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The Newbie Tackles Red Hat 8.0 on a Laptop
Linux Orbit installs Red Hat 8.0 on a laptop.
"Being a Linux newbie, I am the type of person that loads an operating system on my computer and expects it to WORK without much tweeking. Well Red Hat 8.0 needed only a modem driver and a piece of software to kill the tapping on the touch pad. It works and I am, as I said, a happy camper."

( Permalink: The Newbie Tackles Red Hat 8.0 on a Laptop      Submitted by Noel Fri Dec 27, 2002 )

Yorick Plays a Role
Unix Review tells us about Yorick.
"Yorick is an "Interpreted Scientific Programming Language". One user, meteorologist Hugh Pumphrey of the University of Edinburg, explains it as "like interpreted C with graphics". The payoff for Yorick users is the ease with which they can make such pictures as this diagram of the airflow and pressure regime past a simple airfoil. Scientists justly find these gorgeous."

( Permalink: Yorick Plays a Role      Submitted by Noel Fri Dec 27, 2002 )

Finding an Opening
Linuxworld.com.au talks about Open-source databases, including MySQL and PostgreSQL.
"As open-source database usage increases, two questions arise. First, how can enterprises effectively utilise open-source databases to gain a competitive advantage? And second, how will open-source databases affect the database marketplace? To answer both of these questions, we need to look to the current state of open-source databases and where they are headed."

( Permalink: Finding an Opening      Submitted by Noel Fri Dec 27, 2002 )

IBM Releases IP Security Validator for Linux
IBM has released IP Security Validator, which enables independent evaluation of VPN configurations and quick/autonomous reaction to problems. An offline mode even allows the offline evaluation of traffic that was captured into a file with other tools such as tcpdump or pcapture. This way, traffic collected from non-Linux network nodes can be evaluated on a Linux machine.

( Permalink: IBM Releases IP Security Validator for Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Dec 26, 2002 )

Tolerating Fault in an Intolerant World
Linux Planet takes a look at clustering.
"High-availability computing is something else that clusters can be used for. If you have a need for a lot of transaction-handling that need 24/365 uptime, clusters are good because if one processor fails, then the load will automatically be handled by the other nodes until the faulty processor can be repaired. This sounds very good, and it is. But there are some challanges to making this all work smoothly."

( Permalink: Tolerating Fault in an Intolerant World      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 26, 2002 )

Downloading Files from Behind the Firewall
On Lamp tells us how to download files from behind a firewall.
"So you've raised your firewall high and wide in order to keep nasties away from your users. You walk proud and smile to yourself thinking that you are doing a great job protecting your users. But suddenly your users are not happy. Why? They complain that many download links they used to transfer software or documents, especially via FTP, don't work anymore. Something's wrong with the network. Could you fix it? Pronto!"

( Permalink: Downloading Files from Behind the Firewall      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 26, 2002 )

Using a Compact Flash Card Reader in Linux
Machineofthemonth talks about how to use a Compact Flash Card Reader under Linux.
"There's also an IDE-based piece of hardware (non-usb, in particular) that can exists. It comes in I think a Compact Flash version and also a universal version (that reads multiple types of cards, like the UnoMas). The interesting thing about this piece of hardware is that it's a plug and play device, apparently. No fooling with the Linux kernel, no adding usb support or anything. You probably wouldn't even need a 2.4 series kernel either. It would be treated just like a standard hard drive, nothing more, nothing less. A standard IDE device."

( Permalink: Using a Compact Flash Card Reader in Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 26, 2002 )

Python and DB2 for Linux
Python is a great tool to use with DB2 Version 8. It combines the ability to quickly and simply access a DB2 database with the power to perform more complex tasks that require a general-purpose programming language. You'll learn about the Python DB2 module using the sample that ships with DB2 Version 8.1. By the end of the tutorial you will have received a thorough introduction to the entire Python DB2 interface.

( Permalink: Python and DB2 for Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Dec 26, 2002 )

Christmas Season Holidays & Computer Suggestions
"Computers become more an integral part of the Christmas and winter holidays every year . . . computer systems, hardware, accessories, and software can make great Christmas and Winter holidays gifts -- or gifts anytime, for any holiday, and for any reason for that matter. A good Linux OS distribution makes a great gift that keeps on giving -- in the $40 to $200 categories. Good Open Source Software makes a great gift too -- what's more it's free."
Check MozillaQuest.com for the full story and links!

( Permalink: Christmas Season Holidays & Computer Suggestions      Submitted by SantaClaus Tue Dec 24, 2002 )

Mandrake Linux 9.0
Unix Review takes a look at Mandrake Linux 9.0.
"Since I had accepted most of the defaults in my installation, I wound up with an automatic login on first boot. This is a nice feature, and one that I am sure most users would appreciate. After all, most people who boot their desktop system would love to just be able to start working, never mind about this logging in stuff. That said, the sys admin inside of me recoils at the thought of booting up a system (any system) and having it autologin."

( Permalink: Mandrake Linux 9.0      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 24, 2002 )

Multiuser Subversion
On Lamp tells us how to set up a Subversion server.
"Subversion uses Apache as its HTTP transport layer. The command-line client communicates with remote servers with a protocol built on the WebDAV/DeltaV HTTP 1.1 extensions. This means that a Subversion server, while not completely implementing WebDAV, can respond to common HTTP and WebDAV (read-only) clients such as Web browsers and file explorers."

( Permalink: Multiuser Subversion      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 24, 2002 )

RTF on the Server
Have you ever wondered how you can automate document handling with low-cost server processes? There's plenty you can do with Word documents on a Linux or other UNIX server at a modest cost. Consider the endless possibilities by reading this article to learn about some open source tools that make server-side content management (even .doc files) easy.

( Permalink: RTF on the Server      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Dec 24, 2002 )

Why Linux Binaries are not as Easy to Handle?
Have you ever wondered why, in other Operating Systems such as Windows, MacOS or even BeOS, the task of installing software is so easy compared to Linux? In such OSes you can simply download a .ZIP/.RAR/.EXE/.etc file, decompress in a folder and run either the contents, or a graphical installer which will help you through the install process. This doesnt happen in Linux, as there are only two standard ways to install software: compiling and installing packages. Such methods are usually complicated and inconsistent between them, not to mention difficult for new users. Even if package management was greatly simplified in the most popular Linux distributions, developers still can't proovide packages for all existing distros, or even for all compiler versions. Read the article and suggested solution to the problem, at OSNews.

( Permalink: Why Linux Binaries are not as Easy to Handle?      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Dec 20, 2002 )

Your Friendly Neighborhood Supercomputer
Linux Planet tells us about Gateway's new supercomputer.
"Having 8,000 computers sitting around doing nothing is a lot of overhead, both fiscally and computationally. All of these machines are top-of-the line (all the better for demos) and networked together into a company-wide WAN. But other than putting out heat, what could be done with these idle PCs? The answer was both simple in concept and form: use the idling processors of these machines to form a massive grid computational system that could be put to work solving highly complex problems on a per-job basis."

( Permalink: Your Friendly Neighborhood Supercomputer      Submitted by Noel Fri Dec 20, 2002 )

Groupware for Unix Part 2
Unix Review continues looking at Groupware for Unix.
"Last month, I started talking about groupware for *nix systems. I suppose I should have known that this is a pretty hot topic. I got plenty of response from readers who have their own favorite groupware applications and suites that run on Linux and other Unix-type systems."

( Permalink: Groupware for Unix Part 2      Submitted by Noel Fri Dec 20, 2002 )

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