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Book review: Wicked Cool Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jeremy Turner (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 20, 2006 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Every GNU/Linux administrator will need to touch a Perl script or two at some point. Perl seems to be the scripting glue of choice since it has matured so well over the years. As a result, administrators can choose from many different Perl books. One such book is Wicked Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline and published by No Starch Press.

Cycle-Accurate Simulation for Fun and Profit

  •; By David Murrell (Posted by idean on Apr 20, 2006 6:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article describes the SPU pipeline configuration, performance metric, and trace facilities that are available in the IBM Full-System Simulator for the Cell BE platform. Find out the exact cycle where the SPE stalls, or identify a poor choice of branch predictions, using pipeline tracing in the Cell BE simulator.

Linux vendors to Back Unified Standard

More than a dozen technology companies, including IBM Corp. Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. are planning to support a new integrated server and desktop Linux standard unveiled at next week's Linux Desktop Summit by the Free Standards Group (FSG).

IBM Speaks Out on Red Hat-JBoss Deal

A company executive says he is not fazed by Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss and that the deal will not adversely affect their relationship.

State of E-Mail Authentication: SPF Dead, Others on Life Support

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Apr 20, 2006 4:29 AM EDT)
Email authentication's lack of adoption isn't simply about technology. It's more about competing visions, and the powerful sponsors behind each. At least one experiment has badly stumbled on both counts. Others await the political settlement that must take place before a plurality of network managers bother adding the Last Authentication Technology Standing to their job jars. Email Battles gives you a treetop view.

Linux in China to grow five-fold

According to technology research group IDC's latest research, China Linux 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis, China's Linux market revenue reached just $11.8 million in 2005, up 27.1% over 2004. However, 2005 saw a steady growth in the China Linux market, brought about mainly by the huge volume of government procurements and large-scale SCO Unix replacement by major banks and industrial projects such as Telecommunication and Internet cafes.

Dhs Bug Hunt Returns Mixed Reaction

The results of a Homeland Security Department-funded bug hunt spanning 40 popular open-source programs has thus far met ambivalence from the open-source community. While many projects are using the results to improve their software, others are bemoaning the high number of false positives.

Moving to PDF as a future print job spooling format

Portable Document Format (PDF) is set to displace PostScript as the standard print job transfer and processing format for Linux, though Linux will maintain PostScript support for a long time to ensure backward compatibility.

Debian Sarge release patches security, fixes "serious" problems

The Debian project team has released a second revision of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "Sarge." The release adds security updates to the stable version, along with corrections for some "serious problems," the team said. The distro uses a 2.6.16 kernel and the GNOME desktop environment as default.

Use Thunderbird like a pro

Even if you use Thunderbird on a daily basis, you probably don't know it inside out. There are still quite a few 'hidden' features not covered in the online help that can significantly improve your emailing habits. And since Thunderbird's functionality can be expanded via extensions, you can add some clever features to it too.

Book Review: Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux

This is the third of my three-part series of reviews on books written for people migrating from Windows to Linux. The first book was Marcel Gagne's Moving to Linux, Second Edition and the second was Spring into Linux by Janet Valade.. You might want to read those reviews before this one, since I draw comparisions between them.

Solid aims to fill Innobase shoes for MySQL

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Apr 20, 2006 12:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Finland-based Solid Information Technology Ltd hopes to pick up where Innobase Oy left off by announcing plans to develop an open source storage engine for the MySQL database.

Software reuse and DSO -- breaking the rules of embedded software development

Foreword: In this guest editorial, FSMLabs CEO Victor Yodaiken relates his company's experiences in the real-time Linux market to market conditions shaping Wind River's effort to redefine embedded software development as "device software optimization," or DSO.

Bring Your Desktop to the Four Corners of the Earth with eyeOS

While other corporations develop vapourware, a small group of coders are actually delivering something.

Panning flash

I love this quote fromDouglas Crockford:What a Flash intro says to me is"I hate my job. What I really want to do is make films. But they won't let me do that because I don't have talent. So watch this Flash intro." Soon as I read it, I immediately thought of Dack Ragus, whose Web Economy Bullshit Generator made me wish I'd supported verbs in BuzzPhraser. Even Way Back When, Dack was a devout disparager of Flash.

Security benefits of open source

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Andrew Bardin Williams (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Enterprise-level features, flexibility and cost have always been key factors for organizations that choose open source over proprietary technology. For IT managers in the government sector, however, these benefits often take a back seat to another software characteristic: IT security. Is open source secure enough for the government's IT infrastructure?

[One criticism of this article - Massachusetts is not trying to pass an "Open Source" document policy. They are trying to pass an "Open Format" document policy. - dcparris]

How do Open Source groupware solutions measure up?

Sirius Corporation is one of Europe's leading Open Source consultancies with development staff who have contributed to the success of many Open Source software projects including Samba and OpenLDAP. The company is the founding member of the Open Source Consortium, formed with the assistance of the Society of Information Technology Management - SOCITM , and the Open Standards Alliance to represent the Open Source business community in Europe. Recently, Sirius Corporation successfully implemented an Open Source network infrastructure for a 120 person engineering and risk consultancy business with a number of regional offices in the UK and the Middle East.

Optimizing DSPAM + MySQL 4.1

  • HowtoForge; By Lasse Laursen (Posted by falko on Apr 19, 2006 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
DSPAM is a scalable and open-source content-based spam filter designed for multi-user enterprise systems. It is great at filtering out spam but on busy mailservers the pruning of the MySQL databases takes way too much time.

Linux: 2.6.17-rc2, All Quiet on the Kernel Front

Linus Torvalds uploaded the 2.6.17-rc2 kernel, explaining that he usually releases -rc kernels weekly but due to travel and general quiet he waited longer, "I expect to be back to the weekly schedule now, even if it is quiet (which I hope it will be)." Read on for the shortlog which includes a list of all changes in the -rc2 patch. Linus also offered a quick summary of the changes:

"Not a lot of hugely interesting stuff, with a large portion of the diff being a late MIPS update (tssk tssk), and the huge diff from the long over-due removal of the Sangoma wan drivers that have been marked BROKEN for a long time. Same goes for the qlogicfc driver (which has been supplanted by the qla2xxx driver).

"As a result, the diff has just tons of deletions, even if most of the rest of the changes aren't all that big. But there are netfilter fixes, some more splice work, and just tons of random stuff: usb, scsi, knfsd, fuse, infiniband.."

Powerful PostgreSQL-oriented Database Structure Modeling ...

  •; By Avril Forde (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 6:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Database Designer for PostgreSQL lets you build your database structure visually. It diagrams all of your tables, the references between them, views, and stored procedures. You can even import existing PostgreSQL, Microsoft Access, Sybase, Oracle, Informix, MSSQL, DBF, and other types of databases into your diagram using Universal Reverse Engineering through ADO.

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