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OLPC XO Review

The XO is the laptop produced by the One Laptop Per Child program (OLPC) headed by Mr. Nicholas Negroponte with a goal to provide every child a laptop. Colin Dean was one of the first to participate in G1G1, and this is his review of it.

Keeping Linux Bloat-Free

Although Linux has remained bloat-free for so long, no operating system can be immune to bloat. As Linux is adopted more and more, it will become critical that Linux be kept free of any and all bloat.

Installation Guide: CentOS 5.1 Desktop

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Dec 16, 2007 3:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
This document describes how to set up a CentOS 5.1 desktop. It provides all you need for daily work and entertainment, incl. multimedia codecs, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, TrueType fonts, VMware Server, ntfs-3g, Sun Java, and many more.

Damn Small Linux replaces Xpaint with MtPaint

I found out through Distrowatch that the next release of Damn Small Linux, version 4.2, will replace Xpaint with the unusually light, highly usable MtPaint -- pretty much my favorite Linux image editor. (If it dealt with IPTC info in JPGs, it would be my favorite photo-editing program on all platforms.)

Freedomware Gamefest 2007: Special report!

A jolt of light stroke in a dark corner of a silent arena. A ghost of the space, spectator of the event, wonders as a warrior spawns. Behold, as the corners of the arena light up in a flash and the battle cries its immediacy through a hundred beeps of the warrior souls connecting and communicating.. "Good game and good luck."

Ruby on Rails 2.0 and Scaffolding

  • Fairleads Blog; By Sean Lynch (Posted by number6x on Dec 15, 2007 11:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Ruby on Rails 2.0 changes the way Rails uses scaffolding. This has made many existing Rails tutorials obsolete. This Rails 2.0 tutorial covers installing Rails and getting the scaffolded shell of an application up and running. Part 1 covers installation and generation of a scaffolded Rails application. Later parts will cover more coding in depth.

Torvalds: Linux to make dent in smartphones in '08

The OS has made little headway into phones so far, but that is set to change due to Google's push for open-source platform for mobile devices.

When is a Wikipedia not a Wikipedia? (When it's a "Knol")

Or so, at least, Google would like you to conclude. Significant differences include single-author control (but the freedom for other authors to set up competing pages as well), bylines for page authors, reader ranking, and - oh yes - Google ads (authors interested in allowing ad placements would get a "substantial" share of the resulting revenues).

How to: Linux Configure Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Firewall

Demilitarized zone, used to secure an internal network from external access. You can use Linux firewall to create DMZ easily. There are many different ways to design a network with a DMZ. The basic method is to use a single Linux firewall with 3 Ethernet cards. The following simple example discusses Linux DMZ setup and forwarding public traffic to internal servers.

Why The NYSE Using Linux Is Important

The New York Times ran a story on the New York Stock Exchange's use of Linux. The most important thing, however, is not that they are using Linux, but that now everyone knows the CIO of the NYSE thinks Linux is the best choice for their servers.

Skills shortage: it's mind over matter

The IT skills shortage is like global warming - you either believe it exists or you don't. Either way, one thing's for certain - the debate refuses to lay down and die. For those who believe there is a shortage, there is plenty of evidence to support their argument. And for those who believe the shortage is a myth that's perpetrated by businesses to justify sending skilled jobs to less-expensive regions or hire in inexpensive immigrant labour, then there appears to be plenty of supporting evidence, too.

PLM vendor says SAAS and OSS are a natural together

Arena Solutions produces and sells a hosted, subscription-based product lifecycle management (PLM) tool for manufacturing companies. Arena founder and CTO Eric Larkin uses open source tools to develop, secure, and maintain the software-as-a-service product. He believes that open source is the path to success for subscription software. "It's a more cost-effective way to build and scale a SAAS business," he says.

Container Virtualization for Cell/B.E. and Linux Part 1

Learn about an efficient virtualization approach for the Cell/B.E. processor regarding hardware resources called container virtualization, and the open source software OpenVZ Linux project. This first article discusses basic concepts, architectures, and tools of OpenVZ and Cell/B.E., and how they work together.

Root Certificate Programs - The root of all trust

  • G-Loaded Journal; By George Notaras (Posted by raoulsland on Dec 15, 2007 1:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
How can a Root Certificate make its way into the default set of certificates that ship with web browsers and operating systems? Wouldn't a unified list of Root Certificates serve as a more realistic trust model?

Managing with Net-SNMP and IPython in UNIX and Linux systems

The Net-SNMP library now has Python bindings, and it is an excellent choice to write custom code to manage a data center or supplement full-blown Network Management Systems. In this article, learn how to use Net-SNMP, Python, and the IPython shell to interactively explore and manage a network.

Veterans Affairs Healthcare System No. 1

ABC news has a video and transcript : "Socialized medicine may sound un-American, but in fact, it's exactly what we provide to our American heroes -- the more than 5 million armed forces veterans and their families. They get health care that the government both pays for and delivers. It's the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and according to health care experts such as Phil Longman -- it's become one of the best health care systems in the country. So how did the once-maligned VA transform itself? "First and foremost, by pioneering electronic medical records," Longman said. "Which is a much bigger deal than it might sound." Experts generally agree that electronic records are absolutely essential to significant health care reform. However, only about 5 percent of the nation's hospitals now have them. That means, for example, that in most private hospitals 20 percent of lab tests are repeated simply because doctors can't find a patient's results. But in the VA system, every patient's records are as close as a computer. It saves millions of dollars. And it's not just good business, it's good medicine..."

In Search of the Elusive Average Computer User

Either there really is no "average" computer user, or "Mrs. D" is just not your "average" average user.

Novell's Linux Income Increases

After an unexpected delay of eight days, Novell finally announced its financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and 2007 fiscal year, which ended Oct. 31, 2007. Novell reported net revenue for the overall year of $932 million, a loss of $26 million or 8 cents per share, although the company also reported 69% growth in its core Linux products.

Red Hat appoints TSI-Systems as JBoss partner

Red Hat yesterday announced that it had appointed TSI-Systems as a JBoss Certified Systems Integrator for South Africa. This follows Red Hat's August announcement of Obsidian Training as JBoss' first official training partner in South Africa.

Open source fonts

If you’ve ever gone looking for legitimately free fonts, you’ve probably found that there are a lot of really bad ones. But there’s also a lot of discussion out there about “open source fonts.” Some who post about open source fonts are really just talking about free-as-in-beer typefaces. Some, however, have embraced the open source philosophy as applied to typography.

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