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OpenOffice 2.0 Pre-review
I've been itching for the pending release of OpenOffice 2.0 and so decided to give it a trial run. How is OpenOffice 2.0 going to compare with MS Office 2003 or OpenOffice 1.x?
As a quick test of the upcoming OpenOffice 2.0 release I downloaded 1.9.79 version of the software and ran through a set of tasks that an advanced office worker might use.

( Permalink: OpenOffice 2.0 Pre-review      Submitted by Anthony Barker Mon Mar 7, 2005 )

Chips in SPACE!
In this article, developers blast their most unusual schemes for chip use in space, once again proving that a little science fiction on television can be a dangerous thing.

( Permalink: Chips in SPACE!      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Mar 5, 2005 )

Introducing the PowerPC SIMD unit
AltiVec? Velocity Engine? VMX? If you've only been casually following PowerPC development, you might be confused by the various guises of this vector processing SIMD technology. This article covers the basics on what AltiVec is, what it does -- and how it stacks up against its competition.

( Permalink: Introducing the PowerPC SIMD unit      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Mar 5, 2005 )

The Network Poltergeist
The IT industry isn’t as boring and technically obsessed as many outsiders believe. Viruses and malicious hacker threats in particular have been increasingly sensationalised in the popular press, squeezing the issues gradually into the public consciousness.

( Permalink: The Network Poltergeist      Submitted by LogError Sat Mar 5, 2005 )

Overview of the Mandrake-Conectiva Acquisition
François Bancilhon sees Mandrake-Conectiva in the top tier of Linux distribution providers. And he sees Mandrake-Conectiva as a key player in the Linux community." MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: "Mandrakesoft . . . and Conectiva, announced plans Thursday for Mandrakesoft to purchase Conectiva for $2.3-million US . . . in stock. Mandrake's acquisition of Conectiva strengthens Mandrake's position among the top-tier Linux distribution providers."
"Mandrakesoft CEO, François Bancilhon, promised Mandrake-Conectiva will maintain its strong commitment to [KDE and to] free and open source software (FOSS) and will continue providing a free version of its Linux Distribution. Although no name for the after-acquisition company has been articulated specifically, François Bancilhon referred to the after-acquisition company as Mandrakesoft-Conectiva during Thursday's press conference.

( Permalink: Overview of the Mandrake-Conectiva Acquisition      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Mar 3, 2005 )

Open source XML editors examined
"The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) provides a flexible and efficient way to store, transmit, and express data. Many applications have adopted it as their sole data format, and the availability of comprehensive XML development libraries makes it easy to add support for XML to new and existing applications. The open source community has produced an impressive lineup of XML editing utilities. In this article we'll take a look at some of the most useful."

( Permalink: Open source XML editors examined      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 3, 2005 )

The (Practically) Ultimate OpenSSH/Keychain Howto
All right, so maybe this isn't quite the ultimate. But this howto will show you the fundamental ways to use OpenSSH; how to generate public/private key pairs and strong passphrases, and how to use the wonderful Keychain utility to automate your SSH logins. This is exceptionally handy when you log in and out frequently, and don't want to keep entering your passphrase.

( Permalink: The (Practically) Ultimate OpenSSH/Keychain Howto      Submitted by Erin Thu Mar 3, 2005 )

Xandros vs. Mepis
"In this article I will compare Xandros 3 Open Circulation Edition and SimplyMEPIS 2004.6. Both are based on Debian, come with KDE, and are targeted to desktop users. They have the same goal, but a different way to achieve it."

( Permalink: Xandros vs. Mepis      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 3, 2005 )

Mac Mini iPod Dock?
"The Apple machine's optical drive connects to the motherboard not by a cable but is attached directly to an Ultra ATA-100 riser card which itself fits into a slot toward the rear of the Mini's mobo. According to Leo Bodnar, the guy who figured out how to overclock the Mini's G4-class CPU, that's not all the riser does."

( Permalink: Mac Mini iPod Dock?      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 3, 2005 )

Forgotten Security
"This process is called steganography. Using this process, you can take any message, encode it inside another message (or in this case, a graphic image). In fact, you could create a whole web site, full of images with secret messages in all of them and none would be the wiser. "

( Permalink: Forgotten Security      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 2, 2005 )

Realistic SELinux
"SElinux is an impressively designed but notoriously hard-to-configure set of kernel hooks that enforce Orange Book-style security on Linux. Full support for SELinux takes effort, but when I first heard about Fedora's new targeted policies for SELinux, I was willing to tell the Red Hat folks "thanks, but no thanks." A conversation with their Dan Walsh changed my mind."

( Permalink: Realistic SELinux      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 2, 2005 )

Gammu open source cell phone synchronisation
"I've been an enthusiastic owner of a GSM cellphone since 1999. I soon bought a serial communication cable to connect it to my PC. Since then I've tested several tools to retrieve and send data between the two. Searching the net one day I came across Gammu, a Linux-based command-line-driven open source synchronisation and backup tool written in C, focused mainly on Nokia models old and new. Gammu lets you retrieve and send SMS directly from your PC, synchronize your address book data, manage your calendar, and check out internal information about your phone's firmware and IMEI number."

( Permalink: Gammu open source cell phone synchronisation      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 2, 2005 )

Preserving Backward Compatibility
"When a project hits a certain point in its life cycle, the unpleasant issue of backward compatibility begins to rear its ugly head. All of a sudden the changes introduced in a new release of the software have a dark side to them; they hold hidden possibilities that will break something one of your users depends on. This is true in both open and closed source projects, but in the open source world it seems that the community has spent less time worrying about it than in the closed source world."

( Permalink: Preserving Backward Compatibility      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 2, 2005 )

From GUI Avoider to OS X
"There is a school of thought out there that seems to think that there is little difference anymore between a Mac and Windows. Given that as a core belief, it is easy to see how those same people can dismiss the claims of Mac users that they are, in fact, more productive on their Macs. I’m going to tell you why I AM more productive on my Mac, and hopefully, give some concrete reasons why."

( Permalink: From GUI Avoider to OS X      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 2, 2005 )

Trouble in the Kernel, VMware, and PostgreSQL
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in the Linux kernel, VMware, PostgreSQL, Squid, MySQL, mailman, Apple OSX HFS+, movemail with GNU Emacs or XEmancs, KStars, typespeed, awstats, and synaesthesia.

( Permalink: Trouble in the Kernel, VMware, and PostgreSQL      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 1, 2005 )

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Sun's Niagara
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Linux Toys
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Six Weeks with Ubuntu Linux
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Modern-day Manhattan Project
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SSH Host Key Protection
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The Need for Speed and Automation
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Lycoris 1.4
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