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Notacon 3: Con or not, it's a good time

Notacon 3 was held on April 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Select City Center in downtown Cleveland. It's about 180 miles from my place in Detroit so I decided to drive. Thanks to multiple construction zones and Cleveland's complicated freeway layout I was late and missed the opening ceremonies which had started at 1pm. Unless you live near Cleveland its probably less hassle to fly in. However, the return trip was a lot easier.

Faa Reports $15M in Savings in Deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux

RALEIGH – The Federal Aviation Administration has upgraded its data center operations with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, reporting that it saved time, money and improved efficiency with the move.

Writing device drivers in Linux: A brief tutorial

  • Free Software Magazine; By Xavier Calbet (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 26, 2006 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Kernel, Linux
A quick and easy intro to writing device drivers for Linux like a true kernel developer!

Running .Net applications on Linux with Mono

  •; By Mark Alexander Bain (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 11:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Imagine the fate of your company rests on your completing your new Linux project on time. You have a crack team of first-class developers, but they're all .Net programmers. What are you going to do? Admit that Windows is better that Linux? Cry? Resign? No, you're going to install Mono and save the world!

Network your music with DAAP for Linux

  •; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 11:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Apple's iTunes popularized the Digital Audio Access Protocol (DAAP) for simple networked music playlist sharing. Linux users can take advantage of it too. Linux users can choose from several easy-to-use DAAP servers for sharing music, and several DAAP-aware applications for listening to it -- as well as discover and tune in to other people's collections.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 137:
We talk to Martin Streicher, editor in chief of Linux Magazine
Linspire's big announcement
Pat reviews KnoppMyth
Evil internet legislation, will the politicians ever get a clue?
Dan gets published
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Last look: ApplixWare

Eight years ago, ApplixWare was one of the premier office suites for Unix-like systems. Then Sun Microsystems began promoting StarOffice aggressively, and KOffice and GNOME Office started maturing. Passed to a subsidiary of Applix called VistaSource that later became independent, ApplixWare was repositioned as a combination of a basic office package and a developer's toolkit running from a common main menu. For a while, it was even renamed AnyWare. Now at version 6, ApplixWare is back to its original name, with versions available for AIX, GNU/Linux, and SPARC Solaris, with earlier versions still supported for Windows and FreeBSD. The trial download for GNU/Linux shows ApplixWare's age, but it also shows a trick or two that its newer rivals might learn from.

Upcoming Ubuntu Linux to be enterprise-ready

  •; By Eric Lai (Posted by henke54 on Apr 26, 2006 10:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Our biggest customer is the Andalusian regional government in Spain, which is using an Ubuntu derivative we helped create. That's hundreds of thousands of desktops. We have some deals with banks and retailers I can't disclose right now.

The Portland Project

  • GNOME Journal; By Sri Ramakrishna (Posted by claus on Apr 26, 2006 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
The Portland Project recently gained attention by announcing plans to create an additional set of standards for Linux desktop environments such as GNOME and KDE. Sri Ramakrishna explains its aims, gleaned from a conversation with one of its lead architects, Waldo Bastian.

Theoretical Hacking for IT Managers

  • Linux Journal; By Aaron Steimle (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
When it comes to network security, yes, balance between paranoia and apathy is possible.

Charting the future of Kubuntu

This is an invitation for the Kubuntu and KDE community to join us at LinuxTag on 6 May in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt to chart the future course of Kubuntu. We will hold a series of meetings and presentations on the structure of Kubuntu and Ubuntu, the goals of the project, and an open discussion on how Kubuntu can come to represent the very best example of KDE in action.

The Great Microsoft Blunder

  • Yahoo News/PC Magazine; By John C. Dvorak (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
I think it can now be safely said, in hindsight, that Microsoft's entry into the browser business and its subsequent linking of the browser into the Windows operating system looks to be the worst decision—and perhaps the biggest, most costly gaffe—the company ever made. I call it the Great Microsoft Blunder.

Rebuttal to Rob Enderle's Why Linux May Never Be a True Desktop OS

  • LinuxElectrons; By ByteEnable (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Yesterday TechNewsWorld published an opinion piece authored by Rob Enderle where he opines, “Why Linux May Never Be a True Desktop OS”. This is a rebuttal to that article.

[What can we say? Consider the source. - dcparris]

The Free Standards Group Announces Availability of First ...

San Diego, Calif. – The Free Standards Group has announced the availability of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.1, the first version of the LSB to include support for portable Linux desktop applications. This standard and newly enhanced developer support provided by the FSG will make it easier for application developers to target the complete Linux platform; thereby solving a major hindrance for Linux desktop adoption and providing a cohesive Linux desktop environment. LSB 3.1 also incorporates the recently approved ISO standard LSB Core (ISO/IEC 23360) into the standard. The Free Standards Group also has said that Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu and others are all certifying their versions of their operating systems to the LSB, delivering true world-wide coverage of LSB certified distributions.

Internet Explorer Beta Unveils To Firefox’s Flame

Google and Firefox and playing with fire

[I agree that this is a bad campaign on Google's part - dcparris]

Reuters Partners With Novell to Offer Reuters Market Data System on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

NEW YORK, Linux on Wall Street Conference, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Reuters (LSE: RTR; Nasdaq: RTRSY) and Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) today announced an alliance in support of Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) on SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server from Novell(R) for financial institutions worldwide.

My desktop OS: FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE

  • NewsForge; By Vaida Bogdan (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 4:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I've been using FreeBSD since I dumped Linux six years ago at a friend's suggestion. I quickly learned to appreciate its intelligent design: a bare /etc where you can find only necessary system files, good use of /usr/local (most Linux distributions leave this empty and concentrate on filling /etc and /usr/*bin instead), an application system called Ports, which contains a set of scripts that download, install, and patch any program found in the /usr/ports directory, and a very good handbook.

Perl's Artistic License undergoing update

The GPL isn't the only license being revised this year. The Perl Foundation has published its drafts of the Artistic License 2.0 and Contributor License Agreement for public comment.

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Open Source Storage’s OSFiler Chosen For NAB-HD Pavilion’s ...

Open Source Storage (OSS's new OSFiler NAS/SAN storage appliance was chosen by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to be a part of this year’s NAB-HD Pavilion at NAB 2006.

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