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High integrity software

This book is the 2006 revision of the key guide to SPARK, a programming language founded on formal proof and static code analysis. This language happens to be implemented as an Ada dialect that makes use of formal comments to specify what the associated code is supposed to do, but it is not really Ada.

Must Have Applications for Linux Beginners

Switching to Linux is a huge step for those who still have some reservations about taking such a huge leap of faith. To make the transition as painless as possible, often times it simply helps to make sure that the person switching to Linux has a clear comparison of which applications they will be using on their new distribution.

DIY document management system with Simple Groupware

For most people, document management systems are overkill for keeping track of their documents. Usually, you don't need software that allows you to define elaborate document workflows or detailed version tracking. What you might need is a simple system that you can use to access and edit your documents on multiple machines, and then sync them with a file repository on a remote server.

GLPI - a great add-on to OCS Inventory

Like I wrote here already, I installed OCS Inventory on a test machine for my boss - and after checking it for a while, he came with the next wish, which was: “Install GLPI as well”.

The Next Level of Open Source

  •; By Scott Jaschik (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 20, 2006 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In 2001, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology started placing materials for its courses online — and making them available for anyone to use, at no cost. OpenCourseWare, which currently contains materials for 1,400 courses, has been a huge success, and thousands of people use the MIT materials each day.

Google, the Associated Press, and the Fair Use Doctrine

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Sep 20, 2006 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How much use is "fair use" when it comes to Web-based content? That's a question that I expected would receive more attention in the blogosphere when Google announced last month that it had reached a deal with the Associated Press that would permit it to continue to link to AP stories at the Google Website – for a price.

Securing Your Server With A Host-based Intrusion Detection System

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 20, 2006 12:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This article shows how to install and run OSSEC HIDS, an Open Source Host-based Intrusion Detection System. It performs log analysis, integrity checking, rootkit detection, time-based alerting and active response. It helps you detect attacks, software misuse, policy violations and other forms of inappropriate activities.

Open Source presence at Institute of Navigation's Global Navigation Satellite Systems meeting in Fort Worth, TX next week

Next week, 26-29 September 2006, will be held the 19th Technical Meeting of the Institute of Navigation's Satellite Division. Amongst the hundreds of presented papers will be several on Free Software / Open Source applications for the Global Positioning System.

NSW state govt signals desktop Linux needs

The NSW state government yesterday went to market for its desktop, notebook and small server needs for at least the next three years, designating the ability to purchase Linux-based systems as "highly desirable".

Userful and Ubuntu Make Desktop Linux Even More Cost-Effective

Userful Corporation announces the wide-spread availability of its multi-station Linux software that enables Ubuntu users worldwide to easily add multiple workstations to their existing computers. Userful is pleased to partner with Ubuntu as an ISV to add robust, user-friendly multi-station functionality in the hopes that even more people will benefit from access to modern computer desktops.

Kernel Debugging Techniques

Chapter 14: Kernel Debugging Techniques, reprinted with permission fromEmbedded Linux Primer: A Practical Real-World Approach By Christopher Hallinan, Published by Prentice Hall

Linux: 2.6.18 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 2.6.18 Linux kernel, following the previous stable kernel release by three months. He exclaimed, "she's good to go, hoist anchor!", the second year in a row that a kernel release has coincided with 'Talk Like A Pirate Day'. "Here's some real booty for all you land-lubbers," Linus continued, "there's not too many changes, with t'bulk of the patch bein' defconfig updates, but the shortlog at the aft of this here email describes the details if you care, you scurvy dogs."

A conversation with Anthony Towns

Ever had the experience of contacting someone for an interview, getting the subject's agreement and then not being able to carry it through for some reason or the other?

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 158:
Greg Boehnlein and Joe Brockmeier give us a preview of the upcoming Ohio LinuxFest
Allan talks about encoding video for his Nokia 770
Linc does a file server install
Pat installs Suse on his laptop
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

The Open Source

IDC surveyed 5000 developers in 116 countries and discovered that open source is used by 71% of them and -- perhaps more surprisingly -- is used in 54% of their production environments.

Linux-aware debugger supports ARM11 ETMs

American Arium has revised its hardware-assisted debugging software for ARM-architecture processors. SourcePoint 6.3 mainly adds support for ARM11 ETMs (embedded trace macrocells), when used with the company's flagship HS-1000 JTAG probe.

"network multimedia co-processor" chip runs Linux

Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) is sampling a highly integrated chip claimed to be the industry's first "network multimedia co-processor." The LAN9131 essentially adds a dedicated, Linux-based data-plane computer to existing and new device designs, enabling them to stream multiple high-definition (HD) channels over 100Mb/s Ethernet, according to the company.

"Linux Client Migration Cookbook" available for download

IBM has published a final draft of its "Redbook" titled Linux Client Migration Cookbook, Version 2: A Practical Planning and Implementation Guide for Migrating to Desktop Linux. The 376-page book, which targets enterprises needing to begin an evaluation of desktop Linux, is available for free download.

Myah OS 2.2 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by chrishaney on Sep 20, 2006 5:58 AM EDT) reports - Myah OS 2.2 is available for download. 2.2 is running on the very latest Slackware 11 packages with the exception of the KDE packages. I used an older release because of some problems with mounting media that are happening do to Slackwares lack of HAL and KDE's moving to HAL support. I have also used the Firefox 2.0 b1 version not the current b2 because of errors that came out with the b2 version. Chris from OSDir has some cool shots of Myah OS 2.2 in the Myah OS 2.2 Screenshot Tour.

Rugged PDA gains supported Linux option

Embedded Linux specialist SDG Systems is shipping a Linux-ized version of a ruggedized, "military-grade" PDA from Tripod Data Systems (TDS). SDG's Linux port for the Recon-X is based on a 2.6.15 kernel, and includes technical and warranty support. Tools, training, and customization services are also available.

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