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HOWTO: Using Linux to simplify wildlife hunting

  • LXer; By Dave Whitinger (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2004 6:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The process of hunting typically requires a lot of time just waiting for the animal to show up. Using a Linux box, a cheap webcam, and a modem, one can make the job a lot more comfortable and take up a lot less of your time in the field.

Hardening Linux authentication and user identity

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2004 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PAM is an authentication mechanism that originated on Solaris, but is used on various systems, including Linux. The Linux PAM implementation allows a system administrator to choose how users authenticate to various services. New modules can be added by an administrator at any time, offering overall flexibility in how authentication happens.

KDE.org.uk Launched

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2004 5:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
A new KDE website has been launched! KDE.org.uk promotes the K Desktop Environment and showcases activities of KDE developers and contributors around the United Kingdom. If you want to help with creating more content on KDE.org.uk or get involved in KDE events in the UK, please contact the KDE.org.uk team.

Linux Australia trademark battle takes new twist

  • ZDNet.co.uk (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2004 4:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A company which had tried to trademark the term Linux Australia, prompting the intervention of Linus Torvalds, is now suing its own former executives

Scientific Linux - Quantian 0.5.9.4

  • LinuxBeta.com; By Chris Haney (Posted by linuxbeta on Sep 23, 2004 4:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
LinuxBeta.com has prepared some screenshots of this 'Scientific Computing Environment'.

Microsoft to secure IE for XP only

  • CNET News.com; By Paul Festa (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2004 4:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
If you're one of about 200 million people using older versions of Windows and you want the latest security enhancements to Internet Explorer, get your credit card ready.

What you're telling me by running Windows

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2004 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There's a community center in my town where you can do things like take classes for a variety of interesting things, play basketball, run on an indoor track, or exercise in the workout facility. Until recently I bought monthly membership passes to use the exercise rooms -- until, that is, someone in management decided to start collecting more information about the members and storing everything on a small, unmonitored, Internet-connected, Windows XP-based network. What were these clowns thinking?

Moving from Windows to Linux by Chuck Easttom

Is this the right book to introduce Microsoft power users to Linux?

Statistical programming with R

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 22, 2004 1:56 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This series introduces you to R, a rich statistical environment, released as free software. It includes a programming language, an interactive shell, and extensive graphing capability. What's more, R comes with a spectacular collection of functions for mathematical and statistical manipulations -- with still more capabilities available in optional packages.

When Open-Source Claims Fall Flat

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2004 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft, Sun
Microsoft's offer to "open-source" Office 2003 for European governments, along with Sun's Solaris talk, boil down to pure marketing hype.

UN-funded group to target developing world with Desktop Linux LiveCD

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2004 10:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The United Nations-funded UNDP-APDIP International Open Source Network (IOSN) has published a free preview of its upcoming LiveCD that will allow computer users to experience the Linux desktop without requiring installation of the open source OS their PCs.

Hot LyX

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2004 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A common problem with word processors today is that they force users to deal with typesetting, a skill that is about as useful to a writer as metalworking is to a mechanic. This focus on typesetting means that writers have to spend too much time dealing with the way their documents look. To make matters worse, many documents are shared in a variety of different formats requiring additional time wasted in export, conversion, and quality control on the finished product. To help get around these obstacles, Linux users can turn to a document processor called LyX. LyX is optimized for writing and takes the chores of typesetting out of the writer's hands and places them in a competent professional: LaTeX.

SpamAssassin 3.0.0 is released

Linuxlookup.com is reporting the Apache Software Foundation announced the release of SpamAssassin 3.0. SpamAssassin 3.0 is the first SpamAssassin release as an Apache Software Foundation project and under the Apache License. Delivering many new features including support for sender authentication using the Sender Policy Framework (SPF), checking for web links of known spam advertisers, a modular plugin architecture, improved SQL database support for storing user data in server installations, and improved email classification.

Open source software challenges big media

  • Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2004 8:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you look at the traditional media (cable networks, newspapers, radio) coverage of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and subsequently in Afghanistan and Iraq, you'll notice they are gradually becoming more and more reliant on reporting from people who are not professional journalists. This new breed of citizen journalist, the person who blogs, takes photos on their mobile phone and uploads them to a mobLog (mobile weblog), records video, sends it to a video blog and participates in what is commonly becoming known as the "We Media", relies heavily on Open Source Software, often running on Linux servers.

Interview with lead Yoper Linux developer

  • LinuxForums.org; By lakerdonald (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 22, 2004 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
As a follow up to last weeks Review of Yoper Linux, lakerdonald has Interviewed Yoper's lead developer to put forward some of the issues raised and to find out where Yoper is heading in future.

Review: Firefox Preview Release

Linux users have a lot of choices in the Internet browser category these days, including Mozilla, Konqueror, Opera, and Epiphany, among others. Now there is also Mozilla Firefox, a leaner browser than its sibling, Mozilla 1.7. Firefox just had its preview release last week and already has been downloaded more than a million times. I reviewed the new version, and found Firefox's simple interface gets you the information you want without distracting you with options.

Ex-Microsoft exec to grow Linux in South Africa

Novell South Africa yesterday announced it has appointed ex-Microsoft employee Garry Hodgson as its OEM Business Development manager. Hodgson during his time at Microsoft was a key architect of the company's Windows 95 OEM strategy which established the company as the dominant player in the software market in South Africa. Hodgson was also the driver of Microsoft's programme to offer all schools in South Africa with free software. Hodgson left Microsoft 18 months to establish the Digital Hope Foundation with the idea of providing communities and schools with low-cost access to computing technology.

The Free Standards Group and Open Source Development Labs Collaborate on Enterprise Linux Standards

  • DMReview.com (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2004 4:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Standards Group (FSG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, and the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, announced a collaboration to accelerate enterprise adoption of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) with new services to support software vendors developing applications for Linux.

Xandros adds terminal emulation support for legacy systems

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2004 3:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Xandros has announced they are bundling Ericom's terminal emulation software in their Linux business desktop to support over 30 types of legacy systems.

ITTIA launches db.*, a free, open source embedded database

A company in Bellevue, WA is promoting a database that should make it a lot cheaper and easier to develop small-footprint applications or devices.

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