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Unleashing the Power of the Cell Broadband Engine

This paper from the MPR Fall Processor Forum 2005 explores programming models for the Cell Broadband Engine (CBE) Processor, from the simple to the progressively more advanced. With nine cores on a single die, programming for the CBE is like programming for no processor you've ever met before. Read why.

The First Annual O'Reilly European Open Source Convention Supports FLOSS Momentum in Europe

Sebastopol, CA--Europe has become fertile ground for open source projects and innovators: European governments are beginning to integrate FLOSS (free/libre and open source software) in innovative ways, and open source communities--particularly on the professional level--are multiplying and gaining influence across the continent. To support and further this open source momentum, O'Reilly Media held its first O'Reilly European Open Source Convention (EuroOSCON) at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam on October 17-20, 2005.

IBM lands giant server deal with China

  • C/Net News; By Alorie Gilbert (Posted by tadelste on Nov 17, 2005 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The Chinese government will purchase more than $20 million worth of computers from IBM, making it Big Blue's largest Unix installation ever in Asia, the company said Wednesday.

LXer Feature: What if Microsoft Became Our Friends

What would happen to Linux, Free Software, and Open Source Software if Microsoft reformed itself? What if Microsoft abandoned their evil, customer-hostile, restraint-of-trade ways, and did a complete turnaround? Would FOSS even have a reason to exist?


More Firefox secrets revealed

In this second interview with, Yank, who served as lead technical editor on the book, uncovers more of Firefox tips, shortcuts and plug-ins that users need to know about.

Best practice tutorial for building apps using AJAX

AJAX enables a dynamic, asynchronous Web experience without the need for page refreshes. In this best practice tutorial for building apps using AJAX, you will learn to build AJAX-based Web applications -- complete with real time validation and without page refreshes -- by following the construction of a sample book order application.
[Ed: Registration required to read what sounds like a neat article. - ralph]

Making a Custom Boot CD for Debian

It wasn't entirely clear from an 'apt-get source boot-floppies' how to make a custom CD image. I just wanted to make a netinst CD with a kernel that had some new driver that I needed so I could get Debian on the box.

PCLinuxOS 0.92 Screenshot Tour

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 17, 2005 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There is a nice screenshot tour with 93 screenshots of the new PCLinuxOS 0.92 at HowtoForge.

Ubuntu On The Business Desktop

I work as a consultant in a Windows-centric work-place and we remotely administer Windows servers. We trouble-shoot Windows clients. We keep spammers out of our Exchange servers. We defrag. We update. We install antivirus programs. We eliminate spyware. I suppose it would be fair to say that Microsoft keeps us in business. One day, while the boss was away, I shoved a spare hard-drive into my computer and installed Ubuntu 5.04. I managed to work for a month and a half before the Boss noticed I was using Linux - and that was only because he happened to glance at my screen. Half a year later, I am still using Ubuntu (now version 5.10) at work and I am more productive than ever.

Linux Journal Under Denial of Service attack

The site is down because they are under a DOS attack. I can think of several possible ramifications, but I thought you might want to know.

Why governments really choose open source

The number of open source deployments by governments across the world has accelerated over the last few years. To date at least 160 international local and national governments have deployed open source software and over $2bn has been spent on the Linux open source operating system, according to figures from Linux vendor Red Hat.

Linux News says Microsoft Engaged in Persecution and Discrimination

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 17, 2005 7:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 11-17-2005

Many American conservatives recoil when people bring up the issue of persecution. They call it un-American. We quote the US Constitution when it serves our interests. But when someone is in the minority, reminding the majority of our rights under the constitution means encountering verbal abuse.

So as unpopular as the following argument may seem, let me remind you that a democracy that guarantees citizens certain rights and privileges forms the foundation of our system of government. Vocal incriminations will not change that.

Now, let's take a closer look at some core issues of ethics.

How to shop for Web hosting

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Buying Web hosting for your business is an important decision. Trying to choose a hosting company can be confusing, especially when you're reading the companies' advertisements. But understanding Linux hosting ads can be easy, once you know how.

Using Lazarus to demystify Linux.

For the past four years, I have been the Chief Software Architect for OpenLab international, the company that created the OpenLab GNU/Linux distribution. Over that period, Lazarus has long been included in the distribution, but what fewer people realize is how critical it is to the actual distribution development. Read on for some insight into how we use it."

Italian public employees join to promote open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With a few notable exceptions, such as the Massachusetts directive in favor of OpenDocument, government agencies usually do not experiment or promote technological innovation in their own offices. However, a small and scattered group of public employees in Italy is trying to join forces to reverse this flow.

ODF Falls Prey to a Nasty Little Turf War

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 17, 2005 6:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Today, ODF became just a political football on Beacon Hill, as Massachusetts politicians jostled to take control of IT policy in the Commonwealth.

Lightweight Web Serving with thttpd

  • O'Reilly Network; By Julio M. Merino Vidal (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 17, 2005 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The Apache HTTP Server is the most popular web server due to its functionality, stability, and maturity. However, this does not make it suitable for all uses: slow machines and embedded systems may have serious problems running it because of its size. Here is where lightweight HTTP servers come into play, as their low-memory footprints deliver decent results without having to swap data back to disk.

Similarly, these small HTTP servers are suitable to serve static content efficiently so as to allow Apache, mod_perl, mod_python, or even servlet containers to handle dynamic requests without tying up memory-hungry children to serve small images. In other words, these applications can serve as a complement to your existing full-featured web server, not as a replacement.

Tackling poverty with technology

It is hard to believe that 19 shiny flat screen computers can cure the ills of this tiny community in South Africa's arid north where people battle every day against poverty, AIDS, illiteracy and hunger. Yet U.S. computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. and South African President Thabo Mbeki are promoting Dipichi's smart new IT lab as a blueprint for how technology can trigger growth and tackle poverty across the world's poorest continent.

Linux, Supercomputing And The Mid-Range

  • Earthweb News; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 17, 2005 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The importance of Linux in the world of supercomputers is difficult to understate. Linux is the installed operating system on 72 percent of the supercomputers listed in the latest Top 500 ( tally of the world's fastest supercomputers...The LS/X is the new high end system that Linux Networx claims can provide, "sustained application performance for configurations up to 100 Teraflops."

Create relationship diagrams with Graphviz

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you use charts to represent relationships between data or objects in presentations or project reports, try Graphviz. Licensed under the Common Public License Version 1.0, Graphviz is visualization software, designed to help you easily create structural information. You can use it to visually represent database and table relations in a project report or a simple Web site hierarchy.

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