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Ajax design patterns for Web services

This article shows you how to implement a Web browser-based SOAP Web services client using Ajax design patterns. In the Part 1 of this series, the author introduced a simple Web browser-based JavaScript library for invoking SOAP Web services using AJAX. In the discussion that follows, the author expands on functions of that JavaScript library by implementing basic support for the Web Services.

Tutorial: Preventing Buffer Overflow Exploits Using the Linux Distributed Security Module, Part 2

Buffer overflow exploits are one of the most interesting security vulnerabilities and are used in a majority of security attacks against Linux and UNIX-like operating systems. In Part 2, readers will see how DSM guards against such exploits and it is implemented as a Linux module, using an exploit example.

Review: JFreeChart

I first went in search of a Java charting package when I had to write a financial application for one of my projects in 2003. JFreeChart caught my eye, not only because it was available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), but also because it provided support for financial charts right out of the box. With last month's release, JFreeChart is the first open source, Java-based charting library to reach the 1.0 milestone.

Cheat Knoppix 4 -- Part 2. Knoppix Performance Improvement Cheats

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (; By Mike Angelo (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 12, 2006 1:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
"Today, in Part 2, this Knoppix tutorial shows you how to use Knoppix cheats to speed up Live Knoppix. And it shows you how to free the CD drive or DVD drive that you use to run Live Knoppix too . . ."

NetWare users are willing to give Linux a chance

I sometimes think that the bulk of the readership of this newsletter is made up of two groups: the so-called NetWare stalwarts, those who vow to run NetWare servers until the final abend; and Novell employees - PR, marketing and engineering. So after running quotes from the stalwarts last week which told of what they were doing with Open Enterprise Server it's only natural that today I should bring you a bit of rebuttal from Novell.

Google Talk API and source code release

Last month, the Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) released documentation for two extensions to the Jabber (XMPP) protocol, named Jingle Signaling and Jingle Audio. On the same day, Google -- co-creators of the extensions -- released a BSD-style-licensed library called libjingle, the implementation of the extensions that powers the company's Google Talk software. In addition to opening the API used in Google Talk itself, both actions will benefit open source instant messaging clients and perhaps increase the pressure on closed systems like Skype.

Seamonkey Project to replace Mozilla Suite

  • Digital Divide Network; By Stephen Feller (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
After what one lead developer called a "very good" beta release in mid-December, the SeaMonkey project expects the final release of version 1.0 to be out this month, rescuing jilted users of the former Mozilla Suite of Web applications from the abyss of non-integrated applications.

The Mozilla Foundation announced in 2003 that it would stop developing the Mozilla Suite with the 1.7.x line of releases, handing off the code base to the SeaMonkey Council. Version 1.0, according to a letter signed by most members of the current Council, is the project's efforts to release a SeaMonkey front end running on a Gecko layout engine version 1.8 back end.

Xen Virtualization and Linux Clustering, Part 1

Interesting in seeing what all the fuss is about Xen? Use the steps in this tutorial to get Xen installed and domains configured.

Intel ships new tools for Apple developers

On the back of announcements yesterday of new Intel-based Apple computers, Intel has released new software development tools and resources for Apple developers. The tools are intended to help Apple developers build applications that take advantage of Intel's Core Duo processor technology on the new Intel-based Mac platforms.

How to use GTK+ in C and a C# Python comparison

This article is a nice hands-on introduction to GTK+ and analyzes a sample GTK+ application written in C. It then shows that same application written in Python and C#. Finally, it discusses some useful tools that can help you develop better applications faster with GTK+.

Building a Linux home media center

Like a lot of people nowadays, I have a growing collection of digital media. My digital media is stored on a home Linux server. Most of the digital media players available today do not support protocols to connect to a Linux server, which make them unsuitable for my use. I realized the best way to connect my digital media library with my home theatre was to build my own Linux home media center (LHMC).

From Analog to VoIP: Asterisk Brings Telephony Together Under One Open-Source Platform

  • OSDir; By Howard Wen (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 7:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Six years ago, Mark Spencer started his own Linux technical support business. Unlike other tech startups at the time, he spent his money frugally. Spencer had to; he didn't even have enough to pay for an office PBX system, which can cost up to several thousands of dollars.

"I had about $4,000 to start it out with, and I wasn't about to buy a phone system, so I figured I'd just make one," Spencer says.

He created Asterisk, a software platform PBX system, and open-sourced the code in 1999. Asterisk was not particularly useful to others outside of Spencer's own needs for his company, until a few years later when community contributions added support for more industry-standard telephony hardware, and modern Internet voice communications technologies, like Voice-over-IP (VoIP), to succeeding versions.

Wikisearch - The famous Wikipedia Toolbar now for Firefox

(openPR) - VIENNA, openPR, January 11th 2006

Austrian entrepreneur Roman Mittermayr has finally released the long awaited Firefox/Mozilla version of WikiSearch, a toolbar for Wikipedia which is becoming a must-have utility for Wikipedia fans, counting over 100.000 downloads since it's launch.

H&r Block Mailed Free Software with Recipient's Social Security ...

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
H&R Block acknowledged last week that it had mailed unsolicited packages, containing their TaxCut software, to former customers early in December and that some of these packages had the former client’s social security number (SSN) embedded in the source code on the mailing label, news reports. This kind of software mailing is a common marketing practice in many industries, according to in Lexington, Kentucky.

SeaMonkey Project picks up where halted Mozilla Suite left off

After what one lead developer called a "very good" beta release in mid-December, the SeaMonkey project expects the final release of version 1.0 to be out this month, rescuing jilted users of the former Mozilla Suite of Web applications from the abyss of non-integrated applications.

Microsoft Patent Victory Could Hit Open Source Community

Microsoft's announcement Tuesday that a federal ruling has deemed its Windows file-storage systems patents valid, is raising concerns in the open source community. The software giant's victory in the file allocation table (FAT) patents battle could demonstrate that global patents systems can be dangerous to the health of Linux and the open source community at large.

Clearnova marries Ajax to open source

  • Search Webservices (Posted by bstadil on Jan 12, 2006 4:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Melding two of the hottest trends in IT, ClearNova Inc. will make its rapid application development platform for Ajax an open source project, with the framework available for a free download. Called ThinkCap JX, the beta version already has more than 750 downloads. Plans are for a community site,, to go live in early February.

Gnu Gnash released

The Free Software Foundation announced today the addition of Gnash, the GNU Flash movie player and Firefox plugin, licensed under the GNU General Public License. Gnash is a project to build a SWF version 7 compliant flash player with high-quality imaging. It is the most advanced free flash player that currently exists, and an important addition to the GNU project.

Linux powers WiFi-equipped LCD-TV

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 2:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sharp used embedded Linux along with Devicescape's WiFi stack to build a 32-inch flat-panel TV/PC display with a built-in 802.11a/b/g wireless media adapter. The IT-32X2 has a built-in HDTV tuner, and USB ports for viewing photos from digital cameras or USB mass storage devices.

Tech Firms, Universities Unite to Boost Open-Source Innovation

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by bstadil on Jan 12, 2006 2:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IBM has joined with three other technology companies, seven universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to adopt guiding principles to speed collaborative research for open-source software

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