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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.

What is X?

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Everyone likes pretty pictures. The same applies to computers now. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) or “windows functionality” has become part of the machine that everyone now takes for granted. What is this X? What amazing super-GUI powers does it have? This article attempts to tear off its mask and reveal all.

VMware's threat to Microsoft

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First off, I'm not suggesting VMware is gunning for Microsoft. I'm sure Microsoft doesn't give a whole lot of worry to VMware. But maybe they should.

Sourcefire's Roesch pledges long, open-source life for Snort

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There's a lot of skepticism from the Snort users right now because they're in wait-and-see mode, so we need to prove to them that we mean it when we say Snort's going to get a lot better. We're not going to try to close it or anything like that. Once they see how much benefiting, they're going to be really happy.

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Simpler tools for Gnome

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A significant revision of the Gnome desktop environment arriving in mid-March will introduce simple administrator tools designed for locking down desktops and other tasks, according to developers.

GNOME 2.14 targets corporate desktops

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The next version of GNOME will include a number of tools aimed at making it easier for administrators to deploy the Linux desktop environment in enterprises.

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Flock 0.5.11 Released

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Welcome to the 0.5.11 release of Flock. We've got some new goodies since 0.4.10. Flock 0.5.11 imports your bookmarks, passwords, cookies, etc. from Firefox and other browsers. For each favorite, you can now choose to either store it online or keep it local.

For Web editors, Nvu is the ticket

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For home users, free open-source software is the way to go.

This week we'll talk about Nvu (http://www.nvu.com), a free Web page editor that runs on Mac, Windows and Linux. It is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor - you don't have to write lines and lines of obscure code to create a Web page, even if it does help to understand raw HTML to get through some rough spots.

TW My sysadmin toolbox

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I administer servers and networking equipment in a small to mid-size heterogeneous (but 99.44% *nix) environment. I've worked on projects ranging from NIS-to-LDAP migration for authentication, to the deployment of a 164-CPU Beowulf cluster, to writing an extension to a large OO-PHP application. I'm a generalist, but my favorite areas are LDAP (and authentication in general), database design and administration, and automation (a broad category that includes writing tools and code to glue services together). Here are my favorite tools.

Free VMware server

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VMware is making a free virtualization server for Linux and Windows.. That's simply tremendous news, though I'm surprised by how many people I talk to who don't understand why this is so important.

Linux substitutes for "most wanted" Windows-only software

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Adobe Photoshop, Autocad, and Macromedia Dreamweaver continue to run 1-2-3 in the balloting, according to the online survey currently in progress on Novell's CoolSolutions community website. Free and open-source software (FOSS) already available for Linux that have similar feature sets to Photoshop.

Scalix email/calendaring turns 10, mates with Evolution

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Scalix Corp., which makes open-source enterprise email/calendaring products for Linux desktops, made two announcements Tuesday. It released Scalix 10, the latest version of its bread-and-butter email server software. It also released Scalix Connect for Evolution, an open-source connector that enables use of the Novell Evolution email client on Scalix servers.

Free software working for human rights

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Monitoring human rights abuses around the world can be a risky proposition with data collectors, reporters and community members at constant risk of discovery. The Martus project pits the best of the open source software world against abusers to create a safe and secure environment in which human rights activists can record and store data on abuses without fear.

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