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11 Unix Tricks

  • Tech Blog (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 4:14 AM EDT)
Whether you’re a newbie to Linux or you are a seasoned guru, you’re bound to find some scripts or programs which just make your life on the computer exponentially easier. The following is a list of them and explains what they do.

Us Hospital moving to open source medical apps

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 3:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas hopes to have the bulk of its electronic health record (EHR) system up and running on open-source software by late spring or early summer, says David Whiles, the hospital's IS director.

Operating across three campuses 8km from each other and linked by high-speed networks, Midland Memorial is a 371-bed hospital run as a single organisation. It is also on track to fully implement Medsphere Systems' OpenVista software and services.

Could MS Office's doom be a little app called Writely?

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 2:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes.."I don't think the standalone office suite, no matter whether it's from Corel, Microsoft, Sun, or is in danger of disappearing soon. I do, however, think that Writely plus GDrive is going to be a major step forward in freeing users from having to rely on any particular operating system." [Ed: Like I've said before, another program I will not need to keep on my computer. - sharkscott]

Video-on-demand and Linux

As consumers we've become an impatient lot. We live in a world where "on-demand" is a part of our everyday lexicon. Whether it's our travel, our meals, or our money, we just want it now. This is the case with our television as well. Enter the hottest new product offering to be marketed by video service providers: Video-on-Demand (VOD.)

Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Alpha 5 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 12:26 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu reports - Significant changes affecting the installer and live CD include: A much improved version of Espresso, the live CD based installer is included. A new default theme has been included. A range of ATI cards which were previously unsupported are now supported. New development version of GNOME is included.

Once again OSDir takes the latest Ubuntu Flight for a ride in their Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Alpha 5 Screenshot Tour. You don't want to miss this one!

E-mail Programs Still Don't Deliver

Odd, mainstream press review primarily about Thunderbird vs. Outlook, where the former does quite nicely in most instances. However, the underlying thrust is still that Mozilla's Thunderbird has many option that reviewer sees as missing.

[ED: Interesting just because where it was published. Moreover, what seems like a view point based upon some study and real knowledge. Nonetheless, I am not in full agreement, still nice to see both Firefox and Thunderbird discussed with both respect and candor. - HC]

Linux gathers steam in Australia

The open source movement gathered even more momentum in Australia this week with Novell becoming the latest Linux supplier to gain approval to sell products and services to the NSW Government.

The trend towards open source software will give government offices access to an alternative desktop system which may see many abandon Microsoft's Windows for the cheaper Linux platform. 2.0.2 Includes More KDE Features 2.0.2 has been announced. Among other new features, fixes, and improvements, this version contains the KDE Addressbook Connector by Éric Bischoff, and Crystal icons from KDE, many newly created by Nuno Pinheiro and Robert Wadley.

The Perfect Linux Firewall -- IPCop

  • HowtoForge; By Joseph Guarino (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 7:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
This tutorial deals with setting up a Linux firewall based on IPCop.

Peeking Into Google (How Google Does it With Linux)

To deal with the more than 10 billion pages and tens of terabytes of information on Google's servers, the company combines cheap machines with plenty of redundancy, Hoelzle said. Its commodity servers cost around $1,000 apiece, and Google's architecture places them into interconnected nodes.

All machines run on a stripped-down kernel. The distribution is Red Hat (Quote, Chart), but Hoelzle said Google doesn't use much of the distro. Moreover, Google has created its own patches for things that haven't been fixed in the original kernel.

[ Ed: GREAT READ -tadelste]

Understanding /proc

  • Linux Forums; By Andy Kissner (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Throughout my experience, many users on Linux Help Forums or IRC have had questions that require information from /proc to diagnose. And every single time, I've had to walk them through the process of using and understanding /proc so that I could help them with their problem. For that reason, I think that a brief tutorial on the basics of /proc is in order.

Wireless networking and WEP configurations

  • Debian Administration; By rmcgowan (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
I've been using the tutorials/reviews information from this site to try and set up my laptop to automatically detect the active network (cable at work, wireless at home) and set up the environment as appropriate. This has been slow going, due to a WEP problem I have. This begins with an Archos PMA430 (an audio/video/PIM hand held device) that has built in wireless networking. And it runs a Linux OS, using Qtopia (the most important secondary reason for its purchase).

EU: Redmond again accused of flouting antitrust ruling

  • ITWire Australia (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 7:56 PM EDT)
The European Commission has again accused Redmond of flouting a 2004 antitrust ruling, with an independent monitor calling the company's responses "incomplete, inaccurate and unusable."

The New York Times reports (11 March) that in a letter sent to Redmond the commission said its experts had again found that the company had not met the terms of the ruling, which imposed a fine of 497 million euros (US$591.7 million) on the company two years ago.

Interview with Digg founder Kevin Rose, Part 1

  • Web 2.0; By Richard MacManus (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 7:55 PM EDT)
Yesterday I interviewed digg founder Kevin Rose to discuss digg's popularity, its battle with spammers, the recent issues with GroupThink and digg's upcoming personalization features. This is the first of a two-part article presenting that interview. NB: Part 2 available now.

What Happened to Slashdot?

  •; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 7:55 PM EDT)

I once visited Slashdot a lot but rarely these days. VA Software, once VALinux, bought them, so I expected to find a lot of GNU news. I think they have gone down hill. Also, the Slashdot effect has become a joke. We get higher visits from

Intellitext on LXer

Obviously, we're back in business. One of our editors suggested using Intellitext. Dave decided to give it a trial run for visitors who had not registered. If you were logged on to the site, you would not have seen the key words.

While Intellitext had promised to block Microsoft ads, they obviously did not. We had posts from readers saying they had seen embedded ads from Microsoft last week. I didn't see them until I logged out today.

Following is a excerpt from a letter sent to Dave.
On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 06:39 PM, Sandra Gans wrote:

Hi Dave,
You should have received the IntelliTXT tags from John Kamoosi on Tuesday.
Please let me know if you did not receive, or if you need any
assistance with implementation.
We have pre-blocked Microsoft ads.
That led to the the following post. Intellitext is now disabled. But, I would like to keep this post and the accompanying threads in the database.
We will halt operations until we discover the source of the Intellitext and Microsoft ads. No additional stories will be posted until the adverse material is removed from our site.

You have to be logged out to see the embedded text. Please do so and take a look at the words they have chosen to trigger their obnoxious advertising. In the meantime, please enjoy some articles below we have written about our friends in Redmond.

Update: intellitext ads have been removed.

To see one of the ads click on Read more below. It's a Get the Facts ad on the keyword "Linux".

Mplayer Configuration in Debian

  •; By (Posted by gg234 on Mar 12, 2006 7:55 AM EDT)
MPlayer is a movie and animation player that supports a wide range of codecs and file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4, DivX 3/4/5, Windows Media 7/8/9, RealAudio/Video up to 9, Quicktime 5/6, and Vivo 1/2. It has many MMX/SSE(2)/3Dnow(Ex) optimized native audio and video codecs, but allows using XAnim's and RealPlayer's binary codec plugins, and Win32 codec DLLs. It has basic VCD/DVD playback functionality, including DVD subtitles, but supports many text-based subtitle formats too. For video output, nearly every existing interface is supported. It's also able to convert any supported files to raw/divx/mpeg4 AVI (pcm/mp3 audio), and even video grabbing from V4L devices.

The latest episode in the Some Wars

  • Free Software Magazine; By Eddy Macnaghten (Posted by fsmdave on Mar 12, 2006 7:55 AM EDT)
Marketing suggests Office users will evolve reptilian heads.

Results for Debian's Position on the GFDL

  • Mailing list; By Debian Project Secretary (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian

At the end of voting, with 428 Ballots resulting in 390 votes from 369 developers, "GFDL-licensed works without unmodifiable sections are free" has carried the day.20

Promise Technology Introduces New 16-Port SATA RAID Controller for High Capacity Servers and Storage Systems

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 12, 2006 4:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
RAID 6, SATA 3Gb/s Storage Systems, Controllers on Display at IDF

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