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I have been messing with an old Netgear WPM824V3 lying around. This WiFi router allows you to flash firmware through TFTP, which can be very useful when the Web interface is not available or when the flashed firmware doesn't work.

The procedure is quite simple and documented in this article. Other Netgear router models apparently have similar procedures to enter TFTP mode, so you can try it on your own Netgear router models.

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Publican is a single source publishing tool. It uses DocBook XML files as input sources and can generate outputs in a variety of formats, such as HTML, PDF, ePub, Man, WebHelp, etc. A number of Open Source projects on the Internet, like Debian, Fedora, GIMP, etc, use Publican as the tool for generating documentation.

There is built-in support in Publican for many languages including Traditional and Simplified Chinese. However, some preparations are required before Publican can generate satisfactory Chinese PDF documents.

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For years Joomla! community only had to deal with version 1.0.x and 1.5.x. Even though there were regular updates and new features, they had always stayed in the same version series. That was all changed since the release of Joomla! 1.6.

Joomla! developers worked on Joomla! 1.6 for 3 years. Now only half a year after Joomla! community received version 1.6, the first beta release of Joomla! 1.7 has been out of the door for testing.

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As mentioned in a previous article, the coming Joomla! 1.6 will require PHP 5.2.x or above in order to work or even install. Recently I am planning to test drive Joomla! 1.6 Alpha, so the first thing on my to-do list is to upgrade the PHP 5.1.6 currently running on my testing server to PHP 5.2.x. Unfortunately the OS I am using, CentOS 5.3, doesn't yet officially provide the needed upgrade. That forced me to look for the upgrade from other sources.

One quick search revealed a few third parties repositories that may contain PHP 5.2.x. In the end I chose to retrieve the package from a semi-official CentOS repository, CentOS-Testing, which is the repository hosted by CentOS team to test out new or improved packages before putting them into one of their official channels. Those packages are not officially supported, and are not garanteed to function properly. Please use them with care.

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Joomla! runs on any platform including Windows, most flavours of Linux, several Unix versions, and the Apple OS/X platform. Joomla! depends on PHP and the MySQL database to deliver dynamic content.

The minimum requirements are:

  • Apache 1.x, 2.x and higher
  • PHP 4.3 and higher
  • MySQL 3.23 and higher
It will also run on alternative server platforms such as Windows IIS - provided they support PHP and MySQL - but these require additional configuration in order for the Joomla! core package to be successful installed and operated.
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