CentOS Project In Trouble?

CentOS is a community-supported, freely-available operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Lance Davis created CentOS and now he goes absent without leave.

Lance vanished from the project some time in 2008. Everybody needs time off from projects from time to time, so there was no real need to worry about that. What there was to worry about is the following: Lance is the only one, who can make active changes to the centos.org domain, as he “owns it”. Nobody else in the team is able to add nameservers, or change anything as for now. Recently he put an anonymizing service on the domain, so that nobody from the outside can see who that domain belongs to.

The other important thing is that Lance is the one who has access to the Google AdSense and the Paypal accounts, without a backup. This money was donated towards the project and could have been used for professionally made media for fairs and conventions, professionally made advertisement material for the same, hardware, community support and so on. Nobody on the CentOS team wants to make money, they are doing the project in their free time.

Start applications on boot (Debian)

update-rc.d is the utility that Debian provides to manage init scripts. It is similiar to Redhat’s chkconfig. Say, you have a new service called “mine” that you would like to start at boot time. Make sure that the file “/etc/init.d/mine” exists. Below is the command that you can type to make your service run at boot time.

# update-rc.d mine defaults

This will make sure that when your system reaches runlevel 2, 3, 4 or 5 that the “mine” service will start up and that in runlevel 0, 1 or 6 it will be stopped. So you’re done with your “mine” and you would like to stop them from starting up when you reboot? Use the command to remove it from starting up at boot time:

# update-rc.d mine remove

To start up in runlevels 2 or 3, you could run the following command:

# update-rc.d mine start 45 stop 01236

Mine will start up when your system reaches runlevels 4 or 5, but stop at 0, 1, 2, 3 or 6.

rcconf ( apt-get install rcconf ) tool is a graphical interface that can be used from the shell to configure your init scripts.

Speech Recognition in Windows Vista?

You ever wanted to talk to your computer, like “Music On!”

In Windows Vista, you can do this 😉

Click the Start menu >> Control Panel >> Speech Recognition. >> Start Speech Recognition >> Now tell your computer what to do!

Be sure to take the Speech Tutorial first to get your computer to get the feel for your voice.

All versions of Windows Vista have one of the most powerful speech recognition systems available for consumers.

Once you finished, you should have your Recognition Panel at the top of your screen.

The program will interpret “everything” you say!!

Just say “Start” and the start menu opens on up. The cursor sits there in the search box, as it always does with the start menu is opened. Now you can speak what you want to search for.

If you want to launch a program , you can skip the start menu entirely by saying “Start [app name].”

DSL?

What is DSL?

Damn Small Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution. It is small enough and smart enough to do the following things:

Boot from a business card CD as a live linux distribution (LiveCD)
Boot from a USB pen drive
Boot from within a host operating system (can run inside Windows)
Run fully in RAM with as little as 128MB
DSL is highly extendable without the need to customize

DSL was originally developed as an experiment to see how many usable desktop applications can fit inside a 50MB live CD. It was at first just a personal toy. But over time, it grew into a fully automated remote and local application installation system and a very versatile backup/restore system which may be used with any writable media including a hard drive, a floppy drive, or a USB device.

DSL has a nearly complete desktop, with limited number of command line tools. Damn Small also has the ability to act as an SSH/FTP/HTTPD server right off of a live CD.

XMMS, FTP client, web browsers, spreadsheet, Sylpheed email, spellcheck, a word-processor, three editors, graphics editing and viewing, Xpdf, file manager, Naim, VNCviwer, Rdesktop, SSH server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE , a web server, calculator, generic and GhostScript printer support, NFS, Fluxbox and JWM window managers, games, system monitoring apps, a host of command line tools, USB support, and pcmcia support, wireless support.

Google Operating System?

In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google announced late Tuesday that it is developing an operating system for PCs based on its Chrome Web browser.
Google said the OS would initially be aimed at netbooks, the compact, low-cost computers. It is said that the open-source software, called Chrome OS, would be available in the second half of next year.

Google has already developed an operating system for mobile phones, called Android. And several manufacturers of netbooks are also using that software. The OS will be based on speed, simplicity and security.

Last year, the company released the Chrome browser, which is a tool for users to interact with increasingly powerful Web programs, like Gmail and Google Docs, along with Web applications created by other companies. Since then, Google has been adding capabilities to Chrome, like allowing it to run applications even when a user is not connected to the Internet.

Firefox 3.5 For Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Firefox version 3.5 has been released and available for download. Firefox 3.5 is the fastest web browser. It is twice as fast as Firefox 3. As a result javascript and multimedia enabled web apps loads faster and supports open video and audio formats, allowing practically limitless new ways for sites to display rich content. This is based upon the open formats (HTML 5) which allow displaying media without a plug-in and/or proprietary software.
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What’s New In Firefox 3.5

New set of security and other advanced features.

1) Private Browsing

Private browsing is a new feature that allows Firefox to control browsing history, images, videos, and cookies in cache. Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, and temporary internet files. However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept. . This allows you to browse the Internet without storing data that could be retrieved at a later date to incriminate that person. This is useful for ecommerce and banking website.

To enable private browsing hit [CTRL]+ [SHIFT]+ [P] or simply visit Tools > Start Private Browsing

2) Forget This Site

Having second thoughts about having visited a certain Web site? With this feature, you can remove every trace of that site from your browser. Simply hit [CTRL+H] > Select Site > Right Click > Select Forgot about this site.

HTML 5 and CSS 3 Support

HTML 5, an update to the HTML language. Firefox 3.5 supports HTML5 and CSS 3. Checkout demo page for information.

Download Firefox v3.5

Visit the official website to grab Firefox 3.5.

How Do I Upgrade Firefox v3.x to v3.5?

Use your package manger or type the following commands (assuming that older firefox is installed at /opt/firefox), enter:

# cd /tmp
# wget ‘http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-3.5&os=linux&lang=en-US’
Untar and install Firefox 3.5 (close all running FF sessions):
# tar -jxvf firefox-3.5.tar.bz2
# cp -avr firefox/* /opt/firefox/