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Linux community often tapped for beta testing

It is common for the open source community to be called upon by vendors--including proprietary vendors--to be beta testers for Linux releases, according to an industry player. Peter Cheng, open source evangelist and founder of an open source services provider company in China, told ZDNet Asia the practice of recruiting Linux testers is common among Web 2.0 companies.

Running Vhosts Under Separate UIDs/GIDs With Apache2 mpm-itk On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 15, 2008 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This article explains how you can install and configure apache2-mpm-itk on a Debian Etch server. apache2-mpm-itk is an MPM (Multi-Processing Module) for the Apache 2 web server. mpm-itk allows you to run each of your vhost under a separate UID and GID - in short, the scripts and configuration files for one vhost no longer have to be readable for all the other vhosts. mpm-itk works with mod_php because mpm-itk is based on the traditional prefork MPM, which means it is non-threaded. This means you do not need to use suExec or suPHP anymore to run a website's PHP scripts as a separate user.

Torvalds: Fed up with the 'security circus'

Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, says he's fed up with what he sees as a "security circus" surrounding software vulnerabilities and how they're hyped by security people. Torvalds explained his position in an e-mail exchange with Network World this week. He also expanded on critical comments he made last month that caused a stir in the IT industry.

10 FAQ After one Week on Linux

There are many cases when after looking at some of the FAQ on the web you ask yourself: “Are they for real? Who asks those questions anyway?” Questions like: “How Does Linux Kernel Versioning Work?” or “How much does Ubuntu cost?” don’t really provide you with the information you need. Mainly because they target a very specific kind of users. On the other hand there are many really helpful FAQ, some of them were used in preparing this article. I also wondered around many forums collecting questions that real people ask frequently. The target of those questions are mainly Ubuntu users, who came from a Windows world and use it for about a week or two. Here are some of my findings. I hope they will actually help someone.

Open source license victory in model-railway case

A federal judge in the United States has ruled that an open source license should have the same legal enforceability as traditional copyright.

IBM exec predicts the future of Linux, open source

With LinuxWorld showcasing the popularity of the open source operating system, and with open source in general finding its legs in the enterprise, Bob Sutor, IBM's vice president of open source and standards, made a slate of predictions for Linux and open source during his keynote address on Wednesday at the Black Hat conference.

One thing that preload helps run quickly: OpenOffice

OpenOffice Writer starts in about five seconds in Debian Lenny on my Gateway Solo 1450, and I have to think the preload app is responsible. I've written before about how preload doesn't seem to have any effect on Iceweasel and Epiphany, which I'd sure like to start more quickly, but with OpenOffice, preload seems to be doing its job.

How Avoid Solaris Panics When Using Savecore With Veritas Volume Manager

  • The Linux and Unix Menagerie; By Mike Tremell (Posted by eggi on Aug 15, 2008 1:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial, Tutorial; Groups: Sun
How not to crash your Solaris machine using savecore on an encapsulated root disk.

From Lego robots to hammers and nails, Linux gets embedded

The computing industry is familiar with the low-cost lab known as the garage, a historic hot-bed for innovation, and this week LinuxWorld had its own "garage" to showcase embedded Linux. From a wirelessly controlled Lego robot to a device designed to aid information sharing in third-world countries, a number of small vendors and independent thinkers were on hand to showcase the possibilities inherent in embedded Linux.

ISO Master - GUI Tool to edit ISO Images in openSUSE

ISO Master which is claimed to be the best ISO editing tool is a graphical editor for ISO images. ISO Master is useful for extracting, deleting, or adding files and directories to or from an ISO image. ISO Master can read .ISO files (ISO9660, Joliet, RockRidge, and El Torito), most .NRG files, and some single-track .MDF files and can save and only save as .ISO.

The VMware blues

  • ComputerWorld; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 15, 2008 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Would you believe a major software vendor released a patch for their flagship program that made it impossible to run their software? Believe it. That's exactly what happened with VMware. On August 12th, users throughout the U.S. tried to turn on their ESX 3.5 Update 2 and ESXi Server 3.5 Update 2 hypervisors and ... were told that their VMware licenses had expired. That's always a great way to win friends and influence software license sales.

JBoss Drools how-to: Tuning Guvnor, part 2

Guvnor is the business rules management system in Drools 5. When you deploy it out of the box, you get an unsecured web application that stores data in Jackrabbit’s embedded Derby database. This two-part article explains how to tune Guvnor deployed on JBoss Application Server 4.2.3. (If you missed the first half of the series, catch up in our archives.)This means that we will use the container’s configuration files and security infrastructure. This installment covers enabling password validation based on an OpenLDAP server, moving from the default data repository, and enabling SSL for better security.

Sun opens Java tools in mobile fight back

Sun Microsystems has open sourced its Java toolkit for building mobile applications just as the role Java plays on handsets comes into question. The company has released the Light-Weight UI Toolkit (LWUIT) under a GPLv2 license with a classpath exception - for binary linking with an application - as an incubator project to Fixes to LWUIT from Sun will be posted to the repository.

Configuring WPA2 (AES) in Slackware

The following is a follow-up to the Slackware WPA-PSK HOWTO, describing the way to configure the HP 530 laptop, Slackware 12.1 OS and a Lantech wireless access-point router using WPA2 encryption method. It might be however tuned up to match other router/distro combinations.

Turning PostgreSQL into a new Red Hat

  •; By Sean Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 15, 2008 6:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Red Hat
Open source is about a lot more than just Linux, though open source software vendors can learn a lot from the success of Linux. That's where open source database vendor EnterpriseDB is headed with its new CEO Ed Boyajian, who was recruited out of Linux leader Red Hat in June. In an interview with, Boyajian explained how the lessons learned from Red Hat about growing an open source business can be used to grow an open source database business as well.

Wii-Linux + T2 SDE Linux 6.0 + X Server Running XD

This video is fromnuvalo who writes: "This is the latest kernel from Wii-Linux, which supports USB, Bluetooth, etc. This video shows how it boots T2 SDE for PowerPC, with its X server and the login. The colors are messed up as the X server writes its colors in RGB format, and the Wii frame buffer only supports yuv2. Anyway, it is possible to run an X server without too much effort."

Monitoring Processes with Kill

If you have a process ID but aren't sure whether it's valid, you can use the most unlikely of candidates to test it: the kill command. If you don't see any reference to this on the kill(1) man page, check the info pages. The man/info page states that signal 0 is special and that the exit code from kill tells whether a signal could be sent to the specified process (or processes).

SliTaz live CD: small but beautifully marked

  • Free Software Magazine; By Gary Richmond (Posted by scrubs on Aug 15, 2008 4:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
When I came across the oddly named SliTaz I really didn’t know what to expect. Yet another predictable fork of some better known distro which would blaze briefly in the free software firmament, burn out and fall to Earth, spent? Boy, was I ever wrong. If you want to know why Switzerland may be about to become better known for more than chocolate and Cuckoo clocks, read on and be prepared to be impressed and delighted by a live distro of exceptional speed and size. Read the full story about this remarkable minature live GNU/Linux CD at Freesoftware Magazine

Torvalds on Linux Security, Masturbating Monkeys, Whores and Idiots

Linus Torvalds is a Finnish born software engineer best known for two things: kick starting the development of the Linux kernel, and owning the Linux trademark. Actually, make that three things. Torvalds has recently become very well known for speaking his mind...

Dell Latitude ON - big win for Linux

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 15, 2008 2:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
From the "who needs a pre-load when you're embedded" files: Dude - if you're getting a Dell then you're getting Linux. No you don't have to order one of those fancy Ubuntu pre-load deals. This is an embedded Linux that will be available on a whole bunch of new Dell Latitude laptops in a feature called Latitude ON.

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