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Review: MCSA/MCSE 70-290 Exam Cram

Stop! There's no way in the world that this book alone is going to help you pass the 70-290 exam unless you already know Windows Server 2003 backwards and forwards. The good news is that it isn't supposed to be your one-stop-shopping guide for this exam. Exam Cram books are designed to be what Reader's Digest is to full-length novels. Buy this book but as a backup to other more complete tomes and resources on the subject.

Firefox 3.0 Development Continues in 'Gran' Style

Mozilla developers are keeping up the pace on the development of their next-generation Firefox 3.0 browser with the Alpha 3 release, adding more under-the-hood improvements to security and its offline capabilities. Development began on Firefox 3.0, code-named Gran Paradiso, around October when Firefox 2.0 was released. Gran Paradiso hit its Alpha 2 release in early February.

Quicker open source editor: Emacs

The open source Emacs editor (one of the powerhouses of UNIX computing) is a large, complex application that does everything from editing text to functioning as a complete development environment. Master the Emacs editor and delve into the depths of its most advanced editing commands that have made it famous.

Buying the Best Linux Performance?

Recently the following was posted to the Beowulf Mailing list: I would like to know what server has the best performance for HPC systems between The Dell Poweredge 1950 (Xeon) And 1435SC (Opteron). Please send me suggestions...

The response was probably not what the poster expected. From his specifications, almost certainly the Opteron would work well for a variety of reasons. If you think you know about buying a Linux performance, learn why you should not believe the answer.

Mozilla: Researchers should practice responsible flaw disclosure

Security researchers should make an effort to practice "responsible disclosure," according to Mozilla's security chief, Window Snyder. Her comments were made at a panel discussion during the ShmooCon hacker conference in Washington last week. "The researcher has all the power. They control when they disclose it, and they control the idea whether or not the vendor responds in time," she said during the panel, according to

FOSS Essentials Training conducted in Nepal

  • LocalFOSS; By Subir Pradhanang and Sagun Dhakhwa (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Mar 26, 2007 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over 27 IT professionals and students from different organizations and universities gathered at Yala Maya Kendra, Lalitpur, Nepal for a two-day Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) training called “FOSS Essentials Training 2007” on March 17-18, 2007. It was the first Free/Open Source Software training of its kind in Nepal.

CLI Magic: socat

Socat, netcat's "twin brother," is a utility that "establishes two bidirectional byte streams and transfers data between them." It handles sockets in various ways, allowing a wide range of actions, including file transfers, port forwarding, and serial line emulation.

Protect SSH from brute force attacks with pam_abl

Practically all Unix and Linux servers run an SSH service to let administrators connect securely from remote locations. Unfortunately for security administrators, attacks on SSH services are popular today. In this article I'll show you how can you protect machines running SSH services from brute force attacks using the pam_abl plugin for SSH pluggable authentication modules (PAM).

Gentoo attempts to deal with developer conflicts

Earlier this month, Slashdot posted a piece asking whether the Gentoo project is in "crisis." The project has responded to the issues discussed in the posting, in part, by adopting a Code of Conduct (CoC), with "proctors" who will address breaches of the CoC. So far, that move seems of limited worth.

Adopting Ubuntu

If you're looking for a new computer and you're not sure whether to go Windows or Mac, I'd suggest also paying some attention to the "L" word. No, not that "L" word. I'm talking about Linux.

[Nothing new in this article, but the source is interesting. CBC is like the Canadian BBC, aimed at non technical users. — Sander]

Linux-optimized Laptops: Does the Hardware Matter?

Linux laptops users have a wide variety of performance needs. If one is running basic productivity apps like e-mail, and Web browsing, one doesn't need a rip-roaring processor with 2 GB of memory. Predictably, hardware requirements -- while generally less than what is needed for Microsoft Vista -- are entirely dependent on the kind of use expected out of a Linux-based laptop.

kdenlive - the iMovie of linux?

  • everyday linux howtos; By dmbkiwi (Posted by dmbkiwi on Mar 26, 2007 2:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
kdenlive is a video editor that doesn't have the same profile as other editors on linux. However, it is a credible application for consumer level video editing for linux. It has a nice intuitive interface, is stable and fast, incredibly versatile in terms of file formats, and has some great editing tools and effects. With a bit more polish, it could easily become the "iMovie" of linux. This article has a quick look at kdenlive, its installation, features and usage.

Mozilla Gran Paradiso Alpha 3 released

Gran Paradiso Alpha 3 is an early developer milestone for the next major version of Firefox that is being built on top of the next generation of Mozilla's layout engine, Gecko 1.9. Most notable improvement: Support for animated PNG's.

ChangeLog: Run Linux, lose warranty

Laura Breeden bought a new Compaq Presario C304NR notebook in January. She bought it because she wanted to get rid of Windows and all the malware that surrounds it and move to Linux, and her old laptop lacked the memory and power to run Ubuntu Edgy. The salespeople assured her that the C304NR was "Linux ready." But they didn't tell her that running Linux would void her warranty.

Bluetooth PAND (Personal Area Network) Howto For Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Zdenek Bouresh (Posted by falko on Mar 26, 2007 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
I wanted to access the internet over bluetooth instead of GPRS/3G network from my mobile phone (SE K800i). After a lot of searching I couldn't find a clear explanation as how to accomplish this. I did manage to set it up with Windows XP, using the "Personal Area Network" in the bluetooth utility and doing internet connection sharing. After another fruitless search, I managed to figure out how to make a bluetooth internet profile instead of GPRS or 3G on the phone. Since I work in Linux most of the time, I decided to have a go and do it with Debian, my workstation's main OS. After spending a few hours, I had it working using the steps below.

Nero for Linux V3 is almost out

Nero was showing two things at CeBIT. The far more interesting of the two is coming this May, it is NeroLinux V3. It catches the Linux version up with the Windows one with the same burn engine.

Dell and Linux Make History

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 26, 2007 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Now, we have to ask, based on the offered survey, who do you believe will be the distribution winner here? Ubuntu, SuSE, or Red Hat/Fedora? Without question, Red Hat/Fedora is not even on the ticket for most people. A fine option for sure, but there are not enough people to make this happen.

Mandriva Spring to offer 3D desktop alternative

Mandrivia is betting on an alternative 3D desktop approach, called Metisse, that eschews the 'traditional' cube approach to 3D desktops in favour of manipulating windows.

13 Applications to Install on Ubuntu/Linux running on Slow Computer

This article helps install some light weight applications on Ubuntu Desktop to perform common tasks like Word Processing , making Spread Sheet , File Manager , Audio Playing , PDF viewing , Light Search tools (Meta Tracker ), Light weigh eye candy(aDesklets),Web Browser ,XFCE and more to make Ubuntu more responsive on less feature rich computer

Ubuntu Receives Editor's Choice Award from PC Welt

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced it has scooped another award for Ubuntu, its leading-edge Linux distribution. At the PC Welt awards dinner held during the CeBIT Exhibition in Hanover, on Friday 16th March, Ubuntu was awarded the "Editor's Choice Award for Open Source".

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