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This week at LWN: Short topics in memory management

Memory management has been a relatively quiet topic over much of the life of the 2.6.x kernels. Many of the worst problems have been solved and the MM hackers have gone on to other things. That does not mean that there is no more work to do, however; indeed, things might be about to heat up. A few recent discussions illustrate the sort of pressures which may lead to a renewed interest in memory management work in the near future.

Is Google becoming the next evil empire?

I heard on the news this morning something about Google's founders getting close to being richer than Bill Gates. Is money the root or the root of all evil? I don't know.

Security-oriented Linux live CD achieves major release

The Switzerland-based project team earlier this week announced the release of BackTrack 2.0, a SLAX-based live CD with a comprehensive collection of security and forensics tools. The distribution features a 2.6.20 Linux kernel (with several patches) and the KDE desktop environment.

Colors and Prompts in Bash

Bourne Again Shell offers a lot of power, flexiblity and fun. Many new Unix users do not realize the flexibility of the shell environment; indeed; many new Unix users regard the shell as primitive and too restricted: nothing could be further from the truth. With very little time investment a new Unix user can learn how not to just make their work environment in the shell more productive but even a little fun.

OpenOffice confab selects Barcelona

Organizers of's annual conference, "OOoCon," have voted to stage this year's event in Barcelona, Spain, in September. Exact dates are expected to be announced soon. Barcelona won out with 297 votes over Dehradun, India (224), and Beijing, China (82).

How to flash motherboard BIOS from Linux (no DOS/Windows, no floppy drive)?

You've finally made the move to a Windows-free computer, you're enjoying your brand new Linux OS, no trojans/viruses, no slowdown, everything's perfect. Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. You panic! Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve...

Open Source Web Designs

HTMLfixIT is a help and news site for anything Internet or web design related. We welcome and encourage you to check out the site and make use of the tools, tutorials, forum and chatroom.

Firefox 2 install guide published

An unofficial guide to installing the RISC OS Firefox 2 port has been published online. Paul Vigay uploaded his user-friendly tutorial to installing and running the mammoth web browser after punters complained they were unable to use the software

What is OpenSolaris success?

  •; By Darren Reed (Posted by dba477 on Mar 11, 2007 12:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
Now that opensolaris has been progressing for almost 2 years, some people are starting to ask the question "is it a success?" Which begs the question of how do you measure its success?

KSpread vs. Calc

I've been using Calc for a while now, but I recently decided to give KSpread a try after getting frustrated with Calc's slow load times. It rarely bothered me on my desktop system because I have 4GB of RAM and usually leave the program open, but my work laptop runs Windows XP, forcing me to run Kubuntu in a virtual machine. Unfortunately disk access is significantly slower and memory capacity is much smaller so the Calc startup time is painfully slow. KSpread is very fast, but are its other features good enough for me to stick with it?

The Next Hurdle for Desktop Linux

We just passed a quiet milestone at the beginning of the month. And while the milestone does not seem to affect Linux, it could be mark the beginning of the worst assault on desktop Linux to date.

Freespire floats first Ubuntu-based alpha

After the recent switch to the Ubuntu code base, Freespire announced that it has restarted its development process with the first alpha release of Freespire 2.0, Alpha1U (1.2.42). The new revision sports a 2.6.20 kernel and the KDE 3.5.6 desktop environment, according to the project team.

Firefox Password Flaw Still Open?

Is a flaw in the Firefox browser fixed or not? A security research claims that it's not. Mozilla says it is. Last November security researcher Robert Chapin discovered a zero day flaw in Mozilla Firefox's password manager. The flaw could potentially allow a maliciously crafted page to auto-fill a form with credentials intended for another site. Mozilla claimed that it fixed the flaw in its most recent Firefox update. Chapin doesn't quite agree.

New thin client series runs Linux

Netherlands-based Acropolis Automation will debut four models in its Athena thin client series, at the CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany next week. The new T3000 clients are based on 1GHz Via Eden processors, and offered with a choice of Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded.

Are Linux Systems Ready for Daylight Saving Time?

Most computers are programmed to automatically change to daylight saving time the first Sunday in April, and only machines manufactured within the last year or so have been updated to reflect the new daylight saving time plan. Microsoft and Apple have issued automatic updates. However, users of other types of devices cannot necessarily rely on their machines to make the change on their own.

Modeling and Integration Tools for State Chart XML

UML users and Web developers can now create robust event models and multimodal applications with IBM Modeling and Integration Tools for State Chart XML. Plug-ins for Rational Software Architect, and Mozilla for Web 2.0 mashups, transform UML 2.0 state charts into SCXML documents for export.

Wikia Plans Open-Source Search

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is targeting the fourth quarter of this year for the unveiling of an open-source search engine that he hopes could challenge the dominance of market-leaders Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc..

Acer AL2223Wd Office

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 10, 2007 2:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While not our primary focus at Phoronix, in the past we had reviewed the Acer AL1714CB, AL1732 Prestige, and dual AL1715b LCD monitors. Even though Acer's LCDs are not nearly as popular as those from Dell are, we have been very fond of the models that we had looked at in the past. Being nearly a year since we looked at the AL1732 Prestige, which was a phenomenal display, we once again chased down another new Acer monitor. In this review we will be looking at the Acer AL2223Wd Office Line 22" LCD monitor. The Acer AL2223Wd monitor has a recommended resolution of 1680 x 1050 with its WSXGA+ screen and the viewing angles are 160 degrees for both horizontal and vertical. Other specifications include a 300cd/m2 brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio, and 5ms response time. Both VGA and DVI are supported. For what it's worth, this display is also Windows Vista certified.

Remote kernel debugging in FreeBSD

Explore how to remotely debug a FreeBSD kernel that is running on a target machine without affecting system performance.

Sourcefire prepares for rare open source IPO

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 10, 2007 1:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intrusion-detection and prevention software developer Sourcefire Inc is set to launch its initial public offering in a rare excursion on to the public markets for an open source-based technology vendor.

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