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When I was a kid, one of my favorite possessions was a ragged book with a well-worn cover. Its title: "100 things you can get for free."
Ubuntu Hacks, a new volume from O'Reilly Media ($29.99), explains the phenomenon of Ubuntu's popularity, expounds on its use, and offers easy-to-understand "hacks" -- that is, how to tweak it to do exactly what you want.
Tor is a system designed to anonymise Internet connections for users concerned about their privacy. It's free, it's simple, it's effective -- and it facilitates troublemaking.
Novell's creation of Bandit, an open source project, has been met with plaudits from a multitude of vendors whose interests one might assume to be quite divergent.
The fourth annual Ohio LinuxFest is returning to Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 30, 2006. The single-day event will comprise sessions for experienced and inexperienced Linux users, as well as an expo floor for commercial exhibitors and non-profit Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects.
Displaying Web sites isn’t enough anymore as more applications migrate online.
It seems as if everyone is a Web publisher today -- from the habitual bloggers and online diarists to the companies running major news outlets, portals, and magazines -- and they're all using some kind of database-backed content management system (CMS) to do it. There are a lot of CMS choices -- Drupal, Mambo, Bricolage, WordPress, and Plone are some of the most recognizable names. While they all perform the same basic functions, you have to pick only one. How do you do it?
Antivirus builders protected Windows for years, allowing Microsoft to divert its development money to feature-bloat, in lieu of security. In fact, Microsoft's security bench was so empty that, once the decision was made to take over the security business, Redmond was forced to buy outside companies. Email Battles addresses a/v makers' mistakes and Microsoft's new attack strategy, and asks the really tough questions to boot, like, "What's with the name?"
Update to Xandros, dismissed by some in Linux community, includes features to read, write Windows-formatted drives.
[Umm, any GNU/Linux distro can read or write MS "Windows-formatted drives." Filesystem support is a kernel thing. -- grouch]
Novell's incoming chief, Ron Hovsepian, has a simple job description, some analysts say: Improve sales fast--or else.
[And we all know about analysts, right? -- grouch]
Dr. Dobbs Journal has published a detailed, technical paper chronicling a successful 22-month development effort by two Intellibot Robotics software engineers to port a $33,000, autonomous floor-scrubbing robot from an OS-less design based on a custom 68K processor-based board to embedded Linux running on an off-the-shelf x86-board.
Imagine being able to reboot a server from the system console from Europe or at an airport during a layover. Imagine not having to physically be present at your datacenter to perform tasks that require console access but, instead, doing them in the comfort of your own home or office. Now imagine doing all this with relatively low-cost commodity components running your favorite Unix-variant operating system along with an open source software package.
The creators of the Macintosh-centric podcast "CastaBlasta," have launched their latest audio show -- the weekly "Linux Action Show," dedicated to Linux and related open-source topics.
Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will face more Linux competition when it ships later this summer.
Behind the scenes on Wall Street, who is really using Linux? Although developers remain the major practitioners, Linux is also making headway these days as a grid platform for transaction processing, a place for running algorithmic trading engines, and even as a desktop environment, according to participants in this week's SIA (Securities Industry Association) conference in New York City. Jacqueline Emigh reports.
Last Friday, we talked with Blake Ross, the 20-year old who started writing code for Netscape at age 14 and has since co-founded the Firefox project and SpreadFirefox.com. He is also author of the new book Firefox for Dummies.
The index can often be the most heavily used "chapter" in any publication. This article describes how to create useful indexing facilities for packages such as OpenOffice and Scribus. (login required)
Normally, we expect new Linux desktop users to come from the ranks of disgruntled Windows users. After all, they're the ones who have to deal with high-prices and endless security problems. Now, it seems that some Mac gurus are also making the switch to Linux.
When istockphoto.com launched in February 2000, the images in its database were available free of charge, and the entire company ran on one server with an Access database. "At that time, traffic was very low," says istockphoto.com Executive Vice President Patrick Lor. In 2002, the company moved to a fee structure and wanted to increase traffic. "We came across this amazing thing that looked like enterprise-grade software, called MySQL." With that and PHP, they re-coded the entire site, and in 2002 sold 154,000 images at 25 cents each. "We went to two generic servers and had an amazing year," he says. "That was our first real exposure to fee structures and the reception was incredible."
Hyperic, a maker of an open-source management platform, this week announced it has joined other open source advocates in their efforts to make using open source management tools in large enterprise networks easier.
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