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  • Quest extends Unix Sudo tool

    Reflecting the growing need for automation tools in the enterprise, Quest Software has released a software package that could help Unix administrators better manage policy files that determine which users can access privileged material and programs on Unix and Linux systems.

    Written by Joab Jackson16 Dec. 11 00:08
  • Usenix: Dartmouth expanding diff, grep Unix tools

    With some funding from Google and the U.S. Energy Department, a pair of computer scientists at Dartmouth University are updating the venerable grep and diff Unix command line utilities to handle more complex types of data.

    Written by Joab Jackson08 Dec. 11 21:40
  • Red Hat RHEL 6.2 boosts storage capabilities

    Red Hat has updated its flagship operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with new technologies designed to cut the cost and improve performance of enterprise storage, the company announced Tuesday.

    Written by Joab Jackson07 Dec. 11 05:53
  • Need Linux skills? 12 places to learn online

    As more and more companies turn to Linux for mission-critical operations, making sure IT staff have the necessary skills is becoming more important than ever.

    Written by Katherine Noyes11 Nov. 11 08:17
  • Programming in Lua

    I haven't talked about programming languages for a while so here goes: We start this week with the free, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/opensource/">open source</a> (<a href="http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.html">MIT License</a>) <a href="http://www.lua.org/">Lua</a> language.

    Written by Mark Gibbs10 Nov. 11 04:38
  • Now with GNOME 3, Linux Mint 12 will meet users halfway

    We've known for some time now that Linux Mint would be embracing GNOME 3 in some fashion, but last month it sounded like the controversial desktop interface would appear only in a separate, dedicated version.

    Written by Katherine Noyes09 Nov. 11 08:33
  • Canonical's Ubuntu Linux will battle for mobile developers

    Canonical, which has great ambitions to extend its <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/canonical-expand-ubuntu-linux-smartphones-tablets-177523">Ubuntu Linux</a> to such devices as smartphones and tablets, is prepared to reach out to developers to get them to build the applications necessary to make the platform successful. But the company will have its work cut out for it, given that established providers on the market have a substantial head start.

    Written by Paul Krill02 Nov. 11 10:01
  • Is Ubuntu Linux too late to the mobile game?

    Canonical certainly delivered some exciting news this week when it announced that its Ubuntu Linux distribution is on the way to tablets, smartphones, and TVs.

    Written by Katherine Noyes02 Nov. 11 06:06
  • Canonical to expand Ubuntu for smartphones, tablets

    Canonical plans to expand its Ubuntu Linux distribution so it could be used on smartphones, tablets and other touch interface consumer electronics, said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.

    Written by Joab Jackson01 Nov. 11 01:19
  • Linux 3.1 is out and supports OpenRISC, NFC, Wii

    Linus Torvalds released Linux 3.1 Monday and the new feature list is long and wide. Linux 3.1 includes a new iSCSI implementation and support for OpenRISC, Near-Field Communication chips, and -- get this -- Wii controllers.

    Written by Julie Bort25 Oct. 11 07:27
  • Prefer open source? Join the crowd

    If ever there was a year to demonstrate why open source software is a smart choice for businesses, 2011 has surely been it.

    Written by Katherine Noyes22 Oct. 11 04:46
  • As Ubuntu Linux turns 7, 'Precise Pangolin' planning begins

    It was exactly seven years ago that the very first version of Ubuntu Linux--dubbed "Warty Warthog"--was released, kicking off a long line of increasingly popular versions of the free and open source operating system.

    Written by Katherine Noyes21 Oct. 11 04:52
  • SuperTweet: Twitter without the OAuth hassle

    In 2008 (just as the U.S. economy began circling the drain) here in Gearhead <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2008/052108-gearhead.html">I wrote</a> about updating <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2010/052610-twitter-quiz.html">Twitter</a> with <a href="http://curl.haxx.se/">cURL</a>, a free, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/opensource/">open source</a>, command line utility that allows you to transfer data with URL syntax using, and I quote, "DICT, FILE, FTP, FTPS, GOPHER, HTTP, HTTPS, IMAP, IMAPS, LDAP, LDAPS, POP3, POP3S, RTMP, RTSP, SCP, SFTP, SMTP, SMTPS, TELNET and TFTP [along with] SSL certificates, HTTP POST, HTTP PUT, FTP uploading, HTTP form based upload, proxies, cookies, [user name and password] authentication (Basic, Digest, NTLM, Negotiate, Kerberos ...), file transfer resume, proxy tunneling and a busload of other useful tricks."

    Written by Mark Gibbs21 Oct. 11 09:34
  • Linux Mint will soon get a GNOME 3 edition

    Now that Ubuntu Linux has chosen Unity as its default desktop environment, Linux Mint stands out as perhaps the most user-friendly distribution offering a non-Unity default alternative, as I've noted before.

    Written by Katherine Noyes20 Oct. 11 05:28
  • Looking for a polished Linux desktop? Consider KDE

    In the world of Linux desktops, Ubuntu's Unity and GNOME have tended to dominate the headlines in recent months, but there's another contender that many consider an even better choice.

    Written by Katherine Noyes15 Oct. 11 06:37