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PCLinuxOS 0.93a Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Aug 7, 2006 6:59 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - Texstar has announced PCLinuxOS 0.93a MiniMe, a slim live CD for those who just want a basic desktop without the bloat... In addition to the Live CD mode you can also save your changes to a usb key disk. PCLinuxOS MiniMe can be installed to your computer by simply clicking on the install icon on the desktop... After hard drive installation, you can access over 5000 programs to fully customise your desktop the way YOU want. OSDir has some great shots of this fresh PCLinuxOS release in the PCLinuxOS 0.93a Screenshot Tour.

DeveloperWorks Interviews: David Rhoderick and John Thomas

  • IBM DeveloperWorks; By Scott Laningham (Posted by sbergman27 on Aug 7, 2006 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: IBM

A mainframe evangelist and transitioning software engineer talk about the state of the mainframe today

Direct link to the interview: [ -- MP3]

Web browsers progressing to next generation

The major Web browsers are getting face-lifts as they increasingly become the focal point for handling business transactions and running programs over the Internet rather than simply displaying Web sites.

Firefox 'not being aggressive enough'

  •; By Tom Espiner and David Meyer (Posted by dcparris on Aug 7, 2006 4:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
A senior analyst believes Firefox maker Mozilla Corporation should be doing more to push the Web browser, despite a recent distribution deal with Real Networks.

Ifbin goes Open Source

IFBIN was an attempt at creating a commercial code library that you subscribed to. The code was great, but the price was steep, especially to a community spoiled by lots of good and free tutorials. Recently, IFBIN was changed to be a free service.

DistroWatch Weekly: Ubuntu news, Linux in the South Pacific

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 7, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 31st issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The Linux world is starting to heat up again after a brief break - following the first beta release of Mandriva 2007 and KDE 3.5.4 last week, a new test release of Fedora Core 6 will be out today and the third alpha build of openSUSE should appear on the download mirrors on Thursday. Besides the usual news round-up, a short article takes a look at the current status of Linux in the countries and territories of the South Pacific. Finally, with this being the first issue of DistroWatch Weekly of the new month, we are pleased to announce that the July 2006 DistroWatch donation of US$500 goes to the Blender Foundation. Happy reading!

Google Internals Talk

I recently attend a Philadelphia Area Linux Users Group (PLUG) meeting presented by Toby DiPasquale titled “Google Internals” Slides here: Google Internals talk for PLUG by Toby DiPasquale. Why is this of interest on a Linux blog? As many of you may already know, Google uses a version of Red Hat to power their servers, running on old kernels (it is speculated that they run on 2.0 or 2.2 kernels). This Google Internals talk takes you through the basics of how Google uses their approximately 450,000 servers to run everything from Google search to GMail worldwide. The slides are based on information gathered from reliable Google sources, including talks given by Google staff, and gives you a very basic framework for understanding what is “under the hood” over at Google.

Bringing a Linux box to Work - Part 1

An article documenting the ability (or lack thereof) of a Linux box to function in an all-Microsoft environment.

'Al Gore’s Penguin Army' video misuses Linux mascot

Did you ever wonder what our editors do in their spare time? We don't -- because most of the time we figure we're better off not knowing. In any case, it seems that Robin 'Roblimo' Miller got turned on to a YouTube video called Al Gore's Penguin Army and decided to spread the word with his own YouTube video that this corporate-sponsored piece misused our favorite mascot, Tux, and didn't even bother to give appropriate credit to Tux creator Larry Ewing. Oh, the humanity!

YouOS Alpha Screenshot Tour reports - YouOS is a web operating system that lets you run diverse applications within a web browser. Small applications like sticky notes or clocks. Large applications like word processing, mp3 players, and instant messaging. Even better, it's very easy to tweak an existing application or write your own. OSDir has some nice screenshots of YouOS in the YouOS Alpha Screenshot Tour.

A boon for jobless grads

Under the GTS, unemployed degree and diploma holders are given the opportunity to pursue 13 different courses ranging from English and graduate development courses to professional certification in Linux, Microsoft and Cisco applications.

The state of the mainframe today

Here's a sober talk about the reality of the mainframe today

Why Is Firefox For Linux So Terribly Broken?

I've been a big fan of Firefox since practically the beginning, back when it was called Phoenix or Firebird. I like the way Firefox does things. It's feature rich and the UI is well thought out. Sadly, lately, for me Firefox has become unusable.

Lining up for Linux mobile

As in the PC world, Linux is emerging in the mobile industry as the chief check on the power of the Microsoft platforms, but until now handset Linux has been fragmented and inadequate and the Nokia-dominated Symbian has been the most successful operating system for high-end phones.

[There is some confusion as to the author of this article. In the heading it shows, "by Peter Branton", but at the end of the article it says, "The author is Caroline Gabriel, Experture Expercycle Analyst, Experton Group"]

[Strange. Commentary from some U.S. citizens might lead one to believe that GNU/Linux is not the "chief check" on MS power in "the PC world", due to mysterious, non-specific fear and uncertainty about device support. Perhaps the author analyzed facts in that area, as well as in the current article, to arrive at such a conclusion. The author certainly makes a very credible analysis of the global power struggles among mobile phone makers, in which Linux plays a significant role, based on events in recent news. -- grouch]

BSD For Me, BSD For You?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 6, 2006 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
When it comes to open source operating systems, most people consider Linux the only choice. This is simply not the case. No, there is one operating system known as BSD that has gone largely ignored by the mainstream world.

OSCON 2006: Big Bad PostgreSQL

This talk was on converting a really large (over 3 terabytes, largest table is 1.8 billion rows) data warehouse database from Oracle 8i to PostgreSQL. The reason for the conversion was to save in licensing costs. They wanted to move their Oracle licenses over from the data warehouse DB to use them on the online transaction processing (OLTP) system.

Methods of Linux Bare Metal Restore and Disaster Recovery

Most companies think they are prepared for disaster by backing up critical data, which they can quickly restore if a loss occurs. Few companies, however, are prepared for a catastrophe-total system failure-in which they lose all their data as well as the entire operating system, applications, settings, patches and more, reducing their system to "bare metal" and experiencing costly downtime.

DEFCON 14 gets off to a late start

In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to arrive at DEFCON 14 early Friday morning in hopes of avoiding some of the crowd at registration. Nonetheless, in spite of several spurts, sputters, and delays, it is now safe to say that the occasionally ordered chaos that is DEFCON 14, the largest hacker's conference in the world, is off and running.

Browser Cache: Goodies For Hackers

Your browser's cache may be helping hackers to help themselves to your information.

Unix: An 800 Pound Gorilla No More?

Organizations adopting Linux might not abandon Unix entirely. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for example, has migrated its e-mail system from Sun hardware and Solaris to HP servers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. But even though the use of Linux on production servers is growing, the practice isn't yet the norm at the laboratory, said Douglas Hughes, a service engineer at JPL Information Services.

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