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Managing Linux configuration files

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 15, 2004 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The average developer spends more time navigating, learning, and debugging configuration files than you'd expect. But you can save that time -- and loads of energy and frustration -- with one of the tools you probably use every day: your CVS tree. Take these tips on backing up, distributing, and making portable your peskiest Linux™ (and UNIX®) config files.

C++ const Correctness

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Using const correctly in order to future-proof today's class designs.

Kernel flaw makes Linux crash easily

A flaw in the Linux kernel allows a 20-line C program to crash most distributions using the 2.4 and 2.6 kernels running on x86 and x86-64 architectures, according to security researchers.

Bergen's CTO on the city's move to Linux

  • ZDNet.co.uk (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
The City of Bergen recently announced plans to migrate many of its servers to SUSE Linux. We spoke to the city's CTO, Ole Bjoern Tuftedal, to get his take on why Norway's second-largest city was making the move.

Norwegian city government switches to open source

In a move that echoes an earlier high-profile migration by the German city of Munich, authorities in the Norwegian city of Bergen have opted to replace existing core Windows and Unix systems with Linux. The two-phase roll-out will see the 20 existing Oracle database servers running on HP-UX that support the City's health and welfare applications replaced with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 running on HP Integrity Itanium 64 bit servers.

Red Hat's Red Flags

When a company's 39-year-old CFO quits just days before quarterly earnings to pursue new opportunities, it's a clue to invest your money elsewhere. When the same company's stock is priced beyond perfection, that's proof it's time to sell.

The Case for Gconf

There has been a lot of commentary recently about Gnome, and a common source of confusion seems to be Gconf - what is it, how does it work, and so on. Some people even seem to confuse Gconf with the registry database in Windows. I will attempt to clear some of this confusion and give an overview of Gconf, and why it looks the way it does.

Big Blue's linux [sic] crusade gains momentum

  • Times of India (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Exactly one year after IBM top boss, Sam Palmisano's maiden Indian visit that centred around Linux and open source computing, IBM's Linux point man, Jims Stallings, is now on a whirlwind tour to India meeting up customers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and various governments.

Bitstream and Lycoris: Taking Linux fonts to the desktop

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Does your job require you to create designs or documents with special fonts? Ever wonder what anti-aliasing fonts or hinting really means? Fonts can improve readability for computer users and are important as elements of style and design. Users of Apple and Windows operating systems have long had a large number of fonts on their systems. Today, Linux is gaining both enhanced font technologies and access to large font foundries as the first independent digital foundry, Bitstream, is working to make sure that users of open source have the same rich text experience as those using other OSes.

Linux seen as secure option as banks replace mainframes with PC servers

  • Finextra (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 9:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Of the 50 financial data managers surveyed for the research, 61% reported that their banks had already moved from mainframes to PC servers in certain key areas. However 73% felt that over-reliance on Windows-based systems could leave banks vulnerable to security breaches and, because of this, 86% would consider using an alternative operating system such as Linux (65%) which is also seen as more cost-effective.

Group to develop Infiniband Linux software

  • EE Times Online (subscription) (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A group of eleven companies and two US national laboratories is forming a consortium to define a standard Linux implementation of the Infiniband interconnect.

IBM ships Linux-based content manager

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 8:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of its Express line of server-based applications, IBM on Monday said it is shipping a Linux-based version of Content Manager Express to beta testers and also touted plans to deliver the product on its iSeries platform shortly, with both the Linux and iSeries versions intended for midsize companies.

IBM sets up Linux Centre of Competency in Bangalore

  • The Hindu (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 8:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM today unveiled its Linux Centre of Competency here, which, it said, will help its clients from industry, academia and government move to computing environment based on open standards.

Latin Linux Push For IBM

  • InternetNews.com (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Citing increasing customer demand for open applications, IBM has launched a new Open Software Client Services blueprint for customers in Brazil.

Nvu 0.30 Released

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 8:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest beta of Nvu, the Web publishing tool based on Mozilla Composer, has been released. Nvu 0.30, which is based on Mozilla 1.7 RC3, adds support for the file:/// protocol, a spellchecker and a tip-of-the-day box as well as a host of other improvements and bug fixes. The new release can be downloaded for Linspire (formerly LindowsOS), other Linux distributions and Windows.

Open source support site launched

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 7:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ayamon has announced a public beta program to test its new open source software (OSS) support website that is intended to help businesses and individuals find commercial support and consulting services.

Linux guru tours Australia

  • Australian Reseller News (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the hurdles to Australian companies adopting Linux is a perceived lack of support, which is misguided, according to US Linux guru, Gary Porter. Porter will be doing his bit to overcome these concerns as he tours Australia and New Zealand next month, giving eight one-day seminars and training sessions on the operating system. They are aimed at both the channel and IT decision-makers.

View PDFs with a browser using pdftohtml

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 6:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I picked up the phone, and the voice at the other end said, "Rob, can you help me with a PDF file? I can't read it." It was my Beverly Hills attorney brother, who had received a 1MB PDF file via his Web-based email client and didn't know how to download it and read it, especially since he had no Acrobot reader installed. After some mutual grumbling about Acrobat being an unnecessary step in the document-reading process, I discovered a fairly painless solution to the whole mess, thanks to a little-known program called pdftohtml.

Bynari and Broadleaf Partner to Deliver Turnkey Groupware Appliance

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 6:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Bynari and Broadleaf Partner to Deliver Turnkey Groupware Appliance Automatically Serves, Stores and Protects Mail and Shared Calendars for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses. Bynari's Outlook-compatible Microsoft Exchange(TM) alternative now available on Broadleaf's no maintenance self-protecting ARCHEON server platform to deliver affordable groupware with instant onsite recovery and one phone call disaster recovery.

Red Hat CFO resigns in surprise move

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2004 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Red Hat Chief Financial Officer Kevin Thompson will resign, the Linux seller announced on Monday, raising eyebrows three days before its scheduled announcement of quarterly financial results.

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