July 2004

New Perl Released Posted Monday, July 26, 2004 @ 6:05 PM by mayhem
In the world of open source programming languages, few have had the success that Perl has enjoyed for the past 17 years. This week, the Perl 5 Porters, the group responsible for maintenance and development of Perl, released the latest version, Perl 5.8.5.

'Perl 5.8.5 implements a number of minor bug fixes, and provides improvements in specific areas, such as threads and unicode support,' Perl 5 Porters contributor Paul Fenwick told internetnews.com.

One of the reasons for Perl's success over the years has been its reputation for stability. Fenwick explained that Perl users need not necessarily immediately migrate to the new version...

Complete Story (Source: Linux Today)
Open Source Photoshop Alternatives Posted Wednesday, July 21, 2004 @ 11:36 PM by mayhem
While virtually all computer graphics professionals use Adobe Photoshop to do their artistic work, Photoshop is a pricey and proprietary application. If you're looking to do graphics design on a budget, or perhaps want a software package that is less resource-intensive than Photoshop, check out open source alternatives -- the GIMP, SodiPodi, and Inkscape.

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How to Harden GNU/Linux Against Local Intrusions Posted Wednesday, July 21, 2004 @ 11:34 PM by mayhem
So, you've set up parental filtering, only to discover that an overachieving teenager has Googled a way around it. You've just been the victim of a local intrusion...

Read More (Source: Linux Today)
Linux Kernel 2.6.8-rc1 Now Available For Download Posted Thursday, July 15, 2004 @ 1:11 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.6.8-rc1 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Fedora Core 2: Making it Work Posted Wednesday, July 7, 2004 @ 12:51 AM by mayhem
Linux.com is running a followup article by Ken Barber to his initial review of Fedora 2. This time he explains how to tame the GNOME and Fedora 2 problems he noted the first time around and get them both in working shape.. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.4.27-rc3 Now Available For Download Posted Monday, July 5, 2004 @ 8:13 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.27-rc3 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
FourHead: One PC, Four Users Posted Sunday, July 4, 2004 @ 8:52 AM by mayhem
A reseach group from UFPR university in Brazil, C3SL has managed to make one Linux box run four terminals at the same time. That means four mice, keyboards, displays and users with just one CPU. The way they managed to do that can be found at the FourHead project webpage. The fact that one computer science laboratory can suport up to 60 users whit only 15 PCs is really attractive for low-resource groups and countries. (Source: Slashdot)
Installing MPlayer Posted Sunday, July 4, 2004 @ 2:13 AM by mayhem
MPlayer has set itself apart as a versatile movie player under Linux and other platforms. Whether you love or hate it, once you try it, you'll have to agree that it is very different, with its versatile keyboard control and alternative methods for handling video playback.

Full article available here. (Source: Slashdot)
NVidia Releases Linux Drivers Supporting 4K Stacks Posted Sunday, July 4, 2004 @ 2:09 AM by mayhem
has finally released drivers for their chipsets and the 2.6 kernel that support 4K stacks. That means compatability with Fedora Core 2 kernels, people! View the README, visit their driver page, or download the package. (Source: Slashdot)