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Mandriva 2007 Spring packs a punch

Mandriva recently released its first distro of the year, dubbed Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring. Like previous releases, Spring is available in five editions, two of which can be freely downloaded. I installed and worked with the $76 Powerpack edition, which includes support and several gigabytes of packages. Not only does Powerpack score over other multiple CD/DVD free-of-cost distros, it also makes competing non-free distros eat dust.

Designing BSD Rootkits: An Introduction to Kernel Hacking

A lot of why I requested this book for review was sheer curiosity. Like many people, I'm used to thinking "Rootkit = bad". Why the heck would any author or publisher want to take on the liability of teaching their readers how to behave unethically and criminally? The little voodoo doll on the cover did nothing to allay my concerns. However, once I had the book in my hands and began to work through it, I saw it with different eyes.

Extending Creating self-running presentations with IndeView

Although doesn't allow you to create self-running Impress presentations, there is a tool that can help you with that. Using IndeView, you can convert your Impress presentations into a self-contained package that can run off a CD or DVD on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

Fedora merges Core and Extras repositories

Red Hat developers have begun merging the Fedora Core and Extras repositories. The new merged Fedora repository is one of the major changes for the upcoming Fedora 7 release, and marks the first time a major distribution supported by a company has allowed members of the community to modify *core* packages inside a distribution.

So Dell Said No...Big Deal

The actual email was nothing spectacular. Just no...our budget has already been set for the year...yada, yada, yada. Then yesterday, the entire thing crystalized before our dis-believing eyes. Now I think I understand.

Linux: LogFS, A New Flash Filesystem

Jörn Engel announced LogFS, "a scalable flash filesystem." The project's home page notes that LogFS aims to be the successor of JFFS2, "the two main problems of JFFS2 are memory consumption and mount time. Unlike most filesystems, there is no tree structure of any sorts on the medium, so the complete medium needs to be scanned at mount time and a tree structure kept in-memory while the filesystem is mounted. With bigger devices, both mount time and memory consumption increase linearly. JFFS2 has recently gained summary support, which helps reduce mount time by a constant factor. Linear scalability remains. YAFFS also appears to be better by a constant factor, yet still scales linearly."

Xandros Server Standard Edition 2 Released

Xandros today launched Xandros Server Standard Edition 2, a complete, enterprise-grade SMB Linux server package including Xen virtualization and more than 30 other services. The new Xandros Linux server is compatible with existing Windows domain and networking topologies.

Automatix2 Setup in Debian Etch

  • (Posted by gg234 on May 8, 2007 4:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Automatix2 Setup in Debian Etch

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 8, 2007 4:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial shows people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that runs also on older hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Dragonia Magazine: new online magazine for Linux users

We are proud to announce the completion of an English version of the eighth issue of Linux users' Dragonia Magazine.

NFS Server and Client Configuration in Ubuntu

  • (Posted by gg234 on May 8, 2007 2:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
NFS Server and Client Configuration in Ubuntu

Xerox SA switches to Red Hat on Dell

Document company Xerox South Africa switches its electronic resource planning systems to Red Hat Linux running on Dell's PowerEdge servers.

Turn your Linux box into a PDF-making machine

Remember the paperless office? By now we were supposed to be handling all of our documents digitally, and saving trees by using computers to handle everything electronically. If you'd like to make backup copies of ephemeral content without printing it out, turn your Linux box into a PDF generation device for your entire network.

Review of LinuxCertified LCTP60 Laptop with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn and Windows Vista Business

Review of a dual boot laptop with Feisty Fawn and Vista - two state-of-art operating systems.

db4objects Demos Car Navigation System with NAND Drive at JavaOne

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 8, 2007 - db4objects (, the creator of the leading open source object database for the Java platform, helped solve a leading Japanese car manufacturer's hard drive problem by eliminating it.

ZIP Files in PHP

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Tracy Peterson (Posted by IdaAshley on May 8, 2007 10:56 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story
ZIP? It's about time! PHP just added ZIP features to PHP V5.2. Now they're now built-in. After reading this article, you will be well versed in the art of ZIP files using the latest ZIP PHP extension, so you can reduce bandwidth overhead or storage usage when handling large files with PHP.

Meetings focus on Mozilla customer support

Starting May 8, Mozilla will host twice-weekly conference calls to discuss the future of customer support for Mozilla products, the company announced today. Several support mediums will be discussed in the conferences, including knowledge bases, forums, and real-time chat, a company spokesperson said.

Canonical Should Focus on Desktop, Not Mobile

This week, developers for the Ubuntu operating system are meeting in Seville, Spain to begin work on a new version of the distribution, Mobile Ubuntu. This software will help extend Linux's reach into a relatively underdeveloped area of computing, but this fact does not necessarily mean that Canonical, Ubuntu's corporate sponsor, should be pursuing a Mobile Ubuntu.

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory - Lighttpd: Two Denials of Service (GLSA 200705-07)

  • Help Net Security (HNS) (Posted by dcparris on May 8, 2007 8:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
Two vulnerabilities have been discovered in Lighttpd, each allowing for a Denial of Service.

Mozilla Japan's Foxkeh Mascot Launches English Website

Mozilla Foundation international affiliate Mozilla Japan has launched an English language website for Foxkeh, its cartoon mascot for promoting Mozilla Firefox.

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