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There are more than a handful of education-focused Linux distributions available for parents eager to get their kids up to speed with computing, but there aren't that many applications focused on younger children. One of the best though is GCompris.
FROM zero to 200 million downloads. That's the record that the Firefox browser has achieved since Version 1 was introduced in November 2004.
Last February, I listed a couple of useful extensions, including Fasterfox, which speeds up the retrieval of Web pages. Here are a few other favorites that I've added since then:
Red Hat Fedora release engineer Jesse Keating announced the release Aug. 7 of the second test version of Fedora Core 6, which is based on a 2.6.17 kernel and utilizes the GNOME desktop.
While Steve Jobs shows off the new Apple product lineup and Leopard OS at the developer conference this week, the company also quietly extends its open source arm by releasing a number of its products into the open source community including kernel sources for Intel-based Macs and the launch of Mac OS Forge.
The vulnerability is caused due to an error in ext3 when handling an invalid inode number. This can be exploited by sending a specially crafted NFS request with a V2 procedure (e.g. V2_LOOKUP) that specifies an invalid inode number.
SOLUTION: Grant only trusted users access to affected systems.
Okay, maybe not the beach - if you're spending a couple of weeks sunning yourself abroad you might want a break from technology, even in paper form. But if you're on the lookout for some more weighty reading matter on where all this technology is leading (or just want to make your own robot), we've picked out 10 recent books worth checking out. No, not including the Long Tail one - that's got quite enough recommendations online already.
The developerWorks online trials program lets you try out Rational Application Developer features without downloading and installing it on your own system. Developers can quickly design, develop, analyze, test, profile and deploy high-quality Web, service-oriented architecture (SOA), Java, J2EE, and UML portal applications.
The easiest way to sound like a professional when you talk about photography these days is to grumble about the deficiencies of RAW file converters. The ability to save pictures in RAW format rather than JPEG or TIFF is what distinguishes a "pro level" camera from a consumer device. But rather than mentioning your camera's specs outright, the shrewd move is the heavy sigh followed by lamentations about your tireless search for the perfect software to properly manipulate your beautiful work. Let's take a look at how to do it using Linux and open source.
We liked this version of Ubuntu, with its very fast, new graphical installer based on the Live CD Faster system startup and login, simplified menu organization, graphical shutdown process, easy access to power management settings with GNOME Power Manager It also now includes GNOME 2.14.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2, X.org 7.0 and a plethora of included application choices, but there's still no VPN wizard, and playing DVDs should be simpler.
[The author describes the act of installing: "After clicking on the Install icon, I followed the prompts until the installation was complete." Sounds like a real nightmare, doesn't it? Seriously, the author presents a very good review, complete with screenshots and "warts". One of the "warts" the author points out, DVD playing, is a problem in the U.S. due to the lobbying of the movie cartel. -- grouch]
As announced at the end of last year, Adrian Bunk has now taken over support of Linux kernel 2.6.16.x. Thus, a stable kernel series based on kernel 2.6 should be available for the long term. Greg Kroah-Hartman, one of the two administrators of the stable kernel series, officially handed over administration to Bunk a few days ago.
- The Fedora Project announces the second release of the Fedora Core 6 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and ppc/ppc64 architectures, including Intel based Macintosh computers. Among the notable features are the ability to install packages from additional yum repositories during system install, functional Java applet plugin for Firefox, new default font (DejaVu), and many package updates. OSDir has some great shots of this fresh Fedora Core 6 Test release in the Fedora Core 6 Test 2 Screenshot Tour
As Linux servers continue to pervade data centers at increasing rates, one of the biggest challenges to strike IT managers is getting those servers to work well with their existing Windows systems.
As a result, technologies like Samba have made a market out of getting the two operating systems to play nice. However, Samba can be a bit complex for the everyday administrator, so companies like Centeris Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based startup, have spring up with products to minimize the confusion. Centeris and others produce software tools specifically designed to make interoperability as painless as possible.
Recently, Centeris CEO Barry Crist sat down with SearchOpenSource.com to talk about why the landscape for cross-platform server management is improving with the integration of Windows and Linux servers and how virtualization is already emerging as the next big technology in the space.
In the present state of 64-bit architecture, the lack of 64-bit plugins can cause difficulties while browsing the internet. A new initiative makes the use of the existing 32-bit plugins possible in 64-bit Mozilla browsers.
Overview: This sample chapter, taken from MySQL Crash Course, discusses what joins are and how you can use them to create SELECT statements.
In the past weeks more than 90% of the first batch of bug reports filed by Pierre Habouzit for the Python transition are currently solved. These reports were filed mainly for packages providing public python modules.
An enterprising young computer scientist in Belgium has come up with a new twist on the old help desk. Instead of the tedium of step-by-step instructions over the phone or through instant messaging, tech support people can now show clients how to solve their computer problems using Bram Biesbrouck's ScreenKast software and captorials.com to create and share screen capture videos.
The Fedora Usability project aims to provide coherence, accessibility and intuivity for all people using Fedora Core and its associated resources. Fedora must be easy and making things simple and coherent for a pleasant use is my objectif with this project.
Melbourne will host the linux.conf.au conference in 2008, the event's organisers announced today.
Open-source software is advancing in UK education, with more than three-quarters of colleges and universities considering this model when making IT decisions.
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