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Have you used your Ganglia lately

Ganglia is a open-source project that grew out of the University of California, Berkeley Millennium Project. Its a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters. This tutorial will help you make better use of the grid resources available to you. We will look at the use of information services in a grid and discuss the monitoring use of the Ganglia tool kit to enhance the information services already present in the Globus environment.

Mike Anderer, "MIT" Scientists, Spectral Analysis, and a Patent Application

Stats_for_all has found something truly fascinating. There is a published patent application, #20050216898, filed September 13, 2004 and just published September 29, 2005, for a "System for software code comparison." One of the inventors is a Michael Anderer of Salt Lake City, Utah. That wouldn't be Darl McBride's old pal, Mike Anderer, now, would it? You remember him, don't you? Remember his leaked memo with all the misspelled words back in March of 2004 that revealed that BayStar was a Microsoft referral and that Microsoft sent $86 million SCO's way, "including BayStar", thanks to Anderer?

Controlling a Pinball Machine Using Linux

  • Linux Journal (subscription); By John Bork (Posted by tadelste on Oct 1, 2005 9:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An old electronic pinball machine is fascinating because it embodies complexity just within the grasp of a jack-of-all-trades hacker. You can learn how one works by visiting the open-source repository known as the US Patent and Trademark Office. The Bally Manufacturing Corporation used a system built around its AS2518 Microprocessor Unit (MPU) described by US Patent 4,198,051 in more than 350,000 units from 1977 to 1985. Maybe you remember playing Evel Knievel, KISS, Mata Hari or Space Invaders?

Is Microsoft capable of honesty?

Commentary: Well, they've done it again. In prime-time. With malice and aforethought. The duplicitous droogs, the denizens of deep-doodoo, I'm talking about Bill Gates' Microsoft: caught in a bald-faced lie about HD DVD-ROM discs. This is news? Not any more than the fact it's hot in Texas this summer or that Katrina caused a lot of damage. It is, after all, the Microsoft way: dishonesty in all things.

New uses for old Xboxes

There is a real danger that millions of them will end up either unused or, worse, being dumped. We’re increasingly being prompted to pass our unwanted PCs but as far as I can see there aren’t any console recycling schemes. Yet both the Xbox and the Playstation 2 are just computers, and although they are shipped as dedicated games systems they can do other things. Sony provides an official Linux for the PlayStation 2, based on the Red Hat kernel, and it comes with a collection of libraries to let games developers use the specialised graphics hardware that makes it such a good gaming platform

Rimer's Rules for Open Source

For 10 years, Danny Rimer was in the thick of the startup action in Silicon Valley as an investment banker and venture investor. In 2002 he gave it all up to move to London to open the European office for VC firm Index Ventures. At the time it may have seemed an odd career move. Silicon Valley-style venture investing was on the downswing in Europe, in favor of more old-fashioned and safer buyout deals.

Richard Stallman Corrects Misunderstandings of the GPL

  • SYS-CON Media; By Richard Stallman (Posted by tadelste on Oct 1, 2005 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Don Rosenberg's review in LWM (Vol. 3, issue 4) of Larry Rosen's book, Open Source Licensing, did double-duty as a platform for FUD about the GNU GPL.

Torvalds' Baby Comes of Age

In an e-mail exchange with BusinessWeek Online editors, Torvalds discusses his thoughts on where open source is heading and the challenges the Linux community faces. Edited excerpts of the exchange follow:

Novell Links Linux Platform to Windows

Novell Inc. Latest News about Novell has announced what it is dubbing the first cross-platform systems-management suite that allows businesses to manage their Windows workstations from aLinux Latest News about Linux platform.

Novell Zenworks 7 Suite automates lifecycle management across desktops, laptops, servers and handheld devices, reducing management costs and improving security Latest News about Security across the organization, according to the Waltham, Mass.-based organization.

Debian Firewalls

This is a step by step guide for setting up a custom Debian firewall for your home or office network.

Sun Raises Stakes for Solaris Trust

  • ServerWatch; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Oct 1, 2005 2:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun is taking a new approach to rolling out its trusted version of Solaris. Rather than a completely separate version of Solaris, it's now in "early access" for something called Trusted Extensions, which overlay Solaris 10.

Free UK workshop Oct. 11 spotlights desktop Linux for schools

f you are located in or near the Birmingham area in the United Kingdom and are interested in the use of Linux on the desktop in schools, there is a free workshop on Oct. 11 you might want to attend. In this workshop, run by OpenAdvantage, leading figures from open source in education will present real-life examples of open source use in schools. They will show how open source has enabled greater access to software, lower costs, and easier maintenance across school IT departments.

Mozilla Zaps Thunderbird Security Bugs

Updates to the open-source mail client correct a serious URL parsing vulnerability affecting Linux users.

Emperorlinux Brings the ThinkPad X41 Tablet in Linux Flavor

  • MobileTechReview.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 30, 2005 11:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
mperorLinux has announced the Raven Tablet, the ThinkPad X41 by Lenovo, to the Linux world with a 1.5 GHz Pentium-M, 1.5 GB RAM and a 60 GB hard drive, built-in ethernet and WiFi.

A Couple of Interesting New Open Source Releases

If you're running a Linux desktop in some dark sub-basement somewhere, preferrably with the Gnome desktop environment, checkout GnoTime 2.2. A particulary propeller-headed buddy is using this, and it looked pretty good--for something that is very obviously designed with a programmer's concept of attractive UI. Still, so many product management features, it can actually do some good if you feel like worming your way up the learning curve. I'm wondering why nobody has put an RSS publishing feature in so the whole thing could be pumped out to a Web server: Insta-ProjectBlog. TinyERP and Open for Business are two more worthwhile pings.

Installing Fink on Mac OS X

The Fink project, which began in December 2000, has two goals. It aims to port all this software to Mac OS X ("porting") and makes it available for install ("packaging"). As a full package management system, based on Debian's apt system, it installs and uninstalls packages, tracks dependencies, installs the packages that are needed, updates the packages, etc. Bottom line: installing Unix software on Mac OS X with Fink is a piece of cake (most of the time). There can be challenges, however, and I'll cover those in a minute.

Dual-Browsers Are Here To Stay, Readers Tell Why

  • InternetWeek; By Mitch Irsfeld (Posted by tadelste on Sep 30, 2005 8:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Browsers always bring out the passion in readers, perhaps because they've become such a personal extension of our computing experience. Did you ever borrow someone else's computer to check out something online? It feels awkward, right, like going through their clothes drawers. Even if it has the same browser that you use, everyone configures their browser to their own taste, so it's different.

Linux: Linus On Specifications

In a conversation that began as a request to include theSAS Transport Layer in the mainline Linux kernel, there was an interesting thread regarding specifications. Linux creator Linus Torvalds began the discussion saying, "a 'spec' is close to useless. I have _never_ seen a spec that was both big enough to be useful _and_ accurate. And I have seen _lots_ of total crap work that was based on specs. It's _the_ single worst way to write software, because it by definition means that the software was written to match theory, not reality."

Shrinkto5 Unveils First Open-Source DVD Shrinker

ShrinkTo5 announced version 1.52 of its open source product. Designed as a cross-platform DVD copy engine, the software enables you to shrink and copy an entire DVD or the main movie only. You will also discover the ability to manually select the DVD content to copy, which lets you get more space for the main movie and achieve better quality.

Patent Office upholds Eolas browser patent

Eolas and the University of California sued Microsoft in 1999, and many were stunned when a jury agreed with the claim in 2003 and awarded damages of $520.6 million plus interest. That verdict was upheld in January 2004 and a Chicago District Court imposed an injunction on Microsoft, banning it from distributing the infringing software. But the ban was stayed pending an appeal, and in March this year an Appeals Court granted Microsoft a reprieve.

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