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CLI Magic: Checkinstall

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 10, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OK, you one-click installers, listen up! In spite of the early dementia no doubt being brought on by living in a GUI cocoon, there's a chance you might learn something from this week's CLI Magic. Here's the thing: given the ease of installing free software apps these days, especially those installed outside your distro's package management, how do you get that the great game you installed from scratch last week when you learn it opens your system up to hostile takeover? Think that just removing the executable does the trick? Think again, oh rodent lover. Now you're ready to learn about Checkinstall.

Although some of’s coverage is dedicated to technology issues—Abdel Fattah is an IT specialist and a leading advocate of open-source software, notably as co-founder of the Egyptian Linux Users Group (EGLUG)—it is also highly political. Abdel Fattah and Bahei Eddin were part of the small group of “bloggers for change” that emerged last summer and organized several protests (alongside other movements) in Cairo’s popular neighborhoods. They can still often be seen on the sidelines of Kifaya protests, although they fiercely defend their independence from the movement.

Open Source and Supply Chain focus: CeBIT 2006

  • supply chain review (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 10:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Supported by the three main open source associations in Australia — Linux Australia, OSIA and AUUG — CeBIT Australia will provide visitors with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with open source software.

Over one hundred GNOME developers at summit

  • O'Reilly OnLamp; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 9:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
If you're near Boston, Mass. and want to find out the development plans and design issues for the GNOME desktop, or just are curious to see an energetic collection of software developers from around the world interacting, head on down from now through Monday to the GNOME summit at MIT's famous Stata Center. Over one hundred people showed up for today's morning presentation, and nearly every one was a developer for GNOME or a related technology: X, Linux, or a desktop application.

Edditor's Note: Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in free software and open source technologies. His work for O'Reilly includes the first books ever published commercially in the United States on Linux, and the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer. His modest programming and system administration skills are mostly self-taught.

What is Success to an OSS Project?

  • O'Reilly Net; By chromatic (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 8:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
Bryce Harrington, Inkscape and Worldforge hacker (as well as super-friendly OSDL guy), recently opined that gaining lots and lots of users isn't the only -- or even the best -- gauge of success for an open source project.

chromatic is the technical editor of the O'Reilly Network, specializing in programming, Linux®, and open source development. He's also been known to evangelize to his co-workers toward better development practices, being the author of Extreme Programming Pocket Guide and the co-author of Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook. -Ed

Is NetWare dead?

  • TechWorld UK; By Manek Dubash (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The rocky road for the once-mighty NOS could be running out

Exclusive: Xen Grows Up

  • Linux Magazine; By Andrew Warfield and Keir Fraser (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 5:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community; Story Type: News Story
In the past year, development of the open source Xen virtualization platform ( has forged ahead at a rapid pace, adding support for hardware virtualization and large- scale enterprise server hardware such as symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) guests and physical address extensions (PAE). Simultaneously, the Xen project has amassed a substantial community of developers and refined the software to be stable and robust. Now with a third major release, Xen is ready for “The Big Show,” production use. Up until the recent release of Xen 3.0, a major obstacle to the adoption of Xen in some environments was the software’s lack of support for unmodified operating systems. Xen’s original approach of paravirtualization, modifying an operating system to facilitate virtualization, yielded great performance, but failed to host operating systems for which source code is unavailable.

Linux stars in MS movie

  • (Posted by ubuntu4all on Oct 9, 2005 4:40 PM EDT)
In a stroke of irony, Microsoft's Halo movie will be produced in Wellington by servers running the open-source Linux operating system.

Vmware Chief Looks to Stay Ahead of Rivals

  • TechNewsWorld; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 2:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In an interview with Computerworld, VMware President Diane Greene talked about emerging competitors and her company's strategy of partnering with friend and foe alike.

People Behind KDE: Sander Koning

Known in circles as the documentation coordinator for the Dutch localisation project, this man is also a demon player at ultimate frisbee and a reader of Hercule Poirot.

Comment of the Day - October 8, 2005

This comment refers to "Open Source could use a face lift.".

Why make Bill Gates even richer?

  • ABS CBN News; By DAN MARIANO (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nobody knows for sure how many Internet cafés there are in the Philippines. But in every major city and in many small towns, there are such places where, for as little as P20 an hour, you can plunk down before a PC and roam the digital universe to your heart’s content.

Netbeans open source tools get a refresh

The Sun Microsystems-led NetBeans developer community has released a beta version of the NetBeans 5.0 open source IDE, with enhancements for client development based on Java. The general release of Version 5.0 is due by the end of 2005. Sun is positioning NetBeans as a counter-balance to the rival Eclipse open source tools platform. NetBeans 5.0 features the Matisse GUI builder which offers visual, drag-and-drop capabilities for building desktop clients that can either work in a client-server or standalone mode, says Dan Roberts, director of marketing for developer tools at Sun.

Cutting Through Multiple Linux Distribution Concerns

Over the course of the Linux emergence into corporate America, one fear has repeatedly emerged -- that Linux would fragment, that there are too many distributions -- that customers and corporate managers would be confused by the myriad of choices on the Linux distribution landscape. Paul Ferris and Dean Pannell have taken sides on this issue. People need clarification. They need to understand the issues at hand. They need clear, concise, professional sources of information where decisions of this magnitude are at stake.

Are they likely not to get that kind of information here? You'll have to find out, as here comes another Penguin Counter Penguin.

Open source steps into ECM shoes

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Cathleen Moore (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 7:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The former co-founder of Documentum is applying lessons learned in the commercial ECM (enterprise content management) space to open source software. John Newton, CTO and chairman of Alfresco, says that tackling content management with open source technology isn’t new, but most of the open source offerings available today target web content.

Virtual Hosting With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (+ SMTP-AUTH, Quota, SpamAssassin, ClamAV)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 9, 2005 7:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to install a mail server based on Postfix that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database.

OSS in the enterprise? Show me the money

Eric Raymond's recent attack on a Microsoft recruiter has sharply divided the Linux community, with some applauding his bluntness and honesty, while others accused him of exaggerating his own achievements -- not to mention exhibiting immature behavior. Yes, Raymond could have been a little more subtle in his reply, but when a company such as Microsoft attempts to recruit one of its most scathing critics, and an ardent supporter of competing products at that, one cannot help but feel such an answer was appropriate, given the absurdity of the circumstances.

Linspire nears million-user mark

Linspire claims to have significantly increased its user base since the launch of version five of its Linux desktop product. Kevin Carmony, the chief executive of Linspire, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that there has been considerable demand for Linspire 5, also known as Five-0.

Microsoft's sleight of Palm

Only now are details emerging of the months of secret talks that allowed the birth of the Windows Treo

AMD pulls in more firms to Intel battle

  • CNET; By Michael Singer (Posted by tadelste on Oct 8, 2005 2:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
AMD said on Thursday that it served more than 15 companies with subpoenas this week as of part of its antitrust lawsuit against rival Intel.

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