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What to do with retval?

Return values are not just important but as age has taught me - essential. Use return values to your advantage and wrangle them when you can. Breaking things out helps, but making sure you let everyone know that you did break out some code might be just as important.

Linux.com holiday gift guide

The holiday season is approaching rapidly, and if you're like us, you probably still have some holiday shopping left to do. In the spirit of crass consumerism, we've compiled a list of gifts you may want to add to your wishlist, or for the other geeks in your life.

A Suite Year with Adobe CS 2

At first glance, one might think there are a lot of marks against Adobe’s Creative Suite. It is pricey, complex and essentially without much in the way of competition to spur development. That is exactly what I thought for a long time, but actually using the suite dispels the notions one mi...

Mark Anders on Flash development

Along with Scott Guthrie, Mark Anders was one of the fathers of ASP.NET. Then he led the Flex Builder team at Macromedia. Now at Adobe, he’s in charge of making Flash a development platform for rich Internet applications. Mary Branscombe caught up with him after the Flash on the Beach conference and asked about Eclipse, how Flash measures up to ASP and whether Vista raises the bar for Internet apps.

Intalio to Release Entire BPMS Under Open Source License

Intalio|BPMS to Be Released Under Mozilla Public License With Attribution Intalio, Inc., today announced that Intalio|BPMS Community Edition will be released under the Mozilla Public License (MPL) amended with the Generic Attribution Provision submitted to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) earlier this year.

Why StAX'ing up XML is the new Java Standard

In Part 1 - An introduction to StAX you can learn about how StAX has become the latest standard for processing XML in the Java language. This article is very popular and has recieved 305 diggs thus far. Part 2 of StAX'ing up XML, you can delve deeper into the event iterator-based API and explore its benefits to Java developers. In the final article of the 3 Part series, you'll see how to create custom event classes and use them to process XML with the event iterator-based API.

Computerworld: KDE 4, the Ultimate Business Desktop

Since beginning as a one-person project over ten years ago, the fourth generation of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) is poised to be the most business-friendly open source desktop to date with a host of new features ideal for enterprises. KDE 4 is now in rapid development and is scheduled for release sometime next year, with the final date still to be decided.

Do You Sell Computers With GNU/Linux Pre-Installed?

  • LXer - Announcements; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Dec 16, 2006 8:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: LXer
If you sell desktops or laptops with GNU/Linux pre-installed, please let us know. Take a look at the Pre-Installed Linux Vendor Database, click the "Add an entry" link, and send us an e-mail with the appropriate information. Once added, you can apply for ownership of your record, and can maintain it yourself. Send an e-mail to the editors at lxer d0t com. We'll add you in. Remember, people need to be able to find you, and they can find you easily right here at LXer - Linux news.

Payback time for Novell

When it became clear that SCO wouldn't prevail, Microsoft expected only to face close partner IBM. Microsoft did not brace for Novell, an adversary with a decades-long score to settle with Redmond. Through discovery, Microsoft's correspondence with SCO is, or soon will be in, Novells hands, and its a safe bet that it will contain more than demand for a license fee and a copy of a certified check.

Gnu Classpath 0.93 'Dreamland' Released

Highlights of new features in this release: NIO Selector epoll (linux 2.6 kernel) and kio (BSD and Darwin) notification mechanisms added. Fast, direct call, support for in runtime CORBA objects. Support for user JNDI context factories (plus corbaname: and rmi: jndi urls). New javah tool included. JSSE SSLEngine support including TLSv1.1 and pre-shared key ciphersuites. Full lang.management MX Beans ManagementFactory implementation. 99.95% api coverage for 1.4, 95.5% api coverage for 1.5. Much better swing HTML support (aka JGecko). Graphics2D on cairo speedups and make it respects interpolation hints, better gradient support and custom Composites and Paints.

FSF makes MMORPG campaign a high priority

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has declared the Free Ryzom Campaign a high priority project for the future of the free software movement, and has pledged $60,000 to the campaign's efforts to buy the code for the Ryzom Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) during the bankruptcy proceedings of the company that developed it.

New book explains how to build Linux 2.6 kernels

O'Reilly has published a book for Linux users interested in learning to build their own kernels. Linux Kernel in a Nutshell describes how to build and install Linux 2.6 kernels, starting with downloading the source. It was written by well-known kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman.

And the battle rages goes on

  • ZDNet; By C. Marc Wagner (Posted by dcparris on Dec 16, 2006 3:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I just finished reading Chris Dawson's article "Will your students be using Linux in 2007?" and, as usual, I agree with him 100% — until he says...

RPM to be revitalized - courtesy of Fedora Project

Perhaps the need of the hour is that all Linux distributions support a universal package format with all packages residing in a central repository, which can be shared by all Linux distributions alike. But this scenario looks bleak with Debian having its own dpkg format and Red Hat based distributions having their own RPM based package formats. At least there is going to be better inter operability with different Red Hat based Linux distributions in the future as one of the goals of this new project is to work towards a shared code base between SuSE, Mandrake, Fedora and so on.

Researcher Uncovers McAfee Linux VirusScan Flaw

A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in McAfee's VirusScan Command Line Scanner antivirus software that could enable remote attackers to execute malicious code.

Virtualization and Linux--A Primer

  • IT Management; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Dec 16, 2006 1:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Virtualization is the hot buzzword these days. Everyone is all excited over this latest, greatest miracle computer cure. It transforms your computing infrastructure into a shiny empire of efficiency and contentment, makes you an IT Hero and it repairs bad haircuts. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the virtualization bandwagon quickly, before it goes away forever!

Arm11-based processor module to support Linux soon

Logic Product Development (LPD) is shipping a small, component-like board integrating a Freescale i.MX31 applications processor with memory and I/O functions. The i.MX31 SOM (system-on-module) and associated development kit will support Linux soon, the company says, and target medical, industrial, wireless, and consumer electronics applications.

Getting Vista to work with Linux NAS gadgets

Some Linux- and Samba-based network storage appliances may not work with Windows Vista, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols over at Linux-Watch.com. The solution is to configure Vista to use NTLM instead of NTLMv2 authentication, or else update the storage appliance to Samba server 3.0.22 or higher.

Solera Open Sources Software

Lindon, Utah-based Solera Networks has open sourced the firm's DataEcho software, the company said today.

Abstracting telephony: software servers for Linux mobile phones

This whitepaper discusses telephony server middleware that aims to de-couple cellular modem functionality from mobile phone operating systems. It was written by Blane E. Rockafellow, who co-founded TapRoot Systems, a telephony server specialist that has partnered with Microsoft, MontaVista, Trolltech (story), and Symbian.

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