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New and detailed how-to on installing Linux on Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop

Detailed how-to on installing Kubuntu/Ubuntu “Dapper Drake” on Dell Inspiron 1300

Vim tips: Using Vim mappings and abbreviations

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by grouch on Jun 18, 2006 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community, GNU
Vim ships with a lot of useful functions that make life easier when you're editing text, but Vim is also an extremely extensible editor. If you find yourself typing the same long commands or strings of text over and over again, it's time you learned how to set mappings and abbreviations in Vim, to save valuable keystrokes for your code or prose.


  • (press release) (Posted by grouch on Jun 18, 2006 9:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open source Web Mapping technologies have witnessed a dramatic growth in adoption in the past few years. As a leading developer and provider of solutions for Web Mapping technologies, DM Solutions Group has supported organizations at both the core technology and application development levels for the past eight years. Subscribers to Premiere Services will benefit from DM Solutions Group’s leadership role in the open source Web Mapping universe.

How Linux can compete with Windows Vista

At first glance, you'd think an operating system like GNU/Linux that installs in less hard drive space and requires a less-beefy computer than Windows Vista would be an automatic sales superstar. Not so! If anything, Linux needs to become more hardware-hungry in order to compete effectively with Vista.

Tutorial: Keep Tabs on Network Services with Nagios

Nagios provides an advanced server and device monitoring solution. It has become the de facto standard among other service monitoring applications, and is highly competitive with the non-free ones. This article will explain why Nagios is useful, and then cover some installation concepts to help get you started.

Functional programs used in elegant JavaScript

  • developerWorks; By Shantanu Bhattacharya (Posted by grouch on Jun 18, 2006 7:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
This article introduces some of the relevant functional programming concepts, and provides examples to use those concepts effectively. The author explains how to write elegant code with JavaScript, which can import constructs and features from functional programming.

Wine Doors opens Windows under Linux

When I first used Wine to try to install Windows software on my Linux machine, I found it less than user-friendly. Fortunately there was an application called WineTools to help smooth out the process. WineTools helps you download essential Windows add-ons like DLLs and Internet Explorer -- a necessity for most users, since a great many third-party Windows apps rely on IE's low-level system integrating to implement essential services. But WineTools has not aged well, and using it increasingly causes problems for other Wine applications. Luckily a new project called Wine Doors is picking up where WineTools left off.

News: Open Source Stoking Hot Middleware Market

IBM and BEA Systems command more than half of the red-hot application integration and middleware (AIM) market combined. Embracing open source will not only help them keep fast-charging rivals like Microsoft at bay, but may even help them widen the gap.

Product Reviews Review: Writeboard Online Writing Software

  • CIO Today; By Jack M. Germain (Posted by grouch on Jun 18, 2006 4:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
The collaboration tools are simple but effective. Click a link at the bottom of the page to add a comment and Writeboard adds the comments with the user's name. If you select two versions of the document and click the Compare button, it shows all the edits made in the newer version. Deleted text is grayed out and new text is highlighted green.

Cell BE Programming and Extensions to Linux

Join us while we explore the details of Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) programming. This Tech briefing provides a comprehensive technical overview of the Cell BE architecture, programming models, and software development environment. You will learn all about Cell BE standards like the application binary interface specifications, SPE C/C++ language extensions, SPE assembly language specification, system-level simulator, Cell BE simulator debugging environment, and Cell BE extensions to Linux.

Gloomy prospects for domestic Linux industry

A Linux specialist who declined to be named, said recently that of all the Linux kernel codes, none are developed by Chinese. The situation has been acknowledged by Ni Guangnan, an academic with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a strong advocate of Linux in China.

System Administrators Toolkit: Monitoring a slow system

  • IBM; By Martin Brown (Posted by grouch on Jun 18, 2006 1:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
When your UNIX system runs slow, it is vital that you discover what the problem is as quickly as possible so you can get your system back into the normal operating mode. There are many causes for a slow system, but actually identifying the problem can be exceedingly difficult. In this article, study examples of how to identify and diagnose the cause of your slow running UNIX system to get your machine running properly again.

LPI Exam 202: System security

Prepare for the Linux certification exams and build fundamental skills on Linux systems administration. This tutorial, the sixth in a series of seven on LPIC-2 exam 202 topics shows you how to configure a router, secure FTP servers, teaches you about secure shell (SSH) and TCP_wrappers, and how to find authoritative resources for security topics.

Build a Low-Cost Mail Server, Part 2

  • InformationWeek; By David S. Markowitz (Posted by grouch on Jun 17, 2006 11:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Expand a basic FreeBSD e-mail server with virus protection, spam detection, and Webmail access.

Can't I Just Click on Something? Debian package management from the perspective of a total newbie

  •; By Roger A. Jacobson (Posted by capnkirby on Jun 17, 2006 10:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
Just about any distro these days installs nicely to the hard drive. What can sometimes happen is that the system breaks when packages are added to the collection which the distro provides by default. And when packages are removed from the provided collection, no-longer-necessary «helper» programs may be left behind, or «orphaned». Work-arounds include sticking with packages which the distro itself supplies in its repository. In the world of Debian, some distros may «tweak» purely-Debian packages to fit better with the overall distro. It is in this context that the question presents itself: is the Debian «Aptitude» tool something which a Debian-based distro might want to use when it builds its version on the shop floor? And might even a certain type of newbie want eventually to «graduate» to Debian in a more nearly perfectly «pure» form and use Aptitude like this? Has Aptitude not been widely discussed because it's not yet in widespread use? ‑‑ This essay seeks to raise these questions from the perspective of a total newbie.

Convergence of IP and broadcast media with DVB-H

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by solrac on Jun 17, 2006 9:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
This article provides a glipse of the future with DVB-H and provides the technical details of preparing for the coming DVB-H boom.

Cream for Vim - Making Vim more user friendly

Many people find working in Vim quite a feat especially in the learning stages. But not many know of a project called Cream which enhances the Vim editor to make it as easy to use as any other ordinary text editor without sacrificing any of its underlying power. This article explores the Cream project and finds why it is a very interesting project.

Unix warning system for disk space shortage

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by solrac on Jun 17, 2006 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Monitoring your file systems and ensuring they don't fill up is a vital process in the day-to-day management of your UNIX systems. This article looks at methods for keeping an eye on disk space, discovering which files, users, or applications are using up the most space, and how to make use of quotas and other solutions to find the information you need.

Simple, Portable, and Extensible Data Storage with IFF

  • developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 17, 2006 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
The IFF interchange file format had many of the features still sought today in modern file formats. IFF is not just a graphics format, but it has also been used for audio, text, saved games, and more This month's Standards and specs looks at the IFF file format and the lessons it has for modern file formats, such as XML.

Cray Lands $200 Million Linux-Opteron Super Deal with DOE

  • IT Jungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by grouch on Jun 17, 2006 6:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
A few weeks ago, supercomputer maker Cray said that the next quarter or two might be a little bumpy, but that it was pretty confident that it would make its numbers for the year. And, apparently, with good reason. Yesterday, the company announced that it had landed a whopping $200 million deal to build an Opteron-based parallel supercomputer that runs a hyped-up version of Linux for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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