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The Sun Java Desktop System
"The desktop environment for the Java Desktop System is based on the GNOME desktop environment, and comes with an extensive set of tools and utilities including a Sun-branded look and feel. Users unfamiliar with GNOME will find that it provides a modern, colorful and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) that makes it easy to locate documents, access menus, launch applications, and personalize their work environment."

( Permalink: The Sun Java Desktop System      Submitted by Noel Wed May 5, 2004 )

The Difference Between GNU/Linux Distributions
"There are two kinds of distros in this world: community and commercial, and the differences are quite obvious upon comparison. Community distros can be harder to set up and use, but will offer greater control for the user. Commercial distros have nicer, more customized graphical user interfaces and they have a company behind them to help support you if you get stuck. Software can be installed via source code or pre-compiled binary packages. Neither holds any significant advantage over the other, but for desktop use you probably want to end up with a distro that allows you to update your software to a newer version if you should so desire. If you're administering machines for a business and need uniform software versions across many computers, you may find that RPM-based distros are the best way to go."

( Permalink: The Difference Between GNU/Linux Distributions      Submitted by Noel Wed May 5, 2004 )

Surveying the Open Source Landscape
It is easy to see the impact that open source software has had on the developer community. A Google search for “open source” turns up over nineteen million results. That’s more than a similar search for “Oracle”, and nearly one-fifth as many as for “Microsoft”, the king of proprietary software. This article will describe what open-source software is, and examine a few of the products that are out there on the open-source landscape. eBCVG

( Permalink: Surveying the Open Source Landscape      Submitted by Dr.T Wed May 5, 2004 )

Backup and Recovery Utilities for the Solaris OS
"This article reviews some of the common backup and restore tools available on the Solaris Operating System. The examples provided here allow you to start using a utility immediately, without having to understand all of its features. Having some knowledge of these tools is crucial to general system administration. The examples shown here were tested on the Solaris 5.8 OS. They function on other versions as well. In this article, I only list basic uses of each of these commands. If you need more information I suggest you reference the man pages ..."

( Permalink: Backup and Recovery Utilities for the Solaris OS      Submitted by Noel Wed May 5, 2004 )

Red Hat Introduces Desktop Linux Competitor
"Red Hat Inc. on Tuesday will announce its new desktop offering, the Red Hat Desktop, which the company said will be available by the middle of this month. Red Hat currently offers an Enterprise Linux Workstation, which is based on the same operating system platform as its server products, as well as a Professional Workstation product, available through the retail channel, both of which were launched last October."

( Permalink: Red Hat Introduces Desktop Linux Competitor      Submitted by Noel Wed May 5, 2004 )

Review: LinuxCertified LC2210 Laptop
OSNews reviews LinuxCertified's LC2210 laptop, which comes with Xandros Desktop 2.0. That laptop is supposedly 100% certified with Linux, but Xandros seemed to have problems with it (namely there is no "sleep" function, while WiFi was not as robust as users would want it). LinuxCertified said that newer distros should be able to support this laptop even better.

( Permalink: Review: LinuxCertified LC2210 Laptop      Submitted by Anonymous Wed May 5, 2004 )

Multiple Domains On OS X For Web Development
"In this article, I will show you another option that works much better. Basically, we're going to set up your OS X machine so that it resolves not only localhost, but also fictitious local domains, in the case of this article, we will be using a fictitious domain named dev.remy which will resolve to the local apache server as a virtual host."

( Permalink: Multiple Domains On OS X For Web Development      Submitted by Noel Tue May 4, 2004 )

Focus on the iPod
"Making the difficult seem easy is one of Apple's strengths. Take iTunes, the iTunes Music Store, and the iPod. Their intuitive interfaces let us organize, buy, and play music effortlessly. Yet each of these products has hidden powers. We'll reveal some of those powers and show you how to use them to your advantage. We'll also take you through the tricky process of replacing an iPod battery when it loses its powers. And we'll review the newest iPod -- the iPod mini."

( Permalink: Focus on the iPod      Submitted by Noel Tue May 4, 2004 )

Trying on a New Hat
"Once I logged in, I also noticed all the care and attention that has gone into the updated Bluecurve theme that is the standard look-and-feel on Fedora. The environment's icons and fonts are beautiful, much more attractive than Mandrake's. Fedora's default Gnome setup is more Windows-like than the standard Gnome defaults; but there's no mistaking Gnome 2.6, with its extremely speedy file manager, Nautilus, and its simplified Control Panel-like tools. It's too bad Fedora's default Start menu is so poorly organized and packed to the gills with stuff most users don't need, however. There's a hex editor and a "TNEF File Viewer," for example. (What the heck is a TNEF file?)"

( Permalink: Trying on a New Hat      Submitted by Noel Tue May 4, 2004 )

Backing Up MySQL
"It is a straightforward script, uses mysqldump and tar/gzips the files prior to using ftp to move the data to a remote server. This script and the one below can easily be modified to use scp if you prefer running the transfer over ssh. The second script is updated to use mysqlhotcopy and is specifically for use with ISAM/MYISAM tables only. This script below will NOT work with InnoDB tables."

( Permalink: Backing Up MySQL      Submitted by Noel Tue May 4, 2004 )

SCO will buy back BayStar stock
"The SCO Group Inc. said Tuesday it will repurchase and retire all preferred stock held by BayStar Capital II LP, a company that has been critical of SCO in recent weeks.       SCO, which is involved in litigation with International Business Machines Inc. and other companies regarding its Unix computer operating system allegedly being placed illegally in the Linux operating system, said the repurchase involves 40,000 shares of Series A-1 Convertible Preferred Stock. The shares have a face value of $40 million but will be retired by SCO paying $13 million in cash and issuing more than 2.1 million shares of SCO common stock."

( Permalink: SCO will buy back BayStar stock      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 4, 2004 )

CinePaint: The GIMP Goes Hollywood
"The architecture and feature-set of CinePaint continues to evolve to meet the particular needs of a specific niche of users: image editors and special effects artists working in motion picture film, a medium which requires a high degree of image fidelity. Beyond that core market, the team also adds features necessary for professional printing, another market The GIMP doesn't serve."

( Permalink: CinePaint: The GIMP Goes Hollywood      Submitted by Noel Tue May 4, 2004 )

Clusters of thoughts by Beowulf Founder
"Q: How has cluster management improved?
A: Now we're moving to scalable computing - being able to dynamically scale what you're doing ...  We're leveraging the software [Scyld] introduced four years ago and refining it ... The key idea is that instead of a fixed-sized cluster ... You now have [a] machine that has [a] master, where you can control multiple servers from a single point."


( Permalink: Clusters of thoughts by Beowulf Founder      Submitted by Noel Tue May 4, 2004 )

Storage software may become another commodity
"The software in question is the array-based firmware that all vendors sell with their mid-range or high-end disk boxes, and which provides key functions such as data mirroring and snapshotting. It counts for a lot. For EMC, array-based software represented about $750m of new license sales last year, about half of all its new software license revenue. What threatens to commoditize these products is virtualization software."

( Permalink: Storage software may become another commodity      Submitted by Noel Tue May 4, 2004 )

Record and playback high definition TV signals
"If you have cable, your first step involves calling your provider and requesting a new "Firewire capable" or "IEEE 1394 enabled" HDTV cable box. Even if you don't own an HDTV, all these boxes have S-video out and work perfectly with regular TVs. Most cable companies charge a nominal monthly fee for the box, and provide local stations in high defenition for free (this is the only cost involved). For example, I am on Time Warner Cable, and I pay about $8.00 extra per month, which includes PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS and Discovery HD Theater. Plus, if you subscribe to any premium station, like HBO or Showtime, that price includes the high definition version! "

( Permalink: Record and playback high definition TV signals      Submitted by Noel Mon May 3, 2004 )

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