Issue #78 / May 2007
Cover Theme: Living With Vista
DVD: Xandros Desktop 4
REVIEWS: UlteoUlteo declares a desktop revolution
The top-secret Ulteo project aims for the goal of the world’s easiest Linux.
KNOW-HOW: OpenLaszloCross-browser Internet applications with OpenLaszlo
Long before Ajax hit the scene, Flash gave developers a basis for designing interactive web content. The OpenLaszlo framework, with its easy-to-learn command syntax, is the foundation on which many Flash applications build.
KNOW-HOW: TeXmacsTeXmacs – A convenient layout program for your text documents
If you need to lay out a text document, you can opt for a WYSIWYG application, like OpenOffice, or a genuine layout system such as TeX. TeXmacs combines the advantages of both approaches: premium document quality and intuitive controls.
KNOW-HOW: ASK KLAUS!
Klaus Knopper is the creator of Knoppix and co-founder of the LinuxTag expo. He currently works as a teacher, programmer, and consultant. If you have a configuration problem, or if you just want to learn more about how Linux works, send your questions to: klaus@linux-magazine. com
SYSADMIN: Charly's ColumnThe sys admin’s daily grind: Deborphan
Debian fans appreciate the ability to update their systems to a new release without having to reinstall. The Deborphan tool takes care of the victims of the upgrade by searching for orphaned packages on which no other packages depend.
SYSADMIN: Write BarriersWorking with write barriers and journaling filesystems
Your journaling filesystem is carefully tracking write operations – but what happens when the data gets to the disk? A write barrier request can help protect your data.
PROGRAMMING: MercuryIntroducing the Mercury declarative, logical-functional, OO programming language
The Mercury programming language offers the expressive power of logic programming with the performance of an imperative language like C or C++.
PROGRAMMING: Perl: X10 ModuleA remote control to reset your router
My low-budget router has just crashed, and there is no way to reset the beast remotely via a network. Never fear – an X10 module, controlled by a web GUI with an Ajax interface, can actuate the mains switch.
LINUXUSER: KTools: KrecipesCreate a KDE-based recipe database
Balance your diet with a recipe database that serves up a healthy dose of KDE in your kitchen.
LINUXUSER: Workspace: WikidPadA wickedly useful application
What is WikidPad? Well, that’s a tough one. The author calls it an “IDE for thoughts,” and although that’s a pretty good description, it just doesn’t really do WikidPad justice. Basically, WikidPad is what you want it to be: a notebook, an address book, a to-do manager, and a desktop wiki.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.