SuSE 7 has been out for a while now but I was able to obtain a copy for
myself only a few weeks back. SuSE is one of the leading Linux
distributions. SuSE does lag in market share as compared to Red Hat but
that is definitely not a function of it's quality. This is a very
high quality distribution that you must definitely check out.
SuSE 7.0 comes in two different editions, the Personal and Professional
Pack. I worked with the latter whose box (which by the way weights 2.5
kgs!) is loaded with software and manuals. The professional edition,
The Open Source movement is an extremely powerful model for software
development and advancement, and emerging economies like India particularly
have a lot to gain from adopting it, according to John Perry Barlow,
self-styled "Net prophet."
Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) and
an outspoken proponent of free speech in digital media, gave an address at
the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, as part of a two-city tour in
India which also included Bombay.
Ever since Linux has been gaining in popularity, there've been several
occasions when the issue has surfaced: is Microsoft planning an Office
version for the Linux platform?
The media has been talking a lot about the possibility at every
opportunity that they've got. A few months ago, this issue was widely
discussed when a senior executive of a Linux distribution company said
Microsoft was working on it. The topic drew media hype, while many
believed it was just another rumor. Rather than idly speculate on the
possibility, we'll look at both sides of the coin.
The dusty old machine lying in the corner can be revived with Linux. But
when it comes to more memory hungry apps like Netscape and StarOffice then
you're at a loss. If however, you have a Linux machine on your network
with bigger hardware then you're in luck. Make that the X client and
designate the low end machine as the X server.
The X-terminal concept is essentially like telneting into a machine and
then running some application there. All the working is done on the
machine that you are connecting to but the display is shown on your
Acrobat Reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader ships with Caldera. Use it for
handling PDF files as you would in Windows.
Ark: It is a program for managing and quickly extracting archives. Has
drag and drop features.
Kclipper: Keep track of your cut & Paste history with Kclipper. Sits as an
icon on your taskbar.
KJots: A program for writing and organizing small notes.
GV: Postscript Viewer
KHexedit: This is a small and simple editor for binary files.
Lets use the most commonly available proxy server for Linux and the most
stable one around, Squid. Installing and configuring it is a breeze as
you'll soon find out. To make things simpler I would suggest that you get
the Squid RPM from any of the download on the net for your distro.The
latest Stable release of Squid is squid-2.3.STABLE1-5.i386.rpm. If you are
not able to find it on your distro's CD then i would suggest you try out
www.rpmfind.net. After having downloaded the RPM install it with the
RPM stands for Red Hat Packet Manger. The traditional way to install a
package was to take an archive and then just extract the files off it into
the required directories. This worked fine but then the administrator
faced a problem when it came to updating the packages. He must locate the
files from the previous install and then make sure they are removed from
the system. RPM helps here. It is a easier and more flexible way of
installation and maintainence of packages. Upgrades are easy. RPM
maintains a database of the packages installed on your system as well as
What is open source and how did it originate?
Open source is software which is freely redistributable and can readily be
evolved and modified to fit changing needs. The Free Software Foundation
founded by Richard M. Stallman supported a great deal of open source
development from the early 1980s. They successfully released Emacs and GCC
(Gnu C Compiler) which form the core for all unix programmers. Excluding the
actual presence of the source code, the software license is the most
important part of open source software. There are many such licenses
Windows based machines use the SMB protocol to share files, printers and
communicate. This is a proprietary protocol and Windows doesn't integrate
as well with non-Windows networks using other protocols. It is possible to
share files between PC's running Linux and Windows using FTP or HTTP but
it isn't as transparent a process. Print services are also a problem.
Samba is a terrific software that bridges the gap between Linux and
Windows PC's on the network. File sharing and print services are a lot
more transparent though it's a lot easier from the Windows end.
KDE or K Desktop Environment is a graphical user interface (GUI) for
Linux. In lay terms it is a program which runs on Linux and gives it a
Windows look and feel. Here we will look at the different programs that
come with KDE. This review was done under Caldera's Open Linux 2.4
System Tools in KDE
Kcontrol: The KDE control center is the first stop in fine tuning your
Linux machine. You can change the way your desktop looks in Desktop. COAS
is used to make system changes. You will have to log in as root for this.