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Second Life released for Linux

Fans of the online virtual world Second Life can now connect from Linux machines. Linden Lab, creator of Second Life, recently launched a public test of the Linux client, sporting the same feature set and interface as the Windows and Mac OS X versions. The download and membership are free, so there is no excuse for not taking a look. If you were ever jealous of the exciting world your Sims live in, now you have the opportunity to get a taste of their experience firsthand.

Jon Maddog Hall on Linux, saving money and ruling the world

  • ComputerWorld; By Dahna McConnachie (Posted by tadelste on Mar 9, 2006 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
At the age of four Jon Maddog Hall stuck the wires from a rabbit-ear television antenna into an electric socket which sent him flying across the room. Acknowledging the power of technology, Hall went on to forge a career and life based around it. He has been a software engineer, systems administrator, product manager, marketing manager and professional educator. Hall has been the executive director of Linux International since 1995, the first four years as a volunteer. He has been employed by VA Linux systems, Compaq Computer in the Digital Unix marketing group and Bell Laboratories among other companies.

Tips for finding disk usage using the command line

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Mar 9, 2006 12:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Figuring out available disk space is a common task no matter the operating system of choice. The command line for Linux can be a very useful tool to figure where space has filled up on your harddrives or other storage media. The command line is quick and does not require an extreme knowledge of UNIX based system commands in order to get your desired results. What is great about the command line is it doesn't matter the Linux distribution. All distributions come with their form of UNIX based console interface.

KOffice Design Competition Winner

Martin Pfeiffer has won the competition for KOffice 2 GUI and functionality design. All entries are available under the GPL license at the results page. His entry was chosen from among the eighteen submissions because of its innovative, ground-breaking approach to workflow and document handling. Across the board, the entries were of a high quality and demonstrated eagerness to think outside the established office suite paradigm.

Mitnick would rather run OSS himself

Renowned cracker Kevin Mitnick says that while he finds hacking open source to be an easier task, he'd rather run open source in his own company -- for the same reasons that he'd rather hack it.

Implementing a Postfix mail server with spam and antivirus protection

Building a complete email system with spam and antivirus protection is not as hard as you might think. This guide will walk you through installing and configuring everything you need for sending and receiving email, filtering spam, and scanning for viruses in email.

Build an Eclipse breakout video game plug-in

Get introduced to the Eclipse plug-in architecture and learn how to define your own plug-in using the Eclipse tool itself. You will also begin to leverage the SWT to develop a simple user interface for your plug-in.

Report: OpenVZ Delivers Easy Virtualization

Understanding virtualization is not an easy thing to do. The concept of many virtual machines running on board a single physical machine sounds all well and good but to many, even in the IT field, the idea seems rather, well... virtual. Brian Proffitt reports on one open source approach to virtualization that is getting a lot of attention, including from Linux kernel developers.

Microsoft Age Discrimination Hidden

  • Washington Tech; By Jeff Nachtigal (Posted by tadelste on Mar 9, 2006 9:12 AM EDT)
Rising Frustration with Microsoft’s Compensation and Review System

Internal Microsoft documents obtained by WashTech News show that Microsoft salaries have been stagnant or nudged only slightly higher over the past two years. Comments from current and former employees about the company’s compensation and performance review system suggest a growing level of frustration among rank-and-file workers.

Sidebar: Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, Communications Workers of America, Local 37083, AFL-CIO: Microsoft to invest $1.7 billion, add 3,000 jobs in India, Gates says. GM to raise India workforce by 30%

EU may open new inquiry into Microsoft

The European Union might start a new investigation into allegations that Microsoft Corp. is abusing its dominance in products such as Word and Excel, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said Tuesday.

[ED: i just cannot understand this evolving story. In essence, Rice said it best: "Who Knew!?", European politicians were that much harder to buy off the the domesticated, native versions here in the States. - HC]

First look: KOffice 1.5, part 2: The minor applications

In addition to the three major KOffice applications discussed in part 1 of this series (KWord, KSpread, and KPresenter), KOffice includes nine minor apps which fall into three general categories: subsystems, database and reporting tools, and graphics and charting programs. They present a different perspective than the main applications, which I concluded were best-suited to light use.

Linux: Status of Suspend2

Nigel Cunningham, the creator of the Susped2 software suspend system for Linux [story] announced his retirement from the project in a mail sent to the Linux Kenel Mailing List.

Linux PDA News: Sharp Announces new Zaurus SL-C3200 Linux PDA

  • (Posted by bstadil on Mar 9, 2006 5:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sharp today announced their newest Zaurus Linux PDA model, the SL-C3200, with 6GB hard drive. Like all other Zaurus PDAs, the SL-C3200 will not be sold directly to the US market. But you will likely see the devices sold here via importers who usually flash the device with English version of the OS and have been doing well selling previous Zaurus models.

After flap, Symantec adjusts browser bug count

A report issued today by Symantec Corp. seeks to satisfy users of both Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser and Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer.

In its latest Internet Security Threat Report, covering the last six months of 2005, the company now features two different ways of counting browser bugs: one that finds that Internet Explorer has the most vulnerabilities, and a second that reveals Firefox as the bug leader.

Firefox had the highest number of "vendor-confirmed" vulnerabilities, with 13 bugs reported during the six months covered by the report, compared with Internet Explorer's 12, said Dave Cole, a director of Symantec Security Response.

[ED: Color me cynical, but does Symantec's revisionism mean: that they are attempting to be more truthful? Or is it recongnition the market is changing? Or even more likely, recognition that their partnering with Microsoft and cash flow is ending with the release of Vista? When the latter occurs MS becomes the sole protector of the mass of ignorant users. - HC]

Special to the Newswire The Distribution Dilemma

One of the greatest things about Linux is that it comes in a large number of different distributions. That's also one of its big disadvantages, holding up a lot of further acceptance of Linux.

Badda Bump – Badda Bing! OASIS Announces the ODF Adoption Committee

Hard on the heels of the announcement of the government-targeting ODF Alliance comes the announcement of a new initiative: the ODF Adoption Committee at OASIS, which will work to promote ODF adoption in the broader end user community.

[ED: An interesting view of the ODF Alliance by an informed source - HC]

Xgl -- Linux gets a 3D desktop

In what will no doubt be a boon for the Linux desktop Novell recently demonstrated its new OpenGL accelerated X server -- bringing with it a range of impressive 3D accelerated visuals and effects.

The Other Grid God: Open Source

  • Opendotdotdot; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Mar 9, 2006 2:43 AM EDT)
The total domination of top-end computing - be it grids or supercomputers - by open source is one of the facts that Microsoft somehow omits to tell us in its "Get The Facts" campaign.

For Oxfam volunteer-driven free software makes sense

In a carefully-planned operation that took more than a year to complete the British charity Oxfam switched three thousand of its users from using its proprietary collaboration platform to one which is closer to their mission: volunteer-created Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS).

Eclipse Performance Tuning Toolkit for Linux

biptk helps developers and performance specialists exploit bytecode instrumentation for the purpose of profiling Java applications.

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