server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected.

Linux vendors make noise in the NW200 list

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 5:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Network World's recently-released NW200 - which lists the top 200 vendors in the network industry, by revenue - was again fairly light on Linux companies this year. This is probably what you get for selling a product that can be downloaded for free; however, companies that use Linux as a major part of their business strategy did quite well.

Fedora Project Board meeting summary

Just wanted to let folks know that the summary of the most recent Fedora Project Board meeting is online.

Firebird database Configuration

  •; By (Posted by gg234 on May 7, 2006 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL-99 features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names since 1981.

Firefox drops Places feature; security patch coming

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Robert McMillan (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The open-source Mozilla project is to release an update to its Firefox browser that will fix a publicly disclosed security issue in the software. News of the update came as developers also confirmed that they were dropping a highly anticipated bookmarking feature, called Places, from the next major Firefox release, due later this year.

Jboss And Patni Establish Open Source Global Partnership

JBoss, Professional Open Source company, and Patni Computer Systems , a global IT services provider, announced a global partnership to offer application development and migration services to enterprises deploying solutions on the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS). As a global JBoss-certified systems integrator, Patni will be fully equipped to provide the latest services and technologies based on the JEMS platform.

Announcing the Fedora Music list

We've been working with Fernando Lopez-Lezcano of Planet CCRMA, the popular Fedora-based music distribution, to see about bringing Planet CCRMA under the Extras umbrella. So feel free to join the conversation:

KDE Commit-Digest for 7th May 2006

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Coverity fixes continue to roll in. amaroK gets enhanced support for VFAT (ie. Generic Audio) devices. New themes for KTuberling. Preliminary support for both next-generation disc formats (Blu-ray and HD-DVD) in K3B. KDE 4 changes: More apps ported to D-BUS. JuK gets the ball rolling on porting to Phonon.

Response to John Naughon@The Observer re: Bill Gates jumbo-size problem

On Sunday May 7, 2006, John Naughon of The Observer wrote a piece titled A problem too jumbo-sized for Bill Gates to solve?. In general, this was quite positive towards open source software, however there were a few points where John didn't fully appreciate or understand the the key differences between the Microsoft approach towards developing software, and the open source approach. What follows is an email I sent to John clarifying a few of these differences.

Google Does Health Info, Chance To Switch

  • WebProNews; By David A. Utter (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A peek at one of Google's datacenters reveals a look at Google Health, and if you try it with Internet Explorer 7 beta 2, Google suggests changing your search engine choice too.

Xosoft adds support for Linux, 64-bit, BlackBerry

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Shelley Solheim (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
XOsoft will release the next version of its WANSync data synchronisation and replication software with added support for Linux, 64-bit environments and the BlackBerry mobile device.

Unisys and JBoss Team on Open Source Middleware

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that it has deepened its global relationship with JBoss, Inc., the professional open source company, as a JBoss Authorized Service Provider (JASP) and JBoss Authorized Training Partner (JATP) for all of the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) on a global level.

Pictorial desktop Linux books available for free download

Book publisher In Pictures announced this week that it has added new how-to books on desktop Linux (Linspire Five-O), and the four programs (Base, Calc, Impress, Writer) to its catalog. The books are all designed for new and relatively new users.

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