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A first look at Debian's GUI installer

Debian's standard text-based installer has been vilified in the past, so I was excited to see an announcement about a graphical installer under development for Debian. A good GUI installer could bring Debian to a lot of users who don't feel comfortable taking the plunge with a text installer. It's pretty early in the testing cycle for Debian's next version, dubbed Etch, so it's likely that there will be a number of changes before the new installer is finalized, but I took the current version for a test run and found that it's already fairly usable.

Marcel's Games of the Month : Fish Fillets : Next Generation

  •; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Nov 30, 2005 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
There is something I like about playing games that is, strangely enough, much the same as what I enjoy about reading science fiction or fantasy. The medium lends itself beautifully to creating other times, places, and even worlds. Some of these worlds can be familiar — what we call simulations — while others are a bit more out there. My game recommendation for this month is called Fish Fillets Next Generation, and it definitely fits into the out there category. Perhaps a little description to start with...

IBM kit moves Solaris software to Linux

  • ZDNet News; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 11:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
IBM plans to announce on Wednesday that it's giving away software to help customers and business partners adapt software written for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system to its open-source rival Linux. The Migration Kit helps people assess software written in C or C++ programming languages and move it from Solaris to Linux.

IBM is an aggressive Linux booster, though it competes with its own AIX version of Unix. Sun supports Linux, but prefers customers to buy Solaris support contracts.

More Lisp--For Free

  • Onlamp; By Christopher Roach (Posted by dcparris on Nov 29, 2005 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
In my last post, I covered learning to program with a dialect of Lisp, called Scheme, from resources freely available on the internet from the SICP course at MIT. In this post, I plan to continue this theme by going over a few reasons that I have found for learning Lisp and to offer a few more resources for those of you out there who would like to add Lisp, or Scheme, to their programming repertoire.

Things to Do With Firefox 1.5

  • SitePoint; By Thomas Rutter (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many of you no doubt have tried out the Beta and Release Candidate builds. Here’s a list of things to do and see with Firefox 1.5.

Time to ban IM?

  •; By A. P. Lawrence (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 29, 2005 8:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Personally, I don't like IM to start with, and wouldn't allow it on any network that I had to maintain. It seldom has any real business purpose, and any excuse that can be made for it can be fulfilled by other means almost always.

A test where copying is encouraged!

Bangalore: The grounds of the Bangalore Palace have seen many high tech conferences but nothing like this: On Tuesday nearly 3000 young `techies' queued up for over an hour to register for `', the annual Free and Open Source Software conference which began five years ago as the Bangalore Linux event.

Quickly Debug PHP apps with PHPEclipse plug-in

  • IBM developerWorks; By Tyler Anderson, Freelance writer (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 29, 2005 7:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Eclipse, IBM, PHP
This article details various methods for debugging PHP applications, including the PHPEclipse plug-in for Eclipse. A slick development environment with real-time syntax parsing abilities.

Trying for the Top: Desktop Linux Aims for the Big Time

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 29, 2005 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The OSDL is bringing together the best and brightest of Linux desktop developers to smooth Linux's road to challenging Windows on the desktop.

Linux Kernel Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in the Linux Kernel, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

[Ed: Secunia did not classify these as critical, but don't take chances you aren't prepared to pay for. - dcparris]

Linux Desktop Keeps Getting Better with KDE 3.5

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
News Analysis:The newest version of the KDE Linux and Unix desktop interface will have users happy that vendors have recently decided to keep supporting it.

LinuxForce Wins Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Contract

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, formerly known as Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, and LinuxForce, a leading technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of Linux-based systems, have signed a long-term services agreement wherein LinuxForce will monitor and maintain a number of GNU/Linux systems for Aker.

KDE 3.5: A Visual Guide to New Features

  • (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
KDE 3.5 brings improvements in aesthetics, usability and performance as well as adding new functionality and features. A full list can be found in the developer changelog, but for humans here is a visual guide to some of the best improvements.

Camber Picks Red Hat Enterprise Linux

November 29, 2005 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Red Hat ( said on Tuesday that defense technology developer Camber Corporation had deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its computing and Web-based warfare training.

Review of some useful sysadmin-utilities

 LXer feature

Every sysadmin has his own "can't live without" tools. Today, I'll review some tools I can't live without, and some others which just make life easier. The covered tools include command line tools, GUI tools, and even a webpage.


[Ed: Hans wrote this very useful article. He says that plenty of other tools exist for admins out there besides the ones he uses regularly. Maybe some of them are on your list. Let us know about your most valuable utilities in the comments section. -tadelste]

The Open Source Option

  • Small Business Computing; By Steve Apiki (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Oh, that it were all as simple as downloading some free software. Open-source software is a maturing, ever-more viable option for small business, but reducing cost through its use requires a careful approach

Open source desktop basics: Risk-free ways to get started, part 2

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Frank van Wensveen (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 1:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Don't get alarmed, but I'm now going to suggest that you put Linux on your business desktop. I'm even going to say that this is a no-risk exercise.

Help judge the Codie Awards

Every year, the Software& Information Industry Association runs its Codie Awards to recognize software excellence. This year, as every year, the Best Open Source Solution category is woefully under-represented, for procedural reasons that the organization could and should fix. But you can help pick the winner.

Open source desktop basics: Risk-free ways to get started, part 1

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Frank van Wensveen (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
If you're at all like me, you tend to be just a little careful with your corporate IT infrastructure. What I do not want to hear is, "Hey, let's rip out these mission-critical services, replace them with this open source thing we keep hearing about, and see what happens.

"What I have wanted to hear about are ways to introduce open source software (OSS) into my corporate IT services without risking any problems at all. If you'd like to know what I've heard, then read on

New York State Attorney General might get tough with Sony

  • Ars Technica site; By Nate Anderson (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Nov 29, 2005 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite Sony's claim to have ordered the recall of the rootkit protected music CDs, those discs were easily purchased by investigators at major outlets. The action taken by the office were letters to the retailers advising them to promptly return their entire inventory of these security risk discs back to Sony. Since it seems Mr. Spitzer is well aware of the security issues and the laggard pace of removal it may be likely that legal action from the State of New York may be pursued against Sony.

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