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Local Recycle & Reuse Hits A Bureaucratic Roadblock

Let's imagine that you set up a non-profit to recycle electronics and divert computers from going directly into landfills or otherwise being destroyed by a grinder. You look for ways to refurbish these components and possibly recombine them into functional computers that go out to areas and institutions that have difficulty obtaining computers. You might even collect some of the vintage electronics that comes through the door and hang on to this stuff because you think it's cool and somebody may want it someday.

Fast WLAN - will the standard fail?

Patents are making trouble again. This time the upcoming wireless network standard 802.11n is the victim, its finalisation potentially blocked because of a patent held by an Australian research institution.

Zenoss Added as Global Sponsor of Software Freedom Day 2007

Open Source Systems Management Leader to Support Worldwide Education and Awareness Event

Running MS Office 2003 under Linux with Wine

Over this past week end I have posted three Microsoft Office on Linux with Wine articles.

SFLC on Atheros Driver Issue

As the Atheros driver issue continues to simmer on the OpenBSD -misc mailing list and the Linux Kernel mailing list, with debate continuing over when the license of source code can be altered or added to, Eben Moglen made a statement for the Software Freedom Law Center. He began by defending their own actions, "it might be useful to recall the first stage of this process, when OpenBSD developers were accused of misappropriating Atheros code, and SFLC investigated and proved that no such misappropriation had occurred? Wild accusations about our motives are even more silly than they are false." He went on to acknowledge, "we understand that attribution issues are critically important to free software developers; we are accustomed to the strong feelings that are involved in such situations. In the fifteen years I have spent giving free legal help to developers throughout the community, attribution disputes have been, always, the most emotionally charged."

Build 404 error page CGI handler brains

Bad URLs, every Web site's bane, generate the infamous 404 error. Make your 404s useful by customizing redirects based on your site's content. This article shows you how to create your own 404 error-message intelligent CGI handler to provide useful links and 404 error page redirects for the contents of your site.

CLI tricks: UNIX Pipes, Streams and Redirections

  • PolishLinux.org; By adz (Posted by michux on Sep 16, 2007 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This is the third article in the “CLI tricks” series. This time we are going to cover UNIX-specific pipes, streams and redirections, explaining what they are for and how they can help us in every day console tasks.

openSUSE 10.3 to Include First Parts of KDE 4

openSUSE News is running a "Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 10.3" article which takes a look at KDE 4 in the upcoming release. In this version openSUSE will be providing a 1-CD KDE installation ISO that comes complete with some KDE 4 games, KRDC and KRFB. It also features an interview with KDE core developer Dirk Müller. He discusses KDE 4 development, plans for KDE applications developed by openSUSE, and general targets of the openSUSE KDE team in the future.

Vinagre, An Excellent GNOME VNC Client

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 16, 2007 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME; Story Type: News Story
A few days ago one of the Vino developers, Jonh Wendell, released a new public build of Vinagre. Vinagre is designed to be a VNC client for the GNOME desktop and while it is still under development, in our testing thus far we found it to be an excellent VNC client. In this article, we'll be offering a brief preview of Vinagre 0.3.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Sept-2007


LXer Feature: 16-Sept-2007

Some of the big stories this week, SCO files for chapter 11, Microsoft pushes through another shadow update, IBM finally decides to officially support OpenOffice and Apple modifies their new iPods to not work with Linux.

Monitoring Network Latency With Smokeping (Debian Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 16, 2007 7:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This guide shows how to install and configure Smokeping on Debian Etch to monitor network latency. From the Smokeping web site: "SmokePing is a deluxe latency measurement tool. It can measure, store and display latency, latency distribution and packet loss. SmokePing uses RRDtool to maintain a longterm data-store and to draw pretty graphs, giving up to the minute information on the state of each network connection."

Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg flirts with Ubuntu

When Walt Mossberg talks, people listen. He's the big tech writer at the Wall Street Journal, and for those who don't know, he's generally regarded as being in the Apple camp. Here he gives Ubuntu a try. Having the WSJ report on Linux and Ubuntu is huge. There will be a whole lot more downloads of Ubuntu than usual as the result of this kind of exposure, and one major-media piece generally begats more than a few others.

Mount a remote file system through ssh Using sshfs

Mount a remote file system through ssh Using sshfs

Settingup an FTP Server on Ubuntu with ProFTPD

Settingup an FTP Server on Ubuntu with ProFTPD

Linux Day!

  • linuxday.getnix.com (Posted by land0 on Sep 16, 2007 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel, Linux
WE ARE LINUX! September 17th 1991 Linus Torvalds uploaded the Linux kernel 0.0.1 to the internet. He made the source code freely available to anyone interested in improving on it. Linux is turning 16 years old this year and boy has it grown up! This site http://linuxday.getnix.com was created as a place where you can personally thank Linus and all of the Linux Kernel developers. You can also take the time to share with the world how and why you started using your Linux based OS. On the 17th of September every year we will be challenging you to take Linux with you into your everyday life. Wear a shirt, slap a sticker on something, wear a hat or button. Hand out Live CD's with your favorite flavor of Linux on top! Let's take the time to show the people around us why GNU/Linux is Priceless!

Using KVocTrain to Build Your Foreign Language Vocabulary

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Sep 16, 2007 12:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE
I decided to take up learning a little German, and yes, primarily for the fun of it. I got one of those CD-based audio courses, which is pretty helpful. Still, sometimes you just need a simple way to practice your vocabulary to augment the audio course. Introducing KVocTrain, the KDE vocabulary trainer, which is useful for more than just learning another language.

The Big SMB Problem: Dropping Microsoft Office

The greatest hindrance to the adoption of Linux and Open Source software stacks in Small and Medium-sized Businesses are the employees, and it's almost entirely due to their dependence on Microsoft Office. How do we solve this problem?

Email Clients and Patches

Randy Dunlap sent a patch to the Linux kernel mailing list described as adding "info about various email clients and their applicability in being used to send Linux kernel patches." The first revision generated quite a bit of discussion, quickly resulting in a second version, and eventually a third version that Andrew Morton referred to as "soon to be merged". In addition to some general suggestions about emailing patches, it also offers some specific configuration suggestions for a number of popular email clients.

Should your firm be FLOSSing?

  • globeandmail.com (Posted by beirwin on Sep 15, 2007 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) had no problem going against the grain when it decided to forgo the widely used Microsoft Office suite of business applications. Instead, it chose to replace its aging WordPerfect installations with OpenOffice.org – for free.

[Some mistakes in FUD, but essentially a good news story - Barbara]

Texas Doc Brews Up funding for Houston RHIO

Modern Healthcare's Joseph Conn has aninterview about the Harris County Health Information (HCHIC) in Houston putting on aninaugural fundraiser at St. Arnold's Brewery for a city-wide EHR:'After hearing a talk by Stephen Foreman, a Robert Morris associate professor of healthcare administration and economics, Valdes said he gained the"intellectual firepower to do this now.""He gave this chat on why (proprietary) electronic medical software is not going to work and probably never will," Valdes recalled."It's a public good and not a private good. People are going at this like it is a piece of furniture when it is really like a lighthouse. What he said was, according to economic theory and practice, you need to treat it like a public good, and free and open source shifts it toward a public good."

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