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Review: Practical PHP and MySQL

I've got to hand it to Practical PHP and MySQL author Jono Bacon: There aren't a lot of writers who could get me to bring a book about Web development on a plane to keep from being bored. He understands that some people don't want hundreds of pages of tutorials about everything a language has to offer. Instead, Practical PHP and MySQL dives right in with a compact, efficient overview of both the PHP programming language and using a MySQL database, and follows that with some hands-on projects.

LPIC-1 Linux Certification Training Available Online

Want a job working in Linux? Then one of your first steps should be to get an LPIC-1 (Linux Professional Institute first level) certification. In the past, getting this entry-level certification could be easier said than done, since classes aren't available everywhere.

Review: Geeklog delivers a portal in a box

It's called "The Ultimate Weblog System," and if you can shear off some of the hyperbole in that you'll find that the quick-to-install Geeklog does provide what it claims: a Web portal with all the trimmings, and all of it working right "out of the box."

Medsphere Posts OpenVistA(tm) Pharmacy Job Listings

Despite Medsphere'slitigation issues andnot keeping its promises to open source its products, the company appears to be generatingnew business and is alsohiring.

OSDL reports on the state of the Linux desktop

The OSDL's Desktop Linux Working Group has published a detailed, lengthy "state of the desktop" report that chronicles a truly surprising number of significant developments during 2006. The scholarly work was based in part on 2,600 responses to the OSDL's 2006 Linux Client Survey.

Palamida prepares for open source compliance demand

Legal concerns over open source intellectual property might have waned in recent years, but compliance software vendor Palamida Inc insists it is looking at a bright future given the growing use of open source software.

Guadalinex 4 Beta 3 Screenshots

Guadalinex is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Linux and developed by the government of Andalucía (Junta de Andalucía) in Spain. Screenshots of Guadalinex 4 Beta 3 are available at

SSL Secures VNC Applications

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Kyler Laird and others (Posted by IdaAshley on Jan 26, 2007 9:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
Want to view a desktop remotely, with more convenience than proprietary solutions and security advantages over ssh tunnelling? SSL provides a novel mechanism for convenient, secure access of remote desktops with VNC and standard Web browsers.

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Zend CEO seeks definitive open source business model

When PHP developer Zend Technologies Ltd announced the appointment of Harold Goldberg as its new CEO, it was arguably a case of a tech startup getting its first adult sales and marketing person at the helm. But one week into the job, Goldberg admits he is still in learning mode.

Cellphone giants unveil mobile Linux foundation

Six of the world's largest telecommunications companies have officially launched a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a common mobile Linux software platform. Founded by Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone, the LiMo Foundation is inviting membership and participation from application and middleware developers.

MCNLive VirtualCity RC Screenshots

The first release candidate for the upcoming MCNLive VirtualCity edition is out. What's new? The virtualization software VirtualBox OSE is pre-installed. Create new virtual disk images on a hard disk, run existing images stored on your hard disk. Requirements: enough RAM. Please give us some feedback, test and report bugs, either on or via email. A bunch of packages have been updated from the official Mandriva 2007 update mirrors, including the kernel. Opera updated to version 9.10. - DistroWatch Screenshots of MCNLive VirtualCity RC are available at

CIM Provider Certification Tool on Linux

Save time and Expense with the CIM Provider Certification Tool, facilitating procurement of certified products from global vendors, and the development of CIM-based applications for storage device management. This tool is written in Java and runs on Windows and Linux.

Free software group challenges educational software patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is going to review the patent held by e-learning software maker Blackboard Inc., in the wake of a challenge by a group advocating open source software. The USPTO responded Thursday to a November 2005 request from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) for the review on behalf of three open source educational software projects. In granting the review, the Patent Office found that prior art cited in SFLC's request raises "a substantial new question of patentability" regarding all 44 claims of Blackboard's patent.

[I used blackboard at ASU and its EULA was several pages long then, but patenting Teacher-to Students communication? That's over the top. - Scott]

Linux Distros Rival Vista

While the eyes of the IT world have spent years squinting to see Microsoft's slowly unfolding vistas, the companies and individuals that drive open source have been steadily building a case for broader adoption of Linux-based operating systems.

Red Hat's Volley on Linux Management Offering

Call it Red Hat's forward spin velocity regarding Linux management tools. With competition such as Oracle offering full Red Hat support on their own products, Red Hat is now expanding and improving its Linux management footprint. The leading Linux distributor told that it is rolling out online monitoring tool this year Red Hat customers.

Lesser known "mini" Linux runs from RAM

Mustang Linux, a fork of Buffalo Linux and a newcomer to the "mini" Linux distribution field, achieved a v2.3.1 release earlier this month. The lightweight distro, which can run entirely from RAM, is based on a 2.6.16 kernel and offers a choice of desktops, the project team said.

Introduction to extending SMIT

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Doug Monroe (Posted by solrac on Jan 26, 2007 2:28 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Discover how to use shell programming to modify the AIX System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) to develop, test, and install extensions safely.

KDE 3.5.6 Released with New Features, Translations and Fixes

The KDE project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.6, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. Significant features include additional support for Compiz as a window manager with Kicker, session management for browser tabs in Akregator, templating for KMail messages, faster frame rates with video chat in Kopete and new summary menus for Kontact making it easier to work with your appointments and to-dos.

China's Linux industry booms, despite problems

At the 2006 China Linux User Convention, held in Beijing on December 21, Chinese Linux users, producers, press, and analysts discussed recent developments in China's Linux and open source industry.

Expert shares secrets to saving thousands with K12LTSP

The K12 Linux Terminal Server Project (K12LTSP) is a thin client distribution designed for use in schools. Recently, I was invited by Robert Arkiletian, a K12LTSP contributor, to see the software in action in his computer lab at Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver, Canada. We talked about the system requirements for a K12LTSP installation, investigated the available software, and discussed the success of Arkiletian's own lab, which has saved his school thousands of dollars in hardware costs.

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