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August 28, 2005


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Review: March of the Penguins

If you haven't had a chance to see the Warner Brothers film "March of
the Penguins" yet, and you are at all curious about life as an emperor
penguin, I highly recommend it.

Linux thrives in left-leaning Kerala

Kerala, a tiny coastal state in south India, is a site of significant
popularity of free software and GNU/Linux. What lessons can Kerala
teach other areas about using free and open source software?

Review: VidaLinux 1.2

Version 1.2 is the third official release of the Gentoo-based VidaLinux
OS (VLOS). The changes and enhancements to this edition are
significant, but not good enough to save this conceptually astute
operating system from failure. VidaLinux 1.2 is nice to play with, but
don't expect a comfortable, complete desktop experience a la SUSE or

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Michal Zalewski on the Wire

Recently the eccentric security researcher Michal Zalewski published
his first book, entitled Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive
Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks . O'Reilly's Federico Biancuzzi
interviewed Zalewski to learn more about his curious approach to
information security. Among other things, they discussed the need for
randomness, how a hacker mind works, unconventional uses for search
engines such as Google, and applying AI to security tools.

Google - the new Microsoft?

Google is the new Microsoft, reckons author Gary Rivlin in a New York
Times article provocatively titled Relax, Bill Gates; It's Google's
Turn as the Villain . Silicon Valley sources quoted by Rivlin compare
Google's ruthless and paranoid culture today with the Microsoft of old,
bemoan its influence on the recruitment market, and note the reluctance
of VCs to fund bright startups which might find themselves competing
with Google. All of which is true -- but true enough to make the
comparison stand?

Boot loader showdown: LILO or GRUB?

What utility do practically all Linux users use -- regardless of their
job or expertise? A boot loader. In this article, see how a boot loader
works, meet two popular loaders -- LILO (LInux LOader) and GNU GRUB
(GRand Unified Boot loader) -- and review the pros and cons of each.

Vista to open doors for desktop Linux

The upcoming release of Microsoft's Windows Vista does not seem like a
good thing for the desktop Linux community. After all, this update to
Windows XP is going to focus on two attributes which have pushed users
to Linux for years -- security and stability. Upon closer inspection
though, the move to Vista may be the perfect time for the Linux
community to make headway on the desktop and increase its user base
dramatically. The number of features which Microsoft has cast aside
since Longhorn and the hardware requirements of Vista have set the
stage for a large scale move to desktop Linux.

Open source: A way of developing, distributing, and licensing software

Developed and maintained by volunteers, distributed to users at no
cost, and available in source code form, open source is radically
different from proprietary counterpart. Each of the new characteristics
of the open source software forces organizations to develop new ways of
thinking about how they procure, implement, test, and deploy software.

It's PostgreSQL beta time again

Back on the 1st of July, after almost 6 months of development since 8.0
was released, development on 8.1 was frozen. After spending the past
few weeks processing through outstanding patches applicable to 8.1, we
now enter our beta testing period, where we need help from the
community at large.

Review: OpenSUSE Linux 10.0 beta 3

Novell released its third beta of openSUSE (SUSE Linux 10.0 Beta 3)
today. I'm always excited to see what's new in SUSE's world as this
distro has been on my personal top 10 list for some time.

LQ Radio Interview #4 - Doc Searls

In this edition of the LQ Radio Interview Series we have Doc Searls, of
Linux Journal, Cluetrain Manifesto and more. We discuss a variety of
topics including recent OSCON and LinuxWorld trips, Cluetrain, Google,
splogs, RSS, Linux Trademarks and more. Total running time is 1:27. A
BitTorrent is available.

What Is the X Window System

The X Window System (commonly referred to as X or X11) is a
network-transparent graphical windowing system based on a client/server
model. Primarily used on Unix and Unix-like systems such as Linux,
versions of X are also available for many other operating systems.
Although it was developed in 1984, X is not only still viable but also
is in fact the standard environment for Unix windowing systems.

Users: OSDL right to reject Windows/Linux TCO stud

The buzz with end users this week is that Open Source Development Labs
(OSDL) chose wisely when it rejected an allegedly independent
comparison of Linux and Windows.

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Gadgets: USB Mini Lava Light

Caffeine: Shock A Lots Chocolate Coffee Beans

Cube Goodies: Pirate Mug

Cube Goodies: Space Monkey Benders

Gadgets: Lazer Trip Wire

Cube Goodies: Tek Stix

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Gadgets: LightWedge Mini

Gadgets: MP3 Sunglasses

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PVP Store: PVP Support The Pwned Bracelet

Electronics: Pocket Stealth Camera

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