New Releases for Debian and SUSE

Slashdot | New Releases for Debian and SUSE
With the recent SUSE LINUX 9.3 Live DVD ISO released, we get a sneak peek. (screenshots) of this much anticipated OS update. Cool updates in 9.3 includes Firefox 1.0, 2.0, Gimp 2.2, Beagle. Xen, VoIP client, and more.” And while Debian’s Sarge isn’t here yet (give Branden Robinson a chance to find his plush new office!), wrochal points out that the fifth update to Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (“Woody” ) has arrived. 3.0 (r5) “mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems.

Bash Blogger

Bash Blogger
Bash Blogger is a small, bash-powered, weblog engine. It generates valid, semantic, XHTML 1.1 webpages styled with a single CSS for layout and appearance without relying on popular, server-side scripting languages (i.e. Perl, Python, PHP, ASP, SSI, etc.).

Rater of Change in Linux 2.6 Kerenl Sparks Debate

Kernel Changes Draw Concern from Open-Source Community
Members of the open-source community are expressing concern over rapid feature changes in the Linux 2.6 kernel, which they say are too focused on the desktop and could make the kernel too large.

The inclusion of features for gamers and music, as well as uncertainty about the future of virtualization in the kernel are causing concern for some of the large corporations feeding off of Linux. This will certainly get worse before it gets better. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see a fork in the code in the not to distant future with the BigCos taking on the development of an ‘enterprise’ kernel and the volunteer developers continuing on with a kernel for the rest of us.

CODEC – NYLS CODEC Wortkshop Update

CODEC – NYLS CODEC Wortkshop Update

We’ll be getting together with about 40 faculty and administrators at New York Law School on April 22. The agenda is here. I’ll certainly be willing to talk about some CODEC features and Classcaster.


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SkypeIn, Other Features Announced

Skype for Windows Windows Version 1.2 Delivers User-Requested Portability and Personalization Enhancements
Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company, today announced the public beta launch of SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail, two new premium services available in the latest download versions of Skype software for Linux, MAC OS X, Pocket PC and Windows platforms. SkypeIn provides an affordable, flexible alternative to costly mobile phone roaming charges with SkypeIn personal numbers. SkypeIn customers can receive inbound calls to their Skype client from ordinary fixed telephones or mobile phones while they travel worldwide, providing seamless interconnectivity without having to pay costly roaming charges. Skype Voicemail enables users to manage incoming voicemail messages, making their Skype usage more ubiquitous.

Chaos: Linux Distro for Instant Clustering

Wired News: Linux Distribution Tames Chaos
Chaos, a Linux distribution developed by Australian Ian Latter, harnesses the unused processing power of networked PCs, creating a distributed supercomputer that can crack passwords at lightning speed.

The program remotely boots Linux on a PC without touching the hard drive, leaving the “slave” PC’s operating system and data secure and untouched. Thirty PCs connected as a cluster create enough processing power to complete complex mathematical equations or high-level security tasks like password cracking that no individual PC could handle alone.

IBM Seeks Firefox Talent

Slashdot | IBM to Hire Firefox Developers
According to, IBM has placed an employment ad for a developer who would be responsible for ‘enhancing the Mozilla Firefox Web browser with new features complimentary to IBM’s On Demand middleware stack.’ IBM might possibly be interested in FireFox integration with their Workplace software. The job is not for just anyone, however, as those who wish to apply for the job should have some cred with the Mozilla development community.

Solaris Out, Linux In @ Duke

Slashdot | Linux to Replace Solaris at Duke
At the end of the 2004-2005 academic year, the Sun Solaris computers available in public computing labs at Duke University will be replaced. The replacement computers in these spaces will be Dells, running a version of Centos 3.3 as supported by Linux@DUKE. Pragmatic and technical considerations have driven this change, as Linux continues to gain a greater userbase and more third-party commercial software is made available on the platform. Are other universities eliminating Solaris in favor of a Linux distribution?

Open-Access Academic Journals: Where is Legal Academia?

Slashdot | Free/Open-Access Academic Journals Growing
Wired News reports on the growing number of free/open-access academic journals. The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 1527 journals. The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is launching three new open-access journals this year: PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics and PLoS Pathogens. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Public Access Policy is also part of the movement. The traditional academic journals aren’t happy, saying that it’s unethical to accept money for publishing. But the traditional journals face their own ethical dilemmas by accepting money from advertisers.

The DOAJ listing for law journals is here. 10 American law schools list 14 titles. CLearly there is room for expansion here:)