|"The technology base for Unix software development has been moving steadily toward Linux for some time. IBM is the probably the most widely known and vocal Linux advocate from the "gosh they're big" software vendor group. IBM ported its Lotus suite, its DB2 Universal Database, and the Tivoli suite of applications to Linux. This, coupled with "end-to-end" services that support IBM hardware and various software suites (some of it not even IBM's own) running on Linux, has helped Linux penetrate further into the corporate data center." |
( Permalink: Linux is the Unix reference implementation Submitted by Noel Sun May 16, 2004 )
|Implementing Linux emulation on NetBSD|
|"NetBSD's Linux emulation doesn't run a Linux kernel on a virtual machine; it runs Linux binaries on a NetBSD kernel. Linux emulation let you run plenty of useful programs that won't run natively under NetBSD, such as Sun's 1.4 Java Runtime Environment and JDK.
Setting up Linux emulation requires a kernel option (COMPAT_LINUX) in the NetBSD kernel, and some local files. The kernel option is specified in the default GENERIC configuration; if you aren't using that, just make sure you have a line reading "options COMPAT_LINUX" in your kernel configuration file. As for the Linux programs, most are dynamically linked and thus need copies of Linux shared libraries, which are installed under /emul/linux." |
( Permalink: Implementing Linux emulation on NetBSD Submitted by Noel Sun May 16, 2004 )
|Secure Architectures with OpenBSD|
|"One nice feature of this book is that its authors refer to Linux equivalents where appropriate, e.g., in terms of configuration and system file locations and names. This makes it an ideal text for a Linux sysadmin who wants to take OpenBSD for a test drive on the public network. Two chapters covering the OpenBSD packet filter (pf) and IPSec are the gems of this text and even advanced Linux users will likely benefit from alternative approaches to solving the same problems in the alternate universe of a different operating system.
( Permalink: Secure Architectures with OpenBSD Submitted by Noel Sun May 16, 2004 )
|Open Source Scripting Made Easy|
|"Commercial scripting languages have drawn success from powerful and widely used development tools: ASP has Visual Studio, ColdFusion has Macromedia's Dreamweaver, and JSP has a variety of tools from commercial sources such as Borland and open source projects such as Eclipse and NetBeans. PHP's enormous success, however, is not tied to specific tools. Rather, the combination of a code editor and a browser is likely the most common PHP development environment." |
( Permalink: Open Source Scripting Made Easy Submitted by Noel Sun May 16, 2004 )
|Giving XFce4 a Spin|
|XFce is a lightweight desktop environment for unix-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. It's based on the GTK+ toolkit version 2. Rahul Gaitonde is reviewing XFce and he includes some screenshots.|
( Permalink: Giving XFce4 a Spin Submitted by Anonymous Sun May 16, 2004 )
|Integrating Xgrid into Cocoa Applications, Part 1|
|"Xgrid was unveiled by Apple at the last Macworld to almost negligible fanfare. Admittedly it is still in an early stage of development, but the silence from Apple was almost deafening for a technology that may well prove to be one of the most significant in years. Yes, you read right, Xgrid may well be as big a revolution as the iMac was for home computing, and iMovie was for home movies.
Xgrid is software for distributing computation. A computer with Xgrid installed can send computational tasks to other Xgrid-enabled computers, and receive the results back upon completion." |
( Permalink: Integrating Xgrid into Cocoa Applications, Part 1 Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|"MonsterGecko, LLC designer, manufacturer of high-quality peformance gaming accessories for PC and console game systems, today announced the company's first high performance gaming mouse designed and sytled specifically for 3D first-person shooter games. The PistolMouseT FPS offers players faster reaction speed and better precision with its realistic pistol styling, multiple anodized aluminum triggers, over-size selectable scroll wheel, ergonomic hand position, and high-resolution optical tracking." |
( Permalink: PistolMouseFPS Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|"2 years ago I installed my first Linux distro, Red Hat, and stayed with them. Since KDE has been described as eye candy, and GNOME as flat, I'll tell you how to make your GNOME beat both KDE and Mac OS X in looks.
gDesklets is a system that sits on top of your GNOME, providing applets on your desktop. I am not on expert on how gDesklets work, but I've found out that you'll need Python packages installed.
( Permalink: gDesklets Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|Interview with the author of Juk, Scott Wheeler|
|"There a quite a lot of media players available for KDE. What have been the reasons for you to develop another one? What makes JuK different in comparison with other players?
Well, at the time that I started on QTagger and began its slow progression towards JuK there weren't a lot of players for KDE. I started on QTagger within a couple of months of Charles starting on Noatun -- Noatun eventually added tagging; JuK eventually added playing. That was about it at that time. Most of the newer stuff has come around since then. But it's actually a good problem to have -- I'm just excited that there's a renewed interest for in KDE's multimedia and that we have so many new folks coming into the KDE multimedia community."
( Permalink: Interview with the author of Juk, Scott Wheeler Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|BSD Success Stories|
|"I imagine FreeBSD can offer the same things to anyone that it offered to me,
and even much more. But I know that because of its stability, excellent
documentation, helpful user community, highly versatile design (and of course
its cost), FreeBSD was a seminal force in this growth in both my life and the
life of Big Church. Guess what pretty desktop I'm writing this on?" |
( Permalink: BSD Success Stories Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|Apache Maintenance Basics|
|"Doing some regular checks and maintenance on your Apache installation helps identify any issues — usually before they even become issues — and helps you stay up date with the latest security and performance patches. This article covers some of the major steps and maintenance tasks that should be regularly undertaken while the Apache system is running." |
( Permalink: Apache Maintenance Basics Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|Understanding and Attacking DNS|
|"Understanding the mechanics behind DNS is important when securing your DNS server. DNS is robust and full featured; understanding what resources each DNS action requires will allow administrators to disable unnecessary features, therefore achieving a minimalist and secure DNS server. This section reviews the basics of DNS mechanics. Domain name information is stored in flat text files called zone files. User requests and server replies are simple text-file searches and take very few system resources. " |
( Permalink: Understanding and Attacking DNS Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|Programming with the StarOffice 7 SDK|
|"The StarOffice SDK is based on a component technology called Universal Network Objects (UNO). UNO provides a framework for cross-platform and language-independent programming. With the StarOffice SDK, you can develop applications in several programming languages, including Java, C++, and StarOffice Basic, for use on the Solaris Operating System and Linux and Windows platforms. UNO is the model, or environment, that allows network objects to communicate across programming languages and platform boundaries.
( Permalink: Programming with the StarOffice 7 SDK Submitted by Noel Sat May 15, 2004 )
|Top 10 Shareware Apps of 2004|
|"To start off 2004, we have compiled a list of ten utilities we think will give you a boost of productivity to begin the year. These are all applications we use everyday. This list is in no way inclusive of every great shareware application for the Macintosh. These are just tools that we would cry, beg, scream, and pout if we didn't have. If you are looking for a certain type of tool, the best resource you can have in your bookmarks is MacUpdate. They update several times a day and list pretty much every MacOS X application there is." |
( Permalink: Top 10 Shareware Apps of 2004 Submitted by Noel Fri May 14, 2004 )
|The X-keys Desktop Programmable Input Device|
|"We recently purchased an X-keys® Desktop 20-key input device for use in controlling our planetarium software. We are using a modified version of Stellarium that displays a circular planisphere-like image suitable for use in 360° digital projectors. This setup has been described in an earlier article." |
( Permalink: The X-keys Desktop Programmable Input Device Submitted by Noel Fri May 14, 2004 )