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Latest Offering from Lycoris
"After several months, amidst various delays and other issues, this author has had the opportunity, at long last, to install and evaluate the latest iteration of Lycoris' Desktop LX, Amethyst 1.4. Of what may be said of Lycoris' latest build, one thing must be said first and foremost. If this is your first Linux distro, you will be unable to help but be impressed by how interactive and svelte the KDE environment is. (The author prefers GNOME, but will admit that Lycoris' KDE implementation definitely wins the contest of cosmetics appeal.) "

( Permalink: Latest Offering from Lycoris      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 29, 2004 )

Whatever Happened to SGI?
"In California there's a computer manufacturer that makes powerful machines beloved by a tiny niche of creative users, featuring a media-oriented Unix operating system and stunning industrial design. But it's not Apple Computer. The company is Silicon Graphics Incorporated, or SGI, which once was famous for its high-powered graphics and 3-D workstations but has fallen on hard times of late."

( Permalink: Whatever Happened to SGI?      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 29, 2004 )

Running Mac OS X Panther
"The author illustrates both interfaces to the operating system throughout the book. There are Macintosh applications to access all kinds of system information, whether it's users and groups, preferences, system logs, or services. For those who love Unix and the command line, just about anything you can do with the GUI you can do with the CLI. This makes a nice two-tiered approach to anything you'll want to do. The GUI is fast and easy to learn, but some things (particularly automated tasks) really need to be done on the command line."

( Permalink: Running Mac OS X Panther      Submitted by Noel Sun Nov 28, 2004 )

Postfix's Wietse Venema Interviewed
Brazilian site Linux IT's interview with Postfix creator Wietse Venema, writing "This interview approaches his private life, projects and the future of postfix and other MTAs."

( Permalink: Postfix's Wietse Venema Interviewed      Submitted by wrochal Sun Nov 28, 2004 )

My workstation OS: Debian
"What do you want from a desktop operating system? Of course programs for everyday use (a Web browser, office tools, games, etc.), but those programs are not the main criteria, especially with GNU/Linux, since you can use almost any Linux application easily on your distribution of choice. The real criteria are stability, package management, hardware compatibility, and the people behind the software, the community. For its superiority in those areas, I made Debian my workstation OS."

( Permalink: My workstation OS: Debian      Submitted by Noel Sun Nov 28, 2004 )

Point and Click Linux
"Not many years ago, books that came with a Linux distribution usually had the user prepare an initial pair of floppies, cross his fingers, and sacrifice at least a hard drive partition just to try it out by installing either from a CD or over the network. If the user wanted to keep an existing Windows partition, things were even more complicated, because there were no newbie-friendly non-destructive partition editors. Having bored (suffered) through that process, and seemingly tried every possible combination of boot+root floppy images before hitting the one that actually worked all my hardware enough to let the installation begin, I'm a big fan of Live CD Linux distros: this is progress."

( Permalink: Point and Click Linux      Submitted by Noel Sun Nov 28, 2004 )

PowerPC atomic instruction prevents code meltdown
Something as simple as incrementing an integer can fail in a concurrent environment. This article illustrates the failure scenario and introduces the PowerPC's coping mechanism: atomic instructions. Learn how to close the Window of Death with these assembly-level instructions to update memory correctly, even in the face of concurrency.

( Permalink: PowerPC atomic instruction prevents code meltdown      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Nov 28, 2004 )

Ben Gillett - Interview
"Next in our series of interviews with cutting-edge, independant developers, is Ben Gillett. Ben is the Technical Director of Camel Audio and is responsible for innovative products such as CamelPhat, a unique effects/overdrive plugin and the Cameleon 5000, which is his flagship software synthesiser plugin. Please give Ben a big warm OSXAudio hug and read on as we grill him on his vision for the future of his products and his methods of software design. You can be assured that we didnt ask him the story behind his company name. "

( Permalink: Ben Gillett - Interview      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 26, 2004 )

Media-Tool Trouble
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in libgd, mtink, zip, ruby, Samba, freeamp, Kaffeine and gxine, Portage, zgv, shadow, and BNC.

( Permalink: Media-Tool Trouble      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 26, 2004 )

Solaris Performance Optimization for C/C++ Systems
"This article describes how to optimize the performance of enterprise systems that employ extensive time-stamping using the time(2) system call in the Solaris Operating System. This optimization applies especially to the financial market, and is based on our work with a number of different independent software vendors (ISVs). We have observed that the common practice of "time-stamping" messages, transactions, or other objects in a system can consume more resources than the developer might expect. In these systems, the time(2) system call is used to obtain the current time with which to stamp each message or object. (The time(2) system call returns the value of time in seconds since 00:00:00 UTC, January 1, 1970.)"

( Permalink: Solaris Performance Optimization for C/C++ Systems      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 26, 2004 )

Yellowdog Linux 4.0: some install notes
"The installation is smooth. The Anaconda installer is getting better and better. Together with Ubuntu, Yellowdog seems the only distribution that has no problems at all with the nVidia GeForce 2 graphic card we have on our test Apple box. This means that at the yaboot prompt we had only to press enter to start the standard graphical installer. Yaboot will prompt you with some other options: kernels for G5, install-text and install-safe (for hardware not completely supported). The default kernel is Linux (it was the latest stable when this YDLversion was released)."

( Permalink: Yellowdog Linux 4.0: some install notes      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 26, 2004 )

Implementing the Power and Freedom of Linux
Linux is ready for the big time. If you are anything from a small business to a large corporation, Linux can do things for you that you never thought possible, all that's needed is to think outside the square. Traditionally, if you decided you needed some software or system to implement in your business, you might get someone within your organisation to investigate what software to buy to fulfill that function within a set price. How does that translate to the Open Source model? more

( Permalink: Implementing the Power and Freedom of Linux      Submitted by Scott Fri Nov 26, 2004 )

Don't Touch That Dial
"In fact, it does just about everything a stand-alone digital video recorder does, and something extra: Shows can easily be burned to CD or DVD. It's almost perfect except for one glaring shortcoming: If you use a set-top box, it can't change channels."

( Permalink: Don't Touch That Dial      Submitted by Noel Thu Nov 25, 2004 )

Jonathan Schwartz on Red Hat, Solaris, Java
Jonathan Schwartz made a few bold statements in his chat with OSNews, claiming that Red Hat is proprietary and it locks-in its customers, that Solaris is the future of Unix and that Sun is actively working to scale it from mainframes down to embedded devices, that Java won't be Free'd because of fear of a fork, that Red Hat's new implementation of Java won't succeed in the marketplace, and more. Oh, and that he loves Macs.

( Permalink: Jonathan Schwartz on Red Hat, Solaris, Java      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Nov 25, 2004 )

OpenBSD Widens Its Scope
"Already well-regarded as a security-focused network operating system, OpenBSD stands to further upgrade its reputation with Version 3.6, which combines enhanced services with wider hardware support. OpenBSD 3.6, which was released last month, will be a good fit for companies that wish to put services at the network edge, such as firewalls or VPNs, with more flexibility than appliance-based options could provide."

( Permalink: OpenBSD Widens Its Scope      Submitted by Noel Thu Nov 25, 2004 )

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