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RedHat Fedora 14 Release On the Way – 26 days left

Red Hat‘s Fedora remains one of the most popular and versatile Linux distributions available today.\r\n

Redhat Fedora 14 on the way to your desktop\r\n\r\nRedhat Fedora 14\r\n\r\n

\r\nRelease details are listed below:\r\n\r\nNew Software Versions\r\n

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  • Linux Kernel 2.6.35 – Newest Linux Kernel
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  • Gnome 2.32 – Newest Gnome Desktop
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  • KDE Plasma Desktop 4.5.0 – Newest KDE Desktop
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  • OpenOffice.org 3.3 – Office suite
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  • NetBeans 6.9 – An open-source integrated development environmen (IDE)
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  • Eclipse Helios 3.6 – An open-source integrated development environmen (IDE)
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  • Python 2.7 – Updated Python to the upstream 2.7 release of Python Programming environment/language
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  • Perl 5.12 – Perl updated to 5.12 version
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  • MeeGo 1.0 – MeeGo Netbook UX 1.0 experience in Fedora
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\r\nFedora 14 Other Improvements, Changes and Features\r\n

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  • Linux Kernel 2.6.35 – Linux 2.6.35 includes a wide range of new features
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  • Desktop Virtualization – Spice is a complete open source solution for interaction with virtualized desktops, focusing on the provision of high-quality remote access to QEMU machines.
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  • Faster JPEG Compression/Decompression – The replacement of libjpeg with libjpeg-turbo brings speed improvements
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  • New and Updated Programming Languages – Fedora 14 sees the introduction of D, a systems programming language combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern languages like Ruby and Python.
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  • Better Tools For Developers – Netbeans 6.9, Eclipse Helios 3.6, D programming
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  • KDE Plasma Desktop 4.5.0 – KDE 4.5.0 introduces window tiling and better notification features, along with many stability and performance improvements.
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  • Sugar 0.90 – The latest release of Sugar features major usability improvements for the first login screen and the control panel, as well as support for 3G networks.
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  • Improved Netbook Experience With MeeGo – The MeeGo Netbook UX 1.0 provides a user interface tailored specifically for netbooks, building on the foundations laid by Moblin in previous Fedora releases.
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  • IPMI Server Management Made Simple – ipmiutil, an easy-to-use, fully-featured IPMI server management utility that allows a wide range of management functions to be performed with just a few commands.\r\n\r\n
    Fedorea 14 Beta Desktop
    Fedorea 14 Beta Desktop
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Mozilla has just announced Firefox 4 beta is now available for Android and Maemo

Firefox 4 beta for mobile
Firefox 4 beta for mobile
\r\n\r\nMozilla has just announced Firefox 4 beta is now available for Android and Maemo. Saying, “A major focus of this release is to increase performance and responsiveness,” Mozilla says on its blog that Firefox 4 beta for mobile is, “built on the same technology platform as Firefox for the desktop,” but optimized for the mobile environment.\r\n\r\nThe mobile version features Firefox Sync to sync your phone browser with your desktop browser, the Awesome Screen and Bar, “which instantly gives you access to your recent history, bookmarks and tabs,” and probably most importantly this release features pinch-to-zoom as well.\r\n\r\nOn the technical side, Mozilla says:\r\n
“Two of the big architecture changes are Electrolysis and Layers. Our alpha contained Electrolysis which allowed the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content, resulting in a much more responsive browser. This beta brings the Layers pieces which improve overall performance and in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.”

\r\nMozilla wants your help to test this beta version, go ahead to download the release, use it and post your feedback.

Ethical Hacking Tools – Live Hacking CD

LogoI’m glad to share the information about Live hacking CD that is a Linux distribution packaged with collection of amazing tools for ethical hacking and penetration testing, that includes some IPv6 tools. This CD contains the tools and utilities you need to test and hack your own network but using the tools and techniques that more malicious hackers would use.\r\n\r\nLive Hacking CD is based on Ubuntu. This Live CD runs directly from the CD and there is no need installation of these tools on your hard disk. You can use the bundled  tools to test, check, ethical hack and perform penetration tests on your network to make sure that it is secure from outside intruders.\r\n\r\nAs well the standard Linux networking tools like ping, wget, curl, telnet and ssh, the Live Hacking CD has tools for DNS enumeration and reconnaissance as well as utilities for foot-printing, password cracking and network sniffing. It also has programs for spoofing and a set of wireless networking utilities.\r\n\r\nThis CD is based on open source technology and based on Ubuntu Linux. All the tools included can be freely found in either the Ubuntu repositories on from the Internet. The CD is designed to be a platform to help IT security professionals (as well as those with a general interest in information security) to start, understand and conduct penetration tests and ethical hacking.\r\n\r\nThe Live Hacking Mini CD is a small Linux distribution designed for ethical hacking. This is compact version of Live Hacking CD contains all necessary tools and utilities but GUI interface is not included in this CD and it’s command based only.\r\n\r\nDownload Live Hacking CD\r\n

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  • Live Hacking CD, Version 1.2 Beta August 25, 2010, ISO-MD5 Hash: ded9ce8ee66c7d7e23f535d38a10e91f Download (SourceForge.net)
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  • Live Hacking CD, Version 1.1 Full April 27, 2010, ISO-MD5 Hash: dd1d96aec7821e6b623c93a1c9569658 Download (SourceForge.net)
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  • Live Hacking Mini CD, Version 1.0 Beta, April 27, ISO-MD5 Hash: dd19a497421f37c508d681586e132c99 Download (SourceForge.net)
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\r\nMore information about Live Hacking CD\r\n

\r\nSource: Livehacking, alijahangiri\r\n\r\nI’m thankful Livehacking and Ali Jahangiri to post the information of amazing tools.

VMware will buy Novell’s SUSE Linux OS business

Novell is No. 2 maker of open source Linux OS\r\n\r\nVirtualisation software maker VMware Inc (VMW.N) is in advanced talks to buy Novell Inc’s (NOVL.O) open source Suse Linux operating system business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.\r\n\r\nNovell had partnered with VMware to make Suse the preferred Linux operating system for VMware’s virtualisation stack. The paper reported that private equity-backed software company Attachmate Corp [WIZARA.UL] could buy some or all of Novell’s remaining assets.\r\n\r\nThe report came after the New York Post reported Novell, the world’s No. 2 maker of the open source Linux operating system, will sell itself in two parts and that it is three to four weeks away from signing a deal. [ID:nSGE68E0JG].\r\n\r\nShares in Novell closed 2.5 percent higher at $6.05 on Nasdaq. They had risen more than 6 percent on Wednesday on the Post’s report. VMWare ended down 1.5 percent at $84.76 on the New York Stock Exchange.

PostgreSQL 9.0 Final Release Available Now!

PostGreSQL LogoPostGreSQL version 9.0 was released on Sept 20th 2010. The 9.0 version of PostgreSQL includes a number of important new features, more new features in fact than any previous release.\r\n\r\nSome of the new features found in 9.0 are:\r\n

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  • Streaming Replication – This allows one or more databases to be replicated from a primary database. The replication is asychronous but the lag between replications is short. Note that other 3rd party solutions for this have existed for some time.
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  • Hot Standby – This allows a second (duplicate) database to be designated as a standby in case the primary database goes down for some reason. The standby can also be used for read-only queries when the primary database is active, thereby providing a bit of load balancing. HotStandby works well with the new Streaming Replication feature.
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  • In-Place Upgrade – Using the pg_upgrade module databases created with older versions of PostgreSQL can be upgraded in-place without the need to dump and reload the database.
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  • Support for 64-bit Windows – For those of you that are familiar with whatever this “Windows” thing is.
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\r\nBelow is answer to Questions by Robin Schumacher (EnterpriseDB) and Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL community):\r\n\r\nQ: How does PostgreSQL measure up against Oracle as an enterprise database?\r\n\r\nANS (Robin): From an EnterpriseDB perspective, we’re the leaders in providing an Oracle compatibility layer that people can use to run their Oracle applications on Postgres with little to no changes. Companies like IBM and Netezza use our Oracle compatibility layer inside their products to enable the same type of functionality.\r\n\r\nWith our Postgres Plus Advanced Server, we have everything from mirrored Oracle core features, support for Oracle’s PL/SQL language, built in Oracle SQL packages, Oracle data dictionary and performance diagnostic compatibility, and more that lets database professionals use Advanced Server instead of Oracle as their database. We also support replicating data from Oracle to Postgres Plus Advanced Server so users can offload Oracle transactional data for reporting or other purposes on a more cost effective platform.\r\n\r\nANS (Josh): The limited benchmark results we have available, such as the SpecJAppserver benchmark published in 2007, indicate that performance on the two database systems is very similar, and that differences in performance are not enough to prevent migration. Beyond that, each database system has its strengths. Certainly, hundreds of users have migrated applications from Oracle to PostgreSQL successfully, and hundreds more work in a hybrid PostgreSQL-Oracle environment.\r\n\r\nPostgreSQL 9.0 is superior for:\r\n

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  • Integration with 3rd-party open source tools
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  • Ability to extend functionality for specialized needs (such as biotech, security, or marketing analytics)
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  • Virtualized (cloud) deployments
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\r\nOracle 11 is superior for:\r\n

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  • Compatibility with existing proprietary vendor tools
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  • OLAP business intelligence
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  • Monitoring and administration tools
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\r\nThe last point is one which the PostgreSQL community is working actively on; each recent annual release has added several new or easier-to-use tools for monitoring and administration. Your primary reader audience will be particularly interested in the tools designed to integrate with Linux, such as pgTop (now available for Android as well) and pgFincore\r\n\r\nMore information on PostgreSQL 9.0:\r\n

\r\nDownload 9.0 now:\r\n

Open Source Resource Center – Software used in OSS Training Toolkit


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Open Source Resource Center – Software used in OSS Training Toolkit

Open Source Resource Center – OSS Training Toolkit

Open Source Resource Center – OSS Training Toolkit

This open source training toolkit has been developed by the Open Source Resource Center (OSRC). Used as the basis for OSRC’s training workshops, it contains step-by-step manuals related to open source applications for databases, application servers, desktop applications, office productivity suites, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, and open source desktop applications for the Microsoft Windows platform. A set of CDs, including two Linux distributions and other applications, forms an integral part of this open source training toolkit.
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