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Alixe 0.10 RC1 LiveCD Screenshots

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Linux

The Alixe 0.10 RC1 LiveCD is based upon SLAX 6.0 and ships with the Linux 2.6.19.3 kernel, GTK+ updates, and many more updates. It was an interesting time for us to try out Alixe 0.10 RC1 and it brings a fair amount of innovation to the table.

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Use XML in DB2 SQL stored procedures

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Linux

This article discusses the use of XML in SQL stored procedures. Provided are numerous code examples to help demonstrate specific technical points. The examples provided are intended to aid your understanding, and therefore are as simplistic as possible.

Mandriva Linux Discovery 2007

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MDV
Reviews

The latest release of Mandriva Linux brings some interesting things to the table. In this review I'll cover Mandriva Linux Discovery, a version of Mandriva Linux geared towards newcomers that might not have used Linux before. New in this release is a 3D desktop, 32- and 64-bit versions, the inclusion of Transgaming's Cedega, and LinDVD.

FreeBSD 6.2: Polished, More Stable

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BSD

FreeBSD 6.2, one of the most popular versions of the free BSD Unix operating system, is out with new features and updates. It plugs holes and, in addition to the usual route of installing directly to a hard drive this time around, offers a LiveCD that can be used to rescue a broken system.

Connecting to office network using OpenVPN tunnel

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HowTos

I wrote this article because I think that it will be useful for the people that are using Debian GNU/Linux as their home desktop and want to connect to the corporate LAN protected by CheckPoint VNP-1/NG VPN server.

Has the free desktop revolution arrived?

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OSS

An oft-trumpeted home triumph in technology discussion sites is the conversion of friends or loved ones to a GNU/Linux desktop. “I was tired of fixing Windows on my kid's/grandmother's/in-law's computer, so I set up a Linux desktop. They love it! It's so easy to use, and I don't have to do anything to maintain it! No ad-ware or viruses, and best of all, it's free!” It sounds almost too good to be true.... has the free desktop revolution arrived?

Looking Glass meets Mandriva

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MDV
HowTos

Looking Glass is an open source development project based on and evolved from Sun Microsystems' Advanced Development division. It supports running unmodified existing applications in a 3D space, as well as APIs for 3D window manager and application development.

2007 Forecast: Open Source

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OSS

If I read the runes correctly, the hopes of many of the committed followers and proponents of Open Source have been disappointed by its progress in recent times. Admittedly, the attempt by SCO to stop Linux in its tracks (or get a royalty from its use) looks to have failed and last year saw Microsoft almost accommodating Open Source in a deal with Novell (but not without spreading a little FUD).

Fast and Secure FTP Server with Vsftpd in Debian

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HowTos

vsftpd is a GPL licensed FTP server for UNIX systems, including Linux. It is secure and extremely fast. It is stable. Don’t take my word for it, though. Below, we will see evidence supporting all three assertions. We will also see a list of a few important sites which are happily using vsftpd. This demonstrates vsftpd is a mature and trusted solution.vsftpd is an FTP server, or daemon.

Pardus 2007, a couple of days later

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Linux
Reviews

I am now a couple of days later, with some more working experience in Pardus 2007. Using it "as a regular KDE user" was not a tremendous pain (remember, I am a GNOME user!), and the system had good performance and stability. Technically speaking, everything "just worked".

Also: Desktop Search: Why this is insane, actually

The Value of K3B: CD/DVD Burning Software

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Software

Off late, in my ‘only-Linux’ binge, I’ve had to rely on Linux-only solutions for my work. The latest such attempt is using K3B for CD/DVD burning.

Open Source downloads and reciprocal value

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OSS

The open source world is obsessed with the number of downloads that projects yield. Over the course of the last year many of us have realized that downloads are a great initial indicator but not a completely reliable metric.

Linus and Andy together again: Day three at Linux.conf.au

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Linux

Linux.conf.au (LCA) 2007 continued Wednesday with a keynote by Dr. Andrew S. Tanenbaum, a full day of talks and tutorials, and a cameo appearance by Linus Torvalds.

Linspire and SageTV simplify Media Center for Linux

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Linux

Linux developer Linspire Inc. and SageTV LLC, one of the first digital video recording (DVR) and home media center software developers, have collaborated to make SageTV Media Center Version 6 easily available to users of the Linspire and Freespire desktop Linux operating systems. SageTV previously favored Gentoo users.

For Sale: p2pnet.net

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Web

Time and money has run out for Jon Newton, the owner of p2pnet.net, who has put the site up for sale. He is inviting offers in excess of $30,000 and would prefer p2pnet to stay online.

Introduction to Python - Part 1

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HowTos

Python is a very handy tool whenever you need to put together a small script that manipulates some files in a few minutes. Moreover, it is also useful for bigger projects, as you get all the power you from data structures, modularization, object orientation, unit testing, profiling, and the huge API.

Disappearing computers

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SUSE

Students at Brooks Elementary School won't be writing reports on computers any more. They won't be using CDs or hard drives. They won't even see a computer in the new technology lab. Instead, students at Brooks are among the first to work on a new system that allows students to work with just a monitor, keyboard, mouse and small transmitter.

KDE or Gnome? Some useful advice for new users

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Software

In a continued effort to help the GNU/Linux movement I've taken it upon myself to write some guidelines on a topic that is rather confusing for someone new the Linux. I aim to help answer the second question that most people ask. KDE or Gnome?

Drupal's Milestone Week

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Drupal

What do NASA, MTV, Tim Berners Lee and Mozilla all have in common? They use the open source Drupal content management system (CMS).

The Drupal project celebrates two major milestones this week: the release of Drupal 5.0 and the sixth anniversary of the project. It's a long way away from the project's humble beginning in founder Dries Buytaert's dorm room.

Judge to rule in a month on Hans Reiser in wife's murder

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Reiser

A judge will not require Hans Reiser's 7-year-old son to return from Russia to give further testimony in his father's preliminary hearing, and says she will rule in a month on whether a computer engineer Hans Reiser should stand trial for the murder of his wife, who remains missing.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • 4 tips for teaching kids how to build electronics
    Kids are naturally curious about how things work, and with a new trend in hardware companies creating open source hardware products, it's a great time to teach kids about electronics. But modern technology can seem too complex to even begin to understand. So where do you start?
  • Oil companies joining open source world by sharing data [Ed: No, oil companies, sharing data is open data and not open source. More openwashing, like greenwashing]
    The oil and gas industry has long collected huge volumes of data, but it hasn’t always known quite what to do with it all. Often, the terabytes aren’t even stored on computer systems that readily talk to each other. Industry insiders are used to it, said Michael Jones, senior director of strategy at the oil and gas software maker Landmark. But it’s not OK, he said. So, about a year ago, Jones and some of his oil industry colleagues set about to fix it. This week, at Landmark’s Innovation Forum & Expo at the Westin hotel in northwest Houston, the company unveiled the beginnings of a collaborative its members called groundbreaking. In a move to drive technology further, faster — and, perhaps, take a bigger piece of the burgeoning big-data market — Landmark is pushing its main computing platform into the cloud, for all to use.
  • Interactive, open source visualizations of nocturnal bird migrations in near real-time
    New flow visualizations using data from weather radar networks depict nocturnal bird migrations, according to a study published August 24, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Judy Shamoun-Baranes from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues.
  • Go! Speed Racer Go!
    I finally reached a point where I could start running the go version of sm-photo-tool. I finished the option validation for the list command. While I was testing it I noticed how much faster the Go version felt. Here are the python vs Go versions of the commands.
  • Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services will be presented at the SEMANTiCS 2016 conference
    The revision of the European Interoperability Framework and the importance of data and information standardisation for promoting semantic interoperability for European Public Services will be presented by Dr. Vassilios Peristeras, DG Informatics, ISA unit at the SEMANTiCS 2016 conference which takes place in Leipzig on September 13th and 14th 2016. The title of the presentation is “Promoting Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services: the European Commission ISA2 Programme” (slideset to appear here soon).

Linux at 25: How Linux changed the world

I walked into an apartment in Boston on a sunny day in June 1995. It was small and bohemian, with the normal detritus a pair of young men would scatter here and there. On the kitchen table was a 15-inch CRT display married to a fat, coverless PC case sitting on its side, network cables streaking back to a hub in the living room. The screen displayed a mess of data, the contents of some logfile, and sitting at the bottom was a Bash root prompt decorated in red and blue, the cursor blinking lazily. I was no stranger to Unix, having spent plenty of time on commercial Unix systems like OSF/1, HP-UX, SunOS, and the newly christened Sun Solaris. But this was different. Read more

Linux Kernel News and Microsoft Breaks PowerShell

  • Coherent Accelerators, FPGAs, and PLD Microconference Accepted into 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference
    It has been more than a decade since CPU core clock frequencies stopped doubling every 18 months, which has shifted the search for performance from the "hardware free lunch" to concurrency and, more recently, hardware accelerators. Beyond accelerating computational offload, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and programmable logic devices (PLDs) have long been used in the embedded space to provide ways to offload I/O or to implement timing-sensitive algorithms as close as possible to the pin.
  • Linux's brilliant career, in pictures
    Aug. 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, the free and open source operating system that's used around the globe in smarphones, tablets, desktop PCs, servers, supercomputers, and more. Though its beginnings were humble, Linux has become the world’s largest and most pervasive open source software project in history. How did it get here? Read on for a look at some of the notable events along the way.
  • Quarter Century of Innovation – aka Happy Birthday Linux!
    Happy birthday Linux. You’ve defined how we should be using and adoption technology. You’ve disrupted and continue to disrupt, industries all over the place. You’ve helped define what it means to share ideas openly and freely. You’ve shown what happens when we collaborate and work together. Free and Open Source is a win-win for all and Linux is the Gold Standard of that.
  • Microsoft Open Source Czar Takes Spotlight at LinuxCon [Ed: Microsoft paid for this]
  • Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week
    You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft is actively trying to stop people using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. A patch this week broke one of the key features of the OS: PowerShell.

Android Leftovers

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 unveiled in China, priced at $135
    Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag. The Redmi Note 4 retains the premium full metal unibody construction that was introduced with its predecessor, but now comes with a brushed metal finish and chamfered edges that looks and feels even better. The design language is quite similar as well, with the Redmi Note 4 also coming with a fingerprint scanner on the back. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display that is covered with a 2.5D curved glass panel. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, that is backed by the Mali-T880MP4 GPU and 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM. 16 GB or 64 GB are the on-board storage options available, which also dictates how much RAM you get, and you also get expandable storage via microSD card to cover all your needs. Keeping everything running is a huge 4,100 mAh battery.
  • New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones
    Apple customers are generally a shockingly loyal bunch. The company’s high repeat customer rate can be attributed to a combination of factors that concern iPhones themselves as well as Apple’s industry-leading customer service. Dealing with Apple’s customer care department has always been a pleasure compared to dealing with rival companies, and iPhones themselves have historically been very reliable, offering a consistently smooth user experience that people love.
  • Relax, Spire can now connect to Android phones
    Spire, the wearable that promises to help you with healthy breathing and mindfulness, was previously only available for iOS devices. But that should change with an update rolling out now.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat: Small changes that make a big difference in UX
    The seventh iteration of Android (Nougat) has finally been released by the mighty Google. If you happen to be the owner of a Nexus device, you might see this update very soon. Everyone else...you know the drill. So after an extended period of waiting for the update to trickle through your carrier and onto your device, what can you expect to happen to your Android device once its center has become a creamier shade of Nougat?
  • Two Nokia Android smartphones show up in benchmark
    Nokia is definitely coming out with a few Android smartphones later this year, but today's Nokia has little in common with the company that ruled the mobile phone industry for years. For starters, the devices that will be released this year, or the next, will be made by a third-party company. Nokia won't be manufacturing phones anymore and most likely it won't manage the way they are sold through retailers and authorized resellers.
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