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10 GNU/GPL programs you can't live without

In this download, we introduce you to 10 GNU/GPL programs you can't do without if your operating system of choice is UNIX-based.

Fedora Core 6 Test1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Jesse Keating has announced the release of Fedora Core 6 Test1, the first in the series of development releases leading towards Fedora Core 6: "The Fedora Project announces the first release of the Fedora Core 6 development cycle. Notable features: support for the Intel-based Macintosh platform; ipv6 support in the installer; scim-bridge for improved i18n input; puplet applet for update notifications; new printing system; GNOME 2.15; KDE 3.5.3; 1600+ Extras packages conveniently available via yum. OSDir has some great shots of the first public beta of Fedora Core 6 in the Fedora Core 6 Test1 Screenshot Tour.

Stress test of Windows on Xen

Today my boss sent an email asking why the network on a newly created Windows Server 2003 as a Xen guest domain runs with only 10 MBit/s. I looked it up in Windows using RDP, and indeed it said 10 Megabits. So I checked a bit more thoroughly and started to stress-test it a bit.

Magnolia Open Source CMS Updated

Magnolia 3.0 is out the door. A "commercial open-source" project, Magnolia integrates web content management (CMS) and document management (DMS) through a single, web-based, AJAX-powered user interface.

Camino 1.0.2 Update

Camino 1.0.2 is a security and stability update for Camino 1.0 users; all users are recommended to upgrade.

[Note: Update is in English; the rest of the site is in Hebrew. - dcparris]

Visioneering Releases Four New IPTV Set-top Boxes; Sonata IPTV(TM) Delivers Unmatched Video Quality Over Broadband

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Visioneering Corporation, a leading developer and supplier of digital media technologies announced today the availability of the Sonata IPTV(TM) set-top box (STB) product line that includes four models (Sonata 100, Sonata 120, Sonata 200 and Sonata 200W) for unmatched standard definition or high definition Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) for digital home applications. The Sonata IPTV(TM) set-top box provides leading edge functionality for interactive TV, including: - Texas Instruments' DaVinci(TM) technology - NTSC / PAL or High Definition (up to 1080i) resolution - H.264, Windows Media Video (VC-1) or MPEG-2. - USB 2.0 interface to connect to USB external devices - Ethernet: works over any broadband IP network - OS: MontaVista Linux - Interactive Graphical User Interface (GUI) for easy set-up and browsing - Audio: stereo input and SPDI output - Small form factor - Cost effective IPTV solution

GigaSpaces to Provide Solutions for Distributed, Financial Services Applications With HP

Addressing New Demands on Financial Applications: Performance, Linear-Scalability, Continuous Availability on Cost-Effective Hardware

Tutorial: Building a Linux Network Appliance, Part 1

  • LinuxPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jun 22, 2006 8:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this series of articles, you'll learn how to configure Internet-connection sharing and firewalls, and how to add useful services such as intrusion detection, HTTP caching, name services, file and print sharing, and network storage. It doesn't matter what your LAN hosts are running, whether it's Linux, Windows, Mac or something else--your Linux appliance will serve them all.

A Gentoo diary: Intro

LXer Feature: 22-June-06

Tired of normal distro reviews, I decided to write a review in the form of a diary. Written by an intermediate Gentoo user, this review offers some insight in administering a Gentoo desktop. So bear with me while I try to make my stuff work!

Red Hat CEO Szulik Looks Forward

In this UpFront podcast, Red Hat Chairman, president and CEO Matthew Szulik talks with eWeek Editorial Director Eric Lundquist about Red Hat's purchase of JBoss, the future of open source and Szulik's interest in reviving the U.S. education system.

Gnu-HALO Alpha 0.1 Screenshot Tour

Halo.willisburg.org reports - After many months of working and planning towards this day, I'm pleased to announce the official public release of the Gnu-HALO alpha 0.1 Linux Live CD... The Gnu-HALO Project is an experiment with some new, some old, and some used UI and system design concepts from throughout the history of computing. The four key elements are as follows: 1. The HALO Desktop and System User Interface, 2. The HALO System Architecture and File Layout, 3. Size and Modularity Design for Low-End Systems, 4. The HALO Out-of-Box End-User Experience.

OSDir has some nice shots of the first ever public Gnu-HALO release in the Gnu-HALO Alpha 0.1 Screenshot Tour.

Collecting and organizing "stuff"

Organizing disparate pieces of data on the hard disk and from the Web is a tricky proposition. For example, as I am learning Japanese, I have hundreds of text notes, images, loose Web pages, scanned articles, and other small pieces of data, which I refer to as "stuff." Desktop search applications can locate files and find text in them, but they cannot organize anything. Putting things into separate folders doesn't really solve the problem. Fortunately, two utilities, ScrapBook and BasKet, help me collect and organize "stuff" in a structured fashion.

AJAX-based email software vendor deploys millionth mailbox

Scalix, which makes email and collaboration software for Linux desktops and servers, announced June 15 that it has deployed more than 1 million mailboxes using its AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) based software. Scalix's Linux email client software offers full-featured desktop and web-based email and calendaring, the company said.

Windows Live Competitors Lose Their Inside Man

Microsoft's corporate vice president of Windows Live and MSN marketing, Martin Taylor, occupied the chair for just three months before he was unceremoniously "disappeared." This is bad news for Windows Live competitors, who have been thoroughly enjoying pratfalls similar to those made by Taylor in his previous assignment: Microsoft's silly anti-Linux crusade, "Get the Facts."

Damn Small Linux 3.0 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - DSL now boots to Unionfs; new boot option 'legacy' to boot without Unionfs; moved MyDSL local extension loading functionality from emelfm to MyDSL desktop icon; new mountable MyDSL extension type unc with automatic branch management; adjust Getting Started / Dillo screen to support booting 640x480; added ACPI modules for newer power management support; New FUSE support; new sshfs support for simple remote network mounts; new theme 'A Penguin with a Hat'; new unc extension section in the MyDSL repository.

OSDir has some nice shots of this fresh DSL release in the DSL 3.0 Screenshot Tour.

Linux: The Journaling Block Device

  • KernelTrap; By Kedar Sovani (Posted by dcparris on Jun 22, 2006 2:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux

Atomicity is a property of an operation either to succeed or fail completely. Disks assure atomicity at the sector level. This means that a write to a sector either goes through completely or not at all. But when an operation spans over multiple sectors of the disk, a higher-level mechanism is needed. This mechanism should ensure that modifications to the entire set of sectors are handled atomically. Failure to do so leads to inconsistencies. This document talks about the implementation of the Journaling Block Device in Linux.

Report: Computing for a Cure

Silver anniversaries are normally joyous occasions, but not this one. June 5, 2005 marked the 25th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS. Amid the calls for greater awareness and increased funding was recognition that, from a medical viewpoint, billions of dollars spent on research had produced little progress in recent years. Find out how Linux is part of the fight to cure this disease once and for all.

Linux: The Case For Removing devfs

Greg KH posted an updated patchset for removing devfs from the mainline Linux kernel as was already done in the -mm kernel, "they are the same 'delete devfs' patches that I submitted for 2.6.12 and 2.6.13 and 2.6.14 and 2.6.15 and 2.6.16. It rips out all of devfs from the kernel and ends up saving a lot of space." The idea of removing the unmaintained devfs whose functionality has been replaced by udev has been discussed since late 2003 [story], gaining momentum in 2005 [story] and leading to lengthy debates [story]. In his latest email Greg went on to explain, "since 2.6.13 came out, I have seen no complaints about the fact that devfs was not able to be enabled anymore, and in fact, a lot of different subsystems have already been deleting devfs support for a while now, with apparently no complaints (due to the lack of users.)" Greg continues to make the case for removing devfs:

"This patchset has also been in the -mm tree, with no complaints or issues for the past few months. It's also been almost a full year past the date when we said we would delete devfs from the kernel tree in the file, Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt, almost two years since we publicly announced to the world that devfs would be removed from the kernel tree. So I think people have had plenty of advance notice that this was going to happen by now :)"

Angel Learning Pledges Open Source Contribution to IMS Global ...

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/21/2006 -- ANGELĀ® Learning, recognized innovator of enterprise e-learning software and services, today announced it is contributing substantial intellectual property to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The contribution of ANGEL Learning source code to the IMS/GLC common cartridge digital content standards development serves the greater good of the education community and represents the first reference implementation offering by an LMS provider.

How Billions of Bogus Pages Undermine Search Engines, Advertisers and The Web

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by dcparris on Jun 21, 2006 11:13 PM EDT)
A blogger's claim that one rogue operator tricked Google into indexing over 5 billion bogus pages serving Pay-Per-Click ads has helped solidify the claims of the legal teams chasing the search giants: PPC advertisers may, in fact, be getting screwed through faked clickery. At the same time, it helps explain the increasing irrelevance of search results. This, for many, is a deal killer. Searchers and advertisers alike need a better model. But who can deliver it?

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