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GIMPShop Review: GIMP Made Friendly

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 16, 2007 1:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I have been successfully using GIMP for what seems like years. It's free, it's stable and once you understand the rather strange menu layout, it actually provides fantastic functionality. But the reality remains that some people are still trying to come off their Photoshop dependency, and for these individuals, the argument about how fantastic it is tends to fall on deaf ears.

Day two at T-DOSE

LXer Feature: 16-Oct-2007

Sunday was the second day of T-DOSE in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, a technical open source event aimed at developers. See our previous article for the coverage of the first day. Today's topics: Search Engine development with AdvaS, A GNU Edu overview, Sebastian Kügler about KDE 4.0 and an overview of Free Software events in Europe. I was also able to talk in person with a few people, such as Olivier Cleynen, who's presentation from yesterday about FOSS marketing is also covered in today's article.

Ubuntu: the calm before the Gutsy

After months of intermittent use of Xubuntu on my less-capable converted thin client (I always liked Xubuntu, for the record), I decided to put the standard Ubuntu on my new, old $0 Laptop in anticipation of the 7.10 Gutsy release of the popular Linux distribution in, at this writing, three days.

Ontario LinuxFest makes an auspicious debut

  •; By The Eclipse Foundation says building rich internet applications (RIA) just got easier with the relea (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 15, 2007 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The first-ever Ontario LinuxFest, unapologetically modeled on Ohio's conference of the same name, took place on Saturday at the Toronto Congress Centre near the end of runway 24R at Toronto's international airport. With only a few sessions and a lot of quality speakers, the organisers kept the signal-to-noise ratio at this conference as good as it gets. The charismatic Marcel Gagné gave the first talk I attended. Gagné started his talk on what's coming in KDE 4.0, which is expected to be released in mid-December, by stating that KDE 4.0 is a radical departure from existing desktop environments, including current versions of KDE.

Interview With New Medsphere CEO Michael Doyle

Michael J. Doyle has a distinguished entrepreneurial career. He recently joined Medsphere as its new President and CEO, replacing Dr. Kenneth Kizer. Doyle has served as President and CEO of Advantedge Healthcare Solutions, a New York-based Software as a Service (SaaS) outsourced physician-billing company backed by private equity investors. From 2000 to 2004, Mike served as Chairman and CEO of Salesnet. In 1989 Mike founded The Standish Care Company, a provider of assisted living and long-term care services.

DebConf8 to be held from August 2nd to August 17th 2008

The DebConf team has decided on having the next DebConf during the first two weeks of August 2008, in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina. The whole event will be starting on August 2nd and ending on August 17th. DebCamp will take place from the 3rd till the 9th and DebConf from the 10th till the 16th. Registation will open in late 2007.

How to simulate a slow network with 'wanem'

Wanem is the perfect tool for you, if you are *not* a guru when it comes to TCP/IP, networking, routing, proxying, firewalling, gatewaying and iptables commandlines, but if you nevertheless want to test your application's performance when using network connections of all kinds and qualities.

Eclipse releases RAP 1.0 Ajax toolkit

The Eclipse Foundation says building rich internet applications (RIA) just got easier with the release today of its much-anticipated Rich Ajax Platform (RAP 1.0) toolkit. The toolkit enables developers to build RIAs using a combination of Java, Ajax and the OSGi standard within the Eclipse framework.

ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv On Linux

While most of the rage these days for Intel hardware is about the P35 and X38 Chipsets, for those looking at an economically-minded motherboard that may not support all of the latest and greatest features but can still work well as a Linux desktop, Intel's P965 remains a great option. One of the motherboards fitting this criteria is the 4Core1333-Viiv from ASRock, which utilizes the Intel P965 + ICH8DH while is still compatible with Intel Core 2 Quad 1333MHz processors. Through ASRock's AGI Express, ATI CrossFire support is also possible using this budget motherboard. But how well does the ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv work under Linux? We'll tell you in this article as we do our usual compatibility and benchmarking roundabout.

Student Kernel Projects

"The kernel newbies community often gets inquiries from CS students who need a project for their studies and would like to do something with the Linux kernel, but would also like their code to be useful to the community afterwards," explained Rik van Riel in a posting titled "WANTED: kernel projects for CS students". He offered a link to a Kernel Newbies wiki page titled"Kernel Projects" adding, "if you have ideas on what projects would be useful, please add them to this page (or email me)". Rik explained that he was assembling a list of projects on that page that meet the following criteria:"Are self contained enough that the students can implement the project by themselves, since that is often a university requirement; are self contained enough that Linux could merge the code (maybe with additional changes) after the student has been working on it for a few months; are large enough to qualify as a student project, luckily there is flexibility here since we get inquiries for anything from 6 week projects to 6 month projects."

Trowser: A graphical less command that is more

Translating a command line tool to a graphical interface usually means a loss of functionality. However, in the case of the newly released trowser text browser, while I wouldn't swear that the transition has retained all the functionality of the less command that it is intended to replace, I doubt that anyone short of an expert is likely to notice the difference. Not only does trowser offer a comparable wealth of key bindings for moving about displayed text files, but it also adds such features as custom highlighting, a search history, and bookmarks as well. The result is an easy-to-use tool for developers who browse code listings, or anyone who browses log files, HTML pages, or other plain text files.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 105

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 105 for the week of October 8th.

Report: Desktop Stats: Linux Behind, But Moving Forward

The competition for market share between the leading desktop OSes, Windows, Mac and Linux, has seen no major revolution this year. But based on data from Net Applications, there have been subtle changes that suggest major shifts in the years ahead.

Preventing Brute Force Attacks With Fail2ban On OpenSUSE 10.3

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 15, 2007 12:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
In this article I will show how to install and configure fail2ban on an OpenSUSE 10.3 system. Fail2ban is a tool that observes login attempts to various services, e.g. SSH, FTP, SMTP, Apache, etc., and if it finds failed login attempts again and again from the same IP address or host, fail2ban stops further login attempts from that IP address/host by blocking it with an iptables firewall rule.

Shuttleworth plugs open source for Africa

Ubuntu founder and IT entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth tells Computing SA that picking open source software was not only good for South Africa but also important for the rest of the African continent. Shuttleworth says the goal for any country, including SA, should be sustainable economic growth, part of which is derived from the contribution made from a technology perspective. "In this context it is wealth creation that matters, since the former will potentially generate high-quality jobs."

Transcribing in Linux: Easy As 1, 2, 3...

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 15, 2007 10:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I'm fairly sure that this is not open source software. My reasoning for stating this, since I have yet to see anything even close to Express Scribe, in the open source world as of yet. Much like MainActor is to those who want entry level software for decent video editing, I see Express Scribe as filling this same need, and perhaps even hitting a more important piece of the Linux puzzle.

Google updates Desktop for Linux users

Google has released a beta version of Google Desktop 1.1 for Linux. Google software engineer Jim Zhuang writes on his blog:"Because many people wanted to search and launch applications, we added that functionality to the product. Desktop for Linux now supports many more image formats and will show better thumbnails for them in your search results.

No big words just facts on selling software at ISDEF Autumn 2007

  •; By Avangate B.V. (Posted by avangate on Oct 15, 2007 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Avangate BV, announces sponsorship of the 7th edition of the Independent Software Developers Forum Conference (ISDEF) taking place in Moscow this autumn, 19-21 October.

Computer Forensics: Linux Style!

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 15, 2007 7:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Which OS do you think is best for computer forensics? Obviously, being as we are Linux users, we'd likely recommend admins consider using a Linux-based approach for such a task. But which applications are honestly available on this platform? Not only that, are any of them open source?

BulletProof-X: Windows Safe Mode Comes to Ubuntu

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 15, 2007 6:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
I cannot tell you how many times I have found myself looking at that ugly and rather useless Xorg reconfigure screen that has never worked on Ubuntu for me. Generally, I would see something like this (not the exact image, but close) and then ask you to diagnose the problem from the x server output. This is fine for an advanced distro, but not for Ubuntu or its derivatives.

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