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Interview: OpenBSD 3.7 - The Wizard of OS

  •; By Federico Biancuzzi (Posted by VISITOR on May 20, 2005 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups:
Today the OpenBSD project announced the new 3.7 release. This is the first release to support newer wireless chipsets, especially for 802.11g, thanks to a big activism campaign lead by project leader Theo de Raadt. It's now possible to create a portable access point with a tiny PDA using the Zaurus port, too. As usual, there are a lot of other big and small changes, such as the import of Xorg, the jump towards gcc3, and a feature to update your installed packages automagically. Discover the details behind the scenes in this interview that Federico Biancuzzi had with several OpenBSD developers.

Obsidian gets Ubuntu deal

Ubuntu Linux has signed Obsidian up as the first certified support partner in South Africa. Obisidian expects to certify 15 engineers for Ubuntu -- the same number of certified Red Hat engineers it has in its stable.

Leading Activist with The Freely Project Launches "Penguin in the Pew" v2.0

More and more individuals and organizations have been discovering and turning to free and open source software as an alternative to costly Microsoft and legacy software in use today, and so the new version of the book "Penguin in the Pew" - while aimed primarily at Christians - might also be useful to people of other faiths and the secular non-profit community.

Installing software under Linux

  • Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 10:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
The installation of Linux as an operating system has become just as easy as installing Windows. Where problems do turn up now and again, however, is when it comes time to install individual programs. The biggest problem is that there are no wizards to help users set up software written for Linux.

Hacking the Linux Desktop

  • (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 10:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
Modifying stuff to suit individual desire is the credo of hackers everywhere. These two excerpts from Linux Desktop Hacks let you modify Linux to suit your desires: The first hack uses Virtual Network Computer (VNC) to access Windows and Mac OS X from your Linux desktop. The second shows how to lock down KDE with Kiosk mode, allowing you to control exactly what users can and can't change.

Linux users still at risk from KDE flaw

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 9:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Linux users who patched their systems for a serious security vulnerability in K Desktop Environment last month will have to patch once again, because of errors in the original patch, according to the KDE project.

How LDAP works best with J2EE and EJBs

Here's a real good series of articles recently published, that explores LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) Enterprise Application Programming.

Teenager Develops User Friendly GNU Linux OS

Obstacles such as financial constraints, very minimum PC resources, did not in any way deter the grit of Kerala-based, 15-year old Sarath Lakshman from developing SLYNUX- a highly user-friendly GNU/Linux operating system designed for beginners. A completely self-taught person, who has never stepped into a computer-learning institute in his lifetime, his tale is one of guts and more guts.

Firefox lead engineer posts Netscape 8 exploit

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by VISITOR on May 20, 2005 8:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Just one day after Netscape 8 was released, Firefox lead engineer Ben Goodger has posted a live exploit for the browser. The exploit - which reveals a user's Google cookie - is possible because Netscape 8 is based on Firefox 1.0.3 - which has been updated to 1.0.4 because of two serious vulnerabilities.

Firefox Doubles Its Browser Market Share Says Survey

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The IT Productivity Center has released Janco's April Browser Market Share Study. The IT Productivity Center also has its Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Kit and IT Service Management Template featured on this standard setting portal.

Record-Breaking InFiniBand Performance on Standard MPI Latency Tests Achieved by PathScale InfiniPath Interconnect

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 18 -- PathScale, developer of innovative software and hardware solutions to accelerate the performance and efficiency of Linux® clusters, has announced unprecedented results on industry-standard benchmark tests by its new InfiniPath(TM) cluster interconnect. The InfiniPath HTX(TM) Adapter is a low-latency cluster interconnect for InfiniBand(TM) that plugs into standard HyperTransport technology-based HTX slots on AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based servers. Over 20 leading Linux system vendors around the world have committed to reselling InfiniPath, which is immediately orderable.

Investors to capitalise on open source

  • (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 7:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An investment venture will try to replicate the model of Gluecode, an open source start-up acquired by IBM, with a fund dedicated solely to open source software.

What the Linux Desktop Needs

  • osOpinion/osViews; By Kurt Pfeifle (Posted by VISITOR on May 20, 2005 7:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
When developing software, utilizing techniques that save time and give maximum results are always beneficial. The same is true if the software we develop is meant to empower its users to do the same. Kurt Pfeifle submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which illustrates that ISVs shouldnt have to provide 16 different distro/version packages for their application to deploy software on Linux, yet this is becoming commonplace.

Review: OpenBSD 3.7

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The operating system world has been blessed by another regular release of OpenBSD. As usual, the developers have made many enhancements, upgraded ported applications to new versions, and added new software technologies and hardware drivers. OpenBSD is not only highly polished and easy to configure because of its documentation, it's also totally free-as-in-rights. With an obsession with security, freedom of source code, and quality of programming technique, OpenBSD 3.7 continues the legacy established by its previous releases.

Mobile Role Seen for Linux

  • Red Herring (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 6:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PalmSource CEO David Nagel predicted on Thursday that Linux will figure large as broadband wireless services emerge in the next-generation of mobile telephony.

Book Excerpt: Linux Programming by Example, Part 1

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 6:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A tour through the V7 ls command.

Call For Participation At O'Reilly European Open Source Convention

  • Managing Information (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 6:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Planning for the very first O'Reilly European Open Source Convention (EuroOSCON) is underway. The call for participation is now open and speaker proposals are being accepted until May 23.

Book Excerpt: Linux Programming by Example, Part 2

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 5:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Concluding our tour of the V7 ls command.

Review: SUSE 9.2 vs. 9.3: A 64-Bit Comparison

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 5:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE; Story Type: News Story
Concluding our look at SUSE Linux, Rob Reilly loads up the latest and greatest and sees what new features--and new gotchas--reside in the 64-bit version of SUSE Linux Professional 9.3.

My Workstation OS: Irix

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SGI; Story Type: News Story
Can a proprietary Unix be a desktop OS that competes with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux desktops? Although it may lack the visual effects of OS X, and installation is tricky in parts, Irix is a stable desktop OS -- possibly because it runs only on SGI's own hardware.

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