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Managing Linux daemons with init scripts

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 10, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When you install a new Linux server distribution, you can often install all of the daemons you'll need to run on that machine at install time. Distribution vendors present a "ready to go" distribution by supplying initialization scripts for all of the services you might run. But what happens if you're building from source, and no init script is supplied? What if you're writing the source and haven't ever built an init script? Here are a few ways to cope when you're faced with this challenge.

Take Your Pick of the Debian Litter

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tadelste on Aug 9, 2005 9:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
Since Knoppix burst dramatically into the Linux scene there has been an explosion of Debian-based distributions. This is welcome news to us lonely souls who have long been preaching that Red Hat is not Linux. Linux covers a far wider spectrum, as a quick peek at DistroWatch demonstrates. You'll find everything from tiny specialized Linuxes that fit on embedded devices, USB keys, floppy diskettes, or miniature CDs, to full-blown "kitchen sink" distributions that fill a DVD. Red Hat deserves a substantial amount of credit for supporting Linux development, popularizing Linux, and spawning a host of other Linux distributions. Just don't think that Red Hat is all there is to the Linux world.

The Arrival of NX, Part 4

  • Linux Journal; By Kurt Pfeifle (Posted by bstadil on Aug 9, 2005 7:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In Part 4, Kurt explains how NX interoperates with Windows Terminal Services and VNC remote setups. Much of what Kurt describes in this series can be reproduced and verified with one or two recent Knoppix CDs, version 3.6 or later

Red Hat Network Gains Solaris, Monitoring Support

Red Hat, in an effort to expand its patching service's utility, is adding monitoring and cross-platform support to aid customers migrating to RHEL.

Red Hat bangs the security drum

Red Hat has unveiled an initiative dubbed 'Security in a Networked World' at the LinuxWorld tradeshow in San Francisco. As part of the programme, the Linux vendor showcased its Red Hat Certificate System that allows organisations to manage security certificates used to sign emails, or authenticate users for online banking applications. It also supports authentication through the use of smartcards. Red Hat has been working with the Apache Foundation to add support for the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client through the use of Apache's open source Network Security Service Libraries. The collaboration will allow users of both systems to send and receive authenticated emails with Thunderbird, while organisations including online banks and web stores can use the system to authenticate users through smartcards in combination with Firefox.

GPL3 first public draft due early 2006

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Release should lead to debate of near-religious fervor over future of license that governs much free and open-source software.

It's Linux week in San Francisco...

  • Silicon Valley Watcher; By Tom Foremski for SiliconValleyWatcher (Posted by tadelste on Aug 9, 2005 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LinuxWorld is in town and I haven't seen this much activity around a trade show in years. Actually, if you think about it, this is not surprising because it is becoming such a bedrock foundation of today's enterprise software world. Linux, as the spearhead for the open source movement, has also become the metaphor for how to succeed in today's IT world. The metaphor is: take advantage of community property and layer your secret/proprietary sauce on top.

Oracle Makes Oracle(R) Cluster File System Release 2 Available to Open Source Community

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Aug 9, 2005 4:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Version Provides Simplified, General Purpose Cluster File Management at No Cost

AMD seeks to jump-start software changes

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Chipmaker releases a simulator designed to prod development of software for upcoming processor features.

Linuxcertified 64-bit Linux Laptop review

The latest 64-bit offerings from Intel and AMD are compelling and reasonably priced. 64-bit technology may soon dominate the desktop, but is it ready for the laptop market? A quality mobile computer needs to balance performance and power consumption in a way that will maximize user productivity and mobility. Are mobile 64-bit processors up to the task? I decided to review an AMD Athlon 64-bit laptop in order to find out

HP works to bring Linux to NonStop servers

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
Company will collaborate with universities to move its high-end but rarely used product line closer to the mainstream.

The case for semantic search

Everyday, employees produce a boatload of documents in their everyday work, which are stored on various content backends. WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition provides extensive capabilities to search for the needle in the haystack of business information from a single point of access, within sub-second response time, while scaling to millions of documents and thousands of users. This article describes the key concepts involved, outlines a workflow for designing and implementing semantic search solutions.

IBM updates Linux desktop with Firefox support

Previously supporting only Mozilla and Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Big Blue's Workplace desktop software now also supports the Firefox browser.

Montavista and PalmSource share Linux mobile phone party line

MontaVista Software Inc. and PalmSource Inc. have joined each others' partner programs and are teaming up to "help further accelerate the development of next generation Linux-based mobile phones," the companies announced today. They plan to "leverage their collective expertise to create integrated solutions for handset vendors and mobile operators looking to build Linux handsets

Open Source Consortium Evaluated Together with Middleware ...

ObjectWeb, an international nonprofit consortium of companies and research organizations who have joined forces to produce next-generation open source middleware, today announced that ObjectWeb is the only nonprofit organization to be evaluated in two reports published by Gartner (

SCO's Unixware LKP included Linux Kernel Code

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Aug 9, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO
Excerpts from the Deposition of SCO employee Erik W. Hughes [PDF]. Hold on to your hats. He confirms that the Linux Kernel Personality did indeed include Linux kernel code, and as a result, both UnixWare 7.1.2 and 7.1.3 included Linux kernel code until May of 2003

Q: So until May of last year, Unix -- those two UnixWare 7 releases included the Linux kernel?

A: That's correct.

PalmSource and MontaVista Software Team to Accelerate Development of Next Generation Linux Mobile Phones

-- PalmSource joins Mobilinux Open Framework Partner Program

Oracle looking to Linux

  • CNET; By Dawn Kawamoto (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
Within next five years, half Oracle's customers may be running Linux, says Oracle President Charles Phillips.

Linux on the desktop--almost there again?

  • CNET; By Michael Singer (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The buzz over breaking the Windows stronghold has died down considerably, but it hasn't been silenced.

The GNU Free Documentation License

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 9, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
"Free software needs free documentation." With this preamble, the Free Software Foundation released the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) in March 2000. Even with a revision in November 2002, the license has had mixed reviews in the free and open source communities, especially when compared to the widespread enthusiasm for the GNU General Public License (GPL). Some accept the FDL with a few reservations, while others reject it as not being free enough. Both attitudes seem likely to persist at least until the license's next revision.

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