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Configuring Debian/etch on a Dell Latitude D520

A new job brings new toys :-) My new employer has supplied me with a Dell Latitude D520 laptop for programming. It came loaded with Windows XP professional which—ofcourse—had to go. After installing Debian/etch I found a few small problems though. I'll describe them here, and what I did to fix it, so I can hopefully save other people the headaches.

When GPL software goes bad

Users of a popular open-source accounting system may have just updated to a license they would never have agreed to had the author actually told them it had changed. What's more, the author is actively censoring attempts to advise the userbase of the license change, and appears to be making an attempt to retrospectively re-license all prior versions as well.

When Flex met Apex

Following hard on heels of last week's move intocontent management, has joined forces with Adobe to offer a Flex Tool kit for its Apex development platform. Launched today at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, the two vendors say the new toolkit enables developers to build so-called ‘rich Internet’ applications using Flex features and deliver them as on-demand applications through Apex.

Is the relational database now a commodity?

For those of us who were around in the industry during the mid to late 80s, it is interesting to think back to a time when vendors of relational database management systems (RDBMS) were struggling to be taken seriously.

Using the Java language for real-time systems

This article, the first in a five-part series on real-time Java, describes the key challenges to using the Java language to develop systems that meet real-time performance requirements.

Focus to Folly in 3.6 pages - A Microcosm of the Linux Community?

It started out well, someone agreed with it, someone didn't, the first someone defended his position, the second someone did the same. And on it went. However I noticed a phenomenon that is not uncommon in Linux forums. By the end of the discussion and at that point in time, it ran just short of 4 pages. The conversation had went from the topic at hand to the subject of zebras and virgins. Now you tell me how that happened.

Learn the essential modes and editing features of Emacs

This tutorial introduces you to some of the essential concept of modes, shows you some of the powerful text manipulation functions available, and teaches you how to use the built-in search, replace, and spell check facilities of Emacs.

KDE at CeBIT 2007 Report

  • KDE Dot News; By Daniel Molkentin and Alexander Neundorf (Posted by dcparris on Apr 16, 2007 11:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE was present at Cebit 2007 in Hannover, the world's largest IT fair. The booth was located inside the LinuxPark in Hall 5, where Linux New Media had given us and other open source projects the opportunity to present their work. Alexander Neundorf, KDE buildsystem maintainer and the booth manager in charge for large parts of the event, considers this year's CeBIT "a very successful event for KDE". Read on for his report.

Ubuntu community magazine hits the 'streets'

Full Circle, the Ubuntu community magazine, has just released its first issue. The first of what will be a regular monthly feature, the April issue covers the history of Ubuntu, details changes to upcoming Fiesty Fawn and includes an installation guide.

One Laptop Per Child Linux software released

  •; By Alastair Otter (Posted by dcparris on Apr 16, 2007 9:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OLPC
Low-cost computer maker releases LiveCD version of Linux operating system software that will be run on PCs destined for developing world.

Stuart Cohen launches Collaborative Software Initiative

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Apr 16, 2007 8:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
Stuart Cohen stepped down from his role as CEO of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) in in December, saying that he was going to "explore open source joint development using best practices in collaboration and building communities." Today, Cohen has announced what's he's been up to since then. He has formed the Collaborative Software Initiative, a for-profit company that will try to bring companies together to use open source methodology to develop software for vertical industries.

DriveSavers Rescues New Feature Film 'The Refs' Written by 'American Dad' Producer

DriveSavers' Digital Arts Division Celebrates 25 Percent Increase in New Clients

multi-platform data recovery, not necessarily libre - dcparris

Low-cost Linux computer to debut in Uganda

  •; By David Kezio-Musoke (Posted by dcparris on Apr 16, 2007 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Sun
A new computer that is half the size of a thick book and powered by a motorcycle battery and recharged by the sun is to be used by rural Ugandans.

Thinking Past Platforms: the Next Challenge for Linux

In myfirst SuitWatch Newsletter, on September 5, 2002, I wrote this:"A funny thing happened to Linux on the way to World Domination: it succeeded. That's the good news; the bad news is its success has hit a few hitches, and it's unclear how long those hitches will last."The biggest hitch— dominating PCs the way Linux has dominated servers and embedded devices— is still around, almost five years later. And it will remain a hitch as long as hardware OEMs continue to follow Microsoft rather than lead the marketplace.That's the gauntlet I threw down last Wednesday, inmy last SuitWatch. And now I'm throwing it down here. I want to challenge the big hardware OEMs— Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony and the rest of them— to break free of the only form factors Microsoft will let them make, and start leading the marketplace by making make cool, interesting, fun and useful stuff that isn't limited by any one company's catalog of possibilities. Stop making generic stuff. Grow greener grass beyond the Windows fences. Stop thinking of Linux as"generic" and"a commodity". Start looking at how building only Windows PCs forcesyou to make generic, commodity products.

Proftpd Monitoring With phpftpwho

Proftpd is an excellent FTP server with many features. Wouldn't it be nice to see who is connected to your FTP server and what they are doing all in a convenient web-interface? phpftpwho allows you to see who is accessing your Proftpd FTP server all in a convenient web-interface. It is simple to install and only requires Proftpd, Apache, and PHP.

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

  •; 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), 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

  •; 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

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