Issue #103 / Jun 2009
Cover Theme: Tuning Virtual Machines
PROGRAMMING: BooProgramming with Boo
Hooked on Python's "wrist-friendly" syntax? Enamored of .NET architecture but equally appreciative of C#'s strong typing? Boo offers the best of three worlds.
PROGRAMMING: Perl: USB SubsystemPerl script controls toy USB canon
Although a USB toy such as a polystyrene rocket launcher only includes a Windows CD, it works fine on Linux with a spot of reverse engineering. With libusb, this doesn't even require compiling a device driver – Perl controls the device from userspace.
LINUXUSER: A Taste of YumExploring the yum package manager
Install and manage packages from the command line with the powerful yum package manager.
LINUXUSER: XoopsExploring the Xoops CMS
The lean Xoops CMS offers only basic functionality, but it is easy to extend.
LINUXUSER: Workspace: OpenOffice.org BaseCreating a submission tracker with OpenOffice.org Base
Writers who submit papers to publications can create a database to track and report the status of their projects.
LINUXUSER: Command Line: Terminal MagicPerformance that the GUI can't touch
Far from an anachronism, the command line lives on as an indispensable part of the modern free desktop. Viva the command line!
COMMUNITY: Doghouse: Finding CodersWhy volume is (almost) everything
If you're starting from scratch, you'll need a lot of users to attract a strong development community.
COMMUNITY: DrupalCon 2009Fun, games, and serious funding
Drupal community leaves its semi-annual conference more than US$ 650,000 richer.
COMMUNITY: Free Software ProjectsAn up-to-date overview of free software and its makers
Even admins get bitten by the gaming bug. Frets on Fire lets you train for an air guitar competition. Or try the free business simulation clones Transport Tycoon, Simutrans, or OpenTTD.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
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.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.