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French National Assembly moves to Linux

France's National Assembly is staging a revolution of its own: it's moving from Windows to open source. When the Assembly meets next in June 2007, its members will be working on 1,154 new computers running Ubuntu Linux.

Skinny is speedy thanks to OSS has built a group of community-based sites on a traditional LAMP stack -- Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. SkinnyCorp software engineer Harper Reed credits the open source infrastructure with keeping the business agile. He says the licensing costs of proprietary software would have strangled a business that's growing as quickly as his.

Command-line PHP? Yes, you can!

Learn how to debug PHP code from the command line and examine the strengths of PHP as a shell scripting language unto itself. Give PHP a chance on the command-line interface, and you may find that it has become your new favorite shell-scripting tool. There's really nothing stopping you from using PHP as your Swiss Army knife for almost any given programming project.

Debian Weekly News - March 13th, 2007

Welcome to this year's 4th issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debian community. The Debian listmaster determined as part of the spring cleaning effort several unused and obsolete lists that will be closed down. Tony Mobily noted that the last GIF patent has finally expired. Gustavo Franco reported that Second Life runs on Debian servers because it is suited to scaling massively with a small IT staff.

How to hide an entire filesystem

Simple file encryption is useful, but sometimes it's more useful to encrypt a complete filesystem or disk, such as when you need to protect a large set of files. Or you may need not only to protect, but to completely hide the presence of sensitive data from prying eyes. For these cases, here are several options for securing your systems.

Open News Episode 6 Released

This week on Open News the FSF is on the prowl, more open source adoption stories and now you install Ubuntu without ever leaving Windows.

OpenMoko needs your help

Sean Moss-Pultz has relayed an announcement email, titled "Crossroads", on the OpenMoko mailing list. They need your help in finding the right wifi vendor, one with free (GPL) drivers, and they have a shortage of developers.

A dozen tips for testing free software

One of the best ways you can participate in the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution is by helping to test software and reporting bugs and issues to project developers to help them improve their code. Even in the wild and woolly, sometimes undisciplined approach to development that we see in FOSS projects, there are ways to test more effectively. Here are more than a dozen tips suggested by testing gurus and developers that can help you become a successful tester.

When the Planets Align...

Tuomo Valkonen, who you may know as the author of the Ion window manager has a rant about the brokenness of the megafreeze development model, where a Linux distribution attempts to stabilize the entire system. As an upstream contributor, I find it highly frustrating to release a new version of my software and have users contact me for about ancient versions I no longer want to support.

Linspire and Ubuntu team up agains MS

In a bid to promote the mainstream adoption of Linux, Canonical and Linspire announced a technology partnership. Linspire will start to base Linspire/Freespire on Ubuntu, while Canonical will in turn use Linspire's CNR application delivery service.

An alternative anti-theft mechanism for OLPC

The anti-theft mechanism for the One Laptop Per Child computer has some problems because it depends on a central authority. An alternative mechanism that relies only on the laptops is possible. This alternative relies on biometrics (but doesn't trust those) and information provided by a laptops' peers.

Back to school - tuXlab reviewed

Given a copy of the Linux- based educational software package tuXlab to review, James Archibald revisits school days and gives it a run through.

Microsoft, Novell add detail to technology partnership

The joint technology will focus on developing a virtualisation package for Linux and Windows servers that lets customers run SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 as a guest operating system on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 and on the next version of Microsoft Windows Server, codenamed Longhorn.

Vyatta Open Source Router Has Dell in Tow

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Mar 13, 2007 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Dell might not be offering Linux pre-installed on its PCs yet, but that doesn't mean you can't get Dell hardware for running a Linux router. It's all in Vyatta's latest commercial release of its routing software, which the company said is proof the open source model can work where networking is concerned.

Novell Crushes Windows in Schools

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 13, 2007 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Novell
Do these numbers make sense to you - $2,500 versus $100,000? This is the price difference felt between migrating over to Linux or instead, upgrading to the next version of Windows. What's interesting is that I’m noticing that more often than not Novell is the company making this possible for schools.

The Battle of Media Centers for Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 13, 2007 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
If there is one thing that seems to be standard in the open source world, it would seem to be the abundance of overlapping projects that might be better suited to work together rather than completing software visions on their own. Today, we are going to look at the trend and even consider some examples.

Ip-stb streams hi-def video over UWB, runs Linux

Sigma Designs and Japanese IP set-top box (STB) specialist Celrun are demonstrating a Linux-based STB supporting WiMedia Ultra-wideband (UWB) networking, this week at the IPTV World Forum in London. The Celrun 900H uses Sigma's SMP8634 media processor and "Windeo" UWB chipset, and runs a 2.4-series kernel.

Embedded Linux is made for Xilinx developers

BlueCat-ME makes LynuxWorks the first embedded RTOS provider to enable developers to work with Linux on both PowerPC and MicroBlaze architectures and the popular LynxOS for PowerPC.

Dealing with Runaway Processes

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Mar 13, 2007 3:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE, Linux
Have you ever been using your Linux distro and suddenly found a program won’t close? It’s frustrating when an application hangs. In Windows, one could right click on the taskbar and choose “Task Manager” and kill the hanging process (which doesn’t always work BTW). In Linux, you can also kill these hanging processes.

Castro Loves Hippie Software

  • FrontPage; By Humberto Fontova (Posted by dcparris on Mar 13, 2007 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Take in equal parts: lyrics from John Lennon's "Imagine," Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" and simmer. Then add a pinch from "Age of Aquarius." Now you have the "Manifesto" of The Free SoftWare Foundation, founded by software guru Richard Stallman, famous foe of commercial avarice and stalwart friend of freedom.

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