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Red Hat announces real-time additions to Linux

Red Hat has launched a"real-time" addition to its Linux operating system, which it claims will make some features run 100 times faster than rival technologies. Red Hat's Messaging Real-time Grid (MRG) was launched as a beta on Tuesday with a full release in the first half of 2008. MRG is an addition to the open-source specialist's Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, and is designed for businesses such as banks that need to carry out transactions on their IT systems as instantaneously as possible, or "real-time".

5.1 of Community Enterprise OS released

CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System), the free Linux distribution based on the commercial Red Hat Enterprise distribution, has been released in version 5.1 for i386 and x86_64 architectures.

[Unofficial] OpenLDAP Weekly News Issue 6

Welcome to the sixth issue of OpenLDAP Weekly News (OWN), the unofficial weekly newsletter for the OpenLDAP community.

One Laptop Per Child Doesn't Change the World

Hands Across America, Live AID, the Concert for Bangladesh, and so on. The American (and world) public has witnessed one feel-good event (and the ensuing scandals) after another. Each one manages to assuage our guilt about the world's problems, at least a little. Now these folks think that any sort of participation in these events, or even their good thoughts about world poverty and starvation, actually help. Now they can sleep at night. It doesn't matter that nothing has really changed.

How to make Kontact work with Google Apps

Recently, Gmail added IMAP support, giving the powerhouse email host the ability to interact better with third-party clients. And Google, being the friendly neighborhood do-gooder that it is, provided instructions on how to use IMAP with a variety of third-party clients. However, it forgot one popular client: KMail, the email portion of the KDE Kontact personal information management suite. Google also neglected to mention that several of its other services, such as Google Calendar and Google Reader, can work well with Kontact. Here's how you can integrate them.

Nokia's new OS streamlines, syncs tablet platform with desktop Linux

Nokia recently announced its Linux-based N810 tablet, and although the device is not yet widely available, the accompanying software is. The new operating system, designated Internet Tablet OS2008, is available as a free download for owners of the previous N800 model. In that rarest of all outcomes, the new release actually improves the older tablet -- it is faster, improves battery life, and should make it easier for developers to port applications over from desktop Linux.

Linux Kernel Developer Ted Ts’o Joins Linux Foundation as Chief Platform Strategist

First North American kernel developer, Ted Ts’o, will work full-time with the LF

Hacking RPMs with rpmrebuild

A couple of months ago, I discovered a tool called rpmrebuild while searching for a way to reverse engineer the files installed on an older Fedora system back into its original RPM package. Rpmrebuild is able to reconstruct an RPM by looking up the information about it on the RPM database that is part of every RPM-based distribution like Fedora.

Red Hat Ready for Top End of Enterprise Servers

On Dec. 4, Red Hat announced the first public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Messaging, Real-time, Grid. The company claims that MRG will offer new capabilities for financial services and government agencies that need exceptional performance through reliable enterprise messaging, real-time capabilities and advanced grid and high-throughput computing technologies for deployment on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and other operating systems.

If the GUI is so good. Then why is Microsoft dropping it?

One of the biggest arguments for windows that everybody uses and indeed in my last rant I actually had a few comments specifically mentioning it. The basic argument is that you can do everything in windows via the GUI and you have to use the command line in Linux. I was informed in an earlier article that windows 2008 is able to be installed without the GUI so I wondered. If the GUI is so good. If all programs and system configuration can be done through the point and click interface. Then why is Microsoft giving the option of installing windows 2008 without the GUI interface? Further why are windows aficionado's touting this as a "Good Thing (TM)"?

The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment: A return to basics

The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) resembles a classic Unix project -- it's partly constructed out of pre-existing programs, its emphasis is on speed, and its configuration requires taking time in a text editor. Even the relatively low quality of fonts on the desktop makes it feel like a vintage program. The result is a desktop environment that is short on innovation, but performs well on low-end machines, and blazingly fast on recent ones.

Red Hat Finally Nears Real-Time Linux Launch

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Dec 4, 2007 11:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat, Linux; Story Type: News Story
For the last several years, Red Hat has been pushing forward the development of real-time enhancements for Linux. Yet the company has made no formal product announcement of how it would attempt to productize its real-time Linux innovations. That changed today, with the announcement of the Red Hat MRG (Messaging, Real Time and Grid) platform. The product is expected to be available as a public beta this month, with a generally available release set for early 2008.

Ubuntu Linux vs Windows Vista: The Desktop Battle

It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers.

2008 Linux Tour in Nicaragua

While many today see Linux as a "just download it" or "just buy it" product, it hasn't always been that way. Installfests were actually the norm. Well, that's what is happening in Nicaragua. I received the following announcement in email—not from a geek mailing list but from the list of a social rights more

Knock, Knock, Knockin' on EnGarde's Door (with FWKNP)

Secret knocks have been used for purposes as simple and childish as identifying friend or foe during a schoolyard fort war. Fraternities teach these knocks as a rite of passage into their society, and in our security world we can implement this layer of security to lock down an SSH server. With this guide on FWKNP by Eckie S. (one of our own), you are taken on an easy-to-follow process of securing your platform with your own client and server port knocking set-up. Installation, iptable Rules setup, configuring access for the client and server, and everything in between. Check it out!

CNR beta brings software to the desktop

Linspire has announced the beta of, its online tool for easily installing Linux-based software onto the desktop.

The 20GB+ Eee PC mod

8GB of flash storage is currently the best you can hope for in a standard (though imported) Eee PC. However, if you're industrious and determined enough, you can marry your 4GB Eee with a $150 (or so) 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager drive for a full 20GB of storage. That's exactly what Johnx did over at

[Only sideways related to Linux, but very cool nonetheless - Sander]

EnGarde Release adds Hardware Monitoring and Security Tools cited in 'Linux Firewalls'

Guardian Digital is proud to announce the newest release for EnGarde Secure Linux Community. One of the open source community's oldest secure server distributions (2001), EnGarde is a fully-functional platform for DNS and email functionality, integrated intrusion detection and SELinux policies, advanced kernel and network security features, virtualization capabilities, robust engineering, graphical auditing and reporting and more.

Five days of Ubuntu Linux

Last wednesday I ordered a new laptop. I’ll definitely be installing Vista on it, if only for gaming and DirectX 10, but I also plan to use it as an excuse to get to grips with Linux. I’ve read many accounts of the various distributions of Linux, and they all agree on a few things: It’s massively more stable than Windows, there are so few viruses, they’re not even worth worrying about and it’s fast. Why wait for the laptop to arrive, I asked myself? I cleared up some space on my second hard drive, downloaded the latest Ubuntu release, and gave it a go. This is my account of it, as a completely new user.

Upgrade Your Ubuntu Kernel

  •; By Mike Weber (Posted by mweber on Dec 4, 2007 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
One of the frustrations of an easy install from one CD is that regardless of your processor, you will get a generic kernel that may not be well suited for your hardware. This tutorial shows you how to upgrade from the generic kernel that is designed for the Desktop to a kernel that provides better use of a higher end CPU.

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