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KDE Commit-Digest for 4th March 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KSplashX, a potential replacement for the KSplashML engine is imported into KDE SVN. Continued progress in the Solid and NetworkManager integration. More refinement, including better keyboard shortcuts, in Konsole. New keyboard layouts in KTouch. Icon and undo support in Step, the educational physics simulation package. KBounce becomes the latest game to move to a scalable interface and graphics. More work in KSquares, Konquest, KSpaceDuel and KReversi. KSudoku starts to be ported to KDE 4...

Syncing magic with GCALDaemon

Need to sync data between Google Calendar (Gcal) and your desktop calendaring application? GCALDaemon, a nifty Java-based utility, provides two-way synchronization between Gcal and virtually any iCalendar-compatible application. Besides the ability to sync calendaring data, GCALDaemon can act as a Gmail notifier, and can pull your Gmail contacts via LDAP.

DistroWatch Weekly: The future of DWW, Ubuntu Muslim Edition

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 5, 2007 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! This is the most enjoyable part of the year for those Linux users who enjoy testing the development releases of Linux distributions - Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu, SimplyMEPIS and PCLinuxOS all delivered brand new test builds last week and the first impressions of all them are highly positive. In the news section, a start-up project releases Ubuntu Muslim Edition, Sun Microsystems joins the Free Software Foundation, and Linux and open source software makes a serious impact on education. Finally, don't miss our commentary on the future of DistroWatch Weekly where you can have your say over the direction your favourite publication takes over the next few weeks. Happy reading!

Tamil Nadu gets dual-boot Win-Linux desktops

Indian state provides Windows XP Starter Edition for those who want it, but will continue to encourage Linux use.

Gaisler Research's LEON 3 CPU Supports Linux 2.6 SMP

Gaisler Research AB has announced Linux 2.6 Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) support for the LEON3 processor. The Linux 2.6 SMP is able to automatically load balance applications across multiple LEON3 cores. The SMP support also enables developers to realize the performance potential of multicore architectures while maximizing software reuse. The combination of Linux 2.6 SMP and the LEON3 multiprocessor capability yields the most advanced hardware/software architecture for high performance systems.

EPEL Repository Open For Business

For those running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (well, once it's out), the EPEL repository has opened this past Friday. EPEL, or Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux, is an RPM repository similar to the Fedora Extras project for community-built packages.

The Fun of LDAP - objectClass Attributes

OK - I actually like and enjoy LDAP, but do not allow that to cloud your judgment. LDAP took much more of my time and effort to learn than Bind and/or DNS. And I recall sitting in front of DNS chapters wondering why we needed another language to do something as easy as mapping a friendly name to an IP address. This jargon stuff has value though such as constraing insomnia.

To Cut Code and Other Pet Peeves

It finally happened. Someone finally said it. I was attending a recent talk by a nameless major speaker in charge of a large Health IT organization. I had to get up and walk out on the speaker. I'm not normally one to get up and walk out on people in a huff, but long ago I made a contract with myself that if anyone uttered 2 fateful words again I was going to get up and walk out. Those two words are:

MOPB reports old hole in new version of PHP

The initiators of the Month of PHP Bugs (MOPB) have published vulnerabilities in the Zend engine, PHP4, and the current developer version of the script language. Software updates have already been provided for a few of these7 flaws.

Can Apple clear the way for the Linux desktop?

That's the question that occurs to me as I read this piece in Roughly Drafted. It's about how Apple is kicking Microsoft's butt at the high end of the desktop market, and how Microsoft seems to be bumbling its way out of desktop hegemony anyway. Linux is mentioned only twice in this long piece, but the harbingery of the references are significant.

CPI(M) for free and open source software

HYDERABAD: Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the Centre to shift to free and open source software in all its e-governance applications, as it will be a major step towards breaking the `monopoly' of proprietary software that currently exists.

Motorola Unveils OpenSAF Project for SA

Motorola Inc. has initiated a new open source project to develop a complete high availability operating environment based on Service Availability Forum (SA Forum) standards. The objective of the new "OpenSAF" project is to accelerate broad adoption of an SA Forum compliant operating environment.

Online applications mean trade-off

Although Google’s success in making billions from web advertising was a “wake-up call” inside Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, the company’s chief software architect, says Google’s approach to delivering productivity software is the wrong way to go.

Amarok Newsletter Issue 7 Out, Wil Wheaton raves about Amarok

The seventh issue of the Amarok Newsletter is out. We talk about Amarok's success in the Linuxquestions.org yearly poll, new features in the upcoming Amarok 2, and continue to point out interesting related projects. Read on for some Amarok lovin' from Wil Wheaton. In the other news, Wil Wheaton from Star Trek reviews Amarok. When you see quotes like "Amarok is much more than just another music player or iTunes clone; in fact, it blows iTunes away. It is Kryptonite to iTunes Superman. It's the Death Star to iTunes' Alderaan." and "[...] it's like having Uncle Joe Benson and Rodney Bingenheimer sitting in your living room with you", you know you can't miss it!

Configuration Automation & Centralized Management With Puppet on Ubuntu

  • HowtoForge; By Kent Brede (Posted by falko on Mar 4, 2007 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Puppet is a configuration automation tool that allows you to centralize management of the various *nix flavors running on your network. Puppet supports central management of the important aspects of your systems, such as: files, packages, users, services, cron, mounts, etc. This guide shows how to install Puppet (server & client) on Ubuntu.

E17 — Desktop Enlightenment

  • PolishLinux.org; By Tomasz Roszak (Posted by michux on Mar 4, 2007 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
The performance of desktop computers increases year by year. This gives the programmers great opportunities to further improve the desktop experience of the users. However, what should you do when you have an old computer that is not capable of running the latest and hottest software? No need for upgrading your PC. Let me introduce you Enlightenment E17 — the window manager with minimal hardware requirements that may amaze you.

Blackberry-style Linux phone debuts

Less than two weeks after launching its Linux-based "single core" U900 phone aimed at the mid-range market, Grundig Mobile has introduced another Linux-powered smartphone. The B700 targets enterprise users with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard and push email, similar to RIM's Blackberry.

Jaspersoft, MySQL Introduce Jasper for MySQL: OEM Edition

JasperSoft Corp., a provider of open source business intelligence solutions, and MySQL AB have announced the availability of Jasper for MySQL: OEM Edition, a suite of operational reporting products that includes a high-performance interactive report server, a graphical report creation tool and a pixel-perfect reporting system with dashboards, tables, crosstabs and charts.

Servers Dance on a String With Puppet

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 4, 2007 6:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Puppet is a secure configuration management tool for Unix-like operating systems, with features that will undoubtedly mark it for fame. Puppet has been around for nearly two years now, and has claimed a large share of cfengine converts. As mentioned last week, its configuration is more of a specification than a set of instructions, designed to make managing large groups of servers and services more than just tolerable—it can completely streamline an infrastructure.

Single Packet Authorization

Countless pieces of software, protocols and complex interdependencies together form a system for which it is difficult to guarantee any particular property-particularly security. Even software specifically designed to enhance security can, at the behest of clever individuals armed with detailed knowledge, work to its detriment. Vulnerabilities have been discovered in all sorts of security software from firewalls to implementations of the Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol. For example, OpenSSH is developed by some of the most security-conscious developers in the world, and yet it occasionally contains a remotely exploitable vulnerability.

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