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Issue Date: April 2003 (es)

Linux Briefs

1 April 2003

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"Some people have told me they do not think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph. They would be a lot more careful about what they say if they had." Linus Torvalds, announcing Linux v2.0
"UNIX?, What is that? Is that like Linux?" Jurgen Botz
SCO Sues IBM for Sharing Secrets with Unix & Linux
This article updates us of SCO's latest attempts at proving that operating systems such as Linux, Windows and Macintosh, actually make use of their intellectual property.
Net speed record smashed
A group of scientists have set a new Internet speed by transferring 6,7 gigabytes of data across 10 978 kilometres in less than one minute (that is the equivalent of four hours of a DVD quality movie).
Linux in the professional recording studio
An article detailing a pioneering pilot exercise in making an OS environment change to Linux in an industry where downtime is unacceptably costly!
Will Office 2003 lead to lock in?
It seems that there are a great deal of factors that have to be taken into account when planning to evolve the business software environment. This article brings to light some interesting predicaments and predictions within this arena. One thing still rings true: Microsoft is still up to its usual tricks.
Review of first 10 K IDE drive
This is a review on a new IDE hard drive, which boasts an impressive 10 000 RPM. The review is pretty thorough, but also warns to keep in mind that the reviewed unit is only beta hardware.
Linux to power PlayStation2 gaming grid
Linux, amongst other open technologies has been chosen to make up part of the new PS/2 gaming grid, developed by This article is fascinating not only for gamers but for those interested in how global grid implementations work.
How could Linux trump UNIX?
Although there are still fewer applications for Linux than there are for UNIX, a change is believed to be due within the next three to four years.
SA OSS takes another step forward
The latest update on the Open Source Software movement in South African Government.... %26id=105%26topic=Open%20Source is gaining momentum
There has been a great deal of scattered press about in recent months from a variety of perspectives. This article is an IRC interview between NewsForge and one of's publicists. Definitely illuminating.
Study lauds open source code quality
A consulting group that scrutinises the source code underlying several operating systems has found that a key networking component of Linux is of higher quality in many regards than competing closed-source software.
Five things every IT manager should know about Linux
Although this title seems to exclude many potential readers, this article is informative, sensible and highly suitable for anyone interested in using the Linux OS.

Mioga is a groupware application suitable for intranet use. All the functionality of Mioga can be reached through any HTML browser. The interface is designed with HTML templates, which allow the look and feel and the ergonomics of Mioga to be fully and easily customisable.
The site is not English, so we will highlight what Mioga includes: file manager, organiser, 'to do' tasks, shared folders (with version control), forms, intranet search, and administration tool.
Getmail is intended as a simple replacement for fetchmail. It retrieves e-mail (either all messages, or only unread messages) from one or more POP3 servers for one or more e-mail accounts, and reliably delivers into q-mail-style Mail directories or through external MDAs (command deliveries) specified on a per account basis. Getmail also has excellent support for domain mailboxes.</a>
My Calendar 1.7
My Calendar is a lightweight, easy-to-use Web calendar. There is also an included e-mail script that you can run everyday to remind you of upcoming appointments. Included is a script to convert an online calendar to a printable postscript format using Pascal.</a>
LooperDB 0.5
LooperDB is a secure, multithreaded alert database used primarily for network/security management. It is intended to be used as a central MoM (manager-of-managers) platform to collect, consolidate, and correlate event messages.
When coupled with looper, LooperDB can provide the framework for a sophisticated alert management infrastructure.</a>

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