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What Sucks About DEs, pt. I: Ubuntu's GNOME

I enjoy using many different desktop environments and operating systems. On a day-to-day basis, I use Finder, Explorer, GNOME, and KDE. They all have their good sides, but obviously, they have their fair share of bad sides as well. The next couple of columns will be about the latter. This week, I take a look at whatever bothers me about Ubuntu's GNOME/Linux combination (Dapper, obviously).

Easier JavaSE for GNU Linux Leads to Wider Open Source Opps

What started in the 1990s as a contractual protection for Java against forays from Microsoft turned out to retard JavaSE on GNU Linux. A team from Sun last month remedied the long-standing legal problem, forging new license terms for JavaSE on GNU Linux.

People Behind KDE: Gilles Caulier

  • KDE Dot News; By Jonathan Riddell (Posted by dcparris on Jun 4, 2006 8:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Tonight's People Behind KDE interviews the developer of KDE's premiere photo management application Digikam. Gilles Caulier started out as a French translator for KDE but is now busy programming for hours each day. Find out his development tools of choice and his most influential photographer in our interview.

The Second International Conference on Open Source Systems

The goal of OSS2006 is to provide an international forum where a diverse audience of OSS researchers and practitioners can come together to examine the culture, technology, and organization of OSS systems, work practices, development processes, community dynamics, tools and applications.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 Due In July

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will enter beta testing in late July and ship in December, executives said Wednesday.

LPI Exam 202: Network Client Management

Learn to configure DHCP, NIS, LDAP servers, and PAM to support authentication to prepare you for the LPIC-2. This tutorial series serves as a comprehensive study guide so you can take the exams with confidence. And even if you're not preparing for Linux certification at this time, this series helps you build fundamental skills on Linux systems administration.

Java licence issues still have a part to play

Five years to Java on Linux, next is Java open source

The law, some say, is an ass and it is quite possible that mule-like legal stubbornness has lain at the heart of the time it has taken for Sun Microsystems to get Java on Linux.…

Dear Adelie

Dear Lord, you people are highly focused on mating issues. Just because I walk on two feet, don't confuse me with a mammal. However, I will do my best to answer your questions.

Local Perl Libs

  •; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Jun 4, 2006 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Oft times creating modules is not necessary (or perhaps wanted) at a particular site. Copying and pasting the same code over and over can also become cumbersome. A simple middle ground is to create Perl shared libaries that use the requires method. Simple shared libraries can be setup so a Perl site administrator and/or system administrator does not have to solely manage the code.

Systhread wants your geek bunker pic

My friends and I in the Open Source community trade geek bunker photos. What I would like is fellow Open Source folks who have interesting setups to either email me a picture or link of your particular setup and I will link to and/or post it on Call it a fun geek time hole.

How To Build A LAMP Server With Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

This is a detailed description about how to set up a Ubuntu 6.06 LTS server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (Apache web server, Postfix mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

Four Points of Interoperability and Adobe

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 4, 2006 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Recently, spokespersons for Microsoft's standards group have been promoting "design, collaboration and licensing" as alternatives, rather than supplements to, open standards. Maybe Adobe's been listening.

Oracle joins Sakai as commerical affiliate

The Sakai Foundation has announced a link-up with Oracle as a commercial affiliate. The business technology giant says it will assist in the development of the community source Sakai collaboration and learning environment, which is supported by over 90 universities around the world.

Virtusa Launches Large Scale Open Source Initiative

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by grouch on Jun 4, 2006 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Virtusa Corporation reinforced its commitment to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and open standards by launching the Keystone initiative globally. This is the largest implementation of FOSS within Virtusa with a global deployment of over 2500 users.

Open source politics are 'American as apple pie'

Eben Moglen, professor of law at Columbia Law School, says that open source is a fundamentally American concept, contrary to the view promoted by Microsoft and others

Carry your programs, data with you on a thumb drive

Thumb drives are handy little storage devices. They transport documents, picture files and the like with aplomb. But they also can be used to run programs. This portability allows you to use programs on a computer that doesn't have them installed. For example, you may love using Mozilla Firefox at home, but your office's computer policies forbid installing it. You can get around the problem by running Firefox at work from a thumb drive.

Ingres Wants Partners To Push Open-Source Database Into Big Biz

  • CRN; By Barbara Darrow (Posted by grouch on Jun 4, 2006 2:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Ingres wants solution providers to know there's a new channel program in town. Ingres, the database developer spun off from CA last fall, consulted with existing solution providers to come up with a plan to help them boost usage of its wares.

Manage Apache Download Speed And Traffic Limits With mod_cband

In this tutorial I will describe how to install and configure mod_cband on an Apache2 web server. mod_cband is an Apache 2 module which provides bandwidth quota and throttling. It solves the problem of limiting users' and virtualhosts' bandwidth usage.

Jboss Chief Fleury Talks Up Red Hat Acquisition

As the Red Hat-JBoss Merger nears completion, JBoss chief -- now senior vice president of Red Hat's JBoss division -- sat down with CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney at the Red Hat Summit in Nashville, to discuss the impact of deal on its existing partnerships, customers and partners, future co-opetition with IBM and interoperability pact with Microsoft. Red Hat announced its planned acquisition of JBoss in April and the deal was expected to be completed by the end of May. Red Hat and JBoss will detail their integration plans at JBoss World in Las Vegas in mid June.

Customer Data Stolen From Accountant Reveals Flaw In Security Thinking

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Jun 3, 2006 11:45 PM EDT)
The thieves stole a laptop from a car. The laptop held hundreds of thousands of transaction records, including credit cards, for customers. When you review's Security Policy, you'll see that, while the firm takes great pride in locking down everything its administrators can imagine, managers never saw the auditor's blunders coming.

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