In July, some members of the LinuxFocus team were at the
Libre Software Meeting
in Bordeaux (France). This meeting seems to improve through
the time. This year, a new important topic has been added:
computer security. It was a successful attempt since many people
attended the conferences. Most of the contributors were well
known in the security field: you can check the list at this
URL. However, in the real world, computer security stays rather
confidential, since a vast majority of users, either professional or
not, do not really understand the challenge it represents.
comes from France, where a magazine dedicated to security called MISC has been launched about a year ago
and will probably have to stop its publication due to lack of readers. It is
a pity since it was providing very high quality information. But the LSM
was not only focusing on security. All the usual topics were represented:
documentation, programming, communication, etc. For instance, the Linux Documentation Project announced
its reorganization by language teams.
Another very important topic that
cannot be ignored was present: free software for visually impaired
Last, we can also mention free software for education. These two
last deserve a special thanks since they have to "struggle" against very
big companies (or at least, a very big one) trying to convince people
that they provide the only available solutions. There is, of course,
much more to say about LSM. Unfortunately, the lack of space for the editorial and
the lack of time in Bordeaux, prevents me
from writing a longer report. Anyway, thanks a lot to the LSM people for
organizing such a great event.
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The LinuxFocus Tip
How to copy a large file onto several floppies? There is certainly
more than one solution to this problem but the easiest solution is
to use "split" and "cat". Both are standard UNIX commands.
split -b 1420k largefile
This will produce the 1420k big files xaa, xab, ...
Copy them to
the floppy disks. To re-assemble them use:
cat xaa xab > largefile
This is even a portable solution. To re-assemble under DOS use:
copy /b xaa + xab largefile /b