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Glom, the point-and-click database tool

I am by no means a database wizard. I know a bit of SQL, but primarily my interaction with databases is secondhand, through either PHP or desktop applications that work on top of MySQL or PostgreSQL. But like a lot of you, I occasionally need to build a small database for my own private record-keeping -- and for that, I recommend Glom.

Building a heterogeneous home network for Linux and Mac OS X

  • NewsForge; By Kris Shaffer (Posted by grouch on Jun 10, 2006 1:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
You can find plenty of information online about building heterogeneous networks involving Windows, but relatively little about connecting Macs with Linux PCs in a home or small office network. Mac OS X's Unix base, however, means there are plenty of good options for networking a Mac with a Linux PC, despite the relative lack of documentation. In this article, I'll discuss how to set up Mac-Linux printer and file sharing using NFS and SSH.

Google releases Firefox synchronization tool

  • Ars Technica; By Anders Bylund (Posted by grouch on Jun 10, 2006 12:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Google has taken the wraps off of another couple of tasty tidbits, and while one is more or less old hat, the other one is something that can really help major geeks like myself.

German tax office moves to Linux

Tax authority in Lower Saxony is jumping from Solaris to Suse Linux and the KDE desktop.

SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Beta 5 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Jun 9, 2006 10:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups:
DistroWatch states - MEPIS has released beta 5, the final beta, of SimplyMEPIS 6.0. Beta 5 includes a few changes in applications and components. Lame, 915resolution, and VMware kernel support were added to the bootable / installable CD. Acpi-support and klaptop have been replaced by kpowersave. This has resulted in reports of better out-of-the-box suspend-to-ram and suspend-to-disk functionality for laptops.

OSDir has some great shots of the upcoming SimplyMEPIS 6.0 in the SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Beta 5 Screenshot Tour.

Use Apache Geronimo to Build a Cluster

  • developerWorks; By Matthew Jording (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 9:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Explore Geronimo's support for clustering in this installment, Part 2, of this five-part series. Learn to build up the cluster nodes and test communication among other nodes and the cluster manager Web service we introduced in Part 1. Then you'll deploy and test the current state of the application on Geronimo.

Shuttleworth on Red Hat, Impi, HBD, and Gnome v KDE

In the last of a three-part analytical series, Canonical CEO and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group on the different approaches and business models of Canonical and Red Hat.

Go beyond what the desktop normally does with Tcl/TK

This article shows you how the Tcl/Tk scripting language offers a simple and elegant way to code GUI widgets with minimal effort.

Libranet's last goodbye

After six months, the Libranet community has learned that its wait for the revival of the distribution was futile. Tal Danzig, Libranet's owner and chief developer, has announced that he is discontinuing the development of Libranet.

This week at LWN: Behavioral standards in the free software community

The GNOME community has recently started a discussion on the adoption of a code of conduct for community members. While a number of people clearly think that such a code makes sense, others are just as clearly uncomfortable with the idea. The free software community is traditionally an open and unregulated group.

[LXer presents this access to LWN's normally subscriber-only content in full cooperation with Jonathan Corbet, Executive editor, LXer hopes you enjoy this free peek at LWN's excellent community magazine and thanks Mr. Corbet for his cooperation.]

Once Upon a Time, in DRM Land

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Jun 9, 2006 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
When his defense asked,"Which computer has Jon [DVD Jon] trespassed upon?" the answer was: "His own."

SimplyMEPIS, Kubuntu, and ReactOS videos posted to OSVids!

OSVids has posted three new flash/Ogg-Theora videos of SimplyMEPIS, Kubuntu, and the interesting, if a little strange, ReactOS. Check it out!

Soweto’s bug-hunter: Bongani Hlope

  •; By Richard Frank (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 3:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Open source is alive and well in South Africa's biggest township, Soweto. Bongani Hlope carries the flag high, planning a Tsotsitaal translation for Linux to make it more accessible for his neighbors.

Our future with the next-generation Internet protocol

This article shares the concepts of the next-generation Internet protocol and how we can benefit from it.

Open source for the open road?

  • IT Week; By Lem Bingley (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 1:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
But Hugo Spowers has other ideas. He believes that an open-source approach to vehicle design is the only way to knock humanity off its current, resource-intensive, car-based transportation treadmill.

[The success of FOSS reduces skepticism in open development outside of software. -- grouch]

Howto: Performance Benchmarks a Web server

First, benchmarking a web server is not an easy thing. To benchmark a web server the time it will take to give a page is not important: you don’t care if a user can have his page in 0.1 ms or in 0.05 ms as nobody can have such delays on the Internet.

What is important is the average time it will take when you have a maximum number of users on your site simultaneously. Another important thing is how much more time it will take when there are 2 times more users: a server that take 2 times more for 2 times more users is better than another that take 4 times more for the same amount of users.

Here are few tips to carry out procedure along with an example.

Tux for open sew-ers

Tux has gone open source in a different way. The Free Penguin Project provides free GPL sewing patterns and advice so that anyone who meets the hardware requirements can create a fluffy stuffed penguin of their own; specifically, would-be Tux tailors need access to a sewing machine and fabric.

Brin says Google compromised principles

  • Yahoo News; By TED BRIDIS (Posted by NoDough on Jun 9, 2006 10:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WASHINGTON - Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.

Freedom Toasters go commercial

Can you make money building Freedom Toasters? Project founder, Jason Hudson, is about to find out. He's starting a small company that will build and manage the open source kiosks, potentially long after the Shuttleworth-funded project wraps up in 2007.

Strategic DEVELOPER: Open source education

It says a lot for Ruby, the dynamic language thats giving Perl and Python a run for their money, as well as for Rails, the application framework that made Ruby famous, that such a savvy software veteran would choose to bet his next business on these open source technologies.

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