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German Universities Tap Novell for Infrastructure Needs

Forty percent of German university students now have access to Linux and management solutions from Novell

Three MythTV Linux distros compared

My Series 1 TiVo is getting old, so I am planning an escape route based on MythTV, a free software system that turns an old computer into a personal video recorder. This week I tested three MythTV-specific Linux distributions: KnoppMyth, MythDora, and MythBuntu. I found MythDora the best overall fit for my needs -- but there are important distinctions between the three that may lead you to a different decision.

Everyone is using Linux around here

Seems that World Domination is not so far away. In Germany, ~ 80 million people are using Linux - even if they have never used a computer at all. And yes, that means: all of us are.

Network Management And Monitoring With Hyperic HQ On Ubuntu 7.04

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Aug 28, 2007 11:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This document describes how to set up Hyperic HQ on Ubuntu 7.04. The resulting system provides an awesome, web-based "Systems-Management-Software". It is the next stage of classical monitoring and able to manage all kinds of operating systems, web servers, application servers and database servers.

From Zero to Holy $&*#!

My friend Dan Marshall once told me, "Evil will screw you over. Stupid will screw everybody over." In the name of "national security" in America, it is quite possible that Linux and FOSS could become illegal if Microsoft were to have its way...

Interview with OpenVZ Project Manager Kir Kolyshkin

An Interview with Kir Kolyshkin,Project Manager for OpenVZ.

Dvorak: 'Something To Avoid at All Costs'

Many in Health IT are moving to all over-the-web 'asp', software-as-service Electronic Medical Records services with total centralized control of data. John C. Dvoraksounds off a note of caution for such a trend with the recent Windows Genuine Advantage server outage which should be a wakeup call for those moving to 'online everything' applications:'What is often lost in individual analyses of how to proceed with your data-processing needs is the concept of"being at the mercy of a single company." It's something that you need to avoid at all costs. This Windows Genuine Disadvantage pothole should make all users rethink their strategies...' He further notes that this outage"happened to Microsoft, not to Alabama Joe's Server Farm and Toaster Repair." a note of caution indeed.

Linux Users - You Have The Right To Remain Silent, Anything You Say...

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Aug 28, 2007 7:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
What happens when it comes to light that terrorists are using the Linux Operating System to conduct their business. Linux already has a black-hat, bad-boy image. Some of us have learned to create our own style of mis-teek with such's what makes us feel elite. (like purposely mis-spelling a word just to be "special".) Well, it's just that sort of misconception that could find Linux on the opposite side of the law.

FSF links up with environmental groups

Continuing its efforts to connect with social activists, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released an open letter signed by major environmental organizations. The letter urges activists to reject lockdown technologies in general and Windows Vista in particular as hostile to their ethics and the causes they support, and to support free software instead. The letter is only the first in a series that the FSF plans to release in the coming months, each of which will be crafted to make an ethical or pragmatic appeal to a specific group's concerns.

This week at LWN: timerfd() and system call review

One of the fundamental principles of Linux kernel development is that user-space interfaces are set in stone. Once an API has been made available to user space, it must, for all practical purposes, be supported (without breaking applications) indefinitely. There have been times when this rule has been broken, but, even in the areas known for trouble (sysfs, for example), the number of times that the user-space API has been broken has remained relatively small.

Pencils Down for KOffice Summer of Code Students!

With an avalanche of last-minute commits, the KOffice Google Summer of Code students finished yet another great Summer of Code. We had some very exciting projects this year, and most of them were as great a success as last year.

Review: Mastering Perl

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Aug 28, 2007 3:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:

I guess I was a tad surprised that O'Reilly's "Mastering Perl" is a first edition. After all, Learning Perl is in it's fourth edition and was published over 2 years ago. I was also surprised (I guess I don't keep up) that O'Reilly had published the first edition of Intermediate Perl over a year ago. Usually for a particular programming language, O'Reilly publishes a "Learning" and a "Mastering" book. I know Perl is no cake walk, but does it really need this much attention? Also, why wait four editions into "Learning Perl" before publishing more advanced texts on this language?

Becoming a Linux OEM: A Roadmap

Linux OEM companies can survive, even flourish. As far as I’m concerned, remains king here in the States. They've proven that a 'Linux only' approach is strong enough to stand on its own without needing to rely on Windows as a backup OS option to be pre-installed. Besides specializing in Linux-only systems, the best Linux OEMs go that extra mile in customer service, in addition to providing extra needed functionality. Especially when the distribution itself falls short in an area of hardware compatibility.

Citrix Makes XenSource a Contender

Opinion: Any company that has managed for more than a decade not only to survive within Microsoft's shadow but also to profit from it clearly knows how to run a business. For what I think will prove to be a cheap $500 million, XenSource has been picked up by Citrix Systems. So what, you ask? One of the truisms of the business is that nobody—and I mean nobody—partners with Microsoft and wins in the long run. There is, however, an exception to that rule: Citrix.

Importance of Grassroots Marketing Efforts for FOSS

Projects like the Tux Project and the Radio Talkshow Blitz are vitally important projects when it comes to helping the Free Software movement grow. First, one might wonder why it is so important to spread Free Software and the ideals of user freedom. For one thing, we want more people to discover the practical benefits of software freedom.

Two open source email virus scanners for Linux

If Linux is hardly affected by viruses, why do system administrators use anti-virus software on their Linux email servers? Because an anti-virus scanner on a mail server can serve as another level of defense for Microsoft Windows desktop users. Linux provides several server-based anti-virus applications, most of which can be configured to interact with a variety of messaging servers. Many use the actively developed ClamAV open source virus toolkit on the back end; others work with proprietary or commercial scanners. In this article we'll compare MailScanner and Anomy Sanitizer on a Sendmail messaging server.

Using a hypervisor to reconcile GPL and proprietary embedded code

Foreword: This guest whitepaper explains how a hypervisor can be used to leverage GPL software while isolating it from proprietary code, in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the GPL. It was written by a TRANGO Virtual Processors product manager, and uses that company's hypervisor as an example.

Xen 3.1 Binary install on Debian Etch 4.0 (x86_64)

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Aug 27, 2007 8:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This posting is supposed to respond HowToForge's notice that installing Xen 3.1.0 on Debian Etch AMD64, regardless of the method (Xen source install vs. Xen x86_64 binary install) didn't work. Here is how I installed Xen on my Debian Etch 4.0 (amd64) box assembled with Core 2 Duo E6600, ASUS P5B Deluxe, 2 GB RAM (Kingston non ECC) and a SATA HDD Seagate Barracuda 160 GB x 2.

Report: Moving Closer to 802.11n

Since our previous peek at the state of wireless networking in Linux, which is moving forward in an excellent fashion, the new unified Linux wireless stack (mac80211) has been accepted into the mainline 2.6.22 kernel. This is the new common base for all Linux wireless drivers. There are no drivers yet that use mac80211, but inclusion in the kernel is a huge step forward. Linux developers are hard at work porting old drivers and writing new ones, and this should attract participation from additional developers who now have a nice unified wireless networking stack to build on, instead of the previous mish-mash.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 102

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 102 for the week of August 20th.

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