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By Michael Conry

News Bytes


Selected and formatted by Michael Conry <address>

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Linux Links

The Father of ASCII dies A tribute to Bob Bremer, one of the greats of the computer industry.

The Making of BSD Hacks describes one way to do open source revision control and document creation for book publishing.

relink, a package management tool.

Optimization complexities explored.

Thin GNU/Linux clients find application in libraries.

ACM Queue magazine focuses on open source.

Setting up encrypted partitions under Linux and dm-crypt.

How to talk to Microsoft about Linux

How to do due diligence

Open Source publishing

Embedded Processor and System-on-Chip Quick Reference Guide

News in General

 Sun's Looking Glass

Sun have announced that they are releasing Project Looking Glass, their 3D desktop, under the GPL. This follows the release of JDIC (JDesktop Integration Components) under the LGPL. JDIC allows Java developers to write desktop software, including viewer components, screen savers, and panel applets.


Real have anounced that they are adding the GPL as a licencing option for Helix Player, making it fully open source.

Distro News


Skolelinux is a distro from Norway aimed to be a counterweight to the dominance of closed-source software in education and government.


OSNews review of the Cobind distribution. This is a Fedora-derived distribution aimed at newcomers to the GNU/Linux scene.


It has been reported that the AMD 64 port of Debian is now ready for inclusion in unstable. (courtesy DWN)

Software News


O'Reilly has announced the publication of Snort 2.1 Intrusion Detection, Second Edition. This book provides a guide to the use of Snort, and in particular details the new features introduced in version 2.1. A CD-ROM is included containing Snort 2.1 and related utilities.


The Mozilla Foundation has announced the release of new versions of:


OpenOffice.org has announced the availability of the new 1.1.2 version of the open source office suite, codenamed Hakone.


Mick is LG's News Bytes Editor.

[Picture] Originally hailing from Ireland, Michael is currently living in Baden, Switzerland. There he works with ABB Corporate Research as a Marie-Curie fellow, developing software for the simulation and design of electrical power-systems equipment.

Before this, Michael worked as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin; the same institution that awarded him his PhD. The topic of this PhD research was the use of Lamb waves in nondestructive testing. GNU/Linux has been very useful in his past work, and Michael has a strong interest in applying free software solutions to other problems in engineering.

Copyright © 2004, Michael Conry. Released under the Open Publication license unless otherwise noted in the body of the article. Linux Gazette is not produced, sponsored, or endorsed by its prior host, SSC, Inc.

Published in Issue 104 of Linux Gazette, July 2004

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