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My sysadmin toolbox

I started experimenting with Linux for fun, first with Slackware, but in the last few years more with Debian and its derivative distributions. Lately I've been using Linux increasingly in my job. As I've gotten more experienced with Linux, I've started teaching Linux courses to colleagues. Connectivity and fast package and file management are important components in my administration toolbox.

Zend, IBM Work To Bring PHP To Midrange

  •; By Vance McCarthy (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2006 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, PHP
PHP creator Zend Technologies and IBM are continuing their partnership to forge new enterprise opportunities for PHP devs. This time, PHP is being ported to IBM’s i5/OS family of midrange systems. The program was prompted by strong end-user reception to the Zend Core for IBM program, which supported PHP dev access to DB2.

Managing Linux Users the Active Directory Way

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2006 9:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Centrify's DirectControl Suite 3 allows administrators to add Linux to their server mix and still use Active Directory to manage users.

Arm aims major tools update at Linux developers

ARM is shipping a new version of its graphical development toolset. RealView Development Suite (RVDS) 3.0 offers a unified, end-to-end toolchain for coincident hardware and software development, and is optimized for system performance and Linux application compilation, according to ARM.

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Linus Torvalds first released the Linux Kernel in September of 1991 under a very restrictive license requiring that the source code must always be available, and that no money could ever be made off of it. A few months later, he switched to the GPL, or GNU General Public License, the license that has been used for the Linux kernel source code ever since. A recent thread on the lkml discussed some of the gray areas of legality where it's not explicitly clear what the GPL allows. Alan Cox [interview] was one of many kernel developers to offer some insights:

Opentaps Open Source ERP+CRM Suite to be Unveiled at MySQL Users ...

  • PR Web (press release); By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2006 6:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: MySQL
opentaps Open Source ERP+CRM Suite to be Unveiled at MySQL Users Conference 2006 The opentaps open source ERP+CRM suite will be officially unveiled during MySQL Users Conference 2006 in Santa Clara, CA during April 24-27, 2006. This fully integrated suite can be deployed with open source databases like MySQL and offers a complete and scalable solution for managing customers, products, inventory, orders, manufacturing, warehouses, and accounting.

FOSS Community Should Not Negotiate With Microsoft On Port 25

  LXer Feature: 12-Apr-06

Linux News says don't negotiate with the economic terrorists of Microsoft via Port 25.

Boot an Intel Mac with Linux

p2p news / p2pnet: We've all had it up to here with reports on the fact MacIntels can be booted with both Apple and Microsoft operating systems.

Summary of topics discussed at OSDL Desktop Linux Printing Summit

  •; By Kurt Pfeifle (Posted by pipitas on Apr 15, 2006 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL, Linux; Story Type: News Story

Exhausted, but happy about the work we've done I'm now back in Stuttgart. I have attended the 3 intensive days of discussions and work that were the Desktop Linux Printing Summit, jointly organized by OSDL (John Cherry) and (Till Kamppeter). It was held in Atlanta, hosted by Lanier at their Education Center. The hosting was made possible by Uli Wehner. Uli is one of Lanier's senior support and testing engineers (responsible for Lanier's ever-growing business of non-Windows system printing); he is also quite active on the user support forums.

Altogether we had nearly 40 people there. They represented a broad range of backgrounds. See yourself:

Red Hat, JBoss and Fedora: Oh My!

Red Hat, the world's largest Linux company is trying to grow into one of the world's largest software companies while at the same time keeping a grip on its Linux assets, says Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols in this edition of the Cyber Cynic podcast.

Dual boot Macs will help Linux: 10 reasons

Linux afficionado Con Zymaris believes that the onset of dual boot Apple Macintoshes, running both Mac OSX and Windows, will be a boon for the cause of Linux and open source software. Zymaris, the CEO of Cybersource, an open source consultancy which has been in operation since 1991, says dual boot Macs will have minimal impact on the Macintosh space but may well convince many Mac users to jump ship to Linux.

Building Your First Cluster

Getting started with what appears to be a very powerful, very complex idea (in computing, at least) is often a daunting proposition, and Linux cluster computing is no exception. There is so much to learn! So many things can go wrong! It might require new, specialized, expensive hardware and software! But wait!

The hidden benefits of free software

Most conversations about the cost of free software deal with its effects on the software industry. Microsoft people often talk about how much money the proprietary software industry can add to a developing country's economy. At the same time, proprietary software vendors tell us the total cost of ownership (TCO) for their products is often less than cost of running competing open source products, even though in developing countries the cost of labor is almost always low enough that license fees for proprietary software are huge by comparison. All these conflicting numbers get wearisome. Perhaps we need to look beyond the software industry -- and beyond software pricing -- to see what effects free and open source software have on a country's economy.

ccPublisher gets a GNU outlook on cross-platform availability

Creative Commons (CC) offers licenses that allow you to publish material with clear-cut licensing terms that reserve some of your rights while giving the public others. CC offers a number of tools to implement the licenses into the metadata of various media formats. Until recently, its ccPublisher program, which allows you to upload CC-licensed content to the Internet Archive, had official binary releases only for Apple Macintosh OS X and Microsoft Windows XP. This is about to change, with the upcoming release of ccPublisher 2.

Heads up to all authors, musicians, photographers, etc. It will be great having ccPublisher available for GNU/Linux. - dcparris

Commercial open source RTOS gains CAN bus support

  • (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2006 3:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
eCosCentric has added CAN (controller area network) bus capabilities to its commercially supported open source RTOS (real-time operating system) for deeply embedded systems. eCosPro-CAN initially supports ARM and PowerPC chips from Philips and Freescale, and targets automotive and industrial control systems.

[Check out the eCos license. Interesting... - dcparris]

Building An Order Form

This is the first part of a short series in which we illustrate the development of a web project from beginning to end. These illustrations are intended to show you a more complete picture of a web development effort, spanning multiple technologies to accomplish a single objective.

Google Warms Up A Summer Of Code

The search advertising company will support another Summer Of Code this year, where Google student developers stipends to create new open source programs or to help currently established projects.

SpreadKDE: Try KDE

  • KDE Dot News; By canllaith (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2006 12:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Try KDE is a new resource listing ways that you can try out KDE without commiting to a full GNU/Linux or BSD install. It includes links to live cds, VMware player images and Klik bundles as well as links to KDE desktops available over NX, with explanations of these technologies. It is linked to from the KDE frontpage and will be updated regularly as more resources are discovered. You the community can help us out, by sending your comments and suggestions to the email address listed at the foot of the Try KDE page.

Mozilla Fixes 24 Bugs In Firefox

Mozilla Corp. late Thursday updated its Firefox browser to patch a mega-batch of 24 vulnerabilities, the bulk of them tagged "critical."

Curious About Linux? Why Not Give It A Try?

This article takes a "Windows/Linux" interoperability approach documenting the author's experiences with a hard drive install of Knoppix over 18 months ago. For example, the author describes how he configured Linux to use Thunderbird folders from his Windows install, and how he runs Windows apps in Linux using CrossOver Office. Unlike many Linux users, the author is not averse to using commercial LInux software if necessary - such as Nero for Linux.

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