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DragonFlyBSD: Designing a Highly Available Clustering Filesystem

Matt Dillon posted the design synopsis of a new highly available clustered filesystem he will soon begin writing forDragonFlyBSD. The feature summary at the beginning of his document included,"on-demand filesystem check and recovery; infinite snapshots; multi-master operation, including the ability to self-heal a corrupted filesystem by accessing replicated data; infinite logless replication, meaning that replication targets can be offline for'days' without effecting performance or operation; 64 bit file space, 64 bit filesystem space, no space restrictions whatsoever; reliably handles data storage for huge multi-hundred-terrabyte filesystems without fear of unrecoverable corruption; cluster operation, provides the ability to commit data to locally replicated store independantly of other replication nodes, with access governed by cache coherency protocols; independant index, data is laid out in a highly recoverable fashion, independant of index generation, and indexes can be regenerated from scratch and thus indexes can be updated asynchronously." He then goes into detail on each of these points and many more, explaining how he intends to implement the new filesystem.

The 15 minute PHP with XML Starter

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Cliff Morgan (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 28, 2007 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP
This first article of a three-part series introduces PHP5's XML implementation and help those relatively new to using XML with PHP to read, parse, and manipulate, and write a short and uncomplicated XML file using the DOM and SimpleXML in a PHP environment.

Linux: Tracking Regressions in 2.6.21-rc1

Adrian Bunk posted a couple lists of known regressions that found their way into the 2.6.21-rc1 kernel [story] since the release of the 2.6.20 kernel [story]. Adrian notes that his lists only include bugs that are not yet fixed in Linus' -git tree. In an updated version of his lists he included 19 known regressions, including links to bugzilla or the appropriate mailing list discussion thread. The lists track who submitted the bug, who is currently handling it, who caused it if known, a link to a patch that fixes the problem if any, and the current status.read more

Trolltech Becomes the First Corporate Patron of KDE

Trolltech, the Norwegian company behind the Qt toolkit has become the second Patron of KDE. Trolltech itself should not need an introduction, since they have worked together with the KDE project since its inception ten years ago. Knut Irvin, the community manager for Trolltech points out that "KDE does an excellent job of making UNIX-based desktops easy to use. Trolltech gains from feedback, bug reports and the spread of Qt through the success of KDE".

PowerPC Extensions for Eclipse CDT

This plug-in adds new project types to the Eclipse C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT), providing a convenient way of setting PowerPC-specific switches to the GNU C and C++ compilers, linker, and assembler.

The Enterprise Committer: When Your Employee Develops Open-Source Code on the Company Payroll

"One of your developers wants to extend an open-source application to solve a company problem, then contribute the code back to the community. That's fine. But making that process work in enterprise terms involves more than getting the legal department to recover from its fainting fit.:

[Our very own Sander is profiled, and one of my fellow Linuxchix, Penny Leach- TC]

How Open Is "Open"? – Industry Luminaries Join the Debate

Nat Torkington raised this week the very real question of whether the term "open source" is now completely meaningless, in the sense that its meaning has now been sucked out of it by companies that purport to be open source yet don't allow users to feely download, compile, and use the software in question. One example Torkington cites is SugarCRM, whose license he describes as "a questionably modified OSI-approved license.

34 Linux Persian Project plans operational on 10bn Rls budget

Tehran, Iran - Manager of Linux Persian Project spoke here Monday of putting to use 34 plans of that project that were commissioned to firms through tender on an approximately ten billion rial ($900k) budget.

Many Top Open Source Projects Still Lack Enterprise Support

  • IT Jungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 28, 2007 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Commercially supported open source software may not be prevalent, but it is not alien in data centers any more and it is certainly getting to be more normal. But if a somewhat self-serving survey of open source projects done by OpenLogic is any indication, many popular open source packages are still lacking enterprise-class support, and this is an issue that has an adverse affect on the adoption of open source products among enterprises.

Zenwalk goes gold with v4.4

The Zenwalk project has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 4.4. The "mini" Linux distribution utilizes a 2.6.20 kernel, and is one of the first distros to incorporate the new Xfce 4.4 desktop, which came out on Feb. 7, according to project team manager Jean-Philippe Guillemin.

Windows refund - the next episode: Thoughts on a 2007 pan-European action

LXer Feature: 28-Feb-2007

Linux on OEM desk/laptops is a hot item these days. Dell started to ship corporate desk/laptops without Windows pre-installed lately.

Nonetheless, this is too little and too late, costumers should be able to buy any lap/desktop without Windows pre-installed. Furthermore, the secret trade deals Microsoft made with the OEM's, which effectively make it impossible for / forbids OEMS to ship desk/laptops without Windows - are forbidden.

Therefore, a new pan-European Windows refund action should be started. In this article, I will share my new insights on the legal aspect of this action, since there are a lot of new things I found out after the last article I wrote on the subject. After that, I'll show my plan to do something about it. In short, it reads: Call aunty Neelie and try to get rid of our almost criminal uncles Bill and Steve.

Edubuntu: Linux for education

Edubuntu is the Ubuntu distribution's educational variant. It provides a software platform that allows educators to spend more time teaching with computers and less time managing them. In addition to Linux and the typical productivity software, Edubuntu provides the organisational package SchoolTool and educational programs for children between preschool and high school, with three age groups within this demographic, each with their own relevant settings.

Early word: Firefox 3.0 to open door to Web apps

If the Firefox browser were a car, it would be in the garage right now being souped up by an anxious group of gearheads. When Firefox 3.0 is released later this year, the open-source browser is likely to contain a host of new features, including offline support for Web applications and new bookmark and search features. Mozilla released the second alpha version of Firefox 3.0 earlier this month.

PCLinuxOS Magazine March 2007 Issue 7 Released!

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by MyPCLinuxOS.com, the March 2007 issue (#7)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

We are simultaneously publishing the HTML Version of the Magazine as well for our low bandwidth users.  The HTML Site is W3C standards compliant for easy browsing.

Some highlights include:

  1. Application Changes from PCLinuxOS .93 to 2007
  2. Playing with Beryl
  3. Recording Audio with PCLinuxOS
  4. PCLinuxOS DualView and TwinView Tutorial
  5. How to Multi-Boot Linux
  6. Working in Gnome in PCLinuxOS
  7. As always, plenty more is packed inside 


Open Source: The Only Software One Really Owns

Bill Gates once called the open source community a bunch of communists, thinking the open source ideal was against anyone owning the fruits of their programming labors. However, he has missed the real point of choosing open source. It's about not being held to ransom and having the freedom to switch suppliers with impunity -- freedom to modify, extend and supplement your technology as you see fit.

Review: Using Samba, 3rd Edition

Samba. To most people with a technical background, the word immediately invokes an image of Linux and Windows machines working and playing well together, however it is so much more (and for those of you who clicked on the link to this review thinking it was about the popular Brazilian music form, try Wikipedia instead). Even samba.org uses the line in its header "Opening Windows to a Wider World". However, just how far does that world extend?

The Perfect Desktop - Part 2: Mandriva Free 2007

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Feb 28, 2007 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial is the second in a series of articles where I will show people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Mandriva Free 2007 in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

The Epson AcuLaser CX11NF Colour Laser MFD with Linux

If you are reading this Web page you’ve probably been searching for a colour laser multi-function device that works with the Linux operating system. Well search no more. I’m pleased to report the Epson AcuLaser CX11NF - a combined laser printer, scanner, copier and fax machine - works like a charm. What’s more the drivers are all open source - how about that!

Octimod Mini-ITX Cluster

Ainkaboot's Octimod MPC7-1500 is a high density Gentoo Linux-based clustering platform based on Mini-ITX boards. Each processing module is hot-swappable, and contains a 1.5GHz C7 powered VIA EPIA EN 15000 motherboard.

Spring Framework's powerfull Inversion of Control

Find out more about the killer feature that seems to provide critical mass for Spring and what the Spring Framework Inversion of Control buzz is all about.

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