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Shell Scripting Recipes

The command line is many things to many people. Some users run in horror, preferring a GUI for point and click administration. Others will not work anywhere but in the warm glow of the Bash Shell. I live in both worlds, having found wonderful system administration solutions in the open source world, my favorite being Webmin. However, I continually return the the command shell for many of my tasks and scripting needs. This has become...

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Bill in US Congress to Overhaul Patent Law

The US government is starting down the long, arduous path of patent reform. Obviously this will entail lengthy debate and would hopefully at the very least move patent law in the US a few steps ahead. This issue is certainly of importance to those in the open source arena, as even though many developers of all sizes are releasing patents into the open, the direction legislators take will either improve or worsen intellectual property...

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GPL 3 Expected in 2007

While news reports are projecting a new General Public License from the Free Software Foundation in 2007 – I believe they are missing the key point in the exercise. This is largely being debated in the open source community rather than written quietly in the board room. More importantly, open source users can have an impact by sounding off on concerns and requests about open source licensing. This again is a reminder of how open...

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Open Source Becoming More Than Software

Public Radio International, known to many in the US as a partner to National Public Radio, has taken the term ‘open source’ to a new level in its global radio programming. The organization, possibly best known for its show The World, which brings an international flavor of news and features to the US,launched a new talk show format online in July. Talk shows have long already been successful largely based on audience...

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Caution: Online Publishing is Permanent

Interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal (sorry – subscription required but there is a free two week trial!). It seems that today’s attorneys are using the Wayback Machine and other caching services like Google to nail down folks on what they have potentially said, posted, hosted or otherwise executed online in years past even after pages have been deleted. Precedent has now been set via a lawsuit by Dell...

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New Webmin Release Worth a Look

For those familiar with Webmin – they understands it administrative value on Unix workstations and servers (including Mac OS X). Especially if you need to administer multiple systems. For the unitiated – I wrote on Webmin a while back and explored its capabilities as a powerful root-enabled sys admin tool. The new updates hit on all cylinders for me as I deal with several servers at once in my own webmin usage –...

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Open Source Accounting

I have been going through a shift in my own business and looking to grow beyond Quicken as my accounting tool. As most know – Quicken is an invaluable package for home and home office accounting – however if a small business grows Intuit would prefer the natural evolution to migrate toward Quick Books. Initially starting out using a manual system for invoices and growing into Quicken, I needed to go to the next level....

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Google Toolbar for Firefox et al

Google has released a long-awaited Firefox version of its toolbar. The toolbar runs on Windows, Mac and Linux systems. There are some other Google-related extensions for Firefox: Google Sugggest – suggests completion of search terms typed into the Firefox search bar. Send to Phone – sends web pages to mobile phones For those in the know – you may have already been using the Googlebar – which is not affiliated...

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Intro Glossary to Linux Distributions

Kudos to Martin Ferretti, a stockbroker by day and web junkie by night, has rolled out a nice starter guide to the major and some minor Linux distributions. That not to mention that his site also broadly serves as a resource to many other tools available to web professionals. This is something I pine for often being a researcher myself, which is encouraging a broadening collection of data on open source for professionals to use in...

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OpenBSD versus Linux, Gentoo meets Microsoft

OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has gone on the record in an interview with Forbes Magazine, slashing at Linux and Linus Torvald’s oversight of the OS as low in quality. Raadt also does not care for the likes of IBM, HP, Sun and others garnering profits from the free contributions of the open source community without giving more back. There may be some substance to that – though those companies and some others did make...

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Nokia to Use Safari Components for Mobile Browser

This sheds a little light on Apple’s recent move to open the source for their modified core components from the KHTML project that make up the Safari web browser. Nokia intends to use it on its Series 60 smartphone platform. This shrewd move by Apple allows them to leverage the changes that will occur to the core elements of Safari source in its transition to a mobile browser for Nokia and perhaps have assets to introduce into...