April 2005

  • Inside Compiere's open source ERP

    Open source ERP is slowly but surely beginning to catch on, and Compiere is at the forefront of the movement. We talked to the product's co-creator to find out more.

  • Linux cluster no crash test dummy for Volvo

    News that Volvo is implementing a Linux high-performance computing cluster bodes well for automotive safety. But the bigger story is that IBM has taken the technology from university environments t...

  • Network monitoring with Nagios, part two

    Bernard Golden looks at example Nagios configuration in this tip.

  • Open source takes on business apps giants

    Open source business applications are just as good -- if not better than -- competing proprietary applications from vendors like Oracle, SAP and Siebel, according to the keynote speaker at Internat...

  • Network monitoring with Nagios, part one

    Bernard Golden discusses the usefulness and architecture of open source network monitoring tool Nagios.

  • shebang (#!)

    Among UNIX shell (user interface) users, a shebang is a term for the "#!" characters that must begin the first line of a script.

  • crontab

    crontab is a UNIX command that creates a table or list of commands, each of which is to be executed by the operating system at a specified time.

  • Python

    Python is an interpreted, object-oriented programming language similar to PERL, that has gained popularity because of its clear syntax and readability.

  • CRON script

    A CRON script is a list of one or more commands to a computer operating system or application server that are to be executed at a specified time.

  • chmod (change mode)

    In a UNIX-based operating system, chmod (change mode) is a command used by a file owner or administrator to change the definition of access permissions to a file or set of files.

  • cellspace

    According to writer David S. Bennahum, cellspace is the kind of cyberspace you experience when equipped with a cellular telephone that can be connected to the Internet.

  • Ingres

    Ingres is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that evolved from a research project at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1970s.

  • BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution)

    BSD (originally: Berkeley Software Distribution) refers to the particular version of the UNIX operating system that was developed at and distributed from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • inode

    In a UNIX-based operating system, an inode is a computer-stored description of an individual file in a UNIX file system.

  • shell script

    A shell script is a text file that contains a sequence of commands for a UNIX-based operating system.

  • 1170 (UNIX 98)

    Spec 1170 was the working name of the standard UNIX programming interface specification that is now known as X/Open Programming Guide 4.2 (XPG 4.2).

  • Tcl/Tk (Tool Command Language)

    Tcl is an interpreted script language from Sun Microsystems and Tcl is companion program for creating a Tcl graphical user interface (GUI).

  • Firefox secure enough for business browsing, but don't dump IE yet

    Firefox isn't just for home browsing anymore. According to Firefox expert and book author John Hedtke, the open source browser is ready for business. But those considering a change probably shouldn...

  • Red Hat Linux, Oracle apps travel in style

    Who knew the Penguin loved to travel? MLT Vacations, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based travel agency did. The company managed to save a cool million with the help of Linux and Oracle apps in a decidedly c...

  • Author makes business case for Firefox

    Firefox book author John Hedtke makes the argument that the open source Firefox browser is more secure than Microsoft Internet Explorer.