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Digging into Mandrake, Novell, and Red Hat
Could Novell overtake Red Hat as the top Linux distribution provider? MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: Along with Novell-SUSE Linux and Red Hat Linux, Mandrake-Conectiva is in the top-tier of Linux distribution providers . . . Today . . . we look further into the financials and demographics of Mandrake-Conectiva, Novell, and Red Hat. We also look at the problems of trying to compare Linux distribution providers. And we look at where Mandrake-Conectiva, Novell, and Red Hat stand in the consumer, SMB, and enterprise arenas.

( Permalink: Digging into Mandrake, Novell, and Red Hat      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Mar 14, 2005 )

Efficiency Through Chip Multi-Threading
"Chip multi-threading (CMT) brings to hardware the concept of multi-threading, similar to software multi-threading. Software multi-threading refers to the execution of multiple tasks within a process. The tasks are executed using software threads. The software threads are executed on a single processor or on many processors simultaneously. A CMT-enabled processor, similar to software multi-threading, executes many software threads simultaneously within a processor on cores. So in a system with CMT processors, software threads can be executed simultaneously within one processor or across many processors. Executing software threads simultaneously within a single processor increases a processor's efficiency as wait latencies are minimized."

( Permalink: Efficiency Through Chip Multi-Threading      Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 12, 2005 )

Test-suite flaws are no joke with Jester
Test-first programming is the least controversial and most widely adopted part of Extreme Programming (XP). By now the majority of professional Java programmers have probably caught the testing bug. Jester is an important addition to the agile programmer's toolbox. It finds gaps in code coverage no other tool can, which translates directly into finding and fixing bugs. This article introduces Jester and shows how to use it for best results.

( Permalink: Test-suite flaws are no joke with Jester      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Mar 12, 2005 )

Pharming - a new technique for Internet fraud
Hackers appear to have an increasing interest in reaping financial reward from their actions and creations. If until now, phishing - using emails to lure users into entering data into spoofed online banking websites - was one of the most widespread fraud techniques, 'pharming' now poses an even greater threat. read more

( Permalink: Pharming - a new technique for Internet fraud      Submitted by Danny Sat Mar 12, 2005 )

Play your favorite windows games in Linux!
It brings me great joy to announce the release of LinuxLinks latest product review, Cedega 4.2.1. This review is likely the most thorough examination of the product to date. In addition to a first person account of the entire Cedega experience, readers will find support issues discussed, including a guide to known issues and fixes. Supplied with this information, readers should have a good idea of just how playable Windows games are in Linux.

Read the review here.

( Permalink: Play your favorite windows games in Linux!      Submitted by Steve Emms Fri Mar 11, 2005 )

The Unix Philosophy Explained
"The book is broken up into two major groups. On one hand, you're given the nine major tenets of the Unix Philosophy. Much time has passed since these were originally written, but they can still be applied to nearly everything we do today. The second part, and what I will be discussing later, consists of the ten lesser tenets. These are, as the name implies, smaller and more specific cases in the philosophy. These ten are not the be-all, end-all as I might suggest the major nine to be, but they are no less useful in completing programming tasks."

( Permalink: The Unix Philosophy Explained      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 11, 2005 )

Automate Perl module deployment
If you run Perl across many different computers of any sort, you know how frustrating it can be to install Perl extension modules across those machines. The administrative process is even worse if you have a Web server farm and need to keep each machine up to date with a set suite of extension modules for your installation. CPAN helps, but there are issues with CPAN that make it an unwieldy solution for use on a network.

( Permalink: Automate Perl module deployment      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Mar 11, 2005 )

Game Review: Future Boy
"Zork's breakthrough was that it was an all-text adventure, and wasn't ashamed of this fact. This was no watered-down "Choose Your Own Adventure" book converted to computer terminal, a separate genre of books that is strictly a multiple choice rote walkthrough with perhaps 3 or 4 choices at most junctures. Zork was different and still stands as different today. Interactive fiction (IF) isn't massively multiplayer. This isn't the graphics-take-center-stage strategy of the Myst series, nor is it a point-and-click adventure. This isn't first-person, third person, or top down. "

( Permalink: Game Review: Future Boy      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 11, 2005 )

Mandrake Corporate Desktop
"Mandrake Corporate Desktop is a little different, though: it is based on Mandrake Corporate Server, which is a tested and mature product on a calculated and lengthy release cycle. If you're used to some degree of instability or unpredictability with Mandrakelinux, you won't find it in Mandrake Corporate Desktop. One could roughly equate Mandrake Corporate Desktop to Red Hat Desktop, and Mandrakelinux to Fedora Core."

( Permalink: Mandrake Corporate Desktop      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 11, 2005 )

Apple Xserve
"Apple's embrace of Unix in its Mac OS X operating system gave the company a big boost among scientists who need hefty processing capabilities. Bill Van Etten, who does genetic research at the University of Pittsburgh, attributes the Mac's star power among scientists to the computer's ease of use, a broad set of scientific applications available for the Mac and, most important, its Unix-based operating system. "As a life-science researcher, I simply have no use for an operating system that isn't Unix," says Van Etten."

( Permalink: Apple Xserve      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 10, 2005 )

2005 Text Mode Browser Roundup
"Browsing the Web in text mode has a long history. Initially, text mode was all there was, with the CERN Line Mode Browser (also called www). The ever-present Lynx made the jump to full-screen text mode, as opposed to line-by-line, in late 1992. Lynx continues to be maintained and extended today. Incidentally, Lynx originally was a browser for Gopher and some in-house university hypertext systems. Emacs/W3 came next, in 1993, and was written in Emacs Lisp."

( Permalink: 2005 Text Mode Browser Roundup      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 10, 2005 )

Software organizes email by task
"The researchers' prototype uses a three-phase process, said Kushmerick. First, the system groups messages according to the activity or task they relate to. For a user who participates in multiple eBay auctions simultaneously, the system would partition eBay messages into messages pertaining to the different auctions -- for example, a desk auction, a bed auction, and a dollhouse auction, said Kushmerick. "

( Permalink: Software organizes email by task      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 10, 2005 )

Least Privilege Model in Solaris 10
"The least privilege model evolved from Sun's experiences with Trusted Solaris and the tighter security model used there. The Solaris 10 OS least privileged model conveniently enables normal users to do things like mount file systems, start daemon processes that bind to lower numbered ports, and change the ownership of files. On the other hand, it also protects the system against programs that previously ran with full root privileges because they needed limited access to things like binding to ports lower than 1024, reading from and writing to user home directories, or accessing the Ethernet device. "

( Permalink: Least Privilege Model in Solaris 10      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 10, 2005 )

Kuro Box Linux up close
This installment of "Migrating from x86 to PowerPC" moves from the abstract to the concrete, looking into implementation details of the Kuro Box. The article gets into actual implementation specifics for the Kuro Box platform.

( Permalink: Kuro Box Linux up close      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Mar 10, 2005 )

Getting Things Done with Your Mac
"If you haven't heard of Getting Things Done, or GTD, allow me to explain. The simplest explanation is that it's a book by David Allen that you can buy from Amazon for about $10. But more than that, it's a concept, a viral idea, a mission. Some observers might even call it a cult. Because once you've got the Getting Things Done bug, it's hard to shake off."

( Permalink: Getting Things Done with Your Mac      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 9, 2005 )

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