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Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL Now Available for Ubuntu

Zmanda Inc., a provider of open source backup and recovery software, announced that Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL, its enterprise-class backup and recovery solution for MySQL databases, is now available on Ubuntu. ZRM for MySQL now supports all major Linux distributions.

Linux Mint 2.1 Screenshot Walkthrough

A new stable version of Linux Mint has been released: "Linux Mint 2.1, code name "Bea", is out and available for download." Here is a brief list of some of the changes since version 2.0: "OpenOffice 2.1; mintDesktop, which adds a lot of desktop improvements; quick access to the computer, home places and terminal; ability to delete files directly without sending them to the trash; mintDesktop home folders...

SPI to transfer domain names to OSI

Software in the Public Interest's (SPI) board of directors has voted to approve the transfer of the opensource.org and opensource.net domain names to the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The move is welcomed as a goodwill gesture by OSI, but has already generated some hostility from SPI's constituency.

Mandriva announces plans for Mexico

Mexican local office begins operations in order to offer Mandriva Linux solutions to organizations and people all over the country. It is a fact: Mexico is joining the world's enthusiasm for open source technologies. Linux plays a key role in over 16,000 small and medium businesses in this country, and well-known Mexican corporate groups, such as Comision Federal de Electricidad (the largest supplier of electrical power), employ open source.

Do Ruby on Rails with Ajax nails

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jack D Herrington (Posted by solrac on Dec 20, 2006 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Its well known that Ruby on Rails provides an excellent platform for building Web applications, but did you know how well it works with Ajax? This article takes you through the steps of building a Rails web application and then dives right into using Ajax features to give your application the Web 2.0 rich user interface experience.

Canonical Partners with LynuxTraining to Develop Ubuntu Training Courses

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced it has partnered with LynuxTraining Sàrl to develop the first dedicated Ubuntu training courses for the 'Ubuntu Certified Professional' status. UCP is a training certification based on the LPI level 1 certification.

Clearapp extends support to open source Java platforms

ClearApp Inc, which manages the performance of Java applications, has added coverage of Java open source platforms JBoss and Apache Tomcat in the new version 6.1 of its QuickVision product. That's in addition to coverage of mainstream IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic platforms.

Do you have a mature testing process?

Or is it just an overhead getting in the way of release?How mature is your testing? Do you slip in a few tests if you have time after the final compile, or are your requirements each defined by a set of tests before you start? Do you review the quality of what you delivered afterwards with a view to doing better next time– or avoid such post-mortems, in case they provide a further opportunity for promoting the guilty and sacking the innocent?

New Linux Software Development Kit Available for Philips SpeechMike Products

Vienna, Austria – Royal Philips Electronics today announced the commercial availability of a new Linux software development kit (SDK) for its new generation of Philips SpeechMike products. Systemwide integration of the new SDK enables users at large legal firms and healthcare organizations to control SpeechMike functions – such as the 4-position slide switch, function buttons, trackball, LED, power mode, scroll wheel and barcode information – within the Linux operating system. The SDK also allows the Philips Foot Control 210 to operate with the Linux system. Philips is believed to be the first vendor to support professional dictation applications in the Linux environment.

Latest EnGarde live CD boasts kernel-level security controls

Guardian Digital last week released an EnGarde Linux Secure Community 3.0.11 live CD, featuring a 2.6.17 kernel, several bug fixes, a number of enhancements to the Guardian Digital WebTool and the SELinux Control Console, and several new packages available for installation, the company said.

Linux Tips: Best of Both--Windows and Ubuntu on a Single PC

"Linux rocks!" "No, it's lame--stick with Windows!" Visit any Web site or online forum where impassioned computer users debate the relative merits of operating systems, and you'll find endless disagreement. The only way to determine which operating system fits your needs is to run both on the same PC, configured for dual-booting. You also need to be able to access your data files from either OS, which is the trickiest part of the process.

A Real Review of Ubuntu Christian Edition v2.0

  • Jeff D. Hanson; By Jeff D. Hanson (Posted by dcparris on Dec 20, 2006 1:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu Christian Edition is a variant of Ubuntu that is marketed specifically towards Christians. The primary differences are marketing, Christianity-related package selection, and theme. While this may seem like a waste of time since all of these can be done with Ubuntu itself, it does make sense from a sales-pitch perspective.

[This review was erroneously rejected. We post it now with apologies to the author. - dcparris]

Tanenbaum, Blizzard and Sierra at linux.conf.au 2007

With less than a month before its kick-off, organisers of the world-renowned linux.conf.au will this week announce the final keynote speaker, who is also set to represent a shift in the traditional technical focus of the event.

Is Freespire Killing Open Source?

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 20, 2006 12:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linspire
For the uninformed, Freespire is a new product released to the community by the Linux distributor Linspire. What makes Freespire so unique is their very blatant decision to include open source and proprietary software under one hat.

Enhancing second language acquisition with Audacity

As a language educator and IT aficionado, I am constantly searching for tools that I can use in conjunction with language education. Lately I've been using the audio manipulation and conversion tool Audacity to record and edit audio inputs and convert them into a variety of formats, including the ever popular MP3, for a number of uses in courses and course materials preparation.

Sabayon Linux v3.2 release adds Intel Pro wireless

Version 3.2 of Sabayon Linux hit the web released last week. The Gentoo-based distro features a 2.6.18 kernel and a choice of KDE, GNOME, or XFce desktop environments, and now also includes out-of-the-box support for Intel Pro wireless 3945.

Lazy Programming and Evaluation

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jonathan Bartlett (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 20, 2006 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
Lazy programming is a general concept of delaying the processing of a function or request until the results are needed. This concept has numerous applications, from the obvious to the obscure. Thinking in terms of lazy programming can help you rid your code of unneeded computation and restructure programs to be more problem-oriented.

Media player turbo-charges PCs with Linux

Asian Linux distributor TurboLinux is readying an iPod-like like device that doubles as a Linux boot drive. The "Wizpy" media player, set to ship in Japan in February, enables users to take their Linux with them, for added convenience, security, and privacy, the company says.

Linux blasts off in US tactical satellite

Linux was shot into space Dec. 16, as part of a second-phase Air Force Research Laboratory program aimed at making space more "operationally responsive." The TacSat-2 (tactical satellite) program aims to create "micro satellites" that can be launched quickly and cheaply, to support tactical military operations.

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: Discover, Map and Store

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 20, 2006 9:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
At the cost of great exertion and mental prowess, I have collected just for you an astounding assortment of useful commands and tools for performing amazing feats like network host discovery and mapping your network, mapping IP addresses to their physical locations, spying on everyone who is logged into a computer and even better, faster, securer remote file access.

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