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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

  • (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

  • (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

  •; 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.

Why The Linux Driver Project is Good for Corporations

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 6, 2007 2:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
What happens when you take 200 hardcore roughly 10 project managers heck bent on making sure that your preferred Linux distro has the best driver support possible? You end up with The Linux Driver project.

Podcasting with Linux Command Line Tools and Audacity

  • Packt Publishing; By Gurudutt Talgery (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Nov 6, 2007 1:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Ever thought podcasting was difficult? Too much code to handle? And a bit too complicated to implement? Gurudutt Talgery explains in his podcasting-made-easy article some quick turnaround techniques with Linux command line tools and optionally, Audacity, to create a quick, no-frills podcast with a background music track.

Ubuntu Gutsy With ExpressCard - Working Options

  • Lockergnome's Linux Fanatics; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Nov 6, 2007 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Today, I show you working options that work for wireless on notebooks using ExpressCard on Ubuntu instead of PCMCIA as we talked about before. But instead of actually trying to tackle an ExpressCard solution directly, I purchased two USB wireless devices, no revision number nonsense and both use Linux native drivers, despite also offering drivers for Windows users as well.

Linux-based programmable clock device ships

Chumby is shipping its Linux-powered device designed for the bedside, desktop, and kitchen counter. The alarm-clock sized "Chumby" has hackable hardware, software, and outerware, connects via WiFi, and can be programmed to display everything from clock faces to stock quotes, says the company. A few new details have emerged since the original announcement in June. Measuring only 5.5 x 4.25 x 3.25 (base) and 2.25 (top) inches, the Chumby lacks a keyboard or other standard interfaces. There is a touchscreen, plus an accelerometer and bend sensor that detect when the device is moved or squeezed.

Linux Professional Institute forms European affiliate

With its new affiliate, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) intends to promote the certification of Linux professionals across Europe. LPI-Central Europe will be responsible for Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Four ways to extract the current directory name

When you're programming a shell script, you often only need the current directory name, not the whole path that the pwd command returns. Here are four ways you can extract only the current directory.

OpenSocial: After the hype, the holes

Open standards always cause security problems and Google's OpenSocial API introduced last week is no exception. Not only was an early application based on the standard hacked within minutes, it quickly became evident that OpenSocial is vulnerable and offers an open door to anyone who wants to put a little effort into pushing it open.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 108

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 108 for the week of October 29th.

CCID Consulting: China's Linux Market Grew by 29.2% and Desktop Has Great Potential

CCID Consulting, China's leading research, consulting and IT outsourcing service provider, and the first Chinese consulting firm listed in Hong Kong, recently released its article on China's Linux market, which grew by 29.2% and has great prospects for its new Linux Desktop. CCID Consulting's analysis of their most recent data has shown that the sales revenue of China's Linux market has reached 40.3 million Yuan in 2007Q3, up by 29.2% over 2006Q1. Linux maintained solid growth, showing the prosperity of China's Linux market.

Red Hat, Sun finally buddy up on Java

Sun Microsystems' move to make its core Java software a true open-source project may still be a project in its early stages, but on Monday the effort produced some concrete results: a partnership with long-time holdout Red Hat. The top Linux seller announced Monday that it's signed an OpenJDK Community agreement, a move that gives it access to the Sun compatibility kit that can be used to ensure a Java software foundation meets requirements to properly run Java software.

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