September 2005

  • The Developer Shortcut Guide to SUSE Linux, chapters 1 & 2

    The Developer Shortcut Guide to SUSE Linux, authored by John Featherly, is targeted at experienced developers who are looking to get a quick start on writing open source-based enterprise applicatio...

  • What is the difference between a compiler and an interpreter?

    Ken Milberg explains the difference between a compiler and an interpreter.

  • What security tools are added to the kernel by distro manufacturers?

    What security tools and commands are added to the Linux kernel by Red Hat or SuSE distros, and is one more secure than the other?

  • Open source start-up updates its ERP suite for SMBs

    TinyERP is targeting smaller organizations with the latest release of its enterprise resource planning suite.

  • Hurricane relief organizer lauds MySQL, open source

    The CEO of Capalon explains why he chose open source software to power a call center for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

  • Linux, open source power call center for Katrina, Rita victims

    Open source software is at the heart of a new call center that helps reunite families separated by natural disasters.

  • Sybase execs talk ASE 15, respond to open source competition

    Sybase honchos discuss the new release of Adaptive Server Enterprise -- the first DBMS to be ported to Linux back in 1998 -- and talk about how they're dealing with increased competition from open ...

  • netfilter

    Netfilter is a utility in Linux 2.4 (and later releases) that facilitates Network Address Translation (NAT), packet filtering, and packet mangling.

  • demand-based switching (DBS)

    Demand-based switching (DBS) is a power-management technology developed by Intel in which the applied voltage and clock speed for a microprocessor are kept to the minimum necessary to allow optimum...

  • packet mangling

    Packet mangling is the modification of packets at a packet-based network interface before and/or after routing.

  • iptables

    Iptables is a generic table structure that defines rules and commands as part of the netfilter framework that facilitates Network Address Translation (NAT), packet filtering, and packet mangling in...

  • open system

    In a computing context, an open system is an open source operating system, typically composed of coordinated modular components from a number of sources and not reliant upon any proprietary elements.

  • Common Desktop Environment (CDE)

    The Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is a standardized graphical user interface (GUI) for open systems.

  • vi

    vi, pronounced by using each letter (vee-aye), is a widely-used and popular UNIX-based text editor.

  • Ant

    Ant is an open source build tool (a program for putting together all the pieces of a program) from the Apache Software Foundation.

  • tarball (tar archive)

    Tarball is a jargon term for a tar archive - a group of files collected together as one.

  • free software

    Free software is software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed with only one restriction: any redistributed version of the software must be distributed with the original terms of fr...

  • Bison

    Bison is a program that converts the formal description of a computer language grammar into a C language program that can parse the syntax and symbols of that grammar into instructions that the com...

  • Minix

    Minux (sometimes spelled MINIX) is an open source operating system with a user interface similar to that of Unix.

  • Perl

    Perl is a script programming language that is similar in syntax to the C language and that includes a number of popular UNIX facilities such as sed, awk, and tr.