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Linux Patch Management: Keeping Linux Systems Up to Date

Most books on Linux software package management limit themselves to one or perhaps two distros. After all, each flavor of Linux seems to use a different tool for package management on the system. Michael Jang decides to take on all the major systems including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Fedora, SUSE, and Debian, plus several others. The range of this book goes from patch management on the individual computer to updating software packages on entire networks.

Freedom Toaster to allow user uploads

Once only vending machines for the free toasting of open source distributions, Freedom Toasters could soon have user upload and content-sharing capabilities. Richard Frank spoke to lead developer, Jason Hudson, to find out where the Freedom Toaster is heading in 2006.

Bakbone's NetVault: Replicator for Linux Named Finalist in ...

Father of an admin

Yesterday my son Jeremy sent an email. He is about to rent a root server together with a friend, which they want to use as a gaming server. Their OS of choice: Debian GNU/Linux.

Making voice more accessible with OSS

The CSIR's Meraka Institute has developed an open source IVR designer for Asterisk, DialogPalette, which it hopes will make IVRs more locally and culturally relevant.

Graphite: Smart font technology comes to FOSS

Smart font technology, which automatically inserts advanced typographical features in the right context, has existed for a decade, but it is still only partly implemented in most operating systems and programs. Now, a project called Graphite is not only introducing smart font technology to GNU/Linux, but offering it in a form more advanced than any previous implementations. For typographically straightforward languages like English, Graphite delivers a higher level of sophistication in document design without any effort by the user. However, for non-European languages, Graphite's smart font technology is even more important, because it simplifies their use on computers.

Boycott them!

Today Norbert Tretkowski, one of the Debian Developers, posted about his experiences with his new iRiver T10 USB device, and his conclusion is the same I would have:

With Microsoft in Chaos, Our Moment Has Arrived

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by h00pla on Mar 28, 2006 1:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Apparently, Microsoft's next release of its flagship operating system, called 'Vista', has been delayed yet again. This really isn't surprising news, due to the fact that it's been delayed quite a number of times already.

What is surprising, however, is that according to reports, some Microsoft developers are now in open rebellion.

Aggregate Optimization & Tuning Part I

The first in a series of texts about optimization has been completed. In this first part the actual bits needed and goals are explained as well as some of the finer points of the steps involved. All said the first part has been very mechanical in nature. Just making sure everything would build, then adding the flag needed to perform a build of a given piece of software. The rest of the series - hopefully - will be much more engaging as the next steps are taken into this tiny study.

Keeping Free Software Free

ANTs Software to Exhibit at the IBM Business Partner Pavilion at LinuxWorld Boston

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 28, 2006 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ANTs Data Server Supports Linux 64-bit Operating Systems on AMD Opteron and Intel Platforms

Perl 2 C part II

  • Systhread; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Mar 28, 2006 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
The service program revisted in C vs. Perl. A few things added and taken away, does it make sense to bother rewriting a program in another language? If you started using the first as a prototype - sure - but (as is the case this time) it is just a simple util - not really.

Finland's Ministry of Defence Taps Novell for Move to Linux

Novell today announced that Finland’s Ministry of Defence has selected Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as its platform for critical process management and documentation applications, messaging services, and Intranet portal. The Ministry tapped Novell's Linux platform for its proven reliability, high availability and security.

Novell preps users for move to Linux

Novell used its BrainShare conference last week to elaborate on its product migration path to Linux, and included an assurance to customers that it will support NetWare well into the next decade.

Conference Report: FOSS Means Business, Belfast

Conference Report: FOSS Means Business, Belfast

The FOSS Means Business Conference was the result of a north-south, cross-border initiative to bring those interested in free and open-source software together for the first time. The conference was held to host talks by two of the free software world's patron saints, Bruce Perens and Richard Stallman.

Locate, Find, and Whereis

Want to find something in the Linux File System? It isn't as easy as you might imagine, depending on what you're looking for.

From insects to kids and computers to comics

Joris Komen has a reputation for being the tough-talking, no-holds-barred director of Schoolnt Namibia. Over the years he has taken the battle to provide Namibian children with computers head on, at times ruffling more than a few proprietary feathers with his promotion of free and open source software. Which is appropriate coming from a biologist who used to work with birds in a museum.

PCLinuxOS gains another dimension...and you are part of it.

The goal is to bring other distros to our level of accomplishment and further improve it so as to inspire others to do the same. Actually, the motivation for improvement should be fueled by the user's need. We who work and develop GNU/Linux have missed this goal somewhat.

Maddog says desktop the final frontier for Linux

First Linux took over in the supercomputers space, then Linux moved into the dot com space of internet servers and finally about the year 2000 Linux started to be deployed as the operating system, of choice in embedded systems. Now, in an exclusive podcast interview Linux evangelist Jon “Maddog” Hall says the Linux desktop era is upon us.

Blue Collar Computing: HPC for the Rest of Us

  •; By Stanley C. Ahalt and Kathryn L. Kelley (Posted by deadline on Mar 28, 2006 1:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
From an industrial perspective, Linux HPC seems to be a "look, but don't touch" technology. While there is an acknowledged need for HPC by many industrial sectors, the HPC market has traditionally focused on the grand challenge or the "heroic" computing needs of the National Labs and Computing centers.

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