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KernelTrap: Infrequent Updates Into November

I will be making infrequent updates to KernelTrap for the next 3-4 weeks. During that time, the infrastructure behind KernelTrap will be makeing a few changes. For the past many months, we've been running on a server borrowed from Oregon State University'sOpen Source Lab [story]. Shortly, we will be migrating back to our own server, still hosted in the wonderful Open Source Lab. The migration itself should be transparent. Beyond that, I will soon be making efforts to upgrade the site to the upcomingDrupal 4.7, bringing in many improvements over the currently running Drupal 4.5 release. Finally, I'll be taking advantage of this time to pursue long standing efforts to improve the functionality and layout of the site.

Though there will be only infrequent updates to the front page, don't forget that the KernelTrapforums remain active, including specialLinux,OpenBSD,FreeBSD,DragonFlyBSD,NetBSD,GNU/Hurd andhardware forums. As time permits, features will occasionally be posted to the front page, including an interview that I'm currently working on. By mid-November, I expect to be able to begin making more regular updates again.

Gprs Calls Through Infrared Under Linux

  • OS News; By Eugenia Loli-Queru (Posted by tadelste on Oct 16, 2005 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Eugenia writes: "A few days ago I wrote a tutorial on how to connect your Mac to a GPRS service via Bluetooth and a Bluetooth-enabled phone. However, not everyone owns a Mac or a higher-end phone. And so here is a quick tutorial on how to connect your Linux laptop to a GPRS service using an infrared-enabled phone. For this article we used a Sony Ericsson K700i phone, a Sony Vaio N505VX laptop (which has an onboard IrDA) running the latest Arch Linux and Cingular's GPRS. In the following weeks I will also be publishing two more tutorials showing how to do the same thing under Linux but via Bluetooth and the USB port."

You can read Eugenia's Bio here. Among other things, she functioned as editor in chief of OSNews from August 2001 to June2005 building that news portal to one of the most popular on the Internet.

FOSS: The Savior of Democracy

I'm afraid I do not have an optimistic view of the future. People throw away their rights as heedlessly as pieces of litter. The one ray of hope just may be the FOSS world, because it puts powerful tools into the hands of anyone who wants them. Television, radio, and print media are lost to us, and that is deliberate, because the most powerful tool of all for liberty is free speech. The first act of any tyrant is to control broadcast and print media. "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one."

Graphon Corporation: Application Publishing Made Easy and ...

Migration to Linux desktops is also under way. "A number of our PCs are already using GO-Global's Linux client to access MS Office and other applications," said Pace. "We'll be migrating all our desktops to Linux in the near future."

Linuxworld Special: Migrate and Consolidate Leveraging Linux

  • SYS-CON Media; By Anindya Mukherjee (Posted by tadelste on Oct 16, 2005 1:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In an all too familiar saga taking place in small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) everywhere, file/print, Web, e-mail, and application servers are multiplying at an alarming rate in response to ever-increasing demands for processing power. Initially, the decision to bolster capacity-constrained servers by adding more seems like a reasonable remedy for managing aggressive growth. However, when two-to-three additional servers grows to 10-to-20 over time while being provisioned for extra cycles to accommodate peak loads, this quick-fix solution mushrooms into a major IT problem, leading to accelerated operating costs, increasingly complex administration, and ineffective resource utilization.

'browser Wars are on'

Hindu Businessline writes: "MICROSOFT'S Internet Explorer (IE) may be ruling the world of Internet browsers, but a number of players have started to make an earnest attempt to win a larger share of the browser market through innovative strategies.

"The Norway-based Opera Software is one such company challenging IE's dominance with its Opera browser. (Another is Firefox, from Mozilla Corporation). "

While we have become used to Microsoft's dominance, one might want to return to the original complaint and request for relief filed by the US Department of Justice in 1998 at the DOJ's site and read the people's concerns. Who knows how many hundreds of millions of dollars, we spent on that litigation. Ask yourself if the DOJ's fears were real. The only conclusion one can draw is yes they were real and they still exist today. -Ed

Nokia Engineers on KHTML, Collaboration and aKademy

So, you have KDE on your desktop and laptop systems, you've heard that Apple uses KDE components for its web browser Safari and you've tried Konq/Embedded on your handheld. But did you know that KDE could soon be making its way into your mobile phone? At aKademy in August David Carson and Deepika Chauhan from Nokia presented the work they've done in integrating KDE components into the latest version of the company's mobile phone software. I recently caught up with them to ask about the technical side of their work, why they chose KDE components and their experiences of aKademy.

Jadeliquid Software WebRenderer: Seamlessly Connect the Rich

The desktop Java re-emergence has been driven by a number of factors, one being the emergence of rich client vendors providing frameworks to display Web content in a meaningful way.

Visual Paradigm Suite: Build Quality Applications Faster, Better ...

Do you ever have the feeling that you've spent lots of money for a developer tool without gaining the productivity boost you were hoping for? Do you find it hard to track the status of your development against the project requirements? Does it seem difficult, keeping your design and implementation in-sync so that you can generate accurate documentation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then probably you are using the wrong tool!

Comment of the Day October 16, 2005 Worth the Fight

  • Lxer - Article; By Abe (Posted by tadelste on Oct 16, 2005 8:23 AM EDT)
Note: I didn't need to register to read this article. It is a very good interesting read. Comment from The Open Source War .

Tutorial: Automated Backups With rdiff-backup

This tutorial describes how to do automated server backups with the tool rdiff-backup. rdiff-backup lets you make backups over a network using SSH so that the data transfer is encrypted.

Miers To Supremely Extend Microsoft Tentacles

  • slingshot.org; By slingshot.org blog Miers & Microsoft (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 16, 2005 8:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Included in her very short list of qualifications for the US Supreme Court, Harriet Miers protected Microsoft from class action lawsuits over their faulty products. This should clearly figure heavily in any examination of her record.

OpenSUSE Says SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha Can Now Be Downloaded

  • SYS-CON Media; By LinuxWorld News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Oct 16, 2005 4:37 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE; Story Type: News Story
The OpenSUSE team has announced through its mail list that SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha1, codenamed "Auckland," is ready for download and testing by those wanting to live on the bleeding edge of Linux.

Identity Management Suite / VPAS

  • Enterprise IT Planet (Posted by tadelste on Oct 16, 2005 3:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To utilize the peripheral devices in custom applications, Veridicom provides Windows and Linux-based software development kits for integrators and developers, including image capture, quality analysis and enhancement, and verification routines.

More ’n more lapping up laptops now

  • Financial Express India; By N SHIVAPRIYA (Posted by tadelste on Oct 16, 2005 2:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The basic laptop usually comes with a Celeron-based processor and without an operating system, or a free operating system such as Linux.

Introducing the National Center for Open Source Policy and Research

The National Center for Open Source Policy and Research (www.ncospr.org) is a non-profit organization established to promote the use of open source software solutions within government IT enterprise environments for the benefit of government agencies, the general public and public sector entities. NCOSPR will accomplish this by serving as a facilitator and administrator of development and implementation services among government, academic, open source community and information technology (IT) industry developer, distribution and user communities.

Microsoft to keynote Unix conference

Renai writes: "While that conference saw Microsoft executive Greg Stone come under attack from the audience for the vendor's proprietary document standards, the AUUG organisers are obviously hoping Microsoft Unix specialist Chris Green will receive a warmer welcome."

"Don't be put off by Chris' Microsoft badge -- he is actually a long time Unix hacker," the user group said today in a statement updating users on presentations at the conference.

Sure - Ed

Horton AV announces avian flu vaccine for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Reacting to fears that the avian flu outbreak recently reported in Turkey could spread to Linux, anti-virus vendor Horton AV has released what it calls an effective vaccine.

Review: Contenders Challenge The Microsoft Office Monopoly

According to recent research by the Yankee Group, Microsoft’s Office product line has an astounding 90 percent market share. With such an impressive command of the market, many solution providers serving the SMB market have concluded that there is no viable alternative to Microsoft Office. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Several alternatives are priced significantly lower than MS Office and offer compatibility with the Microsoft product’s file formats and robust feature sets.

A Comparison of Solaris, Linux, and FreeBSD Kernels

  • OpenSolaris; By Max Bruning (Posted by bstadil on Oct 15, 2005 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
This article examines three of the basic subsystems of the kernel and compares implementation between Solaris 10, Linux 2.6, and FreeBSD 5.3. The three subsystems examined are scheduling, memory management, and file system architecture. I chose these subsystems because they are common to any operating system (not just Unix and Unix-like systems), and they tend to be the most well-understood components of the operating system.

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