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Tutorial: Making Your Terminal into a Desktop

There are several possible reasons why you might choose to use the command line interface (CLI) as your desktop environment. Jem Matzan walks through how to set up your virtual terminal to be more productive for desktop work.

Linux player booted from WoW

  • Inquirer; By Nick Farrell (Posted by tadelste on Mar 17, 2006 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A WOW player has been booted from the online game World of Warcraft for using the Wine emulator over the Linux operating system and a macro programmable keyboard.

The bloke, who is a network network engineer for an ISP, reports his experiences with the Blizzard administrators here. He thinks that the use of Wine might affect the software Blizzard use to detect third party programs designed to cheat the game.

Anti software patents lobby agrees with arch enemy

What? And hell didn't freeze over?

Anti-software patent campaigners had a rare moment of harmony with the European Patent Office yesterday, coming out in support of a European Parliament motion of patent harmonisation between Europe and member states.

[ED: Greed, not the interests of the people seems to be protecting us from European software patents. Who would have believed it? - HC]

Complete Debian Linux Server Setup Guide

This seems to be the mother lode of Debian server tutorials.

Rural laptop to cost $187, with Linux

The price is right, but it does not run Windows and at least one analyst worries it might not be accepted: "There are a lot fewer applications that run on Linux, and this may affect the acceptance," Don't worry, however, because the price is right in the market segment that is growing the most rapidly. Sorry only in the CCP controled territories.

YaKuake - An easy access console for KDE

I've spent more than my fair share of time playing Quake games over the years, but I never thought anything from Quake would prove helpful in my day-to-day work. However, the Quake games had one feature that I longed for at my workstation -- namely, the ability to quickly pull down a console to run a few commands with a keystroke, and then make the console disappear again with another quick keystroke. YaKuake is exactly what I was looking for.

Preventing DDoS Attacks

  • - Feature Stories (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 11:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this article I am trying to explain what DDOS is and how it can be prevented. DDOS happens due to lack of security awareness of the network/server owners. On a daily basis we hear that a particular machine is under DDOS attack or NOC has unplugged the machine due to DDOS attack . So DDOS has become one of the common issues in this electronics world. DDOS is like a disease which doesn't have an anti-viral developed. So we should be carefull while dealing with it . Never take it lightly. In this article i am trying to explain the steps/measures which will help us defend from DDOS attack ,up to a certain extend .

Integrating Open Source Apps Into the Server Room

  • Server Watch; By Aaron Weiss (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 10:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As of March 2006, for example, the open source Apache Web server powered nearly 69 percent of all Internet Web servers, according to the oft-cited Netcraft Web Survey. In addition, shipments of Linux-powered servers grew 20.8 percent in 2005, according to IDC, and the market research firm predicts Linux will account for 29 percent of server shipments in 2008. In practice, Linux penetration is probably even higher, as many installations are do-it-yourself affairs without a commercial vendor attached.

Much fuss has been made about open source software, particularly its influence on back-end server environments. At this point, no one will deny that open source software is becoming fairly pervasive.

Biz/Tech Watch: McNealy Resigns, Google Buys Sun Microsystems?

  •; By Daniel M. Harrison (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 16, 2006 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Scott McNealy, Chief Executive of Sun Microsystems, "will soon move on from the company", Forbes reports today, after recent revelations from Mark Stahlman, a research analyst for Carris and Company. When the analyst last spoke with McNealy about his plans, he indicated that he was staying on "until the job is done" and concurred that finishing the job meant at least three things — reestablishing product superiority, regaining control over costs and igniting demand in a broad and balanced customer base.

Ibm Rational Gets Good Governance with Open-Source Practices

How can project managers get better control of ongoing software development projects--in other words, improve ''IT governance'' in their organizations? According to Dr. Lee Nackman, VP of product development and customer support at IBM's Rational division, by adopting some of the principles of open-source development.

[ED: Nice words, I just hope the version control system was improved over the one that IBM bought. I cannot comment further - I hated ClearCase. - HC]

Security Hole Found in GPG Crypto Program

PARIS -- Developers of the open-source GnuPG encryption software have reported a security flaw that could allow an attacker to sneak malicious code into a signed e-mail message.

A Linux Laptop for $187?

  • Sci-Tech Today (Posted by grouch on Mar 16, 2006 6:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We aren't looking to compete with the mainstream PC brands such as Lenovo and Apple as we are in a different class altogether," said Zhang Fuxin of the Institute of Computing Technology. The laptop uses Linux software and does not support Microsoft's Windows program, he said.

Smart Unicode typefaces released under free license

SIL International, a non-government organization specializing in linguistics, has released two new typefaces under a free license. The fonts, Charis SIL and Doulos SIL, are early examples of what SIL intends as a new standard for typefaces. Each font includes a broad range of Unicode-based characters and symbols, and is designed for use with so-called smart font technologies.

Mastering Ajax, Part 4: Exploiting DOM for Web response

The great divide between programmers (who work with back-end applications) and Web programmers (who spend their time writing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) is long standing. However, the Document Object Model (DOM) bridges the chasm and makes working with both XML on the back end and HTML on the front end possible and an effective tool. This article introduces the Document Object Model, explains its use in Web pages, and starts to explore its usage from JavaScript.

Device Profile: Intel SS4000-E storage server

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intel has embedded a 2.6 Linux kernel in a compact NAS (network-attached storage) server that aims to bring enterprise storage management features such as hot-swap SATA drives and enclosure management to the entry-level SMB/SOHO market. The SE4000-E stores up to 2TB, and is available now.

Open-source business

  • The Economist print edition (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 3:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EVERY time internet users search on Google, shop at Amazon or trade on eBay, they rely on open-source software—products that are often built by volunteers and cost nothing to use. More than two-thirds of websites are hosted using Apache, an open-source product that trounces commercial rivals. Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia with around 2.6m entries in more than 120 languages, gets more visitors each day than the New York Times's site, yet is created entirely by the public. There is even an open-source initiative to develop drugs to treat diseases in poor countries.

Linux Reality: a podcast for the new Linux user

Linux Reality is a weekly podcast aimed at the new Linux user that has just released its fifth episode.

Sun Loses Software Head to Adobe

The choice of John Loiacono's replacement could be key for the vendor's fortunes, and for the open-source community.

Subscribers Rebel As Windows Live Mail Tops One Million Accounts

After a long year of trying, Windows Live Mail BETA developers claim it just crossed the one million subscriber mark, on the way, they gush, to a fast ten million accounts. Bruised and battered beta testers who have suffered through giant ads, crashing browsers, sluggish performance, and lost contact lists are no doubt wondering how long it will take for the peppy Windows Live crew to build a Google-worthy email solution.

AXIGEN Powers the Second Most Trafficked Romanian Web Portal

Bucharest, March 16, 2006 – AXIGEN messaging solution is now in charge of the email traffic in the 140,000 mailboxes of, the second most trafficked Romanian Web portal.

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