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Happy New Year
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 23:59, 31 December 2003
The ILUG Committee would like to wish all our members, and visitors a happy and prosperous New Year.
Alternatives Page featured on Groklaw and updated
Posted By Ken Guest - 12:19, 23 December 2003
Since the Alternatives to Windows Software page has been featured on Groklaw recently a number of revisions have been made.
Merry [Christmas|Whatever] to all, and to all a good night !
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 11:07, 23 December 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 11:07, 23 December 2003
To all ILUG members from the Committee. All the best this Christmas season. (We know some of you don't do religion, and therefore won't be celebrating Christmas - but there's always year-end / new-year, and a dozen or so other reasons to celebrate about now !)
Film of the Day
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 11:03, 23 December 2003
There's a group of ILUGgers going to congregate tonight at 8pm at the UGC on Parnell St. to go to see "Love Actually". It's quite a watchable feel-good film. If you're free, and need some social interaction this Christmas season - come along !
Unit Testing with JUnit
Posted By Ken Guest - 17:24, 16 December 2003
Dave Neary details how to use JUnit for Unit Testing.
Alternatives page updated.
Posted By Ken Guest - 17:29, 15 December 2003
The "Alternatives to Windows Software" page has been updated...
POTD 9/12/03 @ 20:00
Posted By Daragh Mc Grath - 17:57, 8 December 2003
There will be a POTD in Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge (to tie in with the SAGE-IE Christmas Party). Please dress appropiately for the venue! :)
MP3 player poll
Posted By Liam Bedford - 15:04, 8 December 2003
Poll on types of MP3 players in use. For recreational purposes only. We won't sell your data. Honest.
Dublin POTD Tonight
Posted By Ken Guest - 16:27, 27 November 2003
There'll be a POTD tonight at 7 o'clock at the Boar's Head, Capel Street
linux.ie: tutorial on connecting to SixXS IPv6 POP
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:21, 26 November 2003
SixXS is a free IPv6 POP hosted at HEANet. It is not a public POP as HEAnet only allows tunnels onto
the POP that have an IPv4 endpoint that is directly connected
to INEX or to users that are in the near vicinity.
Jeroen Massar has written a tutorial for linux.ie detailing how to connect to the SixXS POP.
Open Evidence: Validation of Electronic Documents
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:19, 24 November 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:19, 24 November 2003
As contributed by C&A Team
OpenEvidence is an open source framework for data certification, time stamping and data archival that brings technology for evidence creation, validation and long term protection of documents.
Kildare ISPCA need urgent help
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:17, 13 November 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:17, 13 November 2003
There are some 120 cats and dogs that urgently need new homes - they are costing €40,000 to keep per year by the Kildare ISPCA.
Can you help find a home for them?
linux.ie: 'The Linux Mall' added to Software Vendors listing
Posted By Ken Guest - 08:58, 12 November 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 08:58, 12 November 2003
Delighted to hear that the linuxmall have been appointed distributors for Xandros in Ireland they have been added to the software vendors page.
linux.ie branded USB Flash pendrives
Posted By Liam Bedford - 17:08, 11 November 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 17:08, 11 November 2003
If anyone's interested in getting a USB 1.1 flash disk with an ilug logo on it, drop a mail to
ilug-flash at lbedford.org.
The prices are a little volatile at the moment, but they're in the region of
64M for 30EUR to 35EUR and
128M for 45EUR to 50EUR
The bigger the orders the more likely the prices will drop!
New ILUG Article: Subversion - A better CVS
Posted By Ken Guest - 08:59, 10 November 2003
David Neary writes about this free source code manager and version control system which is intended to replace CVS
Installing Debian on an Inspiron 500M
Posted By Ken Guest - 10:41, 6 November 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 10:41, 6 November 2003
John Madden details how to install Debian on a Dell Inspiron 500M and how to get all the bits and pieces working.
Updated 15 November: USB + PCMCIA
Hardware Vendors Listing Updated
Posted By Ken Guest - 08:54, 6 November 2003
The list of recommended hardware vendors has been updated, based on recent discussions on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
LinuxIT make LPI training courses freely accessible
Posted By Ken Guest - 12:41, 29 October 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 12:41, 29 October 2003
As contributed by Eoin Kelly
LinuxIT makes Professional Linux Training freely available to everyone.
LinuxIT announces the availability of its training courses leading to Linux Professional Institute (LPI ) Certification under GPL, GNU Free Documentation License.
The released manuals under the GPL license agreement gives everyone free access to professional training material downloadable from mirror sites around the world. This material is suitable as a preparation for the Level I certification program of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI 101 and LPI 102). Independent trainers as well as training companies will benefit by being able to use these professionally developed manuals which are free to download and use.
Irish Computer Society: "Go Faster! The TransRelational Approach to DBMS"
Posted By Ken Guest - 11:39, 23 October 2003
"Go Faster! The TransRelational Approach to DBMS".
"In the field of scientific endeavour, an idea emerges from time to time that is so startlingly novel, and so dramatically better than anything that went before, that it can truly be described as a breakthrough. The relational model provides the obvious example in the database world; almost everything done in that world since the relational model came along stands as testament to the radical nature and impact of that one brilliant idea. And now we are witnessing the birth of what looks set to be another major breakthrough: The TransRelational Model. In this speaker's opinion, the Transrelational Model is likely to prove the most significant advance in this field since Codd gave us the relational model, nearly 35 years ago."
OGG support for iRiver portable audio players
Posted By Ken Guest - 12:25, 15 October 2003
iRiver has quitely announced availability of firmware upgrades for their series of players, enabling OGG support.
Posted By Daragh Mc Grath - 15:17, 13 October 2003
There will be a few of us gathering in the Schoolhouse Bar in Ballsbridge at around 20:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) evening following on from the SAGE-IE meeting. illugers and any-one else in need of a few brews is welcome, as are wi-fi devices as the Schoolhouse is wi-fi enabled!
Webmin Report Generator for MySQL
Posted By Ken Guest - 11:39, 6 October 2003
Dimonex, a Waterford based company, have written a [Webmin module] report generator for MySQL and are looking for beta testers.
Talk on EU Software Patents Directive
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:15, 1 October 2003
Ciaran O'Riordan is giving a talk to members of UCD Netsoc on the current European Union directive on software patents on tuesday the 7th
october at 7pm in UCD.
This is a public lecture open to all, there is no
Linux In Industry: Flogas Ireland
Posted By Ken Guest - 11:47, 2 September 2003
Ciaran Costelloe, CTO of Flogas Ireland details the details on how and why Linux and other Open Source software is deployed in Flogas Ireland.
New Tutorial: Continuing CVS
Posted By Ken Guest - 21:12, 29 August 2003
Dave O'Connor explains how to tag CVS Repositaries, manage branches, set up triggers and discusses CVS Web.
European Protests Against Software Patents
Posted By Ken Guest - 15:02, 25 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 15:02, 25 August 2003
On Wednesday, August 27th, there will be a last-minute demonstration at the European Parliament in Brussels against the proposed directive on software patents, organized by the FFII. As an additional (or alternative) action, people and organizations are encouraged to participate in an online demonstration that day, replacing the main pages of their Web sites with text explaining the dangers of introducing unlimited patentability in Europe.
The proposed directive would make it impossible to refuse patents on algorithms and business methods such as a recently-uncovered EPO patent granted to Amazon on ordering a gift for and automatically delivering it to a third party, which is even broader than its infamous 1-Click patent (which will also be patentable).
ILUG Knoppix CD
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:19, 21 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 14:19, 21 August 2003
The .iso of the ILUG Knoppix CD is now available from the website.
It contains Irish ISP settings, ILUG graphics + more.
ViM tutorial: word completion, indenting, function navigation
Posted By Ken Guest - 08:59, 20 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 08:59, 20 August 2003
Ken Guest focuses on how ViM can quicken software coders.
Connecting to IOL Broadband with a USB modem
Posted By Ken Guest - 10:19, 18 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 10:19, 18 August 2003
As contributed by Gary
I've written an article on connecting to iol broadband with a usb modem which may be useful to some Linux users.
ILUG Response to European Union Copyright Directive
Posted By Paul O'Malley - 13:14, 15 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 13:14, 15 August 2003
Have a look at http://www.tabserv.com/ILUG/ for a chance to contribute to the EUCD debate in a constructive, proactive way. We have less than 30 days.
Linux license - third time's the charm?
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 11:09, 15 August 2003
Called the UK number I was given. I gave my details - do you know how ridiculous the phrase, "Hi, my name is Kevin Lyda and I'm calling about purchasing a Linux license" sounds after you've said it about a dozen times? Anyway she gave me the number of the Irish office. I explained that I'd already called them and I'd been sent to the UK number. So after going on hold and being transfered about, I finally was asked for my details and they'd call me back. I gave them and upon asking when I could expect a call back was told they'd try to get back to me today. As licensing schemes go I think this one is terribly inefficient. And to date I've yet to be asked how many machines I have to license - 3 desktops and 2 servers for the curious.
Continuing the quest for a Linux license
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 10:56, 15 August 2003
So I contacted the number in Ireland since the UK number I was given didn't work. The first person put me on hold while trying to find a local distributor. She was unable to find one so she transfered me to the "support department" (not sure I heard that correctly). The woman who answered there was unclear what I wanted so I explained that I had downloaded Linux off the net and was calling to get the license SCO said I needed. She still seemed unclear but suggested I call the UK and gave me a number (and she gave it with the country code and the leading 0 which is incorrect, but I'll manage). I'm calling that number now - country number three in my quest for a Linux license!
SCO execs had a preset sale plan
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:34, 14 August 2003
SCO Group Inc. said three of its executives began selling shares on a preset schedule after the company filed a software lawsuit against International Business Machines Corp. that seeks as much as $50 billion.
GNU Questions: RMS on SCO, Distributions, DRM
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:01, 14 August 2003
In September of 1983, a computer programmer working in the Massachusetts Institute for Technology AI Lab announced a plan that was the antithesis of the proprietary software concept that had come to dominate the industry.
SCO to argue General Public Licence invalid
Posted By Adam Beecher - 09:58, 14 August 2003
SCO WILL attempt to win its $3 billion case against IBM by arguing that the General Public Licence (GPL) is invalid. That's what a pleader at legal practice Boies Schiller and Flexner is telling the Wall Street Journal today.
SCO Executives Sold $1.2 Million In Shares Since Lawsuit
Posted By Adam Beecher - 20:47, 13 August 2003
SCO executives have sold more than 119,000 shares of their company worth $1.2 million since it filed a lawsuit against IBM in March, according to reports published Tuesday.
FSF FTP Site Cracked, Looking for MD5 Sums
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:48, 13 August 2003
The Free Software Foundation's FTP site at ftp.gnu.org has been "compromised", and they don't seem to have full backups. They've yanked a bunch of recent packages (and their whole alpha.gnu.org ftp site), and when I asked about it they responded 'Our FTP server was compromised, yes. We are beginning to find good MD5sums for files which have not yet been restored, and they will be available again Real Soon Now. If you can provide MD5sums for any of the files listed in MISSING-FILES, it would be very much appreciated.'
An ILUGger's attempt to get a Linux License
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 20:37, 12 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 20:37, 12 August 2003
On calling +1 800 726 8649 I reached an IVR system. The correct option to pick is option 1 (product sales) and option 1 again (to speak to an operator). At that I got a nice lady on the phone who didn't sound like she'd been screamed at a lot lately. That's a good thing - if people call be nice to the operators. I then found out they aren't taking orders - they're taking contact details and they'll ring back in 7 to 10 days. I explained I was in Ireland and she gave me the number for the Irish office, which is a UK number... +44 171 722 6014. She thought they'd moved to Dublin, so that might not be correct. The consensus is that the number is wrong since the 171 area code is gone in the UK. Another ILUG member is looking up the correct number for dublin.
GnuCash needs help
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:59, 12 August 2003
GnuCash is a professional level accounting package
It runs on Linux, Mac OS/X and other systems.
The GnuCash project needs a lot help - there are only seven developers.
It's future is uncertain, unless people give a hand.
New Euro law could make criminals of us all
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:29, 12 August 2003
Want some reasons why the EU proposed "Enforcement of intellectual property rights" should not go through? Read on...
SCO sells a Linux license
Posted By Adam Beecher - 22:28, 11 August 2003
Yes, they found someone gullible enough to bite. At least that's what they're claiming in a press release that's being spread all over the place, including on money.cnn.com. Naturally, SCO can't tell you who it is because of "confidentiality provisions," but the truth will certainly come out sooner or later.
Linux: Flavour vs. Flavor
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:13, 11 August 2003
Jasper Spaans recently submitted a patch to the lkml that "changes all occurrences of 'flavour' to 'flavor' in the complete [2.6 development kernel] tree". This quickly led into a lengthy and frequently humorous discussion about the which spelling is better, and if it even matters.
The penguin road patrol
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:58, 11 August 2003
When Pavement Management Services, the Melbourne franchise of a Sydney outfit, was granted a contract by VicRoads to carry out the annual survey of the road network in September last year, the company's owner, Rishi Viner, decided that the time was right to begin doing the surveys using video technology.
Lufthansa Systems Chooses Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:08, 10 August 2003
Nice2Cats writes "Remember all of the jokes about operating systems as airlines? Well, Heise is reporting that Linux is just going to take over the computer systems of Germany's airline Lufthansa instead. SuSE and Lufthansa Systems have a joint press release (in German, it should appear here when it comes out in English) out where Karlheinz Natt from Lufthansa Systems gushes (my translation): 'We are registering a steadily increasing demand for Linux-based solutions from our customers.' "
The Empire Strikes Back ...
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 18:40, 8 August 2003
Edited by Proinnsias Breathnach - 18:40, 8 August 2003
Okay ... it's more IBM Strikes back ... but http://radio.weblogs.com/0120124/ has a great digest view of what's going on ... (Thanks to Kevin Lyda for that link)
The actual details are here: IBM-SCO.pdf (it's a big download !)
SCO: In the best traditions of Harry Enfield "Ya didn't wanna do that !"
"Alternatives to Windows Applications" updated
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:26, 8 August 2003
The "Alternatives to Windows Applications" page has been updated with regard to 3D modelling/rendering software.
Novell's Stone Speaks Out
Posted By Adam Beecher - 16:07, 5 August 2003
The vice chairman and open-source backer offers his two cents on the Ximian deal, Novell's future relationship with Microsoft and the latest SCO skirmish.
Red Hat Fires Back at SCO
Posted By Adam Beecher - 16:06, 5 August 2003
Red Hat Inc. on Monday fired a warning shot at The SCO Group with a pair of legal actions aimed at disarming SCO's claims of copyright violation over Linux.
Novell Acquires Ximian
Posted By Adam Beecher - 16:04, 5 August 2003
Novell Inc. pulled off a Linux coup today by snapping up developer Ximian Inc., but according to Ximian's top developer, it will mostly be business as usual.
Yet another POTD - 7 Drunken Nights ?
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 17:48, 1 August 2003
There has been more talk of impending drunken boasting of installing Linux on 386s and Printers and the like.
Rumour has it this event will take place in Messrs. Maguire's in Dublin, on Thursday next - the 7th August from about 19:00 onwards.
Come one - come many !
Open source group files complaint against SCO
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:25, 23 July 2003
An open source grouping has gone on the offensive against the SCO Group after the latter told companies using Linux to pay up or else face liability for running the open source operating system.
Red Hat to change development model, abandon shrinkwrap
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:18, 19 July 2003
Edited by Adam Beecher - 23:18, 19 July 2003
Red Hat, the leading American distributor of Linux, is changing the way its distributions are developed the company is expected to announce Monday.
SCO readies new Linux licensing program
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:14, 19 July 2003
The SCO Group is preparing a new Linux licensing program that it claims will allow users of the open-source operating system to run Linux without fear of litigation.
Linux Ranks No. 2 On Microsoft Risk List
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:11, 19 July 2003
Microsoft is taking the Linux threat seriously. So seriously, in fact, that open-source software comes in at the No. 2 spot on the company's top five list of risks.
POTD - Neary's on Chatham Street.
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 16:15, 18 July 2003
Reviving an old ILUG tradition ...
The Pub of the Day (POTD) is Neary's on Chatham St.
That's just off Grafton St - The HMV corner !
See you all there
(When) Will Linux Pass Apple On The Desktop?
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:34, 24 June 2003
"A column posted today on Slate ponders projections that Linux PCs will pass Apple in desktop market share next year. Will Linux do to OS X what it already has done to Tru64, Irix, HP/UX, AIX and Solaris and emerge as the only viable competitor to Windows on the desktop?"
Linux servers outsold Unix boxes in 2002
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:33, 24 June 2003
A REPORT said that the biggest manufacturers of servers kept their old positions but the good news for the people that make the chips is that the market showed clear signs of growth.
Novell dives into Linux market
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:30, 24 June 2003
For months, enterprise software maker Novell has made moves which have added up to increasing support for customers running the Linux open source operating system on their servers. On Tuesday, the company went into the Linux market whole-hog, with the launch of Nterprise Linux Services.
ILUG AGM details confirmed
Posted By Ken Guest - 17:14, 23 June 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 17:14, 23 June 2003
The ILUG AGM will take place in the Social Hall in Liberty Hall, Dublin at 11:00 (until 13:00) on Saturday 28th.
The Feds Love Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:53, 23 June 2003
NEW YORK - Three weeks ago, John P. Stenbit, chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Defense, issued an agencywide memo that has Linux lovers rejoicing. The brief outlined the DOD's policy on acquiring, using and developing open-source software, including the Linux operating system.
Linux Router Project Dead
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:45, 23 June 2003
The Linux Router Project is no more. This single-floppy distro was a great tool for building a number of simple super-low-cost network devices. The maintainer has a lot of bitter words about its demise, and it is sad to see it go
Penguin on the Desktop
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:35, 23 June 2003
It looks like a Linux-based solution for the PC market is becoming reality, writes Robin Bloor, of Bloor Research. Leading global PC providers are now offering a Linux option for price sensitive markets such as India and Thailand.
Linus Torvalds leaves Transmeta
Posted By Adam Beecher - 12:23, 17 June 2003
Linus Torvalds, creator and chief maintainer of the Linux kernel is moving on, ending a six year association with chip company Transmeta.
Massive growth in Linux is 'historic inevitability'
Posted By Adam Beecher - 12:22, 17 June 2003
Analysts IDC Research are predicting massive growth in the Linux server market - and a wider use of the open source operating system on desktops - over the next four years.
SCO pulls AIX licence, calls for permanent ban
Posted By Adam Beecher - 12:22, 17 June 2003
Terminating IBM's AIX licence wasn't enough for the SCO Group on Monday. The company has asked for a permanent injunction blocking IBM from shipping AIX.
Southeast Mailing List
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:17, 3 June 2003
There is a new
mailing list setup for the southeast region.
Snapshot of the Embedded Linux market
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:16, 28 May 2003
The results of LinuxDevices.com's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are now in, and they provide an interesting profile of the ascendant embedded Linux software market.
Why Munich Dumped Microsoft for Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:15, 28 May 2003
Microsoft on Wednesday lost its bid to keep the German city of Munich a Windows customer. The Munich City Council on Wednesday announced that it has decided to deploy the Linux open-source operating system and will migrate its 14,000 desktop and notebook computers away from Windows products to Linux.
Novell calls on SCO to prove allegations about Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:14, 28 May 2003
Novell Inc. today forcefully joined the tumult surrounding Unix and Linux by challenging The SCO Group Inc. to essentially put up or shut up over its allegations that some of SCO's Unix code has illegally made its way into Linux.
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:13, 28 May 2003
Microsoft down and out in Munich
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:12, 28 May 2003
Linux zealots all over Munich have strapped on their lederhosen and knocked back a few liters of beer after the open source operating system beat out Microsoft's Windows for a major city contract.
Oracle joins hands with Red Flag to push Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 08:50, 26 May 2003
Hong Kong: The booming market of Linux in China has witnessed the birth of a new alliance—Oracle and Red Flag Software—which will work to certify and support the open source operating system.
Playstation 2s organised in big Linux cluster
Posted By Adam Beecher - 08:45, 26 May 2003
A PROJECT PUT TOGETHER by the NCSA has linked 65 Playstation 2s using the Sony Linux distribution for the console into a powerful cluster.
Battles loom between free, proprietary software
Posted By Adam Beecher - 08:44, 26 May 2003
The free-software movement has surmounted all kinds of obstacles in its short history, moving from a political statement to a prominent position inside the world's largest companies.
IBM carves up bladed Linux clusters
Posted By Adam Beecher - 22:30, 21 May 2003
IBM has added blade servers to the mix of systems it sells as part of a large Linux cluster offering targeted at users in scientific fields.
Red Hat, Linux, consumers, money - do they mix?
Posted By Adam Beecher - 22:28, 21 May 2003
Earlier this year Red Hat split its range into two segments - effectively, business and everything else. It did this in the wrong order, as The Register remarked at the time...
Palm has a worthy rival in Linux-based PDA
Posted By Adam Beecher - 18:31, 19 May 2003
When personal digital assistants, or PDAs, captured the public imagination - or at least the fancy of gadget lovers - Palm took an early and commanding market lead.
Opera Debuts Latest Version for Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 18:30, 19 May 2003
Oslo, Norway's Opera Software debuted the latest version of its Opera browser for Linux Monday. The new version, Opera 7.11 for Linux, builds on the previous Opera 6 for Linux with a built-in email client and email organizer, as well as a number of other new features.
IBM to enlist Eric S Raymond?
Posted By Adam Beecher - 18:29, 19 May 2003
OVER THE WEEKEND Linux and Main reported that IBM might be about to hire Eric S. Raymond as a trial consultant to assist with its defense against SCO's billion-dollar intellectual property lawsuit.
SCO targets Linux customers
Posted By Adam Beecher - 15:07, 15 May 2003
SCO Group, a financially struggling company that claims its Unix intellectual property has been illegally incorporated into Linux, has sent letters to about 1,500 of the world's largest corporations warning they could be liable for using Linux.
It's that time of year again
Posted By Liam Bedford - 17:14, 13 May 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 17:14, 13 May 2003
The ILUG AGM will provisionally take place in Dublin, on June 28th (this depends on finding a room/hall to have it in over that weekend).
Current agenda includes some talks (none of which will be about how Windows is better than Linux), an election or two, and possibly a quiz/giveaways.
If anyone has a thought on a talk they might want to give, please contact the committee
OpenForum Europe rejects Perens charges
Posted By Adam Beecher - 14:51, 9 May 2003
This week, Linux evangelist Bruce Perens criticised OpenForum Europe for supporting software patents in the European Community. Graham Taylor, Director OpenForum Europe, has penned this open letter in response.
Red Hat, Fujitsu sign partnership
Posted By Adam Beecher - 14:51, 9 May 2003
Fujitsu on Thursday said it has signed an agreement with Red Hat under which the companies plan to jointly develop and market Red Hat's Linux for Fujitsu's Intel-based computers.
Microsoft learned from open source: Security boss
Posted By Adam Beecher - 18:42, 8 May 2003
Microsoft’s global director of product security, George Stathakopoulos, has told ZDNet Australia that the software giant has learned security lessons from the wider software community.
Doolin Technology Sessions in Dublin (#8)
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 02:14, 7 May 2003
Doolin Technologies is presenting the eighth session of its first series of technology talks on Thursday 8th May. All are welcome to attend.
PeopleSoft makes the Linux leap
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:43, 6 May 2003
PeopleSoft said it will announce plans at a customer conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday to convert its entire line of business applications, which includes more than 170 products, to run on the open-source Linux operating system.
SuSE 8.2 approaches computing Nirvana
Posted By Adam Beecher - 12:01, 2 May 2003
Edited by Adam Beecher - 12:01, 2 May 2003
There's a lot to like in SuSE's latest edition, 8.2, and little to complain about. There are security enhancements and graphics tweaks partly due to KDE 3.1, and major administration bonuses in YaST-2. It's clear that SuSE has worked hard to accommodate the corporate desktop market as well as the home user since edition 8.1, which we did not recommend.
Beyond Linux From Scratch 1.0 Released
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:57, 2 May 2003
"DistroWatch reports about the 1.0 release of Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS), a subproject of Linux From Scratch: 'The BLFS Development team is proud to announce the release of BLFS 1.0. With this release, you can take your LFS 4.1 base beyond a development system. It can be a desktop, a firewall, a multimedia player/editor, an Apache web server or all of the above. You install only what you need. Your Distro. Your Rules. Enjoy.'"
IBM denies charges of Unix theft
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:56, 2 May 2003
IBM has denied SCO Group's allegations that it misappropriated Unix trade secrets, but Big Blue isn't giving hints about what its eventual strategy will be for battling the lawsuit.
Microsoft do it again: Office Lock In
Posted By Ken Guest - 12:03, 28 April 2003
Microsoft has slid on its commitment to produce open standard file formats for its Office products, specifically Microsoft has backed away from implementing an OASIS-defined industry standard.
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 11:00, 28 April 2003
Niall has posted about a LEWD POTD tonight in the Lord Lucan, in (suprisingly) Lucan !
For the uninitiated LEWD is the Linux Enthusiasts of West(ish) Dublin(ish) and POTD is a Pint / Pub Of The Day.
All are welcome, although you might want to give Niall a heads-up if you intend heading along ... to make sure someone else appears !
Another ILUG wedding !
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 12:02, 25 April 2003
Edited by Adam Beecher - 12:02, 25 April 2003
The committee are dropping like flies ... first our PRO (Liam) gets hitched in February, and now it's the turn of John "Kate" Looney
who married Julie today (April 25th) at 15:30 in Dublin. |
Congratulations John from all of us !
Open Source in Northern Ireland
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:24, 24 April 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:24, 24 April 2003
As contributed by caspol
NIOSC - northern ireland open source community - have established a website to promote all things open source up North. They recently held the first open/workshop day which was very well attended for the first event of its type and are planning to hold more in the future.
Doolin Technology Sessions in Dublin (#6)
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 12:03, 22 April 2003
Edited by Adam Beecher - 12:03, 22 April 2003
Doolin Technologies is presenting the sixth session of its first series of technology talks on Thursday 24th April. All are welcome to attend. Ronan Waide will be covering "Linux Clustering: Heartbeat vs. Red Hat Cluster Manager"
RedHat 9 Reviewed
Posted By Ken Guest - 16:16, 18 April 2003
Contributed by Padraig Brady:
Finally a review of RedHat 9 from someone who knows what they're talking about
An American In Dublin: Raven Alder's Stay in Dublin
Posted By Ken Guest - 15:15, 17 April 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 15:15, 17 April 2003
An American In Dublin
Raven Alder's write-up of her
experiences in Dublin during her stay for giving a presentation on
Cryptography in Linux at Linux Expo 2003.
Doolin Technology Sessions in Dublin (#5)
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 10:38, 15 April 2003
Doolin Technologies is presenting the fifth session of its first series of technology talks on Thursday 17th April. All are welcome to attend. MOSIX and configure will be covered by the Doolin Kevins.
Schools Saves Money with Linux
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:40, 15 April 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:40, 15 April 2003
As contributed by nils
Here is nice linux story about how a school saved money by going the linux route and how the students benefited.
New Article: Choosing a Good Password
Posted By Ken Guest - 16:14, 11 April 2003
Paul O'Malley has written a presentation on choosing a good password - good reading intended for sysadmins.
New tutorial: Installing a Creative Zen USB on Linux
Posted By Ken Guest - 11:17, 11 April 2003
Even though most of the people don't know about it, there is a project on Linux which allows you to connect your Zen mp3 player on Linux.
Doolin Tech Sessions in Dublin (#4)
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 09:20, 8 April 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:20, 8 April 2003
Doolin Technologies is presenting the fourth session of its first series of technology talks on Thursday 10th April. All are welcome to attend.
"Linux in the HPC Environment" by Dermot Frost
Doolin Technology Sessions: 3rd Session
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:17, 3 April 2003
"System Programming in Perl: The Unix Process Model"
Thursday 3rd April, 7:30pm, Walton Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
This talk will explore the way the Unix operating system
handles process creation and command execution. including details of
the essential Perl functions 'fork' and 'exec'. We'll see how this affects the design of certain Unix commands, including the shell, 'ls', 'nice', 'sudo', 'nohup', 'inetd', 'less', 'chroot', and 'cd', with code examples in Perl. I'll also show Perl code that implements a replacement for the Unix shell.
Linux.ie in the Guardian: "The route to root"
Posted By Ken Guest - 10:06, 28 March 2003
Linux.ie got a mention in the Guardian
yesterday; courtesy of Karlin Lillington, who's been experimenting with Red Hat of late.
Inherent problems of relying on Closed Source
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:19, 28 March 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:19, 28 March 2003
Mircosoft are showing their true colours again, this time refusing to make a fix for a Denial of Service attack available for NT4 (Flaw in RPC Endpoint Mapper Could Allow Denial of Service Attacks). In essence, they say it is too difficult to write a code-fix or service pack for NT4.
Repeat after me:
"Thank God this can't happen in Open Source systems."
LinuxWorld Conference - RDS April 1-3
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:40, 27 March 2003
As you're probably aware we've a stand at this year's ICT Expo in the
RDS next Tuesday through Thursday. What you may not have noted was that
we also have a conference happening at the same event.
A Reading List for the Linux Newbie
Posted By Ken Guest - 10:32, 26 March 2003
A Reading List for the Linux Newbie
By Paul Dunne
This list has its roots in a short series of articles I wrote a couple of
years ago called "The Essential Linux Bookshelf". Noticing that linux.ie
were looking for a newbie's reading list, I volunteered to adapt this
series to provide such a guide. The rest, as they say, is history
Red Hat Linux 9 Out On 7th April
Posted By Adam Beecher - 20:42, 24 March 2003
Red Hat Linux 9 will be released to retail stores and FTP servers on the 7th of April, with paid Red Hat Network subscribers able to pick up ISO's on the 31st of March.
Quotes page updated
Posted By Ken Guest - 17:41, 24 March 2003
The Quotes page updated, courtesy of John Looney. :)
Posted By Ken Guest - 17:08, 24 March 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 17:08, 24 March 2003
www.linux.ie will be rebooted at approx 18:00 today for maintenance purposes.
Schism hits key open-source group
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:17, 21 March 2003
A schism has struck the XFree86 movement, an open-source graphics project key to Linux and several other operating systems, with the core group in charge of the project expelling one of its members.
HP To Sell And Support Red Hat Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:12, 20 March 2003
Dman33 writes "Redhat Linux seems to be gaining an even stronger share in the server and workstation market as HP is announcing worldwide sales and support of the popular distro. Infoworld has a writeup on the announcement and the press release straight from HP is a good read regarding the initiative."
Lindows CEO attacks Intel's Centrino Linux lockout
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:11, 20 March 2003
Intel is going through a major internal struggle over desktop Linux, and the pro-Microsoft marketing droids are currently winning, according to Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson.
MS shared source twitches towards liberal licensing
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:10, 20 March 2003
A new form of Microsoft's shared source licence agreement unearthed by Microsoft Watch suggests that The Beast is at the very least experimenting with forms of words that might work, as opposed to engaging purely in propaganda efforts.
Doolin Technology Sessions in Dublin
Posted By Ken Guest - 10:44, 20 March 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 10:44, 20 March 2003
The Doolin tech talks are Doolin's attempt to give back to the free software community that they have gotten so much help from in the past. The talks tend to cover areas that Doolin have experience in or areas that Doolin want to know more about.
SCO sues IBM for $1 billion for 'devaluing Unix'
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:07, 7 March 2003
The SCO Group (formerly Caldera), which owns the UNIX&trademark; trademark, has filed suit against IBM for investing in Linux and giving away proprietary technology in the operating system.
Oregon bill opens doors to open source
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:07, 7 March 2003
Oregon could become the first state to require that open-source software be considered by its agencies as an alternative to any proprietary solution, if a bill introduced this week passes muster.
Sun eyes alliances with Linux rivals
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:06, 7 March 2003
Sun Microsystems is considering striking up partnerships with mainstream Linux sellers such as Red Hat and SuSE--a move that would turn the tech giant into an ally, rather than a rival, of those companies.
Posted By Ken Guest - 13:48, 5 March 2003
you can now link to your blogs from your 'Who's Who' pages.
Posted By Ken Guest - 12:33, 4 March 2003
GU4DEC will be held from June 16th-18th at Trinity College. With the luck o' the Irish, we'll see you there in the summer time, talking code over a refreshing pint of Guinness! See GU4DEC press release.
ILUG PRO Gets Hitched
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 14:45, 24 February 2003
Edited by Proinnsias Breathnach - 14:45, 24 February 2003
The ILUG Committee would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes to our PRO Liam Bedford, who today was married to Ann Harding.
We would like to wish them all the best in their married life together.
software patents vote tommorrow, act now (please :)
Posted By Ken Guest - 16:24, 19 February 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 16:24, 19 February 2003
tomorrow (Thurday, 20/02/2003) there will be a european
parliment vote about software patents
"14. Patentability of computer-implemented inventions (T07732)"
For info about this see:
DCU Networking Society presents: Kevin Warwick
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:15, 19 February 2003
The DCU Networking Society is hosting a talk by Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, this morning at 10 o'clock.
Doctoring an IPod to Run on Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 23:06, 12 February 2003
Ever since Apple released the iPod more than a year ago, fans have wanted the portable music player to do more than just play digital music. The long wish list of features includes using it as a universal remote and as a portable hard drive to store digital photos or movies when a camera's memory card fills up.
Studios switch from Sun Unix Servers to Linux Intel/AMD
Posted By Adam Beecher - 22:57, 12 February 2003
Pixar Animation Studios has changed out Sun Microsystems Unix servers in its 'render farm' with eight new blade servers with Intel processors from Rackspace. The blade system servers contain a total of 1,024 Intel 2.8GHz Xeon processors, and run on the Linux operating system.
Gates holds forth on the 'pervasive Linux' threat
Posted By Adam Beecher - 22:51, 12 February 2003
Bill Gates is taking Linux very seriously - but apparently, still not seriously enough to actually understand it. Speaking to the Microsoft MVP Summit on Tuesday he bracketed Linux with other 'kill the company' threats to Microsoft, giving OS/2 as a prime example.
Add ILUG News to the Mozilla Sidebar
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:01, 12 February 2003
You can now add ILUG News to the Mozilla Sidebar. Use the link beneath to do so.
Poll: Which ILUG Merchandise would you buy?
Posted By Ken Guest - 13:58, 6 February 2003
As a part of a survey to see what we should get branded and sell next, the Committee would appreciate your participation in this poll.
Linux Keyboard Binding Database
Posted By Ken Guest - 13:04, 6 February 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 13:04, 6 February 2003
Pádraig Brady is in the process of documenting default keyboard bindings (which key does what) in a very wide range of windowmanagers, applications and command line utilities.
He would appreciate feedback and submissions.
Banks Want to Swim With Penguin
Posted By Adam Beecher - 12:21, 4 February 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 12:21, 4 February 2003
The Bulls and the Bears may soon be standing on the unemployment line. Tux the penguin, Linux's beloved mascot, is rapidly becoming the financial services industry's totem animal of choice. In fact, it seems that the only steadily rising statistic on Wall Street these days is the number of companies moving to open-source systems.
The rise of the $99 'consumer' Linux distribution
Posted By Adam Beecher - 12:19, 4 February 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 12:19, 4 February 2003
$99, give or take $20, seems to be the new price point for full-featured, consumer-level Linux distributions. This is a great deal for non-technical users, since most of the new-wave consumer Linux products give users a much prettier and easier experience than traditional, all-GPL distributions tailored for a geeky user base.
All Change For Mailing Lists
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:05, 30 January 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:05, 30 January 2003
The @linux.ie mailing lists are moving over to a shiny new server this weekend.
If you are a member of any of these lists please be advised to subscribe to the new lists at the link provided below.
The Old Archives have also moved to a new location at http://www.linux.ie/old-list/summary.html. Enjoy Folks !
Mini-LBW Doolin this weekend
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:00, 30 January 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 09:00, 30 January 2003
POTD (Pub Of The Day) for Friday is O'Connors, Fisher Street, Doolin.
Easing Linux Management on IBM Mainframes
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:53, 24 January 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 10:53, 24 January 2003
Linuxcare Inc. officials said this week that their software designed to ease the management of Linux on IBM's eServer zSeries mainframes and high-end servers is generally available.
Dell switches internal servers to Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:52, 24 January 2003
Dell Computer has switched 14 of its internal servers from Sun Microsystems machines to its own systems running Linux and a new version of Oracle's database software, Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said Thursday.
Voila! Workspot Linux is instant and portable 'magic'
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:51, 24 January 2003
Workspot is an online Linux desktop. You go there in any browser (java-enabled is better), login, and start up Red Hat Linux within that browser. It is so cool, I really want it to be something that people go for. I want it to succeed.
Linux creator to attend linux.conf.au
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:24, 21 January 2003
Linux creator Linus Torvalds is not officially scheduled to give any general or technical talk at Australia's national Linux conference, Linux.Conf.Au 2003, which is being held in Perth from tomorrow.
Developers Mull Linux Choices
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:18, 21 January 2003
As momentum for embedded Linux systems builds, open-source developers are divided on whether commercial tools or open-source options are the best way to write to embedded Linux devices.
As Linux Nips at Microsoft, Its Advocates Talk Numbers
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:17, 21 January 2003
The evidence is now overwhelming that Linux, once a symbol of software's counterculture, has become a mainstream technology. The Linux World conference that begins in New York tomorrow promises to be a staid, corporate affair.
New Tutorial: Managing access with CVS
Posted By Ken Guest - 13:27, 20 January 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 13:27, 20 January 2003
David Neary wrote a fine article on managing access with CVS.
Linux trojan starts circulating
Posted By Adam Beecher - 20:37, 15 January 2003
An explolit for the Linux mpg123 mp3 player has started circulating, following the release of the code for the same by the Gobbles security group. Anti-virus software maker Symantec has christened it as Trojan.Linux.JBellz.
Intel Offers Testing Tools for Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 20:32, 15 January 2003
Edited by Adam Beecher - 20:32, 15 January 2003
Even though Intel has been a longstanding supporter of the Linux operating system, the company has not had an official VTune offering for Linux developers. That is until now.
Nokia releases developer suite tools for Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 20:30, 15 January 2003
Nokia has urged Linux users to develop applications for mobile phones and wireless devices, making available for free a suite of different software development tools.
Bull takes fast track to Linux deployment
Posted By Adam Beecher - 09:59, 13 January 2003
Groupe Bull SA has announced the launch of a new Linux server and software stack called LinuxExpress, which includes hardware, services and open source software for web, groupware, application servers, and high availability.
Posted By Ken Guest - 16:36, 12 January 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 16:36, 12 January 2003
Stephen Benson is undertaking a dissertation on Linux as part of his degree year at Limerick Institute of Technology. The title is "Linux : Will the free Operating System challenge the commercial offerings?" - he has finished his literature review and would be interested in what, if anything, any ILUG members think at this early stage.
He is also looking for volunteers to complete a short survey on Linux within Irish companies, government departments and academic institutions.
Recommended Reading for Newbies
Posted By Ken Guest - 13:01, 10 January 2003
It's here. Recommended Reading for Newbies.
SGI Introduces New Linux Servers
Posted By Adam Beecher - 13:13, 9 January 2003
Supercomputer developer Silicon Graphics announced on Tuesday that it has introduced its Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters, designed to allow the Linux operating system to handle enormous computing tasks.
The Mandrake Linux Mystery
Posted By Adam Beecher - 13:10, 9 January 2003
Almost anyone familiar with the high-tech industry will tell you that 2003 could be a big year for Linux. The OS is poised to continue spreading like wildfire in the server market next year, and some pundits are even saying it may overtake Apple's OS X as the number two desktop operating system.
MontaVista Moves Linux to the Living Room
Posted By Adam Beecher - 13:09, 9 January 2003
MontaVista Software will release during the current quarter a version of its embedded Linux operating system aimed at use in consumer electronics devices including televisions, portable devices, and automobile telematics applications, the company said Wednesday.
The next meeting of the System Administrators' Guild of Ireland
Posted By Ken Guest - 08:54, 9 January 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 08:54, 9 January 2003
The next meeting of the System Administrators' Guild of Ireland takes
place in HEAnet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the 14th of January.
Andrew Barnes is giving a talk on "Contract System Administration",
with the help of several SAGE-IE members who also work on contract.
Following this, SAGE-IE will be adjourning as usual to the Schoolhouse pub on Northumberland Road, for about 8:30.
DeCSS Jon Johansen has been acquitted
Posted By Ken Guest - 13:28, 7 January 2003
Jon Johansen, author of DeCSS (software used to decrypt DVD streams under Linux) has been acquitted.
The Norwegian court in Oslo determined that it is not illegal to use the DeCSS code to watch DVD films obtained by legal means.
We can all breathe again.
Want a distro copied?
Posted By Ken Guest - 15:45, 6 January 2003
Fergal Daly has compiled a list of people that have offered to burn CDs of Linux distribution if people
Don't forget the blank CDs and a maybe a special treat...
Midlands LUG: Meeting
Posted By Ken Guest - 08:53, 3 January 2003
7:00 onwards at Peter Clarke's Greyhound Bar, Dublin St., Longford.
Linux from a windows user point of view
Posted By Ken Guest - 13:52, 2 January 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 13:52, 2 January 2003
Ireland's Techseekers.net have had a chance to look at linux from a windows user point of view on 3 different distros.
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