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Sealing Red Hat security gaps with open source security tools

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Maybe you think open source doesn't have the chops for security. Sure, you're using Apache, Tomcat, MySQL and other open source applications in mission critical situations. You're using open source network management tools, like Nagios or OpenNMS, the latter of which is a complete enterprise network management solution. None of this worries you, but you don't feel comfortable using open source tools for IT security.

OpenVZ Delivers Easy Virtualization

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Understanding virtualization is not an easy thing to do. The concept of many virtual machines running on board a single physical machine sounds all well and good but to many, even in the IT field, the idea seems rather, well... virtual.

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Linux Audio Comparison

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Of the challenges that GNU/Linux users face when choosing hardware components for any system is the sound card compatibility. ALSA, or officially known as Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, provides much of the audio and MIDI functionality to Linux users and is largely replacing OSS (Open Sound System). Today we are examining Linux audio performance in the gaming environment with a slew of various sound cards by examining their effect on frame-rate performance.

PHP project follows script

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The Zend Collaboration Project, announced last October with support from 14 major IT companies, has delivered the first two implementations of a framework that helps standardise the way PHP applications are built.

Rock on with the top OSS music apps

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If you don't work for the RIAA, and you're not an octogenarian living in a cave on a Pacific island wearing a very rusty helmet, then you probably have a fair collection of digital music by now. Here's a list of Tectonic's favourite players and managers.

OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 Is Here

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OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 is available today. This release is recommended for everyone. It contains some new features, fixes many small bugs, and resolves numerous issues.

Lyon chosen as site for OOoCon 2006

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OpenOffice.org members last week selected Lyon, France, as the location of the next OpenOffice.org Conference, or OOoCon. In previous years, OOoCon has been held in Koper, Slovenia (2005), Berlin, Germany (2004), and Hamburg, Germany (2003). This year's conference is tentatively scheduled for mid-September.

ATI v8.23.7 Display Drivers Benchmarked

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Yet again ATI continues in their monthly ritual of releasing new Linux display drivers that are accompanied by the release of their usual Windows CATALYST suspect. The candidate taking center stage today is v6.3 for Windows CATALYST, while the Linux version making its presence known is v8.23.7

Gameserver status on your desktop

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It is a small desktop applet wich displays all useful gameserver statusinformation on your desktop via the aDesklet API engine. It parses the Informations from a recent q-stat installed on your system.

Finding hidden treasures in OpenOffice 2.0's Charting Wizard

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The chart features in OpenOffice are like a mystery-lover's dream vacation: a huge, mysterious old house with lots of long halls, secret bookcases, dark closets and creaky doors that, when you peer behind them, reveal wonderful secrets. So, here's your tour of the powerful, hidden charting jewels in OpenOffice 2.0.

Finding files with Kat

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One of the most compelling new features of Mac OS X 10.4 was the Spotlight technology-or the ability to search the contents of any file, anywhere on your hard drive and have the results come up instantaneously in a search. Spotlight is still an indispensable tool to many, and it's no wonder that a similar feature is now available for Linux in the form of the Kat Desktop Search Environment.

StarOffice 8: Office Killer?

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I've been using StarOffice 8 since it was released in September 2005, for a variety of different projects, from book chapters to articles and letters and accounts and presentations. StarOffice incorporates five components, called StarOffice Writer, StarOffice Calc, StarOffice Impress (a presentation package), StarOffice Base and StarOffice Draw. This article is a combination of a review of the functionality and my own experiences of using StarOffice 8 for day-to-day tasks.

Microsoft says Open Office.org 10 years behind

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While we await the release of Microsoft Office 2007, promised to hit our shelves before the end of 2006, Yates dismisses open source rival Open Office.org 2.0 as being 10 years out of date.

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New GCC Heavy on Optimization

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The GCC compiler is one of the most fundamental projects in the modern software ecosystem. It has enjoyed a long and storied history that continues to grow with this week's release of version 4.1. Version 4.1 includes numerous optimization and functional improvements over its predecessor.

XGL To Adopt AIGLX Changes

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The cooperation between the XGL and AIGLX projects to bring better interfaces for the Linux desktop continues as David Reveman (Novell) of XGL has agreed to adopt many changes from the AIGLX project sent in by Kristian Hogsberg (Red Hat).

ADODB in PHP vs. ADO in Windows

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ADOdb is a Database Abstraction Library for PHP (and Python). Although it's based on the same concept as Microsoft's ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), it's not the same thing!

Open Source Java: Interview with an Apache Harmony Project Founder

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There is a lot of open source activity currently surrounding Java, from JBoss and Geronimo (open source application servers) to MyFaces and Spring (open source web application frameworks), but Java itself is the last proprietary piece of the puzzle. If Harmony is successful, will Sun still matter? I asked Dalibor Topic, one of the project founders, to tell us more about the history of the project, its importance to the Java community, and plans for the future.

VMware launches $200,000 challenge for virtual appliances

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As if VMware did not already have enough companies lining up to catch the virtualisation wave, the company has launched a contest to spur development.

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