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Forwarding GNOME via SSH

This quick and painless tutorial will show how to forward your GNOME session from your Linux box to another computer, via SSH and X11 Forwarding. I have found out along the way that X11 forwarding seems quicker then a traditional VNC connection and has better integration. Better security and (what seems like) quicker response times are just one of the benefits of using SSH.

Adding a New Hard Drive to Slackware Server

Today we will go through how to easily add a new (or old) hard drive to our server. We will specifically be using a Slackware box that serves up apache and a few others, but the principals remain essentially the same for another linux box such as Ubuntu. So we have run low on diskspace on our webserver since the addition of Gallery2 and need to add another hard drive to our setup. Our first drive was a 20GB drive that we will leave as the root (/) drive and will add a second 250GB ATA drive (western digital) to the mix.

Scheduler Merges for 2.6.25

Ingo Molnar posted amerge request for the latest git scheduler tree summarizing,"it contains various enhancements to the scheduler - find the full shortlog is below. 96 commits from 19 authors - scheduler developers have been busy again. :-/" He added,"the scheduling behavior of the kernel to normal users should not change over v2.6.24, but there are a good number of new features and enhancements under the hood." Ingo went on to list a number of these new features, including:"Various instrumentation and debugging enhancements from Arjan van de Ven; Peter Zijlstra's RT time limit and RT throttling code for the RT scheduling class; Paul E. McKenney's preemptible RCU code; refcount based CPU-hotplug rework by Gautham R Shenoy; there's serious interest in running RT tasks on enterprise-class hardware, so Steven Rostedt and Gregory Haskins wrote a large number of enhancements to the RT scheduling class and load-balancer; Peter Zijlstra's high-resolution scheduler tick code; [...] and a good number of other, smaller enhancements."read more

GPL Project Watch List for Week of 01/25

The GPL v3 growth for this week is consistent with our average growth rate. As of January 25th, the GPL v3 count is at 1579 GPL v3 projects, up 44 projects over the past week. The LGPL v3 list is growing slowly but steadily and is currently at 150 LGPL v3 projects, as compared to last weeks number of 148 LGPL v3 projects. Lastly, the GPL v2 or later count is at 6440 projects. The GPL v3 conversion is still averaging around 50 projects per week, with the last two weeks bringing in 56 and 44 projects.

Mandriva 2008.1 Beta 1 Screenshots

  • The Coding Studio; By The Coding Studio (Posted by lqsh on Jan 26, 2008 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mandriva
The first beta, codenamed 'Ophrys', for Mandriva Linux 2008.1 is now available. Major new features in this pre-release include: new XML-based package meta-information system; out-of-the-box support for the multimedia keys present on many modern keyboards; Perl has been updated to 5.10; reverted to teTeX as the default TeX system; latest NVIDIA (169.09) and ATI (8.45.2) proprietary drivers; KDE 4.0.0 final available in the Cooker. The Coding Studio has screenshots.

Ubuntu Response from RedHat CEO

The summary of points is this: He has a lot of issues with Ubuntu regarding integrity. He says they are similar to Fedora but make too many compromises...they “propagate the viewpoint that Open Source both violates intellectual property rights and is nothing more than a community of piracy.”

[The article does not cite anything resembling a real source--TC]

Stop making stupid lists!

  • The Beez' speaks; By Hans Bezemer (Posted by theBeez on Jan 26, 2008 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Classifying people is dangerous. The best and the worst have tried and failed. Classifying people has been one of the core evils in human history. It has been used as an excuse to murder, deport, mutilate, enslave, exile and torture people throughout time. It's what I've been calling "labeling" all the time.

Linux: Get Information About Your BIOS / Server Hardware From a Shell Without Opening Chassis

biosdecode is a command line utility to parses the BIOS memory and prints information about all structures (or entry points) it knows of. The DMI table doesn’t only describe what the system is currently made of, it also can report the possible evolutions such as the fastest supported CPU or the maximal amount of memory supported. In this tip you will learn about decoding BIOS data (dumping a computer’s DMI ) and getting all information about computer hardware without rebooting the server.

Wanted: Linux-Powered Replacement for Budget Laptops

The Eee PC has captured a lot of attention for destroying its competition, but it does not meet the needs of an everyday computer. This is why Linux needs a good alternative to the regular laptops.

The Green Mainframe puts a gas gauge on data centers

Take a good look at the Official IBM home for information about the Green mainframe transformation, and how you can use the mainframe to save data center energy and cost.

Celebrity advice on keeping your Linux desktop secure

One of the main reasons people move from Windows to Linux is the promise of greater security from malware on the Internet. Everyone knows you need to add extra security to try to keep a Windows desktop safe, but what do you have to do to accomplish the same thing on Linux? To answer that question, we asked a number of well-known Linux kernel hackers and a security expert for their thoughts on the matter.

KDE 4 for Windows

Over the past few days several of you have suggested that I take a look at the new KDE 4 for Windows. Well, yesterday I downloaded the installer and took a look - and I’m pretty impressed by what I’ve seen so far. KDE stands for K Desktop Environment and this is free software that provides an easy to use and application rich desktop environment. KDE’s origins are rooted in Linux but the latest release brings with it support for both Windows and Mac.

Upstreaming hardware data - MonitorsDB

And so it begins. One challenge Dell has had over time is getting the right lists of hardware included in the right Linux packages. Today's example - monitors. Dell, over the years, has by my count sold 197 different monitor types, and releases several more each month. We'd like to see those monitors appear in the drop-down list of your favorite Linux monitor configuration tools.

'Tofu' license pits open source against meat

What you can - and cannot do - with your software is often determined by the code owner's license. From not using open source APIs with closed-source digital rights management (DRM) to being barred from fiddling with Windows source code, we've seen it all. Or have we?

How to Increase Newsletter Subscriber List

  •; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Jan 25, 2008 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Newsletters are an important means of developing your online business, therefore it is extremely important for you to know how to "sell" your newsletter. Read this article in order to get some tips on increasing newsletter subscriber list.

Desktop GIS for Linux: An Introduction

This article provides an overview of Linux-based tools for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including a quick take on the ESRI's ArcReader. Future articles will explore this and other individual tools in greater depth.

SCALE on the Radio!

Tomorrow, January 26th, Gareth Greenaway, SCALE Operations Chair, and Orv Beach, SCALE Publicity Chair, will be on the Digital Village radio show. Digital Village is carried on KPFK (90.7 FM in the Los Angeles area), and streaming audio at

Open Source Meets Business Congress founder boosts OSS in Europe

This week Richard Seibt, the final CEO of an independent SUSE, held his third Open Source Meets Business Congress in Nurnberg, Germany -- birthplace of SUSE. Seibt says the event plays host to 720 people, 60% of whom identify themselves as "c-level decision makers" and 20% of whom say they are "IT professionals." The Congress lasted three days. The first day was the Investment Summit, intended to instruct attendees on "why to invest in open source," and featuring keynotes from venture capitalist Larry Augustin and IBM's Bob Sutor.

Novell States Its Case

Last week, The VAR Guy raised questions about Novell's overall business strategy. This week, Novell Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon responds with key points about Novell's strategy and momentum. Among the highlights: Even without license revenue from the Microsoft-Novell agreement, Novell's Linux growth rates would equal or slightly exceed the overall Linux market growth rate. Here's a recap of Dragoon's conversation with The VAR Guy.

UNetbootin lets you install distros without burning discs

UNetbootin is a simple open source tool that allows you to install a variety of distributions over the Internet, without burning a CD. The Wubi tool for installing Ubuntu this way has been around for a while, but unlike UNetbootin, Wubi installs Ubuntu on a file stored in a Windows environment and creates no actual partitions. UNetbootin will create a partitioned dual-boot system as though you installed with a CD. It's useful if you're working on a machine with a slow or no CD/DVD drive or don't have any spare discs to burn.

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