Open source has flourished in places where users view
software not as a political football but as a pragmatic tool. In
this article, Sam Williams looks at the impact of open source
software in government--both inside and outside the U.S. There's
also an interesting timeline of open source in governments around
the world you can get to from this article.
Linux in Government
Sam Williams has also conducted an interview with Lisa Nyman
co-creator of QuickFacts--a service that lets visitors track down
city, county, state, and national census data using only a single
pulldown menu. QuickFacts uses Perl scripts, Apache Web servers
and a MySQL database to deliver increased interactivity at minimal
cost. In this interview Ms. Nyman talks about QuickFacts and open
source in government.
Lisa Nyman Discusses Open Source in Government
Planning to install MySQL? George Reese, coauthor of "Managing &
Using MySQL, 2nd Edition," offers a set of best practices for MySQL
administrators that will help with the security, maintenance, and
performance of a MySQL installation.
Ten MySQL Best Practices
In this week's BSD column, Dru Lavigne explains the art of using
CPIO to archive a list of files generated by the find or ls
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We also have Stephen Figgins article on Humongous Entertainment,
which has embraced Python as its new game-scripting language.
Python gives Humongous a competitive advantage by offering more
flexibility and programming power than its old game-scripting
And if you're hungry for more Python, a few of the "Python Cookbook"
authors got together to offer a sampling of their Python recipes
straight out of the book. From the unexpected exception to the fun
programming tip, there's something here for every Python programmer.
Cooking with Python
Thanks for reading,
Tara A. McGoldrick
Speeding up Linux Using hdparm
Instantly double the I/O performance of your disks or, in some cases, show 6 to 10 times your existing throughput!
Tracking Changes in CVS
A look at the functions and commands used in CVS (Concurrent Versioning System) that will help you get the most out of this amazingly rich repository of programming files and technical information.
The Sharp Zaurus -- A Lovely Little Computer
Simson Garfinkel reviews Sharp's new Zaurus SL-5500 palmtop computer. With its GNU/Linux-based operating system and applications, the Zaurus is turning heads in the open source community.
Opening Up the PlayStation 2 with Linux
Howard Wen takes a look at Sony's upcoming Linux distribution kit for the PlayStation 2.
OpenSSH Remote Challenge Vulnerability
Noel Davis look at remotely exploitable vulnerabilities in OpenSSH and Apache; a denial-of-service attack against BIND 9; buffer overflows in libc, tcpdump, and some RADIUS daemons; and problems in dnstools, XChat, UnixWare and Open UNIX's ppptalk, and IRIX's pmpost.
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