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Learning the ropes with Linux is not as daunting as many might think

  • ZDNet UK; By Jeffrey G. Thomas (Posted by ralph on Nov 22, 2005 3:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux is not Windows and, although there are some similarities, you must realise that there may be a few "new ways of doing things" to learn before you can be comfortable in Linux. Linux is an open source clone of UNIX, a secure OS that predates DOS and Windows and is designed for multiple users. The items in the following list generally apply to any UNIX-based *nix system, such as Linux and the various BSD's. For the purposes of this article, assume that it's all Linux.

That's Linux on the Line

  •; By Stuart Cohen (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 22, 2005 2:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From smartphones to servers, the open-source system is turning up in an ever-expanding variety of products. For consumers, that's good news.

Most Linux headlines focus on desktops and servers. Indeed, this month the leading supercomputer industry group released new figures showing that more than three quarters of the world's top 500 supercomputers now run Linux.

Easy Backup and Restore

  • Linux Journal; By Alan Keates (Posted by tadelste on Nov 22, 2005 2:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Are you still not doing backups on a regular basis--or at all? With this easy-to-follow procedure and ready-made scripts, you're out of excuses.

Is the Mac Mini a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Machine?

I'm in the market for a new desktop machine. Performance isn't the goal -- low noise and lower power consumption are. Aside from too-little memory, running Ubuntu on a Mac Mini seems like a good option, especially for the price. Am I missing anything?

Granny Finds Linux/KDE Easier Than Windows

. Linux/KDE is so easy to learn and use, even I can enjoy it! But please sit down, have some of my fresh cherry cobbler and tea! Would you like sugar with that? One lump or two? Speaking of lumps, let me share about the years of suffering I personally had with Windows. Using it was like stirring a pot of cold oatmeal. No matter how hard I tried, I could not un-stick things! Of course, there may be others who've not had such oatmeal experiences. But I personal had a lot of these before I started using Linux and KDE desktop.

Cyberattackers slither through software holes

  • USA Today; By Jon Swartz (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 22, 2005 1:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From the Uh Oh, the Bandages Are Bleeding Dept.:

Cyberattackers, in a major new approach, are exploiting flaws in popular software programs — especially anti-virus and backup tools — to break into the computers of consumers, government agencies and businesses...Security provider Qualys, another participant in the study, found "significant vulnerabilities" in most anti-virus and backup software...

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Super Glue: Using Perl to Develop a Cheap Network Framework

  •; By Brad Lhotsky (Posted by tadelste on Nov 22, 2005 12:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Network Security is hot these days. There are plenty of offerings, both commercial and free. Usually, a good network security model employs more than a single security product. However, not many commercial or free security utilities play nice with each other. Luckily, you can use perl to glue them together to get more meaningful data from your network.

Building a Linux video jukebox for an anime convention

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 22, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How do you run video to four different video rooms at an anime convention without having a staff member change tapes or DVDs at regular intervals? How do you run a video room where viewers can choose what to watch and when to watch it? You hire an open source developer to code a video keg and video jukebox.

Nexenta OS Alpha 1 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 22, 2005 12:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun
DistroWatch reports - Nexenta OS is a new hybrid distribution based on the OpenSolaris kernel combined with GNU and Debian software packages. The project's first alpha release was announced earlier today: Nexenta OS (elatte) Alpha 1 is now available for download. This release contains 6 ISO images: live CD, install CD, and 4 source CDs.

OSDir has some nice shots of Nexenta OS Alpha 1.

Linux Desktop Making Major Gains via Intel

A Halloween Style Document Uncovers Intel's Dealings with desktop Linux

SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
DistroWatch reports - Third alpha release of SUSE Linux 10.1 has been announced and is ready for download. The most important changes include the following: "Update to KDE 3.5 RC1; update of GCC to the current 4.1 development version; removal of linuxthreads support; NetworkManager will be the new way of managing changing network interfaces, Kinternet is now in maintenance mode; update to Linux kernel

OSDir has put together some screenshots of SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha 3.

Open Source Business Intelligence Vendor Pentaho Adds Mondrian ...

  • Intelligent Enterprise (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 11:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
On November 10, Pentaho Corp., provider of open source business intelligence (BI) software, announced that the Mondrian On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) project is joining forces with Pentaho to become a permanent feature of the Pentaho BI project, which provides comprehensive reporting, analysis, dashboards, workflow, and data mining capabilities.

In wake of Solaris' renaissance, predictions of its death were obviously premature

  • ZDNet; By David Berlind (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 10:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Despite predictions of its demise, Unix — and in particular, Sun's Solaris flavor — appears to be convalescing instead of following the downward spiral that's typical for operating systems that fall from grace (the PalmOS for example).

Embeddable open source database goes into beta

A project to create a lightweight, embeddable database is beta testing its second release. Firebird 2.0 features derived tables, support for "execute block," increased table sizes, improved index code, and numerous other improvements. Beta kits are available for Linux on i686, i686-NPTL, and AMD64, as well as Windows.

Sun Microsystems has released the source code for its OpenSolaris file system

As part of an update to OpenSolaris, the company this week released the source code for ZFS, a system for managing data and files. Sun released the first portion of code for its OpenSolaris project in June of this year. It has released additional pieces since then.

Does Mac particularly need

  •; By Robert Daeley (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
People are daring to dream bigger. With the advent of, often trumpeted as an Office-killer, not to mention the resurgence of Apple as a brand and Mac as a platform, we are beginning to see a new message emerge out here in punditland: maybe it's not enough to just cut the cord. Maybe, just maybe, it's time to go on the attack.

Dartmouth collaborates with Sun Microsystems to develop secure technology

On Friday, November 18, representatives from Sun Microsystems joined members of Dartmouth's Computer Science Department to officially launch a collaboration involving Dartmouth's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Laboratory. The new partnership pairs Dartmouth's expertise in secure and trusted computing with Sun's OpenSolaris Project, an open source operating system that is being enhanced through community input and dialogue.

Web Browser Developers Work Together on Security

Core KDE developer George Staikos recently hosted a meeting of the security developers from the leading web browsers. The aim was to come up with future plans to combat the security risks posed by phishing, ageing encryption ciphers and inconsistent SSL Certificate practise. Read on for George's report of the plans that will become part of KDE 4's Konqueror and future versions of other web browsers.

IBM lands major Unix server deal in Asia

  • Enterprise Infrastructure; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 8:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM Corp. has won a deal for its 64-bit Power5 Unix servers with China's State Administration of Taxation, that it says represents the company's largest Unix installation in Asia.

The Chinese taxation authority has already installed over 100 IBM servers, a mix of eServer p5 595 and p5 570 machines, according to Karl Freund, vice president of Unix strategy at IBM. The installation will rank among the company's top 10 largest Unix customers, he said.

AIX Compiler for UPC Code

An AIX based compiler providing implementation for Unified Parallel C (UPC) High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications on large-scale, parallel processing machines. While within an HPC/large scale parallel environment running AIX, the user would simply compile their UPC code with this compiler (xlupc) and have an appropriate object file generated. The compiled executable then can be utilized in HPC environments.

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