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Akamai Wins Patent Dispute with Limelight

  • PC World; By Brad Reed (Posted by jacog on Mar 4, 2008 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The patent in the dispute, number 6,108,703, deals with a global hosting system that "allows a content provider to replicate and serve its most popular content at an unlimited number of points throughout the world" and was originally awarded to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000.

Virtual Hosting Howto With Virtualmin On CentOS 5.1

  • HowtoForge; By Andrew Colin Kissa (Posted by falko on Mar 4, 2008 6:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
This tutorial shows how to set up a CentOS 5.x server to offer all services needed by virtual web hosters. These include web hosting, smtp server with (SMTP-AUTH and TLS, SPF, DKIM, Domainkeys), DNS, FTP, MySQL, POP3/IMAP, Firewall, Webalizer for stats.

IBM, allies offer Microsoft-free PCs for E.Europe

IBM has teamed up with partners in Austria and Poland to offer Microsoft-free personal computers for the eastern European market, IBM said in a statement on Tuesday. International Business Machines Corp said it was offering the PCs based on the open-source Linux operating system together with Red Hat software distributor VDEL of Austria and Polish distributor and services firm LX Polska in response to demand from Russian IT chiefs.

Google gears up for mobile security smackdown

Tired of spotty network performance interrupting your web service's performance and of navigating the maze that is mobile application development? Google can help - just don't rely on the giant's Android mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) when it comes to building in security.

[A version of Gears that only works with I.E. and Windows Mobile? All that would do is tempt MS developers to use Google tools instead of Microsoft's own development tools. Interesting.. - Scott]

NVIDIA Quadro FX1700 512MB

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 4, 2008 4:44 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Workstation GPUs are not our main focus at Phoronix, but with the increasing use of Linux on workstation systems, we will be starting to look at professional graphics products this month and likely more of them in the future. We are beginning this expedition by looking at the Quadro FX1700, which is one of NVIDIA's mid-range workstation graphics cards. This Quadro graphics card boasts 512MB of video memory, support for CUDA, and OpenGL 2.1 support. According to NVIDIA's product literature, the Quadro FX1700 is engineered to deliver exceptional performance, quality, and price for professionals.

The LinuxSampler Project

This week we'll look at what's been going on recently with LinuxSampler, a very cool software audio sampler. I have to say at the outset that this article was tough to write, I was just having far too much fun with the program.

Latest Slax release needs more time in the oven

Slax, a Slackware-based modular Linux distribution, released version 6.0 last month. This release brings a new tar install format along with a new donation request, but also includes some noticeable bugs.

Lindependence 2008: Kicking the Windows habit for one month

On July 4th, 2008; a significant percentage of Felton, California, will go Microsoft-free for one week…maybe an entire month.

Microsoft's Interoperability Principles and IE8

Our initial thinking for IE8 involved showing pages requesting “Standards” mode in an IE7’s “Standards” mode, and requiring developers to ask for IE8’s actual “Standards” mode separately. We made this decision, informed by discussions with some leading web experts, with compatibility at the top of mind. In light of the Interoperability Principles, as well as feedback from the community, we’re choosing differently. Now, IE8 will show pages requesting “Standards” mode in IE8’s Standards mode. Developers who want their pages shown using IE8’s “IE7 Standards mode” will need to request that explicitly, using the http header/meta tag approach.

[Not FOSS news but important news nonetheless. Microsoft's original plan that would have locked us into a browser-specific web a la 1994 can be found here. - Sander]

Coming to a watering hole near you: OLPC's mesh networking

Even in today's high-tech world of unified communications and wireless mobility, the idea of two kids with laptops sitting under a tree somewhere in Saharan Africa being able to exchange information without any kind of infrastructure or configuration, seems as wild an idea as the land they live in. But with the OLPC project, this scenario is rapidly becoming a widespread reality.

Vyatta Announces Creation of Community Vyatta.org website

Vyatta, the leader in Linux-based networking, today announced Vyatta.org, a new site for the popular Vyatta Community, which brings together users and developers to advance the cause of open-source networking as an alternative to the over-priced and inflexible solutions from proprietary vendors. Vyatta.org will feature more collaborative and efficient ways for members to contribute, learn, and shape the future of Vyatta.

Lynis - Security and system auditing tool

Lynis is an auditing tool which tests and gathers information from Unix based systems. The audience for this tool are security and system auditors, network specialists and system maintainers.

ReviewLinux.Com: First Look Linux Mint 4.0 KDE

Check out our short screenshot tour and flash video of the latest release of Linux Mint 4.0 KDE. The installation was flawless and quick. Enjoy the tour....

Debian Lenny, FreeBSD 7, OpenBSD and silencing CPU fans

Quick notes because I've got time for no more: I hadn't updated Debian Lenny in about a week. Bugs are getting fixed all over the place. The latest wave of upgrades includes a couple of fixes for the Epiphany browser, which as a result is running better than ever. Most of what I noticed was cosmetic, but it just adds to the excellent functionality that Lenny already offers users. If you've been worried about running Lenny instead of Etch, I think the time is right to move to Lenny as it makes its way from Testing to Stable.

Linux Server Administration: Basic Linux Firewalls

  • lpmagazine.org; By Mark Rais (Posted by jennyrl on Mar 4, 2008 8:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In this article Mark Rais shares some of the basics of setting up a Linux firewall using the iptables tool. It includes a review of some firewall options, basics of getting started, details of the iptables syntax and some example configurations.

The Best Free Software

157 software tools. No fees. No expiration dates. No problems. Sometimes even no downloads. No kidding.

Google readies Summer of Code 2008

Google is preparing its fourth Summer of Code programme in which students spend the summer working on development projects with various open source groups.

Paylocity saves money developing on Linux

Paylocity provides payroll and human resources outsourcing services for companies that don't want the burden of performing those functions in house. Launched in 1997, is is the brainchild of founder Steve Sarowitz, who was previously a salesperson for other payroll companies. "My accountant said I might want to stop making other people rich and do it myself," Sarowitz says. Paylocity was birthed strictly with a Microsoft infrastructure, but over the last six years, open source has made some inroads on the shop floor.

Linux and Citadel provide infrastructure over packet radio for public service events

  • National Association for Amateur Radio; By Erik Westgard (Posted by IGnatiusTFoobar on Mar 4, 2008 5:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
A group of volunteers in the Twin Cities area has built an AX.25 packet radio network for emergency response and public service. The network's back end is powered by Linux and the Citadel open source groupware system.

iTALC promotes learning on a classroom network

iTALC, or Intelligent Teaching and Learning with Computers, is a didactical tool designed to assist teachers. Despite its name, the tool itself isn't a learning environment. It's meant to let teachers control their students' computers in a computer-driven classroom setting. Thanks to its powerful remote desktop control features, simple setup, and lack of cost, it's a potential remote assistance tool for any type of network.

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