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SCO Hometown Declares State of Emergency
"According to its calculations, IBM will need 2,952 truckloads to deliver all of the paper documents that SCO has requested. "This will be the largest fishing expedition in history," said an IBM spokesperson. "But we're happy to comply with the court's order. I can't wait to see the look on Darl McBride's face when he can't find his office under the predicted 6 to 10 feet of accumulated paperwork."

( Permalink: SCO Hometown Declares State of Emergency      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 12, 2005 )

Anatomy of the Linux boot process
This article discusses detailed similarities and differences between booting Linux on an x86-based platform (typically a PC-compatible SBC) and a custom embedded platform based around PowerPC, ARM, and others. It discusses suggested hardware and software designs and highlights the tradeoffs of each. It also describes important design pitfalls and best practices.

( Permalink: Anatomy of the Linux boot process      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Feb 12, 2005 )

Migrate Win32 C/C++ application to Linux on POWER
These series of new articles helps you migrate your Win32 C/C++ applications to Linux on POWER. Win32 C/C++ Apps to Linux Part-1 of this series coveres the Win32 APIs mapping to Linux on POWER regarding the initialization and termination, process, thread, and shared memory services. Win32 C/C++ Apps to Linux Part-2 illustrates how to map Win32 to Linux with respect to mutex application program interfaces (APIs).

( Permalink: Migrate Win32 C/C++ application to Linux on POWER      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Feb 12, 2005 )

Matthias Ettrich
"During my studies I discovered GNU software and Linux, and wrote the first version of LyX. This positive and successful experience of initiating a little self-sustaining free software community made me brave enough to start the KDE project later. After my degree I moved to Oslo, Norway, to work for Trolltech, the creators of Qt. Currently I'm holding the position of VP of Engineering for the development tools side of the business. Although VP stands for "very pointy", I'm still able to actively participate in development work myself. "

( Permalink: Matthias Ettrich      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

Giving the Gift of Mac
"After a little of the excitement has worn off, you may be wondering what to do with your old Mac. I faced this dilemma a few months ago when I replaced FrankenMac. I have faced this problem one or two other times in the past as I have disposed of aging equipment, so it’s not exactly a new problem. I wish I knew then what I am learning now."

( Permalink: Giving the Gift of Mac      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

What to Do With Older Macs, Part 2
"If you’ve just gotten a new Mac, you might be afraid of some younger users touching the system. Setting up multiple user accounts might keep little ones from deleting important information, but it won’t prevent keyboard and other hardware damage from spills. This might be just the thing for older systems. Little ones can bang away to their hearts’ content without fear of damaging your new machine."

( Permalink: What to Do With Older Macs, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

Entering non ascii text in X windows
I've written some notes on entering non ascii text at the keyboard in X windows.
I found this quite confusing when I started using X windows,
so I hope you find this useful.

( Permalink: Entering non ascii text in X windows      Submitted by Pádraig Brady Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

Review: CentOS - A Decent RHEL alternative
I have recently come across CentOS. The distribution is developed by the cAos Foundation, and its name stands for Community Enterprise Operating System.

From their website: "It is a rebuild of Redhat Enterprise Linux that conforms fully with Redhat's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible." Differences lay mainly in artwork, CentOS closely tracks RHEL releases and updates.

Yet another GNU/Linux distribution you may argue. Yes, there is Fedora Core for those who wish to use a Red Hat like, but community based operating system. Fedora however is not to be considered a stable distribution (I must point out that I have not had a problem with it, and its 3rd release is still running on my girlfriend's laptop with frequent updates and without problems) but a testbed for technologies that will eventually make it into future Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases. CentOS on the other hand offers RHEL quality, and - not an unimportant aspect - free of charge. Read More @ Linuxtimes.net

( Permalink: Review: CentOS - A Decent RHEL alternative      Submitted by LinuxTimes Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

Data alignment: Straighten up and fly right
Data alignment is an important issue for all programmers who directly use memory. Data alignment affects how well your software performs, and even if your software runs at all. As this article illustrates, understanding the nature of alignment can also explain some of the "weird" behaviors of some processors.

( Permalink: Data alignment: Straighten up and fly right      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

Interview with Author Christopher Negus
Christopher Negus, author of Red Hat Fedora Linux 3 Bible and other "Bible" books, has recently released Linux Toys. This book is the subject of a recent interview by Jeremy of the LinuxForumsDOTorg Content Development team. The interview, found here, covers Linux Toys, Negus's Linux history and experience and a little peek into his future projects. Check out the review here.

( Permalink: Interview with Author Christopher Negus      Submitted by sarumont Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

AOP tools comparison
The challenge of choosing an AOP tool for your project is in comparing the trade-offs of each approach without getting lost in them. In todays world you can't consider adopting a new technology without a close look at how it integrates with existing development environments and other tools. This article compares the four leading AOP tools (AspectJ, AspectWerkz, JBoss AOP, and Spring AOP) to help you decide which one is best for you.

( Permalink: AOP tools comparison      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 11, 2005 )

Programming Tools: Refactoring
"Refactoring is the process of modifying code without affecting either its input or output; that is, the code's interface remains the same. How do we know that refactoring works? The only objective way to find the answer is by testing the code before and after refactoring occurs. The results should match exactly. This makes testing an integral part of any refactoring effort--you cannot successfully separate the two."

( Permalink: Programming Tools: Refactoring      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 10, 2005 )

A Fireside Chat on KDE Usability
"Recently, our very own Fabrice Mous asked if I might write an article about usability and KDE development. At first I was hesitant, and not just because I have a lot more hacking to get done before KDE 3.4 is released (which is soon). I often get asked about usability and the Open Source process, and even I sometimes get tired of having the same old conversations over and over. I thought that this time it would be refreshing to ask someone else these questions and see what they had to say."

( Permalink: A Fireside Chat on KDE Usability      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 10, 2005 )

Easy persistence layers for J2EE apps with iBATIS
iBATIS is an open source object-to-relational mapping data layer that has gained popularity in the Java and J2EE worlds. It's an easy framework to provide a persistence layer to either Java or J2EE applications. This article covers the iBATIS syntax, accessing data sources, setting up WebSphere Studio Application Developer projects to support iBATIS, and querying DB2 database.

( Permalink: Easy persistence layers for J2EE apps with iBATIS      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Feb 10, 2005 )

Using MySQL to benchmark OS performance
"It seems to be an exciting time for *nix operating systems, with a number of them recently releasing new versions that bring the addition of expanded features and claims of improved performance. If you're using GNU/Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, or Solaris as a database server, you've probably recently considered an upgrade or switch to another OS in that list due to marketing hype and hearsay. This article will show you how to benchmark operating system performance using MySQL on these OSes so you can find out for yourself if you're missing out. While this may not necessarily be indicative of overall system performance or overall database application performance, it will tell you specifically how well MySQL performs on your platform."

( Permalink: Using MySQL to benchmark OS performance      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 9, 2005 )

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