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Tyan Tempest i5400XT (Intel 5400)

When the Intel Quad-Core "Clovertown" Xeon processors were introduced in late 2006 we had reviewed (among other motherboards) the Tyan Tempest i5000XT (S2696) motherboard. We had found this i5000X-based motherboard to work incredibly well with Linux and it ended up being awarded with our Editor's Choice Award for its impressive feature-set, Linux compatibility, and top-notch performance. It has been a while since last looking at a Tyan motherboard, but with the emergence of Intel's Wolfdale and Harpertown processors requiring new motherboards, today we are looking at the Tempest i5400XT S5396 motherboard. The Tempest i5400XT is similar to the i5000XT, but it's been upgraded to the new Intel 5400 MCH.

Command line automation with Expect-lite

Expect is a venerable tool for scripting interactive command-line tools. One normally sees expect coupled with the TCL programming language -- for example, in the DejaGNU test environment. Expect-lite is a wrapper for expect designed to allow you to capture an interactive session more directly mapped into a script. The expect-lite language also includes simple conditionals and other programming language elements, and can be readily mixed with bash programming.

Multipath Storage with Xen using Red Hat Linux

As the Xen open source hypervisor gains traction in many enterprises, you'll discover a need to provide fully redundant storage to the Xen environment from the host adapter all the way down to the hard drives. In this article, learn how to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 to set up Xen and multipath storage access to the IBM System Storage DS4800.

Review: Losing My Religion: Firefox 3

"Forgive me, Linux Community, for I have sinned. It has been forever since my last confession and I am prepared for my penance. The truth is that I have never particularly cared for the Firefox browser--not because there is anything wrong with it but just because I already have a favorite browser. No, it isn't the one you think it is..."

Conflict of interest

I wish I knew how to fix it but I don’t. What I do know however is that the ISO/IEC process is severally broken in that it is riddled with room for game play. I guess ISO/IEC managed to get away with it for a long time but things have changed now that Microsoft has shown how to use every loophole in the process to get to its end. Hopefully, justice will prevail and OOXML will rightly get voted down at the end of the month but the process shouldn’t have allowed to go that far into this sad farce in the first place.

Outbound SMTP Management

  • subprocess.net; By Ryan Hadley (Posted by thepet on Mar 10, 2008 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Just about all Linux server distributions install a sendmail daemon that listens on 127.0.0.1 and relays email for the localhost. This is all fine and dandy if you have a handful of Linux servers, but can turn in to chaos once you get 30+ Linux servers.

Using Perl's Net::SMTP module

  • Linoleum; By Paul Dwerryhouse (Posted by pdwerryhouse on Mar 10, 2008 6:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Perl comes with a ready-made module for talking to mailservers, making it very easy to get your scripts to send out email alerts and other messages. This tutorial explains how to use the Net::SMTP module, and gives some examples of it in action

Back up Linux with ease

I’m not particularly fond of backing up my data. I know I should do it and I feel pretty smug when it is done, but it is a time-consuming and frustrating process. Mainly because it requires a whole lot of thinking on my part: which files do I want to back up? where should I store them? What format? And to date I haven’t really found the one tool that makes baking up truly simple.

Windows better off closed, says Microsoft

Open sourcing Windows is more hassle than it's worth and Microsoft sees little gain in releasing code, according to the man leading Microsoft's server marketing and platform strategy. Microsoft general manager Bill Hilf has said the Windows source code is "irrelevant for what people want".

DistroWatch Weekly: Package management with Entropy, what's new in Mandriva 2008.1, OpenBSD 4.3 pre-release

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 10, 2008 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! This week belongs to the fans of GNOME. The brand new version 2.22 of the popular desktop environment is scheduled for release on Wednesday and everything suggests that we can expect another great set of improvements that will grace the upcoming releases of all major distributions. In the news section, we'll take a quick look at the new features and applications in Mandriva Linux 2008.1, follow the development of the Xfce spin of Fedora 9, pass on a request from Theo de Raadt to test the upcoming OpenBSD 4.3, and link to the freely downloadable DVD images of Yellow Dog Linux 6.0. Finally, while we all impatiently await the first beta release of Gentoo Linux 2008.0, we take a look at some of the exciting new features in the upcoming release of the Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux 3.5. Happy reading!

Recording sounds for Impress slides with eVoice

Over the last few years, OpenOffice.org has started to develop a respectable number of extensions, mostly for Writer and Calc, the two most widely used applications. The OpenOffice.org Extensions site lists only a handful that are unique to Impress. The recently released eVoice, which records sounds for direct insertion into a slide, is one of them. Once configured, eVoice is straightforward to learn, and becomes even more useful when you're working with other Impress features.

Interview with Carlo Piana

The European Union' 899-million-euro antitrust fine is the result of a continuous effort by the European Commission dating back to 2000. Carlo Piana, a partner at the Milan law firm Studio Legale Tamos Piana & Partners, represented the Free Software Foundation Europe and the Samba project in the case.

Linux is Truly Everywhere

As hardware gets smaller and cheaper, we can expect to see Linux in more and more unexpected places. Why is this, and how does this benefit open-source developers?

First Gnash beta released

Free software Flash replacement, Gnash, has just released a beta version. Gnash, for those not in the know, is a GPL-licensed SWF movie player and browser plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, and Konqueror. Gnash supports many SWF v7 features and ActionScript 2 classes. with growing support for SWF v8 and v9.

Lessons Learned? One Can Only Hope

Yet, when it comes down to it...CompUSA is gone. I personally will shed no tears. I am convinced that their blindness to consumer needs played some part in their demise if not a large one, whether it was Linux or any other non-microsoft product that caused it, well...maybe. You want to argue it? Look at this first.

Patterns in Network Architecture: A Return to Fundamentals

On an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge tries to get the Enterprise out of an energy-draining booby trap by creating a simulation of the original Galaxy class starship propulsion design from the Utopia Planitia shipyard on Mars on the holodeck. Ultimately, he is successful with the help of a holodeck simulation of one of the original warp engine designers and thus, the ship is saved. Oddly enough, this is the kind of approach author John Day has taken to describe network architecture fundamentals to the audience of this book.

Mainstream U.S. Media Discovers Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu coverage in a major U.S. newspaper shows that Ubuntu’s early adopters aren’t necessarily geeks. More and more of those Ubuntu users apparently live on Main Street U.S.A., according to The VAR Guy. Details here.

OpenOffice.org chooses LGPL3 for next release

The OpenOffice.org project has announced that it will release future releases of the open source office suite under the LGPL3 licence, starting with the beta for OpenOffice.org 3.0.

Microsoft promises ODF, OOXML interoperability

In the wake of the ISO rejecting Microsoft's OOXML document format as an international standard, Microsoft has launched its Document Interoperability Initiative pledging to work with industry to ensure its document formats remain interchangeable with industry standards.

Mint, Mythbuntu alpha top week’s releases

The Mint Linux team made a final release this week for its community edition distribution, while Mythbuntu and Ubuntu both added new alphas in on the way to Hardy Heron’s release in April.

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