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Linux lab lays off programmers

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source Development Labs, group that employs Linux leader Linus Torvalds, lays off nearly a sixth of its staff.

HUMOR: Linux Can Make You Cool

Getting into Linux, setting up web servers and tinkering with configurations doesn't just satisfy an insatiable desire you and I have to create and achieve, it also makes you cool.

Open source: where we are now. where we are going

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on May 23, 2005 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
A number of historians have warned that no society can really understand the historical significance of current events as they are happening, but hell, let's give it a try anyways. In fact, I'm gonna really stick my neck out and say that this is the time before abundance in the IT industry, the time before the time when our IT buffet truly offers more than most of us can eat in any one sitting for most applications. The result will be a explosion of creativity from the fringes of the social network, as the demand side increasingly supplies itself, to quote Doc Searls.

The Penguin Replies And How!

  • CXOlinux; By Anonymous (Posted by VISITOR on May 23, 2005 12:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
"Linux had the luxury of learning from all of Unix's mistakes on the Internet," affirms Con Zymaris of CyberSource as he replies to the 'MS vs Linux' debate

Open Source Accounting Options

  • Accountingweb.com (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new wave of freely available open source business applications is already being adopted by a significant number of small and mid-sized businesses. Among the open source applications turning up on small business desktops are word processing and spreadsheet applications like OpenOffice and accounting applications like GnuCash and Grisbi.

Three tools to help you configure iptables

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Every user whose client connects to the Internet should configure his firewall immediately after installation. Some Linux distributions include firewall configuration as a part of installation, often offering a set of defaults configurations to choose from. However, to ensure that your machine presents the minimum "attack surface" (a measure of the number of vulnerable ports, user accounts, and sockets exposed to attack) to the predatory inhabitants of the Internet, you may need to do some manual configuration of your firewall. Here are three tools that can help.

Linux vs Microsoft XP: Optimizations Make Linux the Killer Desktop

When the Linux desktop gets performance tweaks, people can see a significant difference. Windows XP just cannot keep up. With the addition of a stream of new applications and multiple ways to run Win32 applications, the case for Linux becomes irrefutable.

Apple, Microsoft sign death warrant for open-source

The existence of open-source software in Europe may be under threat if companies, including Apple and Microsoft, persuade the European Parliament to expand patent protection in Europe.

Fujitsu Siemens receives Novell partner of the year award

Fujitsu Siemens Computers was recently presented with the Novell Technology Partner of the Year Award for operational excellence and its innovative FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite solution, based on the Linux operating system.

Interview with MusE Developers

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
MusE is an extensive Open Source MIDI and audio sequencer for Linux, based on Qt. The developers have been interviewed by O'Reilly. For those interested in some background information about MusE, MIDI and audio development on Linux, be sure to check it out. A progress report for the coming 0.7.2 and 1.0 releases has also been posted to the MusE website.

The Fifth Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're a good administrator, you pride yourself on developing a fundamental understanding of the systems you build. After a while, as you begin to comprehend the complete complexity that goes along with building and maintaining your infrastructure, the commands and procedures to control them become second nature. You have to look at the documentation less and less, until eventually people refer to you as a guru. Having this kind of understanding of your servers is important, but it does no good if you aren't available when something crashes. By creating detailed written policies detailing the ins and outs of your systems in advance, you can provide critical background information to your backup admin who can use it to restore functionality in your absence.

Using LDAP for mail contacts

  • Linux.com; By Nathan Willis (Posted by yuk on May 23, 2005 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Many corporate users use company-wide LDAP directories to free them from manually synchronizing and updating their contacts -- a convenience that even a two-PC household could benefit from. We will start by installing and configuring OpenLDAP, the free, open-source LDAP server.

Linux in Government: Optimizing Desktop Performance, Part II

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Continuing to transform your Linux system into a fast desktop.

Mozilla Foundation to ban Firefox derivative browsers?

the Mozilla Foundation [MoFo] started pushing the separate e-mail and web browsers, instead of the integrated suite, and a whole marketing operation was created around MoFo's now separate components (Firefox and Thunderbird) targeting the end-user audience. Yet, at the same time, the open source nature of MoFo's code made one believe that re-distribution and re-branding was still welcome. That seems not to be the case anymore, if one reads MoFo's Ben Goodger's blog.

DistroWatch Weekly: Installing Gentoo in chroot, Novell Linux study guides

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 2:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 21st issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Gentoo Linux continues to maintain its presense on these pages - we have a quick tip describing how to save time and prevent downtime while installing this popular source-based distribution. We'll continue with an update on the release of Debian Sarge and point you to a couple of fantastic Linux learning resources made available recently by Novell. The featured distribution of the week is the PHLAK live CD with its amazing array of security tool and extensive documentation, while Robert Storey reveals a great utility to really erase data from your hard disks. Happy reading!

NFS over CIPE-VPN tunnels

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 23, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Network File System (NFS) is a standard protocol for sharing file services with Linux and Unix computers. It is a distributed file system that enables local access to remote disks and file systems and is based on the clientserver architecture. Although easy to configure, it is typically used only to transfer data over an intranet or LAN because of its transparency and security potholes when exposed to the risks of the Internet. However, it still can be employed -- without compromising security -- to share files over the Internet by configuring it to run on a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. This article will show you how to set up NFS to run over a CIPE-VPN connection between two Linux systems.

Reviewed: Vector Linux SOHO 5.0

  • Tuxme.com; By Tuxme.com (Posted by tuxme on May 22, 2005 6:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
This review takes a fairly brief look at Vector Linux SOHO 5.0. In summary, this distribution rocks. It's fast, easy on the eyes, lightweight, complete, and did I mention that it just screams? The next time I reinstall, I am going to install this for sure. Read on...

Interview with Will Stephenson

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on May 22, 2005 3:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: Interview
Will Stephenson is one of the attendees at the KDE PIM Event. 4 years ago he started with contributing to Kopete, the instant messaging client for KDE. His recent contributions made it possible to let Kopete communicate with Kontact. In this interview, he will tell you about Kopete and his exciting plans for the upcoming meeting.

Microsoft (Russia) uses Linux/OpenOffice

OpenOffice 1.1.2 and Alt Linux Master 2.3 (russian distro) That is REAL! Microsoft presenation about SSI.

IT meet to showcase initiatives, free software

  • Webindia123 (Posted by dave on May 22, 2005 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Kerala capital will play host to a unique two-day international conference that will showcase free software and free content initiatives being undertaken by participants. The conference, beginning May 28, will cover topics like e-governance, bridging the digital divide, education, social justice, legal issues and micro-finance.

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