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How To Speed Up Firefox

  • thelinuxbox.org; By Sean Parsons (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 3, 2005 5:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After you get past the beginner stage with Firefox, try this "power-user" trick to make it download pages faster by allowing multiple connections so it can download more than one file at a time. It's only useful for broadband users, so if you're still on dial-up you can just skip this one for now.

The Smart Package Manager

The Smart Package Manager project has the ambitious objective of creating smart and portable algorithms for solving adequately the problem of managing software upgrading and installation. This tool works in all major distributions, and will bring notable advantages over native tools currently in use (APT, APT-RPM, YUM, URPMI, etc).

Open Source Software Firms Expand Presence In DBM System Market

Open source software companies are beginning to augment their presence in database management (DBM) system market. According to industry sources, open source DBM system providers such as Computer Associates (CA), MySQL and PostgreSQL are poised to push aggressive marketing strategies targeting public organizations and Internet service providers, threatening existing closed source DBM solution companies such as Oracle.

Linux Gazette #110 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by dave on Jan 3, 2005 3:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

Building a distro

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 3, 2005 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
You download a CD or maybe a diskette image, transfer it to the appropriate media, boot your computer with it, and voilà, you're running Linux. It sounds so simple -- but a great deal of work goes into creating that software. Beginning about two years ago, I spent a year and a half building a desktop-oriented GNU/Linux distribution named MfxLinux, designed to be tightly integrated with Crowell Systems' Medformix medical office management system. Along the way, as with any project a lot of design and implementation decisions had to be made -- some of which worked out better than others.

Paul Ferris: Pundit for a Day, 2005

It's that time of year, folks. Industry pundits are out shooting off predictions like so many mortars and who knows where they will land? Paul Ferris can predict with the best of them, but here's some advice: Keep hands and Feet away...

Open And Shut

  • TechWeb (Posted by dave on Jan 2, 2005 3:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The value and utilization of open-source software have grown immensely in recent years, but in the booming analytics market, open source is strangely not keeping pace. A variety of projects are out there—search open-source nexus SourceForge.net for "OLAP" or "reporting," and you'll find dozens. Unfortunately, many of these attempts seem amateurish, more intentions than anything approaching commercial-grade products. The projects that do appear worth a trial run boast only niche rather than broad-market appeal. Nonetheless, they do suggest far greater future adoption of open source for decision systems.

Analytics: The next stop for open source?

  • Intelligent Enterprise (Posted by dave on Jan 1, 2005 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The value and utilization of open-source software have grown immensely in recent years, but in the booming analytics market, open source is strangely not keeping pace. A variety of projects are out there—search open-source nexus SourceForge.net for "OLAP" or "reporting," and you'll find dozens. Unfortunately, many of these attempts seem amateurish, more intentions than anything approaching commercial-grade products. The projects that do appear worth a trial run boast only niche rather than broad-market appeal. Nonetheless, they do suggest far greater future adoption of open source for decision systems.

Open Source on PocketPC

  • Onlamp (Posted by dave on Jan 1, 2005 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When I set out to create open source software on a PocketPC, I figured that was pretty strange, given the thoroughly proprietary nature of the tools, from the OS through the compilers, I'd be using. As it turns out, it's not that strange - lots of people are doing it!

Voting Has Opened for the 2004 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards

LinuxQuestions.org is proud to announce that voting for the 2004 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards is now open. The Members Choice Awards allow the Linux community to select their favorite products in a variety of categories.

In Review: Interoperability Headlined 2004

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 1, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I got to write the year-end review for Enterprise Networking Planet, yay, so I made it all about Linux and F/OSS being the leaders and prime movers of interoperability. Which is something us real-world sysadmins struggle with everyday, with no help from the usual gaggle of closed-source, proprietary vendors. Hurrah for RMS and Linus and every F/OSS developer and advocate on the planet!

Startups Take To The Open-Source Trail

Boutique services company MozSource now offers e-mail technical support services for the Mozilla Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client. It's not the only startup hunting for revenue from open-source projects. Such companies represent a growing number of cottage services springing up around projects such as Mozilla, Linux, Apache and MySQL.

Absoft announces SDK for Linux on clusters; Visual Numerics revs library

  • SDTimes.com (Posted by dave on Dec 31, 2004 5:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Late last year, two software companies souped up their supercomputing offerings. Fortran and C/C++ tools maker Absoft readied in November a software development kit for deploying Linux on clusters and servers, and a handful of tools for Mac developers. And Visual Numerics updated its numerical library for Java, used not just for science and engineering applications, but also for business.

Startups Take To The Open-Source Trail

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Dec 31, 2004 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Boutique services company MozSource now offers e-mail technical support services for the Mozilla Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client.

Gluecode Ships Open-Source J2EE Stack

  • SDTimes.com (Posted by dave on Dec 31, 2004 2:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The same week in November that Kmart announced it was buying Sears, a start-up Java infrastructure company offered developers the blue light special of a full J2EE stack with the low, low price of $0.

Why the Free Software Movement can succeed.

When I wrote "Why the Free Software Movement is Doomed to Failure" I dismissed mankind's desire for Freedom. That was a premise that instantly knocked the foundations for my text to pieces. Freedom is a core value in people and no individual is willing to give it up voluntarily. Dismissing Freedom simply is unrealistically pessimistic. Basically it is a matter of education.

My workstation OS: My own

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 31, 2004 8:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is an unusual article in the "My workstation OS" series. It's not about using a specific OS distribution. Indeed it's about not using any OS distribution at all. For many years now I've installed my OS from the sources. Although this is not an easy nor fast way to get an OS installed, it's the best way for getting a fully customized system that fits any individual needs and desires.

Book Review - The Linux TCP/IP Stack: Networking for Embedded Systems

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Dec 31, 2004 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some useful information for sure, but not enough is provided about the TCP/IP stack for embedded systems.

NewsForge looks back on the key stories of 2004

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 31, 2004 6:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's time to look back on the events that shaped the free and open source software world in 2004. And why not -- you expect this kind of story on December 31, right? Well, alrighty then. Here, in rough chronological order, are our Top Nine.

Venezuela opts for Linux

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Dec 31, 2004 4:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Venezuelan president has decreed that the public administration will switch over to use open source software over the next two years.

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