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Exploiting Amazon Web Services via PHP and SQLite

A few weeks ago a friend asked me how my book, Pro OpenSSH, was selling on Amazon.com. I was tracking the sales by going to Amazon.com and viewing the book page to examine the sales rank. The only data displayed about history information was today's Sales Rank and Yesterday's Sales Rank, which isn't all that helpful. I decided to use PHP, SQLite, and the Amazon Web Services API to gather more useful data.

Google clicks onto Belfast for summit on software

  • Belfast Telegraph; By Andrea Clements (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Internet search engine Google is behind a major IT event taking place in Belfast next week. The 'FOSS Means Business' conference will take place at the Spires Conference Centre on Thursday.

Artech releases Akshar Naveen on Linux, seeks SI partnerships

  • DQ Channels India (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The company first unveiled Akshar Naveen office suite in four Indian languages - Hindi, Bangla, Punjabi and Gujarati, in July last year. It has received good acceptance among government institutions, which rely on native and bilingual language computing. With the computerization of government offices, especially since e-governance is happening in full swing, this vertical has emerged as the prominent purchaser IT products. “We want to tap this expanding vertical through the concerted efforts of our marketing team and SI partners,” Yogendra added.

Can Novell lift the Linux Desktop to the next level?

Columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols thinks he has found a pattern in Novell's pursuit of the enterprise desktop. For a while, Novell has produced great Linux desktops, like OpenSUSE, he writes. At the same time, though, Novell has insisted that for businesses, its only desktop interest was in thin-client-style worker-bee desktops. But things have changed. [Ed: From the videos I have seen, it blows Vista away! - sharkscott]

First Look at SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by silentbob4 on Mar 10, 2006 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
There are many warriors in the battle for reigning king of the Linux desktop, and if you need proof, Distrowatch.com is proof positive that almost everyone is in the game. The top ten seem to be reserved for the best of the best, and the distro we're looking at today is one of them: MEPIS Linux. Currently they are holding steady at #5 on the Distrowatch page hit ranking chart, and are in the company of giants such as Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, and SUSE Linux. This means they must have something to offer us in terms of usability and stability on the desktop, right? Well, we're here to find out. Read on for the experience I had running this highly regarded distribution...

Open [Source] Software Week in Belgrade

The dez.org Art Group organized the Open [Source] Software Week at the Belgrade’s Ozon Gallery. In addition to presentation by members of dez.org, the Open Software Week included a number of events, workshops, lectures that provided insight in the development, possibilities and character of open software as a social phenomenon. The association, education, freedom of action and activism are some of the aspects discussed during the Open Software Week.

Implementing a Postfix mail server with spam and antivirus protection

  • Linux.com; By Anže Vidmar (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Building a complete email system with spam and antivirus protection is not as hard as you might think. This guide will walk you through installing and configuring everything you need for sending and receiving email, filtering spam, and scanning for viruses in email.

What is the status of Linux at Intel?

  • Express Computers India (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Intel
For Intel, Linux is an important area. We are encouraging Linux on the development front. In India, we are aggressively working towards strengthening our presence in the Linux market.

Linux for Radio

  • International Journalist's Network (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 7:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
In Kuala Lunpur, Malaysia. Organized by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD). Linux is an open-source operating system that anyone can use and modify. The training is based on the idea that Linux is a flexible and easy-to-administer platform for radio stations to use on their servers.

EU Top Litigator Has a New Complaint for Microsoft, not Public Yet

In an article entitled, "Speak Softly And Carry A Thick Brief", BW writes, Donnish litigator Thomas Vinje is Microsoft's most tenacious adversary.

The latest complaint, a year in the making, opens up a new front in the war against Microsoft. It accuses the company of planning to use soon-to-be-released products such as Vista, the next version of Windows, as well as upcoming Windows server software, and a new version of Office, to fence off ever bigger parts of the software universe. The complaint, not yet public, argues that Microsoft plans to combine its new PC and server operating systems with its own software for creating Web applications and managing content rights.

Novell Promises Office Compatibility with Desktop Linux Update

The next version of Novell's Inc's business Linux desktop will feature functionality that enables the OpenOffice.org productivity suite to cope with Microsoft Corp Office macros, as well as new music and photo management, and graphics enhancements.

Google searches toward open source?

Word about Goobuntu, Google's supposed version of Linux based on Ubuntu, surfaced in February when a Web site claimed the search company is testing its operating system (OS) on Dell computers. This followed a recent announcement that Dell and Google are working together to test existing Google software.

An Interview with Mass. Supervisor of Public Records Alan Cote

When it comes to politics and technology, there are always (at least) two opinions. Today, I provide the full interview with Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records Alan Cote, whose views on ODF differ substantially from those usually expressed in the Standards Blog

One of the most vocal opponents of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) in Massachusetts has been Supervisor of Public Records Alan Cote. Cote has testified in open hearings, spoken to reporters, and communicated the views of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin. In this extensive interview, I ask Alan for his side of the ODF story, what his concerns are, and what he thinks should happen next. Along the way, he says some surprising things, like this: " I am not opposed to ODF and I think it does show promise as one of the formats our government should use to accomplish our goals of preserving records and serving the public."

[ED: Another must read article on the nitty gritty fight for ODF with a must read interview - HC]

Technology feeds grassroots media.

It is not an impact on the epic scale of an asteroid smashing into the Earth and killing off the dinosaurs, but the collision of technology and media is having profound effects on a more modern ecosystem. Diplodocus The traditional media? Media are becoming democratised, and a global conversation is emerging.

Xandros claims first commercial Linux desktop with 3G wireless

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 5:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Xandros on Thursday launched what it claims is the first Linux distribution with third-generation wireless support, at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. Xandros Desktop OS 3.1 Deutsche Version Business Edition supports the high-speed universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) and authentication against Windows Primary Domain Controllers (PDC) and Active Directory servers, according to the company.

ntop (Bandwidth Monitor) Configuration

  • debianhelp.co.uk; By debianhelp.co.uk (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
ntop (Bandwidth Monitor) Configuration

Test shows how vulnerable unpatched Windows is

A test has revealed that a Linux server is far less likely to be compromised. In fact, unpatched Red Hat and SuSE servers were not breached at all during a six-week trial, while the equivalent Windows systems were compromised within hours.

[ED: Read this elsewhere, but worth repeating. Nonetheless, do not become over confident, stay current on security. - HC]

Sap Cozies Up to Microsoft

SAP’s love-hate relationship with Microsoft took another turn Thursday after the German business software giant said it will make it easier and cheaper to run business software like human resources management on Microsoft’s operating systems.

SAP is extending its “adaptive computing” capabilities, which allow customers to run applications as services and distribute them across various pieces of hardware and software, to Microsoft databases and operating systems. For example, instead of running software on a large mainframe computer, companies can do the same on a few smaller servers that cost less than one large mainframe.

[ED: This is absolutely terrible news for all those mainframe manufactures that are now going to go bankrupt with this important, strategic moves by all those Saps. End of the line IBM. Your next Oracle. And F/OSS - worthless, as Sapians pointed out when it didn't rise to saving their business. Wait ... is this just a move propelled by bitterness? Who knows, better yet: who cares. - HC]

Fine-Tuning Kubuntu

Ubuntu is a well-maintained, well-organized Linux distribution. Kubuntu adds the popular and powerful KDE desktop environment. As nice as Kubuntu is, the default installation doesn't fit every user. Carla Schroder shows how to get help, get access to more software packages, set up a firewall, and review and get rid of unnecessary services.

Itanium Alliance Invests in Linux

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Itanium Solutions Alliance still won't say much about its plans to spend a $10 billion kitty announced in January, but it did identify one project it's spending a tiny fraction of that money on.

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