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OOo Basic crash course: Working with documents on an FTP server

Wouldn't it be nice if you could access your Writer documents from any computer connected to the Internet and work with them as if they were on your local machine -- especially if this could be done transparently with just a couple of mouse clicks? To be able to do this, you don't have to install a full-blown document management solution or use a third-party file storage service. All you need is an FTP server and an OOo Basic macro.

10 secret MySQL client startup options you should know

Most server administrators know that the MySQL relational data base management system (RDBMS) is a highly flexible piece of software and comes with a wide range of startup options that can be used to modify its behavior. What most don't know, however, is that the standard MySQL client comes with an equally large number of startup options, some of which are extremely useful in daily MySQL interaction. While these options are not "secret" per se, they remain largely unused, even though they can significantly ease the process of server interaction.

Lamp Development - Backbone Of The World Wide Web

As long as there has been the Internet, there have been tools to help keep it running well. More times than not, those tools are the ones associated with Linux. Much of web development is based upon the system of LAMP development, which consists of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. This system makes up better than two-thirds of all Internet servers.

Human touch key to open source success

Despite being distributed across the globe, and communications being largely conducted online, open source projects can benefit immensely from direct human contact, says one of the fathers of Debian Linux.

Higgins, Bandit and Microsoft: Open Source for Tight Privacy

At next week's RSA Conference in San Francisco, the open source Bandit and Eclipse Higgins projects will demonstrate their latest development: a reference application that showcases open source identity services that interoperate with the Microsoft Windows CardSpace identity management system, which ships with the Vista operating system.

Interview: Jens Axboe

Jens Axboe has been involved with Linux since 1993. 30 years old, he lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, and works as a Linux Kernel developer for Oracle. His block layer rewrite launched the 2.5 kernel development branch, a layer he continues to maintain and improve. Interested in most anything dealing with IO, he has introduced several new IO schedulers to the kernel, including the default CFQ, or Complete Fair Queuing scheduler.

New Drupal 5 shines

It's been five years since Drupal, the popular GPLed Web development framework, has had a major version release. The new Drupal 5, which debuted in earlier this month, was eight months in development and incorporates more than 1,000 patches from nearly half as many contributors. It also features overhauls and updates in system performance, usability, user interface, and theming.

3Com looks to Linux for applications capability

3Com Corp. today unveiled a new open-source approach to its networking products centered on a Linux-based module that fits into its Router 6000 family and will support multivendor applications for security, voice over IP and other functions. The strategy, called Open Service Networking (OSN), will allow service providers and integrators to create customized services for business users, said Andrew Bronson, product manager for OSN routers at 3Com.

Regional Ruby Conferences Are Taking Shape

Last summer, I wrote aboutlocal Ruby events and theRubyConf*MI event that was (at that time) just announced. Since then, I've taken some time to write about regional conferences, and to encourage people to check out theRuby Central grant program.

UBERYL Linux Alpha Screenshots

UBERYL is a new Spanish distribution based on Ubuntu. UBERYL is now available for download. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of UBERYL Alpha are available at

Linux: Free Linux Driver Development

"The Linux kernel community is offering all companies free Linux driver development," Greg Kroah-Hartman posted in an open offer on the lkml, for all types of devices"from USB toys to PCI video devices to high-speed networking cards." He explains,"all that is needed is some kind of specification that describes how your device works, or the email address of an engineer that is willing to answer questions every once in a while. A few sample devices might be good to have so that debugging doesn't have to be done by email, but if necessary, that can be done." He added,"if your company is worried about NDA issues surrounding your device's specifications, we have arranged a program with OSDL/TLF's Tech Board to provide the legal framework where a company can interact with a member of the kernel community in order to properly assure that all needed NDA requirements are fulfilled."

Linuxworld leaves SA

South Africa will not be host to Linuxworld this year, or possibly ever again, after conference organisers Exhibitions for Africa cancelled the show citing high licensing costs.

Debian Installer RC2 kick-off

Frans Pop has announced that with the upload of the new kernel for Etch, we can now start seriously preparing the RC2 release of Debian Installer. He is particularly happy that they managed to fix some important issues in the graphical frontend, which is now a lot more stable than it was for RC1.

Replacing A Failed Hard Drive In A Software RAID1 Array

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 30, 2007 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This guide shows how to remove a failed hard drive from a Linux RAID1 array (software RAID), and how to add a new hard disk to the RAID1 array without losing data.

Staying In Sync with Linux

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jan 30, 2007 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
These days, it seems like we are being bombarded with options for keeping our lives in sync with the events happening around us. For years, PDAs and now even more so, Pocket PCs have become a mainstay for anyone whose life is dictated by the events happening on their calendar.

Denx rev's free embedded Linux distro

Denx Software Engineering has updated its free embedded Linux distribution and development tool suite. "Embedded Linux Development Kit" (ELDK) Release 4.1 is based on a Linux kernel and Denx's freely licensed U-Boot 1.2 bootloader, and features support for the Xenomai 2.3 real-time extensions.

Commercial DVR Software Comes to Desktop Linux

Trend of Porting Popular Windows-based Applications to Alternative OS Continues

What if Hardware Vendors are Trapped Too?

Want some frustration? Buy a piece of hardware with “Linux support” and try to use it on anything besides x86 GNU/Linux. If you’re fortunate enough to choose a device for which there exists free drivers, you’ll have much more luck. Often, recompiling is all that’s necessary–and if you use a modern distribution, you may not even have to compile it yourself.

Wikipedia, Apache founders for Cape Freedom Expo

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Apache primary developer Brian Behlendorf and Creative Commons' Lawrence Lessig will head the list of speakers at the first Digital Freedom Expo to be held at UWC in April.

A dystopian future - looking beyond Windows Vista

If the thought of Microsoft Vista's DRM restrictions, restrictive EULA, version confusion and user lock-in has you scared then you definitely do not want to know what the lads from Redmond have in store for the next version. If Microsoft's latest patent application is anything to go by then the next version of Windows, Vista+1 is really going to give you nightmares.

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