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Novell bans proprietary Linux modules
Some news reported from news.com.com about Novell's Linux distributions.
"The change came with Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10, released in July. With the move, Novell is aligning itself with the Free Software Foundation, which shuns proprietary software in general but in particular loathes proprietary modules that run as a component of the open-source Linux kernel."
Novell bans proprietary Linux modules | CNET News.com

( Permalink: Novell bans proprietary Linux modules      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 4, 2006 )

How to launch Windows binaries on Linux directly
If you must this is nice advice.
"I prefer to run these programs on my GNU/Linux system with Wine. The problem is that I'm tired of having to enter cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\My\ Windows\ App; wine My\ Windows\ App.exe every time I want to launch one of these programs. Having shell scripts for each program is not a great solution either. Wouldn't it be better to simply run My\ Windows\ App.exe directly on an XTerm? Fortunately the Linux kernel already lets you do that with a feature called binfmt_misc."
Linux.com | How to launch Windows binaries on Linux directly

( Permalink: How to launch Windows binaries on Linux directly      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 4, 2006 )

Discover the Anatomy of initrd
The Linux initial RAM disk (initrd) is a temporary root file system that is mounted during system boot to support the two-state boot process. It contains various executables and drivers that permit the real root file system to be mounted, after which the initrd RAM disk is unmounted and its memory freed. In this article explore the initial RAM disk for Linux 2.6, including its creation and use in the Linux kernel. In many embedded Linux systems, the initrd is the final root file system.

( Permalink: Discover the Anatomy of initrd      Submitted by IdaAshley Fri Aug 4, 2006 )

It's all about the photos...on a Mac
"... the release of Picasa Web Albums Uploaders (beta, of course) for Mac OS X. Picasa Web Albums makes it simple to share photos with friends and family, and now we've made it even easier on the Mac. This new download comes with two handy tools for uploading photos: There's a plug-in for uploading your pics within iPhoto."
Official Google Blog: It's all about the photos...on a Mac

( Permalink: It's all about the photos...on a Mac      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 4, 2006 )

Changing the Ubuntu look
Change your Gnome desktop's look.
"Window borders, icons, splash images and other graphical user interface (GUI) preferences are largely a subjective thing. Still, it's nice to have the tools available to transform the GUI into something that is more pleasing to your eye. Fortunately, GNU/Linux makes it relatively easy to mould your desktop environment into whatever suits your taste, and Ubuntu is no exception."
Changing the Ubuntu look

( Permalink: Changing the Ubuntu look      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 3, 2006 )

Network Management With OpenNMS
OpenNMS is an opensource enterprise network management tool. It helps network administrators to monitor critical services on remote machines and collects the information of remote nodes by using SNMP. Normally openNMS installation and configuration takes time, but this guide tries to cover the installation and configuration part in a few steps.

( Permalink: Network Management With OpenNMS      Submitted by Falko Timme Thu Aug 3, 2006 )

Ruby Book Sales Pass Perl
Interesting bit of news about Ruby books.
"Well, in his talk at OSCON on Friday, Roger Magoulas, the director of O'Reilly Research, revealed that they've now passed sales for Perl books as well. Here's his graph (click on it to pop up a larger image):"
O'Reilly Radar > Ruby Book Sales Pass Perl

( Permalink: Ruby Book Sales Pass Perl      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 3, 2006 )

The Top 5 Engineering Hints You Rarely Hear
Don’t let disaster happen to you. Lewin Edwards presents five engineering tips that are crucially important to successful product engineering, but which are rarely brought up in discussions of engineering practices. He will cover the absurd, the annoying, and the physically dangerous, and give you hints for avoiding all sorts of these situations. (Down in the resources read the PDF on the Therac-25 disaster - Noel)

( Permalink: The Top 5 Engineering Hints You Rarely Hear      Submitted by IdaAshley Thu Aug 3, 2006 )

Joining A Startup? Top 6 Questions You Should Ask
Interesting article for anyone who may be joining a startup.
"Here are the things that I think all individuals looking to join a startup should know about the startup before joining“ but are in many cases, not asking. I'm going to stay away from the standard questions that most people already know to ask and focus instead on the questions that often go unasked. Note: I'm not suggesting that you ask these questions point blank. I'm trying to really just surface the areas that should be covered in your discussion. "
Joining A Startup? Top 6 Questions You Should Ask

( Permalink: Joining A Startup? Top 6 Questions You Should Ask      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 3, 2006 )

Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less
Not sure it will help with this problem, but there is a new mac security patch out from Apple.
"The video shows Ellch and Maynor targeting a specific security flaw in the Macbook's wireless "device driver," the software that allows the internal wireless card to communicate with the underlying OS X operating system. While those device driver flaws are particular to the Macbook -- and presently not publicly disclosed -- Maynor said the two have found at least two similar flaws in device drivers for wireless cards either designed for or embedded in machines running the Windows OS."
Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less - Security Fix

( Permalink: Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 3, 2006 )

Kubuntu 6.06 LTS - An excellent Linux distributio
This is a review of the latest version of Kubuntu (6.06 LTS) where one gets to know what makes this linux distribution a great one. The review is replete with screenshots which aid the written word.
Read the review

( Permalink: Kubuntu 6.06 LTS - An excellent Linux distributio      Submitted by sas Wed Aug 2, 2006 )

LAMP Installation On Ubuntu 6.06 For Linux Newbies
This article shows how to install a LAMP system with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) from the perspective of an absolute newbie. It was written with hopes of aiding other Linux newbies on the steps necessary to create such a basic Linux, Apache2, MySQL5 and PHP5 system with FTP.

( Permalink: LAMP Installation On Ubuntu 6.06 For Linux Newbies      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Aug 2, 2006 )

Style and Diction
Over the years I have spent as much spare time as I can to get better at writing. I consider myself an adequate writer, not good, but adequate. In the new age of Blogs, e-zines and whatever else is buzzworthy compliant I have tried to find tools specifically for the Unix(like) environment to help out. That is where diction and style come in.

( Permalink: Style and Diction      Submitted by Jay Fink Wed Aug 2, 2006 )

Save Time by Troubleshooting Java on AIX
Looking to save some time? In this article, the authors provide short, simple, and complete instructions for collecting an AIX core file and other files for analyzing process exceptions with Java applications running on the AIX operating system. You'll also learn how to package and send data to IBM Support.

( Permalink: Save Time by Troubleshooting Java on AIX      Submitted by idaashley Wed Aug 2, 2006 )

Avoid the five most common PHP database problems
Databases are powerful tools, and -- like all powerful tools -- they can be abused if you don't know how to use them properly. You can create database design, database access, and the PHP business logic code that sits on top of it in any number of ways, and you often end up getting it wrong. This article illustrates five common problems in database design, in the PHP code that accesses databases, and how to avoid them.

( Permalink: Avoid the five most common PHP database problems      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Aug 2, 2006 )

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