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DistroWatch Weekly: BSD Week, Ubuntu Below Zero, E17 on SUSE, book review

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 31, 2005 1:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 44th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Fans of the BSD family of projects can expect an exciting week as NetBSD 2.1, FreeBSD 6.0 and OpenBSD 3.8 are all expected to be announced and released with the next couple of days. On the Linux front, we have some interesting information regarding the Ubuntu Zero Conference, a link to guide describing the installation of Enlightenment 17 on SUSE 10.0 and news about a working graphical front-end for the Debian installer. Finally, the fans of Debian-based distributions will no doubt appreciate our review of The Debian System - Concepts And Techniques, a newly released book written by a well-known Debian developer. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

HP to unveil Itanium blades this week

  • ZDNet Australia; By Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet (Posted by tadelste on Oct 31, 2005 12:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP, Intel; Story Type: News Story
Hewlett-Packard is expected to announce its first blade servers that use Intel's Itanium processor on Tuesday in the US, sources familiar with the product plans said.

IBM Identifies Hot Markets for iSeries Growth

  • The Four Hundred; By Mary Lou Roberts (Posted by tadelste on Oct 30, 2005 11:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: IBM
As one might expect, IBM tries to keep careful tabs on hot and emerging market segments across all of its product lines. The go-to guy for up-to-the-minute analysis data for the iSeries market is Chip McClellan, IBM's senior marketing manager for market segments. I talked with McClellan recently and learned a lot about where IBM and its business partners will be investing time and energy in the near future and what 2006 might look like.

CLI Magic: GNU find

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 30, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Don't you just hate it when you can't find a file you need, but you know it's on your computer? Wouldn't you like an easy way to track down files anywhere on your computer? If so, I have good news for you, a command available to you at the friendly Linux CLI called find.

Tips and Toys for the Hardworking Admin

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 30, 2005 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Welcome to today's installment of More Tips and Tricks For Hardworking Admins, the finest and freshest collection of mini-howtos on the Web. Today we'll do dynamic blocking of SSH server attacks, run nested window managers, and take a peek at hacking the Linksys WRTG54.

[Ed.- The DenyHosts utility, for dynamic blocking of SSH or other port attacks, is quite ingenious and easy to use. Also, XNest is covered, for running multiple window managers simultaneously. Just try to do that with poor ole feeble MS Windows!]

New mobile Linux group to launch next month

  • IDG News Service; By Nancy Gohring, (Posted by tadelste on Oct 30, 2005 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A group of companies including PalmSource and France Telecom plan to launch an initiative in mid-November to standardize the applications layer of Linux-based mobile devices, representatives involved in the project said. The group will be called the Linux Phone Standardization Forum (LiPS).

Your Next WAP: Hold the Cheese?

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Paul Rubens (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 30, 2005 8:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Q:What's the difference between an enterprise wireless access point from a big name vendor, and a SOHO grade one from the likes of Belkin, Buffalo or Netgear? A: About 500 bucks OK, say it's not a very funny joke. In fact it's not really a joke at all – more of an economic observation. But like most jokes, there is a point to it: When you go shopping for wireless access points, do you really need to spend five times as much on an enterprise product which does the same base function – providing wireless network access – as a SOHO one?

ReactOS 0.2.8 Released

ReactOS is an open-source Operating System designed to be compatible with Windows NT. Version 0.2.8 sees the culmination of months of work since 0.2.7, and sees the project coming closer to the long-awaited 0.3.0 release.

[For those of you who just can't do without your Windows NT. The psyche_eval package is sold separately. Hey, at least ReactOS is libre! - Ed]

Special Report on All About eBay

  • Small Business Computing; By Small Business Computing staff (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 30, 2005 4:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Tutorial
[Ed.- Here is a collection of good articles on building a business on Ebay, from starting out to building an attractive storefront, to auction-management tools, to protecting yourself from fraud. ]

BeleniX LiveCD 0.2 Screenshot Tour

Belenix.sarovar.org states - BeleniX is a *NIX distribution that is built using the OpenSolaris source base. It is currently a LiveCD distribution but is intended to grow into a complete distro that can be installed to hard disk. Version 0.2 of BeleniX has been released and it is now a LiveCD that can boot into a Graphical XFce4 desktop and provides a bunch of useful applications.

OSDir has some screenshots of the Belenix OpenSolaris Live CD.

Terror Pumpkins From Power Tools

  • Timocharis.com; By David North (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 30, 2005 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The capital of high technology (San Jose) is the logical cauldron of Techno Pumpkin Making. This page is dedicated to furthering the art of Power Tool Pumpkins, by showing how I make mine.

[Ed.- This demonstrates that real hackers can hack anything! An interesting bit of trivia- this site is the #1 hit on Google for 'pumpkin trepanning'.]

Linux Home Page: Worth a Friendly Visit

  • LXer; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Oct 30, 2005 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: LXer; Story Type: News Story
This web site started several years ago, before the time of rss feeds. An ingenious programmer would grab headlines from web sites, parse the content and display it on his home page. You might like having all that news in one place. Also, notice how Lxer feeds take you right to the articles without forcing you to our web site first - kind of like free news as in freedom.

The Ultimate Pro-Customer Computing Platform

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dave on Oct 30, 2005 2:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I must confess that I am biased. Horribly, irreversibly biased. I love the Free/Open Source software world because it provides the ultimate in pro-customer values...When you build your infrastructure around the Linux operating system, you get the ultimate in flexibility. Linux servers don't care if you want them to serve Linux, Unix, Windows or Mac clients. Linux desktops don't care if they have to rely on an Active Directory domain controller for authentication and access to resources, or if the get to play in an all-Linux environment, or have to tug a forelock to a mighty Unix server...

If this is the end, PDAs are going out in style

PDAs started out as a nerd craze in the mid-1990s and then gained mainstream acceptance for their ability to hold thousands of addresses and appointments in a pocket-sized gadget. But they have been declining recently, with sales down 20 percent last year to 2.7 million units, according to NPD Group, a market-research company. In vogue now are smart phones that integrate PDA functions into a multimedia cellphone, including Palm's own Treo. Meanwhile, several companies that made PDAs, including Sony, have quit the business altogether.

[Ed.- I always felt the biggest bottleneck was data entry. Writing on those tiny little screens, or connecting to a keyboard just don't do the job.]

From Your Living Room to the World, via Podcast

  • New York Times; By Anne Eisenberg (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 30, 2005 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From her home near Vancouver, British Columbia, she spoke about her devastating disease into a microphone, connected to her computer, and then posted her thoughts on the Internet. Since then, thousands of people have listened to that first podcast and many others she has made about her disease and related issues, and she now interviews others as part of her program...Entry into this form of broadcasting is open to anyone who owns a computer. The cost can be as little as $10 for a microphone...

[Ed.- The power of the press belongs to those who own one. The article doesn't mention Linux, but it does refer to Audacity, which runs on all major operating systems, and is hosted on Sourceforge. Remember http://bugmenot.com/ if it asks for a registration.]

Bringing Open Source to Enterprise IT

  • OpenEnterpriseTrends; By Vance McCarthy (Posted by tadelste on Oct 30, 2005 11:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source, Hibernate Key To Next-Gen Enterprise CMS?

'Spear Phishing' Pokes at Enterprise Users

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Michael Hall (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 30, 2005 11:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security
...spear phishing attacks tend to focus on a single user or department within an organization, addressed from someone within the company in a position of trust and requesting information such as login IDs and passwords....Typically, the company reports, such information is gathered through public databases, articles on corporate Web sites, so-called "social engineering" in the form of phone calls, and straightforward system cracking.

[Ed.- Criminy, are we going to have to do away with unverified senders entirely? What about snail mail and telephones? After all, anyone can send a letter or make a phone call- how do you know who they really are? Perhaps it's time to return to an agrarian society, living in villages, and knowing everyone personally.]

High-tech, low-fuel commuting

  • Seattle Times; By Paul Andrews (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 30, 2005 10:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
President Bush's call for Americans to reduce unnecessary driving because of hurricane-induced fuel shortages made me wonder how the whole concept of telecommuting is faring these days...Census data seem to suggest that people are telecommuting more, even though they're commuting as much as (or slightly more than) they ever did. This may be because mobile workers tend to continue working during evenings and weekends.

[Ed.- Does telecommuting replace trips to the office, or are people just working more hours at home in addition to office hours?]

Free Remote KDE Desktops from CosmoPOD.com

from the something-for-nothing dept. CosmoPOD.com offers free remote KDE desktops over NX. Anyone can sign up to have their own desktop accessible from any computer with a network connection. CosmoPOP uses KDE's Kiosk framework to ensure security for their system. To find out more about the service and why KDE was the chosen desktop, KDE Dot News spoke to the man behind CosmoPOD, Stephen Ensor. Read on for the interview.

Do not Buy a Laptop or Notebook Until January

You have your eye on that Media-Savvy Notebook for Christmas. You will even finance it if possible. It comes with Windows XP Media center software. Prices seem more reasonable than they have in years.

Abstinence is the best cure for your disease. Form a 12-step program if necessary or have an intervention: Notebooks Anonymous. Visit a mental health care professional. Otherwsie, in January, you'll experience buyer's remorse.

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