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Sourcefire Has Big Plans For Open-Source Snort

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The U.S. government may have stopped Sourcefire Inc.'s plans to merge with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., but Sourcefire still has big plans for the expansion of its open-source Snort-based network security technology.

Waiting for Xawtv 4 - DVB & mpeg2

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I got brave and updated my beloved gentoo's xorg from 6.8.2-rsomething to the modular 7.0 this morning. Among many others, I tested my gimp, openoffice, mozilla, and my games. Nothing seemed broken. In fact, things seemed just fine. ...Until I fired up my trusted xawtv-3.95. It had problems. I was desperate enough to download the cvs snapshot of xawtv4 from February to test.

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Opera Software Announces The First Public Beta of Opera 9.0 For Linux

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Opera Software today announced the first public Beta of Opera 9. This version includes Widgets, small Web programs running in their own windows that are fun, easy-to-use and live on users' desktops.

Xtra Fine Computing Environment: xfce4.4 beta 1

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In my spare time last several days, I've been test driving the latest xfce4.4 beta1 desktop enviroment. It's pretty nice. For those who don't know about xfce4, it's a wonderful graphical interface that I think of as falling somewhere in-between Fluxbox and KDE in ease-of-use and functionality. Many aspects of your xfce4 desktop can be configured by graphical tools with menus, drop down boxes, icons and all. However, many aspects are hard coded and aren't adjustable even through configuration files. But it's getting there and we can see a major step forward with xfce4.4.

This Week's My sysadmin toolbox

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I'm a young Linux developer from Serbia and Montenegro and a big fan of networking under Linux. Most of my favorite tools help with Linux networking and data security.

Wikis in the workplace

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Meet an effective, low-cost way to share knowledge and collaborate--ideal for project management and content management. Managers may fear a wiki will disrupt workers and their workflow and prove a distraction from "real" work. Or they look at wikis as a fad that will end up costing time and labor (mostly in the IT department).

WordPerfect's Imperfect Offering

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Once upon a time, some believed Corel could compete with Microsoft to bring life to a new generation of personal computers. That was about 25 years ago, and it's hard to imagine that whatever Corel cooks up now makes Bill Gates nervous.

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Opera Takes v9 To Beta, Unveils Widgets

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Norwegian browser maker Opera Software on Thursday unveiled the first public beta of its namesake, Opera 9.0. Among Opera 9.0's new features are "widgets," small Web-based applications similar in function to the same-named applets in Mac OS X and to Yahoo's Widget Engine.

Debugging 101

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Recently, a colleague and I were working together to resolve a bug in a piece of code she had just written. The bug resulted in an exception being thrown and looking at the stack trace, we were both puzzled about what the root cause might be.

Open source network monitoring tools you should care about

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Tools such as MRTG (Multi-Router Traffic Grapher) and RRD (Round Robin Database) make it possible to more easily collect data from a greater number of devices on the network, and convert the data into XML for easy consumption on the front end.

Busy Week for The Gimp

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It's been a busy week for the folks over at The Gimp. They posted their long awaited user's manual, released a snapshot of a version soon to be 2.4, and released stable version 2.2.11.

TW My sysadmin toolbox

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I started experimenting with Linux for fun, first with Slackware, but in the last few years more with Debian and its derivative distributions. Lately I've been using Linux increasingly in my job. As I've gotten more experienced with Linux, I've started teaching Linux courses to colleagues. Connectivity and fast package and file management are important components in my administration toolbox.

ATI Radeon X1800 Linux Preview

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After months of negative scrutiny by the Linux community, ATI will finally be pushing out its X1000 support to their Linux proprietary drivers later today. With that said, starting today with the 8.24.8 display drivers penguins can finally experience the benefits of the X1000 series, while Microsoft users have been able to experience this level of support since launch date. While it will likely take a couple of monthly driver releases to nail down the fine details related to this support, we have up now our ATI Radeon X1800 preview as we compare various X1000 cards against that of NVIDIA's GeForce lineup under Linux.

GNOME 2.14.1 Released

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The latest release of GNOME is here: Gnome 2.14.1! This is the first release in a series of point releases for the 2.14 branch.

Package management meets version control in rPath

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rPath is a young company that is rapidly becoming a leader in package management innovation. At a time when traditional package management systems such as APT and dpkg or Yum and RPM are adding elements such as signed packages and plugins, and projects such as Autopackage and Zero Install are focusing on easy-to-use interfaces and giving ordinary users the ability to install desktop applications, rPath takes a top-down approach and focuses on simplifying release management.

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