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Java Sound & Music Software for Linux, Part 2

In this second part of my survey I list and briefly describe some of the Java sound and music applications known to work under Linux. Java applications show up in almost every category found at linux-sound.org and the Applications Database at linuxaudio.org. The scalability of the language is well-demonstrated throughout those pages where one can find everything from highly specialized mini-applications to full-size production environments. Of course I can't cover or even present the entire range of Java soundapps, but this survey should give readers a good idea of Java's potential in the sound and music software domain. Again the presentation is in no special order. more>>

Grep: RRTFM

If you've been a Linix/UNIX user for a long time you surely know what RTFM means (Read The *bleep* Manual). I'd like to offer up a new, related acronym, RRTFM, for Re-Read The *bleep* Manual. more>>

Ubuntu, Firefox Under Fire – From the Inside

The brouhaha is nothing new to Open Source software projects. In fact, if there is ever a day when someone, somewhere is not screaming about bad decisions or better ways, then that's a day when progress isn't being made. The news that users were storming the gates at Canonical and Mozilla HQ, though, caught us a little by surprise. more>>

Standing Up to Hurricane Ike. . . with Linux, of Course

As some of us at Linux Journal clean our yards of debris, repair our broken windows, and make do with spotty internet access, power outages, and grocery shortages, we thought we'd share a story about the silver lining in the reality that is big, bad hurricane Ike. more>>

Check Your Computer's Temperature

You can check your computer's temperature using only standard tools, with the command: more>>

What They're Using: Michael Anti and His Eee PC

Michael Anti is an engineer and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Huaxia Times, 21st Century World Herald, Washington Post, Southern Metropolis Daily and Far and Wide Journal. He has been a researcher, a columnist, a reporter, a war correspondent in Baghdad (in 2003) and more—and achieved notoriety in 2005 when Microsoft deleted his blog. more>>

GoogleBot: Slayer of Stock Prices

UAL Corp. had a nasty surprise on Monday when its stock price fell nearly 75% after a computerized chain-reaction caused outdated information to hit the trading floor hard — and UAL's financials even harder. more>>

O'Reilly to Oregon: We're Leaving (On A Jet Plane)

The O'Reilly Open Source Conference — OSCON — has made its home in Portland, Oregon since 2003, but won't be any longer, as the event's organizers have decided to pull up stakes and — like many other technology groups — move to California's San Francisco Bay area. more>>

Fedora Changes the Locks

The Fedora Project has had a rough time over the last month. Beginning with the announcement of an unidentified "infrastructure systems issue," the project's problems continued through the revelation that one or more of the project's package-management servers had been hacked, leaving the security of the distribution's entire package system in doubt. more>>

Linux Journal Flickr Pool Roundup

Linux Journal's Flickr pool regularly brings in fun photos from readers around the world. more>>

New X.Org to Arrive, Better Late Than Never

The X Window System is a fundamental part of nearly all Unix-like systems, providing the framework that allows for the myriad of graphical interfaces available to the end user. Being such an essential component, new releases are eagerly anticipated, and the one expected today is no exception, particularly as the eager anticipation has repeatedly been prolonged. more>>

Custom checks and notifications for Nagios

A while back, I wrote an article for Linux Journal's web edition entitled “Howto be a good (and lazy) System Administrator.” A couple astute readers, after reading the article, asked if I was familiar with the Nagios monitoring system, and I am. I've been using Nagios for a few years now. more>>

Share a Keyboard/Mouse Between Multiple Computers With x2x

If you have multiple computers on your desktop there are a number of scenarios for using them: more>>

With EasyGUI, I Can Stick with Python

Well, that's the best pun I could come up with but EasyGUI looks like the missing link that makes Python my first choice where I tended to use Bash.

For all of recent history, I have used dialog for basic interaction with users. Dialog is a program callable from the shell that produces an assortment of not pretty but functional interaction boxes. more>>

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Review: LaCie USB Speakers

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Shawn Powers reviews the La Cie USB speakers, and looks at their Linux compatibility.

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Ubuntu's Looney Labeling Goes On

Among the interesting — if a bit odd — aspects of Ubuntu development is its convention of assigning each release a codename — often more universally known and used than the offical release number. These codenames follow a well known pattern, progressing alphebetically with the name of an animal and some, er, "unique" adjective, like Breezy Badger or Gutsy Gibbon. Lately, though, the names have been just a bit more odd than normal, and the trend continues with the nom-de-plume for Version 9.04. more>>

Lenovo Sidesteps It's Way to Linux-Liquidation

If we had a nickel for everytime a half-truth eminated from the corporate world, we'd probably be able to buy quite a bit of it. That doesn't make it any less disappointing, however, when the half-truths are about Linux, from a Linux vendor. Such is the case this week, as Lenvo denied, then confirmed the end to their consumer Linux offerings. more>>

Web Stats - Don't Believe A Word Of Em

Ever had a discussion (fist fight) at your organization about your web server statistics? I know I've been there. If you have too, you should probably read this: more>>

The phishers are getting techincal...

This morning I got a phishing letter. Since it was not from my bank, I almost deleted it without looking, and then this caught my eye: more>>