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Speaking UNIX: Command-line locution

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by solrac on Feb 6, 2007 10:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
UNIX has a dialect all its own, and its vocabulary of commands is quite large. But you don't have to learn everything all at once. Here, discover more command-line combinations and expand your mastery of the UNIX language.

Linux Distro rPath Gets Venture Backing

Commercial Linux distributor rPath, which has a variant of Linux and a build system for creating and deploying software appliances based on Linux, last week said that it has closed its second round of venture capital funding.

Xul-enhanced Web Apps

This article presents a little-known use of XUL (Mozilla's user-interface language) and shows how to take advantage of its superior performance and accessibility over HTML while maintaining cross-browser compatibility. I will illustrate this using a proof-of-concept JavaScript library that can render UI widgets using either XUL or DHTML. If possible, you will want to open this page in Firefox. The side-by-side examples below will not make much sense otherwise.

EasyVZ: An OpenVZ management GUI released under the GPL.

OpenVZ is a operating system level virtualization solution that lets you run several virtual servers on the same physical machine with very little overhead. EasyVZ is a GUI front end to OpenVZ that makes managing Virtual Private Servers very simple, easy and fun

X.Org 7.2: ATI Open v. Closed Drivers

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 6, 2007 8:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last October we had compared the performance of the open-source R300 display driver against the closed-source fglrx driver for ATI Radeon graphics cards. In that comparison a Mobility Radeon X300 was used with X.Org 7.1, but we have decided to take another look at this driver comparison under X.Org 7.2. In this last comparison, the fglrx binary blob had greatly outperformed the open-source driver. While the fglrx driver remains faster, has the performance delta between these two drivers decreased?

Swedish Armed Forces Chooses Red Hat and Open Source

The Swedish Armed Forces has made the decision to migrate its servers from Windows NT to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Following the deal, the Swedish Armed Forces will start replacing Windows NT with Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its core IT infrastructure.

Chelsio releases standalone iSCSI target for Linux

Chelsio Communications Inc. has announced its standalone iSCSI Target 3.0 software, which enables enterprises to create high-performance IP (Internet Protocol) SANs (storage area networks) using their existing Linux server and storage hardware. The enterprise-ready Linux iSCSI (Internet SCSI) Target 3.0 is available for leading storage platforms, the company said last week.

The Road to KDE 4: Phonon Makes Multimedia Easier

Like the previously featured articles on new KDE 4 technologies for Job Processes or SVG Widgets, today we feature the shiny new multimedia technology Phonon. Phonon is designed to take some of the complications out of writing multimedia applications in KDE 4, and ensure that these applications will work on a multitude of platforms and sound architectures. Unfortunately, writing about a sound technology produces very few snazzy screenshots, so instead this week has a few more technical details. Read on for the details.

Manage your media library with Data Crow

Many Linux apps let you manage your movie collection, or your book collection, or your music collection -- but Data Crow is one of the few that handles all of the above, plus software and images. It also puts a lot of import tools at your fingertips that can save you from entering information about your media manually -- including importing information directly from online services and text files, and extracting information from music files.

So you call yourself a web professional?

With reports that UK online sales in the weeks before Christmas hit nearly £7.7bn, and with the emerging markets in the Far East stamping their mark on today's online communities, it is a brave man that will bet against the web developing still further in terms of its importance in global financial markets. SitePoint has emerged as one of the leading publishers for web professionals, and its range of books cover the core elements of both web programming, ensuring readers are at the forefront of web technologies.

Taking wing with Apache 2

In October, we developed a simple HelloWorld module. Last week, my book finally appeared in print. To celebrate the happy event, let's take a look at the more advanced topic of how Apache 1's fixed request processing morphed into a new and more flexible framework in Apache 2.

Shuttleworth Foundation left in the dark by LPI

One-sided decision making and unreasonable expectations from the Linux Professional Institute led to a breakdown in the relationship between the two organisations, says the Shuttleworth Foundation.

VirtualBox On FC6 / CentOS 4 / OpenSuSE 10.2

This tutorial shows how to install and use VirtualBox on Fedora Core 6, CentOS 4, and OpenSuSE 10.2. InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL).

Linux: 2.6.20 Released

Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 2.6.20 kernel, summarizing,"a lot of stuff. All over. And KVM." He further noted,"I tried rather hard to make 2.6.20 largely a 'stabilization release'. Unlike a lot of kernels lately, there aren't really any big fundamental changes to some core infrastructure area, and while we always have bugs, I really am hoping that we fixed many more than we introduced." His announcement started with a news parody, "in a widely anticipated move, Linux 'headcase' Torvalds today announced the immediate availability of the most advanced Linux kernel to date, version 2.6.20." Linus continued: "As ICD head analyst Walter Dickweed put it: "Releasing a new kernel on Superbowl Sunday means that the important 'pasty white nerd' constituency finally has something to do while the rest of the country sits comatose in front of their 65" plasma screens."

Newbie guide to compiling software on linux

One of the big challenges of linux that newbies face is compiling software. This howto could help you to compile the software successfully.

Increase PHP programming productivity with Zend Studio

Looking for an integrated development environment (IDE) for your PHP coding? Zend Studio, which launched its latest version 5.5 in December, offers an impressive feature list that can increase the productivity of even novice programmers.

SuperTux: Reloaded

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 6, 2007 1:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
As luck would have it, is back at work after the holidays, and while browsing their latest package additions, I happened upon an update to one of my all time favorite Linux games - SuperTux. For the uninformed, SuperTux is a fantastic 2D video game that was made available for all the popular distributions; in addition, to a number of other platforms including desktop and mobile.

Amadeus Capitalizes On Airline Services With Open Source

Adoption of open source code is a key competitive factor, InformationWeek says in this week's issue. If you don't agree, then consider the case of Amadeus, the big European travel technology company, which competes -- successfully -- with Sabre Holdings, Galileo, and Worldspan. Amadeus says the right open source code -- not just any open source but a great fit to its systems -- is critical to its future. So much so that it believes it can adopt more open source code and gain competitive advantage over its key rivals.

Linux on the Desktop at home

  • Linux+DVD magazine; By Claus Futtrup (Posted by Linuxplusdvd on Feb 6, 2007 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this new article, Claus Futtrup examines some of the key ingredients for successful Linux expansion into Home Desktop use.

Open source phone stack project launches

An open source project has launched with the goal of building a completely open source software stack for mobile phones. The GPE Phone Edition (GPE2) project aims for compliance with standards defined by the LiPS (Linux Phone Standards) Forum, and has already published an early implementation.

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