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  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're really new to Linux, then will help you navigate the sometimes choppy, sometimes murky waters of change. The site bases its content largely on information from the book "Linux For the Rest of Us," and provides beginner help on a variety of topics, plus a tightly focused selection of message board topics.

German Railways on Linux Track

  • CIO Today; By Elizabeth Millard (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Linux has been catching on especially quickly with governmental agencies and national systems like the German railway, says Scott Handy, IBM's vice president of worldwide Linux. "It's really exploding at this point."

Tutorial: Connecting to a Wireless LAN with Linux, Part 2

In Part 1 we reviewed hardware options, which wireless utilities should be present, how to use Windows drivers, and how to be open to connect to any available wireless access point. Today we'll cover configurations on Red Hat- and Debian-type systems, basic security, and hardware discovery.

Choosing the right Linux certification

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 8:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this third of a series of articles on training in Linux, I want to look at the certification programs available. In Linux, we are very fortunate to have at least two excellent high quality programs with high credibility. They are the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) from Red Hat, and the Linux Professional Institute's LPI programme. There are also two other programmes in existence: SAIR, which seems to have fallen off the radar (not much is happening on their web site, and SAGE, which is a Unix certification.

FeriCyde Chat: The Linux Virus Threat List for 2005

It's hard to find a comprehensive source of pending Linux virus threats these days. Ominous warnings can be found in the press that as Linux and other Free Software projects get more popular, the threat of infection will be on the rise. Still, deep research on the subject yields very little in the way of credible results. You can turn up a lot of talk about anti-virus software and vendors selling solutions for Linux. Still, nothing could be found that really summed up the current and coming threat of viruses for someone using desktop or server Linux in a network setting.

A Quick Look At Lycoris Desktop/LX 1.4

  •; By (Posted by tuxme on Feb 8, 2005 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Lycoris boasts that it is going to make you "Throw away Windows for good and get hooked on the best ever release of Desktop/LX". The flashy website and bold statements make it seem like a dream come true. Is it? We take a look at whether it's all true or just marketing mumbo-jumbo.

Microsoft Office is too dangerous to leave with users

With Microsoft's renewed drive encouraging developers to base their IT strategy on MS-Office, the suite is now too dangerous to leave in the hands of users.

Using MySQL to benchmark OS performance

It seems to be an exciting time for *nix operating systems, with a number of them recently releasing new versions that bring the addition of expanded features and claims of improved performance. If you're using GNU/Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, or Solaris as a database server, you've probably recently considered an upgrade or switch to another OS in that list due to marketing hype and hearsay. This article will show you how to benchmark operating system performance using MySQL on these OSes so you can find out for yourself if you're missing out. While this may not necessarily be indicative of overall system performance or overall database application performance, it will tell you specifically how well MySQL performs on your platform.

Financial Industry Floats Open-Source Messaging Standard

A coalition of financial institutions is working to develop an open-source alternative to proprietary message queuing technology, hoping to make Web services and service-oriented architectures fit for duty on Wall Street.

Honey, Vinegar, and Flies, or, F/OSS Won't Thrive If It Eats Its Own Young

Anyone can whine. But lending support and making genuine contributions is what makes the F/OSS wheels go 'round.

How to plan your new open source project

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 7, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lots of startup projects on the big online free software repositories have been abandoned right after being created, or linger in alpha stage for many years. I have founded four open source projects, of which two have been successful, while the other two just stopped and faded away. From that experience, here's some practical advice on how to make your project more well-known, how to motivate others to join your project, and how to make sure it stays alive and active for a long time -- maybe even reaching a 1.0 release (which should be part of every project's goal, should it not?).

Linux Heavyweights Sound Off At Summit

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Feb 7, 2005 5:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
Open-source software's influence continues to spread worldwide, but the technology's greatest challenges lie ahead as it's asked to take on an increasing number of business functions. Business customers want a long-term road map, even though open-source leaders aren't completely comfortable with the idea of looking that far ahead.

FlightGear to Demo Linux Based 747 Cockpit Simulator at SCALE 3x

FlightGear has announced plans to demonstrate their free and open source flight simulator project at the Southern California Linux Expo. The FlightGear team will use their open-source flight simulator to drive a full scale 747-400 simulator cockpit. The FlightGear demonstration will take place at SCALE 3x on Feb 12-13, 2005.

State of Linux Gaming

  • Cool Tech Zone; By Aditya Nag (Posted by Dogma on Feb 7, 2005 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
It's 2005 and the Linux juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down. Everywhere you look, Linux seems to be gaining steam. Home users are finally finding that they can use a Linux distribution without learning esoteric text commands. Everyday Linux is becoming more user-friendly and accessible. In fact, distributions have matured to the point where they can be the only operating system on a home computer. Except for one thing – Gaming.

IBM To Demonstrate New OpenPower Server at SCALE 3x

IBM has announced plans to demonstrate their new OpenPower 710 at the Southern California Linux Expo. The Southern California Linux Expo, will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 12-13.

Gates' interoperability claim 'is nonsense'

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Feb 7, 2005 11:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Bill Gates' claim that the open source methodology encourages forking was slated by one UK analyst on Monday.

Plug memory leaks with Rational Purify for Linux

In the Linux environment, Rational Purify provides a comprehensive solution for finding errors and memory leaks.

Experts predict Firefox spyware will show up this year

One of the main reasons for the Firefox browser's successful seizure of market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the desire to escape the inundation of PC-slowing spyware. However, spyware experts indicate that with its increased popularity, Firefox itself will become a target for spyware creators, who are already poking at the open source browser alternative.

2004 Members Choice Award Winners Announced

The polls are closed and the results are in for the 2004 Members Choice Awards. Among the winners are Firefox, MySQL and The Members Choice Awards allow members of the Linux community to choose their favorite products in a variety of categories including Linux Distribution of the Year, Office Suite of the Year and Web Browser of the Year. Winners will be presented with an award at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in Boston and will also receive a logo for their website.

A full list of nominees along with detailed results can be found at This is the fourth annual Members Choice Awards. Past winners include Red Hat, PostgreSQL and Mozilla.

Sun's open-source gamble

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Feb 7, 2005 6:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems is a company that's made good use of its visionary impulses to survive against bigger rivals. So it's fitting that Jonathan Schwartz is the company's No. 2 executive.

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