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The Fedora OS: Free, Stable and Customizable

The Fedora Project builds a world-class Linux operating system, consisting of entirely free (meaning both zero-cost and full source code available) software, that is used by companies, organizations and individuals worldwide. Fedora emphasizes the importance of transparency at all levels of hierarchy. From top-level decision making to the source code that goes into our packages and build systems, we continue to ensure that Fedora is as open as possible.

Intel Core 2 "Penryn" and Linux

On October 28th, Intel released the reviews on the new "Penryn" Core 2 processor, specifically the Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core QX9650. The QX9650 has a lot of new features and welcomes a new generation to the Core 2 processor family. So what are these features and how will they equate into benefits to the consumer and, more specifically, Linux users? That's what Linux Hardware is here to unravel. In this review I'll cover all the high points of the new "Penryn" core and talk to a couple Linux projects about the impact on end-user performance.

2007 Linux Medical News Freedom Award Recipients

The recipients of the 2007 Linux Medical News Freedom Award are:Domestic category: Co-recipientsWeb Reach, Inc. Mirth Project.WorldVistA for WorldVistA EHR CCHIT Certification.International Award:Paul G. Biondich, MD, MS Regenstreif Institute for OpenMRS project.Distinguished Achievement Award:Gerry Douglas, MD Malawi RHIO.It was a particularly tough year to choose since all the entrants were excellent. Congratulations to all!

2.6.24-rc3, Small Fixes and Cleanups

Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the third release candidate for the upcoming 2.6.24 kernel summarizing, "hmmm.. Lots of small fixes, some cleanups, and a few things like the cris updates that aren't really either, but which won't affect any normal user, and will hopefully make it easier to sync up in the future. Network driver fixes, some IDE and infiniband updates, some late cpufreq updates, and a hwmon update."


When you travel a lot, once in a while it just seems that you are on"The Trip from Hades", and you wonder why you travel as much as you do. That is the way my most recent trip to a conference called "WALC2007", held in Coro, Venezuela seemed to start. First of all, the conference invitation came late, and I was already engaged to go to another conference. However, that conference could not confirm that they could pay my travel expenses (my only request), and I eventually opted to go to Venezuela, which I had first visited in 1994, and again a few years later.

HAMMER Filesystem Update

"HAMMER work is still progressing well, I hope to have most of it working in a degenerate single-cluster (64MB filesystem) case by the end of next week. (cluster == 64MB block of the disk, not cluster as in clustering)," noted Matthew Dillon on the DragonFlyBSD mailing list. He continued, "gluing the per-cluster B-Tree's together for the multi-cluster case is turning out to be more of a headache and will probably take at least 2 weeks to get working. Some fairly sophisticated heuristics will be needed to avoid unnecessary copying between clusters."

Binary Prober for AIX and Linux on POWER

IBM Binary Prober is a tool for instrumenting binary executable files running on the AIX and Linux on POWER platforms with user-supplied instrumentation code. In addition, it has built-in code coverage that can be imported to FoCuS, and profile capabilities that can be loaded into Code Analyzer.

Fuse Writable Mmap

Miklos Szeredi posted a request for comments titled "fuse writable mmap design". He explained, "writable shared memory mappings for fuse are something I've been trying to implement forever. Now hopefully I've got it all worked out, it survives indefinitely with bash-shared-mapping and fsx-linux. And I'd like to solicit comments about the approach."

Barack Obama Pledges Support for Open Document Formats

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 17, 2007 11:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ODF first made the headlines in Massachusetts when presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was its governor. Now, another presidential candidate has pledged his support for them as well. On November 14th, Barack Obama revealed his detailed IT plan for a more open and technically enabled government in a speech at Google's Mountainview campus.

UltumixLite v0.0.0.1b released yesterday!

Ultumix is the new Linux distro that combines everything you want for you and your computer customers already installed. It's already up to date and has a Vista like interface. I'm sure you can use it. However it's 1.3GB.

Show us your Chumby

Chumby is a wireless Linux-based stuffed plush box that can do pretty much anything you can hack it to do. That was the promise when wewrote about it in theSeptember issue of Linux Journal. Now it's also reality: Chumby is more

A short look at gOS

A step-by-step installation of gOS onto a (virtual) machine, aimed at beginners - with 25 screenshots of the process.

Antivirus Programs For Ubuntu

  • Lockergnome's Linux Fanatics; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Nov 17, 2007 7:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Today, Tom asks: I have heard that it is important to make sure that you protect a Linux system from viruses, even though the viruses may not affect Linux? Why and what would I use on Ubuntu to protect myself?

The Future of the Linux SCSI Subsystem

The Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) is a collection of standards that define the interface and protocols for communicating with a large number of devices. Linux provides a SCSI subsystem to permit communication with these devices. This article introduces you to the Linux SCSI subsystem and discusses where this subsystem is going in the future.

See the new gOS Linux 1.0.1 in action

I am seeing many reviews about the latest Linux craze OS called gOS Linux. I did a short tour earlier in the week but thought I would link to my Flash Video of gOS Linux 1.0.1 in action. I also included a link to an excellent review of gOS over at by Susan Linton.

Install SXDE 76 DomU on ZFS file system at SXDE 76 Dom0 (x86/x64)

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Nov 17, 2007 4:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Sun
Originally SXDE 76 has been installed on second partition of first 160 GB SATA drive. First partition of this drive was used by Windows. Attempt to create third partition of type "Solaris2" by Solaris "fdisk" appeared to be useless for creating ZFS pool on x86 system. "format" kept showing two SATA drives ( 2x160 GB) been installed on PC at the time of assembling

Ubuntu: first stop on the road to Damascus

In nearly 10 years of experimenting with, and, later, using Linux, I have never been presented with a situation where someone actually asked me to preside over their initial foray into the use of the open source operating system on a regular basis.

This week at LWN: Memory part 6: More things programmers can do

This is part 6 of Ulrich Drepper's "What every programmer should know about memory"; this part contains the second half of section 6, covering the optimization of multi-threaded code. The first half of this section was published in part 5.

What could be better than advertising?

The Economist asks,Will Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking sites transform advertising? Good question, but it's the wrong one. The right question is,Can we equip customers to become independent of sellers and their controlling intentions— Including the unwanted crap that constitutes far too much of the world's advertising? For the good of both sellersand buyers?read more

Dumping Windows for Mac OS ... Or Linux?

Another long-time Windows user has reached an inflection point. Mike Perkowski, a 30-year veteran of business and technology journalism, is ready to scrap his Windows PC. The veteran of PC magazine, CMP Media and Ziff Davis Media suffered a Windows meltdown days ago. Now COO of Microcast Communications, Mike's days with Windows appear over. But should he go with Mac OS or perhaps even Linux? Here's his horror story. He welcomes your advice on what to do next.

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