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Improving bash

Bash is one of those Unix things that I am fully aware has a lot more potential and power than I know how to use. Every so often I go looking for another handful of useful things to learn about it: this is a selection of recent ones.

Jim Gettys on the OLPC hardware/software innovations

One Laptop Per Child project Leader Jim Gettys reveals how having "open" hardware is a huge benefit for the project. He also talks about how the specific audience of the OLPC system calls for a user interface radically different from the regular. This and more in his interview in preparation to FOSDEM 2007.

Open source vs commercial software - is there a third way?

I spoke with some guys at the AlwaysOn show yesterday who have an interesting business model aimed at tech support professionals. Spiceworks have a radically different take on free software. They allow anybody to download their application which monitors devices on the network. It incorporates a ticketing system and also the ability to share experiences in a forum environment with other Spiceworks users.

Sponsorship underlines open source commitment

TimeSys Corp is sponsoring The Open Source Summit, presented by The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Pittsburgh.

Mysql IPO, Oracle Unbreakable Support For MySQL?

When MySQL files for IPO, we'll get to view their financials. We'll get to compare their performance metrics against Red Hat (which, until now, has been the only pure-play OSS player with public financials) and traditional vendors. I'm willing to bet that their metrics will be (surprisingly) close to metrics from traditional software vendors.

PyDEV uses Eclipse's power to program in Python

PyDEV is a plugin that enables developers to use Eclipse for Python and Jython development, making Eclipse a first-class Python IDE. The software offers features such as code completion, syntax highlighting, syntax analysis, automated refactoring, template system, source code quality checking, and a debugging environment.

Linux device specialist sponsors open source business conference

Embedded Linux specialist TimeSys is among the sponsors of a Pittsburgh conference exploring the strategies and economics of open source software. The "Open Source Summit" will feature discussions of corporate open source initiatives, adoption, licensing, and business models, and will be held the evening of Thurs., Feb. 15.

The Importance of Video Settings on Linux

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Feb 1, 2007 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
It's maddening. For someone who is trying make a daily use of what is to be considered a beginner friendly distribution for the first time, most options leave a lot to be desired for the uninitiated. More often than not, new Linux users find that everything works great at first only to discover that setting up something as common as a dual-head monitor configuration requires editing your xorg.conf file. If you are coming from a non-Linux environment, this can be a fairly frightening proposition.

How To Set Up An IRC Server And Anope IRC Services

This tutorial describes how to set up and run an UnrealIRCD server on OpenSuSE 10.2 and Fedora Core 6. It also shows how to install Anope IRC services. Anope is a set of Services for IRC networks that allows users to manage their nicks and channels in a secure and efficient way, and administrators to manage their network with powerful tools.

How Many Contradictions Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?

As those who are following Microsoft's OOXML formats through the standardization process will know, those formats are now in the "contradiction" phase in JTC 1 at ISO/IEC. Or, so it would seem, they are in the "so, what is a contradiction, anyway?" phase in JTC1.

Combining Linux Kernel with Windows

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Feb 1, 2007 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Sometimes when I have a few minutes to spare, I enjoy running stats with Google Trends. During one of my random searches, I came across something that really stood out to me. It was a quote by Larry McVoy of BitMover and an ongoing collaborator with Linus Torvalds, the person behind the Linux operating system.

Kernel hackers offer to develop free Linux drivers

Frustrating hardware compatibility issues on Linux may become a thing of the past thanks to an offer by the Linux kernel development community to develop drivers for manufacturers free of charge.

Trisguel 1.0 Screenshots

Rubén Rodríguez Pérez has announced the release of Trisguel GNU/Linux 1.0, a 100% free, Debian-based distribution sponsored by the regional government of Galicia in Spain and with complete support for the Galician language. The project's first stable release comes with kernel and includes GNOME 2.14, IceWeasel 2.0, 2.0.4, 3D desktop with AIGLX and Compiz, pre-configured software repository containing additional Debian 4.0 packages with security updates, new installer with improved hardware detection, support for assistive technologies, new live system which can be installed on USB storage devices, and other new features. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Trisguel 1.0 are available at

Democracy Player 0.9.5 RC0

  • Democracy Internet TV Blog; By Nicholas Reville (Posted by tqk on Feb 1, 2007 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: GNU, Linux

A short snippet from DTV's blog mentions they're looking for testers for Release Candidate Zero (RC0). In case you wonder what DTV is [from]:

Play virtually any video-- Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more. Subscribe to any video RSS feed, podcast, or video blog. Download and save videos from YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, and other sites. Watch free HD videos in gorgeous fullscreen. Easily download any BitTorrent file. Fast. Then watch it in the same app.

It's 100% Free Software (GPL'd, "open source") and available for multiple OS platforms, including Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. Jumpstarting Open Source Identity?

How big a role can Open Source play in helping developers build security and identity management solutions? Well, Liberty Alliance, a group of G1000 end users and vendors working on federated identity management and web services, wants to find out. The group has launched, an online portal to offer tools and community support to devs using Open Source to build identity-based applications.

Scientific Linux live CD/DVD previews RH5

A preview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, which won't be released for about a month, is available via the latest Scientific Linux 5 (SL5) alpha live CD/DVD, released this week. Built from source packages for RHEL 5, SL5 sports a 2.6.18 kernel and either the KDE or GNOME desktops.

Dell Mail Reeks of Redmond's Fear

LXer Feature: 01-Feb-2007

Recently publicized Microsoft e-mails about Dell reveal more than Microsoft's thinking about Dell's "betrayal". The e-mails demonstrate Microsoft's warranted fear of the penguin.

Tehachapi Selects Mendocino Informatics for RHIE

UKIAH, CALIF. -- East Kern County Integrated Technology Association (EKCITA), a federally funded technology project in Tehachapi, California, has selectedMendocino Informatics to build a rural health information exchange. EKCITA ( is a public/private partnership formed by the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, two Rural Health Clinics, and fourteen private medical practices. The goal of the EKCITA community-wide electronic medical records system is to improve quality of patient care and chronic disease management in the rural region of East Kern County.

Red Hat Magazine--January Features

Red Hat Magazine--January Features

Master the Bash Shell for the Linux Exam

In this fifth tutorial of nine in the series of Linux certification exam 102 topics, Ian Shields introduces you to scripts and programming in the Bash shell. Learn how to customize your shell environment, use shell programming structures to create functions and scripts, and use the various login scripts.

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