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Subject: Off the Shelf - January 19
Off the Shelf -- January 19, 2007
Dear LJ Weekly Subscriber,
This week only you'll be receiving two e-newsletters from Linux Journal, your
regular edition of Linux Journal Weekly as well as the our newest e-newsletter
(below), titled Off the Shelf. Off the Shelf will bring you an eclectic mix of
recent Linux and Open Source product announcements that you might not otherwise
hear about. If you're interested in receiving it in the future (for free, of
course!), sign up today by following this link
http://www.linuxjournal.com/ots-newsletter. If you're not interested, do
absolutely nothing at all. You'll continue receiving just your LJ Weekly unless
you tell us otherwise. Our sincerest thanks for allowing us to introduce you to
this latest venture. Now on to your sample of Off the Shelf.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of "Off the Shelf", the new, twice-monthly
e-newsletter from Linux Journal. This missive is intended to inform you
about recent Linux and Open Source product and service announcements that
you might not otherwise hear about. While your browser will take you to more
comprehensive product news elsewhere, our aim is to tell you about unique
developments that you may not find otherwise. For instance, we often receive
advance news about products and services that don't get a great deal of
press activity, including tools that will help you to work or play more
effectively. We'll tell you about them.
Here's how it's organized. First, we have a special series of inside scoops
on cool Linux stuff from the CES from our Senior Editor, Doc Searls. Second,
in "Products and Projects" you'll find a hand-picked selection of the most
interesting new products that have been released over the past several days.
Third, check out "The Bookshelf" to find out what new books are worth a look
this month. And finally, see "The Foreign Desk" section for news bytes from
outside the US.
In closing, please note also that Off the Shelf is a dynamic work in
progress. We greatly value your feedback and support so that it meets your
James Gray and the Linux Journal Editorial Team
Special Report from CES
Our man on the beat at CES was the always insightful Doc Searls. He prepared
these news nuggets just for us.
HDHomeRun Networked Digital TV from Silicon Dust
SiliconDust makes the Linux-based HDHomeRun Networked Digital TV Tuner,
which picks up, stores, plays back (think TiVo) and distributes over-the-air
digital TV to screens and computers around your home. Like e-Way, they
boasted their Linux usage and loyalties.
Pepper Computer's New Role
Pepper is now a software company, licensing its name and Linux-based laptop
and compact device software for use by hardware companies making the same
kind of devices Pepper used to make as a hardware company. In addition to
the original Pepper handheld notepad, the company showed off its all-in-one,
laptop and mini box computers.
Products and Projects
InnoTek Releases VirtualBox Open Source Virtualization Software
The Stuttgart, Germany-based InnoTek has just released an Open-Source x86
virtualization solution for desktops, servers and embedded applications.
While VirtualBox has been available for several years as a custom solution,
it is now available for widespread use. Applications covered by VirtualBox
include server and desktop consolidation, testing, disaster recovery and
operating system support (e.g. Windows on Linux and vice versa). Both full
binary and Open Sources release are available for free download on InnoTek's
Web site. The community portal is also listed below.
Unisys Expands OASIS Open Source Suite
This week Unisys rolled out four enhancements to its Unisys Open and Secure
Integrated Solutions (OASIS), the companyâ€™s offering of integrated,
certified Open Source software suites. Unisys' goal of these products is to
"enable clients to modernize their IT environments by bringing the economic
advantages of open source into an enterprise-class computing environment."
* OASIS Suites 2.0: monitors and manages the application runtime
* OASIS Oracle Grid Accelerator: accelerates migration of applications to
Oracle 10g Real Applications Clusters on Linux
* OASIS Enterprise Asset Modernization: provides a set of critical
services, software, and platforms for transforming legacy IT assets to a
lower cost, more agile environment
* OASIS UNIX to Linux Migration: services and best practices that
facilitate migration from UNIX to Linux environments
More information is available at Unisys' Web site:
Fluendo Unveils Proprietary Codecs for Open Source Systems
This week Fluendo of Spain released proprietary codecs for Windows Media
Player (audio, video, MMS streaming protocol), MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 for the
Linux and Solaris desktop and server platforms. Fluendo says that "agreements
with Microsoft and MPEG LA" take the solution out of the legal limbo in
which other codecs are entangled. Fluendo's codecs are closely integrated
with the GStreamer multimedia framework, supporting applications such as
Totem, Elisa, Jokosher, Rhythmbox and Banshee. Fluendo will release further
codecs during 2007; existing codecs are available from Fluendo's Web site.
Kyliptix Solutions Announces KiBS CRM MINI
Kyliptix Solutions just put forth a new Web-enabled, SaaS-based CRM
solution, dubbed KiBS CRM MINI. Kyliptix claims that the product offers
individuals and businesses "the opportunity to utilize functionality only
previously provided to larger organizations at no cost" and "without the
costly operating expenses of traditional CRM products". The product provides
lead tracking, dual calendars and management of accounts, contacts and
opportunities - all in a browser interface. While KiBS CRM MINI is free for
the sole proprietor set, Kyliptix offers a range of usage-based programs for
larger organizations on a monthly or yearly subscription basis.
If you're a geeky bookworm, you're going to love this newsletter. We are so
lucky to inhabit a space where the book publishers stumble over each other
to publish more Linux stuff, and I will do all I can to goad them on!
Linux Kernel in a Nutshell by Greg Kroah-Hartman (O'Reilly Media)
My contact at O'Reilly told me that Greg Kroah-Hartman's recent book is
available for FREE download on his site. (Greg is a former LJ columnist.)
While O'Reilly asks that you buy the book to support this and other great
books, you may download it for free if your conscience supports it. :) Here
is a book description in Greg's own words: "If you want to know how to
build, configure, and install a custom Linux kernel on your machine, buy
this book. It is written by someone who spends every day building,
configuring, and installing custom kernels as part of the development
process of this fun, collaborative project called Linux. I'm especially
proud of the chapter on how to figure out how to configure a custom kernel
based on the hardware running on your machine. This is an essential task for
anyone wanting to wring out the best possible speed and control of your
Inside the Machine by Jon 'Hannibal' Stokes (No Starch Press)
Inside the Machine, by Jon Stokes, is a book targeted at students of science
and engineering, IT professionals, and hardware tinkerers who like to dig
into the guts of their machines. Inside is an illustrated introduction to
microprocessors and computer architecture. The reader will learn how
microprocessors function and why, as well as the meaning of technology
concepts, such as "pipelining," "L1 cache," "main memory," "superscalar
processing," and "out-of-order execution." Stokes is co-founder of and
Senior CPU Editor of the popular IT site, Ars Technica.
Windows Developer Power Tools by James Avery and Jim Holmes (O'Reilly Media)
The good folks at O'Reilly say that "yes, it's a Windows developer book, but
the 'tools' are all free and Open Source software [as they should be.
-Ed.]...and patterned after our Unix Power Tools book." Avery and Holmes'
book is an "encyclopedic guide to more than 170 free and open source
programming tools for those of you who want to extend your development
environment, write higher quality software, and increase productivity.' The
reader learns how to implement the tool to solve problems in everyday
Expert MySQL by Charles Bell (Apress)
Apress says that its new book, Expert MySQL (due out January 29th), is the
"first book to show you how to wield maximum control over this powerful open
source database." With this book youâ€™ll learn how to create your own custom
storage handlers, ensuring maximum flexibility and speed within your
specialized applications. The book also teaches about MySQL architecture and
how to tweak its behavior through custom changes to the source code. My
contact at Apress tole me that Charles Bell is essentially "Mr.
Database...He recently completed his PhD in databases, wrote Expert MySQL,
and then got a job with MySQL AB.
The Definitive Guide to symfony by Fabien Potencier and FranÃ§ois Zaninotto
symfony is one of the most popular PHP Web app frameworks, and The
Definitive Guide covers all aspects of it: installation, configuration, and
security, as well as advanced concepts like scaffolding, routing, caching,
and internationalization. The cool thing, though, is that the book's author,
Fabien Potencier, is perhaps the world's only programmer who owns a go-kart
track. The book will be available in late January.
From the Foreign Desk
Tux Silverware Makes Eating More Fun! (Germany)
The German news site Linux Community recently published a story on the
availability of a new product of interest to Linux fanatics: silverware with
Tux-like penguins on them. Produced by WMF of Germany, the silverware sets
are handsomely engraved with various marine animals, with the forks sporting
cute penguins. Too bad you have to order a whole set to get the Tux forks!
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