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What's in a name?

The Linux community is all about standardization this year. The Linux Standard Base is gathering steam, the Portland project is trying to bring unity to the desktops, and the Open Document Format (ODF) has been in the news quite a bit. Now if we could just get projects to agree on standard usage for naming, I'd be a happy camper.

Samsung Intros Enhanced, Cost-Effective MFD

Samsung India, the digital technology company, has launched a compact laser copier, SCX-6320F, with enhanced multifunction capabilities priced at Rs 80,000.

Managing an Open Source Project

In December 2004 it was decided that DotNetNuke would break out its existing core modules into separate Projects so that they could be enhanced, released, and supported independently from the core Web Application Framework. It was further decided that some additional modules would also be added as official Projects to provide an increased level of richness to the platform. The first modules that we determined were going to be added were the TTT Forum and TTT Gallery, authored by Tam Tran Minh of TTT Corporation.

Torbutton Firefox plugin

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on May 6, 2006 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
At a Wi-Fi hotspot, you may need the security and anonymity of Tor, but on a secure network, the higher bandwidth of a direct connection becomes more important. Torbutton is a plugin for Mozilla Firefox that enables users to easily and rapidly switch Tor on and off.

My sysadmin toolbox

I work as a system administrator in the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University. I support mostly HP-UX and Linux servers and workstations, and I couldn't do without SSH, tcpdump, Perl, GNU Bash, and the rest of my toolbox.

KDE 3: All About the Apps Part 3

  • KDE Dot News; By Carsten Niehaus (Posted by dcparris on May 6, 2006 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE 3.5 is a vivid platform. We looked at some reasons why three weeks ago and also last week. Today, we look at the photo-manager digiKam, the plotting application QtiPlot, the LaTeX-dreamteam Kile and KBibTeX and the upcoming KDE 3.5.3 release.

"industrial quality" USB Bluetooth adapter supports Linux

Ezurio is shipping a USB Bluetooth adapter suitable for embedded and industrial applications. The "High Speed USB Adapter" uses less power, has greater range and interference resistance, and a wider operating temperature range than consumer-grade Bluetooth radios, the company says. Linux's native Bluetooth drivers support it.

RR64 3.0RC1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Fabio Erculiani has announced the first release candidate of RR64 Linux 3.0, a 64-bit live DVD based on the unstable branch of Gentoo Linux. What's new? Greatly improved stability and functionality; kernel 2.6.16.11 and glibc 2.4; KDE 3.5.2, GNOME 2.14.0; Gstreamer 0.10.4 and amaroK 1.4 beta 3 (with iPod support); out of the box USB DVD boot support and hard disk installation support; GCC 4.0.x performance level; latest Xgl and Compiz from CVS for both GNOME and KDE; latest Proprietary drivers from ATI (8.24.8) and NVIDIA (8756); X.Org 7.0.1 and optimized Fontconfig for better font performance... Fabio submitted to OSDir some great shots of RR64 Linux in the RR64 3.0RC1 Screenshot Tour.

Device Profile: EnFlex SCS G100 facilities management system

EnFlex used embedded Linux in an industrial control and monitoring system targeting facilities management. The Site Control Server (SCS) G100 is based on a 586-class processor and runs Debian Linux. Its web interface can integrate and manage multiple serial- and Ethernet-based facilities control systems.

Photo gallery: Fedora Core 5

This detailed image gallery walks through the complete Fedora Core 5 installation. Looks easier than Windows!

Might Red Hat benefit most from Sun's opening of Java?

Several rumors have been circulating that claim an esoteric prescience concerning Sun's intentions toward Java and the free software community. Like shoots of hope that spring from the coldest ground, open source proponents were reported floating the idea that Sun might finally, this time, yes really, make Java open-source.

More credibly, CNET suggests that Sun will alter its licensing on its Java Runtime Environment so that Linux distributions can include it. Currently, a typical Linux user (unless he buys a packaged distribution that has gone through the trouble and expense of getting a JRE license, as Sun's own Java Desktop System did) has to download and install a JRE himself, should he want Java for use in applets in his web browser or for other purposes. Clearly, it would much more convenient for users (and provide more certainty for developers) if Linux distributions could come with Java built in.

Book Review: Linux Desktop Pocket Guide by David Brickner

The Linux Desktop Pocket Guide is a valuable resource for new users to the Linux world. Almost everyone has heard of Linux and recognizes it as the "next big thing". However, many people are taken aback at the sheer number of Linux distributions. The advantage of Windows is that there is only one company to go to and that provides some simplicity. With Linux, there is no one-stop shopping, and each distribution has different strengths and weaknesses. This book helps the novice user to navigate the most popular distributions to decide which will work best for them.

Mushroom cloud spotted over Lobby4Linux.com

Due to circumstances beyond our control...

[I'm betting on the wife with an 8-pound hammer! - dcparris]

Linux hater/traitor turns to Windows

Internet satirist Shelley the Republican has embraced Microsoft Windows, barely 10 days since publishing a tongue-in-cheek diatribe that painted the open source community as a bunch of communist hackers.

Software Security Analysis with BogoSec

  • developerWorks; By Dustin Kirkland & Loulwa Salem (Posted by idean on May 6, 2006 2:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
BogoSec is a source code metric tool that wraps multiple source code scanners, invokes them on its target code, and produces a final score that approximates the security quality of the code. This article discusses the BogoSec methodology and implementation, and illustrates the output of BogoSec when run on a number of test cases, including Apache Web server, OpenSSH, Sendmail, Perl, and others.

First look: Dropline GNOME 2.14.0

Dropline 2.14.0, released last month, lets you add the GNOME desktop environment to Slackware. It consists of 271 compressed package format files on a single CD. Using dropline on top of Slackware is like putting icing on a cake.

Linux kernel 'getting buggier,' leader says

Lead maintainer Andrew Morton says defects are being added to the production kernel faster than they're being fixed.

Open Source: Who Takes But Doesn't Give Back?

Do the companies that benefit the most from open-source code give anything back to the community? That's a provocative question that comes up when you take a close look at how prominent open-source projects actually work. I don't want to point any fingers, but what about the banks and financial services firms? How much do they give back?

Genasys Announces the Release of Version 9 of their Linux GIS ...

Madrid, Spain, May 8, 2006- After a successful Beta program, Genasys today announced the release of Version 9 of the GenaMap Product Suite. This powerful GIS development and distribution platform is celebrating more than 20 years providing flexible functionality and Unix and Linux support while Version 9 adds support for the Windows operating system.

Waugh erupts over AU Ubuntu proposal

A local representative of the principal backer of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system has reacted negatively to a proposal to set up an independent Australian organisation to promote the software.

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