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Your First Date With Vbespy

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Aug 12, 2007 4:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jerome Glisse and his posse of open-source developers have been making good progress with an open-source "Avivo" graphics driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series hardware. However, one roadblock they have hit along the way is with TMDS setting issues on the Radeon X1200, X1300, X1400, and X1900 series. This roadblock had also led to postponing the Avivo 0.1.0 release. Now if you are an ATI R500 owner and have been wondering how you can help with the advancement of this open-source driver, there is a way even without prior development experience and that is by providing VBE mode-setting BIOS dumps. As you have probably never created such dumps before, we have written a brief tutorial on using vbespy/vbetest for the first time.

Copy hard disk or partition image to another system using a network and netcat (nc)

netcat utility (nc command) considered as TCP/IP swiss army knife. It reads and writes data across network connections, using TCP or UDP protocol. It is designed to be a reliable “back-end” tool that can be used directly or easily driven by other programs and scripts. At the same time, it is a feature-rich network debugging and exploration tool, since it can create almost any kind of connection you would need and has several interesting built-in capabilities.

This howto explain migrating data between two server hard drives using netcat over a network. It is very easy to copy complete drive image from one server to another.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Aug-2007


LXer Feature: 12-Aug-2007

Some of the big stories this week are the ruling by the Judge in in the SCO case that Novell actually owns UNIX still, Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony resigns, why Microsoft might want to help get rid of patents, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian explains his company's deal with Microsoft in his keynote address at LinuxWorld, Vista is helping Linux uptake and the author of one of our FUD articles uses his own recipe to cook up some good non-facts.

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 12, 2007 7:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Debian Etch server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

"Every second apprentice fails on using computers"

That is the result of a study from TNS Infratest, paid by German Microsoft CEO Achim Berg (43), and published in the German BILD am Sonntag.

Linux: Continuing 2.6.20.y -stable

Greg KH and Chris Wright have been maintaining a -stable 2.6.x.y patchset for the 2.6.x and 2.6.(x-1) kernels since March of 2005. Thus, with the current stable release being 2.6.22, they maintain -stable patches for 2.6.22 and 2.6.21. 2.4 stable kernel maintainer Willy Tarreau noted the currently high patch rate in each of the 2.6 -stable trees and decided to maintain -stable patches against the 2.6.20 tree until things calm down. Adrian Bunk also continues to maintain a -stable 2.6.16 branch of the Linux kernel.

Use auditing to track reads and writes in a file

In this article, discover how to track several events on AIX(R) with auditing, a major feature of AIX security, and learn how to use auditing to keep track of the read and write operations on a file. Also examine commands, such as ls or istat, to check a file's time stamp.

Screenshots of KDE 4 Beta 1 Live DVD from MEPIS.

  • Linuxseekers.com; By Michael Shee Choon Beng. (Posted by linuxseekers on Aug 11, 2007 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
KDE 4 shall rule the desktop graphical interface world and MEPIS will make sure that its future Mepis 7.x is KDE 4 ready!

Google Mashup and Web 2.0 storage solutions

Google Maps API along with DB2 or Informix, PHP, JavaScript, and XML let you create an easy-to-use map with your data on it. Use custom icons, change the map type, create a sidebar, and use event handlers. Once created, manage your mashup data cache. Also, be sure to check out how you can use new Web 2.0 tools, principles, and practices in your company.

Linux: The 0.10 Release

"BACK UP ANY IMPORTANT DATA," began the Linux 0.10 installation instructions. "Linux accesses your hardware directly, and if your hardware differs from mine, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Doublecheck that your hardware is compatible: AT style harddisk, VGA controller." The installation guide explained that there were five major steps in getting Linux installed and running on your computer, including the above first step of backing up the system. The second step was to use Minix and the mkfs command to create a new filesystem on an empty partition of your hard drive. Third you used dd to write the 'boot' and 'root' Linux disk images to floppy disks. The fourth step was actually booting from the floppies, "having a floppy as root-device isn't very fast (especially on a machine with less than 6MB total ram -> small buffer cache), but it works (I hope)."

CFS Cleanups

ngo Molnar pushed a series of patches to his Completely Fair Scheduler code upstream that were merged into the mainline kernel. He explained the reason for so many small patches, "the main reason is the safe and gradual elimination of a widely used 64-bit function argument: the 64-bit 'now' timestamp."

Motorola Unveils MOTOMAGX Mobile Linux Platform

Motorola, Inc. today announced a significant step in its commitment to mobile Linux and rich experience creation by introducing MOTOMAGX, its next generation mobile Linux platform. Building on the global success of Motorola's earlier Linux-based platforms, MOTOMAGX lays the foundation to deliver new levels of openness, flexibility and support for third-party applications on Motorola mobile devices.

Tutorial: Exporting from MythTV

If you want to set up a “multimedia” PC or a “HTPC” (Home Theater PC), you might end up using MythTV, which can be found at Christian Marillats Debian-Multimedia repository. Once you add that repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list, installing MythTV is as easy as: aptitude install –with-recommends mythtv

SCO's KIA, but what about the rest of the troopers?

When Judge Kimball ruled against SCO in favor of Novel and said that Novell owned Unix's IP (intellectual property), that was the end of SCO. So now, SCO's legal cases are dead -- but what about its friends and partners? I've said since the beginning that there was next to nothing to SCO's claims that Unix IP had illegally been transferred into Unix. After all, SCO itself had incorporated Linux code into Unix. I thought the APA (Asset Purchase Agreement), which gave SCO the right to sell Unix but didn't give the company the IP rights to Unix, would prove SCO's case's Achilles' heel.

Emacs Wiki Founder Sought to Remove Bottleneck

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Aug 11, 2007 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: GNU
When Alex Schroeder wanted to provide a useful resource for Emacs users, he chose to remove the document maintainer bottleneck by deploying a wiki. Blue GNU interviewed Alex to find out how the project has grown.

Sapphire HD 2900XT 512MB Linux Preview

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Aug 11, 2007 12:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
There is no R600 Linux driver yet, but as we have shared before it is coming later this year. When the Linux support does arrive, we will be delivering same-day Linux benchmarks with a plethora of different graphics cards as well as seeing if the new AMD Linux driver can finally outperform NVIDIA's binary driver and hardware, which for years has been faster under Linux. Among the many graphics cards that we will be using to deliver these initial benchmarks is the Sapphire Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB. In this preview while being stuck with the old driver, we have a few words to say on Sapphire's fastest 512MB GPU aside from what we had shared in our launch-day Radeon HD 2900XT coverage.

The Ultimate Linux Handheld

  • Linux Journal; By Doc Searls and Jim Thompson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 11, 2007 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Last year's winner in this category, the Nokia 770, has a younger sibling, and, as oft happens, the kid takes the cake. Nokia's N800, the follow-up to the 770, is smaller, lighter, better-looking, faster and has a larger brain.

CCHIT-Certified WorldVistA EHR Delayed by End User Agreement

Joseph Conn hasThis article on why the release of CCHIT-certified WorldVistA EHR has been delayed:"The delay can be attributed in large measure to unique legal and business considerations that arose by virtue of certification as an open-source software product, according to Joseph Dal Molin, interim president and vice president of business development for WorldVistA."The main thing that has been the stumbling block for us is translating the (24-page) CCHIT agreement into an end-user agreement," Dal Molin said in a telephone interview."We need to maintain certification in an open-source world. As bizarre as it may seem, we didn't anticipate that as part of the (development) effort."

SCO goes down in flames: Novell owns Unix!

The day Linux fans have been waiting for since SCO attacked Linux on May 12, 2003 has finally arrived. U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that Novell, not SCO, owns Unix's IP (intellectual property) rights. This, in turn, means the end of SCO's cases against IBM.

Linus explains why open source works

Linus Torvalds is often described as an open source champion, interested in licensing only insofar as it affects his ability to share code and improve software more quickly. However, his real position is more complicated -- and to some, perhaps surprising. Asked point-blank which is more important, sharing code or empowering users -- the declared goal of the free software champions whom Torvalds is routinely depicted as being in opposition with -- and his first response in what he calls "the usual Linus polite words" is "That's a really stupid question. Why do you put it as an 'either or' kind of concept?" He then goes on to explain that, because open source operates in the same manner as scientific query, and is a matter of enlightened self-interest, sharing code and empowering users "are not at odds at all" -- a view that, in the end, places him closer to the free software position than either free software or open source followers might care to admit.

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