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Neat gadgets and Linux clusters

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Stealth Surfer II is said to support secure, anonymous surfing and e-mail, and it makes for a clever and reasonably simple solution for portable privacy.

Red Hat gives Fedora wings

  • The Register - Software: Operating Systems (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora, Red Hat
Red Hat is giving more freedom to Fedora - the open source project it supports and sponsors. In simple terms Fedora is an advanced Linux distribution which is used as a testing ground for future developments which may be later included in Red Hat's enterprise linux products. It is fully Open Source and relies on community involvement for its ongoing development.

MySQL in Bitkeeper´s closed-source trap

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
After the Linux Kernel developers at the beginning of April said goodbye to BitKeeper as their source code administration system now it seems that the database developers of MySQL are desperately searching for a different system too for their source code. Like the Linux Kernel before them MySQL uses BitKeeper. The requisite client programs the Bitkeeper manufacturer Bitmover has been offering since the beginning of April exclusively with a commercial license that comes with a charge - the old free programs are said to work only until July 1.

How to build your own Linux distribution

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 6, 2005 8:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Go to the source to learn Linux basics and build the right Linux for you. Linux From Scratch (LFS) and its descendants represent a new way to teach users how the Linux operating systems work. LFS is based on the assumption that compiling a complete operating system piece by piece not only teaches how the operating system works but also allows an independent operator to build systems for speed, footprint, or security.

Announcing the New KDE-Artist Website

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 7:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE is a new KDE sister website created specifically for artists and coders to use for reference and direction in creating a high quality consistant user interface. It is also the home of Kollaboration, a new concept created by several people to give dreamers, artists, and coders a place to work together.

The Seventh Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There are many ways to accidentally open security holes into your servers and network, but none are more preventable than the ones that you yourself will inadvertently open. Examples of these include using Telnet instead of SSH, sending valuable system information in plain text emails, and not using SSL encryption on sensitive Web-based applications. As a general rule, always assume that encryption is a good thing.

Has Linux peaked?

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux adoption seems to be slowing, with use of the open source OS falling over a nine month period, according to a survey by New York investment bank SG Cowen & Co.

Ok, who got the Billion Dollars?

Away back in December of 2000 IBM’s Lou Gerstner announced that IBM planned to spend a billion dollars on Linux. Great news then, but where did it go? There’s no IBM Linux distribution, not many of their nickels went to the people behind the key technologies IBM relies on to make Linux work including Apache, mySQL, OpenOffice, and SAMBA. Their web sites offer Red Hat Linux for $799 or more, but I don’t see the new Fedora Foundation getting any part of that billion bucks.

DistroWatch Weekly: Debian release imminent, Fedora Foundation, GoboLinux, SpamAssassin

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 23rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Amid obvious signs that the long-awaited new Debian stable release is about to be unleashed on the impatient public, the euphoria in the Debian land was spoilt last week by a truly sad news about the death of Libranet's founder and President Jon Danzig. Meanwhile, the Fedora users will have to wait another week before they can put their hands on the distribution's latest release - Fedora Core 4. GoboLinux is our featured distribution of the week and Robert Storey shows you how to configure SpamAssassin to kill off email from online pharmacies and other unscrupulous businesses. Happy reading!

Experience the '80s again with Ubiquitous Amiga Emulation

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this era of fast, inexpensive computers, we expect nice-looking 3D graphics in each new animated film, PC game, console game, and even operating system. But when I saw a programming demo of a simplistic yet cool-looking white 3D ball bouncing freely and smoothly on a friend's 1992-vintage Amiga 1200 screen, it amazed me that a machine that old could be so powerful. Alas, most of the operational machines from that era are collecting dust in people's attics, but we can re-enter the realm of Amiga with an open source emulation application.

IT and Open Source: Uncovering the Essential Processes

  • Onlamp (Posted by dave on Jun 5, 2005 4:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Every year at OSCON, Tim O’Reilly gives a speech about his latest views on technology, publishing, and whatever else is on his mind. At every speech that I’ve seen, at some point he stops to explain that one thing he wishes everyone at O’Reilly Media would understand is that what the company does, how it creates value, is not primarily by publishing books, but rather by helping communities come together and communicate with each other. Publishing is one way that that happens, so are conferences, so are web sites, creating developer communities, and FOO camps. The point that I have always taken away from Tim’s observation is that it is important to look deeper into organizations to understand what really makes them tick. The essential processes may be obscured by the visible evidence.

Open KHTML Info Page Launched

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jun 5, 2005 3:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In an effort to open up their development process the developers of the Konqueror components KHTML, KJS and KSVG have launched the open Web portal By providing a central contact point and source of information in form of an open Wiki the developers want to promote their work and embrace users and developers from both Open Source as well as commercial environments.

Backing up your Linux machines

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 5, 2005 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Cover your back in the worst-case scenario with the techniques in this tutorial. Even new, high-quality hard drives will occasionally fail. Regular system backups are essential, especially for busy developers who make continual improvements to their code. This tutorial shows you how to protect yourself from losing huge amounts of critical data.

Red Hat wants the patent legislation changed

Red Hat announcement related to Fedora Foundation, an organization whose purpose will be to develop the distribution that bears its name, is a proof of the company’s vision on patents. In Red Hat’s opinion, in this moment, patenting certain software products is a good method to increase market share and from that point of view, the allusion to Microsoft is obvious.

Linux in the Global Community: How the Iraqi Linux Group came to exist

My experience in the Linux Community has allowed me to see how cooperative software development transcends cultural differences and allows diverse people to become friends. Unlike other communities, Linux has only one agenda and when something gets in the way, the spotlight can result in appropriate exposure.

Why Open Source should be important to all web developers.

Often times, people ask me why I cover Open Source topics like Linux & Apache as well as related topics like the IBM/Novell/Redhat verses SCO case and also the issues related to software patents. Most specifically they ask me what these topics have to do with web development. Today I’ve decided to answer that and the truth of the matter is that Open Source software is more important to web developers then any other industry out there. Permit me me now to demonstrate.

Mandriva Linux: The next generation Distro?

Linux is becoming more of a frequent word when it comes to choosing an Operating System. Gone are the days when Windows was THE operating system for the average home user. Linux was then considered to be only for technical ppl or for those that could spend hours on end configuring their system. However the waters are shifting. Linux distributions have become better and more user friendly over the years while retaining their characterising stability. To prove this I have just run a completely new installation of Mandriva Linux 2005 limited edition. Mandriva Linux ( formerley known as Mandrake linux) has always been renowed as one of the most user friendly distributions available. Mandriva Linux is available for several architectures (types) of the cpu family. Mainly it is available for PPC (power PC ) which are machines running Motorola based Processors ( these are mainly Mac computers), i586 is for 32-bit processors both from Intel and AMD. These include the Intel Pentium 4 and The AMD athlon. (this is probably the distribution you need to get ) x86-64 is for processors which are 64-bit compatible such as the AMD64 processor.

Konqueror now passes Acid2 test

Konqueror now joins Safari and iCab in the exclusive "correctly renders the Acid2 test page" club. Interesting side-note, approximately half of the code to do that was dredged from the recent Apple Webcore "code-bomb".

IBM's Patent Model Spurs Innovation

IBM, Nokia and Red Hat count on collaboration to widen the intellectual property available to developers.

Detroit high school happy with Linux

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 4, 2005 4:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In 2003, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy faced a common problem: clunky hardware, a dependence on Windows, budget limitations, and a need to update. At, author Kevin Quiggle explains how U of D Jesuit found a budget-friendly solution in Linux, and how well Linux has performed.

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