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Fedora Weekly News Issue 71

Welcome to our issue number 71 of Fedora Weekly News. http://fedoranews.org/wiki/Fedora_Weekly_News_Issue_71 In this issue, we have following articles: 1 RPM -- plans, goals, etc. 2 Important Fixes in flash-plugin-7.0.69-2 3 Firefox Flicks on TV 4 Southern California Linux Expo ramps up registration 5 Fedora's Legacy Wanes 6 OpenOffice.org 2.1 Is Here 7 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-12-11 8 Fedora Core 5 and 6 Updates 9 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News 10 Editor's Blog

PortableApps Suite: Portable computing with style

While the process of creating a portable computing environment (a fancy term for a set of portable applications on a USB stick) is not particularly complicated, it does require some manual work, and the final result may not be as polished as you might like. The new PortableApps Suite from John T. Haller, who also brought us Firefox Portable, Thunderbird Portable, and OpenOffice.org Portable, is designed to solve these problems, making it dead easy to turn your USB stick into a portable application platform and add a couple of useful features for good measure.

SageTV Media Center Adds Support for Online Video, Global Broadcasts & More

New Version 6.0 Now Available for Both Windows & Linux

[Non-FOSS - Be careful how much of your freedom you sell off. - dcparris]

Review: Track Your Systems With NetIQ

  • LinuxPlanet; By Rob Reilly (Posted by dcparris on Dec 18, 2006 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Managing hundreds or thousands of servers and desktops is a daunting job. System and network administrators need to be able to quickly load new machines, install applications, coordinate backups, balance network loads, and troubleshoot outages. They are constantly under assault by viruses, cyber criminals, and their own budgets. Rob Reilly examines one possible solution in NetIQ.

[I don't think NetIQ is FOSS... - dcparris]

Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Stutz (Posted by solrac on Dec 18, 2006 12:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article takes you step-by-step through several good, but too often neglected, techniques for command-line operations.

Is Linux Ready for Small Biz?

  • Small Business Computing; By Drew Robb (Posted by dcparris on Dec 18, 2006 11:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Many small businesses have avoided Linux for a variety of reasons: not enough applications, complexity of installation or that it requires too much technical know-how to run. The technology has matured over many years, which raises the question: how valid are these considerations today?

Firefox Web Browser Gains Slightly at Internet Explorer's Expense

NEW YORK — Mozilla's Firefox Web browser edged up slightly in usage at the expense of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Internet Explorer, commanding nearly 11 percent of the U.S. market on a typical weekday, according to research by WebSideStory.

Intalio Open Sources BPMS Under Mozilla Public License

Intalio, the Open Source BPMS Company, has 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.

[I thought the advantage of Free/Open Source Software was that you do not wind up with a stripped-down version of a program.

IBM builds Second Life store for Circuit City

Avatars show where the work isIBM hascut a deal with US electronic gizmo retailer Circuit City Stores to build a virtual store on one of the private fiefdoms it occupies on Second Life. There, virtual visitors will, in the form of their on-screen avatar, be able to go down the aisles of the store and examine products. The products can then be or ordered via the website.

[I don't know much about second Life, but what happens if your avatar gets robbed while ordering? - dcparris]

Debian Etch: So Easy A Newbie Can Do It

LXer Feature: 18-Dec-2006

After getting a nudge from one of our DebCentral readers, I decided to give Debian another shot. You see, I haven't messed with Debian since Woody taught me I was just a wannabe geek. As for Etch, if you've installed *Ubuntu, you can install Debian Etch. In fact, Debian may have found a new home or two or three.

Developing blind

In general, you are not allowed to discriminate against the physically disabled in the workplace. When one thinks of a job in software development, however, one conjures up the image of programmers building applications or writing code in front of a computer screen - tasks apparently relying on good vision.

Linux Security: A Big Edge Over Windows

Linux is better at locking down a computer than Windows. The Linux OS uses configuration settings and user permissions to a much more efficient degree than the Windows administrator account. To do this, non-enterprise users should seek help from third-party security suites that serve as configuration managers, James Bottomley, chief technology officer of SteelEye Technology said.

DistroWatch Weekly: Distributions in 2006, Arch Linux Office Install, Dreamlinux interview

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 18, 2006 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's final issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the year 2006 closing down on us rapidly, this seems like a good time to take a look at the world of Linux distributions and their evolution during the past year. Who has done the best job of bringing Linux to the desktops of new users? And which distributions are the losers of the increased competition among the different projects, all vying for our attention? As always, opinions are likely to vary, but some trends aren't difficult to spot. In the news section: Fedora looks to regain control over the RPM Package Manager, KNOPPIX promises a new version of its live CD, Debian publishes a release update, and Arch Linux announces an easy-to-install CD for desktop users. Finally, warm wishes of a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all DistroWatch readers! See you again in 2007!

Xensource expands its lineup

Organisations preparing to move to virtual environments will find broader options in 2007 as competitors to market leader VMware emerge with enhanced, enterprise-ready offerings.

Review: Stratus ftServer 4300

Lots of companies sell Linux servers, but how many promise 99.999% uptime? Not very many, but Stratus Technologies sells systems that offer the kind of fault tolerance that will handle mission-critical applications and leave admins with peace of mind. I had a chance to test out one of the company's ftServer 4300 systems, and it's an impressive system.

Beyond HTTP

“What we need is a Web browser that doesn’t just serve up documents, but serves up applications.” Early in 2006 I was given a design brief: a UK-based shipping company wanted to replace its shipment tracking system with a Web-based solution.

Various ways of detecting rootkits in GNU/Linux

This article takes a look at two programs which can be effectively used to detect any rootkits that are installed on your machine. The programs conducts a number of tests and checks against a database of known rootkits to see if the machine is infected by any of them.

Announcing Foresight Linux 0.9.9

I am very please to announce the release of Foresight Linux 0.9.9. What is new in this release? Compiz is now included. Also included GnuCash, GnomeScan, and the synaptics driver.

Sun Announces the Latest in Open Source Tools

NetBeans Community offers Developers Tools Designed to Fuel the Build Out of Next Generation Web Applications and Integrated Support For Building Native Applications

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Morville and Rosenfeld's book is a real eye-opener for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of organizing web information at the enterprise-level. This isn't about how to put together a standards-compliant website (well, it is sort of) or how to develop web applications or graphic design for webpages. True, all of those functions are necessary for web development but the (apparently) growing career of Information Architecture (IA) is an entity all its own.

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