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A first look at Gaim 2.0

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 25, 2006 2:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Gaim 2.0 release is nearing its home stretch. The Gaim team released beta4 last week, with a number of new features and UI improvements. Gaim 2.0 is shaping up as a net improvement over Gaim 1.5, though some features have not changed for the better, and voice support for Google Talk is still missing in action.

Creating a Report with JasperReports

Creating presentation-quality PDF and Excel Reports with an OSS product. Preparing presentation-quality reports is an everyday occurrence, so any tool that makes the job easier is worth a look. For developers working with Java, one such is JasperSoft's JasperReports, which is capable of producing a range of outputs, including HTML, PDF, Excel XLS, CSV and XML file formats. The tool can build dynamic presentations from either static data or data retrieved form a database table using an SQL query, and is designed to be integrated directly intoJava/J2EE applications.

A Meaningful Web for Humans and Machines

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Lee Feigenbaum and Elias Torres (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 25, 2006 1:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In this series of articles we'll examine the existing and emerging technologies that enable machines and humans to easily access the wealth of Web-published data. In this first article, you meet the human-computer conflict, learn the criteria used to evaluate different technologies, and find a brief description of the major techniques used today to enable machine-human coexistence on the Web.

KDE PIM Bug Triage on Saturday 28 October 2006

This Saturday, 28 October 2006, a bug triage day will be held. This time we are going to clean up the bugs from Bugzilla for the KDE PIM module, after a successful session for Konqueror several weeks ago. We will meet on the IRC channel #kde-bugs on Freenode to coordinate the whole effort.

The FOSS community makes new users feel welcome

After being semi-comfortably ensconced in the world of Microsoft products since the days of Windows 3.0, I recently joined the growing ranks of people who realize the value in switching to open source software. What surprised me most about changing operating systems wasn't the myriad of different Linux distributions (how refreshing) nor the vast control they give users over their systems (what liberation). No, what surprised me most was how friendly and welcoming the open source community has been.

Remastering Knoppix 5.0.1 with SURFnet IDS Sensor

SURFnet IDS, a Distributed Intrusion Detection System (D-IDS). The goal is to provide an early warning system which lets system administrators correlate known and unknown exploits to attacks directed towards their networks.

Build a centralized log management and monitoring system

Seasoned system administrators know that routinely reading system logs is an important task, but reading endless lines from logs is both time-consuming and boring, especially if you are responsible for a large number of busy servers. In this article I will show you how to set up a system that gathers and archives system logs from many network hosts and emails only important or irregular system events to administrators.

Triple booted x60 with Ubuntu, XP and Vista

Today I successfully installed Vista on my ibm X60 after obtaining a copy of RC2. I also installed Office 2007 Beta. Now I’ve got a triple boot IBM x60 that’s almost too cool for me to type on.

Cluster Programming: The Ignorance is Bliss Approach

  • clustermonkey.net; By Douglas Eadline (Posted by deadline on Oct 24, 2006 8:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A discussion of dynamic parallel execution is presented. The article mentions some possible alternatives to MPI, offers dynamic execution ideas, and develops some solutions.

Friendlier RSS and Atom with XSLT stylesheets

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Benoit Marchal (Posted by solrac on Oct 24, 2006 7:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
One of the challenges for webmasters is that RSS and Atom are still very new and few people have heard of them, fewer still understand how to use them and have the right software installed. This article shows you how to put a friendly face on an nxw97FriendlierFeeds RSS or Atom feed with XSLT stylesheets. Until they are more widely known and understood by the masses.

I work for MS but even I struggle to get a hot-fix

Obtaining a hot-fix from Microsoft is far from easy, even if you work for the software giant. That's what Microsoft Developer Solutions group manager Josh Ledgard discovered when he tried to obtain a software patch for Visual Studio 2005 to correct performance problems he was experiencing.

Free Agent: How to Compile Free Software Apps

Let me start with a controversial statement: Installing new software is almost always easier on Linux than on Windows or the Mac OS. I can already envision the angry e-mail. It'll come from the folks who write each month, certain that if they use enough capital letters and exclamation points, they'll convince me that LINUX SUCKS!!!

Pakistan takes to alternative software

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Pakistan, often criticised for software 'piracy', is placing its faith on the Free Software and Open Source options to get out of this trap and also build local skills. Also called Free/Libre and Open-Source Software (FLOSS), it is a family of software liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change and improve its design through the availability of its source code.

Outsourced applications in vogue at OpenWorld

Nothing too SaaSySilicon Valley may be rife with talk of software delivered as a service (SaaS) but at Oracle's OpenWorld in San Francisco today, the buzz was all about the traditional application outsourcing model.

R/A: Arcom rev's Linux dev kit

Arcom has updated its Linux Development Kit for two XScale-based PC/104 SBCs (single-board computers). The Entry-Level Viper/Viper-Lite Development Kit includes a 2.6-series kernel, supports boards with 200MHz or 400MHz PXA255 processors, and targets wired/wireless information terminals, instrumentation controllers, data acquisition systems, and communication products.

Using and Customizing Templates in OpenOffice.org

Templates make life easier when you use them for letters, documents, brochures, etc. but they really make life easier when you use them for labels. This article is about how to use the OpenOffice.org templates, in particular the WorldLabel templates, to print the labels you need. It shows how to download them, install them, use them as they are, and how to customize them with graphics and other features. It also shows how to use the OpenOffice.org label wizard; you can use the label wizard each time, or save the template you create in the same template repository with your WorldLabel templates.

The Future of Open Source Education and Adoption

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Oct 24, 2006 3:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
It’s been amazing to watch how the open source movement has grown from something that only a fanatical few were aware of or involved with into something that Joe and Jane Everyday User are beginning to be familiar with. Now, I’m not saying that these everyday users fully understand open source and truly get what the benefits are of this development approach, but at least we’re beginning to break down the barriers to understanding.

Xen on Etch rocks!

I tried the Debian Xen packages on Etch recently, and I must say that thanks to the Debian Kernel Team and people like DD Steve Kemp, it is pretty much child’s play to set this up.

BeaFanatIX 2006.2 beta6 Screenshot Walkthrough

BeaFanatIX is a mini Live CD. It's also a compact Linux distribution. It was originally a remaster of BeatrIX but now uses a more recent Ubuntu core (more on that below). BeatrIX itself is partly on an old version of Ubuntu, but makes heavy use of Knoppix technologies. The common ancestor of all these distributions is Debian.

Archiving and Compression

Chapter 8 from Scott Granneman's new book"Linux Phrasebook: The Pocket Guide Every Linux User Needs". Linux Phrasebook offers a concise reference that, like a language phrasebook, can be used"in the street." The book goes straight to practical Linux uses, providing immediate solutions for day-to-day tasks.

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