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Common Programming Mistakes
"his document aims to combine the experience of many of the top KDE developers about Qt and KDE frameworks dos and dont's. The way they were usually passed on to the next generation was by letting the youngsters make the mistakes and then yell at them in public. After reading this document you should be a lot less fearful of having your code reviewed by one of the more grumpy KDE developers :) We will go over things, which are not necessarily "bugs" but which make the code, either slower or less readable."
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( Permalink: Common Programming Mistakes      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 26, 2004 )

Sun's Java Desktop System 2003
"Since December, I have examined Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) daily and compared it to every desktop operating system I could find. Some may not consider this a productive activity but I enjoy the work. Why have I done it? To complete a book on JDS for one publisher and a market survey for another. "
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( Permalink: Sun's Java Desktop System 2003      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 26, 2004 )

What Is New in SUSE LINUX 9.1?
"Simply stated, all audio and video applications run more smoothly, and reading and writing of CDs and DVDs is faster. The increased system performance also enables substantially improved streaming of video and audio data. Thanks to the DMA mode, burning CDs and DVDs in Linux has become even faster. Additionally, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA), which is spearheaded by SUSE, is now an integral component of kernel 2.6, delivering audio and MIDI functions in Linux. ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) ensures efficient power management, for example by extending the battery operation time of laptops."
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( Permalink: What Is New in SUSE LINUX 9.1?      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 26, 2004 )

Koming Back to KDE
"KDE has come a long way in usability, stability, compatibility, and features since I first used it. The latest release of the K Desktop Environment, 3.2.1, was released March 9. But for this review, I initially looked at KDE 3.2, which shows that Linux is increasingly competitive on the desktop."
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( Permalink: Koming Back to KDE      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 26, 2004 )

MegaJogos: The case of the fully utilized CPU
Do you like playing detective and solving mysteries? Performance problems come in many guises, giving you ample opportunity to indulge your clue-hunting proclivities to identify and resolve them. The main man behind the MegaJogos multi-player game site and a member of the Java Games community, recently altered the application behind the site to use the NIO package to enhance its scalability.

( Permalink: MegaJogos: The case of the fully utilized CPU      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Mar 26, 2004 )

Security One Step at a Time
"Last year, the not-so-dramatically-named CAN-2003-0434 vulnerability allowed humble PDF files to run arbitrary commands as you. Linux users and distributions dealt with it quickly enough that it didn't turn into a vector for spreading a worm. With today's larger Linux user base and more desktop standardization, the next vulnerability will be a bigger risk."
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( Permalink: Security One Step at a Time      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 26, 2004 )

So Long Eudora, Hello OS X Mail
"Today I made the decision to switch to Mail in OS X, and, while I may go back someday, the primary reason I switched is easily summarized in two words: Junk Filter. Eudora has a junk filter, but it doesn't do anything in Lite or Sponsored mode -- only when you are in Paid mode."
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( Permalink: So Long Eudora, Hello OS X Mail      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

Panther, Python, and CoreGraphics
"This article summarizes the capabilities in the Python CoreGraphics module and shows how to use CoreGraphics to rescale and decorate images for publication to the Web."
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( Permalink: Panther, Python, and CoreGraphics      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report
"When I walked into Netgear's booth, again I saw nothing about Linux. Yet, when I asked if they were using Linux, they said "Sure. Come over here and look at our Layer 3 switch". D-Link had a similar story: Sure, they have Linux in their stuff. It was like, Why even bring it up? You'd think I was asking if their gear came with power cords or Ethernet jacks. So, it's clear that Linux is fast becoming a pure infrastructural commodity--like the air we breathe. Why promote what's best taken for granted? Thus, take Linux's decreasing visibility as the inverse of its ubiquity."
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( Permalink: Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

Introduction to the Domain Name System
"The purpose of this article is to give system administrators new to the Domain Name System (DNS) enough basic knowledge and examples to set up and configure their own DNS servers. This article will focus on the specifics of installing ISC BIND 9.x. It is assumed that you have a basic understanding of the UNIX/Linux command-line interface, are already proficient in compiling software, and have root access to perform the required actions."
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( Permalink: Introduction to the Domain Name System      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

Using key-based authentication over SSH
"SSH, or secure shell, is a protocol by which users can remotely log in, administer, or transfer files between computers using an encrypted transport mechanism. Running over every major operating system, SSH provides a more secure connection method than traditional telnet or the much-maligned "r commands" (rlogin, rcp, rsh). SSH includes provisions for key-based authentication that doesn't require a password, which opens the door for some innovative remote access applications."
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( Permalink: Using key-based authentication over SSH      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

Simulate devices using DSF
The Device Simulator Framework (DSF) provides an easy-to-use ioctl interface to all your devices, real or imagined. Intended for experienced kernel and device driver software developers, DSF makes it easier to debug and test device code that would otherwise be difficult to simulate or recreate.

( Permalink: Simulate devices using DSF      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

Linux: The Tide Rolls In
"that there will someday come a successor to the OS X, Linux, BSD, and NetWare technologies, but it can only occur if we allow ourselves the wisdom of allowing people to create. When we seek to deny creativity, we seek to cut off our own noses to spite our face. Personally, I like my nose, and really don't need any cowboys threatening to cut it off. I don't think they will succeed either, for too many people like their noses as well. "
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( Permalink: Linux: The Tide Rolls In      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

Novell management tool going open source
"For years, SuSE has considered its YAST (Yet Another Setup Tool) technology--software for installing, configuring and managing Linux--an advantage over its competitors and forbade them from incorporating it into the products they sold. But with the new plan, to be announced Monday at Novell's Brainshare conference, the company will release YAST under the General Public License (GPL), sources familiar with the plan said."
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( Permalink: Novell management tool going open source      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 25, 2004 )

The Athlon 64 FX-53: AMD's Next Enthusiast Part 
"The FX-53 is an Opteron based processor running at 2.4GHz with 1MB of L2 cache. The FX-53 is only the second in the series of FX processors. The third (the FX-55) is due out near the end of the year."
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( Permalink: The Athlon 64 FX-53: AMD's Next Enthusiast Part       Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 24, 2004 )

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