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  • Christian Science Monitor: The war over patents on the Web: Who owns an idea? (Jul 29, 2000, 23:43)
    "A 1998 case in the US Court of Appeals, State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, flatly concluded that there were no statutory grounds for opposing business-method patents. Coupled with the rise of e-commerce, this unleashed a flurry of applications."

  • ZDNet: How to use FTP to copy a folder from the server? (Jul 29, 2000, 23:13)
    "If you want to download these files for whatever reason, and you mounted the files to an actual mount point (not simply looked at the files via a client), then you should be able to do a cp -R"

  • ZDNet: How do you install AOL Instant Messenger for KDE? (Jul 29, 2000, 22:39)
    "The program you mentioned... is a java application. It wasn't specifically designed for Linux but it does run on Linux if you have Java properly installed."

  • Interview with Joseph Cheek of Redmond Linux (Jul 29, 2000, 22:03)
    "For [the] personal edition at least, if you have to use the command line to do anything it will be an error on our part. A bug."

  • Linux Magazine: eDesktop: A User's Dream [Review of Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 on a ThinkPad] (Jul 29, 2000, 21:11)
    "The most important eDesktop feature from a system administrator's viewpoint is Webmin, an open source, browser-based system-administration tool that Caldera developed and used first on its eServer product."

  • Linux Magazine: The Concise Guide to XFree86 [Book Review] (Jul 29, 2000, 20:41)
    "In the third section, Hsiao presents enough detail about configuring XFree to make just this roughly 100-page section worth the price of the entire book. ... Anyone who wants to learn how XFree86 works will find Hsiao's book to be a painless way to build a solid foundation."

  • O'Reilly Network: Linux Professional Institute Certification, Part II (Jul 29, 2000, 20:14)
    "I found Exam 102 to be a bit more substantial than Exam 101. Some of the questions appeared to be looking for more depth or more specific information. The questions didn't try to mislead or trick you, though, and I found nothing ambiguous or poorly worded."

  • Supercharge Linux (Jul 29, 2000, 19:41)
    "Do you desire more speed from your Linux system? We all do, so in this article we will cover ways of speeding up Linux."

  • Linux Journal: Open Source Linux: Web Programming [Book Review] (Jul 29, 2000, 19:12)
    "In this book, the reader is guided through an extensible and scalable web application development methodology. The tools used to carry out the methodology include Perl, CGI, HTML and XML. The recommended methodology is based on object-oriented and decoupled functionality concepts."

  • (Ireland): Getting started with CVS. (Jul 29, 2000, 18:40)
    "CVS (Concurrent Versions System) is a utility used to keep several versions of a set of files, and to allow several developers to work on a project together. It allows developers to see who is editing files, what changes they made to them, and when and why that happened."

  • Linux Magazine: VXA-1: Swift, Silent Backups (Jul 29, 2000, 17:04)
    "...the VXA-1 stores your data on tape in 64-byte pieces, each tagged with error-correction information and an identifier that indicates its place in the data stream. This allows the drive's four heads to try to read each data packet independently..."

  • LinuxPR: DigitalRenegades Launched to... Provide Supporters of Free Information a Greater Voice (Jul 29, 2000, 16:09)
    "...a new, not-for-profit, advocacy site meant to provide a means for supporters of maintaining free information on the Internet to post their opinions on the digital copyright debate in a manner that is more permanent than simply posting on a discussion board."

  • Tricks with /etc/issue (Jul 29, 2000, 15:44)
    "In this short article I will show you how to change what you see on your login screen, and also how to add a bit of colour."

  • Valley of the Mage Consulting announces the availibility of free services for developers (Jul 29, 2000, 15:24)
    " shell accounts (under RedHat Linux 6.2) and other services for use in free software development."

  • Web Server Statistics with Webalizer (Jul 29, 2000, 14:33)
    "Webalizer is a free web server log analyzer. It provides very detailed traffic report that can help webmasters understand where their traffic is coming from and where it is going. Webalizer generates reports in both table format and graphical..."

  • O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: Linux and the Tools Philosophy (Jul 29, 2000, 14:06)
    "That this operating system has survived in form for more than thirty years should tell us something about the temerity of its design considerations. And one of these considerations -- perhaps its most endearing -- is the "tools" philosophy."

  • [Synching] Linux and Windows CE (Jul 29, 2000, 13:05)
    "The trouble is, there isn't really any software around designed specifically for connecting Linux and Windows CE. Luckily, Windows CE devices talk to the outside world using standard protocols like PPP and TCP/IP..."

  • Mailing From Scripts (Jul 29, 2000, 12:38)
    "...the /bin/mail binary can still be used, but is horribly outdated -- it's a text-only mailer with almost no features at all. It is good, however for one thing: automated mailing, such as sending e-mail from a shell script."

  • Calling Commands When Booting [init script] (Jul 29, 2000, 12:06)
    "If you find yourself needing to run a certain command or series of commands each time you start your Linux system, you can often automate the process by editing the local init script..."

  • Embedded PowerPC Linux Boot Project now at SourceForge (Jul 29, 2000, 02:27)
    "I'm pleased to announce the Embedded PowerPC Linux Boot Project at With support from Wolfgang Denk, we can offer a flexible way to boot embedded PowerPC based devices using Linux. We are also looking for sponsors to support our development team in the future!"