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Perl of Wisdom

  • Linux Magazine; By Randal L. Schwartz (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 7:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the previous two columns, I introduced my templating system of choice, the Template Toolkit. Continuing from where I left off, let's look at some of the other features of the Template Toolkit (TT), including how to configure TT and use it from Perl, from the command line, and embedded in Apache.


  • Linux Magazine; By Michael Bordash (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 7:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While complex URLs work fine in the browser, sharing and bookmarking (and indexing) those URLs can be quite problematic. Email applications often scramble long URLs, and URLs filled with ? and& characters are hard for users to read and remember. Moreover, sites are rarely static. Keeping "legacy" URLs valid remains a challenge for an expanding site.

Extreme Linux

  • Linux Magazine; By Forrest Hoffman (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 7:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Message Passing Interface (MPI) has become the application programming interface (API) of choice for data exchange among processes in parallel scientific programs. While Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) is still a viable message passing system offering features not available in MPI, it's often not the first choice for developers seeking vendor-supported APIs based on open standards. Of course, standards evolve, and the MPI standard is no different.


  • Linux Magazine; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 7:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Lately, it's getting so you can't tell the Linux players without a scorecard. So, here is my handy-dandy guide. First, we have IBM. There's something terribly ironic that Big Blue, the original Evil Empire, has been instrumental in Linux's explosive growth. But there it is. Of course, keep in mind that IBM is being good to Linux because Linux is good for IBM. Linux has given the company the universal, multi-platform operating system that they've always needed for their customers.

Maddog weighs in on the state of the Linux

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In this interview, Hall spoke with about what he knows best -- Linux – and discussed integrated Linux applications in the enterprise, open source office suites and the future of enterprise Linux.

Adobe flirts with Linux, but not for the desktop

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 12:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CNET's and ZDnet ran a news story today about Adobe and Linux. It appears that Adobe is advertising for Linux-related positions: one as director of Linux marketing and another for a senior software architect for an Adobe open source project. NewsForge contacted Adobe for additional information and was given the opportunity to speak with Pam Dezieo, Director of Product Marketing for Acrobat, about those ads and the Adobe view of the Linux market.

Survey: Mac OS X most secure, Linux least

  • ITWeb (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security firm Mi2g has released a report declaring Mac OS X and BSD Unix the "world's safest online computing environments" and Linux the least secure, although some security experts say the findings could be misleading.

Programming Tools: InstallShield X

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 11:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If people can't install you new program easily and quickly, without endless tweaking and reconfigurations, what good is it?

Ucopia and Mandrakesoft to extend the boundaries of mobility

Ucopia, Mandrakesoft and the Université de Paris LIP6 research laboratory have been granted a 1 euro million research grant to collaborate in advanced mobility research. The project aims to find novel methods of enabling and managing wireless mobility.

Shadows Loom Over Sun's Open Source Plans

Sources close to the vendor say a significant internal debate rages within the highest levels of Sun about the company's open-source Solaris plans, which were first announced in June.

Linux cures ailing pharmacy network

Family-owned Medicine Chest Pharmacy in Hayward, Calif., was running Windows NT -- until Microsoft pulled support for that operating system. Faced with a choice between a massive expenditure to upgrade to Windows 2000 and the sometimes challenging freedom of going with open source, pharmacist James Cohen decided to think outside the box.

Montavista and NEC form embedded Linux partnership

MontaVista Software Inc has announced a strategic partnership with NEC Electronics Corp that will see MontaVista Linux integrated with and optimized for NEC's embedded hardware platforms.

Debian Weekly News - November 2nd, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Adrian von Bidder noted that mirroring Debian via rsync uses quite some CPU-power on the server and hence is not the preferred method. Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton reported that some of their servers are moved from Debian 2.2 (potato) to a current release of Fedora for marketing reasons.

Novell hits back at Ballmer's anti-Linux memo

Novell Inc has issued a response to Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer's recent anti-Linux memo, using the same reports cited by Ballmer in defense of the open source operating system.

Firefox, Mozilla Loosen Internet Explorer's Grip on Browsers

Internet Explorer's decline, from 95.48 percent in June, is primarily due to the Mozilla and Firefox browsers, which saw their market share numbers climb almost as much as Internet Explorer's fell, to 6.02 percent. Both Mozilla and Firefox are available for Mac OS X. Opera, another third-party Web browser, combined with Safari to account for just over one percent of Web browser users.

Microsoft wins £500m NHS contract

The NHS has awarded a nine-year software contract to Microsoft, a week after the OGC sang the praises of open-source alternatives. The contract involves Microsoft providing its operating system, desktop products and bespoke software to the NHS. Microsoft is expected to create bespoke software which will allow the NHS' current clinical technology to run more smoothly on the Windows operating system.

Amazon's A9 Search Engine Toolbar Now Available for Firefox

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The toolbar, available from, uses the standard Firefox extensions mechanism to offer the same features as those available to Internet Explorer users.

1,000 IPTV STBs running Linux to be deployed in Belgian homes

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 4:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This month, Belgacom, the leading telecommunications company in Belgium, will begin deploying 1,000 Linux-based IPTV STBs (Internet protocol television set top boxes) in home test sites located on its DSL network throughout Ghent, Brussels, and Liege. The STBs are being supplied by i3 Micro Technology, and are fitted with a customized user interface (UI) based on Espial's Escape middleware.

Sun Readies New Solaris Push, Snipes at Linux

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 4:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun offers new details on its open-source strategy. Officials say its forthcoming Solaris 10 will be cheaper than comparable Linux solutions.

Red Hat Partner Community serves up Runtime

Red Hat’s Runtime Partner program is now available worldwide as part of the Red Hat Partner Community. The Red Hat Partner Community is designed to encourage the combination of open source and traditional technologies into the fabric of enterprise computing to provide technology solutions that give customers more choice.

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