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"industrial quality" USB Bluetooth adapter supports Linux

Ezurio is shipping a USB Bluetooth adapter suitable for embedded and industrial applications. The "High Speed USB Adapter" uses less power, has greater range and interference resistance, and a wider operating temperature range than consumer-grade Bluetooth radios, the company says. Linux's native Bluetooth drivers support it.

RR64 3.0RC1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Fabio Erculiani has announced the first release candidate of RR64 Linux 3.0, a 64-bit live DVD based on the unstable branch of Gentoo Linux. What's new? Greatly improved stability and functionality; kernel 2.6.16.11 and glibc 2.4; KDE 3.5.2, GNOME 2.14.0; Gstreamer 0.10.4 and amaroK 1.4 beta 3 (with iPod support); out of the box USB DVD boot support and hard disk installation support; GCC 4.0.x performance level; latest Xgl and Compiz from CVS for both GNOME and KDE; latest Proprietary drivers from ATI (8.24.8) and NVIDIA (8756); X.Org 7.0.1 and optimized Fontconfig for better font performance... Fabio submitted to OSDir some great shots of RR64 Linux in the RR64 3.0RC1 Screenshot Tour.

Device Profile: EnFlex SCS G100 facilities management system

EnFlex used embedded Linux in an industrial control and monitoring system targeting facilities management. The Site Control Server (SCS) G100 is based on a 586-class processor and runs Debian Linux. Its web interface can integrate and manage multiple serial- and Ethernet-based facilities control systems.

Photo gallery: Fedora Core 5

This detailed image gallery walks through the complete Fedora Core 5 installation. Looks easier than Windows!

Might Red Hat benefit most from Sun's opening of Java?

Several rumors have been circulating that claim an esoteric prescience concerning Sun's intentions toward Java and the free software community. Like shoots of hope that spring from the coldest ground, open source proponents were reported floating the idea that Sun might finally, this time, yes really, make Java open-source.

More credibly, CNET suggests that Sun will alter its licensing on its Java Runtime Environment so that Linux distributions can include it. Currently, a typical Linux user (unless he buys a packaged distribution that has gone through the trouble and expense of getting a JRE license, as Sun's own Java Desktop System did) has to download and install a JRE himself, should he want Java for use in applets in his web browser or for other purposes. Clearly, it would much more convenient for users (and provide more certainty for developers) if Linux distributions could come with Java built in.

Book Review: Linux Desktop Pocket Guide by David Brickner

The Linux Desktop Pocket Guide is a valuable resource for new users to the Linux world. Almost everyone has heard of Linux and recognizes it as the "next big thing". However, many people are taken aback at the sheer number of Linux distributions. The advantage of Windows is that there is only one company to go to and that provides some simplicity. With Linux, there is no one-stop shopping, and each distribution has different strengths and weaknesses. This book helps the novice user to navigate the most popular distributions to decide which will work best for them.

Mushroom cloud spotted over Lobby4Linux.com

Due to circumstances beyond our control...

[I'm betting on the wife with an 8-pound hammer! - dcparris]

Linux hater/traitor turns to Windows

Internet satirist Shelley the Republican has embraced Microsoft Windows, barely 10 days since publishing a tongue-in-cheek diatribe that painted the open source community as a bunch of communist hackers.

Software Security Analysis with BogoSec

  • developerWorks; By Dustin Kirkland & Loulwa Salem (Posted by idean on May 6, 2006 2:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
BogoSec is a source code metric tool that wraps multiple source code scanners, invokes them on its target code, and produces a final score that approximates the security quality of the code. This article discusses the BogoSec methodology and implementation, and illustrates the output of BogoSec when run on a number of test cases, including Apache Web server, OpenSSH, Sendmail, Perl, and others.

First look: Dropline GNOME 2.14.0

Dropline 2.14.0, released last month, lets you add the GNOME desktop environment to Slackware. It consists of 271 compressed package format files on a single CD. Using dropline on top of Slackware is like putting icing on a cake.

Linux kernel 'getting buggier,' leader says

Lead maintainer Andrew Morton says defects are being added to the production kernel faster than they're being fixed.

Open Source: Who Takes But Doesn't Give Back?

Do the companies that benefit the most from open-source code give anything back to the community? That's a provocative question that comes up when you take a close look at how prominent open-source projects actually work. I don't want to point any fingers, but what about the banks and financial services firms? How much do they give back?

Genasys Announces the Release of Version 9 of their Linux GIS ...

Madrid, Spain, May 8, 2006- After a successful Beta program, Genasys today announced the release of Version 9 of the GenaMap Product Suite. This powerful GIS development and distribution platform is celebrating more than 20 years providing flexible functionality and Unix and Linux support while Version 9 adds support for the Windows operating system.

Waugh erupts over AU Ubuntu proposal

A local representative of the principal backer of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system has reacted negatively to a proposal to set up an independent Australian organisation to promote the software.

Linux.com weekly security advisory - May 5, 2006

Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Ubuntu issued security updates that addressed security problems for the following packages: ClamAV, Dia, the X.org X Server, Ethereal, Asterisk, Mozilla, Thunderbird, resmgr, GDM, LibTIFF, Mplayer, PHPWebSite, and SquirrelMail. Ubuntu also issued a kernel update addressing multiple vulnerabilities.

Blue Frog Breaks 2005 Promise of No Innocent Victims

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 5, 2006 10:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In its "Gunfight at the OK Corral" with a spammer, controversial Blue Frog maker, Blue Security, was shot out of the saddle, completely losing its own website to a denial of service attack. In addition, Blue Frog client email addresses were reportedly exposed, and 10 million non-combatants in Typepad's blogging community assumed room temperature for at least twelve hours. So what did Blue Frog mean when it assured skeptical experts that there would be no innocent victims?

The Evolving ODF Environment: Spotlight on KOffice

There are already multiple implementations of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) in the marketplace. Why do adopt a standard - and therefore by definition go head to head with their competitors?

Does GNU needs a GNU logo?

Does GNU or the Free Software movement need a new and more attractive logo to help us advertise Free Software ideas?

strace - A very powerful troubleshooting tool for all GNU/Linux users

  • All about Linux; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on May 5, 2006 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Many times I have come across seemingly hopeless situations where a program when compiled and installed in GNU/Linux just fails to run. In such situations after I have tried every trick in the book like searching on the net and posting questions to Linux forums, and still failed to resolve the problem, I turn to the last resort which is trace the output of the misbehaving program. Tracing the output of a program throws up a lot of data which is not usually available when the program is run normally. And in many instances, sifting through this volume of data has proved fruitful in pin pointing the cause of error.

Unix Methods and Concepts in the Wild

Our list of Unix books, papers, and usenet postings continues to grow, so much so that I thought it best to move it to its own page, so we can organize it and continue to work on it on its own page. With that end in mind, Groklaw member grouch has collected all the comments you've left on the original article, and he's put them all together in one list.
Nice bit of work, Grouch!

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