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Report: Linux Kernel Launches Hardware Management Features

The 2.6 Linux kernel has been one amazing roller-coaster ride of excellent new features and changes coming faster than you can say "git along now, little patchies." Hardware detection and management, and removable media management are probably the most obvious changes to users.

Creating A DNS Cache With djbdns

  • HowtoForge; By Alamsyah Rasyid (Posted by falko on May 7, 2007 6:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Building a local DNS cache will speed up your internet connection since the time for the translation job (converting domain names into IP addresses) will become negligible with the assumption that the DNS cache gets the information from the parent DNS.

Book Review - Linux System Administration by Tom Adelstein & Bill Lubanovic

Geared for the Linux pro or UNIX administrator, Linux System Administration was written to provide advice to manage a complete range of systems and servers. The authors were amazed at how many Linux users, for example, could not write a configuration file. Thinking there were many people who might want to learn of the extensive capabilities of Linux as an application platform, they wrote this book.

Linux to Microsoft: Let's Fight with Silverlight

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on May 7, 2007 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Sometimes, I just don't understand what the marketing departments at various companies are thinking. Take Microsoft's Silverlight project, for instance. From what they are saying, it is going to take Flash by the ears and shake the daylights out of it. Fantastic, and from the looks of the promo video, am I to also assume that we will be using translucent touchscreen computers that look like something from iRobot? Perhaps this is a video that is targeting the social and technology climate for its release date.

Ubuntu versus Vista comparison

Information Week has a full comparison of Vista and Ubuntu though they don’t really declare a winner; I’ll do it for them, Vista.

[My FUD of the week submission. It has choice quotes like "didn’t it occur to the Ubuntu team that maybe, just maybe I want my graphics card to have all its modes supported out of the installation", "I do not use Ubuntu on a regular basis" and "besides, PhotoShop doesn’t run on Linux". Hehehe — Sander]

DistroWatch Weekly: Dell and Ubuntu, learning Linux, NimbleX

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 7, 2007 2:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The biggest news of the past week was the joint announcement by Dell and Canonical which promises to usher in a new era in the way we choose our systems in online computer stores - a brief analysis of the announcement and what it means for us follows. In other news, the Fedora project finally merges its two package repositories, Ian Murdock announces the end of Progeny, and NimbleX offers a never-seen-before web-based way of generating a custom Slackware-based live CD. Also in this issue: a featured article that presents two excellent resources for those who are interested in becoming more proficient in Linux and open source software. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the recipient of the April 2007 DistroWatch donation is the LyX project. Happy reading!

Dell Joins Microsoft and Novell Collaboration

Dell responds to customer demand for greater interoperability and intellectual property assurance between Windows and Linux.

[Why is this not surprising? - Scott]

systhread.net Code and Site Updates

Despite the lack of new texts and apparent lack of updated code a lot has been going on here at systhread. Code has been receiving tweaks on a seemingly regular basis (small tweaks about once/week on several utilties). The site was redesigned - but those who pay close attention will realize the only thing that changed was the navigation scheme. The layout is nearly identical to past incarnations. Also tossed in are a few notes on what will be going on over the next couple of months.

Howto Setup a Lighttpd Chroot Jail Web Server under Debian Linux

Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility--all of these describe LightTPD which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments.

Who are the Linux desktop users?

A typical Linux desktop user is a guy in his twenties who's computer savvy but may very well not be an IT professional. Those are some of the conclusions you can draw from the just-released openSUSE survey results.

Fun with GNU/Linux!

  • funwithlinux.blogspot.com; By Montylee (Posted by dba477 on May 6, 2007 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: SUSE, Ubuntu
A brief introduction into Ubuntu 7.04 installation procedure and Compiz & Beryl implementation on OpenSUSE 10.2.

NETGEAR to Acquire Infrant Technologies

RAID-based NAS Products for SMB, SOHO and Home to Expand NETGEAR's Storage Solutions

ZDNet Covers Mitchell Baker at CeBIT Australia 2007 with Video

ZDNet Australia is running a brief article about Mozilla Corporation CEO Mitchell Baker, written by the Australian Associated Press at the CeBIT Australia 2007 conference in Sydney. In the report, Mitchell is quoted as saying that Mozilla Firefox helps to promote an open and innovative Web and describes how the user-focused Web has re-emerged after a period of dominance by large corporations.

Linux: Improved KVM Performance, Vista Support

Avi Kivity announced significant performance improvements and support for running 32-bit Windows Vista as a guest within the latest release ofKVM. Originally merged into the 2.6.20 mainline Linux kernel, KVM stands for Kernel-based Virtual Machine,"a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions". Regarding the new release, Avi announced:"The happy theme of today's kvm is the significant performance improvements, brought to you by a growing team of developers. I've clocked kbuild at within 25% of native. This release also introduces support for 32-bit Windows Vista."read more

Netscape Revives Navigator Brand for Netscape Navigator 9

The official Netscape Blog has announced that the next Netscape browser release will be called Netscape Navigator 9, reviving the name used for Netscape's earliest browser releases at the height of its popularity.

"Honey, I've shrunk your Linux computer!''

Bangalore: ``Honey, I've shrunk your Linux computer!'' It's now the size of a postage stamp. Yet, it has all the power of a full-sized board — complete with 32 megabytes of memory; 16 MB of storage and the interconnects needed to fuel any standard Linux application. The Bangalore-based EI Labs India has just released ``LinSeed version 1,'' a single chip embedded Linux computer that original equipment-makers can use to create a host of handy devices, including wirelessly connected pocket computers.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-May-2007


LXer Feature: 29-Apr-2007

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

Review: ArchLinux — smooth and cuddly

  • PolishLinux.org; By Piotr Maliński (Posted by michux on May 6, 2007 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
ArchLinux or Arch for short is one of the uprising new distributions. Well, at least compared to old folks like Debian or Slackware it’s still fresh and shining . Arch is gaining new users and good reviews every day. Let’s find out why this is happening.

Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 6, 2007 5:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota and upload/download bandwidth limits with this setup. Passwords will be stored encrypted as MD5 strings in the database.

Public Meetings on Future of Mozilla Customer Support Announced

Starting next week, the Mozilla Corporation will be hosting twice-weekly meetings to discuss the future of customer support for Mozilla products. Several different support mediums will be discussed in the conferences, including knowledge bases, forums and real-time chat. The meetings, which are open to all, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the next three weeks. Notes will be published afterwards for those unable to make it.

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