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Nortel buys unified-comms firm Pingtel

The communications equipment maker has bought one of its software suppliers, Pingtel, in a deal Nortel claims will help promote open source communications.

Tutorial: Networking 101: Understanding Layers

Continuing our journey, it's time to take a trip up the OSI Reference Model, and learn what this mysterious thing is all about. The network stack is of great significance, but not so much that it's the first thing you should learn. We've waited to start the "layers" discussion for good reason: Many so-called networking classes will start by teaching you to memorize the name of every layer and every protocol contained within this model. Don't do that. Do realize that layers 5 and 6 can be completely ignored, though.

Pardus 2008: A touch of refinement

Pardus is a GNU/Linux distribution funded and developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Pardus has its own unique installer, package manager, configuration wizard, and control panel. This originality, and the developers' attention to detail, make Pardus worth a look. From the beginning of my experience, Pardus showed its attention to detail. The installer is so incredibly simple that even a Microsoft fan would be hard-pressed to complain. The installer hasn't changed much since we took a look at the previous release seven months ago, so I won't reiterate the process, but it's still worth mentioning how easy to use the installer is. My only complaint is that my choice of Dvorak for keyboard layout was not available as an option.

Yahoo's Fire Eagle Soars out of Beta

Yahoo is helping make location more global with the launch of its new Fire Eagle platform. Fire Eagle lets users update their location in one centralized place, then have that data broadcast to a number of services. The launch opens up new possibilities for developers. Because the platform is open, any service can put the data to use -- and plenty already are.

A Big Day in Court for the FOSS Community

Today those who believe in free content and free and open source software won a major victory in court. The underlying facts, and counsel, were hardly major figures on the commercial landscape: the open source software at issue had been developed for model train buffs under an infrequently used free and open source license, and the attorney was young and inexperienced.

Windows apps on Linux the CrossOver way

Who says you have to give up your must-have Windows applications when you migrate to Linux? If you can't leave some crucial Windows program behind, you can run it using CodeWeavers' latest version of CrossOver Linux. Though today there are many great Linux end-user applications, some people still have "must-have" Windows applications -- Quicken instead of GnuCash, for instance, or Photoshop instead of the GIMP. That's where CrossOver Linux 7 comes in.

Integration at Akademy

An important topic at Akademy is modularisation and integration. It has been the main topic of one talk but you will find it comes up in many others. It is clearly on the minds of many hackers here.

Beef up the Find command in Firefox

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nathan Harrington (Posted by jmalasko on Aug 13, 2008 7:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The Find command in Firefox locates the user-specified text in the body of a Web page. The command is an easy-to-use tool that works well enough for most users. Sometimes, however, a more powerful Find-like tool would make locating text easier. Learn how to build a tool that isolates relevant text in Web pages faster by detecting the presence and absence of nearby words.

The entire State of Pahang moves to

Its just been made official that the State of Pahang is migrating all its productivity suites to This succinct memo from the State Secretary of Pahang entitled "Perlaksanaan Penggunaan Perisian OpenOffice.Org Di Semua Agensi dan Pentadbiran Negeri" (translated: "Implementation of suite in all State Agencies and Administrative centres") outlines the reasons for migrating, the benefits and how to proceed.

Poland: Ministry of Education recommends Open Source

The Polish Ministry of National Education is advising schools and universities to use Open Source software. The recommendation comes at the end of a volunteer campaign to help schools switch to Open Source. The Ministry recommended in a statement that schools and universities use OpenOffice. The application suite is sufficiently mature and advanced to be used for teaching and for office use in education and science institutes."OpenOffice can successfully substitute proprietary applications and will result in significant savings on licenses."

LWCE 2008 Day Three - Report from inside the .org Pavilion

Greg Kurtzer from Infiscale stopped by the booth to ask how OpenVZ could potentially be used with his product to improve High Availability. Before starting Infiscale, Greg was the founder of the Caos Foundation which eventually lead to the development of CentOS. I talked to Greg about Infiscale's solutions and how they compared to Rocks Clusters.

Wine-Doors for Linux Reviewed

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 13, 2008 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I have been using Wine (WINE) or various implementations of it (Crossover Office and Cedega) for a few years now. What is funny is that I often had more success with Wine proper than I did with the various offshoot products. Go figure! So when I learned this issue...

Building an Open Source Community

  • FOSSBazaar; By Phil Whitehouse (Posted by tbm on Aug 13, 2008 3:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
Phil Whitehouse of BT has written an article with twelve guidelines to build an open source community: "Some might say that open source communities "just happen", and that they operate on intuition and unwritten social rules, but this logic overlooks the vast quantity of open source projects that fail."

A hands-on look at Vyatta Community Edition 4 networking software

Vyatta offers hardware and open source software for enterprise-level network infrastructure. Vyatta can turn any 32-bit x86 machine with at least one network interface into a network appliance that handles routing, firewall, and VPN tasks. The company released Vyatta Community Edition 4 in April, with improved scalability and feature enhancements. Large enterprises now have a low-cost alternative to proprietary hardware like the Cisco 7200.

Nessus Fork OpenVAS Releases First Stable Version

The OpenVAS project has released the first stable version of the "Open Vulnerability Assessment System". OpenVAS is a fork of the Nessus security scanner; while Nessus switched to a proprietary license, OpenVAS will continue to improve the scanner and will provide all components as Free Software.

How To Install Django On Mandriva 2008.1 (Apache2/mod_python)

This tutorial explains how to install Django on a Mandriva 2008.1 server. Django is a web framework that allows to develop Python web applications quickly with as much automation as possible. I will use it with Apache2 and mod_python in this guide.

Mandriva Spring 2008: The new “definitive” Linux?

Has Jack Wallen finally found the pinnacle of Linux distributions?The one distribution that will usurp Ubuntu as his OS of choice? You’ll have to read his take on Mandriva Spring 2008 and see just how enamored he has become of this distribution once called Mandrake Linux.

Finding Your Google Index Rank With The Linux Or Unix CLI

Today, I'm throwing out a little script that's most definitely a "work in progress." I ended up slapping this together after doing a lot of site search engine monitoring (it's hard work, doing all that clicking ;) Every time I post, I'm constantly curious about where my site stands with regards to certain keywords or keyword phrases. Of course, it doesn't make all the difference in the world, but when you combine an obsessive-compulsive personality and a problem, no matter how goofy, there's always an answer :)

Creating a View with MySQL Query Browser

  •; By Djoni Darmawikarta (Posted by bhushanp on Aug 13, 2008 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
When you’re creating a query for non-technical users and you don’t want them to see the complexity of the query, you can create a view from the query. Your users can then use the view as a table; for example, they can double-click the view, which will effectively execute its complex query behind the scene. In MySQL Query Browser, you have two ways to create a view, From an existing query and Writing from scratch manually

Installing The PHP WebDAV Extension On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 13, 2008 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, PHP
This article shows how you can install the PHP WebDAV extension for PHP5 on a Debian Etch system. The PHP WebDAV extension allows easy access to remote resources through the DAV protocol from PHP scripts.

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