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IBM builds Second Life store for Circuit City

Avatars show where the work isIBM hascut a deal with US electronic gizmo retailer Circuit City Stores to build a virtual store on one of the private fiefdoms it occupies on Second Life. There, virtual visitors will, in the form of their on-screen avatar, be able to go down the aisles of the store and examine products. The products can then be or ordered via the website.

[I don't know much about second Life, but what happens if your avatar gets robbed while ordering? - dcparris]

Debian Etch: So Easy A Newbie Can Do It

LXer Feature: 18-Dec-2006

After getting a nudge from one of our DebCentral readers, I decided to give Debian another shot. You see, I haven't messed with Debian since Woody taught me I was just a wannabe geek. As for Etch, if you've installed *Ubuntu, you can install Debian Etch. In fact, Debian may have found a new home or two or three.

Developing blind

In general, you are not allowed to discriminate against the physically disabled in the workplace. When one thinks of a job in software development, however, one conjures up the image of programmers building applications or writing code in front of a computer screen - tasks apparently relying on good vision.

Linux Security: A Big Edge Over Windows

Linux is better at locking down a computer than Windows. The Linux OS uses configuration settings and user permissions to a much more efficient degree than the Windows administrator account. To do this, non-enterprise users should seek help from third-party security suites that serve as configuration managers, James Bottomley, chief technology officer of SteelEye Technology said.

DistroWatch Weekly: Distributions in 2006, Arch Linux Office Install, Dreamlinux interview

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 18, 2006 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's final issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the year 2006 closing down on us rapidly, this seems like a good time to take a look at the world of Linux distributions and their evolution during the past year. Who has done the best job of bringing Linux to the desktops of new users? And which distributions are the losers of the increased competition among the different projects, all vying for our attention? As always, opinions are likely to vary, but some trends aren't difficult to spot. In the news section: Fedora looks to regain control over the RPM Package Manager, KNOPPIX promises a new version of its live CD, Debian publishes a release update, and Arch Linux announces an easy-to-install CD for desktop users. Finally, warm wishes of a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all DistroWatch readers! See you again in 2007!

Xensource expands its lineup

Organisations preparing to move to virtual environments will find broader options in 2007 as competitors to market leader VMware emerge with enhanced, enterprise-ready offerings.

Review: Stratus ftServer 4300

Lots of companies sell Linux servers, but how many promise 99.999% uptime? Not very many, but Stratus Technologies sells systems that offer the kind of fault tolerance that will handle mission-critical applications and leave admins with peace of mind. I had a chance to test out one of the company's ftServer 4300 systems, and it's an impressive system.

Beyond HTTP

“What we need is a Web browser that doesn’t just serve up documents, but serves up applications.” Early in 2006 I was given a design brief: a UK-based shipping company wanted to replace its shipment tracking system with a Web-based solution.

Various ways of detecting rootkits in GNU/Linux

This article takes a look at two programs which can be effectively used to detect any rootkits that are installed on your machine. The programs conducts a number of tests and checks against a database of known rootkits to see if the machine is infected by any of them.

Announcing Foresight Linux 0.9.9

I am very please to announce the release of Foresight Linux 0.9.9. What is new in this release? Compiz is now included. Also included GnuCash, GnomeScan, and the synaptics driver.

Sun Announces the Latest in Open Source Tools

NetBeans Community offers Developers Tools Designed to Fuel the Build Out of Next Generation Web Applications and Integrated Support For Building Native Applications

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Morville and Rosenfeld's book is a real eye-opener for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of organizing web information at the enterprise-level. This isn't about how to put together a standards-compliant website (well, it is sort of) or how to develop web applications or graphic design for webpages. True, all of those functions are necessary for web development but the (apparently) growing career of Information Architecture (IA) is an entity all its own.

Linux supports Trolltech's Qtopia Greensuite initiative

Trolltech®, the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use, today announced wide industry support for Qtopia® Greensuite which was announced earlier today.

Mysql moves are troubling

Open source company MySQL AB, which puts out the well-known database of the same name, has made a couple of moves this year, both of which have passed without much comment.

Openlogic Open Source Library Supports Eclipse and JBoss

OpenLogic has upped the number of open source projects pre-certified by its flagship OpenLogic Enterprise widgetry from 160 to a round 200 and new versions of about 100 packages it already supported like Eclipse and JBoss have been added.

[The article wreaks of freeware - stripped down. Is it really 'Open Source', or is this someone's idea of co-opting the terminology to mean 'shared source'? - dcparris]

The Perfect Setup - OpenSuSE 10.2

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 17, 2006 5:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSuSE 10.2 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS), BIND DNS server, ProFTPd server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

Southern Indian State Battles Microsoft

Thiruvananthapuram, India (AHN) - The southern Indian state of Kerala on Sunday launched a "war" against market leader Microsoft Windows. The communist-run state backed the Linux computer operating system because it uses open source code.

KDE Commit-Digest for 17th December 2006

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on Dec 17, 2006 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: A new interface element, the 'viewbar', makes its debut; continued work on Flake and Kross-based scripting within KOffice.

GPLv3 Questions & Answers

  •; By UniNet (Posted by UniNet on Dec 17, 2006 2:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU
Umeet 2006, this year's online conference on Free Software, will be holding a GPLv3 Questions & Answers session with Richard Stallman.
The session is this Tuesday, December 19th, at 18:00 UTC on the #umeet channel on
If you plan on attending Tuesday's session, you will want to read the background information on the GPLv3 that Richard Stallman has made available.

This week at LWN: Second Life and Open Source

When Larry Lessig proclaimed that "code is law" he was talking metaphorically. But for a virtual world, constructed entirely out of bits, it is literally true: the laws regarding what you can and cannot do there, both legally and even physically, are inscribed in the lines of code that implement it. In this space, then, open source has an added significance in that it not only lays bare the engines of creation, but it potentially allows them to be hacked.

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