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Linux Gurus and the ability of a student to burn them out.

Sometimes a "student" and/or friend can become so dependent on the knowledge base of their teacher/friend that they become not only an annoyance but can drive you away from enjoying your computer time altogether.

[A good article about learning when to stand on your own written by one of our readers. - Scott]

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Install multimedia codecs, libdvdcss in Debian Etch GNU/Linux

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Apr 14, 2007 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
This guide walks one through the installation of various multimedia codecs and libdvdcss library which allows one to watch movies on commercial CSS DVDs. This guide is relevant specifically to Debian Etch but can also be used for other GNU/Linux distributions as it explains how to achieve it manually too.

Create XML with Google Web Toolkit

  • IBM/developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Apr 14, 2007 4:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups:
Most of Ajax applications use XML to transfer information to and from the server, so your application must be able to parse and create XML data. This tutorial shows you how to manipulate and create XML using the Google Web Toolkit. This toolkit enables you to use Java syntax to create the JavaScript necessary for Ajax user interfaces.

W3C, Accessibility and the Web: A Shared Responsibility

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 14, 2007 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
One of the leaders in ensuring Web accessibility has long been the W3C, which has launched accessibility projects of many types for much of its existence. Last week the W3C announced the lastest release in these efforts, and a good example of the quiet but important work that is ongoing at the W3C and a small number of other organizations.

Call for Location of Akademy 2008

While you are booking your travel for Akademy 2007, have a thought about whether you could host Akademy 2008. We are looking for a large institution to host our world summit sometime in the summer of 2008. There needs to be a dedicated local team to organise an event like this who will work in partnership with KDE e.V.

Review: NeoOffice 2.1 makes incremental improvements

NeoOffice, the Mac OS X native-ized port of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, is now at version 2.1. This release is marked by several key improvements, some inherited from OpenOffice.org, and some native to OS X.

The Internet May Eventually Be Scrapped

  • KUTV; By Anick Jesdanun (Posted by jhansonxi on Apr 14, 2007 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NEW YORK - Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the Internet, some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over.

Checking out the OLPC's "Sugar" desktop

As the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project works toward a release this year of its low-cost laptop aimed at children in developing nations, work has continued on the device's Linux-based operating system and on Sugar, the innovative user interface for the radical new laptop design.

Review: A+, Network+, Security+ Exams in a Nutshell

To paraphrase Mr. Rogers, "can you say whirlwind tour?" That's what the latest offering in the "In a Nutshell" series from O'Reilly reads like. That's not a pejorative statement; there's just a ton of information crammed in between the covers of this book. Actually, it is something of an experiment and doesn't quite follow the traditional pattern of this series.

Effective software testing

Learn how to use best practices and tools to keep your testing teams aligned with business priorities.

GPLv3, Linux and GPLv2 Compatibility

The Linux kernel is released under the GPLv2 license, not the "GPL version 2, or any later version", but explicitly GPL version 2. It means that the Linux kernel source won't be available under the GPLv3 unless the kernel developers make an explicit change to allow it. And, it appears the kernel developers aren't planning to make that change. So what's the likely outcome?

Oreilly School: On-line Courses

I just finished taking my first course over at Oreilly School and I must say that I am pleased with the course. The first course that I took was a “brush up” course in Linux administration (Linux/Unix 1: The Unix file system).

Increase productivity with Rational Performance Tester

Practical, hands-on exercises teach you how to record automated performance tests, use data-driven techniques to ensure randomization, play-back tests, and evaluate real-time performance reports.

Yugma Proposes Venue for Show Us The Code Deadline

Yesterday, I issued an invitation to both the Show Us The Code and Microsoft communities regarding a virtual “sit down” for the May 1, 2007 deadline. Yugma’s web collaboration software would enable key players from both groups to join a live session and present their sides.

Invite Linux Onto Your Windows Desktop

WinaXe Plus X-Server for Windows allows both Windows and Linux to be run on the same desktop at the same time. Users can access and run their remote applications from the Windows desktop and switch between operating systems as if switching between two Windows applications.

Windows XP to Be Discontinued in Early 2008

Microsoft's plan to phase out OEM shipments of Windows XP, the predecessor to the new Windows Vista platform, is not sitting well with some observers. Chatters on Silicon Valley.com cited issues with the suitability of Vista on existing machines and said they might just go to Linux instead.

How to tell good code from bad, redux.

A couple of days ago I asked a question of Technocrat, that question was "How do I, a non coder, tell good code from bad?" and had the rider "Do not tell me to ask another coder." Despite more responses than most other articles, I did not come away with an answer that I could give to anyone else.

Blue Cliff VOE Readiness Training May 8-11, 2007

Blue Cliff, Inc. isannouncing (PDF) VOE Readiness Training May 8-11, 2007 at the Manoa Innovation Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.'...Join the Blue Cliff trainers and get a jump start as they offer“hands-on” learning for implementing VOE. Blue Cliff, Inc. has developed successful methods and support materials to ensure VOE adopter success. The Blue Cliff team has over 80 years of proven experience, successful implementations and satisfied clients...'

It's Time We Had A Talk

If you disagree with what we are doing, you don't have to participate in it. You have every right to be vocal about your attitude and opinion on projects such as this. But to come onto my website and "flashporn" it like you did two days ago, that is unexcusable. The idiots that did it made the mistake of congratulating themselves in a forum on myspace and I was able to google it and find out exactly who they are...I mean besides idiots. You have no right to lie, gossip and damage our efforts because of your Abby Hoffman set of political ideals.

WiFi bug found in Linux

A bug has been found in the MadWiFi Linux kernel device driver for Atheros-based WiFi chipsets that can allow an attacker to take control of a laptop - even when it is not on a WiFi network. The MadWiFi development team have released a patch. However, not all Linux distributions have yet built the patch into their code.

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