Cool gizmos for your pal, the Penguin

The ultimate Linux case mod, simplified software stacks, and more.

The Ultimate Case Mod

Is your cubicle stuffed with toy penguins? Does your car have a “Geek by Nature. Linux by Choice.” bumper sticker? Do you proudly wear your antique Linux Magazine “Microscared” t-shirt to local LUG meetings? Well, whether your new to Linux or a long beard, Acme Systems has a new way for you to demonstrate your Penguin Pride: the Tux Case.

The 6.7-inch-tall Tux Case (pictured) houses a complete computer, with connections for USB ports and a NIC. Built for Acme’s Fox board, you can pack in 4 MB of flash memory, 16 MB of RAM and a RISC processor capable of 100 MIPS, certainly enough computing kick for a few fun projects. The Fox includes a Linux development kit and the Busybox (http://www.busybox.net/) utilities.

The Tux Case starts at $35, and the Fox board runs around $150. Animatronics not included.

Blogging for Business

Weblogs, or blogs, powered by a vast array of open source software, have caused a revolution in how Web content is posted and consumed. And while millions of personal blogs exist, blogs are only now just reaching the always elusive enterprise market. Marketing, communication, and collaboration are just a few of the arenas ripe for business blogs, however most open source blog engines are designed for personal use. Enter Lyceum, a multi-user blogging application designed for the enterprise.

Lyceum (http://lyceum.ibiblio.org/) epitomizes the open source ideal, building on top of the wildly successful WordPress blogging platform. It leaves the blogging interface to WordPress, but adds an administrative console and some database modifications geared toward a larger environment. The benefits: load balancing, scalability, security, and easy installation. It makes loads of sense for businesses, universities and community groups interested in hosting a group of blogs.

Get Lyceum and get your enterprise blog on!

Simple Server Stacks

Red Hat recently announced its intention to sell Red Hat Certified Open Source Stacks (http://www.redhat.com/promo/stacks/), a series of bundled software configurations designed to simplify server builds and deployments. The Web Application Stack, Java Web Application Stack, and Enterprise Java Stack combine otherwise disparate open source components, such as a Web server, a database, and programming languages, into a single package that is well-integrated, extensively tested, and certified to work on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Stacks are a great idea and are certain to promote open source adoption in the enterprise by simplifying installation and configuration and avoiding what can be a steep learning curve. For example, the Web Application Stack is perfect for jumpstarting Web applications written in Perl and PHP. The two Java stacks are designed for enterprise applications, with the Java Web Stack based on open source Tomcat and Enterprise Java Stack based on Red Hat’s own Red Hat Application Server.

Available per subscription, Red Hat’s stack packages start at just $599, which includes free access to Red Hat’s Eclipse- based Developer Suite. Of course, you can build your own server environment, but why bother? A certified stack is a small price to pay for keeping your development team focused… on development.

Booting to Privacy

Privacy is a major and legitimate oncern for Internet surfers. If spyware and viruses have you cowering at your keyboard, you may want to check out a new, “live CD” project that aims to protect you from networked nasties.

Anonym.OS (http://sourceforge.net/projects/anonym-os/), released earlier this year by research group kaos.theory, is based on the super-secure OpenBSD operating system, with enhancements to protect the system even more ardently. Moreover, in addition to eliminating the chance of an intrusion, Anonym.OS protects a user’s identity on the Internet. All applications, such as Mozilla, are configured for maximum anonymity. Aside from employing tor, a traffic anonymizer, Anonym.OS modifies outgoing packets to mimic Windows machines, albeit without the pesky viruses and spyware.

Son, the Internet is a dangerous place. Protect yourself with Anonym.OS.

Send project and product announcements to Matt Tanase at class="emailaddress">tanase@qaddisin.com.

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