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High Tech: Highest Resolution Computer Screen Ever, 220 Million Pixels

Engineers at the UC San Diego have constructed the highest-resolution computer display in the world - with a screen resolution up to 220 million pixels. UCSD's Linux-based OptIPortal consists of 55 Dell displays driven by 18 Dell XPS personal computers. The system at UCSD uses the San Diego Supercomputer Center's new 64-bit version of grid-computing middleware known as ROCKS released in early August and Calit2's Cluster GL for heterogeneous systems (CGLX) framework.

The Mountain Argument That Could Be a Molehill

With all of the sturmundrang out there about Micrsoft's tentative foray into the world of open source licensing, it seems people may be missing another aspect of the discussion. In the end, the success of open source software does not depend on who has what license for their products. In the end, all that matters is the usability and the quality of the software itself.

Dance on the grave of DRM with this awesome cartoon requiem video mashup challenge.

This is a prototype of a video designed to tell the story of DRM. The life and death, the rise and fall, the here today, gone-tomorrow story of DRM. So we start with a heartbeat and a bird, and tell as much as we can. If you think there’s more to say, add to the story. We’ll be posting music tracks later, and if you need higher quality video, that can be arranged. It’s released under a CC Share Alike License, so have at it.

Flashy 32bit diehards

Some days ago Mr. Mike Melanson of Adobe Flash's Linux port fame posted in Penguin.SWF blog about the news of H.264 coded support in Flash. Nice, a new codec. But there's a question that doesn't want to be silenced: What about a nice, clear and objective answer about the availability of a 64bit version of the Flash plugin?

IPTraf, a ncurses based LAN monitor

Sometimes you just want to see what connections your machine is making to the outside world and what ports it’s using. While wireshark and tcpdump are really nice for inspecting detailed package contents. IPTraf is really about connections and interface statistics. Because iptraf is based on ncurses the program can be run from a text-console and still have a (primitive) `gui`.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Aug-2007

LXer Feature: 26-Aug-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

Estimating the number of active and stable FLOSS projects

A recurring debate discussion among FLOSS-supporters and detractors is related to the estimation of the real number of active FLOSS projects. While it is easy to look at the main repository site ( that boasts more than 100.000 projects, it is equally easy to look in more depth and realize that a significant number of those projects are really abandoned or have no significant development. How many active and stable projects are really out there?

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 10.3: New Package Management

openSUSE 10.3 is set to contain a new, significantly improved and more mature package management stack by default. ZMD, the package management component causing problems in SUSE Linux 10.1 and to a lesser extent in openSUSE 10.2, has been completely removed and is now replaced by the new libzypp and its tools. Today we’ll be taking a look at the new package management and talking to Duncan Mac-Vicar Prett, one of the central libzypp developers.

Linux Media Center Better Then Windows Media Center?

With the release of Windows Vista, using your PC to watch and record TV has become a whole lot easier. Now, for the first time, Windows Media Center comes bundled with Home Premium and Ultimate versions of the standard Desktop operating system. However, Vista is pricey, and its form and function are of course dictated by Microsoft. If you want full control over your Home Theater PC (HTPC), and don’t want to have to pay Microsoft for it, then Linux is a more than capable alternative base for building a system of your own. Currently, the two dominant players on Linux are Mythtv and, to a lesser extent, Freevo. We’ll take a look at both of these applications as well as others you can use to create a fully functional Linux HTPC.

3 months with Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO

As I have blogged before, I have been evaluating Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO over the last 3 months or so. As promised, here are my findings. Vector is now my OS of choice on the machine in question, and who knows, if I didn’t still have to do a bit of VB development, it could well replace XP on my main work laptop as well.

Point of Attack

Recently, as in last week, I learned a new Texas idiom. A senior executive at a client explained what he meant when he said that I was beating his dog. I didn't have a reference for the comment until he said that if he invited me over for a barbecue and I beat his dog that was inappropriate."How would you like it if you invited me to your house for dinner and I beat your dog?" he asked.

How to check mail safely with your laptop

This is for my brother Willi, who recently bought a new laptop. He has to run Vista and Office on it, and asked me how he could still be safe when underway and checking his mail, or using the web.

(A typical DOH! experience. But I still wanted to share it because it could get newbies thinking... - wjl)

Securing SSH Using Denyhosts

Securing SSH Using Denyhosts

Howto restrict su command to superuser only in Linux

Howto restrict su command to superuser only in Linux

Torvalds confirms there will be no Linux kernel 3.0

Has Torvalds signed the death warrant as far as kernel 3.0 is concerned?

PostBooks ERP On Ubuntu 7.04

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Aug 26, 2007 8:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This document describes how to set up PostBooks ERP on Ubuntu 7.04. The resulting system provides a powerful GUI-based ERP-system. Postbooks is licensed under the CPAL license (OSI-certified Common Public Attribution License).

How to Install Windows XP / Vista on Xen

This short guide describes how to install Windows XP or Windows 2003 Server on Xen. It provides an overview of the Debian Linux Etch installation, and detailed steps for installing and configuring Xen and starting the Windows XP or Windows 2003 Server installation.

Installing Xen on Debian Etch 4.0

For a long time I have tested many different virtualization techniques; Xen, VMWare, and Microsoft VM. Until now I’m able to conclude that all of them are usable on my desktop machine, but both VMWare and Microsoft’s VM are more sluggish that Xen. This weekend I deployed my first server based on the upcoming Debian Etch and Xen. Everything worked out of the box.

Trolltech to profit from Motorola phone sales

Linux-based application platform vendor Trolltech expects a higher growth rate in the second half than the first six months but said growth for the full year may fall below the approximately 40% recorded for each of the three previous years.

Time to Write About Something Besides Redmond

I plead guilty to past transgressions. So, call me a hypocrite if you will. I don't care anymore. I refuse to get stuck in the past because the present and the near future is fun.Indulge if you will in recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images experienced as intrusive and distressing. The obsession with Microsoft in Open Software communities is excessive and unreasonable and a product of the mind. My only hope is that such thoughts, impulses, and, or images can be expunged by logic or reasoning, which is contrary to the notions in the psychiatric community.

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