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With Akademy now at a close Aaron Seigo spoke to for a podcast. "Akademy's conference track, which ran Saturday and Sunday, was different from those of past years, Seigo says. In the past, Seigo says Akademy has had a user-focused conference, but 'this year, we've decided to focus acutely on the technical side of life.' Most of the talks have focused on KDE 4, and speakers have been able to not only discuss their new applications and technologies, but also to demonstrate them."

Trusted Computer Solutions Appoints George Kamis as Chief Technology Officer

Kamis Promoted From Vice President of Engineering to Company's Highest Technical Post; Industry Recognized Cross Domain Expert to Drive Technical Innovation

Xinjiang Clusters Panasas

  •; By Panasas inc. (Posted by hkwint on Oct 2, 2006 5:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Panasas is providing high performance storage to Xinjiang Oil Company to help improve reliability, increase scalability and reduce overall IT costs at the oil company’s facility in western China where aging UNIX mainframes are being replaced with newer Linux clusters.

Telecoms Action Group opens for donations

The Telecoms Action Group today opened for donations for its consumer advocacy campaign to take out a full-page advert decrying the state of telecommunications in South Africa. The group published its banking details on the website.

Sun's OpenSPARC Push Advances

Sun Microsystems continued its open source push today with the announcement of an independent governing board to set the direction for its OpenSPARC hardware initiative.

Book Review: IPv6 Essentials, 2nd Edition, by Silvia Hagen

IPv6 Essentials, 2nd edition is a well-written, clear, up-to-date guide to understanding IPv6 in-depth. The book explains how it all works to a very practical depth, so that the reader will be well-prepared to begin implementation.

Keep your Web site online with a High Availability Linux Apache cluster

Failover clusters are used to ensure high availability of system services and applications even through crashes, hardware failures, and environmental mishaps. In this article, I'll show you how to implement a rock-solid two-node high availability Apache cluster with the heartbeat application from The High-Availability Linux Project. I tested the cluster on Fedora Core 5, CentOS 4.3, and Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS server distributions.

Web app takes the pain out of invoicing

SA Internet guru and open source advocate Alan Levin's company has developed an online invoicing system called Billy for the South African market.

ToorCon ("Firefox security is a mess") sponsored by Microsoft

Lately, I read the headline: "Open Source browser Firefox is so critically flawed that it is impossible to fix, according to two hackers." Further on, in the ZDNet article I read: "The hackers claim they know of about 30 unpatched Firefox flaws. They don't plan to disclose them, instead holding onto the bugs."
Since that sounds suspicious, I decided to start searching for connections with MS. Easy enough, here it is:

  • 21:30-03:00 ToorCon Saturday Night Party - Sponsored by Microsoft (Link)

Hackers drinking MS-beer for more than five consecutive hours! Judge for yourself...

Carrier Grade Linux moves beyond telecoms into data centers ...

Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) started as a telecommunications infrastructure building block, but its strong availability, scalability and service response features are driving its adoption in corporate IT environments, says Bill Weinberg, open source architecture specialist for Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), in Beaverton, Ore. Along the way, it's being enhanced to work with virtualization and blade servers, too.

SIP vs. Skype: Making the “Open” Choice

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Oct 2, 2006 10:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Over the past few months, I have found myself conflicted as I have time and again found myself perplexed in an effort to locate a good quality VoIP option for my Linux box. It's been my experience that many Linux purists will expect you to be using some sort of SIP soft phone, and frankly balk at the very idea of running Skype on their systems. After doing a little research, I’m beginning to understand why.

CLI Magic: Customize your comics with dailystrips

Here's a handy Perl script to automate a critical part of your daily routine. dailystrips can help fetch your favorite Internet comic strips in time for you to enjoy them with your first cup of coffee, without your having to surf for them. You can run it from the CLI, or set it up to run automatically each day in cron. Set up correctly, dailystrips will either create an HMTL file you can browse to read the strips, or actually download the images and store them locally for you -- your choice.

First Look: Kubuntu Edgy Eft Beta

For a bleeding-edge release, Edgy Eft Beta delivers the goods. We might even go so far as to call it "polished". Ubuntu seems back on form after Dapper.

Ohio LinuxFest - Live Penguins and Lively Penguinistas

LXer Feature: 2-Oct-2006

Lxer's Bob Whitinger and Don Parris flew to Columbus for the Ohio LinuxFest Saturday. Don shares his experience barrel rolling in a '62 Mooney, meeting popular and lively penguinistas and even a pair of live penguins.

KDE Commit-Digest for 1st October 2006

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on Oct 2, 2006 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KPersonaliser, the new installation greetings wizard, has been removed from KDE 4.

Firefox a "complete security mess"

OPEN SAUCE browser Firefox is so critically flawed that it is impossible to fix, according to two hackers.

[Even if true, it's still more secure than MSIE. Now take a deep breath and let that sink in. - dcparris]

DistroWatch Weekly: Slackware 11.0, Mandriva 2007 anti-PR, FC6 Test4, Instalinux

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 2, 2006 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The unusually long development of Slackware Linux 11.0 continues with an ever growing changelog and more bug fixes. Will we see the final release this week? As Mandriva prepares to unveil its latest and greatest, some of the company's developers are found questioning the suitability of Linux for the desktop. Also in the news: Fedora quietly releases an unscheduled testing set of CD and DVD images of Fedora Core 6, Debian finds itself in a position of not being able to comply with the Mozilla trademark, and Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth talks about Dapper and the future of the project. A quick introduction to is followed by a statistical titbit from our web logs, before we conclude the issue by awarding the September donation to Inkscape and Cape Linux Users Group. Happy reading!

Building Singapore's National Grid

In this GRIDtoday Q&A, Hing-Yan Lee, deputy director of Singapore's National Grid Office, discusses his organization's work to establish a nationwide cyberinfrastructure with the purpose of improving economic and technological competitiveness. Lee is presenting this week at the Gelato ICE: Itanium Conference & Expo in Biopolis, Singapore.

Mysql database monitoring service in the works

  • SME IT Guide; By China Martens (Posted by dcparris on Oct 2, 2006 2:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Merlin is a server-based database monitoring and advisory service which continually scans a user's database network for any likely system crashes, bottlenecks or security vulnerabilities, the source said. Under development at MySQL for 22 months, Merlin is due to debut late in the fourth quarter of this calendar year or early in the first quarter of 2007. It's unclear whether Merlin contains any third-party software or if MySQL developers have modelled the offering on any existing database monitoring and advisory service.

Berry 0.74 Screenshots

TCS has taken some nice screenshots of the Berry 0.74. "Yuichiro Nakada has announced a new version of Berry Linux, a Fedora-based, desktop-oriented distribution and live CD with support for both Japanese and English. upgraded a number of popular applications, including Firefox and Thunderbird (both Japanese and English editions); GIMP 2.2.13; WINE 0.9.21 and NdisWrapper 1.23; added Audacious 1.1.2..."

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