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Tshwane University training OSS

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) recently conducted a successful open source introductory course. With 40 people certified so far, there are plans underway to scale this up to as many as 1000 students in June.

Libuntarian - Ubuntu at the Library

  • Librarian.net; By jessamyn (Posted by NoDough on May 9, 2007 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
This is a cool little video of a librarian installing Ubuntu on donated computers.

Setting up the Java Environment on AIX 5.3

Develop a Java application on AIX and learn how to extend it by using a PHP interface to look at the underlying Java code.

Microsoft is not the boss, we are

"Was this really where Microsoft thought it would be ten years ago? Is this really Microsoft's idea of making the rules and leading the industry? Being forced to *deal with GNU/Linux* by making fuzzy deals with vague patent implications?"

Ericsson and Sun to Develop Open Source-Based Server

The collaboration deal also included plans to develop a support program for the developer community.

Red Hat, IBM form mainframe partnership

Yahoo Finance reporter Jim Finkle has a story on Red Hat and IBM signing a deal for Red Hat Linux software on Z series mainframes. Up until now SuSE Linux, a Novell company, has been the main supplier of Linux on mainframes.

Porting for a Heterogeneous UNIX Environment

Use a componentized build system to automatically port Java projects with native extensions on heterogeneous UNIX platforms. To guarantee porting for many heterogeneous UNIX platforms, a build system should be pluggable.

The Slippery (and Colorful) Business of Standards

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 9, 2007 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The recent announcement of a new standard for "slipperiness" reminded me not only of the seemingly infinite, and at times surprising, types of standards we find we cannot live without, but also of the linkage between language and standards.

Book chapter: Making Ubuntu Usable

A chapter of a new how-to book, Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks, Mods and Customizations, has been published online at ExtremeTech.com. The chapter, entitled "Making Ubuntu Usable," explains how to tune Ubuntu to your personal tastes by changing startup music, background, fonts, icons, colors, and more.

Initial Version of quality.mozilla.org Launches

The Mozilla Quality weblog has announced that an initial version of the quality.mozilla.org site has launched. Described as "pre-alpha", the quality.mozilla.org site (QMO for short) is intended to become a central portal for the Mozilla quality assurance community.

VMware follows paravirtualisation path

Silly name, but a good idea, VMware is joining the rush down the road of paravirtualisation already beingtrodden by the likes of Novell and Microsoft.

Linux: Merging lguest

Andrew Morton sent out the latest lguest patches for review, noting that he intends to merge the code into the mainline kernel, "some concern was expressed over the lguest review status, so I shall send the patches out again for people to review, to test, to make observations about the author's personal appearance, etc. I'll plan on sending these patches off to Linus in a week's time, assuming all goes well." The project's FAQ notes, "lguest is designed to be simple to use and modify, with the aim of keeping the codebase small. Currently it's around 5000 lines including userspace utility, whereas kvm is over 10 times that size, and Xen is around 10 times bigger again (of course, both have far more features)."

Extending OpenOffice.org: Turning OpenOffice.org into a document conversion tool

One of the less well-known features of OpenOffice.org is its ability to run as a service. You can put that ability to some clever use. For example, you can turn OpenOffice.og into a conversion engine and use it to convert documents from one format to another via a Web-based interface or a command-line tool. JODConverter can help you to unleash OpenOffice.org's file conversion capabilities.

Virtual Hosting With vsftpd And PostgreSQL

  • HowtoForge; By Norbert Neubauer (Posted by falko on May 9, 2007 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This document describes how to install a vsftpd server that uses virtual users from a PostgreSQL database instead of real system users. I could not find any tutorial like that on the internet, so when that configuration finally worked for me, I decided to publish it. The documentation is based on FreeBSD 6.2 which I was recently forced to use (I usually use Debian). Nevertheless the document should be suitable for almost any Linux distribution as well (may require very small amendments).

The Joy and Sorrow of Ubuntu

Ubuntu 7.04, aka "Feisty Fawn," has been out for several weeks now and it's already very popular. Heck, Michael Dell was running it even before he chose it to become Dell's Linux of choice. But, how good is it?

How to Write an End User License Agreement

The End User License Agreement is, as its name shows it, a contract between the software developer and a potential user. Whenever you install software on a computer, you will have to face the inevitable: agreeing to the EULA. The question is, how important is it and what is the impact of it?

Indianapolis Star Brands Tux500 Project a Winner

Getting anything into the mainstream news cycle is tough. The old adage "If it bleeds, it leads", has proven to be an apt proverb in the case of the Tux500.com Project. While the only thing that may be bleeding in this effort are a few egos, that sort of injury isn't enough to get the attention of the big guys in the mainstream press.

Review: Elisa media center

Fluendo's Elisa is a free software media center application that can play your DVDs, video files, music, and pictures. Since it is designed for extensibility, Elisa has the potential to do much more. It does not handle television or video recording functions, but it is a slick and promising project.

Scientific Linux rolls out v5.0 live DVD

Scientific Linux, a project based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 source packages enhanced with a variety of additional applications, released its v5.0 i386 live DVD on May 7. The SL5 live DVD features a 2.6.18 kernel, includes all client/workstation RPMs, and uses GNOME as its default desktop.

Beryl on Mandriva 2007 Spring

Configure and use Beryl on the new Mandriva 2007 Spring is really easy, and you do not even need to open the console, as everything could be done from the graphic interface (GNOME in the case of this guide)

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