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Happy Independence Day

We're taking the day off to celebrate the US Independence Day holiday. We intend to reflect on traditional American values such as freedom of speech and religion, fairness, justice, respect for the rule of law, the right to pursue happiness, standing up for the underdog, and taking responsibility for one's actions. We suggest other US residents do the same, and hold their elected leaders to the same if not higher standards. Then we suggest everyone have a barbecue and watch some fireworks.

LugRadio Live returns

More geekiness than you could shake a light-sabre at

After the success of last summer's bash, the founders of the geektastic* radio show LugRadio are holding another live event for the open source community.…

Gtk+ 2.10.0 Now Available

The latest stable release of GTK+ is now available for download at

Thin clients and network desktops

  • Free Software Magazine; By David Sugar (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 2:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
I read an interesting article in LinuxJournal on setting up thin clients recently. I have always liked the idea of having a server and using X in one of the ways it was originally meant to be used, but so far, no article has offered a clear idea how to integrate and support serving a mixed environment of thin clients and traditional desktop or laptop machines together conveniently.

Postfix Monitoring With Mailgraph And pflogsumm

This article describes how you can monitor your Postfix mailserver with the tools Mailgraph and pflogsumm. Mailgraph creates daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly graphs of sent, received, bounced, and rejected emails and also of spam and viruses, if SpamAssassin and ClamAV are integrated into Postfix. These graphs can be accessed with a browser, whereas pflogsumm ("Postfix Log Entry Summarizer") can be used to send reports of Postfix activity per email.

IT set to dominate European patents debate

Initial findings published, hearing next week

The European Commission has published the initial findings from its public consultation on Europe's patent system, revealing deep divisions within the business community on how best to proceed, but also a consensus that something must be done.

Linux cuts Kent Police system costs by 90%

Kent Police has cut the cost of running its major criminal investigations system by 90% using Novell Open Enterprise Server, the company's version of SuSE Linux.

West Wales focuses on IP technologies, open source

The business benefits of IP technologies will be discussed at the West Wales ICT Roadshow in Carmarthen on 19 July.

Scalix slashes wholesaler's collaboration costs

  •; By Richard Frank (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 11:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Another MS Exchange server bites the dust. Pietermaritzburg IT company, DcData, recently completed a Scalix implementation for a large KwaZulu-Natal wholesaler. Tectonic asks how it went.

Firefox remains a popular choice

Mozilla’s Firefox web browser remains a popular choice, especially among tech-savvy web users.

[This article shows growth among Zaire users - dcparris]

Linux Vendor Arkeia Software And Computer Dynamics Partner

Arkeia Software and Computer Dynamics Corporation of Japan, announced a broad distribution agreement for the Japanese market. The agreement provides Computer Dynamics Corporation the ability to market, sell and support the full range of Linux Supported data protection products across all of Japan.

Linux moves towards unified APIs

The Portland Project has released a beta version of its programming interfaces for the Gnome and KDE Linux environments. This is designed to boost development of desktop Linux applications by creating common application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers to use.

Opponents to ODF strike back in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts Senate committee released a report Thursday criticizing the state's Information Technology Division (ITD), claiming that its "unilateral" plan to move all state employees to use software that reads and writes files in the OpenDocument format was poorly planned, ignored the needs of handicapped workers and violated state law.

Real DJs Code Live

Some DJs spin vinyl or twiddle fader knobs. Others write subroutines in C++.

Arabian 0.7 Alpha 1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Muslim Abutaha has announced the first alpha release of Arabian Linux 0.7, an Ubuntu-based live CD with support for Arabic and English languages. From the changelog: ...Based on Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) packages... added Ekiga (aka GnomeMeeting); added Tapioka (Google talk clone). OSDir has some nice shots of Arabian Linux in the Arabian 0.7 Alpha 1 Screenshot Tour.

Managing Many-to-Many Relationships with PL/pgSQL

  • O'Reilly Onlamp; By David E. Wheeler (Posted by grouch on Jul 4, 2006 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
A common pattern when managing the relationship between object-oriented applications and databases is the many-to-many relationship.

Europe warms to OpenDocument format

OpenDocument Format initiatives in Belgium, France, and Denmark indicate growing support for the for office productivity application format standard, according to the ODF Alliance.

Atticware Revisited: Step-By-Step Instructions For Installing A Current Linux Distro On A Very Small, Very Old Laptop

Back in May I wrote an article titled Atticware: Reviving Ancient Little Laptops, which talked about using a current, very small, very lightweight Linux distribution to make a couple of old Mitsubishi Amity CN subnotebook computers useful again. The Amity CN is a 133MHz Pentium system with all of 48MB of RAM and a puny 1.2GHz hard drive.

Connecting the home: Q&A with Menno Kleingeld, Philips ...

  • DigiTimes; By Chris Hall (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Linux
The name Philips has long been associated with consumer electronics, but as the concept of the connected home has developed and begun to take on meaning, Philips Semiconductors has become one of the main suppliers of silicon for this segment. Philips finds itself, as a semiconductor solutions provider, in a situation where it has to think through and develop a number of possible scenarios for the connected home. Some of the questions are obvious. Will the digital home be PC-centric or TV-centric or both? How will it be networked? Other questions are not so obvious. How can DVDs be transferred onto a home network, if it's illegal to make even a single backup copy of a legitimately purchased disc? How will digital rights management (DRM) schemes operate across a range of mobile devices?

Darkstat - Network Traffic Analyzer or Network Monitor

darkstat is a network statistics gatherer.

Effectively, it's a packet sniffer which runs as a background process on a cable/DSL router, gathers all sorts of useless but interesting statistics,and serves them over HTTP.

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