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The new platform maze

I own an old, quite customised Thinkpad a21m laptop, which I still use intensively when I’m out of town: with 256 Mb of RAM, a 750 MHz Pentium 3 chip and a 1024x768 screen running off an ATI chip, I can run pretty much all recent GNU/Linux distros around. I also have built a nice living-room warmer based off an Athlon64 X2 3800+ with a big, fat hard disk and more RAM than you can shake a stick at (well, almost). Is there a problem here?

If I tell you that I need to download ten (10) different CD images to install both according to their specificities, maybe you’ll get it.

Free software to keep you away from stealing

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which widely used among software developers as well as computer users was yesterday highlighted as a solution for Buddhist who would prefer to protect the five precepts.

First maintenance update for Ubuntu Dapper Drake takes flight

The Ubuntu team announced the release of Ubuntu 6.06.1 Long Term Support (LTS) today, the first maintenance release of "Dapper Drake." The 6.06.1 release contains more than 300 updates since the first release of Dapper Drake.

Is GNU/Linux Really Replacing Windows?

LXer Feature: 11-Aug-2006

Don Parris' straw poll about replacing Windows with GNU/Linux on a couple of distribution listservs has taken on a whole life of its own in the Ubuntu Users forum. Are people really replacing Windows with GNU/Linux systems? What hardware and software issues prevent people from ditching Windows altogether? Should Microsoft be worried?

Gnu Classpath 0.92 "Bling! Bling!"

This is the first release that has a full graphics 2D implemenation based on Cairo enabled by default. This enables the use of applications like JEdit, FlickrBackup and JFreeChart out of the box.

Open-source bug hunter used on Firefox

A software system for hunting down security flaws in open-source software is being used to iron out flaws from Mozilla’s Firefox.

Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 Delayed

Show-stopping bugs put Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 on hold

Healthcare, Meet Open Source

Though the ability to collaborate and share information is a critical component of modern IT infrastructures, it is often lacking in healthcare environments, where siloed information is the norm.

Building cheat sheets in Eclipse V3.2

This article gives you a short overview of what's new for cheat sheets in Eclipse V3.2, including the composite cheat sheets feature, and gives good examples of how to use them.

Simplify Data Extraction Using Linux Text Utilities

Much of Linux system administration involves tediously combing through plain-text configuration files. Fortunately, Linux has a rich array of UNIX-derived data extraction utilities, including head, tail, grep, egrep, fgrep, cut, paste, join, awk, and more. This article uses real-world examples that show how these simple command-line programs can make you a better sysadmin. Also look at each data extraction utility and its options, and learn how to apply them to typical day-to-day work files.

Apple Open Source Returns

Apple’s support for open source is not dead after all, despite a slew of reports to the contrary, including my own. Apple open source lives. On Monday, in a single email on its Darwin-dev mailing list, Apple Open Source Product Manager Ernest Prabhakar posted the following:

"As of today, we are posting buildable kernel sources for Intel-based Macs alongside the usual PowerPC (and other Intel) sources, starting with Mac OS X 10.4.7. We regret the delay in readying the new kernel for release, and thank you for your patience."

Using phpMyAdmin

So many open source projects depend on MySQL that it's almost impossible for administrators and other open source enthusiasts to avoid working with at least one MySQL database. MySQL's command line interface is easy enough to use, but if you don't feel like reaching for a five-pound MySQL reference book or Googling for proper SQL syntax, phpMyAdmin is a great alternative to learning MySQL commands by heart.

Confessions of a Real-World Linux Admin: "I Always Login As Root."

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Aug 11, 2006 2:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
When the Linux Ten Commandments were committed to stone, Number One was, "Thou shalt not use root for thy personal login." Too bad the masses didn't get the memo. They've left the Linux priesthood forever gnashing its teeth in denial. Email Battles captured a chat with one of the sinners.

Linux OS "just as bloated as Windows"

  • uk.theinquirer.net (Posted by henke54 on Aug 11, 2006 1:31 AM EDT)
A WEB SITE has launched into an attack on the 15 year old Linux in a tirade which puts the attack on James I in the shade. The writer or writers accuse Linux developers of being puerile while Unix is "an extremely user hostile OS". Further Linux "has always been extremely flawed, and hopeless inferior to the design philosophy of Apple - later adopted by Microsoft". The site describes nearly always members "of the Linux faith" as living in a "land of delusion".

Episode 6 of "the_source" released

  • thesourceshow.org; By Aaron Newcomb (Posted by anewcomb on Aug 11, 2006 12:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Podcast
Episode 6 is ready for consumption. We have a really interesting interview with Helmar Rudolph of the QUNU project. We are also starting a series of tutorials on Cinelerra.

To Iraq and back: Soldier uses Linux in war and peace

In 2003 and 2004, Jeff Schroeder served in the Iraq war, flying a tiny remote control spy plane and servicing Unix and Linux systems on the battlefield. Schroeder learned a lot of technology in the desert, and now that his time in the Army is over, he's busy working as a Web administrator for Comair Airlines, and writing utility scripts for Ubuntu, his favorite distribution. He believes Linux is going to "take over the world."

KDE-Edu Birds of a Feather Session at Akademy 2006

This year in Dublin will host the annual meeting of the KDE community, and it will be a great occasion for developers to meet, code, hold bug-fixing sessions, discussions and much more.

Review: Versora Progression Desktop 2.0 Progresses

Versora's Progression Desktop migration tool gets better with every release. Now on version 2.0, the developers have expanded the capabilities of the software and qualified it with many more operating systems. It's never been easier to transfer your settings from Windows to GNU/Linux.

[Background info on Versora. -- grouch]

Digium recieves $13.8 million in VC

Asterisk founder Digium has revieved $13.8 million after a first round of venture capital funding. The significant investment comes from Matrix Partners, a US-based venture capital firm. Digium says that it's planning to use the money to grow open source voice-over-IP solution Asterisk, and launch new offerings to the market.

[This provides additional information, compared to the earlier press release. -- grouch]

Ubuntu release fixes bugs

Team releases first maintenance release of Dapper Drake which includes more than 300 fixed bugs, security fixs and feature updates

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