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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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Syllable 0.5.7 released

Syllable 0.5.7 has been released. The biggest change in this release:
everything has been recompiled against the new libc, and we have broken
binary compatability through the removal of all the old
libgui/libatheos/libsyllable versions. There are also some new drivers,
new GUI classes, new bug fixes, and no doubt, new bugs.

Linux kernel update improves event monitoring

The next stable update of the Linux kernel will bring advances in file
system event monitoring, the Xtensa architecture, and a set of system
calls that allows users to load another kernel from the currently
executing Linux kernel. While the 2.6.13 -rc are currently being
tested, the stable version is expected to be released in the next few

An introduction to managing LANs with CFEngine

OSNews writes "The Debian administration website has a nice
introduction to using CFEngine for managing a whole LAN in three parts.
The first part introduces the engine, the second part explains what you
can do using CFEngine, and the final part describes how to setup a
client-server setup to allow a whole LAN to be managed centrally."

First Debian/kFreeBSD live CD appears

OSNews writes "The first live CD based on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD has
appeared. Its name is Ging (for Ging Is Not Ging) and it includes a
GNOME 2.10 desktop, Abiword, and a complete toolchain with gcc 4.0."

MorphOS now supports 3D and more

After two years of active development, we are proud to announce the
immediate availability of the free MorphOS 3D Update pack. This pack
brings Warp3D and OpenGL(R) API compatibility to a whole new range of
hardware including 3dfx Voodoo and ATI Radeon.

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.

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