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OpenBSD: no more apache updates
"The apache we ship with OpenBSD will stay at version 1.3.29. We will fix bugs, but there won't be any updates any more. 1.3.31 has been released under their "new" license which is less free than the previous one, and this is not acceptable.
You know whom to complain to. "


( Permalink: OpenBSD: no more apache updates      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 8, 2004 )

Simplifying GNOME file management
"But then, users' behavior can't be changed, but we can make our programs adapt better to them. Users shouldn't be forced to think in terms of files, directories and hierarchies, and should instead be allowed to think in terms of tasks. Spatial nautilus is an admirable step in the right direction: it discards the filesystem approach and adopts the folder-as-an-object metaphor. But there's a lot more to do. Here are three proposals: "

( Permalink: Simplifying GNOME file management      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 8, 2004 )

Linux is Changing the Face of Education in Africa
"Apart from the thin-client labs which is the area I am most heavily involved in, there are numerous other projects currently running. The OSSMS project as well as the schooltool project at schooltool.org are working on creating viable school administration software. Currently both are in advanced, stable and usable states. In South-Africa the CSIR also has a number of FOSS education projects under way. Simply put there is a revolution under way in Africa, education is being revamped and taken to new levels. FOSS, and especially Linux is a key part of this. Will it be successful? Will Africa move out of it's legacy of poverty, disease, corruption and war? Perhaps not, it probably takes a lot more than any given type of software to achieve a social revolution on that scale, but it is not unattainable, and education is a key factor in uplifting any society, and FOSS is changing the face of education in Africa for the better."

( Permalink: Linux is Changing the Face of Education in Africa      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 8, 2004 )

The Team Cymru Darknet Project
"A Darknet is a portion of routed, allocated IP space in which no active services or servers reside. These are "dark" because there is, seemingly, nothing within these networks. A Darknet does in fact include at least one server, designed as a packet vacuum. This server gathers the packets and flows that enter the Darknet, useful for real-time analysis or post-event network forensics. Any packet that enters a Darknet is by its presence aberrant. No legitimate packets should be sent to a Darknet. Such packets may have arrived by mistake or misconfiguration, but the majority of such packets are sent by malware. This malware, actively scanning for vulnerable devices, will send packets into the Darknet, and this is exactly what we want."

( Permalink: The Team Cymru Darknet Project      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 8, 2004 )

Hentzenwerke Publishing switches to Linux
"Combined with the lack of attention that Microsoft paid to my bread and butter, Visual FoxPro, the potential new market for developing custom software on Linux desktops spelled opportunity. That's the real reason I started moving to Linux. I like growing markets, not shrinking ones, and the VFP market had been contracting for years. At the same time, I figured it was going to be several years before demand started showing up, and those years would be the head start I needed to get up to speed and comfortable with Linux."

( Permalink: Hentzenwerke Publishing switches to Linux      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 8, 2004 )

10 Things Apple Did To Make Mac OS X Faster
"The performance of computer hardware typically increases monotonically with time. Even if the same could be said of software, the rate at which software performance improves is usually very slow compared to that of hardware. In fact, many might opine that there is plenty of software whose performance has deteriorated consistently with time. Moreover, it is rather difficult to establish an objective performance metric for software as complex as an operating system: a "faster OS" is a very subjective, context dependent phrase."

( Permalink: 10 Things Apple Did To Make Mac OS X Faster      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

The new 15-in. PowerBook: A laptop for all?
"You may recall that the 15-in. model was the last of the pro laptop line to get an aluminum case, following last year's 12-in. and 17-in. models to market by several months. While its bigger and smaller siblings are now at Rev. 3, this is only the second version of the aluminum-clad 15-in. PowerBook -- and the first run got off to a rocky start last fall when owners began seeing white spots on their LCD screens. While the problem units were repaired and the problem was eventually eliminated, it left would-be buyers leery of the 15-in. model."

( Permalink: The new 15-in. PowerBook: A laptop for all?      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

Linux In Government: Interoperability
Tom has started a new column for Linux Journal called Linux in Government. The first article concerns data sharing among government agencies. You might find the article of value, especially the section covering a working LAMP application joining government databases called "libraryoftexas.org". The article exists at: here

( Permalink: Linux In Government: Interoperability      Submitted by Tom Adelstein Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

GoboLinux 011 Short Review
GoboLinux came about a couple years ago but has just come into its prime with the 011 release. With its developer's innovative ideas of restructured directories and package management, it will surely be paving the way for a new era of the already incredible operating system.

( Permalink: GoboLinux 011 Short Review      Submitted by MrApples Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

Snownews - the text mode RSS/RDF newsreader
Alex Bradbury has written a review of a text-mode RSS reader that many people might overlook, snownews. Many may be put off by its text interface, but it seems to be very intuitive and easy to use. "Typing h at any point brings up a handy help menu, which lists the functions of the various supported key-bindings. I typed a and started to add a couple of RSS feeds. I found the user interface to be simple and intuitive, exactly what I was looking for."

( Permalink: Snownews - the text mode RSS/RDF newsreader      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

GNOME Community Road Map
"The GNOME Community Road Map is a big-picture view of what functionality GNOME can expect to include through the next year and beyond. The Road Map is a combination of feedback from current GNOME developers and other community members."

( Permalink: GNOME Community Road Map      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

Sun: open-source Java will happen
"Evangelist Raghavan Srinivas said that Sun plans to open up its "write once, run anywhere" language.
"We haven't worked out how to open-source Java -- but at some point it will happen," Srinivas said. However, he noted "it might be today, tomorrow or two years down the road."
Interesting stuff, especially coming so close on the heels of their decision to open up Solaris."


( Permalink: Sun: open-source Java will happen      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

The Making of BSD Hacks
"Editing a book is a little different than writing one. As an editor, I want to see regular progress. I want to provide regular feedback to the author, and I want her to see the exact changes I've suggested. I created a networked Subversion repository for the book and set up a simple directory structure. Each chapter had its own subdirectory. The tools/ subdirectory held tools for working with the book and the build/ and build/html directories held generated files."

( Permalink: The Making of BSD Hacks      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 7, 2004 )

The G5: Finally Ready for Prime Time
"Those revenues will convert to profits that grease the skids for G5 purchases by graphics jocks itching for faster gear. "When I talk to the guys in the graphics and ad world, they'll tell you that even a 10% or 15% speed improvement is money in their pocket," says Tim Bajarin, president of tech consultancy Creative Strategies. Anecdotally, Bajarin says he's hearing from stores and resellers that interest in G5s is picking up. "

( Permalink: The G5: Finally Ready for Prime Time      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 6, 2004 )

Linux for Dummies, 5th Edition
"Wiley's "For Dummies" series tends to provoke polarized reactions, so here's fair warning: I love them more than I loathe them -- partly out of contrarianism, partly because I often fall well within their target demographic. If the folksy, self-deprecating tone of these books infuriates you as it does many people, most likely it's because you aren't part of the target audience. No one likes being talked down to. On the other hand, for many people who might otherwise be interested in switching to Linux (or at least playing with it more), being told to look at man pages is like being told to drive up a brick wall, and books like Linux for Dummies are a welcome resource both to learn from and to point out to others. (For more technically oriented novices and intermediate users, I might rather point out Jon Lasser's Think Unix!)"

( Permalink: Linux for Dummies, 5th Edition      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 6, 2004 )

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