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Blue Collar Computing: HPC for the Rest of Us

  •; By Stanley C. Ahalt and Kathryn L. Kelley (Posted by deadline on Mar 28, 2006 1:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
From an industrial perspective, Linux HPC seems to be a "look, but don't touch" technology. While there is an acknowledged need for HPC by many industrial sectors, the HPC market has traditionally focused on the grand challenge or the "heroic" computing needs of the National Labs and Computing centers.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 39

  • Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by tadelste on Mar 28, 2006 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 39 of Fedora Weekly News.

CLI Magic: Playing music from the command line with mp3blaster

Ever since my first Linux install 10 years ago, I have been hooked on the command line. The Bourne Again Shell (BASH) has been my first choice for moving or copying files, writing text, browsing through my home folder, and lately, even for reading email. When I realized I was depending on graphical players to listen to my MP3 collection, I searched for a command-line MP3 player -- and found mp3blaster.

Open source software aids healthcare leader

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in California, needed to consolidate its IT systems and bring greater efficiency and consistency to the infrastructure. CHW decided the best way to do that was to move away from proprietary solutions and toward open source.

Roll Your Own Firewall

This is a comprehensive user friendly guide to setting up your own firewall on GNU/Linux.

Create and transform a UML 2.0 model into code

Of most interest to developers are UML modeling, design patterns, and UML-to-code transformations. After completing this tutorial, you will know how to create a UML model, apply a design pattern to that model, and, finally, transform the abstract model into actual code.

MythTV Invades Realm of Cable and TiVo

  • Washington Post; By Chris Barylick (Posted by grouch on Mar 27, 2006 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
In 2002, amidst a bulky, advertising-laden digital television experience, programmer Isaac Richards took matters into his own hands -- he began to build his own digital video recorder system from scratch.

Now known as the MythTV project ( ), Richards's effort to create DVR systems from commonly available computer components and the Linux open-source operating system, is gaining traction on the Internet.

Mastering podcasts with Audacity

Open source software makes podcasting easy -- too easy. Listening to a playlist of first-timer podcasts can leave your ears ringing from sudden changes in playback volume. The problem is audio mastering. Recording sound is simple, but mastering that sound -- compressing volume differences, maintaining a decibel ceiling, and similar operations -- is anything but. Fortunately, an open source tool offers everything you need for mastering podcasts and other spoken-word recordings. Audacity is well-known among podcasters on all platforms for its ability as an editor; here are some tips and tools for mastering and adjusting volume, aimed at podcasters, but they could apply to anyone who needs to produce a spoken-word recording under less-than-perfect conditions.

Linux: Merging In 2.6.17

Andrew Morton interview offered a list of patches in his mm tree, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they will be pushed to Linus for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.17 kernel.

AJAX, LAMP, and liveDVD for a Linux-based camera

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 27, 2006 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: This article explains how a small, Utah-based company used asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) to add advanced features to the user interfaces in its Linux-based cameras. The article was written by Andrey Filippov, a Russian physicist who emigrated to the US in 1995, and founded Elphel six years later.

How can I use DSL Linux?

  • IBM Developer Works (Posted by idean on Mar 27, 2006 2:47 PM EDT)
Need a teeny-tiny, business-card-sized, open source operating system that squeezes a lot of software into a little space? Take a look at DSL Linux. This quick review shows you how to use the miniscule OS, highlights the on-board applications, details how to load and start it, and explains how to save between sessions when using a bootable CD.

Review: Ubuntu Dapper Flight 5

The fifth alpha release of the forthcoming production version of Ubuntu (6.06), was made available for general distribution on March 10th, 2006, with the codename Dapper Flight 5. This review has a look at the various features of the distribution and examines how it is stacking up, so far.

Lightning strikes Thunderbird down

At last, an integrated calendar for my favourite mail client, Thunderbird. But don't break out the champagne just yet, chaps – Lightning still has a long way to go.

Cheeky Firefox ads to screen on TV?

With the competition to find the best creative ideas to help advertise its aims in full swing, the Mozilla Foundation has revealed it may screen Firefox adverts in cinemas or on national television.

Userful Inc, Linux Computers and Administration Company

Useful, the company might be described by what some commentators describe as a despicable business model: hybrid. Partly Free - Linux, partly proprietary - their administration code. Nonetheless, Useful's Ben Li was refreshing open in his initial email pointing out they were only a partly "Open Source" company. Despite your reservations give our interviewee the benefit of the doubt and listen to his words. You may wish at the end that there more companies like his or hope they had even greater success. If not, rant afterwards.

Here's an Idea: Let Everyone Have Ideas

LIKE many top executives, James R. Lavoie and Joseph M. Marino keep a close eye on the stock market. But ... don't worry much about Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.

[T]hey focus on an internal market where any employee can propose that the company acquire a new technology, enter a new business or make an efficiency improvement.

How to Fight DRM

DRM is some language must be translated into what it really is: misappropriation of private properties not belonging to the perpetrator. Simply stated as theft from individuals. Nonetheless, the process is well along. If you are searching for a method to express your displeasure, this opinion piece might have some suggestions that meet your needs. Or it just might arouse your anger sufficiently to devise your own methods to defeat this robbery.

That was then and this is now: and SPARC International

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 27, 2006 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Sun
In what must have seemed to many as a bold move, Sun Microsystems last week announced that it would released the source code for its UltraSparc T1 processor under the GPL, supported by a new organization that it calls

Snort on OpenWrt: Guarding the SOHO perimeter

If you're edgy about security for your SOHO LAN, you might want to consider moving your first line of defense out past your firewall. How about on your router, for example? If your router runs OpenWrt, you can do exactly that, by running Snort, the open source intrusion detection system (IDS) project that has become the most widely deployed IDS in the world. Throw in the firewall that comes out of the box with OpenWrt White Russian, and suddenly the perimeter seems a lot more secure.

Google Tests New Image Ads In Google Local

  • Search Engine Watch (Posted by tadelste on Mar 27, 2006 8:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Shimon Sandler found that Google Local is testing another form of PPC ads in Google Local. Reportedly, if you search on booksellers nyc at Google Local, and if you look at the map you will notice some results have little coffee icons. If you click on the coffee icon within the map, as an example, you should notice a AJAX pop up floats up. This pop up contains a header named "Sponsored Link" and with local information and a large Barnes and Noble logo.

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