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A bit about BitTorrent

  • Free Software Magazine; By Terry Hancock (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 3, 2006 7:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I’ve been hearing about BitTorrent for at least a year. It’s an exciting technology in principle, because it solves traditional central repository file distribution problems, uses peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technology, and is written in my favorite programming language, Python.

Slackware 11.0 release candidate 4

Patrick Volkerding has announced that "current" branch of Slackware Linux has reached release candidate 4 status: "I wasn't planning a Slackware 11.0 release candidate 4, but here we go."

Hackers crack Apple, Microsoft music codes

In the continuation of a long-running arms race, both Apple Computer and Microsoft have seen their music protection technologies come under fire in recent days.

EDE 1.1 released

Equinox Desktop Environment (shortly EDE) is small desktop environment, built to be simple and fast. Comparing to other desktop environments, EDE is much faster and smaller in memory space and should be run reasonably fast even on older harware.

After a year from 1.0.4, we are happy to announce a new release. It comes with a lot of changes, following release of efltk to version 2.0.6. Details about both can be found in ede and efltk changelogs.

Linux Beats Windows in India

It is becoming clearer that the costly and unsecure Windows platform is losing attractiveness for both end-users and authorities. This is why an Indian state has chosen Linux for its high-schools rather than Windows.

Planning For 10 Years of Free Desktop

  • KDE Dot News; By Jörg Hoh (Posted by dcparris on Sep 2, 2006 11:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
10 years ago, on October 14th 1996, Matthias Ettrich announced a project to create a complete and consistent GUI for the prospering Linux operating system. The project grew and matured and now it is 2006 and KDE is one of the largest Free Software projects. To celebrate this anniversary the KDE project encourages the community to organise events all over the world, to meet and party and celebrate Free Software.

First Konqueror Bug Triage Day

  • KDE Dot News; By logixoul (Posted by dcparris on Sep 2, 2006 10:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Last Wednesday was Konqueror Bug Day. The aim was to either confirm or close as many unconfirmed Konqueror bugs as possible, known as bug triage.

Berners-Lee calls for Web 2.0 calm

ANALYSIS: Five years after the first internet bubble burst, we're now witnessing the backlash against Web 2.0 and a plethora of me-too business plans, marketing pitches and analyst reports exploiting the nebulous phrase.

What runs on Linux desktops?

  • Heise Online; By Robert W. Smith (Posted by dcparris on Sep 2, 2006 8:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Every year carries out an online poll on the desktop use of Linux. 14,535 users participated in this year's poll, the representativeness of which is -- as in the case of all online polls of this kind -- somewhat compromised by the fact that all participants took part of their own accord. In addition it is likely that the majority of participants were Linux users from the United States; which suggests that transposing the results to Germany will be rather difficult.

Back TO SCHOOL: Techies will like new programs

Want to learn the Linux computer operating system? If you're an Amelia County high school student, the opportunity is there.

Build a Linux-Based Single-Board WAP (Part 3)

  • Enteprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dave on Sep 2, 2006 6:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In the first two parts of this series we took a tour of the Soekris 4521 single-board computer and installed the Pyramid Linux operating system. Now it's time to build a good stout iptables firewall.

When you're used to hacking on old PCs it's easy to fall into bad habits, like stuffing all manner of services on border routers and turning them into "Internet gateway/LAN servers" because you have the capacity, and you don't want to clutter up the place with big old PCs dedicated to specialized jobs. But this isn't really the best way to design your network.

Open Source Meets Soul Train: StepMania

  • The Mac Observer; By Chris Barylick (Posted by dcparris on Sep 2, 2006 5:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
Years after the event, I still remember it. Sixth grade had rolled around and my parents, having come to the conclusion that I need to learn to dance, signed me up for ballroom lessons, along with every other student in the local school system.

IBM takes potshots at OpenSolaris

OpenSolaris isn't a true open-source project, but rather a "facade," because Sun Microsystems doesn't share control of it with outsiders, according to IBM executives.

Virtually Speaking: Reality Behind the Hype

  • Server Watch; By Amy Newman (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 2, 2006 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It would be hard to ignore the zeitgeist growing around virtualization. In less than a decade, the playing field has gone from one company shouting into the wind to a market that had no idea what it was talking about to a packed arena - both in the stands and on the field.

Today, the virtualization vendors are selling not just software to transform one physical box into several (or many) independently operating units, but also applications optimized for virtualization and management tools positioned for virtual environment.

The cranky user: What to do when the screen goes blank

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by solrac on Sep 2, 2006 2:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Nearly everyone knows that horrible, sinking realization that something's gone wrong. The file you saved isn't there, or at least it isn't where you thought it was. The machine just rebooted and there's a little dialog box saying that the disk isn't recognized, would you like to initialize it? Most of you know what happens next: you do the one thing that guarantees that the data stays lost. You do something hasty, something stupid. In short, you panic.

Go Hack Yourself: Tiger Teams for Fun and Training

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 2, 2006 1:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Tiger teams, originally a military security-testing concept, are now used to test computer security as well. Forming an attack/defend security exercise is a useful way to test security, as well as train employees. Here's how to organize such an exercise, and some necessary rules to make it successful.

Nstein Launches Open Source Compliant UIMA Annotators

Nstein Technologies, provider of text mining and multilingual information access solutions, announced the launch of 12 annotators, compliant with the open-source Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) standard developed by IBM.

OpenOffice Suite Gets Font Freebies Premium can be downloaded from the SourceForge Web site, but is available only for Windows. A native Mac OS X version of the suite will be previewed in France in September.

[You can also grab the accessories from the SourceForge site, if you already have OOo. - dcparris]

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 7

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 2, 2006 11:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Today we'll set up a more complex digital receptionist that answers incoming calls according to holiday and off-time schedules, and as a special bonus create a telemarketer tarpit that diverts unwanted calls into special contexts of their very own.

Bug Squashing Party in Zurich: 9 Sept 2006

The BSP will take place on Saturday, 9 Sept. 2006 in the cluster room of my former research lab, the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich-Oerlikon. A separate announcement for the second event will follow.

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