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Linux System Administration in the New ERA

The success of Mozilla's Firefox and Openoffice.org's productivity suite has breathed life into people's aspirations about Desktop Linux. As a result, the vast majority of articles published today focus there and ignore the strides made on the Linux server. Unlike the Linux server of the past, today's version supports rocket science and its gains far exceed those of the Desktop.

China calls on open-source community for advice

China is counting on senior members of the open-source community to help formulate policy ideas to promote open-source software, according to a local software executive. The China Open-Source Software Promotion Union (COPU), a government-backed industry group, has established a think tank comprised of 19 prominent open-source executives from overseas to develop a framework for better international cooperation. The group will hold its first meeting in Beijing during July and will meet annually, said Song Kewei, the assistant to COPU's chairman. Its primary focus is to advise COPU on how local companies and the government can promote the adoption and development of open-source software in China, he said. Among those that have agreed to participate in the group are Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Web Server Project; David Axmark, co-founder and vice president of MySQL AB; Marc Fleury, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of JBoss, and Andrew Morton, the maintainer of Linux kernel version 2.6.

Wireless NAS gadget dumps Windows for Linux

Iomega has switched its wireless network attached storage (NAS) system from Windows Storage Server 2003 to Linux, and dropped the price from $1,300 to $900. It has also reduced RAM from 256MB to 64MB, and added wireless access point capabilities and automated USB camera downloads, reports ExtremeTech in an in-depth review of the "StorCenter 1TB."

New program will train FOSS trainers in India

Why is free and open source software (FOSS) languishing in IT schools all over India? Because there are not enough teachers and trainers there who are familiar with FOSS. In a first initiative of its kind, the Computer Society of India (CSI) is organizing a FOSS training program for the faculty of various IT schools.

The Internet Freedom Coalition

This coalition has formed to stop the "Network Neutrality" legislation. Is the legislation good or bad? Should it be stopped, or encouraged?

US military is blocking Slashdot and SourceForge

  • NewsForge; By Joe Barr (Posted by dcparris on May 18, 2006 11:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I was told recently that Air Force bases in the San Antonio, Texas, area are blocking one or more of our sister OSTG sites, like SourceForge.net, Slashdot.org, or Freshmeat.net. After finding reports via Google of commercial mail services and liberal news sites being blocked by various components of the Department of Defense, I decided to go straight to the horse's mouth for the story. Here's what I learned.

Automate Linux Installations with Debian Pre-Seeding

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on May 18, 2006 10:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Red Hat and its many clones and offspring, like Fedora, CentOS, White Box Linux, and so forth have long had a simple built-in mechanism for cloning installations on diverse hardware: Kickstart. With Kickstart you can easily create a customized configuration, set up an installation server, plug a new PC into the network, and perform an unattended network installation. SUSE has AutoYaST. Debian users have not been so fortunate. FAI, the Fully-Automated Installer, works beautifully when it's set up correctly. But learning to use FAI is not so easy.

Poor, poor Apple!

Apple has closed up its kernel for Intel-based Macs in response to so-called "piracy" -- that is, users running Mac OS X on hardware unauthorized by Apple. Poor Apple -- how can it possibly survive off of the $129 license fee for Mac OS X alone?

[Well, there you have it. Everyone is free to choose non-free. But if you choose non-free, you won't be free anymore. - dcparris]

86 Year Old Great-Grandmother Hoists The Jolly Roger

She is a criminal now and I made her so. 86 years of lawful living, survived without so much as a speeding ticket. Her unblemished essence is now the foulest of stain on my duplicitous hands.

amaroK 1.4: Rediscover More of Your Music

  • KDE Dot News; By the roKymotion team (Posted by dcparris on May 18, 2006 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The amaroK team have announced the official release of amaroK 1.4, and the launch of the Fast Forward series, the cheeky successor to the well-received Airborne series. Fast Forward comes with improved media device support, featuring enhanced iPod support that handles the latest iPod devices, support for IFP/IRiver devices, a new plugin for generic media devices, and the ability to handle as many of these devices as you'd like.

Sun makes more Java open source

Sun Microsystems has announced the release of a series of Java technologies to the open source community.

Dive into Python

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Cash'n'CarrionDive Into Python is a hands-on guide to the Python language. Each chapter starts with a real complete code sample, proceeds to pick it apart and explain the pieces, and then puts it all back together again in a summary at the end.…

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) for Linux

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatabilities between web browsers and platforms, and JavaScript's lack of modularity makes sharing, testing, and reusing AJAX components difficult and fragile.

Linux-based handheld console launches in UK

The GP2X can run games, music and movies, read e-books and store photos. The distributors claim that the handheld offers "higher quality audio and video playback" than the Sony PSP and it can also be connected directly to a TV set.

Comodo extends HackerGuardian offering

  • Linux PR (press release); By Press release (Posted by dcparris on May 18, 2006 3:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
Comodo's expertise as a Certification Authority, enabled the development of this Vulnerability Scanning and Assessment Service (VSA) to meet the intensive security requirements of the sophisticated enterprise, yet costs thousands less than the leading competitor.

Novell trains Oracle consultants on Suse Linux enterprise server

Novell has recently delivered five-day training classes to 15 Oracle Consultants, at Oracle local offices, Amman – Jordan, and prepared them to become certified Linux professionals - a key to delivering quality Linux technical support to the market.

Keeping Thunderbird from breaking

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 18, 2006 12:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mozilla
My love/hate relationship with Thunderbird, the Mozilla Foundation's email client, continues. On the one hand, Thunderbird's a very good open-source email/Usenet/RSS client. It's easy to filter, search, and sort messages with Thunderbird -- even with multiple mail accounts. And, unlike Evolution, my favorite email program, it's also available on Windows and Mac OS, besides Linux.

Paremus Announces Open Source Distributed Service Framework for

Developers evaluating Infiniflow DSF or building new DSF-based components will be able to use the software under a standard open source GPL license. Deployment to a production environment will require a commercial license from Paremus. Annual subscriptions, including a right-to-use license and professional product support, are priced at $195 per node.

[Can somebody explain how GPL and a right-to-use license go together? -- grouch]

Oracle donates Ajax development tools to open source

Oracle has contributed a set of tools that let developers build Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) user interfaces to the open source community.

Tanenbaum-Torvalds Debate: Part II

  • Free University of Amsterdam; By Andy Tanenbaum (Posted by grouch on May 17, 2006 9:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Over the years there have been endless postings on forums such as Slashdot about how microkernels are slow, how microkernels are hard to program, how they aren't in use commercially, and a lot of other nonsense. Virtually all of these postings have come from people who don't have a clue what a microkernel is or what one can do.

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