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GBA Programming, Network Programming with Python, and Easier Unix Printing

by chromatic
Linux Newsletter for 11/10/2003

Good afternoon, everyone (as of the time of this writing). This is the Linux newsletter, the increasingly difficult-to-describe-creatively weekly survey of the new and exciting information found on If not exciting, at least it's interesting. Here are the new articles this week.

Modern hit games are all about flashy graphics and cool effects, right? Maybe so, but you don't need the latest 3-D technology to have fun. In fact, if you're not already a professional game programmer, setting a more modest goal may make game programming a realistic possibility. That's the idea behind DevKit Advance, anyway, writes Howard Wen in GBA Programming with DevKit Advance. This unofficial GBA SDK can help you write the game you've always wanted.

Maybe your programming goals run more toward network services. Perhaps you need a little program to check for sales. Maybe you're writing a network-enabled game and you need a simple but fast server. Either way, the better you understand network programming, the better off you'll be. That's where George Belotsky's Understanding Network I/O comes in. Part one demonstrates building Internet clients in Python, though the explanations apply to any popular language in use today.

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For the desktop set, one of the messy parts of Unix has been printing. Though PostScript and TCP/IP have worked nicely on the high end for years, small-office and home-user printers usually don't play well with Unix. Michael Lucas has a solution, though. Printing for the Impatient explores Apsfilter, a program that invokes Magical Printer Pixies to do almost all of the configuration and setup for you. Less pain is good.

This week's weblogs show off Steve Mallett announcing the winners of the Open Source at COMDEX contest, Todd Osagawara analyzing a crazy week in the Linux world, Bob DuCharme finding joy in wiki link categorization, and Chris DiBona analyzing music distribution methods.

Next week's articles cover the wild worlds of open source pocket computing, open source telephony, and open source television. This is a promise; your editor skipped a week in his calendar last week.

Six comes before thirteen,

Technical Editor
O'Reilly Network and Linux Devcenter Top Five Articles Last Week

  1. Introducing REBOL with Amazingly Easy GUI Programming
    Cross-platform development and deployment is tricky, though modern toolkits aim to take away some of the troubles. Some languages have already solved this issue, though. Enter REBOL, a small but powerful network-enabled programming language. Gregg Irwin introduces the language by writing a tiny survey application.

  2. Printing for the Impatient
    While Unix has roots in document formatting and layout, configuring printers has always required more black-arts arcana. This hasn't been helped by the appearance of low-cost commodity WinPrinters. Fortunately, tools like Ghostscript, gimp-print, and Apsfilter make configuring printers much easier. Michael Lucas demonstrates quick and dirty -- and working -- printer configuration.

  3. Installing Oracle 9iR2 on Red Hat 9
    While Oracle's understandably proud of their Linux support, Oracle 9i is unsupported on the latest and greatest Red Hat. That doesn't mean it doesn't work, just that you'll have to do a little tinkering. Roko Roic demonstrates how to install Oracle 91R2 on Red Hat 9.

  4. New Apache
    Noel Davis looks at a new release of Apache, and problems in fileutils, coreutil, anonftp, Kpopup, CUPS, Libnids, PostgreSQL, thttpd, mod_security, and the Linux Java Installer.

  5. Speeding up Linux Using hdparm
    Instantly double the I/O performance of your disks or, in some cases, show 6 to 10 times your existing throughput!

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