“He is coming”, “He is coming”, the posters shouted from every nook and corner of the National Institute Technology (NIT) Hamirpur campus. Curious and inquisitive to know more, I stared hard at the picture of a benevolent looking man with an affectionate smile on his countenance. His long flowing hair and beard adding more mystery to his persona. Who is he? An apostle! I thought. What would he teach us about? I was surprised to know that he would teach us a lot about the moral and ethical issues that face the world of Free Software.
Upgrading an operating system is always a chancy thing. An application can stop working, a modem can freeze up, and then, when upgrading to Ubuntu 6.10, Edgy Eft, you can lose your graphical user interface: windows, icon, mouse pointer, and all... Not good.
I know that some Microsoft fanboys are probably hitting the Send button on their flames as they read the title, but you can't ignore the truth. Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows in every way. Don't believe me? Read on, my friend. Read on and realize the folly of your MS ways
The Scientific Linux project today released a set of live CDs and DVDs of the latest version of their Red Hat-based distribution, v4.4, for both i386 and x86_64 architectures. The live CD/DVD, featuring a 2.6.9 kernel and the GNOME desktop environment, can also boot from a USB port, the team said.
Analysis Security vendor Authentium has discovered a mechanism to get around Microsoft's controversial Patchguard kernel protection technology, which is due to ship in the 64-bit version of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.
The Free Software Foundation - Latin America (FSFLA) is campaigning against the Brazilian government's regulations that some citizens must use non-free software for paying taxes. Referring to the software as "Softwares Impostos," a term that puns in Portuguese on "taxes" and "imposed," FSFLA has launched a letter-writing campaign against the requirement, arguing that it is both contrary to current social policies and a violation of the Brazilian constitution.
EMS Database Management Solutions has announced version 2.2 of DB Comparer 2006, a powerful tool for comparing SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL and InterBase/Firebird databases and discerning differences in their structure.
HP claims it has started to make higher margins from open source than proprietary software in some instances, due to the support costs associated with migration.
With all the big news about new Linux releases -- Fedora Core 6 and Ubuntu 6.10 -- the release of the first beta of OpenSUSE 10.2 might easily be missed. The latest beta of this popular community-based Linux distro emerged Oct. 26.
Release-critical Bug Report for October 27, 2006
Mike Shaver, co-founder of the Mozilla project, believes that everyone has a super power that can be used for open source good. Don't worry if that super power isn't big. Though Mozilla is a big project, it wants people to start small. Shaver delivered the opening keynote at the fifth annual Free Software and Open Source Symposium here today.
Security company Panda has launched a beta version of Panda DesktopSecure for Linux. The suite includes a signature-based detection mechanism for malicious code, the Genetic Heuristic Engine, and a powerful firewall. Panda aims to contribute to the Linux community by offering a free product to protect these systems.
Setuptools framework, a side project of PEAK, provides easier package management and distribution than distutils. Setuptools lets you package your libraries in a single-file archive called an "egg," similar to Java JAR file, but for Python. Like the Perl CPAN and Ruby Gems tools, the ez_setup tool bootstraps the rest of setuptools. The ez_install tool that comes with it does the same thing in conjunction with "Cheeseshop" (PyPI).
The Linux Professional Institute will offer discounted certification exams to attendees of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Cologne 2006 at 11:00 and 15:00 on November 14-16, 2006
Nick Sieger, who attended the RubyConf 2007 implementers' summit has startedexploring the seedy back alleys of Ruby, and is taking notes for the rest of us. After he spent some time with the yacc grammar, he came up with a nice little graph. Follow the link to see his travelogue, then you can do what I'm doing— waiting impatiently for the next iteration.
Beyond displaying an extensive slate of existing Linux products, vendors at this week's InfoSecurity show pointed to possible future offerings ranging from a Linux client for a CD-ROM encryption system to a Linux-enabled all-in-one device for securing both physical access and video surveillance.
Over the past four months, I've been fighting an escalating battle against link spammers. Typically, link spammers use automated programs to help spread their garbage. Several events over the last month have me wondering if one has taken a personal interest in my site.
After hours of research and tweaking, all your computers are connected to each other and the Internet, and you can print your documents on a printer connected to another system -- but you still must take a break when someone else wants to use the scanner connected to your system. Save the money additional scanners would cost by sharing your scanner on your LAN.
Red Hat announced the commencement of the first Red Hat Developer Day in India. An exclusive Red Hat event, the Red Hat Developer Day aims to bring together Linux developers and users to help grow open source technologies, development, techniques, tools and standards through the sharing of technical knowledge and expertise. This first of its kind event marks Red Hat's continuous efforts to encourage open source development in India.