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Xandros Desktop 2.5 Business Edition
"Xandros Desktop 2.5 represents the fourth release of the desktop GNU/Linux distribution formerly known as Corel Linux. Xandros prides itself on superior Windows compatibility, and to maintain that reputation it includes some hard-hitting tools for making Windows programs work well on GNU/Linux. It's a little on the expensive side as far as desktop distributions go, and it feels somewhat like a slightly watered-down version of Linspire, but Xandros 2.5 Business Edition definitely has its advantages."
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( Permalink: Xandros Desktop 2.5 Business Edition      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 23, 2004 )

GDL2: the GNUstep Database Library
"GDL2 is a free (LGPL) implementation of EOF, Enterprise Objects Framework. EOF was created by NeXT Computer, Inc. in 1994 as a collection of API to develop efficiently object-oriented database applications using the Objective-C language. It evolved from a lower-level framework, known as DB Kit, that was available on NeXTSTEP. Apple's implementations of EOF now are based on the Java language, leaving Objective-C developers with no choices but to consider rewriting their applications in Java or looking at a free implementation of EOF. GDL2 is aimed at compatibility with version 4.5 of EOF."
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( Permalink: GDL2: the GNUstep Database Library      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 23, 2004 )

Statistical programming with R
This series introduces you to R, a rich statistical environment, released as free software. It includes a programming language, an interactive shell, and extensive graphing capability. What's more, R comes with a spectacular collection of functions for mathematical and statistical manipulations -- with still more capabilities available in optional packages.

( Permalink: Statistical programming with R      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Sep 23, 2004 )

Nisus Express is a writer’s tool
"NWX2 launches quickly and the interface does not disappoint. Everything that this writer needs is represented right up front — text and paragraph formating, a table tool and a highlighter. Also, the integrated Thesaurus and always open “Stats” window (ie word and character counts) make it complete."
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( Permalink: Nisus Express is a writer’s tool      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 22, 2004 )

KDE 3.3 Usability Study and Review
"Several groups exist that are involved in KDE usability. For one, there is a KDE usability project that covers user testing and expert analysis; however, their website has only been updated a couple of times over the past year and a half. Usability in KDE was also a topic at the just-completed KDE conference known as aKademy. KDE 3.3 continues the evolution of the KDE desktop by further enhancing the desktop through improved integration and applications, and builds on the usability improvements introduced in the 3.2 version."
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( Permalink: KDE 3.3 Usability Study and Review      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 22, 2004 )

APT Pupil: your own repository
"Uniformity is one of the basic principles of software management. If you want to lower the work involved in managing multiple systems, you should try to install software as similar as possible in all of them. To do that, a decent system of software delivery is necessary, so installing the new versions or new packages in all systems is not a hard chore. I like APT. But, like all repository-based systems, it has the weakness that, if you install something that's not in your repos, you are outside the system."
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( Permalink: APT Pupil: your own repository      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 22, 2004 )

AtheneOS
"Rocklyte Systems' Athene operating environment is at once fascinating and frustrating. It's a custom GNU/Linux distribution optimized for i686 machines that employs a proprietary graphics toolkit and video drivers, which means it's visually impressive and extremely speedy. Athene is by far the most unique and technologically advanced GNU/Linux derivative to date, but it needs some better administrative features, doesn't come with much software, and its license is proprietary and restrictive. Athene is a combination of a custom Linux From Scratch-derived operating system using the 2.6.7 kernel, SciTech SNAP Graphics drivers, and the Athene Desktop featuring the Pandora graphics toolkit. It was designed from the ground up to be a fast yet graphic-intensive desktop operating system that would appeal to a wide range of users."
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( Permalink: AtheneOS      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 22, 2004 )

Open Source Wireless Tools Emerge
The wireless development landscape differs from the wired world in a number of ways. For one thing, the dominance of handheld device manufacturers and proprietary OS makers has meant that open source projects for wireless connectivity have been slow to take off. But now this sector is showing some signs of life. This article explains both the delays and the brightening future.

( Permalink: Open Source Wireless Tools Emerge      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Sep 22, 2004 )

Beowulf Cluster Computing with Linux
"Beowulf Cluster Computing with Linux provides a well-balanced discussion that covers the basic design and construction of a Beowulf cluster, as well as how to manage and effectively use one. The breadth of the discussion is the book's only weakness—a lack of depth. The book touches on several topics from networking to programming, but you're going to need other sources on each subject for in-depth discussions. This book can help you define what other resources you need, though."
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( Permalink: Beowulf Cluster Computing with Linux      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 22, 2004 )

Digital Hub Concepts in Enterprise Software, Pt. 5
"In this article, we are going to build the first client module that will work with the XML spoke data. We are going to using my favorite development environment on the Macintosh, which is Cocoa. If you have not programmed in Cocoa before, this will be a whirlwind tour that will whet your appetite to the potential of this great resource. However, no matter what you experience, you will learn how to quickly create an independent application that participates and adapts to a larger enterprise software system."
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( Permalink: Digital Hub Concepts in Enterprise Software, Pt. 5      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

Linux Desktop CPU Roundup
"With so many socket, memory and processor configurations, recent computer configurations can be extremely confusing. DDR2 or DDR1? AMD or Intel? 1MB L2 cache or 512KB? HyperThreading on or off? None of these are easy questions, particularly if we throw an alternative opterating system in the mix. We set up all of our benchmarks so that they can be replicated easily by anyone using a similar configuration. Below, you can see which configurations were used for the benchmark analysis."
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( Permalink: Linux Desktop CPU Roundup      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

New Apache
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in Apache 2.x, GNU Radius, libXpm, CUPS, gdk-pixbug, cdrtools, SUS, and Webmin.

( Permalink: New Apache      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

Linux Revisits Algebra Class
"Today Linux provides a rich development environment combined with familiar support tools, which include system logs and, in the worst case, core files. Because of the open source nature of Linux, it is relatively easy to adapt to new requirements. For example, when a school replaces a failed network card, the NSCF can update their system with a new driver, if necessary. In addition, it often is possible to obtain Linux drivers for older hardware that couldn't be used with commercial operating systems."
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( Permalink: Linux Revisits Algebra Class       Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

Contrarian Minds: Sheueling Chang
"Generating RSA keys is quite time consuming. This is because each RSA key relies on having two very large prime integers. A computer must run for a long time to search for huge numbers that cannot be subdivided. Elliptic curve keys do not need to be prime, making it much easier to generate key pairs," Chang says. "If, for example, you need to issue smart cards for a health-care system to millions of customers, generating so many RSA keys on small token devices is not a trivial task."
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( Permalink: Contrarian Minds: Sheueling Chang      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

Biometrics for Network Security
With all the problems related to using simple password-based authentication methods, biometrics surely has major "pros" for its implementation in enterprise networks. Can this book help you? Read on and find out.
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( Permalink: Biometrics for Network Security      Submitted by LogError Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

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