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Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 08/05/2011 - 4:18am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 08/05/2011 - 4:12am
Story Review: SimplyMEPIS 11.0 srlinuxx 1 08/05/2011 - 3:14am
Story Mozilla Firefox 4 Review srlinuxx 08/05/2011 - 2:58am
Story Thoughts on Ubuntu and Unity srlinuxx 08/05/2011 - 12:49am
Story Dark, light and Openbox srlinuxx 08/05/2011 - 12:48am
Story photofloat — a web 2.0 photo gallery done right srlinuxx 08/05/2011 - 12:46am
Story 6 Microblogging clients for Linux srlinuxx 07/05/2011 - 10:54pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 174 is out! srlinuxx 07/05/2011 - 10:52pm
Story Red Hat OpenShift Express & The Leafy Miracle srlinuxx 07/05/2011 - 10:52pm

Five ways to use Windows apps in Linux

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Software

When someone asks me if they can run "Windows Application X" on Linux, the first thing I tell them is to look for an open source alternative. For most Windows applications, there will be a high-quality open source alternative that can meet their needs. The biggest hurdle for non-Linux people is simply knowing that these alternative exist and how to find them.

Book review: The Starfish and the Spider

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Reviews

Intelligent people can and should disagree. So when we read The Starfish and the Spider, it’s no surprise that we had varied opinions. And when it was time to publish a review, no one could quite agree on which review we should publish. In the spirit of intelligent discourse, here are two reviews of the same book.

Interview with David Korn

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Interviews

David Korn received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from RPI in 1965 and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 1969. After working on computer simulations of transsonic air foils, he switched fields to computer science and became a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories in 1976. He is the creator of the KornShell, a command language for the UNIX environment, as well as UWIN, an X-Open library for Windows NT and Windows 95. In 1984, he was inducted as a Bell Labs fellow. He currently works for AT&T Research in Florham Park, NJ and graciously agreed to take a few moments and answer a few questions for our readers.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

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Gaming

Those of you that are fans of car racing will probably recognize this post's title as the famous phrase that gives the official start to the Indianapolis 500. If it happens that you are a fan of both car racing and free software, you may well be interested in TORCS (The Open Racing Cars Simulator).

Get Involved! Second openSUSE community meeting 2007-02-11

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SUSE

This is the second ever community meeting taking place, and it is run by
openSUSE Community members who are not employed by Novell/SUSE.

Foresight Is a Linux Distro to Watch

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Linux

It seems as if a new Linux-based operating system is born every day, with each facing the challenge of justifying its existence in a field that's already rather crowded with mature Linux distributions boasting active user bases and organized bodies to back them. But one relatively young Linux distribution worth keeping an eye on is Foresight Linux.

Free/Open Source Software recommended for use in developing countries

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OSS

Over 130 IT professionals of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from more than 27 countries had gathered at Sukabumi, Indonesia for a nine-day Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) training camp called "ASIA SOURCE II." The key objective was to promote the use of FOSS for social and economic development and to build a network of FOSS practitioners and trainers with Asia.

An approach to parental control for Firefox

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Moz/FF

Every day more and more parents face the need to make the decision on whether allow their children to access the internet and its extensive resources to raise better informed and connected persons or surrender to equally extensive and invasive contents that just don’t fit their parenting ways and keep them away of a computer.

Is Novell losing Linux? No, it's just bad reporting

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OS

Commentary: Blame Jim Finkle at Reuters, I suppose. His story is the one that started this large dung-ball of misinformation rolling around the Internet. You know the one, about Novell losing the right to distribute Linux.

The hunt for a Linux PC

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Linux

Where can the average South African consumer get their hands on a new PC loaded with Linux instead of Windows? Not a lot of places, as it turns out.

One man can end the Microsoft-Linux feud

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OS

Bill Gates. And I think he will. I don't think it's a coincidence, or a mere marketing choice, that caused Gates to pop up as the public face of the Windows Vista launch last week, after publicly retiring six months earlier.

Preview of Beryl 0.2.0

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Software

Beryl is simply creating some of the most exciting and innovative work on any computing platform. Amazingly, Beryl came into existence only 6 months or so ago. The Beryl project orginally forked from the Compiz 3d desktop group around September of 2006. At the time I had a hard time understanding why we needed another 3d desktop project, but now that I have had a chance to watch Beryl develop, their decision makes a whole lot of sense.

Is E-Commerce Ready for Open Source?

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OSS

Thirty-seven percent of North American enterprises that sell products or services online will purchase a new e-commerce platform, according to Forrester Research. The options available to them include a considerable amount of open source applications. However, while open source is clearly making an impact in the e-commerce space, it is not yet fully integrated.

Free Software Magazine Issue 16

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OSS

Highlights:

  • Paper is dead - has PDF followed suit?
  • Freeing an old game
  • The free Tron Universe—Armagetron
  • The lazy user’s guide to OpenOffice.org Writer
  • Vega Strike
  • Configuring a Linux home internet gateway
  • A media center based on GNU/Linux

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 188

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Analysis: Mandriva - a slow financial demise?

  • News: Fedora's forgettable Test1 release, Mandriva adds non-free repository, Ubuntu defers Beryl plans, interview with Red Hat's Matthew Szulik, Adriane Knoppix
  • Released last week: DragonFly BSD 1.8, Annvix 2.0

  • Donations: GQview and Kaffeine receive US$500
  • New additions: NimbleX, Trisquel GNU/Linux
  • New distributions: CowMet, CDriveBack
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Ubuntu Live Conference

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Live conference is coming to Portland, Oregon (US) between July 22 and July 24, 2007. The Ubuntu Live conference will coincide with the O’Reilly 2007 Open Source Convention (OSCON). The call for participation for Ubuntu Live is now open until February 14.

Today's Howtos:

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HowTos
  • Beryl + Ubuntu = Beauty

  • Secure your Ubuntu Desktop Using Firestarter Firewall
  • Ubuntu Networking Configuration Using Command Line
  • Change Font Colour in Gnome Panels
  • Command line media editing
  • Why do we sudo in Ubuntu, and who is Charlie Root?

  • Gumstick Gentoo
  • How To Make Your Ubuntu Speak
  • Unattended SSH login / public key authorization / ssh automatic login
  • VirtualBox On FC6 / CentOS 4 / OpenSuSE 10.2

Of video encoding and changing methods

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Software

I guess my previous post was a bit premature; for shorts, I was saying then that some Free softwares for video editing on Windows were good, but had no equivalent in the Free software world. While I was not wrong stricto sensus, I hammered a few of them during the last few weeks. Thus, I’ll now write about the various free video treatment softwares I know and the slight shift in method this entails.

SCALE 5x - Linux Expo in Los Angeles This Weekend

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KDE
Linux
Google
Software
OSS
SUSE
BSD
Sci/Tech
Ubuntu

SCALE 5x, the 2007 Southern California Linux Expo will be held in Los Angeles, CA this weeken On Feb 9-11, 2007. It will include: 50+ seminars, 70+ exhibitors, BoFs, and more. Highlighted speakers will include Chris Dibona, Don Marti, Ted Haeger, Jono Bacon, and others. Exhibitors include: Dell, IBM, Verio, Redhat, GroundWork Open Source, ReactOS, Haiku OS, and PostgreSQL. One lucky attendee will win a Dual Xeon 1U Rackmount Server from Silicon Mechanics. Two other conference to be held on Friday Feb 9th include: Women In Open Source, and Open Source Health Care Summit.

KDE at FOSDEM

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KDE

As every year, FOSDEM is again in 3 weeks (24-25 February, in Brussels). Bart Coppens has been busy preparing KDE dev room schedule at FOSDEM and together with Pascal Bleser they put it online.

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OSS in the Back End

  • Open Source NFV Part Four: Open Source MANO
    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
  • After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations
    Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity of containers that SiliconANGLE founder and theCUBE host John Furrier was prompted to proclaim that, thanks to containers, “DevOps is now mainstream.” That will change the game for those who invest in containers while causing “a world of hurt” for those who have yet to adapt, Furrier said.
  • Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle
    The company’s product, called Apstra Operating System (AOS), takes policies based on the enterprise’s intent and automatically translates them into settings on network devices from multiple vendors. When the IT department wants to add a new component to the data center, AOS is designed to figure out what needed changes would flow from that addition and carry them out. The distributed OS is vendor-agnostic. It will work with devices from Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juniper Networks, Cumulus Networks, the Open Compute Project and others.
  • MapR Launches New Partner Program for Open Source Data Analytics
    Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform.
  • A Seamless Monitoring System for Apache Mesos Clusters
  • All Marathons Need a Runner. Introducing Pheidippides
    Activision Publishing, a computer games publisher, uses a Mesos-based platform to manage vast quantities of data collected from players to automate much of the gameplay behavior. To address a critical configuration management problem, James Humphrey and John Dennison built a rather elegant solution that puts all configurations in a single place, and named it Pheidippides.
  • New Tools and Techniques for Managing and Monitoring Mesos
    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
  • BlueData Can Run Hadoop on AWS, Leave Data on Premises
    We've been watching the Big Data space pick up momentum this year, and Big Data as a Service is one of the most interesting new branches of this trend to follow. In a new development in this space, BlueData, provider of a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, has announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. Essentially, users can now run their cloud and computing applications and services in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance while keeping data on-premises, which is required for some companies in the European Union.

today's howtos

Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more