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Webtop software development: Combining the desktop and the Internet

Adobe recently created a media buzz with the announcement of a cross-platform Web-enabled runtime environment, code named Apollo. The environment allows developers to create applications that run directly on the desktop while using content from the Web. Adobe has built Apollo to leverage existing technologies such as Flash, Flex, HTML, and AJAX. Apollo is an amazing concept, but it is not a new idea. Sun Microsystems released Java Web Start in 2001, and the Mozilla Foundation invented XUL when it created Firefox. There are also several startups entering the market. All of their products are geared do the same thing: bring Web applications to the desktop.

The Debian 4.0 review and impression post

  • debian-news.net; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Apr 16, 2007 3:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
Here's an overview of the different reviews and writeups about Debian 4.0 (Etch) - so far stories from Digital Realms, Softpedia, Lunapark6, Linux-magazin (DE), Linux.com and screenshots at LinuxQuestions and Go2Linux. Also blog overview at LinuxWatch.

The Importance of Software Localization

  • Avangate BV; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Apr 16, 2007 2:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software localization implies more than just the mere translation of the product's user interface. An article about the process and benefits of software internationalization.

DistroWatch Weekly: Overview of KNOPPIX and Slackware, CentOS 5, OLPC

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2007 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 16th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The new releases from CentOS and One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) projects were in the centre of attention at many Linux news sites during the past week. CentOS 5, a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, is a free enterprise-class distribution with 5-year security support - perfect for any organisation with long-term operating system plans, while the first public release of OLPC -- especially its "Sugar" user interface -- also aroused much curiosity among Linux users. In the news section: Ubuntu "Feisty" gets delayed over several release-critical bugs, Linux Mint proves its growing popularity with incredible download figures, and FreeBSD gets a new file system - the excellent ZFS from Sun Microsystems. Finally, don't miss the fourth part of our overview of top ten Linux distributions covering KNOPPIX and Slackware Linux. Happy reading!

Which Distro to choose? - Comparison -(Not a Debian vs Ubuntu vs Fedora vs Centos)

  • Go2Linux; By Go2Linux (Posted by ggarron on Apr 16, 2007 1:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
This article shows some facts about four of the major distros (not specifically the four most important, but four really important), it compares them according to its release cycle, admin difficulty, and so on

Intel to launch Linux-powered mobile Internet device

  • ZDNet Australia; By David Flynn (Posted by daria42 on Apr 16, 2007 12:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Intel is developing its own take on the mini-tablet, with a new ultra-mobile PC platform to be announced at this week’s Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The big surprise? It’s based on Linux.

Ubuntu 7.04 arrives Thursday

For Linux business users, the most important Linux release of 2007 so far is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. But for most other Linux fans, the upcoming release of Ubuntu Version 7.04 on April 19 demands more attention.

Parsing Options in Shell, Perl and C

I was originally going to call it parse this but thought better of it. Deciding upon and implementing command line options, arguments and flags can be a real bear. There exist a lot of tools to help out programmers, although some of them may be a bit heavy handed; solution - roll your own when possible. In this text a look at short and long opt parsing options with limited examples. I would have gone more in depth, however, the possibilities are so endless (especially in shellcode and Perl) that I chose some small examples.

Being your own website host with Linux

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Apr 15, 2007 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Here is a quick tutorial on how to host your own website with Linux. This tutorial is the basics of setting up a Linux server.

Meet the Distro guy

There's no dearth of Linux distributions. This isn't the first time I've said this. Neither will it be the last. But why the chaos? Why are there more failed distributions than successful ones? Ask the distro guy, Ladislav Bodnar, maintainer of DistroWatch.com. Excuse me if the above sounds like those 15-second commercials during super bowl. As a Linux journalist, DistroWatch is an important tool of my trade. For over half a decade the website has been keeping track of every distribution related activity. And like the many distros it lists, DistroWatch is a one-man show. From its humble beginnings, Bodnar has turned DistroWatch into the most comprehensive, and respected, directory of Linux distributions, it is today.

Debian Etch on a Toshiba Satellite A100-159

The Debian distro had to replace Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 which worked fine. I downloaded the netinstall cd from one of the debian mirrors and started the install. I noticed that I had to get used to the less beautiful installer again but all worked fine. The thing I missed though was support for wireless lan. If you distribute a netinstall version it whould be logical (to me at least) that you include support for all possible network hardware. Especially when you have so much space left on the disk.

DNS Hole Puts E-Mail at Risk

A compromised DNS server could send browsers to malicious Web sites and cause problems with directory services and e-mail.

Hidden Linux : The dict Difference

There are lots of ways in which Linux applications can be tweaked to your personal taste. Here's one of my favourites...

KDE vs. GNOME: Is One Better?

  • IT Management; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2007 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNOME, KDE
One of the hardest things for users of other platform to understand is that GNU/Linux does not have a single graphical display. Instead, there are dozens, ranging from basic window managers that control the look and positioning of windows in the X Window system, to complete desktop environments with a wide variety of utilities and specially designed applications.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Apr-2007


LXer Feature: 15-Apr-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

Getting Ready for GPL 3.0: Call the Lawyers

  • IT Business Edge; By Rob Enderle (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2007 9:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Last week started talking about GPL 3.0 and the fact that folks on both sides don’t seem to want you to read it. In addition, we discussed the basics of software licenses, and how the new model presented by the GPL creates some challenges for companies.

An Outcry For Improved ATI Linux Drivers

When I heard a sharp and continuous beeping sound, I had just grabbed my mug to enjoy my evening tea with the movie I was trying to watch. Without asking any questions to my computer (implicitly or explicitly), I had put down the mug and reached for the reset button on my PC. This was the third time in 45 minutes and it had never happened before. After I had upgraded to a ATI Radeon X1650XT, things started to go awry in a very annoying fashion.

Automatix2 Overview Guide in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn With lots of Screenshots

  • Only Ubuntu (Posted by gg234 on Apr 15, 2007 8:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Automatix2 Overview Guide in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn With lots of Screenshots

Penguin At The Window: Linux As An Alternative To Vista

One thing must be said from the start: Microsoft Vista is a modern operating system that offers a variety of genuine improvements over Windows XP. On top of that, Vista also looks much spiffier than its predecessor. Even so, there are a variety of reasons not to blindly reach for Vista. A consideration of the alternatives is in order, and Linux is at the top of the list.

Installing VirtualBox On Ubuntu

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 15, 2007 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how you can install InnoTek's VirtualBox on a Ubuntu desktop. With VirtualBox you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux and Windows under a host operating system. There are two ways of installing VirtualBox: from precompiled binaries that are available for some distributions and come under the PUEL license, and from the sources that are released under the GPL. This article will show both ways.

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