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Shuffle your music the smart way

Think of all the ways you interact with a computer each day. Any action you take, or even don't take, conveys some meaning. For example, when listening to your music collection, you might sometimes skip songs. What does that mean? There are a number of possibilities. Maybe you do not like the song that was playing, or it does not suit your current mood, or, possibly, you've listened to this song too much and would rather it be played less often. Is it possible to build a system that uses this information to learn which music you prefer and play it more often?

Does Open Source Matter? To IT, It Does, Says Nicholas Carr

  • InformationWeek; By Charles Babcock (Posted by tadelste on Feb 15, 2006 12:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nicholas Carr, the Harvard Business Review editor-at-large who in 2004 authored the book "Does IT Matter?" said Tuesday that open source code is much more than a passing phenomenon and will form the base of future IT departments.

HP, Novell sign new open-source agreement

Novell will supply hardware maker with new Linux package.

When the Ombudsman Becomes Part of the Story

My mistake - I used the same link in both places for this article. The second link - to the new information - is as follows: http://www.consortiuminfo.org/newsblog/blog.php?ID=2044 My apologies

Palmsource Unveils New Linux-Based Palm OS

  • PC Magazine; By Sascha Segan (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 9:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PalmSource on Tuesday announced their long-awaited Linux-based handheld operating system, the Access Linux Platform (ALP), which will bring full Palm compatibility to handhelds with a Linux core.

Open-source chronicles: Oracle buys, Gentoo founder flies

Oracle wakes up to the charms of Sleepycat Software, Gentoo's Daniel Robbins exits Redmond's embrace, and more.

The X Window System

  • IBM DeveloperWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 14, 2006 6:55 PM EDT)
In this tutorial (the last in a series of five tutorials on exam 101 topics), Ian Shields introduces you to the X Window System on Linux, and in doing so, continues preparing you to take the Linux Professional Institute Junior Level Administration (LPIC-1) Exam 101. Put the power of X into Linux by installing an X server, setting up an X, GNOME, or KDE display manager, and creating a window manager environment.

Developer: SQLite "Blunder Might Cause a Deadlock"

Arguably one of nature's more beautiful creations, SQLite has been a blessing for harried network managers and developers across Techdom. The combination of freeware with quality, elegance, scalability and an "anything goes" license, SQLite is a very hard act to follow. It has just one little problem that sounds like it's driving SQLite's developer nuts: multithreading. Here's hoping this weeks' revision fixes it.

When the Ombudsman Becomes Part of the Story

It was on December 12, 2006 that Boston Globe ombudsman Richard Chacon promised to investigate how the article by Steve Kurkjian that helped to drive Peter Quinn from office came to be written. What's happened since then? As the reporters say, "Repeated requests for comment have remained unanswered"

Sun GPLs Latest UltraSPARC

The company is releasing its UltraSPARC Architecture 2005 and HyperVisor API specifications to open source under the GPL. (Linux-Watch)

About the Firefox "memory leak"

A lot of people complain about the Firefox "memory leak(s)". All versions of Firefox no doubt leak memory - it is a common problem with software this complicated. We look to fix the issues where we can. David Baron and others have done a huge amount of excellent work in this area.

Oracle Bags Sleepycat

Oracle said Tuesday it bought open-source database company Sleepycat for an undisclosed sum, marking another step by the company known for its proprietary database software to expand its open-source offerings, which are typically lower cost.

Microsoft and Open Source: Two Tales

  • http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Feb 14, 2006 3:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo
Two recent stories – the decision of Gentoo creator Daniel Robbins to leave Microsoft, and the latter's "technical collaboration" with the open source company SugarCRM – have something important in common.

Debian Weekly News - February 14th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 3:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Debian Weekly News

Postgresql's enterprise adoption boosted

Further evidence emerged today of Open Source software's move from its traditional stronghold, network infrastructures, into the mission-critical application space. Sirius Corporation, leading European Open Source services provider, has been charged with supporting PostgreSQL for global datawarehouse Pindar Set, in the UK and US.

Review: PC-BSD brings BSD to the desktop

The PC-BSD team recently released its second release candidate for 1.0. With the final release rapidly approaching, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at what's coming in PC-BSD, a relatively new BSD distribution based on FreeBSD. It's specifically designed for desktop users, and offers a GUI installer that makes it simple for any user to install.

wyoGuide, another way to improve the Linux desktop


Improving the desktop by improving the applications

Master iptables with GUI Firewall Builders

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder aka tuxchick (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I believe that any network or system administrator who wishes to maintain an iptables firewall should learn iptables well, and be able to easily whip up a basic firewall from scratch. But learning how to do this is the tricky part, so this is where firewall builder programs earn their beans. With a firewall building utility you can get a functioning firewall up and running, and have scripts and rulesets to study. There are gazillions of the things, so today we'll look at three that I think are pretty good: Lokkit, KMyFirewall, and Firewall Builder.

Linux Professional Institute's Restructuring Begins with Staff Reductions

  • LXer.com; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As previously announced, LPI has entered a reorganization mode. With the termination of their international exam developers and subject matter specialists, questions abound.

Sun releases Sparc specs to lure Linux

Company fulfills pledge to release UltraSparc chip details to make it easier to bring Linux and versions of BSD Unix to its systems.

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