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LaTeX: It's Not Just for Academia
Mac Dev Center talks about LaTeX.

"This article suggests an alternative to commercial word processors--a program called LaTeX. It provides as much, if not more, utility as commercial word processors. It's rock solid, has a long history of use, a large user base, and best of all, it's free. It may not be right for everyone or for every writing situation, but LaTeX is worth exploring and testing out. "

( Permalink: LaTeX: It's Not Just for Academia      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 7, 2004 )

Hordes of the Underdark
Linux Journal reviews the game Hordes of the Underdark.
"Hordes of the Underdark is an expansion to Neverwinter Nights, a third-person perspective role-playing game (RPG) built on Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd Edition Rules; it was released by Bioware. ... With this release, Bioware maintains its previous pattern of both succeeding stunningly and falling slightly short of making the Linux platform a viable choice for playing this game. NWN's downfall was the astoundingly long wait for a Linux client to be released, but being able to play in Linux at all made up for the wait. "

( Permalink: Hordes of the Underdark      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 7, 2004 )

Mozilla 1.5 Boosts Usability
eWeek has a short review of Mozilla 1.5.

"In the Web browser portion of Mozilla 1.5, the main improvements have been in the management of Web pages viewed in Mozilla's tabbed interface. In previous versions, if we were viewing a group of tabbed pages and then opened another group that we had bookmarked, Mozilla would annoyingly append the new group to old pages. More sensibly, Mozilla 1.5 replaces the old group with the new group."

( Permalink: Mozilla 1.5 Boosts Usability      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 7, 2004 )

Trolltech: Right place at Right Time?
IT Managers Journal talks about Trolltech. In addition OSNews has an interview with Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO and founder.
"Qt has a developer base of approximately 150,000 worldwide and has more than 10,000 open source projects utilizing it currently under way, Nord told ITMJ in an interview. Trolltech utilizes a dual-license system in which free and commercial versions (licensed per seat) of its tools are available to developers. To date, Qt has a customer base of about 3,500 and has sold about 7,000 licenses, Nord said."

( Permalink: Trolltech: Right place at Right Time?      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 6, 2004 )

Linux On a Ninetendo GameCube
Linux Devices reports on running Linux on a Ninetendo GameCube.
"The GameCube Linux project on Groundhog Day released an alpha version of Linux running on the Nintendo GameCube. The busybox-based release supports screen output, networking code, a telnet server, and a webserver. The project aims to enable GameCube use as a thin client, multimedia terminal, server, or runtime environment for "homebrew" development."

( Permalink: Linux On a Ninetendo GameCube      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 6, 2004 )

Introduction to UNIX and Linux
Help Net Security reviews the book: Introduction to UNIX and Linux.
"This book is aimed to beginners but could serve very well also advanced users because it is not a big boring thousand pages reference tom but an interesting learning guide."

( Permalink: Introduction to UNIX and Linux      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 6, 2004 )

Mozilla Engineering Director Chris Hofmann
FreeOS interviews Mozilla engineering director Chris Hofmann.
"Chris Hofmann is director of engineering of the Mozilla Foundation. For the last eight years, Hofmann worked at Netscape and was involved in every Netscape and Mozilla browser release since Netscape 3.01. Last summer he was hired as the first employee at the Mozilla Foundation and has spent the last few months in startup mode getting the foundation off the ground."

( Permalink: Mozilla Engineering Director Chris Hofmann      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 6, 2004 )

Why Sardonix Failed
I don't agree with his conclusions but Hal Flynn over at Security Focus tells us why they he thinks Sardonix Failed.
"The success of Sardonix would have proved a key argument that open-source advocates have used to lend validity to the cause since time immemorial: that open-source software is more secure because the source is available to the world to be audited. The project's failure is a reminder that the statement is a myth. "

( Permalink: Why Sardonix Failed      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 6, 2004 )

Cultured Perl: Fun with MP3 and Perl, Part 2
The author continues his look at manipulating and guessing MP3 tags with Perl, FreeDB, and various CPAN models via his autotag.pl application. This article is the second of a two-part series. Before reading this article, please take a look at Part 1, which will introduce you to the autotag.pl application and the rationale for the various modules used in it.

( Permalink: Cultured Perl: Fun with MP3 and Perl, Part 2      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 6, 2004 )

Buffer Overflow for Beginners
Infosecwriters brings us: Buffer Overflow for Beginners.

"Buffer overflows are a common vulnerability on all platforms, but are by far the most commonly exploited bug on the linux/unix Operating systems.
Commonly buffer overflows are exploited to change the flow in a programs execution, so that it points to a different memory address or overwrites crucial memory segments. If you know how memory is organised, you would know that on all x86 linux platforms, memory is organised in 4byte (32 bit) segments, consisting of a hex memory address, and will need to be converted to little endian byte ordering."

( Permalink: Buffer Overflow for Beginners      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 5, 2004 )

Disk and Databases
dbazine talks about databases and disk in: Disk Architectures for Databases and Disk Management for Oracle.

"While disk volume capacity has been growing logarithmically, disk I/O capacity has been growing as a direct factor with disk rotational speed. So while volume capacity has jumped from 100 megabytes or less and 3600 rpm to 200 gigabytes at 10k or 15K rpm, the corresponding I/O rates have only increased from 30 IOPS to a around 150 IOPS (for sequential I/O only). This indicates that capacity has increased over two million times, while I/O rates increased by only a factor of five."

( Permalink: Disk and Databases      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 5, 2004 )

Doctor Prescribes Linux
Desktop Linux interviews Dr. Martin Echt, a medical doctor who moved his 200 user network to Linux thin clients.

"Over 90% of our work is done on MEDICAL MANAGER, e-SCRIBE, MS Word, and MS Excel. We switched to OpenOffice.org (OOo) and all of the above run perfectly --- and we are a very large medical group, over 40,000 office patient visits, over 40,000 hospital visits, over 30,000 diagnostic procedures, including open heart surgery. So the nuts-and-bold are working fine. NO CONCESSIONS MADE. "

( Permalink: Doctor Prescribes Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 5, 2004 )

The Linux Audio Server Project
Mandrake Linux tips for free tells us about the Linux Audio Server Project.

"For the receiver, few parts are needed: a connector to the serial port (Dsub-9), one remote receiver (I got the Siemens SFH 5110, 36kHz type), one diode, one resistor and one voltage regulator. You can check on the LIRC serial page for more details. Since I needed to have the IR detector in the living room, I got a 10m serial cable with Dsub9 connectors on both ends."

( Permalink: The Linux Audio Server Project      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 5, 2004 )

Unofficial SuSE FAQ
Trouble with SuSE? Take a look at the Unofficial SuSE FAQ.
"If I change an application configuration file (e.g. httpd.conf or my.cnf), without running SuSEconfig, do I screw up my system?
What normally happens is SuSEconfig detects that you have edited the config file yourself, and says ok, a power user, I won't touch the config file then, I'll just tell the user I made a version which she may choose to use."

( Permalink: Unofficial SuSE FAQ      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 5, 2004 )

Processor Benchmarks
Linux Hardware benchmarks: Intel's Prescott, Intel's Extreme Edition, and AMD's Athlon 64 3400+.

"Finally, we're going to declare the Athlon 64 the best bang for the buck. You'll notice that it's consistently on par with the Pentium 4 processors and in many cases much faster (not considering the Extreme Edition which is over twice the price). The Athlon 64 3400+ is about $100 more than the Prescott but you can get the 3200+ model which is only 200MHz slower for about the same price as the 3.2GHz Intel chips. Whether that 200MHz is worth the money is your call but due to it's performance and future-proof 64-bit compatibility, we name the Athlon 64 our top processor."

( Permalink: Processor Benchmarks      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 5, 2004 )

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