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Linux Cluster Urban Legends

  •; By Douglas Eadline (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 14, 2006 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Just like there are "Urban Legends" that never seem to die, so it seems there are "Cluster Urban Legends" that persist even today. We have all seen or heard them. Wacky things people say about HPC clusters. As a service to the HPC (High Performance Computing) community, and to the world at large I have decided to prepare a list of my personal favorites. Hopefully, these legends (misconceptions) will eventually fade, but then again, this is the Internet age.

E28 Limited to Add Boingo Wireless Toolkit to Linux Smartphones

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 2:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Global Wi-Fi Roaming Authentication Enhances E28's Lineup of Sleek, Powerful, Dual-Mode Handsets With Public Broadband Options to Improve VoIP and Streaming Media

Sun plans to get Linux on UltraSPARC via Xen

Sun has plans to offer the Linux set a bit of Niagara Viagra. Sun's engineers have been beavering away on a hypervisor layer that sits on the company's UltraSPARC T1 - aka Niagara - processor and allows operating systems such as Linux and BSD to run on the chip

OpenSolaris charter ratified

Sun Microsystems and Sun's Community Advisory Board have both ratified the OpenSolaris Charter. The charter's two main aims are the creation of an OpenSolaris Governing Body and the creation of a constitution for OpenSolaris.

Survey Shows Linux Is the Better Server Choice

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 12:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Get the real facts. Linux takes up less time to run and provision than Windows. (Linux-Watch)

Hosting service favorites: Gallery

  • Free Software Magazine; By Martin "MC" Brown (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 13, 2006 11:39 PM EDT)
There are many different web-based photo systems available. One of these is the aptly named Gallery, a free software project that provides a completely web based environment for the display and management of photos (and movies) over the web.

Open Source convention concludes

NEW DELHI: The Education Forum drew healthy and vigorous debate at the three-day LinuxAsia 2006 convention, the region's premier Open Source conference and expo, which concluded here on Friday.

The role of open source solutions as a means of extending education to all and raising the standards necessary for India to be a human resource centre for the global Knowledge Society was highlighted. Different speakers raised successes, best practices, as well as challenges during the deliberations.

The Forum began with a keynote address by Dr. M.S. Vijay Kumar, director of Academic Computing at MIT, and an advisor to the National Knowledge Mission. Dr. Vijay Kumar said the power of Open Source as a collaborative platform was demonstrated by the “Open Courseware” project of MIT, under which a wealth of knowledge in the form of courseware had been made public.

CIOs: Open-Source Software Offers Cost, Quality Benefits

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by bstadil on Feb 13, 2006 10:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A panel of IT officials say open-source software is more than good enough for just about all their needs, except maybe the database.

Comment - Mandriva CEO disses Ubuntu

François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva, recently did an interview for the Mandriva Club. During that interview, he did some serious Ubuntu bashing. Some of his arguments amounted to straight lies and FUD.

PGP Corporation Announces New Mainframe and Mid-Range Encryption Solutions for IBM Platforms

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 7:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
PGP Command Line for IBM zSeries and IBM iSeries Extends Comprehensive Encryption from Desktops, to Servers, and Now Mainframes

Updated Linux interface targets users of desktops

Novell this week unveiled updates to the Linux graphics subsystem that are aimed at making it a more attractive operating system for desktop users.

Managing bibliographies with Bibus contains bibliography features, but the lack of advanced features makes it better suited for simple references than sophisticated bibliographies. For a serious bibliography tool that works with Writer, consider Bibus, which has many of the advanced features that lacks.

Firstgov Embracing Syndication

  • WebProNews; By David A. Utter (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The federal government has slowly begun the painful shift to a more effective electronic means of doing its work. One site that has been the open side for citizen access to government information, FirstGov, announced the addition of RSS feeds and email updates on topics it covers.

CLI Magic: MultiTail follows files in style

Troubleshooting often involves having to watch logfiles in real time. That means using tail or a similar utility to see new messages that are added to a logfile by Apache, MySQL,, or whatever program you're trying to deal with at the time. While tail is usually readily available on *nix systems, I prefer to use MultiTail whenever possible. It has some features that you won't find in tail, such as filtering and a color display, and MultiTail allows you to follow the output from a command as easily as following a logfile.

Validate Pre-Existing Java GUI-based apps with RAVEN

RAVEN(Rule-based Accessibility Validation Environment) is a suite of Eclipse plug-ins used to inspect and validate the accessibility of Java-based, rich-client GUIs (Swing or SWT) and Eclipse plug-ins. RAVEN can be used to validate pre-existing Java GUI-based applications while the GUI is running.

Google Windows apps coming to Linux

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 4:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google and CodeWeavers Inc. are working together to bring Google's popular Windows Picasa photo editing and sharing program to Linux. The program is now in a limited beta test. If this program is successful, other Google applications will be following it to the Linux desktop, sources say.

The LQ News Forum Now Syndicates LXer

  • Linux Questions; By Jeremy (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 3:23 PM EDT)
The LQ news forum now syndicates all LXer news posts. This means you can discuss anything posted at LXer right here at LQ. Thanks to David for supporting the idea and Chris for coming up with it.

[Ed: This was originally posted in December. If you haven't visited the forum, you might find it interesting -tadelste]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: LXer

LXer is a website, founded by webmaster Dave Whitinger, which publishes up-to-the-minute news on the world of GNU/Linux, the various BSD's, & Open Source/Free Software. Dave Whitinger also co-founded one of the original Linux Community News sites back in the 1990s. This explains, in part, why so many long-time Linux community members have found their way to the site.

Intel, SAP among VCs investing $18.5 million in MySQL

MySQL has secured $18.5 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, the open source database vendor announced Monday. The company plans to spend the money on new product development and expanding its sales and marketing operations. The investors include the venture capital arms of Intel and enterprise applications vendor SAP.

Army makes major Linux HPC cluster move

  • ComputerWorld; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 2:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
FEBRUARY 13, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) - A U.S. Army supercomputing center with a legacy that dates to the first large computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) launched in 1946, is moving to Linux-based clusters in a major hardware purchase that will more than double its computing capability.

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