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Squeeze maximum usage out of your network resources

If you have UNIX-based programming experience, then you've probably worried at some point about enhancing your network throughput. In this article, learn some useful techniques to squeeze the most out of your bandwidth, and get a big performance boost with some of the methods described here.

Songbird audio player has potential, needs work

Songbird is a cross-platform, Mozilla-based music player with high ambitions. The app is still undergoing heavy development, but it has come a long way since we looked at the 0.1 release in 2006. Songbird today can sing a pretty sweet tune, but to push its way into the big leagues, it needs to get over its own interface.

The Perfect Server - Gentoo 2007.0

  • HowtoForge; By Rachel Greenham (Posted by falko on Sep 28, 2007 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Gentoo
This tutorial shows how to set up a Gentoo 2007.0 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the x86 version of Gentoo 2007.0, but should apply to other architectures with very little modification.

Asia finds security in open source

Security is the No. 1 reason why companies in the Asia-Pacific region are adopting open source software, according to the latest IDC study. Compare your salaryUse the IT salary benchmark wizard and know the average salary differences between different job functions. Join activeTechPros.

Review: StartCom Delivers Free Enterprise Server

The most recent release of StartCom Enterprise Linux is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.0 and provides all the base functionality you'll find in that distribution. That begs the question "why bother?" Freely available might be one good reason to start with

LinuxCertified Announces Ubuntu Laptops Optimized for Engineering and Scientific use

LC2000 Series Ubuntu Linux Laptops

Linux distro for women? Thanks, but no thanks

The idea is floating around again: Let's make a special Linux distribution for women! We're smarter than that, aren't we? I say, let's spare ourselves and the world yet another pointless and less-than-useful version of Linux.

GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

On various women's mailing lists, a subscriber has raised the idea of a distribution developed "for and by women." So far, the idea has met with a cool reception. It might even be a troll. However, if such a distro ever gets underway, it would be very much in the spirit of the community, and might give more women the background and confidence to reduce the gender gap in free software.

Creative Commons Artist Spotlight: Monsieur Madame

In this week’s Creative Commons Artist Spotlight, we interview French artists Monsieur Madame about their CC-licensed album Et Maintenant, available at

Open Source Healthcare Information System PatientOS version 0.12 released

PatientOS is an open source healthcare information system physicians, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory and ultimately all departments in a hospital, physician practice, or any other healthcare facility. Version 0.12 adds the foundation code to support the creation and maintenance of a formulary. It has also added a lot of infrastructure to development process, including automated test cases, user documentation. Videos are available to show how easy the installation is on windows or linux.

Slackware: the classic distro that's as timely as ever.

In a way, Slackware needs no defense. Those that use the distro know of its merits and enjoy its stability, security, simplicity and speed. However, with the growing popularity of newer distros like Ubuntu, more and more articles seem to relegate Slackware to the dust bin of history, or they say it's a hobbyist's distro, or they make snide comments like “1995 called and they want their distro back.” As of late, these comments seem to proliferate at about the same rate as the Ubuntu articles. Using Ubuntu as an example, let's conduct a little examination to see where Slackware's strengths lie and how it compares and differs with the newer upstart distros of today.

Driver, USB, and PCI Subsystem Updates For 2.6.24

Greg KH posted three emails titled "State of the Linux Driver Core Subsystem", "State of the Linux USB Subsystem", and "State of the Linux PCI Subsystem", noting that for each there were no known regressions then going on to list which patches were bound for the upcoming 2.6.24 kernel. Greg pointed out that the USB subsystem patch queue was particularly large,"yeah, there are way too many there, I've been really slack in trying to work through them. If anyone wants to help out, feel free :)"

Open source geeks asked to 'stand up and be counted'

  • ZDNet Australia; By Brett Winterford (Posted by jdub on Sep 28, 2007 7:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australians working with open source software are urged to participate in an online census launched this week to discover the capabilities of the local industry.

Asterisk creator Acquires Switchvox

Digium, Inc., the Asterisk Company, today announced it has acquired Switchvox, a leading provider of IP PBX phone systems for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The acquisition bolsters Digium's presence in the SMB market and provides a strong platform on which to advance its Asterisk-based unified communications solution.

Novell’s Linux Business Does NOT Climb Since its Deal with Microsoft

The press if going ga-ga after Justin Steinman’s claim that Novell is doing well despite and because of the deal with Microsoft. But Justin is a PR agent, and the reporters do not bother to perform a quick and independent sanity check.

Consultant uses open source to offer more choices to clients

Neutrino Consulting provides IT services for small companies that don't want or need an in-house technology departments. Michael Wacht, Neutrino's founder and principal, says because he offers open source software alternatives to his clients, they get to choose the "best of the best," avoiding big license fees and vendor lock in. That, he says, makes Neutrino more competitive.

Debian User Planets

A week or so ago, French Debian developer Raphaël Hertzog asked about setting up Planets for the users of the Debian operating system, something he had done for the French-speaking community already. Now German developer Holger Levsen has done it on his pages on the domain

Can Linux stop global warming?

A privately held German company with offices in the U.K., U.S., Cyprus, and Malta is touting its Linux-based thin-client technology as a climate change remediant. "2X Ltd" says businesses can halve computer-related electrical consumption by replacing PCs with Linux-based thin clients and its centralized management software.

ReviewLinux.Com: Ubuntu 7.10 Beta: Almost there!

Well Ubuntu 7.10 final release is just around the corner. Hopefully in October we will see it released. Today we have done a short quick look at the beta release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. Various screenshot images of the new desktop plus a short flash video highlight this article. Hurry up October!

VoIPowering Your Office: Skype Worm—Trouble in VoIPland

  • Enterprise VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Sep 28, 2007 1:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
... the best encryption protocols in the world are helpless against an infected PC. They don't foil keystroke loggers, and they don't stop the busy little worms that roam unimpeded through the guts of an operating system, doing whatever they want.

If you really, really want to use secure computer systems, use Mac OS X, Linux, PC-BSD, or FreeBSD. These are far more secure, and more secure-able. Rather than following the Windows model of trying to sail a sieve, these are stout, reliable operating systems that do not roll out the red carpet to malware.

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