Matthias Warkus, The Official GNOME 2 Developer’s Guide

Install Linux and the chances are you’ll be given the choice between a GNOME or KDE desktop. GNOME is the better known of the two, but if you want to development applications that use the GNOME environment where do you start? Well a good place would be Matthias Warkus’ new book, The Official GNOME 2 Developers Guide. I talk to Matthias and ask him about the GNOME system and environment, along with one or two other topics.Could you describe to us what GNOME is?GNOME is one of the leading projects developing user-friendly free software. The GNOME community effort includes the GNOME Desktop & Developer Platform, probably the most advanced free desktop environment around, translations, documentation and many third-party applications.What you actually see on a computer said to be “running GNOME” is a tightly integrated, no-frills desktop system, on par with any commercial offering.

Knoppix Hacks

Knoppix is not just another Linux distribution. Unlike many Linux alternatives, Knoppix doesn’t need to be installed; everything runs from a CD (called a ‘Live CD’ distribution). While Live CDs aren’t unique to Knoppix, it is the way the Knoppix CD is packaged that makes the difference. Knoppix includes intelligent hardware detection – it can automatically identify nearly everything on your machine and then make the bet of it – and the CD includes a wide selection of programs, from typical Linux applications through to repair utilities and tools.

Speed Download 3 Review

Speed Download 3 is a download manager that not only manages the gigabytes of files you download, it also simplyfies the process of filing and finding them, and can act as an upload and file sharing platform too. My review, over at The Apple Blog, covers the specifics. Here’s an extract:

I’ve talked before about what I see as the strange approach made by the browser developers removing much of the useful functionality from the download manager. It still pains me to think that the best download manager built into any browser right now on the Mac platform is the one included with Internet Explorer.Since I’ve covered the basics of what a download manager can do in my review of Download Wizard I won’t repeat myself here. Speed Download 3 (SD3) offers the same basic functionality – you can queue items up and control the number of simultaneous downloads and pause and organize the order the files that are downloaded. Speed Download 3 Main WindowNone of this should be a surprise in a download manager. Where SD3 scores some additional points is in some of the extended functionality and features that make downloads easier and simpler, especially for large volume downloaders like me.

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Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro, Chris Herborth

Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro is a step-by-step guide to configuring the finer points of your Unix machine from file sharing, Web sites, and e-mail through to virus scanning. I talk to the author and long-time friend, Chris Herborth, about the book and the future of Unix and Linux gaming.Let’s get the important questions out of the way first. Are you a bearded sandal wearing Unix guru?I’d consider myself more of a very advanced user and experienced programmer, although I do have a moustache/goatee (I think that’s called a Van Dyke), and I do love to wear sandals when weather permits. I don’t look anything like rms or esr. 🙂This is your first book, but not the first time you’ve been involved in the process. Could you tell us how you got involved in the project?Read on…

Beginning MySQL Database Design and Optimization

Getting the design of your database right has a huge impact on a number of issues. Primarily performance, but it can also affect other areas like the flexibility of your database and how it integrates with the application-level solution, such as PHP or Perl, that you’re using.Beginning MySQL Database Design and Optimization by Jon Stephens and Chad Russell covers the whole gamut of database design from choosing the right data types to the right database type and index. I talked to the authors about the book, MySQL 5.0, and database design.This book has a slightly different feel to it than other MySQL titles I’ve read recently. Can you tell us what the primary motivation for the title was? Read on…

Exclusive LinuxWorld Magazine Interview: My SQL Network

The MySQL Network is a new service operated by MySQL AB to help companies use and deploy MySQL technology in their applications. It bundles up a number of different components into a single chargeable service and includes certified copies of the MySQL binaries, online and phone-based support, full access to the MySQL KnowledgeBase, and updates and notifications of new releases.The MySQL Network is a new service operated by MySQL AB to help companies use and deploy MySQL technology in their applications. It bundles up a number of different components into a single chargeable service and includes certified copies of the MySQL binaries, online and phone-based support, full access to the MySQL KnowledgeBase, and updates and notifications of new releases.Unlike the free MySQL, where organizations are expected to deploy and use the database on their own, the MySQL Network offers assisted setup and support either directly or through a number of MySQL partners.I spoke to Zack Urlocker, vice president of marketing for MySQL AB, and Sami Akbay, senior director of marketing for GoldenGate Software, Inc., a MySQL Network partner, about the MySQL Network and how it will be supported and used by corporations. Read the full interview.

Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro

Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro gives you the steps you need for the next stage of using various parts of your Unix installation. Not just focused on one Unix flavour, the book looks at BSD, Linux, Mac OS X and the Windows-compatible Cygwin extensions. It also covers the mechanics of setting up your machine for printing, email, web sites (including PHP) and other administration tasks. I’ll admit, I tech edited the book, but that just gave me even more of an opportunity to read it all in depth. It’s definitely worth a read, even if you think you know a Unix flavour, this book will tell you how the other flavours handle it. Chris has been in the industry for years – including behind the scenes on many books (he tech edited two of mine, not to mention being a good friend) – and I’m hoping this isn’t the last book he does.