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Knoppix 5.1.1: Now with eye candy

The new year has brought a new release of the Knoppix live CD. Along with the usual updates to application software, the most noticeable change in version 5.1.1 is the inclusion of the Beryl 3-D desktop with the Emerald theming engine.

Review: Java and XML

Obviously, using XML from Java applications is nothing new as the first two editions of this book attest. However, numerous changes have occurred which required a third edition of this book. From the Preface: "Quite a bit has changed since the second edition appeared. Specifications that were drafts have been finalized, new APIs have been introduced, and new uses for XML have emerged. Perhaps most significantly, two APIs discussed in the second edition--JDOM and JAXB--saw important changes...". Having established the necessity for a third edition, let's see what it's got under the hood.

Ovis Monitoring Tool Offered as Open-Source Software

The initial version of OVIS -- a software tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories that provides intelligent, real-time monitoring of computational computer clusters -- is now available for free download from the Sandia Web site.

Linux ups Web cams to Wi-Fi

By its own developers' admissions, Linux supports more hardware devices out-of-the-box than any other operating system but that won't stop a slew of new drivers being added in upcoming releases. Two years after his 2005 Kernel Report, Colorado-based Linux developer Jonathan Corbet returned to Australia's linux.conf.au conference in Sydney this week to discuss recent enhancements to the open source operating system.

This week at LWN: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to graphical IRC clients

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a venerable protocol which allows people to type messages at each other across the net. Your editor remembers a fascinating day in 1991, when observers in Moscow used an IRC channel to report on the Soviet coup attempt; it was an early example of the power the net would come to have. In subsequent years, however, your editor has had little time for IRC. Getting LWN together every week requires a strong focus on getting things done, and IRC can be a real productivity killer. Pretending that IRC does not exist has been most helpful in getting the Real Work done.

2007 is year of Linux desktop? Far from it

It's the time of the year for the annual fortune-telling ritual, where soothsayers get their say on the upcoming trends for the year. In my few years as a technology journalist, I've been asked--every now and then--when the Linux desktop will really take off among consumers.

Debian developers take note

Linus fans, get your diaries ready. The annual developers' conference of the Debian Project is to be held on 17-23 June in Edinburgh. Debian is one of the largest volunteer-supported Linux distributions, with over 15,000 software packages available for it, which can be used on a total of 14 different computer architectures, ranging from IBM's s390 mainframe and PowerPC through to the ARM processor at the other end. In the middle, of course, is the x86 architecture.

GNU/Solaris - the Free OS of the Future?

  • Libervis.com; By Iestyn Pryce (Posted by Libervis on Jan 18, 2007 5:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Sun
"Sun have been looking into re-licensing Solaris under dual license; the current CDDL and GPLv3. The idea behind this is not to scare away the current users of Solaris who use it under the CDDL, and to attract people the huge pool of Free Software users and contributors who are out there."

The Contradictory Nature of OOXML

OOXML, the Microsoft Office XML-based formats, are now in the adoption queue at ISO/IEC.  That process takes six months -  the same amount of time that the PAS process takes (the route used by OASIS to submit ODF to ISO/IEC) – but has two steps rather than one, although the practical result is much the same. During the first one-month step, any member may submit "contradictions," which, loosely defined, means aspects in which a proposed standard conflicts with already adopted ISO/IEC standards and Directives. 

Amarok Weekly News Issue 5 Released

The next issue of the weekly Amarok newsletter is out. This issue covers the fine tuning of the scoring algorithm, new fadeout options, configurable playlist color, as well as new handy tool for editing filters. Traditionally, with tips included.

Firefox Founder Interview

There is much work to be done to bring the Firefox and Opera communities closer, there’s no need for the trolling and bickering among our fans. We both make fantastic browsers, strive for standards compliance, and have security as our number one goal. Hopefully this interview will show the best of what our communities have to offer. I’d like to personally ask to keep the trolling away – let’s set an example here.

Linux video - but for whom?

Builder AU, the official media organ for the Australian Linux conference, which is underway in Sydney, has released video clips of Linux creator Linus Torvalds talking about kernel development. But GNU/Linux users, the intended target audience, are finding it difficult to view the same.

Ie7 being caught by Firefox despite 100 million installations

Microsoft is crowing on its own blog that IE7 has just passed its 100 millionth download. What the blog doesn't say, according to an Information Week article, is that most of the downloads are upgrades from IE6 and that the Mozilla Firefox browser continues to gain ground.

Get your groove on with Amarok

So, you got the new iPod that you wanted for Christmas, but you're no fan of iTunes. No problem -- you can cast off your iTunes chains and manage your music entirely with Linux using Amarok. Amarok gives you everything you need to manage your music, from playing to burning music CDs to managing your portable music player.

Using XenExpress To Virtualize Your Server

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by falko on Jan 18, 2007 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This guide covers the installation of XenExpress and the creation of virtual machines with the XenServer Administrator Console. XenExpress is the free virtualization platform from XenSource, the company behind the well known Xen virtualization engine. XenExpress makes it easy to create, run and manage Xen virtual machines with the XenServer Administrator Console. XenExpress can run up to 4 virtual machines at the same time with a max. total amount of 4GB RAM. The XenExpress installation CD contains a full Linux distribution which is customized to run XenExpress.

Debian and localhost.localdomain

A while back I was trying to set up kpropd on a Debian system, and came across a problem whereby one of my hosts was identifying itself as host/localhost.localdomain (this was Not Helpful).

People Behind KDE: Daniel Molkentin

For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we meet a developer who has unfinished business with midges, someone who prefers bullets to stars -- tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Daniel Molkentin.

traceroute - a very useful troubleshooting tool which reveals the bottlenecks on the Internet

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Jan 18, 2007 9:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
traceroute is a program which allows you to pinpoint the exact location where there are bottlenecks on the internet or your network. For instance, if you are finding it difficult to access a website, you can use this tool to check the gateway where the error has occurred. Such as between your machine and your ISP , at the website server or an intermediate location. This article explains how to analyze the output of the traceroute tool with the help of an example.

Drupal's Milestone Week

What do NASA, MTV, Tim Berners Lee and Mozilla all have in common? They use the open source Drupal content management system (CMS). The Drupal project celebrates two major milestones this week: the release of Drupal 5.0 and the sixth anniversary of the project. It's a long way away from the project's humble beginning in founder Dries Buytaert's dorm room. Drupal 5 introduces a long list of improvements to the venerable open source CMS, including retooled administration pages, a Web-based installer, more logging reports and performance improvements.

Private participation in development of IT parks

The draft information technology (IT) policy released by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan here on Wednesday proposes to make Kerala a cradle of knowledge workers. It aims to upgrade the productivity, skill and knowledge levels of the citizen. Proposals include establishment of an International Centre for Free Software and Computing for Development, ITES Training Centre (in Kochi) and extension of Internet to all educational institutions and villages by 2010. Around 3,000 broadband-enabled information hubs called Akshaya e-Centres will be set up in difference parts of the State.

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