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One Tale of Two Scientific Distros

Several weeks ago, I was flying west past Chicago, watching the ground slide by below, when I spotted the signature figure eight of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, better known as Fermilab. I shot some pictures, which I put up at the Linux Journal Flickr pool (Flickr also uses Linux). more>>

Linux Product Insider: Memopal Online Backup Utility

The August 2th "Linux Product Insider" features Memopal Online Backup, gNewSense 2.1, Super Talent Pico D USB Drive, SEH's PS56 WLAN Print Server and the new book Building Embedded Linux Systems more>>

Bloomberg Accidentally Kills Steve Jobs

It's no secret that the press likes to be ready for every eventuality — but part of that preparedness is knowing the difference between contingency and contretemps. That was a lesson learned rather painfully by Bloomberg News on Wednesday, after the media giant accidentally published still-living Apple-founder Steve Jobs' obituary. more>>

Linux Foundation Takes Summit to the End

The Linux Foundation — the not-for-profit consortium that keeps our Fearless Leader Linus 'a-coding, among other things — has announced that for the first time, it is sponsoring an End User Collaboration Summit aimed at bringing together "sophisticated users" with the Linux leadership. more>>

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Outtakes from Linux World Expo

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In case you were wondering about the fun side of Linux World Expo, we thought we'd give you a peek at our shenanigans. We at Linux Journal love what we do so much, that we can't help but have a ball wherever we go. more>>

Quebec government being sued, for buying Microsoft!

This certainly qualifies as an interesting development. CBC is reporting that FACIL, a non-profit organization that promotes the adoption of free software in Quebec, is suing the provincial government for buying Microsoft software. More specifically, they are alleging that Quebec's provincial government refuses to allow competing bids (including bids from free software vendors) in preference of large players like Microsoft. Allow me to quote from the CBC article. more>>

Debian Security Flaw

The debian security flaw and the supposed attacks were pointed out to me earlier today. There's a blurb about it here on LJ. The US-CERT warning is here. The original debian advisory about the actual bug is

An Overview of Twitter Clients for Linux

Micro-blogging sites are everywhere these days. There's Jaiku, FriendFeed, Pownce, Tumblr, and Identi.ca, to name a few. For many, though, the original micro-blogging site is the best: Twitter. more>>

Product Spotlight: GoGrid Servers in the Cloud

GoGrid is a competitor to Amazon Web Services -- they have a multi-server control panel that enables you to deploy and manage load-balanced cloud servers in just minutes (it appears to take about 5 minutes to be exact). Associate Editor Shawn Powers met up with GoGrid this month on the LinuxWorld Expo show floor and chatted with them about cloud computing. more>>

Convert diff output to colorized HTML

If you search the web you can find a number of references to programs/scripts that convert diff output to HTML. This is a bash version. more>>

Government Gurus Warn of Stolen SSH Rootkit Attacks

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning users running Linux systems and utilizing SSH for system access that a new round of rootkit attacks is underway. more>>

Where are we on 508 compliance?

As a computer professional I take my sight for granted. Think about it, how much you rely on your eyes. How much of what we do is based on what is on the screen and where it is on the screen. more>>

Product Spotlight: Linux Offerings from Fujitsu

Associate Editor Shawn Powers recently had the opportunity to speak with Fujitsu about their latest Linux offerings. more>>

The Death of the Letter?

BALTIMORE (AP) - Mailboxes are going the way of phone booths. More of us are paying our bills online and using the Internet to send our correspondence, so the U.S. Postal Service has decided it needs fewer mailboxes. (WTOP) more>>

Could Microsoft's Photosynth Have Been Free Software?

Photosynth is one of the most exciting programs I've seen in a long time. It takes a group of photos, typically of a single geographical location, but possibly taken at different times by different people, analyses them for similarities, and then stitches then together into a smooth-flowing, pseudo-3D panorama. It's really great. Just two problems. One: it won't run on GNU/Linux; and two: it's from Microsoft, and so is unlikely ever to do so.

My question is this: Why didn't the free software community come up with Photosynth first? more>>

EXTRA: Shawn Powers Hot!

Breaking News has just learned from an inside source that Linux Journal Associate Editor and LinuxJournal.com Gadget Guy Shawn Powers is, in fact, hot. more>>

Fedora "Issue" Revealed: Haxored!

The mysterious "issue" with the Fedora Project's "infrastructure systems" has finally been revealed: an unidentified number of the project's servers were "illegally accessed" — hacked — along with an unidentified number of servers servicing Red Hat Enterprise Linux. more>>

Obama's Secret Weapon: Geeks. Lots of Them

We were lost in Boston's South End, looking for Thayer Street. Street signs are optional around Boston, and the locals didn't know either the street or our precise destination... more>>

Linux Product Insider: "FIRST LEGO League", the book

This "Linux Product Insider" features the book FIRST LEGO League, iStor Networks' integraSuite/MC Management Center, WaveMaker's Visual Ajax Studio 4.0, Perforce 2008.1 SCM System and FST's FancyPants SDK.

Here's what's new and noteworthy this week in Linux and open source: more>>

Copyright Conundrums Converge on Gordon Brown

It's not every day that a guy from Mississippi can claim that the government of the United Kingdom is breaching his copyright, but for Anthony Baggett, the past week has been full of them. Apparently, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has a shiny new website, and by appearances, that shine has Mr. Baggett's signature all over it. more>>