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When you think of Linux, what distribution comes immediately to mind? The answer will most likely be different depending on whom you ask, and for different reasons. For me, it's Slackware Linux. The reason is that it's not only the oldest surviving Linux distribution on the planet, but it's also one of the best desktop distributions going... in my book at least. Many of you would suggest SUSE, Mandriva, Linspire, Fedora, or Xandros as a better desktop choice by design, and in all respect you would be absolutely correct... but not for me. Slackware is faster, more stable, and allows me to do what I want with it without obstruction. Sure, the other distros are cool, but Slackware has some serious mojo.
Just like there are "Urban Legends" that never seem to die, so it seems there are "Cluster Urban Legends" that persist even today. We have all seen or heard them. Wacky things people say about HPC clusters. As a service to the HPC (High Performance Computing) community, and to the world at large I have decided to prepare a list of my personal favorites. Hopefully, these legends (misconceptions) will eventually fade, but then again, this is the Internet age.
Global Wi-Fi Roaming Authentication Enhances E28's Lineup of Sleek, Powerful, Dual-Mode Handsets With Public Broadband Options to Improve VoIP and Streaming Media
Sun has plans to offer the Linux set a bit of Niagara Viagra. Sun's engineers have been beavering away on a hypervisor layer that sits on the company's UltraSPARC T1 - aka Niagara - processor and allows operating systems such as Linux and BSD to run on the chip
Sun Microsystems and Sun's Community Advisory Board have both ratified the OpenSolaris Charter. The charter's two main aims are the creation of an OpenSolaris Governing Body and the creation of a constitution for OpenSolaris.
Opinion: Get the real facts. Linux takes up less time to run and provision than Windows. (Linux-Watch)
There are many different web-based photo systems available. One of these is the aptly named Gallery, a free software project that provides a completely web based environment for the display and management of photos (and movies) over the web.
NEW DELHI: The Education Forum drew healthy and vigorous debate at the three-day LinuxAsia 2006 convention, the region's premier Open Source conference and expo, which concluded here on Friday.
The role of open source solutions as a means of extending education to all and raising the standards necessary for India to be a human resource centre for the global Knowledge Society was highlighted. Different speakers raised successes, best practices, as well as challenges during the deliberations.
The Forum began with a keynote address by Dr. M.S. Vijay Kumar, director of Academic Computing at MIT, and an advisor to the National Knowledge Mission. Dr. Vijay Kumar said the power of Open Source as a collaborative platform was demonstrated by the “Open Courseware” project of MIT, under which a wealth of knowledge in the form of courseware had been made public.
A panel of IT officials say open-source software is more than good enough for just about all their needs, except maybe the database.
François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva, recently did an interview for the Mandriva Club. During that interview, he did some serious Ubuntu bashing. Some of his arguments amounted to straight lies and FUD.
PGP Command Line for IBM zSeries and IBM iSeries Extends Comprehensive Encryption from Desktops, to Servers, and Now Mainframes
Novell this week unveiled updates to the Linux graphics subsystem that are aimed at making it a more attractive operating system for desktop users.
OpenOffice.org contains bibliography features, but the lack of advanced features makes it better suited for simple references than sophisticated bibliographies. For a serious bibliography tool that works with Writer, consider Bibus, which has many of the advanced features that OpenOffice.org lacks.
The federal government has slowly begun the painful shift to a more effective electronic means of doing its work. One site that has been the open side for citizen access to government information, FirstGov, announced the addition of RSS feeds and email updates on topics it covers.
Troubleshooting often involves having to watch logfiles in real time. That means using tail or a similar utility to see new messages that are added to a logfile by Apache, MySQL, X.org, or whatever program you're trying to deal with at the time. While tail is usually readily available on *nix systems, I prefer to use MultiTail whenever possible. It has some features that you won't find in tail, such as filtering and a color display, and MultiTail allows you to follow the output from a command as easily as following a logfile.
RAVEN(Rule-based Accessibility Validation Environment)
is a suite of Eclipse plug-ins used to inspect and validate the accessibility of Java-based, rich-client GUIs (Swing or SWT) and Eclipse plug-ins. RAVEN can be used to validate pre-existing Java GUI-based applications while the GUI is running.
Google and CodeWeavers Inc. are working together to bring Google's popular Windows Picasa photo editing and sharing program to Linux. The program is now in a limited beta test. If this program is successful, other Google applications will be following it to the Linux desktop, sources say.
The LQ news forum now syndicates all LXer news posts. This means you can discuss anything posted at LXer right here at LQ. Thanks to David for supporting the idea and Chris for coming up with it.
[Ed: This was originally posted in December. If you haven't visited the forum, you might find it interesting -tadelste]
LXer is a website, founded by webmaster Dave Whitinger, which publishes up-to-the-minute news on the world of GNU/Linux, the various BSD's, & Open Source/Free Software. Dave Whitinger also co-founded one of the original Linux Community News sites back in the 1990s. This explains, in part, why so many long-time Linux community members have found their way to the site.
MySQL has secured $18.5 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, the open source database vendor announced Monday. The company plans to spend the money on new product development and expanding its sales and marketing operations. The investors include the venture capital arms of Intel and enterprise applications vendor SAP.
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