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LDAP Series Part I -"Bulldozer"

I don’t like self-proclaimed prophets. So, you'll rarely see me quoting them. I guess my aversion originates in so many presentations where the next [insert application or company here]“killer” will emerge if we invest some money. And yes, I admit I sat on the side of the table talking about a couple of those killer apps myself.

WineConf 2006 Summary

But what would a Direct3D presentation be without some eye candy? Stefan showed off screenshots of some games. There was also a small contingent of DirectX folks in attendance with some really high-powered laptops that could show off the games. It's quite impressive to see the latest and greatest games running on Linux. Jon Parshall extensively, um, "tested" World of Warcraft throughout the conference (did you finally make it to level 48, Jon?) Tom Wickline had 3DMark2000, 3DMark2001SE and 3DMark2003 running all of there test. There is still some artifacts in the rendering of a couple of the test, but the DirectX guys knew what was to blame for it. Stefan showed off the Microsoft DirectX logo "proving" DirectX is being properly detected.

Linux CE-ATA stack/driver shown at IDF

Embedded software stack provider EmbWise showcased its CE-ATA stack and driver running on a Linux-based Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 PDA equipped with a Hitachi Microdrive and QuickLogic SDIO-to-CE-ATA adapter, at this week's IDF (Intel Developer Forum).

Install TomCat 5.5 with Apache Portable Runtime on Linux

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Sep 30, 2006 4:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Tomcat can use the Apache Portable Runtime to provide superior scalability, performance, and better integration with native server technologies. The Apache Portable Runtime is a highly portable library that is at the heart of Apache HTTP Server 2.x. APR has many uses, including access to advanced IO functionality (such as sendfile, epoll and OpenSSL),OS level functionality (random number generation, system status, etc), and native process handling (shared memory, NT pipes and Unix sockets).View for details:

Live from Ohio Linuxfest

Live Audio Broadcast from Ohio Linuxfest

Views on the GPLv3 hoo-har

There has been a lot of hoo-hah recently regarding the pros and cons of certain aspects of the drafts of Version 3 of the GNU General Public License from the Free Software Foundation. The originator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds himself, is playing a role here. Unfortunately, each side has taken to the ploy of misrepresenting the other’s points. Arguments are getting heated to such an extent that you need to wear an asbestos suit just to look at the issues.

IBM Web Relational Blocks Released

  • IBM/alphaWorks (Posted by bex84 on Sep 30, 2006 1:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
A browser-based visual editor and run-time environment similar to Dreamweaver, which lets developers visually assemble, code, test, and debug enterprise-quality Web applications in the visual editor.

KDE Regional Groups at Akademy

Last Wednesday the KDE regional groups Birds of a Feather session took place at Akademy 2006, Dublin. The focus of this BoF session was to share experiences that regional KDE-groups have had in building a community. A regional group is generally country based, e.g. KDE-IT for Italy and KDE-NL for Netherlands.

db4o 55x Faster than Hibernate in OO7 Benchmark

Native Object Persistence Solution Eliminates Object-relational Mismatch with Higher Performance in 19 of 20 Test Cases

Free script lets you install and run IE 6 on Linux

A free script is now available to help Linux users install and run Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Offered by the U.K.-based team behind "IEs 4 Linux," the script can aid web developers who need to fine-tune sites for IE, or Linux users who want to visit websites designed specifically for IE.

Kommander Releases, Plugs in and Updates Site

The Kommander team is proud to announce a new development release which has some bug fixes but most importantly a new text editor. Along with this we are releasing two new plugins for databases and HTTP forms. We have also updated our site with an article and tutorial section starting out with an Introduction to Kommander.

When "full disclosure" equals collusion, users are in danger

Gone are the days when "full disclosure" meant the immediate public release of information about vulnerabilities or exploits uncovered by security researchers. Whatever it means today is the result of a collaboration -- some might call it collusion -- between the researcher or firm finding the flaw and the vendor or project responsible for the code. Recent patches from Apple illustrate the dangers of this practice when proprietary software is involved.

New embedded Linux book ships

A new embedded Linux book is out. Embedded Linux Primer: A Practical Real-World Approach, by Christopher Hallinan, aims to help solve specific technical issues product designers are likely to face when using Linux, says publisher Prentice Hall.

Not quite answered: Can open source messaging servers replace Microsoft Exchange?

This week on we reviewed Scalix, Open-Xchange, and Zimbra, three of the highest-profile open source alternatives to Microsoft Exchange. All of them have their defects, and all three offer commercial versions that make installation and maintenance easier than it is for their open source versions. We've also talked to marketing people from all three companies, and while they all talk about growing sales and a rosy future, it's obvious from the reader comments attached to the reviews of their products that none of them is an immediate threat to Microsoft's domination of the corporate messaging server market.

Java EE and .NET Interoperability

This book is aimed at practising Java and .NET developers, at a fairly novice level, who want to take advantage of the strong points of each of the two platforms in a single applications environment. It also aims to be suitable for IT architects and managers needing an overview of what Java and .NET integration technologies are available. It is not a detailed programmer’s cookbook, nor a collection of interoperability design patterns.

Running Internet Explorer in Debian and ubuntu Linux

Running Internet Explorer in Debian and ubuntu Linux

Creative Commons revisions face same challenges as GPL

After the GNU General Public License (GPL), the Creative Commons License (CCL) is probably the most popular open source license now in use. Yet, while the writing of version 3.0 of the GPL has been widely covered in the media, the current revisions to the CCL have received little attention from the press -- nor have the drafters of the two licenses consulted each other. All the same, the CCL 3.0 revision has many of the same priorities as GPL 3.0, including increasing the clarity of the language, internationalizing the language, and addressing issues about digital rights management (DRM).

Interpreting a software license

  •; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Sep 29, 2006 11:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Is a glass half full or half empty? This eternal question sums up the challenge of interpreting a software license. So how does one avoid the pitfall of a wrong interpretation? Here is my thumb rule — never ignore the spirit in which the software license was created in the first place.

The futility of the GPLv3 debate

Some say "if you don't like the fact you can't run a modified version of TiVo linux on a TiVo, then don't buy a TiVo, you're still free to take your modified version and install it on something else". This is very flawed reasoning. Hardware and software are not separate. TiVo linux is meant for running on a TiVo.

Going live, part 2: Introducing Musix and Studio To Go

In this week's entry we'll look at two more"live" CDs of Linux systems optimized for multimedia creation and performance. I've been having a great time with these systems, and I hope that my mini-profiles inspire you to try them all. They're a great way to introduce someone to Linux, they show off the system optimized for multimedia performance and they provide a wealth of high-quality sound and music software to exploit that system. They all include the standard cornucopia of applications for the mundane tasks, word processing, text editing, graphics, networking, and so on. All that, for the cost of a download and a disc.

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