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Understanding NetBSD 2.0's new technology
"NetBSD is widely known as the most portable operating system in the world. It currently supports 52 system architectures, all from a single source tree, and is always being ported to more. NetBSD 2.0 continues the long tradition with major improvements in file system and memory management performance, significant security enhancements, and support for many new platforms and peripherals. To celebrate the release, we've asked several well-known NetBSD developers to comment on some of NetBSD 2.0's new features."
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( Permalink: Understanding NetBSD 2.0's new technology      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 6, 2005 )

Linux and Security at Salem Hospital
"Because Wharton runs Mozilla and Linux on his desktop, he had a hankering for a Linux-based solution that would provide the Web interface he wanted while also meeting his budget constraints. The team went on-line and discovered Astaro Security Linux, a comprehensive perimeter security product that features integrated virus and spam protection, intrusion detection and content filtering, plus a stateful packet inspection firewall and virtual private network (VPN) gateway. Astaro is supplied as software, so Wharton could use his standard hardware of choice."
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( Permalink: Linux and Security at Salem Hospital      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 6, 2005 )

The Independent Qt Tutorial
"The first tool to use is the new Designer. It is very different from the Designer used in Qt 3. For example, it is again a design tool only. It makes no attempts at being a complete development environment. Also, the user interface has been completely redesigned and now consists of several separate windows instead of the old MDI design that was used earlier. A screenshot of Designer in action is shown in figure I-2."
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( Permalink: The Independent Qt Tutorial      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 6, 2005 )

Top 10 Apple stories of 2004
"If 2003 was a big year for Apple, then 2004 was huge. While 2003 saw Apple’s stock climb to the mid-US$20s from US$13-15, in 2004 it nearly tripled to US$65 at year end. The G5 also processor made it — finally — down from the professional lineup into a consumer machine with the release of the iMac G5. iTunes Music Store hit 200 million downloads, and Apple had a hard time keeping up with demand for the iPod."
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( Permalink: Top 10 Apple stories of 2004      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 5, 2005 )

SimplyMepis 2004.06 or: Gnome Guy Goes KDE
"A long-time Gnome user takes a week to try out SimplyMepis to see what all the hubub is about. The result is not only a favorable look at a capable Linux distro, but an examination of the state of the Desktop Environment landscape, and the areas in which KDE can tempt even a dyed-in-the-wool Gnome fan."
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( Permalink: SimplyMepis 2004.06 or: Gnome Guy Goes KDE      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 5, 2005 )

Review: Thunderbird 1.0
There has been a lot of news lately about Firefox, the open-source browser from the Mozilla foundation. The Mozilla foundation also makes a e-mail client called Thunderbird which reached version 1.0 recently. I used Thunderbird for a few weeks to get an idea of what it's all about, and whether it matches it's better known sibling, Firefox in terms of features and stability.

Thunderbird is a free download from www.mozilla.org. It is available for Linux, Windows and OS X, and the interface is remarkably consistent across all three. I tested the Linux and Windows versions. It's a relatively small download, 5.8 MB for Windows, and 9.8 MB for Linux. The installer is simple and easy to use, both on Linux and Windows. In Windows its a standard installer, in Linux it's a tar.gz file which you need to extract, and then click on the thunderbird executable. Read More @ Linuxtimes.net

( Permalink: Review: Thunderbird 1.0      Submitted by Aditya Nag Wed Jan 5, 2005 )

Migrating from x86 to PowerPC
This series on embedded development shows you how to migrate a project prototype from x86 to PowerPC. This initial installment explains the realities and rationale of the project: it introduces the robotic submarines that were the start of the project (and where they came from), and describes the Linux/GCC development environment and the bare-bones Kuro Box PowerPC development board.

( Permalink: Migrating from x86 to PowerPC      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jan 5, 2005 )

Get J2EE architecture and design answers
The J2EE platform consists of services, application programming interfaces (APIs), and protocols that provide functions for developing multi-tiered, Web-based applications. Find answers to your questions about J2EE application architecture and design from IBM's J2EE master and consultant Bobby Woolf.

( Permalink: Get J2EE architecture and design answers      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jan 5, 2005 )

You know, for kids!
"Consequently, my two-year-old son ends up getting his grubby little hands on it more often than I would like. Thankfully, there are some Mac developers out there who have found themselves at the mercy of little people of their own -- and coded something to entertain them. My son's favorite for the last year or so has been BabyBanger, a delightful little application that prevents him accessing anything important by taking over the whole screen. "
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( Permalink: You know, for kids!      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 4, 2005 )

Graphical Scripting with Kommander
"Kommander is a simplified and modified version of Qt Designer which lets you add scripting abilities to the dialogues it makes. It saves the result as a designer UI file which can be run with Kommander Executer. It is the easiest way to make simple programmes, I like to think of it as graphical shell scripting. Konstuct is a program to download and install KDE from sources. This tutorial takes us through using Kommander to make a graphical program to configure and run Konstruct. "
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( Permalink: Graphical Scripting with Kommander      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 4, 2005 )

Useful Things You Can Do with FVWM
"FVWM is a window manager used with the X Window System, which is the standard GUI for UNIX. This article explains a few useful things you can do with FVWM, including how to take screenshots conveniently, how to easily change a window's title and how to reconfigure easily a running FVWM instance. This article is aimed at fairly knowledgeable UNIX users. A little programming experience would be helpful, but you probably can manage without it. No knowledge of X or FVWM is assumed."
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( Permalink: Useful Things You Can Do with FVWM      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 4, 2005 )

Flickr and Perl
"Flickr is a photo-sharing service: it allows you to share your photos with friends, family, or the public in general. Flickr caters to "moblogging": photo blogging from mobile phones, which is a great part of the appeal to me. It also comes with an API so you don't have to take apart its pages to scrape it, which is nice. Flickr::API, which was written by one of Flickr's developers, provides a way to interface to Flickr from Perl. (Flickr's API documentation is available here). There is also Flickr::Upload, which does exactly as the name suggests."
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( Permalink: Flickr and Perl      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 4, 2005 )

iWork 05, Jam Pack 4 arriving
"Chatter surrounding iWork--then called iWorks, as it was speculated to be the successor to AppleWorks--first emerged almost two years ago. Since then, iWork has become a perennial rumor favorite, as AppleWorks 6 continues to show its age and lack of refinement associated with Apple's applications today. Steve Jobs introduced AppleWorks 6 during Macworld Expo San Francisco in 2000, making the application a dinosaur in software years by today's standards."
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( Permalink: iWork 05, Jam Pack 4 arriving      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 3, 2005 )

Linux AMD64 Kernel Bug
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at a Linux 2.4 kernel bug on AMD64 machines, problems in Samba, changepassword.cgi, MPlayer, the MIT Kerberos 5 administration library, logcheck, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise, Konqueror, Debian debmake, Xpdf, and xzgv.

( Permalink: Linux AMD64 Kernel Bug      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 3, 2005 )

Memory issues in Linux
"Linux, like most of the OS have two modes of operation; one mode is called as user mode in which most of the applications and user processes runs for most of the time. Another mode is called as kernel mode. Most of the OS and system software runs in this mode; most of the user programs have small portion of code (e.g. system calls and privilege instructions) which runs in kernel mode. How memory needs is fulfilled in both these execution contexts are different and thus be seen from different perspective."
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( Permalink: Memory issues in Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 3, 2005 )

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