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PostgreSQL for MySQL users

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Dec 22, 2006 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
If you have been using MySQL for a while, you have a knowledge investment that may discourage you from exploring other databases. This short guide shows how common tasks in MySQL are accomplished in PostgreSQL. It also highlights some unique features of each database.

Codin' for the Web

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Dec 22, 2006 9:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: MySQL, PHP

I'm an extremely visual learner. If you introduce yourself to me, chances are that I'll forget your name after a few minutes. If I see your name in print, it's locked in my brain for all time (ok, I'm exaggerating, but not by much). Codin' for the Web (like, Singin' in the Rain) is a very visual book. Peachpit Press seems to specialize in producing their texts using high quality paper, fonts, colors, and images. Even without reading the content, it's just a pleasure to look at the pages. However, without good content, the "eye candy" effect doesn't mean much.

Tufte'sBeautiful Evidence combines theory and practical advice

  • IT Managers Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What does an anti-slavery pamphlet, a graph of French losses during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and a PowerPoint slide presentation have in common? The answer, according to Edward Tufte's latest collection of essays, Beautiful Evidence , is that all of them combine words and graphics to convey information -- although not with the same success. This is a subject with which readers of Tufte's previous books will be already familiar, and some of the essays in the book have been available online in slightly different forms for several years. Yet, for all this familiarity, in Beautiful Evidence, Tufte still manages to offer readers a combination of practical advice and theory in a style that manages to be both leisurely and challenging at the same time.

Open source to be a driving force in education

  • Computeractive; By Andrea-Marie Vassou (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 7:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source software in schools will be the driving force for Gordon Brown’s proposed ‘Knowledge Economy’, it was claimed today. The claim comes from Bluefountain, after massive cross-party backbench support for a change in government policy for IT in education. Nearly one in five backbenchers from all parties questioned the exclusion of open-source software from UK schools.

Linux Desktop 2006: better than ever

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
I recently read a story that asked, "Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?" Burst!? No, I don't think so. Actually, it still isn't even half as big as it will be when it's full.

This week at LWN: The 2006 Linux and free software timeline

For the ninth year in a row, the editors at have put together a timeline highlighting the most important events of the last twelve months.

Release-critical Bugreport for December 22, 2006

Bug stamp-out list for December 22, 2006

Airbus is banking on open source

The development of vital computer systems to be used and maintained for decades in aerospace and automobile construction is preconditioned on development tools the specifications of which elude most classical software products. Therefore a consortium of companies centered on the aircraft manufacturer Airbus has decided to make sure -- by launching a project dubbed TOPCASED (Toolkit in Open source for Critical Applications & Systems Development) -- that it gets its hands on such tools.

Trustix Secure Linux 3.0.5 Beta 3

We are pleased to announce that the third Beta release of Trustix Secure Linux 3.0.5 is now available. Thanks to many reports and suggestions, this release contains some critical fixes and improvements in the installer and other software.

Review: VectorLinux 5.8

VectorLinux, a lightweight, fast Linux distribution for the x86 platform, just released its new version 5.8 this week. This user-friendly distribution makes the average computer user's life easy by supplying office software, Web browsing, photo editing, and archiving on top of a fast, clean Xfce window manager.

VMware opens Mac virtual machine tech to public

Virtualisation software specialist VMware has posted a pre-release version of 'Fusion', the Mac version of its desktop virtualisation software. The public availability of the beta release was accompanied by VMware competitor Parallels' posting of a update to its own Mac virtualisation tool.

Linux: Red Hat's Hat Trick

Red Hat shares jumped more than 12 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the Linux distributor posted financial results that topped analysts’ estimates. Excluding one-time items, the company posted a profit of $29.6 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to $22.7 million in the year-ago quarter after adjusting for stock compensation and tax expenses. Analysts polled on Thomson Financial estimated the software company would report earnings per share of $0.12 and revenues of $104.16 million versus $73.11 million in the year-ago quarter.

Development board aims Linux at graphics-intensive apps

Bitsim is shipping an evaluation and development board that targets 2D graphics-intensive embedded applications, such as instrumentation and gaming devices. The "Badger" board is based on an ARM9 processor and Altera Cyclone II FPGA (field-programmable gate array), and apparently is accelerated by Bitsim's "Badge" softcore processor.

Genealogy with GRAMPS

  • Free Software Magazine; By Ryan Cartwright (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Genealogy is a burgeoning hobby and to help the home genealogist, a whole range of software is available. Much of it is commercial but here I’ll look at one of the most popular free software options—GRAMPS. Charting your family history needn’t mean compromising on licensing.

Linux Migrations Made Simpler

Running a Microsoft Windows NT server these days is a brave (or, perhaps, stupid) thing to do: Support for the product has finished, and as far as Microsoft is concerned, the product should be put in a rest home for retired software. Windows Server 2000 is also getting long in the tooth, and in a few years it too will reach the end of its support lifecycle and be looking for its rocking chair and slippers.

Tiny Linux-based DVR has potential, reviewer says

Neuros Audio's tiny Linux-based DVR (digital video recorder) has lots of potential, if community enthusiasm continues, according to a review at The "Open Source Device" (OSD) is already capable enough for users simply wishing to record or transcode TV for playback on hand-held devices, the reviewer says.

Editors' retrospective -- Linux Devices in 2006

As 2006 winds to a close, the editors of have assembled a retrospective aimed at highlighting major trends and events in the world of embedded Linux. Of the approximately 1,200 stories we published this year, these were the most important, in our opinion.

Red Hat earnings shrug off Oracle threat

Linux seller's net income drops, but revenue rises; executives say competition from Oracle hasn't taken customers away.

ASP.NET: Is It Too Difficult?

"There is no doubt in my mind, that ASP.NET is the most powerful and versatile platform for web applications at the moment."

[I am in the process of learning how to use ASP.NET at work, so far just getting the .NET framework downloaded and other dependent software in order to run it has been the challenge. I'll let you know how it goes - Scott]

Update sweetens Ubuntu-based Linux Mint

The project team for Linux Mint, one of the first "customized" Ubuntu distributions, this week released its 2.1 version, featuring a 2.6.17 kernel, the GNOME desktop environment, and an expanded set of browser plugins and multimedia tools.

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