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ASCII art fun with boxes

ASCII art has evolved from flashy text messages cooked up with underscores and hashes to more complex and appealing designs, but creating such patterns takes some effort. boxes is an excellent utility that can help you create interesting ASCII artwork.

Report: Novell's Desktop Advances

At LinuxWorld Canada 2006, Dee-Ann LeBlanc sat down with Ross Chevalier, Chief Technology Officer of Novell Canada, Ltd, who wanted to talk about why 2006 is finally the year of Linux on the desktop. Or, more precisely, "The Year of Adoption for an Enterprise Linux Desktop."

Will NexentaOS (GNU/OpenSolaris) succeed as a Desktop?

NexentaOS Alpha 5 (Dapper Drake 6.06) Released!

“free” as in “free lunch”

  • Free Software Magazine; By Edward Macnaghten (Posted by dcparris on Jun 17, 2006 2:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Too long ago, when I was a sprog growing up, my elders and betters drummed into me in no uncertain terms that there was “no such thing as a free lunch”. At the time, I was going to school and my lunches were either provided by my parents or paid for by them, so as far as I was concerned my lunches were free. However, I soon appreciated what they meant as I approached adulthood. It is a very rare event, if it happens at all, that someone gives you something for free without some ulterior motive.

Marketing free and open source software

The open source process is marketing in its purest form.

If that horrifies you, perhaps you're unfamiliar with marketing.

Matthew Revell explains what marketing is and how free and open source software projects can use it to their advantage.

Spyware scene sets its sights on Firefox users

The Internet Storm Center has reported a mass e-mail currently spreading throughout Australia in particular. The e-mail is designed to lure recipients to a web page that exploits loopholes in browsers. What is interesting about it is that the masked JavaScript code on the web page contains a browser switch which slips Mozilla/Firefox users a loophole exploit tailored to older versions of the browsers. What this then does in detail cannot be gathered from the advisory; experience indicates, however, that such pages frequently install spy- and/or adware without the user's consent (see also Schädlingen auf der Spur [Tracking down Vermin] at heise Security).

Wengophone: VoIP done right

Dreaming about a free software competitor for Skype? Maybe your wait is over

A new, full-featured free software application pops its head into the VoIP world, and it nominates itself as the most serious competitor of Skype. It’s name is Wengophone.

Review: Novell Lets Bandit Loose

  • LinuxPlanet; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Jun 17, 2006 12:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Novell
Managing your identity in the Internet of 2006 is a complex Web that requires multiple identities and passwords for multiple sites and services. Enter the open source Bandit project from Novell.

Title: Debian update for horde3

  • SecuObs; By Security Alert (Posted by dcparris on Jun 17, 2006 12:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Debian
Debian has issued an update for horde3. This fixes some vulnerabilities, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site scripting attacks.

First Persian-English Open Source Linux Operating System is ...

The first version of a bilingual open source Persian-English Linux operating system, called Sharif Linux 2, has been released by Sharif FarsiWeb Inc. It has been developed for the requirements of the Persian language and is one of the results of the research made by the FarsiWeb Project and Sharif FarsiWeb Inc. since early 1999.

Porky Vista Beta 2 Casts Doubt On Future Release Dates

As Microsoft servers shuddered under the onslaught from anxious users downloading Windows Vista Beta 2, reviewers report that the corpulent code gobbles laptop batteries, hogs memory, and waddles through its chores. A Windows development team manager explains why this outcome for the "largest software project in history" was entirely predictable.

Tutorial: Murder Most Fowl

  • LinuxPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jun 16, 2006 10:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
So there you are, dutifully wading through the documentation for whatever gnarly Linux application you're rassling into submission. You're running commands and editing configuration files and things are working and life is good. Until--yes, you knew the good times weren't going to last--until you hit the dreaded "send the process a SIGHUP" instruction.

The GNOME Community: End Users

GNOME is not just software, but also a community. But what’s this? A Community? Vincent Untz takes a closer look, starting with end users in this issue.

Announcing Ubuntu 6.06 LTS server for SUN Sparc64

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS server for SUN Sparc 64bit architecture.

GNOME needs women

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Jun 16, 2006 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
The GNOME Foundation received 181 applications for the Google Summer of Code (SoC) program, but not a single application was from a female developer. The lack of women participating in GNOME, and free software in general, has spurred the GNOME foundation to start a summer program to reach out to female developers.

Behind the Scenes: Emmanuele Bassi

  • The GNOME Journal; By Lucas Rocha (Posted by lucasr on Jun 16, 2006 7:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNOME
Lucas Rocha interviews Emmanuele Bassi, co-maintainer of gnome-utils and author of the GTK+ recently used resources support. Emmanuele talks about “desktop 2.0” and other GNOME things and shows his geek code to everyone.

Operations Newsflashes: Smart Trade Rolls Out Java Open Source FIX ...

Smart Trade Rolls Out Java Open Source FIX Engine, SunGard and TradingScreen Integrate OMS and EMS Offerings, Ryan Beck Selects Archive Systems to Boost Operational Efficiency

Linux powers security, surveillance DVR

Securtex International is shipping a line of Linux-powered DVRs (digital video recorders) for security and surveillance applications. The Network Advanced Video Surveillance - Embedded (NAVS-E) DVRs support 4, 8, or 16 cameras, and offer simultaneous remote recording/playback/monitoring through Windows client and management software.

Research ministry to 'go open source'

The State Ministry for Research and Technology is leading a national drive for government departments, local administrations and businesses to use legal, open-source programs on office computers instead of pirated software.

Is Gates' Retirement Linux's Chance?

Opinion: Times of change are times of opportunity. Can Linux make the most of its shot?

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