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This week at LWN: Barriers and journaling filesystems

Journaling filesystems come with a big promise: they free system administrators from the need to worry about disk corruption resulting from system crashes. It is, in fact, not even necessary to run a filesystem integrity checker in such situations. The real world, of course, is a little messier than that. As a recent discussion shows, it may be even messier than many of us thought, with the integrity promises of journaling filesystems being traded off against performance.

High flyer hangs hat on open source

As chief operating officer, Whitehurst was widely tipped to succeed the outgoing Delta chief executive but despite turning around the corporate basket case his day in the sun never came. About two months after resigning in late August, he received a call to meet Red Hat head honcho Matthew Szulik for the top job at the open source software and services company.

Survey: Open source is entering the enterprise mainstream

Open-source solutions used to be adopted quietly by company boffins who snuck in an Apache Web server or an open-source development tool suite under the philosophy "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission" (not to mention "It's easier to do it with open-source tools than to get an IT budget").

Wow! It's PINK!


LXer Feature: 02-Jun-2008

Where computers are concerned, I like to think of myself as cool, calm, and technically proficient. I got my first microcomputer (a Color Computer with 16K RAM) in 1983, and before I moved on to a bigger and better machine I'd learned to program it in assembly language. I've given up on learning assembly since then (the chipsets keep changing) but I still build my desktop computers from scratch. So I'm a tad embarrassed to report that when I first saw an ad for the Eee, in NewEgg's Valentine's Day newsletter, my initial reaction was, "Oh, wow! It's PINK!"

Android will be 100% open source, says Google

Contrary to some reports, everything that makes Android “Android”, including all the core platform components and libraries needed to port Android to new devices will be open sourced under commonly used, industry standard licenses, says Google.

Now an OOXML Protest from Denmark's OSL

ComputerWorld Denmark is reporting that a strong letter of protest has been sent to ISO from Open Source Leverandørforeningen in Denmark (OSL).

Essential Thunderbird add-ons

What's your normal routine when you log on in the morning? It's probably something along the lines of: pour cup of coffee, fire up Thunderbird, check your email, check your other email accounts that Thunderbird can't access, pour another cup of coffee. Well, here are a few Thunderbird extensions that may make your mornings go a little more smoothly.

How To Fix The Sound Issues Between Skype 2.0 And Pulseaudio On Fedora 9

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Jun 2, 2008 2:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
The main problem with Pulseaudio and Skype on Fedora 9 (maybe also on other distributions) is stuttering, crackling sound. This document describes how to fix the sound issues between Skype 2.0 and Pulseaudio on Fedora 9.

DistroWatch Weekly: Zypper, FreeBSD on Subversion, Novell's financial results

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jun 2, 2008 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 21st issue of DistroWatch Weekly! An interesting week that brought two big enterprise Linux updates (SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP2 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, both released on the same day) and a number of smaller distribution releases, of which Absolute Linux 12.1, Ultimate Linux 1.8 and TinyMe 2008.0 seem the most impressive. But the big focus of the coming weeks is undoubtedly openSUSE 11.0 - the most innovative Linux distribution release for some time. Do help with testing, though, if you can. In the news section, Paul Frields and Mark Shuttleworth talk to various publications about their respective distributions, CentOS explains why it takes three weeks to build a new version of its distribution, Xubuntu plans to add some of the much-requested features into Intrepid Ibex, and Famelix GNU/Linux receives undue attention from Microsoft's anti-piracy body. Also not to be missed: our first look at OpenSolaris 2008.05 and an update on Zenwalk's package management utility, Netpkg. Happy reading!

More Fun With Security Through Obfuscation On Linux And Unix

  • The Linux and Unix Menagerie; By Mike Tremell (Posted by eggi on Jun 1, 2008 9:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
More ways you can make your scripts more difficult to understand using Perl on Linux and Unix.

A much easier way to install Ubuntu on a USB device (Stick or Hard Disk)!

  • ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Jun 1, 2008 7:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial will explain A much easier way to install Ubuntu on a USB device (Stick or Hard Disk).I was reading How to install Ubuntu Linux from USB Stick posted a while ago, and found it to be quite some work to get Ubuntu working on a USB stick. Besides, having to prepare your USB device, creating a separate partition on it which will be more or less “useless” after the installation, giving up 750MB of space?

Simple Internal Bookmarks from Menus back to Home Page

  • bst-softwaredevs.com; By Herschel Cohen (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 1, 2008 6:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here is a quick hint how to connect related site pages with another simple set of internal book marks. As I wrote previously in the footnotes method, I have now related menu names to link back to the home page using a small set of descriptive names. This small set of names makes the bookmarking implementation easy.

Ubiquitous Linux, or, how to become a household commodity

Whether it was to your taste or not, there’s no denying the ASUS Eee Linux subnotebook was a massive sales success. Demand far exceeded initial production so it’s not surprising competitor models are on their way. And here’s why the hardware manufacturers are going to bring Linux to the masses far in advance of any amount of Ubuntu fanboyism.

Virt-install at Xen 3.2.1 F8 Dom0 (64-bit)

Package python-virtinst may be safely installed on Xen 3.2.1 F8 Dom0. Minor tuning of /usr/bin/pygrub and xend-config.sxp makes possible creating Linux DomUs with virt-install utilizing loop mounted ISO images

Industrial-grade trouble ticketing system on Debian Etch

  • debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Jun 1, 2008 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
RT is an industrial-grade trouble ticketing system. It lets a group of people intelligently and efficiently manage requests submitted by a community of users. RT is used by systems administrators,customer support staffs, NOCs, developers, and even marketing departments to track issues, outages,bugs, requests, and all kinds of other things at thousands of sites around the world.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Jun-2008


LXer Feature: 01-Jun-2008

For the Roundup this week we have, Ubuntu 8.04 is ready to take on Windows, Why the pre-loaded Linux Desktop is important, Caitlyn Martin's first impression of Slackware 12.1, Is OpenOffice.org Getting Faster?, AirRivals on Linux with Wine and the Korean government writes a digital textbook on Linux.

Asus offers £10 high-capacity battery upgrade for Eee PC 900

Asus has finally decided to throw a bone to Eee PC 900 buyers who are unhappy that their laptops came with a smaller battery than expected. Owners can send their original 4400mAh battery to an Asus service centre and for £10 + VAT (but inc P&P), they'll get a 5800mAh battery in return. Not quite the same as the free battery upgrade Asus extended to unhappy Hong Kong Eee PC 900 buyers, but better than nothing – and Asus was really under no obligation to anything at all, in this case

KDE e.V. Quarterly Report 2007Q3/Q4 Now Available

TheKDE e.V. Quarterly Report isnow available for Q3 and Q4 2007, covering July to September, and October to December 2007. This document includes reports of the board and the working groups about the KDE e.V. activities of the last two quarters of 2007, as well as event summaries and future plans. All long term KDE contributors are welcome tojoin the KDE e.V.

Perl Script To Help Solve the "M I U" puzzle on Linux or Unix

  • The Linux and Unix Menagerie; By Mike Tremell (Posted by eggi on Jun 1, 2008 5:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
A Perl script for Linux or Unix to help solve the "M I U" formal systems puzzle of getting from MI to MU.

How To Back Up Your Files With Areca On Fedora 9

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Jun 1, 2008 4:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
Areca is a personal file backup software developed in Java. It allows you to select files or directories to back up, filter, encrypt and compress their content, and store them on your backup location. Areca supports incremental backups and generates backup reports, which can be stored on your disk or sent by email. This guide explains how to install and use it on a Fedora 9 desktop (GNOME).

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