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An open source ghost story

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This story began as a review of g4l, a Norton Ghost-type utility for Linux. But that's not how it ended up. Instead it's a story of two open source ghosts: g4u and g4l. As ghost stories go, this one is more sad than scary: the tale of a bastard son refusing to recognize his lineage, and of the resulting bad feelings on both sides of the dispute. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning.

Building a Call Center with LTSP and Soft Phones

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 9:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Need to equip an office with terminals and phones, all on a small budget? With LTSP and KPhone, you can do it with only terminals, sound cards and headsets.

LQ Radio Interview #4 - Doc Searls

In this edition of the LQ Radio Interview Serieswe have Doc Searls, of Linux Journal, Cluetrain Manifesto and more. We discuss a variety of topics including recent OSCON and LinuxWorld trips, Cluetrain, Google, splogs, RSS, Linux Trademarks and more. Total running time is 1:27.

Device Profile: Acoustic Energy WiFi Internet radio

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 8:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A high-end British loudspeaker vendor is prepping a wireless Internet table radio based on embedded Linux for the holidays. Acoustic Energy's prosaicly code-named "Wi-Fi internet radio" will support "all three major streaming formats," it says, to tune in a claimed 99 percent of online radio stations.

Distributing Content with BitTorrent

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 7:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You have good software, or audio or video, and you want to make it available to the public. If you get really popular, though, you'll spend all of your money and bandwidth being popular--and then what? Consider P2P distribution with BitTorrent, which allows your users to share pieces of your file with each other, giving them faster transfers and you fewer headaches. Robert Bernier explains.

Novell idea man guages the impact of open source

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by on Aug 25, 2005 5:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Novell
Now that large companies are getting deeply involved with open source, the sky is the limit in terms of innovation, says Matt Asay, a Novell Inc. technology evangelist and one of the people behind that company's Linux and open source strategy. SearchEnterpriseLinux.com recently caught up with Asay to talk about the impact open source is having on the IT industry, and the increasing pace of open source innovation. Here are some excerpts from that conversation:

What Is the X Window System

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Developed at MIT in 1984, the X Window System, now up to X11 release 6, or X11R6, has been the standard environment for Unix windowing systems. Ellen Siever provides some historical context for X's staying power, then discusses its major features: working with X and the X server and X clients; configuring X; and much more. Ellen is a coauthor of Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

Tutorial: Open Source: A Way of Developing, Distributing, and Licensing Software

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Aug 25, 2005 1:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article, written by Ibrahim Haddad, discusses the fundamentals of open source software including the different types of freeware and the advantages and risks associated with using open source software components in commerically-based products. In addition, Ibrahim briefly identifies the three major open source strategies that companies most typically adopt.

Detect weak network passwords with Hydra

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 25, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security experts always advise you to use only strong alphanumeric passwords for network applications, and change them often, but you know that not everyone on your network is security-conscious. Starting to worry that weak passwords may be slipping through your defenses? Then it's time to unleash Hydra, a network login cracker for more than 30 network services.

A few easy steps to a self-healing applications

Wouldn't it be nice if your applications could monitor themselves, solving problems without even getting you involved? This tutorial shows you how to use just a few pieces of the Autonomic Computing Toolkit to create a system that can not just detect errors, but also fix them without your intervention.

Users: OSDL right to reject Windows/Linux TCO study

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 9:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The buzz with end users this week is that the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) chose wisely when it rejected an allegedly independent comparison of Linux and Windows.

Sources: Intel looking to develop Linux version of Viiv to reduce ...

According to unspecified Taiwan-based PC makers, Intel is currently working with software developers to design middleware application software for the Linux operating system (OS) for its Viiv (rhymes with five) consumer PC platform to reduce the cost and selling price of the PCs

Moglen: Linux Trademark Needs to be Policed

The founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center says any company in the U.S. using "Linux" as part of a name should sublicense the mark.

Adventures in Linux

Word on the street is Linux is better than Windows. Linux is the next thing...from a support point of view Linux requires minimal maintenance, Linux is IT! Needless to say an adventurer like myself was rather curious about this mysterious Linux and wanted to learn more about its uh potential.

Microsoft proposes open source alliance

'Independent' and 'fact-based' research would be the order of the day, with both sides sharing the costs, if the OSDL accepts the proposal from Redmond

How to read Linux reviews

Once upon a time, reviews related to GNU/Linux and free software in open source community publications and Web sites were candy-coated. We were amazed that things actually worked, even if making it work required hacking makefiles and configuration files, compiling from source, and getting your hands dirty in other ways, and gave everything glowing reviews. Today, we expect that everything should work properly the first time, every time, but still, things don't always work out as planned. Yet some readers seem to expect journalists to hide the dirty laundry of poorly designed software and badly supported hardware.

Linux fracas not the main game: RMS

  • The Age (subscription) (Posted by dave on Aug 25, 2005 6:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The fuss over the Linux trademark has diverted attention from the real issue - the freedom to change and redistribute software, the founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation, Richard M. Stallman, says.

Analyst Firm Reports Sun Captures Leadership in Worldwide UNIX(R) Server Revenue and Unit Shipments

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 5:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced that, according to 2Q05 Worldwide Server Database by Gartner Dataquest, Sun is the number one UNIX platform server vendor in the world, in both revenue and unit shipments. According to Gartner, Sun also reclaimed the number three position in all OS revenue.

Free software's replacements for desktop applications

For a while it seemed as if the free software community was treading water by improving automatic configuration tools and device support, fighting ridiculous legal issues, and arguing over tools instead of concentrating on its original goal of providing free replacements for proprietary programs. But quietly, in the background, a number of important programs have begun to bring "proprietary functionality" to free software. Here are eight free software desktop applications that could change the balance of power between Windows and GNU/Linux by replacing proprietary software with free code.

Kadischi: generator of Live-CD for Fedora Core family

Early heads-up. The Fedora team is currently working on an application that can generate a Live-CD for Fedora Core release. Named Kadischi, it currently has basic functionality although it is on early stage.

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