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CLI Magic: Bash history expansion

  •; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Jul 19, 2005 4:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
This week's CLI Magic -- by Shashank Sharma -- is all about history expansion. The Bourne-Again SHell (bash) has a major user base and the fact that it has incorporated some useful features from the Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh) might be one of the reasons. History expansion, for example, was first implemented in csh.

Zipit creator on building a product with Linux

  •; By Tim Rikers (Posted by bstadil on Jul 19, 2005 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Last week, profiled the Aeronix Zipit, a $99 instant messaging device marketed to teenagers, but appropriated by Linux hackers for a variety of embedded projects. Today, we're pleased to offer a followup conversation with Ralph Heredia, who conceived and led the creation of the Zipit.

Sun exec denies Linux desktop retreat

Sun’s executive vice president of software, John Loiacono, claimed he was misinterpreted in reports he had told the recent JavaOne conference Sun would be reducing its emphasis on selling its Java Desktop System (JDS) in combination with Linux.

"We remain fully committed to JDS," he wrote in his blog this week. "The point I made that caused the stir is that you will see us begin to emphasise JDS on Solaris and SunRay 'even more'."

JDS is based on the open source GNOME desktop environment and is used internally by most of Sun's 42,000 users. However the company has experienced problems selling it to corporate desktops, where Microsoft's Windows remains entrenched.

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming

  •; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Jul 19, 2005 3:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Today at PCBurn we're taking a look at Mark G. Sobell's "A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming". It aims to be a complete learning and reference guide to the Linux shell. We take a look at the salient points that a reference and teaching book should cover and see how "A Practical Guide..." addresses them.

Who's your daddy now Microsoft

IBM's emphasis on open standards is yielding compelling competitive advantages. A just-published developer productivity study, which the Branham Group independently verified and certified, concludes that IBM has a significant advantage in an area long perceived to be one of Microsoft's strengths: Developer Productivity.

'Cookbook' author serves up recipe for Linux success

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Jul 19, 2005 2:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Author Michael Stutz said he has never been satisfied with existing resources for learning about Linux, which is why he wrote The Linux Cookbook. Stutz aims his book at beginners and more experienced users by presenting lessons in a format modeled after a culinary cookbook. In this interview, Stutz discusses shells and graphical versus command-line interfaces -- and why sometimes, in computers, a word is worth a thousand pictures.

Cost is key in choice of open source or Windows

The debate on the merits of open source, Unix and Microsoft rages as fiercely as ever among organisations looking to streamline their systems and platforms Simplifying infrastructure via server consolidation is still high on the IT directors' list of priorities this year - whether on Linux, Unix or Windows servers, substantial...

Worldwide, and now in Egypt, IBM is promoting Linux software to cut into Microsoft’s market share

  • Business Today Egypt; By Waleed El-Shobakky (Posted by dave on Jul 19, 2005 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Microsoft
In this modern-day version of David versus Goliath, a penguin holds the sling. Linux, with its iconic penguin logo, is seeking to take a knock at Microsoft’s dominance of the operating systems market in Egypt. And in going up against the software giant, Linux is getting some help from a higher power, Big Blue.

Tips for buying a Linux-compatible laptop

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 19, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Though it served me faithfully for nearly five years, it was time to send my old Dell Inspiron 3800 laptop out to pasture. As much as I like buying new toys, I wasn't looking forward to shopping for a laptop -- I thought I'd find something just adequate that would cost a ton of money. As it turned out, I spent less than I expected, and my new laptop system is as perfect as I need it to be. Here are a few things I learned about shopping for Linux-compatible laptops.

The LAMP development toolkit

LAMP refers to a set of free software programs commonly used together to run dynamic Web sites or servers. This toolkit brings some of our best articles on the Apache, Linux, PHP, Perl, Python, and MySQL software stack.

Porting LinuxBIOS to the AMD SC520: A Follow-up Report

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jul 19, 2005 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Getting the board Flashed led to some interesting detective work for the LANL team.

Hooking OOo to MySQL

Did you know that you can connect the office suite to a MySQL database? By combining the power of these two open source applications you can do things like generating personalized sales letters from the customer data stored on your servers. Let's walk through the process using OOo's database wizard.

University sees savings in Linux

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 19, 2005 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
De Montfort University is anticipating major cost savings and service efficiencies from using open source Linux as well as Novell's identity management software. The university is consolidating its IT management system on to SuSE Linux and Novell Netware. The system caters for up to 27,000 users, comprising 23,000 students...

LinuxWorld, Futurex Cape Town shows cancelled

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jul 19, 2005 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The LinuxWorld and Futurex shows that were to be held in Cape Town in September have been cancelled for 2005 and will be re-evaluated for 2006. Organisers will meet with exhibitors next month to explain the decision and discuss the future direction of the shows.

Business Objects Builds Eclipse Plug-in for Crystal Reports

Company is answering challenge from Actuate's open-source Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools project.

Network monitoring with ngrep

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 19, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Constant monitoring and troubleshooting are key to maintaining a network's availability. With ngrep, you can analyze network traffic in a manner similar to that of other network sniffers. However, unlike its brethern, ngrep can match regular expressions within the network packet payloads. By using its advanced string matching capabilities, ngrep can look for packets on specified ports and assist in tracking the usernames and passwords zipping off the network, as well as all Telnet attempts to the server.

UC offers Linux-friendly multimedia download service to its students

  • (Posted by bstadil on Jul 18, 2005 7:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hoping to stem the tide of students freely sharing copyrighted content over campus networks, the University of California (UC) system has selected a music and video service that supports Windows, Mac OS, and Linux to provide music and video downloads for its approximately 200,000 student population, according to, which introduced the service last December.

Linux in Government: Outside the US, People Get It

  • Linux Journal; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Jul 18, 2005 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Major governments outside the United States either have adopted Linux and open-source software or have begun the process that will lead to adoption. Open-source software, especially Linux, has spread globally to countries and regions that regard it as the best model of software development and an engine of economic growth. Governments see adoption as a way to exploit a promising trend.

Intel Doubles Down on Linux

Linux might thrive on dispersed development, but Intel has centralized its push to support the operating system in an effort to see where it should go next.

Our Linux Values

  • ComputerWorld; By Dennis Callaghan (Posted by bstadil on Jul 18, 2005 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So Linux is making its mark around the globe (see stories). But is it really making a difference? Well, Microsoft has had to offer a stripped-down, lower-priced version of Windows to compete with Linux. Many governments are putting Linux (and open-source software in general) on their short list for IT acquisitions. And Linux is being customized for local needs by local companies

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