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Interview: Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon

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Interviews

MandrivaLinux (formerly MandrakeLinux) will shortly introduce a new round of releases for its Corporate Server, Corporate Desktop, and PowerPack Edition GNU/Linux distributions. While preparing to review these operating systems I sent some interview questions to Mandriva's CEO, Francois Bancilhon.

The power of “netstat” in 10 easy steps

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HowTos

This is a quick guide to some not so obvious command-line options available in the Linux netstat command. I hope you enjoy it.

How to switch an enterprise from IE to Firefox

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HowTos

In this article, we'll discuss the most important issues to watch for when you're making the leap from IE to FF in a managed desktop environment. Some of these issues may pose serious problems if you are heavily dependent on IE or if you want to use Windows-specific features, such as centralized management through Active Directory.

Linux: The Flash And The Fish

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Linux

Flash Player 9 for Linux made its public debut (finally) at a controlled demonstration during a conference. Meanwhile, a number of people have suggested ways that Ubuntu Christian Edition will work for its users.

KToon: Simple 2D animation

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Software

If you are running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows, you have access to many different animation applications, ranging from Adobe Flash to Anime Studio. That is not so for Linux. While many think of animation in Linux as a lost cause, there are alternatives.

Removing a major Compiz annoyance

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HowTos

As much as I love the 3D Compiz/Cgwd, there is one thing I can do without: Wobbly menus. Here's how to turn off this behavior in the most recent installation of Compiz.

Also: Animate the Desktop with Xgl and Compiz

People Behind KDE: Allan Sandfeld Jensen

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KDE

Tonight in the two-weekly People Behind KDE series we are featuring Allan Sandfeld Jensen. He is a KDE core developer, mostly active for KHTML and KDE multimedia. After reading the interview you will know what his personal "carewolf" looks like, together with all other personal things you have to know about this developer.

Does an OS have to be costlier than the hardware on which it is run ?

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Linux

Does an OS have to be as costly or even more than the hardware on which it runs? This seems to be the question that I am forced to ponder myself again and again. When I open the day's newspaper, I am besieged by ad after ad offering to sell PCs at bargain prices, some of them as low as $250.

OS Users are Attack Dogs

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Misc

If there was one commonality to describe the "hardcore" users from all three computing platforms, it would have to be the fact that many of them spend too much time making excuses for their OS' inadequacies. When they're not doing this, they're hard at work poking and prodding their least favorite columnists.

NASA tests Linux-based planetary surface exploration robots

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Linux

A Linux-based NASA lunar rover is on maneuvers -- and Internet webcams -- this week in the Arizona desert near Meteor Crater. The K-10's maneuvers are related to a NASA project tasked with building extra-vehicular activity (EVA) hardware and developing EVA procedures for planetary surface exploration.

Give Linux one more chance -- this time you won't regret it

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Ubuntu

If you have an old PC lying around (or even a brand new one), this may be the time to give Linux another try. Yes, I know, you expect Linux, the free operating system developed by volunteers worldwide, to be nerdy and hard to use.

Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks by Rickford Grant

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Reviews

Sometimes I wonder what separates the geeks from the non-geeks. I’ve always assumed I fell into the geek category based on my job and the hours spent with computers on my own time. But, after reading Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks, I must not be much of a geek because I found this book to be quite interesting!

Create your own Planet

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Major open source projects like GNOME, KDE, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Apache all have something in common -- they all have Planet feed reader sites set up to aggregate developer blog feeds. The Planet software was developed to power Planet GNOME and Planet Debian, but now it's being used by dozens of open source projects. With just a few simple steps, you can set up a Planet aggregator to watch your favorite blogs or to help publicize your favorite project.

Bart Decrem Flocks off

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Software

THE FOUNDER Web browser outfit Flock seems to have quit the company and headed off in search of pastures new. Bart Decrem has stepped down as CEO and is looking to build another company.

Who are the Hacker Bloggers?

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Misc

In many ways, an open source project is just like a business. There is a product - admittedly one with a price tag of zero - serving customers; ideally, the managers, aka project leaders, would like more people to use that "product". So doesn't this imply that those in the open source "business" should be blogging away just like their commercial brothers and sisters?

Howto Install Java

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HowTos

While many distributions already have Java installed, several don't. Installing Java in Firefox or Mozilla is really quite an uncomplicated process, but can look daunting to a Noob.

Avoiding slow package updates with package diffs

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If you're using the unstable or testing distribution of Debian GNU/Linux you will almost certainly have noticed that apt-get uses daily-diffs for its package updates. In many common situtations this is more bandwidth efficient, however it isn't always appropriate.

Mandriva 2007 Right Around the Corner?

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MDV

While folks were looking for a RC2 to be released today, news of the final being released to early seeders hits the Mandriva Club.

Mandriva powers up a serious business-server Linux

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MDV

Mandriva Linux, formerly Mandrake Linux, on Sept. 14 will ship a major upgrade to its business server-oriented Linux distribution. The company claims that Mandriva Corporate Server 4 is fully compliant with the LSB (Linux Standard Base), and therefore should have interoperability with products from other LSB-compliant vendors.

Gnome 2.16 and Debian

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News

Gnome 2.16 is out... so when will it hit Debian?

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OSS in the Back End

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    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.
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    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.
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    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
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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

DAISY: A Linux-compatible text format for the visually impaired

If you're blind or visually impaired like I am, you usually require various levels of hardware or software to do things that people who can see take for granted. One among these is specialized formats for reading print books: Braille (if you know how to read it) or specialized text formats such as DAISY. Read more