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A visual walk through of a couple of the new features in Vim 7.0

This interesting article gives a visual introduction to a couple of new features in the latest version of Vim (7.0). The USP of vim is that you can do everything using the keys on the keyboard and need not even touch the mouse. More over, this is a universal text editor which runs on a variety of OSes.

New CEO at Sendmail

The Emeryville email security company hired Donald Massaro as president and CEO -- he was previously CEO of Mountain View-based Reconnex Corp., a company he helped to start.

Money In Open Source Document Management?

September 21st, 2006: KnowledgeTree has launched a new reseller program to promote its open source document management solution.

An improved sendfile facility for FreeBSD

The sendfile facility allows a regular file to be sent out to a stream socket. The system call was first implemented in FreeBSD 3.1. This provides many performance benefits for various server appliances. Andre Opperman has implemented an improved sendfile facility for FreeBSD that has so far shown 45% less CPU usage without TCP segmentation offload and 83% less CPU usage with TCP segmentation offload. This is a great improvement over the previous implementation.

[O.k., so it's FreeBSD, not GNU/Linux - but few stories are cuter than "Penguin and the Beastie" - dcparris]

Linux hackers get first dibs on next-gen DVR

Neuros Technology is offering Linux hackers first dibs on beta units of its next-gen DVR (digital video recorder). The Linux-powered device can record MPEG-4 video from cable or broadcast TV, DVDs, etc., and transfer it to portable media players, or serve as a network music player.

Reduce Code Noise with Groovy

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Scott Hickey (Posted by IdaAshley on Sep 21, 2006 3:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Groovy's concise syntax frees developers from typical Java constructs that are required for code compilation but don't facilitate expressing what a program is really trying to accomplish. In this revival of the Practically Groovy series, focus on the important aspects of coding as Groovy developer J. Scott Hickey walks you through a series of comparisons between the exciting language normal Java code and the same Groovy code.

Dreamlinux releases v2.1 live CD

An updated live CD version of Dreamlinux, a Debian-based distribution with a Max OS X-like interface, was released Sept. 20. It sports a 2.6.14 Linux kernel along with an XFce desktop, according to the project.

Book Review: Ubuntu Unleashed

  • The Linux-Tutorial; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Sep 21, 2006 2:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
I've just finished two reviews on Ubuntu related books (The Official Ubuntu Book published by Prentice Hall, August 2006 for The Linux Tutorial site and Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks published by No Starch Press, August 2006 for Linux Magazine...appearing in the October 2006 edition) so I wasn't really interested in chapters titled "What is Ubuntu", "Installing Ubuntu" or "The X Window System". To some degree, all Linux distro instructional texts must cover the basic information about what Linux is and how it works so I'm not trying to be cynical. However, when you've read the same material in book after book, it tends to get old after awhile. I was more interested at what made this book different. What makes Ubuntu "unleashed"?

Tuning Utility for Linux on POWER Update Released

  •; By IBM alphaWorks (Posted by bex84 on Sep 21, 2006 2:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: IBM, Linux
The updated FDPR-Pro supports GCC 4.1 toolchain and SuSe/SLES10, employs parallel optimization to speed up automatic performance tuning, and allows multiple pieces of output from one piece of input.

Swsoft Releases SiteBuilder 3.0 for Linux/Unix

SWsoft, a provider of server automation and virtualization software, today announced the availability of SiteBuilder 3.0 for Linux/Unix, the latest version of its browser-based website building application.

[The licensing is non-libre. - dcparris]

MedPix medical image database uses healthy dose of FOSS

MedPix is a sprawling online medical images database and diagnostic tool that's used around the world by radiologists, nurses, physicians, and medical students -- and the whole system is powered by Linux and open source software.

Novell Receives Delisting Notice From NASDAQ and Notice of Default From Wells Fargo Related to its Convertible Subordinated Notes Due to Late Filing of Form 10-Q

-- Novell to request a hearing from the NASDAQ listing qualifications panel -- Novell disputes Wells Fargo assertions

Openfiler Simplifies Linux NAS, SAN

  • Linux Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Sep 21, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Openfiler, an appliance Linux, can turn any x86 box into an iSCSI NAS or SAN controller. (Linux-Watch)

Is XGL Really Worth It?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 20, 2006 11:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Perhaps I am missing something here, but why in the world is anyone worried about whether or not Xgl is outdoing the efforts of Microsoft's Vista? Seriously, we already know that Vista has problems of its own, and this is not even counting the fact that Xgl outperforms Vista's Aero hands down without the need for extra video card upgrades (without some tweaking, that is).

Novell to launch quick-response Linux

Novell plans an October launch for its Suse Linux Enterprise Real-Time product, an operating system geared for Wall Street traders and others who watch every microsecond of the clock.

Flexibility key to new Mambo release

Popular open source content management system Mambo today released version 4.6. This is the first major release in almost two years. Expands: Introduces Clustering Encyclopedia

Provo, Utah – Cluster Resources, Inc. and announced today the release of version 1.3 (, featuring the new Clustering Encyclopedia – a specialized reference source of high-performance computing (HPC) technologies and products.

Neuros OSD - Hardware Media Player Powered by Linux

I’ve been involved in many open source project, I know that there are many great open source application out there. Neuros took advantage of the open source platform by releasing a beta hardware called Neuros OSD, a Linux based media player and recorder hardware that is not quite complete yet.

The best of Novell's Linux training

One of the most common objections to switching from Windows or Unix to Linux, both on the server and the desktop, is that there are not enough knowledgeable Linux workers. Novell Inc. has an answer: promote Linux training throughout the world.

UNIX productivity tips in an office setting

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Stutz (Posted by solrac on Sep 20, 2006 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
The language of the UNIX command line is notoriously versatile: With a panorama of small tools and utilities and a shell to combine and execute them, you can specify many precise and complex tasks. Learn how to use techniques unique to UNIX in an office setting, which become a powerful ally toward increasing your productivity.

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