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I have translated this issue in Russian and planning to keep all issues translated.

Here is the link to my translation:

And the link to original edition in english:

New FreeBSD 6.3 has bin released yesterday, here are some changes:

  • Support for some new drivers and devices;
  • Included software has bin updated;
  • Some security updates;
  • Some bugs fixed

Release notes

Ryan Gordon (he made many well known ports for Linux) confirmed that Linux version of Unreal Tournament is not yet released only because of some delays with PhysX support.


Lately I’ve posted the manual how to recompile Lingvo dictionaries for Stardict. If you dont have enough time to recompile them by yourself, there are some already recompiled English-Russian/Russian-English dictionaries in the web, here are the links:


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Blizzard has launched official podcast, called Blizzcast:

In each episode we’ll be interviewing your favorite Blizzard developers and staff, giving you a glimpse of what it’s like from their perspective to make the games you love.

To kick off our BlizzCast series, we’ve decided to begin where every great Blizzard idea begins, at the concept level. To speak with us we have Samwise Didier, our Art Director and concept artist for many of the popular Blizzard icons you’ve grown to love, such as the Pandaren, Fel Orcs, Dark Templars, Zerglings, and many more. We’ll be chatting with Samwise on how he came up with the characters he did, as well as what it is like to work on both the Warcraft and StarCraft franchises.

Check out the new BlizzCast page here.

The present article describes the possible method to launch applications without any trace in system.

It is a pretty interesting technical task. The application should not exist on the hard drive. The external drive is not the best way out too. The only solution is memory, but it will not appear in memory by itself. Yes, it’s possible to copy it manually, but it would not be handy at all. Therefore the process can be automated increasing a little the risk of detection.

So here is the plan: We’ve got a certain partition of memory, mounted as tmpfs. If the flash card is inserted by the boot, it’s content will be copied into the memory. Afterwards the card can be removed.

Now about the realisation. We will take Kubuntu 7.10 as an example therefore all information given here suit mostly this distribution.

Let’s start with creating of virtual memory partition. To do so we need to create new folder /etc/hack and to add into /etc/fstab the following string:

none /etc/hack tmpfs defaults,size=10m 0 0

For instance we will make 10Mb partition. In real situation the volume will depend on particular tasks.

Now let’s create a script /etc/ with the following content:


# the node name of our flash card

# If the node exists (the card is inserted)
if [ -e $DRIVENAME ];  then

# mounting the card
    mkdir -p /tmp/hack
    mount $DRIVENAME /tmp/hack

# coping it's content into the memory
    cp -vR /tmp/hack/* /etc/hack

# unmounting the card
    umount /tmp/hack

# give all needed permissions to user
# that will use the programm
    chown -vR user /etc/hack

Then we need to add the calling for our script into /etc/rc.local:

sh /etc/

Thats it. For the ease of user it would be nice to create a launcher on desktop. We will make here a little trick: we will create a launcher of certain external script that will execute our application if it exists in memory, if not, it will launch something else.

The example of such script:


if [ -e /etc/hack/app.bin ]; then

By the absence of the application the browser will be launched, showing us the Google start page.

Now if you boot your pc without the flash card, nothing unnecessary will be found (there will be a trace of some file executed, but this fact does not indicate the particular application).

 Based on article from

The Linux Foundation has started a podcast series “that will feature conversations with the leaders of open source.” The first one is with Linus Torvalds.

Future podcasts will feature Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian, MySQL CEO Martin Mickos, and Mark Shuttleworth.

Check it out, visit Linux Foundation Open Voices.

Markus Mauder has posted an interesting review of the fresh SVN KDE on his blog, describing mostly the new features and some changes in the last release.

Btw, only two days left until the official release of KDE4. In spite of the fact that I prefer Gnome, I will definitely give the new KDE a try.


KDE counter

Great commercial for language tapes. A rookie in the German Coast Guard cant recognize a disaster when he hears one. He should have paid more attention in school.

Simplifymedia is a very interesting little tool for sharing your music with your friends or just for listening your home music collection from your office without having to always take your iPod with you.


Recently they released the beta version for Linux. Simplifymedia presents the music collection on remote computer music to your player (Banshee and Rhythmbox are supported) with the local music as a DAAP source. Since its beta version there are some bugs and it depends on Wine, but lets hope we will see the stable version soon.