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KernelTrap: Power Outage, Back Online

KernelTrap.org experienced some unexpected downtime today as the data center housing the KernelTrap server suffered a prolongedpower outage. The ever-helpful Oregon State UniversityOpen Source Lab [story] explains, "this morning the OSL data center suffered a power outage with the generator eventually failing," going on to note, "we will be meeting to find out what failed and how to prevent it in the future." All systems are returned to normal, and we should not see any further problems.

Better code testing with JUnit and FIT

The beauty of Framework for Integrated Tests (FIT) is that it enables the customer or business side of an organization to get involved in the testing process early (i.e., during development). Whereas JUnit's strength lies in unit testing during the coding process. This article shows you how to combine the best of FIT and JUnit for better teamwork and effective end-to-end testing.

Debian decides on GNU Free Documentation License

In a surprise decision, the developers of Debian have voted that materials released under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) are compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) -- but only if they contain no invariant sections. The decision settles a longstanding dispute within the project about the GFDL. Although the decision continues to separate Debian from other free and open source software (FOSS) projects, most of which accepts the GFDL without reservations, the possibility remains that future revisions to the license could allow Debian accept it fully.

[ED: As the freest of the free(dom) software movement, the concerns of this group must be taken seriously. Note too that some Wikies had to develop monitoring methods to catch flagrant misuse of (too) interested parties in blatant skewing of the meaning of the contents. See for example, the actions of U.S. Congressionial staffs to burnish the image of their local icon. - HC]

CLI Magic: Monitoring bandwidth from the command line

Volker Gropp's enhanced bandwidth monitor -- called bwm-ng, or Bandwidth Monitor Next Generation -- is a rewrite of an earlier bwm. It's simple to install and use, and I recently found it to be very helpful in getting data I needed for a story. You might find it useful, User Level: Intermediate

Review: Dyne:bolic 1.4.1 live CD

Dyne:bolic is a multimedia-centric Linux distribution on live CD. Recording, mixing, streaming, and broadcasting audio and video content is its stock in trade. It has been nearly two years since NewsForge first reviewed the Dyne:bolic 1.0 alpha release. The distro has matured considerably in the intervening time. This is a look at the 1.4.1 release.

India interested in state's open source developments

  • Portland Business Journal (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Indian commercial interests want to do more business with Oregon, especially in the open source software arena.

But those who expected to hear a bid for more software and business-process outsourcing contracts might have been surprised. The 13 representatives of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce want to buy more products and services from Oregon companies, as well as sell more to them.

Life assurer switches to Red Hat Enterprise

With its legacy systems no longer able to keep up with a rapid growth in transactions, SA life assurance company Clientele Life switched its servers to Red Hat Linux for better performance and stability.

When 'enterprise' is self-defeating

Solutions for end-users - who would have thought?

McAfee AntiVirus: The Most Disastrous Virus of 2006

On March 10, 2006 McAfee AntiVirus users were dismayed to find essential files had been tagged as the Win95/CTX virus, then quarantined or deleted. With no clue as to what was taking place, many kept re-scanning in hopes that McAfee could eventually remove the evil virus and repair their broken computers. Unfortunately, the "malware" attacking their systems was McAfee itself, consulting it's own misbegotten virus definition file: 4715.DAT. McAfee users are understandably upset.

Windows to Linux With Data In Tact? Child's Play.

  • www.lobby4linux.com; By helios (Posted by helios on Mar 13, 2006 6:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
From our tests of Progression Desktop, it is unlikely that anyone would have a problem in getting their Windows data over to their new Linux install. Here are the folks who make it happen.

Security hole found in crypto program Gnu Privacy Guard

Developers of the open source Gnu Privacy Guard encryption software have reported a security flaw that could allow an attacker to sneak malicious code into a signed e-mail message.

Tutorial: Generation LinuX, Part 1--The Basics

Barriers to solving real-world, everyday problems with cutting-edge computer technology are now gone. Linux and Open Source Software offer a giant toolbox, full of shiny new tools, just waiting to be put to good use by our children. Rob Reilly begins a new series designed to help teach kids what computing is all about.

Public broadcaster launches open source software portal

A small public radio station in upstate New York launched an open source software community for non-profit broadcasters last month, and made its own content management system (CMS) the first project hosted at the site.

Generation LinuX, Part 1--The Basics

Barriers to solving real-world, everyday problems with cutting-edge computer technology are now gone. Linux and Open Source Software offer a giant toolbox, full of shiny new tools, just waiting to be put to good use by our children.

Howto: Ultimate Ubuntu eye-candy with Xgl and Compriz

Online blogger and Ubuntu fan Chromakode shoots us well ahead of the technology curve with an Xgl and Compriz installation running on Dapper Drake. This one's not for the faint-hearted.

CEBIT - Xandros prepares move into Linux server market

  • IDG News Servic; By Elizabeth Montalbano (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 12:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
As server Linux vendor Novell eyed the enterprise desktop market at Cebit this week, Xandros, better known for its desktop Linux OS, plotted its move to enterprise servers.

Linux gains scalable open source IPC software

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Number two telecom OS provider Enea will release its direct, asynchronous message-passing software for distributed systems under an open source license in June. Described as the "cornerstone" of Enea's telecom RTOSes, the "Linx" IPC (inter-process communications) software scales better than other freely available IPC technologies, such as TIPC (transparent IPC) and Unix sockets, Enea claims.

DistroWatch Weekly: Custom DVD booting many distributions, Linux in education, Kororaa's Chris Smart

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 10:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 11th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. "I've tried about 100 different distros over the past two years and can honestly say I've never seen anything as spectacular as Kororaa Xgl," mused one excited user in an online forum. Yes, Kororaa, a little-known Gentoo-based distribution, stole the spotlight last week after the release of a live CD featuring Novell's amazing Xgl technology; we asked one of the distribution's developers to tell us more about the project. In other news, Fedora and Ubuntu delay releases, CeBIT visitors share KNOPPIX 5.0 torrents, a project builds a live DVD that boots several Linux distributions, and two articles teach the basics of Solaris. Also in this issue: a special report that looks at the growing acceptance of Linux in schools. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

USA : CompTIA slates RFID operations in India

  • Fibre2fashion.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The reporter writes, "The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced the opening of its operations in India. It is expanding the availability of its certifications for individuals and organizations in India are growing technology industry."

Once sued by Microsoft for giving exact answer to the Microsoft tests which some people claim were obtained by people taking tests and reading the answers into small recording devices, the seem like pawns of Redmond.

My problem with these guys? They lobbied against the Open Source Bill in Texas. Are they shills for Microsoft? No verification of that, but they sure looked like it at the committee hearing in Austin.

Competition: Commission publishes information on the role of the Monitoring Trustee in the Microsoft case

The European Commission has published its Decision defining the role of the Trustee in the Microsoft case, the curriculum vitae of the Monitoring Trustee, as well as the curricula vitae of his advisors. The Trustee Decision is the formal document which sets the parameters for the Trustee’s work in monitoring Microsoft’s compliance with the March 2004 Decision (see IP/04/382) in order to advise the Commission on that compliance. These documents can be found at:

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