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Server Monitoring With munin And monit

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 7, 2006 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this article I will describe how to monitor your server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected.

Linux vendors make noise in the NW200 list

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 5:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Network World's recently-released NW200 - which lists the top 200 vendors in the network industry, by revenue - was again fairly light on Linux companies this year. This is probably what you get for selling a product that can be downloaded for free; however, companies that use Linux as a major part of their business strategy did quite well.

Fedora Project Board meeting summary

Just wanted to let folks know that the summary of the most recent Fedora Project Board meeting is online.

Firebird database Configuration

  • debianhelp.co.uk; By debianhelp.co.uk (Posted by gg234 on May 7, 2006 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL-99 features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names since 1981.

Firefox drops Places feature; security patch coming

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Robert McMillan (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The open-source Mozilla project is to release an update to its Firefox browser that will fix a publicly disclosed security issue in the software. News of the update came as developers also confirmed that they were dropping a highly anticipated bookmarking feature, called Places, from the next major Firefox release, due later this year.

Jboss And Patni Establish Open Source Global Partnership

JBoss, Professional Open Source company, and Patni Computer Systems , a global IT services provider, announced a global partnership to offer application development and migration services to enterprises deploying solutions on the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS). As a global JBoss-certified systems integrator, Patni will be fully equipped to provide the latest services and technologies based on the JEMS platform.

Announcing the Fedora Music list

We've been working with Fernando Lopez-Lezcano of Planet CCRMA, the popular Fedora-based music distribution, to see about bringing Planet CCRMA under the Extras umbrella. So feel free to join the conversation:

KDE Commit-Digest for 7th May 2006

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Coverity fixes continue to roll in. amaroK gets enhanced support for VFAT (ie. Generic Audio) devices. New themes for KTuberling. Preliminary support for both next-generation disc formats (Blu-ray and HD-DVD) in K3B. KDE 4 changes: More apps ported to D-BUS. JuK gets the ball rolling on porting to Phonon.

Response to John Naughon@The Observer re: Bill Gates jumbo-size problem

On Sunday May 7, 2006, John Naughon of The Observer wrote a piece titled A problem too jumbo-sized for Bill Gates to solve?. In general, this was quite positive towards open source software, however there were a few points where John didn't fully appreciate or understand the the key differences between the Microsoft approach towards developing software, and the open source approach. What follows is an email I sent to John clarifying a few of these differences.

Google Does Health Info, Chance To Switch

  • WebProNews; By David A. Utter (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A peek at one of Google's datacenters reveals a look at Google Health, and if you try it with Internet Explorer 7 beta 2, Google suggests changing your search engine choice too.

Xosoft adds support for Linux, 64-bit, BlackBerry

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Shelley Solheim (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
XOsoft will release the next version of its WANSync data synchronisation and replication software with added support for Linux, 64-bit environments and the BlackBerry mobile device.

Unisys and JBoss Team on Open Source Middleware

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that it has deepened its global relationship with JBoss, Inc., the professional open source company, as a JBoss Authorized Service Provider (JASP) and JBoss Authorized Training Partner (JATP) for all of the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) on a global level.

Pictorial desktop Linux books available for free download

Book publisher In Pictures announced this week that it has added new how-to books on desktop Linux (Linspire Five-O), and the four OpenOffice.org programs (Base, Calc, Impress, Writer) to its catalog. The books are all designed for new and relatively new users.

Adcenter Not Ready For Firefox

While Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer touted the US arrival of his company's Google AdWords killer, potential customers who use the Firefox browser found their attempts to join AdCenter were being killed by a lack of cross-browser compatibility.

Sun Brings Green Back to Run Java, Solaris, Other Software

Some companies buy back stock. Sun has taken to buying back executives.

Informatica Announces General Availability of PowerCenter 8

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq: INFA), a leading provider of data integration software, today announced the general availability of Informatica PowerCenter 8. The result of extensive input from Informatica customers and partners, PowerCenter 8 has set the standard for enterprise data integration with enhancements in four key areas: advanced data quality, enterprise data access, enterprise- wide deployment and developer productivity.

Virtualization: the best get better

With the Microsoft and Linux camps starting to get their acts together on server virtualization, we decided to check in with VMware, the company that popularized the concept, to see what gains it is making in the interim.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Whither BSD?

  • Server Watch; By Amy Newman and Brian Proffitt (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
A quiet week out here in the Land of Enterprise Unix. As the dust settles from the pseudo-departure of Scott McNealy as CEO of Sun Microsystems, the rest of the enterprise Unix community is rather dormant, as if stunned by the news and exhausted from three months of trade shows and conferences all around the planet.

Atmel Chooses TimeSys Linux Solution For ARM-Based Chips

Atmel Corporation has chosen LinuxLink by TimeSys as the primary Linux distribution mechanism for its ARM-based processors.

Unix Vs. Windows Hosting

  • WebProNews; By David Pierce (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 3:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: MySQL, PHP
When browsing through the offerings of various web hosting companies you are sure to notice that some offer UNIX hosting and others offer Windows.

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