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In January 2007, two of us (professor Joel Adams and student Tim Brom) decided to build a personal, portable Beowulf cluster. Like a personal computer, the cost had to be low -- our budget was $2500 -- and its size had to be small enough to sit on a person's desk. Joel and Tim named their system Microwulf, which has broken the $100/GFLOP barrier for double precision, and is remarkably efficient by several measures. You may also want to take a look at the Value Cluster project for more information on $2500 clusters.
Attendees of the Ohio LinuxFest - or GNU/LinuxFest for GNU fans - received the following note from the organizers...
Back at the Red Hat Summit, Henri Richard said that AMD (and the former ATI) were going to come up with a plan to better support open source. Today we see the results of that promise and I have to say I’m incredibly impressed with the commitment that they have decided to make. OK, to the meat of the story. AMD is making the commitment to do two major things: To develop of a fully functional 2D and 3D driver that supports all of their newer radeon chipsets in full collaboration with the open source community and to release documentation that anyone can use to build and support drivers for their chips.
Give me one line...succinct and as short as possible with your first name and last initial. I want that line to say volumes. I need it to be about linux. Either why you like it, why you participate in it or a statement about Linux you consider important. Example follows. "I thought I was computer illiterate until I discovered Linux." - Ken S.
Adopt Python to manage UNIX systems while incorporating concepts of good program design. Python is an easy-to-learn, open source scripting language that lets system administrators do their job more quickly. It can also make tasks more fun. The examples in this article demonstrate different Python features that you can put to practical use. If you work through them, you'll be well on your way to understanding the power of Python.
Solarflare Communications will demonstrate the industry's highest-performance network stack for virtual machines with its 10GBASE-T reference design NIC, running on XenSource's XenEnterprise v4 virtualization platform. The solution will be on display at VMworld, September 11-13 at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
When the news broke about it being impossible to use Linux as a screen name on the Xbox 360 it sounded like such a Microsoft thing to do. Alas, the real reason why you can't use Linux as a screen name is much more mundane. There was the clue that led your ace reporter to call Microsoft's public relations and ask, "Do you block screen names with trademarks in them." The answer? "Yes, online Xbox 360 Gamertags [aka screen names] may not include trademarked words or phrases."
The public/private successor to AHIC and what form the future AHIC will take is being publicly discussed with presentation by Dr. Kolodner containing possible governance models. Will Free and Open Source Software be prepresented? Are the minions of FOSS on the march?
Last fall, Qualcomm announced plans to join forces with the developers of Mozilla's Thunderbird email client to produce an open source version of Eudora. Since some code in the original Eudora client is proprietary, engineers needed to rebuild the application from scratch. When the first beta release of Penelope -- a Thunderbird add-on developed by Qualcomm -- was announced this week, many people assumed it was actually a beta release of a new open source Eudora client. Adding to the confusion is the fact that Penelope is not supported on Linux systems. Qualcomm developer Jeff Beckley sets the record straight.
One of the things Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik loses sleep over is the digital divide, especially when it comes to children. He wanted to do something about the disparity in the availability of computing resources and skills between social classes, so he set aside corporate funds to create Red Hat High, a week-long technology summer camp for eighth- and ninth-grade students.
Some days ago, I posted about Foleo a Linux based Palm equipment, which was intended to be a palm companion so users, could have access to the content in their palms, using a QWERTY keyboard and a big screen. Yesterday at Palm's official blog, appeared this announcement where they say they are going to "cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration"
"On behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering Team, it is my pleasure to announce that the first release candidate for NetBSD 4.0 has been released," Liam Foy posted to the NetBSD -announce mailing list. The release has been a long time coming, first announced in August of 2006 by Jeff Rizzo,"NetBSD 4.0_BETA was branched on August 8, 2006 (UTC), and the beta-testing process has officially begun."
Ark Linux is a distribution whose goal is ease of installation and use for users without prior Linux...
So far today at Phoronix we've published the AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview, ATI R300/400 Linux Performance, ATI R500 Linux Performance, and ATI Radeon HD 2900XT Linux Performance -- yet, it's only ten minutes past midnight! However, looking at AMD's official statement on the Linux driver, there is a rather interesting sentence about good things to come...
Normally Linux systems can only read from Windows NTFS partitions, but not write to them which can be very annoying if you have to work with Linux and Windows systems. This is where ntfs-3g comes into play. ntfs-3g is an open source, freely available NTFS driver for Linux with read and write support. This tutorial shows how to install and use ntfs-3g on a Mandriva 2007 Spring desktop to read from and write to Windows NTFS drives and partitions.
There's no doubt that women coders, developers, designers, and programmers are a powerful force in the modern tech industry, despite their smaller numbers compared to men. At the same time many of the major impacts and innovations of women at every level of the development and evolution of technology--from the first female coders to today's Web 2.0 pioneers--aren't all that well known.
While many thought this day would never come or that it was some form of propaganda, it's coming and it's coming this month. The AMD fglrx 8.41 driver features a brand new underlying code-base that has been under development for well over a year. At Phoronix we have literally spent hundreds of hours using and testing this new driver, and to say the least it is truly a new experience on the ATI Linux front. The new driver delivers massive performance improvements, Radeon HD 2000 (R600) support, and a whole lot more. This article is the first of five articles that will be published today at Phoronix as we examine the new AMD Linux driver extensively on all fronts from seeing how it can handle the flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900XT graphics card to going back to past graphics card families to show the dramatic performance improvements.
Microsoft today released version 1.0 of Silverlight, the cross-browser, cross-platform multimedia plugin, to the Web. The company also confirmed that it is working to make Silverlight available for Linux users.
New release of connectivity security standard-bearer includes host of bugfixes and a long list of new features.
PhpGedView is an open source application that lets you post your genealogy records on your Web site. It has a lot of interesting features, and makes viewing and editing all aspects of your genealogy easy and fun.
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