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Linux Networx Taps SilverStorm for Supercomputing Project

The SilverStorm 9000 Fabric Director system will provide a 20 Gb/s InfiniBand DDR interconnect backbone for an AMD Opteron dual processor-based 110-node Linux Networx Custom Supersystem with integrated visualization and a performance-tuned storage system.

[Wonder how Doom 3 would work on that -- grouch]

Flock beta rocks

Flock is a "social browser" built on the Firefox code base, which integrates blogging, photo sharing with Flickr or Photobucket, "favorites" (a.k.a. bookmarks) using or Shadows, and other collaborative features. Last November I took a look at an early Flock release, and found it to be interesting, if a little bit rough. The Flock folks have been hard at work, and the new Flock beta release looks solid enough to be a must for users who spend a great deal of time blogging, sharing pictures, or using services like

Eight from IBM: Cell, water cooled CPUs, declarative javascript ...

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development.

[LXer member IdaAshley has already posted each of these, I think, but this article puts them all together in one list. -- grouch]

Review: Object-Oriented PHP

  • - Feature Stories; By Efren J. Belizario (Posted by grouch on Jun 17, 2006 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community, PHP
PHP has grown to become one of the most popular scripting languages on the web. It offers many possibilities to its users, from building a complex and innovative content management system to forming a simplistic family photo album. PHP is also a useful programming language in that it helps eliminate redundancy while promoting time-saving and dynamic methodology. With PHP and an object-oriented approach (OO), using PHP has countless advantages. Peter Lavin's highlights this and more inObject-Oriented PHP.

Hyperic goes open source for IT management

Hyperic, a renowned player in next-generation IT management platforms, is adopting an open source business model for Hyperic HQ, its flagship product.

How to keep users from messing up their desktops

While I prefer allowing every user to customize his system, some managers may want to keep users from messing up a standard configuration. There are two basic approaches to this process. First, you can disable access to the key tools. Second, you can change ownership and permissions on associated configuration files to prevent changes by regular users. Unveils New $2.95 Linux Hosting Plan

Also announces addition of two new Linux plans featuring Ruby on Rails and enhancement of their entire Linux hosting plan lineup with PHP 5.

[This is not an endorsement by LXer just as there is no LXer endorsement for other press releases posted.-- grouch]

Leading Mobile Phone Players Converge on Linux

Four large mobile phone vendors, together with two major wireless operators, will create an open Linux implementation for mobile phones.

Ibm Japan Builds New Accounting System for NYK Line

IBM Japan today announced the implementation of NYK Line's new accounting system as part of the company's medium-term management plan "New Horizon 2007" announced in March 2005.
The strongest feature of IBM's mainframe z990 is its ability to run its flagship z/OS operating system concurrently with open and industry standard technologies such as Linux and Java™ Linux on a single server. Another distinguishing feature is the z990 offers an Integrated Facility for Linux, a central processor dedicated to Linux workloads, which allows users to temporarily turn on additional IFL engine capacity for spikes in usage, thereby enabling better cost management and utilization of IT resources.

Mobile players form Linux alliance

  •; By Maxim Kelly (Posted by grouch on Jun 17, 2006 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
A consortium of top mobile phone manufacturers and operators has decided to form a foundation to standardise smartphone operating systems.

Neverwinter Nights Infinite Dungeons Linux Review

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Jun 17, 2006 5:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story

This week on PCBurn's Linux Game Review we're taking a look at Infinite Dungeons, BioWare's newest (and last) official module for Neverwinter Nights.

It's a professionally crafted game expansion that aims to replicate the automatic dungeon generation game play of rogue style dungeon romps such as nethack or ADOM. Let's see how it stacks up. joins with

After discussing ways in which the two sites could cooperate for the mutual benefit we have decided to join and communities to create a bigger and better Free Software support community at

ASCII art fun with boxes

ASCII art has evolved from flashy text messages cooked up with underscores and hashes to more complex and appealing designs, but creating such patterns takes some effort. boxes is an excellent utility that can help you create interesting ASCII artwork.

Report: Novell's Desktop Advances

At LinuxWorld Canada 2006, Dee-Ann LeBlanc sat down with Ross Chevalier, Chief Technology Officer of Novell Canada, Ltd, who wanted to talk about why 2006 is finally the year of Linux on the desktop. Or, more precisely, "The Year of Adoption for an Enterprise Linux Desktop."

Will NexentaOS (GNU/OpenSolaris) succeed as a Desktop?

NexentaOS Alpha 5 (Dapper Drake 6.06) Released!

“free” as in “free lunch”

  • Free Software Magazine; By Edward Macnaghten (Posted by dcparris on Jun 17, 2006 2:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Too long ago, when I was a sprog growing up, my elders and betters drummed into me in no uncertain terms that there was “no such thing as a free lunch”. At the time, I was going to school and my lunches were either provided by my parents or paid for by them, so as far as I was concerned my lunches were free. However, I soon appreciated what they meant as I approached adulthood. It is a very rare event, if it happens at all, that someone gives you something for free without some ulterior motive.

Marketing free and open source software

The open source process is marketing in its purest form.

If that horrifies you, perhaps you're unfamiliar with marketing.

Matthew Revell explains what marketing is and how free and open source software projects can use it to their advantage.

Spyware scene sets its sights on Firefox users

The Internet Storm Center has reported a mass e-mail currently spreading throughout Australia in particular. The e-mail is designed to lure recipients to a web page that exploits loopholes in browsers. What is interesting about it is that the masked JavaScript code on the web page contains a browser switch which slips Mozilla/Firefox users a loophole exploit tailored to older versions of the browsers. What this then does in detail cannot be gathered from the advisory; experience indicates, however, that such pages frequently install spy- and/or adware without the user's consent (see also Schädlingen auf der Spur [Tracking down Vermin] at heise Security).

Wengophone: VoIP done right

Dreaming about a free software competitor for Skype? Maybe your wait is over

A new, full-featured free software application pops its head into the VoIP world, and it nominates itself as the most serious competitor of Skype. It’s name is Wengophone.

Review: Novell Lets Bandit Loose

  • LinuxPlanet; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Jun 17, 2006 12:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Novell
Managing your identity in the Internet of 2006 is a complex Web that requires multiple identities and passwords for multiple sites and services. Enter the open source Bandit project from Novell.

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