Nowadays, finding a professionally produced guide to an open-source application is a snap, thanks in part to nimble book publishers like Packt Publishing. Packt just released Vadym Gurevych's osCommerce Webmaster's Guide to Selling Online, a guide to creating a successful osCommerce-based on-line business. osCommerce is an open-source e-commerce solution using PHP and MySQL that runs on a variety of platforms. This book focuses on fine-tuning an osCommerce-based site to maximize its effectiveness, such as increasing Google juice and improving shopping-cart design. Meanwhile, Packt offers a different book, Deep Inside osCommerce: The Cookbook, for the development side of the application.
Do you think that Ubuntu Server will take over the Linux server space as it has the desktop? Apress has a new means for you to decide for yourself in Sander van Vugt's Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional. Intended for system administrators who need to “land that crucial entry-level job”, Beginning Ubuntu will help you securely install, update and deploy an Ubuntu server, focusing on practical information rather than theory. The book covers standard servers, the command line and remote management.
In-home device convergence has long been the Holy Grail for many a company. Remember WebTV? (Stop giggling, please, we must proceed!) A new and compelling Grail-seeker is OpenPeak with its forthcoming OpenFrame line of devices. Although details remain sketchy pre-Consumer Electronics Show, we do know that the goal is to create a line of Linux-based devices that “revolutionize the home phone into a 'third screen', complementing the home's PC, TVs and mobile phones.” These devices will utilize telephony, VoIP and Internet, thus allowing users to access e-mail, voice mail, personal calendars and information, as well as leave memos for family members and make phone calls—all from one device. The good news for us is that OpenPeak is seeking outside developers to create applications for its software platform. All products will be available through OEM partners, the first of which is Verizon.
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