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Lucane: Simple open source groupware
"Need groupware that doesn't require tedious installation and configuration, and is ready for use in a matter of minutes? Lucane can be deployed in no time, and is so simple to use that you don't need to spend hours learning it. Lucane has a modular architecture and includes an impressive range of pre-made modules, including a multi-user calendar, an email client, instant messaging, a white board, forums, notes, shared folders, and an RSS reader. Users can easily add and remove modules to customise their groupware environment, and developers can create additional modules and plug them in Lucane."

( Permalink: Lucane: Simple open source groupware      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 2, 2005 )

Programming Tools: UML Tools
"Reviewed here are the DIA drawing program, which is open source, Poseidon by Gentleware and No Magic's MagicDraw. The latter two products have binary-only Community Editions that are available for free for non-commercial purposes. All of them run under Linux and Windows."

( Permalink: Programming Tools: UML Tools      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 2, 2005 )

Review: FreeBSD 5.4
"FreeBSD is a complete, multi-platform, Unix-like operating system developed by a large community of developers. As with GNU/Linux, you can make FreeBSD into a server or a desktop operating system. FreeBSD handles software management through two frameworks: the package database, which contains precompiled software packages, and the Ports tree, which contains metadata that allows you to automatically download and compile programs from source code. There are more than 12,000 programs in the Ports tree. Users can install packages easily from the command line, from an ncurses-based utility called sysinstall, or through "distribution sets" designed to install several packages together."

( Permalink: Review: FreeBSD 5.4      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 1, 2005 )

Japan Primer for the Mac Techno-Tourist
"I didn't plan for a Mac-centric vacation, but the Mac mini I left behind crossed my mind more than a few times as I pondered the dichotomy of a culture of ancient traditions and neo-tech culture that seems to define Japan for many of us in the West (see Figures 1 and 2 below). I ended up looking for Mac things in Japan without having fully prepared for the task before the trip. This article emerged from my desire to help out other Mac tech geeks who find themselves in Japan wanting to take something back home for your Mac."

( Permalink: Japan Primer for the Mac Techno-Tourist      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 1, 2005 )

Host Configuration With Cfengine, Part II
"In the previous article, Centralized Host Configuration With Cfengine, I covered the basic principles of Cfengine, the suite of Cfengine tools, and their installation. In this article, I'll cover the use of Cfengine public key encryption, running the necessary daemons, and writing some Cfengine scripts for use in a centralized environment. I'll also discuss using Cfengine to help automate machine installs via jumpstart and provide a pointer to information on automatically pulling Cfengine scripts and files from a source code repository such as CVS."

( Permalink: Host Configuration With Cfengine, Part II      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 1, 2005 )

Rendering Everything as Text
"You can display any computer data as text. For many types of data, this is obvious: we've all seen HTML converted to text right in our web browsers. However, this idea can extend much further. Although the notion of converting all data to text may not sound immediately useful, it can be surprisingly powerful. Why wait for graphical web browsers or image editors to load before you find out what's in a file? With a few helper applications and scripts, you can quickly display textual information about any type of data."

( Permalink: Rendering Everything as Text      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 1, 2005 )

An embedded view of the Mac mini, Part 4
The Fink package system provides easy access to a huge library of third-party tools and software. Watch as it simplifies the next phase of development in the photo kiosk built on a Mac mini.

( Permalink: An embedded view of the Mac mini, Part 4      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jun 1, 2005 )

Debian 4.0 release day (maybe not)
According to this post in the Debian Devel Announce mailing list on May 3rd, a new Debian stable release was supposed to come out this weekend. Unfortunately, the presence of still many open bugs delayed this release for, at least, one more week (see this post ).

Five or six years ago, Debian stable was the Linux distribution that many production environments were likely to pick because of its Quality Assurance process, package management system, prompt security fixes and being backed up by a large organization. None of this changed, but nowadays production environments tend to choose other Linux distributions (RedHat Enterprise Linux, Suse, Mandrivia, etc.) so, what's different?

( Permalink: Debian 4.0 release day (maybe not)      Submitted by Flavio Villanustre Tue May 31, 2005 )

Apache2-SSL-PHP5 and Zend Optimizer
Here is an article describing how to install an Apache web server (2.0.x) with SSL and PHP5 (with Zend Optimizer and ionCube Loader) enabled. All software is compiled from the sources. In addition to that, the article also shows how to install the Zend Optimizer and IonCube Loader and use it with your PHP installation.


( Permalink: Apache2-SSL-PHP5 and Zend Optimizer      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue May 31, 2005 )

KDE-PIM Hacker Daniel Molkentin
"Daniel Molkentin, from the beautiful city of Königswinter in Germany, is one of the maintainers of Kontact and has also been involved in many other parts of KDE. He is one of the developers visiting the NL-PIM meeting this weekend. This meeting, sponsored by NLnet, Trolltech, NLUUG and many more companies, will allow Daniel and the other KDE-PIM developers to get together to further improve the KDE-PIM applications and framework. In this interview we talk about Daniel's involvement in Kontact development, the NL-PIM meeting and future plans for KDE-PIM. "

( Permalink: KDE-PIM Hacker Daniel Molkentin      Submitted by Noel Tue May 31, 2005 )

KDE-PIM Hacker Cornelius Schumacher
"I have been around for quite a while now. I recently found the first patch I contributed to KDE when looking through old mails. It was a fix for the development version of KOrganizer which made it not crash when starting up. This was during the porting from KDE 1 to KDE 2. Funnily enough I sent the patch to the KOrganizer mailing list exactly on this day six years ago."

( Permalink: KDE-PIM Hacker Cornelius Schumacher      Submitted by Noel Tue May 31, 2005 )

Hacking the Linux Desktop, Part 2
"There is a way to retain at least some of the original formatting while printing the document to the screen. For this, you need a set of utilities under the name of wvWare. You can find the home page for wvWare at http://wvware.sourceforge.net. Packages of wvWare are readily available for almost all Linux distributions, although the package name is usually just wv. For example, if you don't already have it installed on your system, you can install wv in Debian Linux with this command:"

( Permalink: Hacking the Linux Desktop, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Tue May 31, 2005 )

Close Combat First to Fight
"Much like America's Army, Close Combat: First to Fight is a military simulation game designed with the cooperation of the US Army (in this case, the USMC-United States Marine Corp). Taking place in a fictional Lebanese conflict (most likely inspired by the real life September 1982 Marines intervention in Lebanon) the game puts the player in charge of a 4 men fire team comprising 3 riflemen and 1 automatic rifleman. "

( Permalink: Close Combat First to Fight      Submitted by Noel Tue May 31, 2005 )

OpenBSD 3.7 review
A few days ago I bought the official CD’s and installed OpenBSD 3.7 on a dual Pentium III box. Being BSD 4.4 based, OpenBSD is an OS for purists. It still uses a very simple boot process with a general rc shell script so it’s probably easier for traditional Unix system administrators. The use of a default Bourne or C shell makes the transition easy as well, and the no bells text based installation script make it simple to install over serial consoles.

( Permalink: OpenBSD 3.7 review      Submitted by Flavio Villanustre Mon May 30, 2005 )

The Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)
The SCSI standard is a parallel interface standard that traditionally handled up to 160 MBps in data transmission and allowed users to connect several devices to a single port. SCSI has a reputation as one of the oldest and most widely respected standards in computing, but it also has a reputation for poor price and performance and amazing quirkiness.

( Permalink: The Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)      Submitted by Anonymous Mon May 30, 2005 )

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