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The Best Free Desktop Linux
"Continuing his quest for the perfect Linux desktop, Michael C. Barnes gives DesktopLinux.com readers an in-depth analysis of the technologies that make open source a great alternative to proprietary operating systems. Examining the various components that constitute a complete system, Barnes provides practical advice and instruction on how to improve your desktop experience and productivity with freely available software. He reviews desktop environments, communications using voice-over-IP, common applications, and more. "

( Permalink: The Best Free Desktop Linux      Submitted by Noel Sun Oct 31, 2004 )

Breaking the Network Barrier
"KDE is, by design, a fully networked desktop. Network files are accessible as readily and easily as local files from most applications. This is accomplished through special protocol handlers built into KDE, known as I/O slaves. These handlers implement a specific network protocol such as HTTP, FTP, or IMAP, and transparently interact with applications when they try to open a URL that requires that protocol."

( Permalink: Breaking the Network Barrier      Submitted by Noel Sun Oct 31, 2004 )

The Cult of Mac
"The form and structure of the book is a cross between a Wired magazine (for which Kahney has long written on Apple) and a coffee table book. There are great pictures of people, machines and art to appeal to the eye. Some pages are all pictures, while others are primarily text -- most are a combination of the two. The layout is always attractive. If this were a book from Apple, the style would be cleaner and there would be less emphasis on the past; this book is from and for the fans, though, so the style is more edgy and chaotic."

( Permalink: The Cult of Mac      Submitted by Noel Sat Oct 30, 2004 )

A Firm Foundation for the Linux Desktop
"The X Window System, which is the foundation of graphical displays on Linux, Unix, BSD, and Mac OS X, has long stayed submerged in the public consciousness just as it has been submerged under window managers and heavyweight desktops. (In fact, the desktops bear much of the guilt for torpid response and lavish memory use that observers like to heap on X.) Recently, X as a technology has received more of the attention it deserves, on this site (see Edd Dumbill's "What's Next for X?") among other places. Yet no one has talked about the organization that makes these advances possible, the thorough makeover it has received in the past year, or the financial neglect that holds desktops back from even greater things."

( Permalink: A Firm Foundation for the Linux Desktop      Submitted by Noel Sat Oct 30, 2004 )

Reducing OS Boot Times for Car Computers, Part III
"This is the final article in a three-part series (see Resources) on reducing boot times for in-car computers. The impetus for the project has been my company, CarBot, where we're trying to get computer hardware to behave as it should in a car. In the previous two articles, I discussed a range of solutions for solving the problem of slow boots. In the months since those articles were written, we've thoroughly explored the possibility of using a BIOS replacement on the VIA Epia-M boards in an attempt to reduce boot times to the theoretical minimum. During this time, we've also discovered some hacks that can be used to minimize the effect of boot times on the user experience."

( Permalink: Reducing OS Boot Times for Car Computers, Part III      Submitted by Noel Sat Oct 30, 2004 )

PDA Freedom with OpenZaurus
"Despite Sharp's cancellation of its Zaurus SL-6000 PDA in the US, the Sharp Zaurus continues to have a strong following among Linux gurus in the US and all over the world. No one proves this point better than the people behind the OpenZaurus project. The OpenZaurus Project provides an alternative to the original Sharp Zaurus ROM for different models of the Sharp Zaurus Personal Mobile Tool."

( Permalink: PDA Freedom with OpenZaurus      Submitted by Noel Sat Oct 30, 2004 )

Globus Toolkit 4 Early Access: WSRF
The soon-to-be-released Globus Toolkit 4 (GT4) (31 Jan 2005 according to the Globus Web site) features a new implementation of the Web Services Resource Framework (WSRF) [1] and the Service Notification (WSN) [2] standards. GT4 provides an API for building stateful Web services targeted to distributed heterogeneous computing environments.

( Permalink: Globus Toolkit 4 Early Access: WSRF      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Oct 30, 2004 )

Apple introduces iPod Photo and U2 iPod
"As we speculated a couple of weeks ago, Apple today introduced the iPod Photo. Coming in 40GB and 60GB models priced at US$499 and US$599 respectively, the iPod Photo sports a 2-inch 220x176 16-bit color display. It also includes an A/V cable to connect it to a TV or projector in order to display slideshows. Both Mac and Windows users will be able to manage and sync the iPod Photo library via iTunes 4.7, which will allow users to import images directly from any directory on a PC or Mac."

( Permalink: Apple introduces iPod Photo and U2 iPod      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 29, 2004 )

Speech Synthesis to the Rescue
"Iíve been a fan of speech synthesizers for years. Sometimes when I wanted to remember something I needed to do at the end of the day, Iíd render an audio file and put it in my Shutdown Items folder, so it would play when I turned off the computer. Iíve also written scripts that command the Macís speech synthesizer to speak alerts:"

( Permalink: Speech Synthesis to the Rescue      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 28, 2004 )

NetBSD, for When Portability and Stability Matter
"In keeping with the metaphor, NetBSD's claim to fame is its high portability ó it will run on more than 50 hardware platforms ranging, from the Commodore Amiga to PlayStation 2 to everything in between. If you can get your hands on the hardware, there is probably a NetBSD port available for it. This wide portability has gained NetBSD the reputation of being an ideal operating system for research environments. Organizations with older or marginalized or just plain unusual hardware systems can continue to make use of them for present-day work by installing NetBSD. "

( Permalink: NetBSD, for When Portability and Stability Matter      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 28, 2004 )

Sun Cluster Q&A with Sohrab Modi
"Sun Cluster addresses planned downtime by enabling users to dynamically scale the amount of servers in a cluster up or down to meet business needs -- all without affecting cluster uptime. Dynamic Reconfiguration also allows servers within a cluster to be upgraded while they are live and running -- removing the need to bring the server offline to update it, therefore reducing planned (and unplanned) downtime. Updates to the Sun Cluster software can be applied to a live cluster without bringing it down through the usage of Sun Cluster's rolling upgrade feature. Sun Cluster's features, services and processes ensure that vital business operations continue in the face of any IT disruption- planned or unplanned."

( Permalink: Sun Cluster Q&A with Sohrab Modi      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 28, 2004 )

Genetic algorithms
Create life, or something like it. Based on the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest, genetic programming uses mutation and replication to produce algorithms for creating ever-improving computer programs. This article covers instructions on how to simulate a multi-celled organism.

( Permalink: Genetic algorithms      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Oct 28, 2004 )

Understanding 64-bit PowerPC architecture
Each of the leading microprocessor manufacturers has announced the availability of one or more 64-bit desktop processors, but differences exist in architectural design, fabrication, support, and intended use of each processor. This article looks at the critical issues in a few of IBM's 64-bit POWER designs, covering 32-bit compatibility, power management, processor bus design, and the manufacturing process.

( Permalink: Understanding 64-bit PowerPC architecture      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Oct 28, 2004 )

Current Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems
The problem is that current generation intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) lacks context about the network. It may positively identify an attack, but it knows nothing about the targetís likelihood of succumbing to the attack.

( Permalink: Current Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems      Submitted by LogError Thu Oct 28, 2004 )

An Interview with Jeremy Garcia of LinuxQuestions
Every once in a while I like to pay homage to some of the pioneering folks who I feel express the spirit of the potential of Linux. Linux is an experience that is best exemplified by the helpful souls, willing to provide answers to those who are just starting out on the path to freedom. It is my great pleasure to have interviewed just such a person recently, and someone I think is doing excellent work for all. That person is Jeremy Garcia of Linux Questions.

Chuck Talk: Hi Jeremy. So, what is it that makes you tick, what is it that makes you want to share the LinuxQuestions.org forum with everyone?

Jeremy Garcia: I started LinuxQuestions.org as a way to give something back to the Linux community. I had been using Linux for a while at that point and wanted to offer help to existing and potential Linux users. To this day, the main goal of the site continues to be helping people learn, deploy and support Linux. We've been fortunate enough to be able to take an active role in Linux advocacy, which is great.

( Permalink: An Interview with Jeremy Garcia of LinuxQuestions      Submitted by Chuck Talk Thu Oct 28, 2004 )

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