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Build a Linux-Based Single-Board WAP (Part 2)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Tuxchick2 on Aug 29, 2006 2:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Last week we learned all about Soekris hardware and what you need to make it go. Today we'll hook it up and take it for a spin, and then install Pyramid Linux.

Pyramid Linux is Ubuntu-based. It's a free download from the good folks at Metrix, available either as a source tarball or image file. Installed, it occupies about 48 megabytes. Inside that scrawny little Linux are a large number of goodies:

Can Linux save the Palm OS?

The next version of the Palm operating system will be based on Linux, as Access attempts to keep the pioneering software alive.

How to recover lost files after you accidentally wipe your hard drive

Recently I wanted to make sure I had enough space to back up my home digital videos and pictures, so I purchased a new hard drive to add to my home Linux server. I moved all the files I wanted to save onto a single hard drive and repartitioned the old hard drive so I could upgrade to a newer version of Linux. After going through the process of reinstalling the operating system, I mounted the backup hard drive and discovered that it was empty. I had some how mixed up the hard drive I used to back up all the data with a hard drive that I wanted to wipe.

Build a Linux-Based Single-Board WAP

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 11:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
I've mentioned Soekris single-board computers (SBC) many a time as great choices for routers, firewalls, and wireless access points. They're small, quiet, low-power, and sturdy. So here at long last is a howto that attempts to answer your hardware questions, and then we'll get into building a sturdy firewall using Pyramid Linux.

Mobile Operating Systems: A Question of Choice

  • OSWeekly.com; By Manikantan Subramanyam (Posted by gsh on Aug 28, 2006 10:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Just a decade ago, not many people were aware of the revolution coming along their way. Ordinary people were thrilled with the new features that Microsoft Windows 95 provided and Linux was still the choice of geeks. Fast forward 10 years: Even ordinary people carry extraordinary piece of hardware with them.

Where's Ethereal? It's Now Sniffing the Wire Like a Shark

  • Internetnews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 10:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're wondering what has happened to Ethereal, one of the most popular packet sniffing tools on the planet, it's probably because you're visiting Ethereal.com. Though development on Ethereal may be dead, development on its forked successor Wireshark is alive, well and perhaps more focused than ever before.

Why proprietary software is dangerous for business-critical applications

  • Newsforge; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (Posted by alc on Aug 28, 2006 9:23 PM EDT)
A friend of mine is the IT manager for a medium-sized wholesale distribution business. One afternoon in early August, a hard disk drive in one of his employer's servers started to show signs that it was dying. That hard drive contained the company's (proprietary) credit card processing software, which was chosen specifically to integrate with the company's (proprietary) inventory control and accounting software package.

The future of mobile Web services

  • IBM/developerworks; By Mikko Kontio (Posted by solrac on Aug 28, 2006 8:36 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Web services have been around for awhile, but the idea has yet to fully take off. Learn how that's about to change, particularly as Web services go private and mobile. Learn how the application builders of tomorrow will use simple, drag-and-drop techniques to build new applications out of existing services.

Real-time Linux, middleware support US Navy Aegis systems

Real-time Linux and middleware from Concurrent Computer Corp. and Real-Time Innovations Inc. (RTI) are supporting the U.S. Navy's Aegis Open Architecture program, the companies announced Aug. 28. Aegis Open Architecture is the foundation for the modernization of the Navy's Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers, the companies said.

No One Ever Got Fired For Using Microsoft. - Yes They Did.

This company had been the focus of a BSA audit four months ago. It seemed that the fellow who had been taking care of his system had used a pirated copy of Windows Server 2005 and Windows XP Professional on most of the desktop units.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 6

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Last week we set up a very simple digital receptionist and installed Zgsmplay for reviewing Asterisk's GSM-formatted soundfiles. Today we're going to build a better custom recorder for creating our own custom prompts and greetings.

Linux Libertine Open Fonts offers free Times Roman alternative

Philipp H. Poll started the Linux Libertine Open Fonts project in September 2003 because of his dissatisfaction with the fonts shipped with GNU/Linux distributions. "In SUSE 9.x," he recalls, "you had to use a script to download the Microsoft core fonts if you wanted to have good TrueType fonts." To improve the situation, Poll chose to start with the basics with Linux Libertine, an alternative to Time Roman and Times New Roman, the most commonly used typefaces in computing, and to develop it using free software methodologies and tools under the GNU General Public License.

Microsoft backs down on XML patent

The New Zealand Open Source Society(NZOSS) has claimed a moral victory in the patent office after Microsoft amended its patent on XML schema. NZOSS president Peter Harrison says the changes made to the patent were such that the organisation was no longer concerned about the threat posed by the patent.

A fifteenth chance for GNOME

Okay, I don't really know how many chances I've given GNOME, but I've tried to switch to GNOME as my default desktop many times. I always ended up switching back to KDE (to be fair, I use other window managers, too, such as Fluxbox, which is one of my favorites). Thanks to the rumors that Xgl/Compiz/cgwd worked best on GNOME, I gave GNOME another shot.

[I know how he feels. - Scott]

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 5

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 4:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Today we're going to learn how to play Asterisk .gsm files with a special audio player, and how to construct a sturdy, reliable digital receptionist to answer and route all incoming calls.

Careers: Ride the Outsourcing Wave

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 3:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rising salaries in India will stifle current outsourcing initiatives, but not by a significant amount. Let’s take a look at what can be outsourced, and what employees should focus on in order to remain competitive in the IT world.

Experience installing and running Kubuntu

have been running various distributions of Linux for about 4 years. I started out with RedHat and later switched to SuSE. I was by and large satisfied with SuSE and used it till OpenSuSE 10.1. However, all the chatter about Ubuntu on the various Linux forums that I visit really piqued my interest and I wanted to try it. The main obstacle for me to try Ubuntu was that it was a Gnome centric distribution and I am used to KDE. Hence, I kept monitoring Kubuntu and as soon as I found out that they had a release based on the latest and greatest Ubuntu I decided that it was time for me to take the plunge.

Award to recognise contributions to FOSS

The Association for Progressive Communications has established a new award to reward organisations or people who make it easier for others to start using free and open source software.

Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week

For such sharp rivals, the contests between Google and Microsoft have been laughably lopsided. Even as they jostle for users and software developers, Google has run away with the search traffic market while Microsoft has kept a lock on desktop software--like they're hardly even playing the same game. That's about to change, as Google readies a long-rumored push to assemble its E-mail, word processing, and spreadsheet apps into a Web-based suite that sounds more like Microsoft Office with each addition.

[Included for the general interest in Google's competition with Microsoft - dcparris]

Get yourself up to speed with UML 2.0

The Unified Modelling Language (UML) has firmly established itself as the lingua franca of the object oriented development world. It offers the right levels of abstraction, independence from programming language implementation to make it pretty much ubiquitous.

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