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BBC admits massive underestimate of Linux users

The BBC has backtracked on claims that it has only hundreds of Linux users accessing its website. Last month, the BBC's director of BBC Future Media and Technology, Ashley Highfield, told a magazine that just 400-600 Linux users visited the BBC sites every week. Now, Highfield claims on his blog that the figure could be as high as 97,600.

Keeping Command History across Multiple Sessions

The bash shell maintains a history of the commands you entered. You can re-execute a command by recalling it from the history, without having to re-type it. Life is simple if we operate on a single shell session at any given time. If you have 2 simultaneous sessions, you may be surprised that the history does not have the commands you expect.

HTC to make first Android handset

Best known for enterprise-focused Windows Mobile handsets, HTC's phone using Google's Linux-based platform will extend its consumer portfolio.

Fixing Miro On Ubuntu

  • Lockergnome's Linux Fanatics; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Nov 7, 2007 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
I know that this latest Miro release has been pretty odd, being that it does not play well with sun-java6-plugin or sun-java5-plugin for some strange reason.

Automated License Systems Deploys Levanta’s Intrepid X

Nation’s leading provider of recreational wildlife licenses utilizes Levanta’s solution to keep their Linux data centers running smoothly

SSH Port Forwarding

SSH (Secure SHell) is well known to Linux administrators as the de facto method for connecting to other systems. SSH long ago supplanted other connection methods because it strongly encrypts the connection between the hosts, ensuring that passwords and any transmitted data are safe from prying eyes. On Fedora® and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® systems, and many other Linux distributions, the OpenSSH suite provides the programs for this purpose. An administrator typically runs SSH to login to another system, often to run a shell on the remote host and issue commands. SSH, however, has many extra tricks up its sleeve beyond simply securing a connection.

Tuning Disk Performance, Part 3

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Ken Milberg (Posted by solrac on Nov 7, 2007 2:37 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Part 3 of this series covers how to improve overall file system performance, how to tune your systems with the ioo command, and how to use the filemon and fileplace utilities.

Phoenix hijacks Windows boot with instant-on

Phoenix says its new firmware product, called Hyperspace, allows PCs to quick-boot into a Linux environment for users to check their email, instant message, browse the web, or even play videos before Windows has got its boots on.

Video ads broker says best part of open source is the cost: zero

flvorful.com brokers online video ad space and creates commercials for clients to embed in existing content, similar to television advertising. flvorful.com CEO Jake Varghese calls his company "AdSense for videos. It's a way for video publishers to monetize their work." Publishers can create their own commercial content, or hire flvorful.com to create it for them, and then insert it before or in the middle of the videos. Varghese is a big proponent of open source; he says he wouldn't use anything else to build his business.

OpenBSD: The proverbial thrill of victory ... and the agony of defeat

  • LXer Linux News; By Steven Rosenberg (Posted by Steven_Rosenber on Nov 7, 2007 12:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
So giddy was I that the OpenBSD CD agreed to boot on my converted Maxspeed Maxterm thin client (with a VIA C3 Samuel processor that wouldn't allow the install of FreeBSD, NetBSD, DesktopBSD or PC-BSD) that I immediately launched into an install today. Whoa. I can't remember an installation process that was this geeky. You MUST have the instructions in front of you, or you will get nowhere fast.

This Week in SMGL (Nov. 5th 2007)

Source Mage GNU/Linux news for the week of Oct. 31st, 2007.

How to Install Ruby on Rails (ROR) in Ubuntu

  • ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Nov 6, 2007 10:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
How to Install Ruby on Rails (ROR) in Ubuntu

Linux certification costs take big cut

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam fees for South Africa have been drastically reduced in a bid to promote local certification.

LDAP browsing with Luma

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), which allows you to access and search a directory (another name for a specialized database or data repository that stores typed information about objects), is becoming a common component in Linux environments. If you're looking for a Linux option to search a directory with LDAP, check out Luma.

Kubuntu 7.10 (gutsy gibbon) Screenshots Tour

  • debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Nov 6, 2007 7:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Kubuntu 7.10 (gutsy gibbon) Screenshots Tour

OLPC rolls off the production line

Here, for the first time, are pictures of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) coming off the production line at the Quantas factory in China. Thanks to Morgan for the tip-off.

Installing Xen On An Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Server From The Ubuntu Repositories

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 6, 2007 5:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on an Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (Ubuntu 7.10) server system (i386). You can find all the software used here in the Ubuntu repositories, so no external files or compilation are needed.

Why Linspire Should Drop Linspire

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 6, 2007 4:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linspire
Do you see what is happening here? Whether or not Linspire understands what is going on, Canonical is prepping to pick-up where Linspire left off. It will be a new means of software distribution, but bundled in a much more widely used distribution of Linux.

Linux Storage: Creating a Partition Size Larger than 2TB

If you are Linux on desktop chances are you are using small partition, but on server you need large partition. For example, you cannot create 4TB partition size (RAID based) using fdisk command. It will not allow you to create a partition that is greater than 2TB. To solve this problem use GNU parted command with GPT. It supports Intel EFI/GPT partition tables. Partition Table (GPT) is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk. It is a part of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) standard proposed by Intel as a replacement for the outdated PC BIOS, one of the few remaining relics of the original IBM PC. EFI uses GPT where BIOS uses a Master Boot Record (MBR).
Creating a Partition Size Larger than 2TB

Sun promises to back Google phone OS

In his latest blog post the chief executive of Sun, Jonathan Schwartz, offered "heartfelt congratulations" to Google on the announcement of its new Java/Linux phone platform, Android.

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