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Kde and Distributions: SLAX Interview

To begin with we talk to Tomas Matejicek, the founder and maintainer of SLAX, a LiveCD based from Slackware.

The colonisation of South Africa continues through software

There is a worrying dimension to the uptake of technology in South Africa. As sub-Saharan Africa's wealthiest and most technologically advanced country, South Africa is a good indicator of how Africa is embracing computing and other technologies, says Jarred Cinman, product director at Cambrient.

New mindset, developers drive open source into Christian Science ...

But beyond the tangibles like open source code it was the community that made a convert of [CIO Curtis] Edge. Behind all the open code, it was the forums and flexibility that were the driving forces he believes breeds better developers than those that toil away with proprietary code.

Openlab 4.1 Alpha 1 Screenshot Tour

OSDir has some great shots of the upcoming OpenLab 4.1 in the OpenLab 4.1 Alpha 1 Screenshot Tour.

OpenSUSE releases package manager fix

Most reviewers have found OpenSUSE 10.1 to be a great Linux distribution, except, unfortunately, for its broken package manager. This system update program was another story entirely. Now, though, SUSE has released a patch that makes life a lot easier for SUSE users.

Gplv3 International Conference Details Online

  • LinuxElectrons; By Tommy (Posted by grouch on Jun 15, 2006 2:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Marking the half-way point of the year-long public consultation process for redrafting Free Software's cornerstone licence, the third international GPLv3 conference will host experts from Europe and from around the world.

Learn foreign languages with open source software

When you are learning a foreign language, you need all the help you can get. Besides applications like jVLT, jMemorize, and StarDict, there are other tools that are not designed specifically for language learning, but they can make the learning process more efficient and fun. All you have to do is to think creatively.

Linux powers remote education system in rural China

Opera reports that a version of its web browser will be used in a line of extremely inexpensive Linux-based set-top boxes that will be marketed directly to individuals in rural areas of China. The boxes will enable the Chinese government to deliver remote education programs to citizens who may not otherwise have access to education, Opera says.

Enterprising Linux

Getting expensive high-end enterprise software for nothing, and how to decide whether it's worth it.

Can Microsoft Remotely Kill Your Windows PC?

After a blogger recently exposed daily communications between Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) and Microsoft servers, Redmond's response was somewhat unsettling. Officials admitted that the validation checker tasked with protecting Microsoft's digital rights has potential uses beyond those previously disclosed.

Open source makes a good donation

Two disparate charities have successfully implemented open source software, saving money and creating happier users in the process. Jane Dudman looks at how open source can give smaller organisations greater control at minimum expense

Linux powers rugged vehicle computer

Parvus will demonstrate a new Linux-ready in-vehicle computer on June 13, at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Rail Conference in New York City. The DuraCOR 1100 is a rugged, Intel Celeron-based "vehicle logic unit" (VLU) that targets "information-level applications" in road and rail transit vehicles.

Palamida CEO Talks Open-Source Opportunities

Q&A: The maker of code sleuthing technology for open-source applications sees the market growing swiftly as more enterprises adopt open-source technology.

A Firefox in a software hen house

Software companies, big and small, have failed to deliver on the promise to make life easier for users, said the 21-year-old inventor of the Firefox Internet browser during a speech today at the City Club of Cleveland.

Building a Bulletproof Penguin: DB2 and Linux Failover

  • SysAdmin Magazine; By Joe La Chapell and JT Vogt (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 14, 2006 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that will impact every division of a company is an intriguing proposition. A lot is expected of such a system, and when we were tasked with this undertaking at our company, we did not want to neglect the foundation of it -- the database. As we researched this project, it became evident that we could satisfy all the necessary requirements with a combination of products: IBM DB2, Red Hat Linux, as well as Heartbeat, Mon, and ipfail. In this article, I will describe how we built a "bulletproof penguin" one piece at a time.

Security Updates: Artswrapper and KDM

KDE made two security announcements today, the KDM Symlink Vulnerability is a potential local exploit on systems using KDM as their login manager. Artswrapper return value checking vulnerability affects Linux 2.6 systems that have artswrapper installed SUID root. A separate update was made for the wv2 library used in KWord to import MS Word files to fix a boundary check error. Your distribution should have updates for these issues.

How To Run Your Own Name Servers With ISPConfig And GoDaddy

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 14, 2006 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial shows how you can run your own name servers for domains that you register with GoDaddy. Of course, this works with every other registrar as well, although the procedure might differ a little bit.

Hands Across the Water: Open Source and Open Standards

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 14, 2006 8:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Item: "Having the latest computer technology is great. But what e-government users from the public sector as well as citizens really want is software interoperability. Unfortunately IT managers still only pay lip service to such interoperability, concludes a European project assessing today's open-source movement."

Getting Scanners to work In Dapper

*buntu Dapper not only replaced devfs with udev, they removed the user documentation for managing udev (thanks a lot), with the result that hordes of users found their scanners (and other devices) didn't work after upgrading to Dapper. This Kubuntu forum thread tells how to get your scanner back, and to make it work for non-root users. It's very simple, once you infiltrate the temple and learn the secret incantation.

Growing support for open option

“If I chose a Windows platform, I would also have to buy different packages and a licence for every single thing. It becomes very expensive.”

He added, “We have been bowled over by how reliable and stable it is. We are now going to roll out more applications based on this Linux framework.”

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