Why Linux Is More Secure Than Ever

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Security

As Linux becomes more prevalent in today’s enterprise systems, it raises questions about the best way to protect the open source technology. David Humphrey, senior technology advisor for Ekaru, a Westbrook, Mass.-based technology services company, discussed some of those issues.

OOo Off the Wall: Find and Replace

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HowTos

In long documents, a strong search-and-replace tool is essential for editing duties. Although many users confine themselves to simple text searches, OpenOffice.org's various searches are a match for any rival's. They also are remarkably consistent throughout Writer, Calc, Draw and Impress, the four main OOo applications.

BIOS from A to Z

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Hardware

The Basic Input Output System - aka BIOS -resides in a small Flash EEPROM memory module on the motherboard. It's a form of read-only memory, but may be rewritten or programmed when the right tools and techniques are applied. During PC startup, the processor on the motherboard always executes the program stored in the BIOS as its first major maneuver.

The simple joys of the Internet

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Web

Ten years ago, when the Internet was just becoming popular, the online world was all about creativity and communication. A message board or e-mail list composed only of text would be enough to capture your attention. And the same could be said about 2005, a year with a flourishing of creativity, often around ideas shunning glitz for simplicity and usefulness.

Linux Drivers Made Easy

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Linux

A small but growing percentage of computer users today reap the benefits that Linux offers: cost savings, improved security, and more flexible, customized working environments.

Major OEM Launches First-Ever Line of PCs Dedicated Exclusively to Linux

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Hardware

Linspire, Inc. and Mirus Innovations today announced the launch of Koobox, the first-ever line of desktop computers offered by a major OEM to exclusively run Linux. Starting at just $299, the Koobox machines come outfitted with a complete Linspire Linux operating system.

Making Java out of Anthill

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HowTos

Build managers allow developers to better coordinate their coding efforts by providing an automatically generated current and working snapshot of an application, including a binary file for immediate testing. Build managers are the next logical step to source code repositories. Urbancode's Anthill build management server for Java applications provides build automation, unit tests, build tracking, and support for a number of version control systems.

Reviewer finds Ubuntu good, but not good enough

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Reviews

Still, when I get down to it, I find other Linux distributions like SUSE Linux 10 and Xandros 3.0 to be better desktops. As an experienced Linux user, I appreciate that they give me easy access to the kind of control I want to have over any of my systems.

Kanotix v2005-04

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Linux

Just before the clock struck midnight on December 31, the German developers of Kanotix released their v2005-04 Linux build. What has everyone talking about Kanotix is its superb hardware detection and auto-configuration abilities on all sorts of i686 and x86_64 hardware. Being Linux-based hardware connoisseurs we couldn't help but to take Kanotix v2005-04 for a test drive.

Book Review: Just Say No to Microsoft

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Reviews

The gist of Just Say No to Microsoft is to switch to Apple, or if you are "brave," to switch to GNU/Linux; and to switch from MS Office to OpenOffice.org or AbiWord. There are other books by No Starch Press and competing publishers that better accomplish the task of helping readers migrate data and program settings from Windows to either GNU/Linux or OS X.

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New Year, New Linux Kernel

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Linux

Fifteen years to the day since Linux creator Linus Torvalds bought the machine that started it all, the first new Linux kernel of the year has hit the street only two months after its predecessor hit.

2006 Outlook: Open Source, Offshoring, Web 2.0

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OSS

There's nothing like a good paradigm shift to get you out of bed in the morning, don't you think?

The forces are massing for some big changes in IT industry dynamics. We need this.

Linux vs. Linux

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Linux

Where are you most likely to use Linux?

I would argue it's online, where you don't have to be worried about what's on the other side of the screen.

If your applications are coming from the Web, they could easily be Linux-based, and you would not be the wiser.

What's ahead for Linux, open source, if...

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OSS

Open source software is off to a good start, but it won't revolutionize IT until the community gets serious about defining business frameworks and processes, says Charles E. Bess P.E. and EDS Fellow.

IBM Expands Commitment to Open Source

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OSS

The announcement represents the most significant elevation of IBM's strategic partnerships with its key Linux Distribution Partners since it embraced Linux six years ago, a testament to a Linux market that continues to experience strong growth. The alliances are timed to tap the boom in IBM's Linux growth expanding its base of 12,000 enterprise deployments worldwide.

Google Passes on PCs

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Misc

Google and Wal-Mart are both denying reports that the two are planning to market low-priced, Google PCs via Wal-Mart stores.

Spam filtering with Pyzor and SpamBayes

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HowTos

Spam appears to be a fact of life for most of the online world at the moment. Here is how I personally handle the filtering of incoming mail, using a combination of Pyzor, SpamBayes and Procmail. These tools each integrate nicely, and work easily with my mail reader of choice: mutt.

Running A MySQL-Based DNS Server: MyDNS

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HowTos

In this tutorial I will describe how to install and configure MyDNS, a DNS server that uses a MySQL database as backend instead of configuration files like, for example, Bind or djbdns. This has the advantage that you can easily use web-based frontends to administrate your DNS records.

To Every Operating System ...

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OS

There was a season. The Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems of 2005 are characterized by diversity, openness and innovation.

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