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A beginner's guide to IRC

If you have questions about Linux or open source projects, real-time help is often just a keyboard away -- if you know where to look online. Forums, mailing lists, and Googling are all useful when you have questions, but if you really want answers fast, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is the place to look. If you've never ventured into IRC, here's all you need to get started.

CentOS 5 Linux is "rock-solid," reviewer says

CentOS 5.0 received high marks in one of the first reviews of its latest release. The OS, which is billed as a "100 percent compatible" rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, targets users who need enterprise-class operating system stability without the cost of certification and support.

Retaliations, Extortions, and Protection Rackets Hurting GNU/Linu

Samsung has just made a Novell-type deal with Microsoft. It would be unsurprising if Samsung came under pressure by Microsoft. There is little or no reason to suspect that Samsung approached Microsoft and sought coverage for its use of Linux.

Self-extracting Archive HOWTO

GNU/Linux includes a beautifully simple way of creating self-extracting archives, and "self-installing" archives. This article explains how.

Kubuntu 7.04: Putting up a real fight against Windows Vista.

  • Pain and Glory from the Trenches of the IT World (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Apr 20, 2007 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
While I find myself using Solaris and NetBSD more often these days, I do like to keep up with what is happening in the Linux world. So today I decided to download and install the newly-released Kubuntu 7.04. After installing it and using it for a little while, I am very impressed. Dare I say it, I think Kubuntu puts up quite a challenge for Windows Vista to face.

The Perfect Setup - Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 20, 2007 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how to set up a Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Elive 0.6.7 development released

  • elivecd.org; By Thanatermesis (Posted by SFN on Apr 20, 2007 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Debian
After a HUGE amount of work on that version, a migration to new hosting (you can see the websites faster now!), and all the mirrors of Elive broken, Elive has finally released the version 0.6.7 with a LOT of good changes.

PHP and MySQL for Dummies

Providing a good introduction to these two popular open source languages, after working through this book a reader should be able to build their own database driven web sites and applications.

Take the Ruby on Rails Train to XML

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Daniel Wintschel (Posted by IdaAshley on Apr 20, 2007 9:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
It looks like Rails is here to stay, and to everyone's benefit. Ruby plays very nicely with XML. In this tutorial, you will build a Rails application, discuss some basics about the way that Rails works, how it's structured and how to use it, and then you'll move on to working with XML.

Ten things you didn't know about open source

One of the world's leading advocates of the open source software movement, Brian Bahlendorf gave a talk at the Digital Freedom Expo at the University of the Western Cape on Thursday, entitled "Ten things you may not know about open source".

Sun injects NetBeans into Ubuntu

Sun has hitched its open source and Java developer fortunes to Ubuntu by inserting NetBeans into the latest version of the fast-growing distribution.

Phoronix To Support Solaris OS

Our primary focus at Phoronix has been and will remain on covering the GNU/Linux hardware scene; however, the Solaris OS will become standard for use in a majority of our reviews and other hardware articles. We have been monitoring the Solaris landscape for quite some time and we see today's adoption as an important milestone for Solaris desktop users and the alternative operating system community in general. Our goal is to provide Solaris users with the most detailed information when it comes to compatibility and performance for desktop and server hardware.

Tux Takes His Place on Chastain Motorsports Indy Car

Tux, the cherubic penguin mascot of the Linux computer operating system has just taken up residence on the front nose of the Chastain Motorsports Panoz / Honda Indy car. Driver, Stephan Gregoire, and team owner, Tom Chastain, applied the ceremonial first decal yesterday to the distinctive two-tone blue, 225 mph Indy racer that Gregoire will pilot for this year’s 91st running of the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race on May 27, 2007.

ScienceLogic appliance leverages open source for network management

ScienceLogic launched three years ago with a mission to bring to market an IT appliance that could monitor every aspect of a company's network infrastructure. CEO David Link calls it "dial tone service quality," a term that has come to mean high reliability and easy accessibility. To accomplish that mission, Link knew that open source software was the key, both internally and in ScienceLogic's flagship product, the EM7.

Configure IBM LDAP netgroups with Windows Active Directory server

This article explains how to configure netgroups on the IBM Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) client (AIX) with Microsoft Active Directory server.

Microsoft's $3 anti-Linux weapon

In Beijing, Bill Gates announced this week that Microsoft's "Unlimited Potential" initiative will now include offering a software package, the Student Innovation Suite, to governments and students in emerging countries across the world at a price of just $3. This suite, available in the second half of 2007, will include Windows XP Starter Edition; Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office, and Windows Live Mail desktop. However, Microsoft has no takers for its offering yet.

First Mobile Linux Development Kit (MKitTM) Is Now Available

Unicon Systems has started shipping its Linux-powered development kit based on "chip-on-film" technology similar to that used in Motorola's ultra-thin "Razr" phones. The "MKit" design includes an application-ready Linux OS and tools, and targets consumer devices such as portable media players, PDAs, and UMPCs (ultra-mobile PCs).

Kubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Released

Kubuntu 7.04, development codename "The Feisty Fawn", was released today. Free CDs are available through ShipIt. Kubuntu prides itself on working towards the perfect KDE GNU/Linux solution, and with this latest release the development team worked harder than ever to do just this. 7.04 includes many updates, new features, and the latest releases of your favorite applications. KDE 3.5.6 is of course the desktop of choice, with K3b up to the milestone 1.0. The development team has worked hard to incorporate the best usability and accessibility features, to tame the edginess, and to provide a stable and secure computing environment for everyone. So stand with us and congratulate the Kubuntu development team and its many users in a job well done.

GNOME Mobile and Embedded Initiative launched

The GNOME Foundation is scheduled to announce the GNOME Mobile and Embedded Initiative (GMAE) today at the Embedded Linux Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. The initiative is aimed at bolstering GNOME usage as an embedded and mobile development platform. Founding members include open source organizations and commercial interests such as ACCESS, Canonical, Intel, Debian, Nokia, Red Hat, Fluendo, the Linux Foundation, and Maemo.

Ubuntu 7.04 arrives with optional Java stack

Who needs Vista, when Canonical Ltd. the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, has just released the latest version of the popular Linux distribution: Ubuntu version 7.04? Despite concerns that this release might be delayed by last minute, fine tuning of ATI graphic card drivers and the network manager panel applet, Ubuntu 7.04 made its release date.

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