LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Jul-2011

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 24, 2011 9:53 AM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)

LXer Feature: 24-Jul-2011

In the Roundup this week we have RMS telling to resist the temptations of the cloud, good bye Kubuntu, numeric relativity with the Einstein Toolkit and Microsoft is in the top 5 contributors to the Linux kernel? Methinks not.. Enjoy!

Test Driving GNU Hurd, With Benchmarks Against Linux: Last week there was a GNU Hurd status update, which generated a fair amount of attention as it stated there are plans for a Debian GNU/Hurd release in conjunction with Debian "Wheezy" when it's out in late 2012 or early 2013. After being in development for more than 20 years, the Hurd is finally taking some shape. The Debian GNU/Hurd installer for Wheezy is even now working, which I tried out and ended up porting the Phoronix Test Suite to GNU Hurd. In this article is a brief look at Debian GNU/Hurd along with the first-ever benchmarks of Debian GNU/Hurd against Debian GNU/Linux.

Who and What Is On My Network? Probing Your Network with Linux: In Whose Fault is it When Your Internet Dies? Troubleshooting Networks with Linux we learned some basic network troubleshooting commands. Today we're going to explore the fine fun world of network discovery and find out who is on our network without ever leaving our comfortable chairs.

ArchBang: A Small Review: ArchBang is a simple GNU/Linux distribution, which provides you with a lightweight Arch Linux system combined with the Openbox Window Manager. Suitable for both desktop and portable systems – It is fast, stable, and always up to date. (Source: ArchBang front page)

Top Five Linux Contributor: Microsoft: Cats and dogs; apples and oranges; Linux and Microsoft. Two of these three things do not go together. Would you believe that Microsoft—yes Microsoft—was the fifth largest contributor to the soon to be released Linux 3.0 kernel? Believe it. In a Linux Weekly News story, currently only available to subscribers, an analysis of Linux 3.0 contributors reveals that Microsoft was the fifth largest corporate contributer to Linux 3.0. While only 15h overall, that still puts Microsoft behind only Red Hat, Intel, Novell, and IBM in contributing new code to this version of Linux.

Top 10 FPS Games for Linux: As part of our effort in giving Linux games category its due share, here is our second post featuring some really good games for Linux. If it was about top RTS games for Linux before, now its time for some fast paced first-person shooter(FPS) games for Linux. Quick collection of 10 FPS games for Linux((in no particular order) every Linux gamer should be aware of.

Five Good Reasons to Create a Virtual Infrastructure: Everyone has his own reasons for wanting to move toward a virtual infrastructure. Are there reasons that are better than others for doing so? Yes, there are. There are a lot of very bad reasons to move to a virtual infrastructure. Some of those very bad reasons are quite compelling. But, there are five very good reasons to create a virtual infrastructure. And, yes, all of them relate to money.

Resist the Temptations of the Cloud!: "In the age of cloud computing, technology companies decide which programs users can load on to their smart phones, while Facebook sells personal data to other companies to use. Internet users need to swim against the stream if they want to protect their privacy."

Losing work because I use Linux: I am starting graduate school this fall. New school, new town and this means I am looking for a new job. Tutor.com offers a web based tutoring service for high school students. I have a fair bit of tutoring experience (and I am a certified high school teacher for mathematics in Illinois) so I figured I was more than qualified for their online tutoring position...

Good Bye, Kubuntu!: Nothing is immortal. Time passed by and I got tired of both Ubuntu and Kubuntu. I got quite disappointed by changed introduced in version 11.04. That was a time to change.

Numeric Relativity with the Einstein Toolkit: This post finds us at the cutting edge of physics, numerical general relativity. Because we haven't perfected mind-to-mind transmission of information, we won't actually be able to cover in any real detail how this all works.

How To Run Your Own DNS Servers With ISPConfig 3 (Debian Squeeze): This tutorial shows how you can run your own DNS servers (primary and secondary) with ISPConfig 3. To do this, you need two servers with two different public IP addresses and with ISPConfig 3 installed. I will use Debian Squeeze for both DNS servers here to demonstrate the base system setup process and ISPConfig 3 installation, but once you have ISPConfig 3 installed on your servers, the configuration inside ISPConfig 3 is identical, no matter what distribution you use.

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