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Automate interactive transactions with Expect

  •; By Michael Stutz (Posted by grouch on Aug 4, 2006 5:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Did you ever wish you could automate your interaction with a program, making a script that can smartly handle an interactive session? You can -- with Expect, an extension to the Tcl programming language whose purpose is to communicate with interactive applications.

Windows Media Player Regression Leads to SeaMonkey 1.0.4 Release

An update to SeaMonkey has been released to fix the Windows Media Player plugin issue introduced in SeaMonkey 1.0.3. Like Mozilla Firefox, SeaMonkey 1.0.4 contains just a single bug fix to resolve this regression accidentally introduced in the previous version.

An Early Look at Freespire

In two weeks, Linspire Inc. will release Freespire, its community Linux distribution. This new distribution isn't just another Linux distro. It will represent the first Linux to include most of the legally licensed and available, third-party proprietary codices, drivers, and software.

To say this is a bit controversial in Linux and free software circles is like saying the dog days of August are somewhat hot. Nevertheless, Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony bit the bullet in April, and the first release candidate of Freespire is now available.

Linux memorabilia sought for 15th anniversary display

The Computer History Museum is inviting LinuxWorld attendees to bring Linux-related memorabilia, for display in a booth celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the kernel. Suitable items include historical prototypes, early business plans for Linux and open source companies, and early photographs of key figures in the Linux and open source movement.

Use Fedora Directory Server For Manageable LDAP (Part 2)

Last week we were introduced to LDAP in general and Fedora Directory Server in particular. Today we'll walk through a simple Fedora Directory Server installation to learn your way around FDS.

Green WiFi? We could need that, too!

The internet sites, ZDNet, and the maker Green WiFi themselves report about successful test setups with cheap, low-cost, and solar-powered routers, which could be deployed to “developing countries”.

'Red Hat demise not Ubuntu goal'

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has dismissed speculation that the success of Ubuntu will result in the death of Linux stalwart Red Hat, saying the two organisations held very different positions and had distinctly different goals. He did, however, agree that they were trying to be better than the likes of Red Hat and Novell.

Debian Installer Bug Sqashing Party - 11-13 August

The weekend of 11-13 August has been dedicated to Debian Installer

Linux Link Tech Show Interviews Amarok Developers

The Linux Link Tech Show has interviewed Amarok developers Max Howell and Ian Monroe in their latest show. Max talks about Amarok's many features and what they plan for KDE 4, while Ian explains what the main goals of the Amarok project are. Start 12 minutes in to skip the technical problems and listen to the interview.

Operating Systems and The Future of Education

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Aug 4, 2006 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
The opportunities available to children today are much more varied than they've ever been before. In the past, it seems like there were a handful of respectable occupations and as long as you stayed practical and fit within that mold, you were set. These days, more emphasis is placed on being what you want to be, and kids are encouraged to think freely and creatively about what they want to do with their lives.

Mozilla Firefox Fixes Windows Media Player Regression

Mozilla Firefox is now available for download. Hot on the heels of last week's Firefox release, this update fixes a Windows Media Player plugin regression introduced in version

Web services using REST on Rails and Java

This article introduces Web services in Rails and focuses on a strategy known as Representational State Transfer (REST).

Official sister magazine?

Looks like the Debian crowd started something like a magazine: Let’s welcome The Debian Times!

Easy SNMP Server and Client Configuration Steps

Easy SNMP Server and Client Configuration Steps

Mozilla celebrates 200 millionth Firefox download, issues v1.5.0.6

Mozilla on Aug. 2 released yet another updated version of its Firefox browser, v1.5.0.6, right on the heels of v1.5.0.5, which came out July 26 but apparently caused an unforeseen problem. Additionally, Mozilla announced that Firefox passed the 200 million download mark on July 31.

Day two at Black Hat

LAS VEGAS -- The crowds are larger on this second day of Black Hat, though people are moving a little more slowly than yesterday, perhaps because of the free toga party last night at Caesar's Palace, marking the casino's 40th anniversary. Nevertheless, the conference sessions have been packed with intriguing information.

Networking 101: Understanding Tunneling

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 4, 2006 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
The computing world has become dependent on various types of tunneling. All remote access VPN connections use tunnels, and you'll frequently hear the geeks talking about SSH tunnels. You can accomplish amazing things with tunnels, so sit back and relax while you enjoy a gentle introduction to tunneling and its uses.

Ark Linux 2006.1 Released with KDE 3.5.4

The Ark Linux team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the KDE centric desktop distribution Ark Linux 2006.1 - including KDE 3.5.4, Amarok 1.4.1, Kopete 0.12.1 with a hotfix for connecting to ICQ after the latest protocol change, a fully KDE-ified 2.0.3, and 7.1.1. Another highlight in this release is the KDE based "rpmhandler", a tool that makes installing 3rd party packages easier than ever before.

GNU/Linux -- Like No Other Hotrod, Ever

Tux with cboy's rat-on-a-shoestring LXer Feature: 04-Aug-2006

GNU/Linux -- Like No Other Hotrod, Ever

While others appear to be going backwards, Linux just keeps racing ahead.

'Linux supports more devices, "out of the box", than any other operating system ever has.'

"Yes, that's right, we support more things than anyone else. And more than anyone else ever has in the past. Linux has a very long list of things that we have supported before anyone else ever did."
-- Greg Kroah-Hartman, OLS 2006 Keynote

Microsoft tempts embedded Linux developers with "free apps"

Microsoft's Windows Embedded team will host a "free app" giveaway during LinuxWorld. The "apps" -- in this case appetizers -- include embedded turkey clubs ("it's the bacon that's embedded") and boneless "penguin" wings ("hot and tasty, but with no support infrastructure"), plus free beer and wine.

[Hmm. "Shanghaiing was the act of forcibly conscripting someone to serve a term working on a ship, usually after having been rendered senseless by alcohol, drugs or a sharp blow to the head." If the free beer and wine don't work, will they resort to the sharp blow to the head? -- grouch]

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