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Linux Is No Longer The Cool New Kid On The Block. So Now What?

Linux usage has grown fast over the past several years as the operating system moved from perimeter Web servers to workloads much closer to the heart of the business, while gaining a broad following of contributors and commercial users. But the days of these easy advances may be past.

AstroMenace 1.2 - Real Gaming in Linux

While changing to a great OS like Ubuntu , I had to make some sacrifices , one of them being : less gaming. I'm not seeing I ended my gamer " career" , buy i start to look for smaller web games , or testing the big LINUX games that everybody was talking about. ( Tremoulos,Quake Wars,Nexuiz,Battle For Wesnoth).

Scheduled Backups With Rsyncbackup On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Apr 13, 2008 5:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to set up and configure rsyncbackup on Debian Etch. Rsyncbackup is a Perl script that cooperates with rsync. It is easy to configure and able to create scheduled backups (partial and incremental backups).

The Little “3″ of Open Source Systems Management?

  • Socialized Software; By Mark Hinkle (Posted by encoreopus on Apr 13, 2008 3:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Little 4 becomes Little 3Last year open source analyst Michael Coté of Redmonk coined the term Little Four to describe four up-and-coming open source management vendors and as a foil to the Big Four of systems management.
In the open source space, the 4 names that come up each time — usually from people I’m talking with even before I say anything — are: Zenoss, Hyperic, GroundWorks, and openQRM.
This week Qlusters/openQRM announced they would no longer be developing their open source project openQRM and leaving it to the community at large.

Amarok Insider - Issue 12

Issue 12 of Amarok Insider has been released, it has screenshots and takes an in-depth look at Amarok's visual theme. Also, Plasma-centric technologies, Web services, and MacOS X integration, pending Amarok releases and more.

This week at LWN: Striking gold in binutils

A new linker is not generally something that arouses much interest outside of the hardcore development community—or even inside it—unless it provides something especially eye-opening. A newly released linker, called gold has just that kind of feature, though, because it runs up to five times as fast as its competition. For developers who do a lot of compile-link-test cycles, that kind of performance increase can significantly increase their efficiency.

Open Graphics Project to Announce Pre-Orders

Open Graphics Project founder Timothy Miller recently noted on the project's mailing list that they are set to announce that their first hardware, the OGD1, is ready for pre-order. "The OGD1 design has actually been finished for a couple of months now," he began, explaining that they've been setting up a way to process pre-orders for the first 100 boards. The board will retail at $1,500, with a $100 discount offered for the first 100 pre-orders. "These are pre-orders, not orders, Timothy continued, "that means the lead time is unpredictable. We don't have a stock. We will purchase a stock based on the number of pre-orders we get. Also, this means that if we never get a large enough number of pre-orders, we will be unable to fulfill them; all pre-orders would be canceled, and no one would be charged anything."

Joomla! An Intro.

  • CookingWithLinux.com; By Jason Kendall (Posted by freethinker on Apr 12, 2008 12:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Joomla! is a world class content management system that allows you to easily create high-quality, professional Websites. Out of the box, provides a very robust feature set, and with the recent release of 1.5 Stable, the programing API allows it to be extended far beyond most people's wildest dreams. Highlighting some of the features Joomla! supports out of the box would take up an entire article all on its own, but here we'll touch on some of the highlights!

BSD on the $15 Laptop

I've been running OpenBSD 4.2 on my test box -- the VIA C3 Samuel-based thin client -- for a couple of months now. That's at least a year in dog months, and since I'm anxious to put Dru Lavigne's new "The Best of FreeBSD Basics" book to work, I wanted to do something I've never done before: Install a BSD on the $15 Laptop, the 1999 Compaq Armada 7770dmt.

cmd.exe for Linux zealots

My goal, Dear Reader, is not to prove anyone, that Windows’ command-line features are identical to those of Linux. To be honest, this text does not aim to cover the Windows shell features, at all. It is not a goal, it is a measure. The goal is to present you with a few thoughts about “the human nature”, as would Agatha Christie say.

Command Line Ticketing System

  • cmdln.org; By Nick Anderson (Posted by cmdln on Apr 12, 2008 3:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
As I have said before life at the terminal is a joy. I constantly struggle with keeping myself organized. I actually work pretty well keeping most things in my head. But one of these days I’m going to fall down and hit my head and forget everything. So try and try again to keep myself organized and documented do I. I was recently pointed to TicGit its a ticketing system that is meant to integrate right into your repository. Well I’m not a developer but I can see the benefit for a terminal todo list and general ticketing for myself as well as my little script repository that is actually maintained in git. Well ok maybe maintained is a bit strong of a word. Anyway on to the good stuff. TicGit howto, command line ticketing system

Red Hat`s Challenge

To bolster growth, Red Hat must pursue the high-volume Linux space. Five years ago, Red Hat sent a shock wave through the Linux community when it announced a new bleeding-edge development pace for its flagship distribution, Red Hat Linux.

Tput: Add some spice to your UNIX shell scripts

Many times, shell scripts evolve into menu-based scripts, and the scripter wants to display more to users than simply scrolling text. Regardless of the complexity, scripters have always needed a way to change their output to bold, underline it, reverse the highlights, and so on. That's where tput comes into play.

"Home to Hypocrisy"

"Twice a year I get to release the song & lyrics, and write a little commentary on something the project dealt with other [than] the release. Hope you guys enjoy," said OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt, including a link to the latest OpenBSD song. The OpenBSD project maintains a six month release cycle, with the upcoming 4.3 release officially scheduled for May 1st, 2008. Each release includes a song relevant to issues faced by the project during the past six months. The song for the upcoming 4.3 release is titled, "Home to Hypocrisy", with scathing references to some recent postings on the OpenBSD -misc mailing list by Free Software Foundation creator Richard Stallman.

Cisco Set to Dominate Linux Market?

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 11, 2008 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
With 4 million routers now enabled to be Linux application servers, the world's greatest networking vendor is the penguin's biggest fan.

Creating a VPN with tinc

With tinc you can create a virtual private network (VPN) that lets you communicate between two machines over an insecure network such as the Internet with all of your traffic encrypted between the hosts on your virtual network. Another interesting application for tinc is connecting your laptop to a Wi-Fi router at home. You might already be using WPA2 to ensure that only valid hosts can connect and communicate with your Wi-Fi router, but you might not be able to assign a fixed address to the laptop when it is connected over Wi-Fi. So if you want to connect to an SSH daemon on the laptop itself or access an NFS share on the laptop, you have to play guessing games as to which IP address the Wi-Fi router has given the laptop this time.

RadeonHD 1.2 Driver Released

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Apr 11, 2008 9:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's been a long time in the making, but the xf86-video-radeonhd 1.2 driver has just been pushed out the door. RadeonHD 1.2 is the first new release for this open-source ATI R500/600 driver since December of last year. The RadeonHD 1.2 driver includes support for new AMD graphics processors, 2D XAA/EXA acceleration, and other changes.

Commentary: the Linux Foundation and the future of Linux

I came away from the second annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit with mixed feelings. I mean, it's hard not to support the group that pays Linus Torvalds to spend his time continuing to lead the poster-boy project for free and open source software. But at the same time, those golden chains are my biggest concern about the Linux Foundation.

Mandriva Flash 2008 USB Key Review

One of the great things about Linux is the ability to not only install it on your home desktop computer, but the ability to install it on a USB Key. Installing Linux on a USB Key makes it very mobile and today I am pleased to review a commercial version of Linux on USB key called Mandriva Flash 2008.

Mandriva Linux 2008.1 - The Blooming Spring.

Mandriva Linux is a predominantly KDE-centric Linux distribution originating from France. This desktop-oriented Linux distribution which began its production in 1998 owes its popularity to its ease of installation and graphical productive draktools. I decided to review Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring (aka Mandriva Linux 2008.1) when I got to know that, this new Spring edition has a full support for the Asus Eee PC and also improved support for mobile device synchronization.

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