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The evolution of Fedora Core Linux
Interesting review of Fedora Core Linux.
"When I get time, I also look at some of the test releases to see how Fedora is changing, and if there's one thing certain about Fedora, it's change. I decided to write this article to hopefully give people a chance to learn a little bit more about Fedora since the first release came to life back in November 2003, how the distro has matured and what to expect for Fedora Core release 5 in mid-March 2006. "
The evolution of Fedora Core Linux

( Permalink: The evolution of Fedora Core Linux      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 21, 2006 )

Developing games with Perl and SDL
Want to write a game? Want to use Perl?
"One of the biggest benefits of using SDL is that it allows portable media applications to be written without having to be concerned with specific implmentations of media libraries for each target platform. Bringing Perl into the picture takes the portability one step further, allowing media-rich applications to be written in a high-level language that can be targeted to a number of platforms. While programming using SDL requires knowledge of C and access to a C compiler, using SDL_perl does not. This greatly decreases the amount of time it takes to get something up on the screen and working."
Developing games with Perl and SDL : Page 1

( Permalink: Developing games with Perl and SDL      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 21, 2006 )

Introducing Lua
Add a scripting language to your app with Lua. Sounds like the same idea as tcl.
"Of course, extensibility isn't a particularly new idea. Many applications have a plugin framework (think Photoshop) or an extension language (think Emacs). What if you could provide a seamlessly integrated, fully dynamic language with a conventional syntax while increasing your application's size by less than 200K on an x86? You can do it with Lua!"
ONLamp.com -- Introducing Lua

( Permalink: Introducing Lua      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 21, 2006 )

Using Tiger: Learning AppleScript
Nice article.
"Still, Automator has limitations. It's marvelously well-suited for automating processes that are linear ones that can be easily broken down into a list of predictable steps. The point where Automator falls down is when you throw it a problem that requires it to do some actual thinking. If the file is smaller than 500K, I want you to e-mail it to my editor; if it's larger, then upload it to my personal FTP server and send him an e-mail with instructions on how to download it. You just can’t do that with Automator."
Macworld: Secrets: Using Tiger: Learning AppleScript, Page 1

( Permalink: Using Tiger: Learning AppleScript      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 21, 2006 )

A Look at GNOME 2.14
Looks like they have been doing real good work.
"Built on the shoulders of giants, GNOME 2.14 hits the shelves on the 15th of March. As well as new features and more polish, developers have been working around the clock to squeeze more performance out of the most commonly used applications and libraries. This is a review of some of the most shiny work that has gone into the upcoming GNOME release."
A Look at GNOME 2.14

( Permalink: A Look at GNOME 2.14      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 20, 2006 )

Preventing SSH Dictionary Attacks With DenyHosts
In this HowTo I will show how to install and configure DenyHosts. DenyHosts is a tool that observes login attempts to SSH, and if it finds failed login attempts again and again from the same IP address, DenyHosts blocks further login attempts from that IP address by putting it into /etc/hosts.deny. Therefore you can stop SSH dictionary attacks with this tool.
DenyHosts can be run by cron or as a daemon. In this tutorial I will run DenyHosts as a daemon.

( Permalink: Preventing SSH Dictionary Attacks With DenyHosts      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Feb 20, 2006 )

Asterisk on OpenWrt
Asterisk is a very cool app that lets you build a telephone switch all of your own.
"I installed Asterisk on OpenWrt White Russian RC4 on a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router. It's my first Asterisk installation. I admit that I scraped the knuckles on both hands getting Asterisk correctly configured, but now that I've done it, I would say it was worth all the frustrations it caused me. Not only do I now have a functional personal PBX, I've also learned a little about the black art of telephony along the way. "
NewsForge | Asterisk on OpenWrt

( Permalink: Asterisk on OpenWrt      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 20, 2006 )

Fixing Linux with Knoppix
Simple description of how to use a livecd as a system rescue disk.
"A bootable disk with Knoppix can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry. In this feature, we guide you through the process of fixing Linux with Knoppix, which includes repairing boot issues, working with key system files, and working with Linux partitions. Also, check out our other feature on Fixing Windows with Knoppix. "
Fixing Linux with Knoppix

( Permalink: Fixing Linux with Knoppix      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 20, 2006 )

Will Apple Adopt Windows? -- NO!
I have trouble believing this. Honestly its Mac OS X that makes me buy Apple hardware. If it did not exist I would be running Linux on a laptop, not windows.
"I normally don't comment on articles that are already running rampant on Slashdot, but I can't help myself here. Windows is my nemesis, and there's an article running on PC Magazine that suggests that Apple may actually switch its OS to Windows. "
Will Apple Adopt Windows? -- NO! (My Response to Dvorak) - O'Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

( Permalink: Will Apple Adopt Windows? -- NO!      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 20, 2006 )

libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu
Good info if you want to watch DVDs under Linux.
"You need codecs (decoders) and software to read the contents of DVDs to be able to see multimedia files of different formats, as well as DVDs. These software are provided free for use in Ubuntu - however due to restrictions on distributing these modules in countries like the USA, they are not always easy to find. This post will tell you how to find them to install them on your Ubuntu computer."
Ubuntu Blog libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu

( Permalink: libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 16, 2006 )

Test drive: Chandler PIM
More and more applications are coming to Linux. That is a very good thing.
"Chandler is a personal information manager (PIM) suite, designed, according to the OSAF, to cater to "info-centric" users. OSAF's plan is to sidestep all of the entrenched thinking about PIM applications that derive from the dominance of Microsoft Outlook and come up with new ways to work with PIM data."
NewsForge | Test drive: Chandler PIM

( Permalink: Test drive: Chandler PIM      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 16, 2006 )

Everything To Know About C Types
The C type system is often misunderstood or overlooked. This article, the second in a series, discusses the derived types, or types that are built from other types, and some of the interactions that occur when data of multiple types are mixed. Part 1 introduces the basics of the C type system, with an overview of what it means to talk about type and a discussion of the basic types in some detail.

( Permalink: Everything To Know About C Types      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Feb 16, 2006 )

Chicken of the VNC - the way to go
I had a situation where I needed to control two computers over the Internet. The best solution for me was to use VNC networking technology. I tried all of the Mac OS X VNC clients I came across and from my experience Chicken of the VNC is the way to go.
Article

( Permalink: Chicken of the VNC - the way to go      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Feb 16, 2006 )

Google Windows apps coming to Linux
I would feel better about a actual Linux port of the software. But this is a step in the right direction.
"Google and CodeWeavers Inc. are working together to bring Google's popular Windows Picasa photo editing and sharing program to Linux. The program is now in a limited beta test. If this program is successful, other Google applications will be following it to the Linux desktop, sources say."
Google Windows apps coming to Linux

( Permalink: Google Windows apps coming to Linux      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 15, 2006 )

Contrarian Minds: Bill Walster
Interesting article that explores things that most of us don't spent any time thinking about.
"Computers do lousy math. That's a bit shocking to those of us who always thought computers were better at arithmetic than we were, but it's true. Computers routinely round off fractions, so you get inaccurate results."
Contrarian Minds: Bill Walster

( Permalink: Contrarian Minds: Bill Walster      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 15, 2006 )

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