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Develop a Grid App with Open Source Tools

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Brown (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 30, 2007 3:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story
Create a rapid development process using open source tools for grid applications. For optimal results take advantage of scripting languages like Perl or Python and deployment environments like Apache. For more rapid development possibilities try this Project Zero and PHP tutorial and build a simple web application.

A Quick Look at Mono Licensing and Microsoft Licensing

When .NET went Shared Source Miguel de Icaza talked about what it all meant. Looking at the Microsoft Reference License you find some very brow-raising phrases discussing software patents.

Eaton Announces UPS Support for Ubuntu

On the face of it, it's hardly news worth noting. On Nov. 27, Eaton announced that its Personal Solution Pac for Linux and Network Shutdown Module v3 are the first UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) power management solutions to receive Ubuntu's IHV (independent hardware vendor) Certification.

Skype 2.0 vs. Ekiga for Linux Reviewed

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 30, 2007 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Many of us wonder, why is there so much excitement over Skype when, at its core, Ekiga is a more robust application with even more maturity behind it? The answer to that is rather simple - provide a compelling reason to use something besides Skype.

Using KonsoleKalendar to Interact With KOrganizer

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Nov 30, 2007 12:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE
KonsoleKalendar lets you interact with the calendar application in KDE's Kontact from the command-line. Aside from possibly using this handy utility via SSH to remotely add an event to your calendar, you could probably also use it in a Bash, Python, or other script.

Tip from RHCEs: Cows in the Linux kernel

While you deal with your daily chores, you may not have much chance or time to dig deep into Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® source code. When you face a problem, unlike other proprietary software, RHEL lets you access its source code freely as a last resort. Let’s go through how to access RHEL source code so that you will be well prepared when something calls for it. This guide will show you how you can enjoy the archeology of the linux kernel by digging into source code.

What Does "IP" Really Mean?

For readers of Linux Journal, "IP" almost certainly refers to the Internet Protocol, part of the TCP/IP suite that underpins the Internet. But to most people, if it means anything, "IP" refers to something known as "intellectual property". This widespread recognition is rather curious, because "intellectual property" does not exist.

GNU PDF to fill missing gap in functionality

For many average users, GNU/Linux support for PDF files may seem reasonably advanced. They can create PDF files in programs like, read them with programs like Kpdf, and edit them in programs like pdftk or PDFedit. But that's not the whole story, says José Marchesi, founder of the recently created GNU PDF project. "Unfortunately, there are a lot of missing features in the existing free implementations," he says. That's the main reason why the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has declared GNU PDF a high priority project, and is actively seeking donations to speed its progress.

How Web 2.0 evangelists make the Microsoft monopoly stronger

One IT Manager, bemoaning his lot to me, recently compared the rise of Web 2.0 enthusiasts to the problem the Police has with Freemasons. The blog and wiki evangelists within are not as secretive, of course, but they're equally cult-like: speaking their own language, and using the populist rhetoric of "empowerment" for relentless self-advancement. Now Microsoft is turning this mood music to its competitive advantage.

Sun Seeks to Improve Business by Restructuring Its Stock

If you don't know the stock market, $5 a share may sound like the stock of a good, healthy company. Actually, it's usually seen as the mark of a company in deep trouble. Sun Microsystems, which has been mired below $10 a share for years, finally decided to do something about it. Earlier this month, Sun conducted a reverse four to one stock split.

Putting Linux in Perspective

While I was cleaning up my office I ran into the March 1986 issue of UNIX/WORLD, a long-since deceased magazine. I had saved this particular magazine because I am the author of the article featured on the cover: The Unix System on the IBM PC. Much like your Linux system choices of today, there were choices back in 1986. In the article I looked at three versions of real UNIX (meaning software licensed from AT&T) and two clones. Also, much like today, I didn't come up with the one single best answer. Each had advantages and disadvantages.

Dell moves 40,000 Ubuntu PCs

Dell agreed to ship PCs and laptops with the Ubuntu operating system after more than 130,000 people promoted the notion on the company's IdeaStorm web site. It would seem, however, that only a fraction of these zealots were willing to back their votes with cash. Dell has shipped close to 40,000 systems pre-installed with the Ubuntu flavor of Linux, according to multiple sources. By most accounts, that's a heck of a total for what remains more or less a fringe operating system.

Post modern mailing with poMMo

poMMo, the "post modern mass mailer" with the not-quite-right acronym, is a powerful Web server-based mass mailing program firmly rooted on a Linux+Apache+MySQL+PHP (LAMP) base. poMMo has been developed with the end user in mind, which shows in its quick Web-based installation, in its powerful yet simple way of creating and sending mailings, and in its intuitive usage. 2.3 Impresses

The release of 2.3 brings several significant improvements to the open-source office productivity suite, including easier upgrade paths for existing Microsoft Office users, improved measures to prevent security breaches, and an array of snazzy new features introduced in the suite's word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications.

Review: gOS: Undocumented Enlightenment

gOS, the hot new Linux distribution, has been generating a lot of buzz because it comes with the Everex Green PC, sold at Wal-Mart for $200. Linux reviewers are totally in love with it, and are praising it to the skies. Naturally, Carla Schroder had to find out if it lives up to the hype.

Help pick the best free Linux games

As things start quietening down for the year, we may just get a chance to while away a few hours with games. Slipping into the holiday spirit, Tectonic has put together a list of some of the better free Linux games out there, but we want your input to decide which are the best.

Green Computing (With Linux): Does Anyone Care?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 29, 2007 2:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Over the past few months, the concept of green computing has become all the rage. But the undeniable fact is that often times with this low impact approach to computing, we end up sacrificing actual computing power, which makes this a tough sell for many. Frankly, to me it just feels like a marketing ploy. Could this perception be felt by others as well?

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha: A First Look

The first alpha release of Ubuntu 8.04 was scheduled to be released today, but the official release has been pushed back until tomorrow. However, a preliminary CD image of this first alpha release for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS has surfaced today on the Internet. While there is still seven more Ubuntu 8.04 test releases planned before the final release of Hardy Heron in April, we have already started exploring this first Hardy Heron LiveCD.

EFF Catches Comcast with it's Packets Down

EFF study shows that Comcast does indeed throttle P2P activity.

Open News Podcast Episode 31 Released

This week on Open News More BusyBox Lawsuits, Gnome Supports OOXML?, and Flyback.

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