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Tips and Tricks for the Linux Admin: Roll Your Own

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 14, 2006 4:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This month's tasty installment explores the world of Roll-Your-Own Linuxes. Why would you want to assemble your own customized Linux image? Well, why not? For one thing, it's just plain fun. For another, despite the fact that there are hundreds of existing Linux distributions of all shapes and sizes, you might still find yourself wanting something that doesn't exist.

Livermore Labs Turns To Linux-Based Supercomputing Cluster

Underscoring the supercomputing market's move toward clusters, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just got the first of four Linux-based clusters that researchers plan to put to work doing climate studies, astrophysics and tracking the lifespan of the country's nuclear weapon stockpile.

Nancy Anthracite, Will Ross Receive 2006 LMN Freedom Award

It was a split decision this year. Both Nancy Anthracite and Will Ross are recipients of the 2006 Linux Medical News Freeodm award, co-sponsored with the International Medical Informatics Association. Ross and Anthracite have worked tirelessly to advance the cause of software freedoms in medicine: Anthracite through many activities through the VistA community and Ross through his work with Mendocino County Health Records Exchange and grant funding of important FOSS development.

Linux Networx Introduces LS-P Supersystems

Linux Networx today announced the next member of the LS Series, Performance Tuned (LS-P) Linux Supersystems. The LS-P Series are designed as turnkey, production-ready systems for leading product design applications. LS-P systems are performance tuned for computational fluid dynamics (CFD), crash/impact analysis and structural analysis applications. Visualization software from CEI is supported as an integrated application on all systems.

Transitive Ships Solaris/Sparc to Linux/X64 Porting Environment

Back in July, Transitive, a startup company that has created a funky emulation product that allows applications written for one Unix-oid environment to be ported to Unix-oid environments running on other processor architectures, said that it had been working with Intel to make a variant of its QuickTransit software that would port Sparc/Solaris applications to Linux running on X64 or Itanium processors. Now, that product is shipping for X64 platforms.

Ubuntu Developer Summit report: X.org improvements, driver controversy, and bling

X.org received a lot of attention and discussion at UDS, which is appropriate for such a desktop-focused distro. Binary drivers were a hot topic at the summit. Ubuntu developers also discussed how to provide a more robust configuration system for X.org, and what to do when problems arise with X.

How To Compile A Kernel - The Fedora Way

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Fedora systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from http://www.kernel.org (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

Third International Conference on Open Source Systems

The Third International Conference on Open Source Systems will be held in Limerick, Ireland 11-14 June 2007. The goal of the conference is intended to"provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry and public administration can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also meant to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer. The conference general chair is Dr. Walt Scacchi at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine

How to keep a detailed audit trail of what's being done on your Linux systems

Intrusions can take place from both authorized and unauthorized users. My personal experience shows that unhappy user can damage the system, especially if they have a shell access. Some users are little smart and removes history file (such as ~/.bash_history) but you can monitor all user executed commands.

Is Free Software the future of India? Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft answers...

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Nov 14, 2006 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
On a recent visit to India, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer was posed this question in a talk show hosted by a premier cable TV news channel on whether "Free Software is indeed the future of India". And he ended up responding in a round about way bypassing the word Free Software ....

C# pulling ahead of Java

C# has come a long way since it emerged from Microsoft's mythical "Project Cool" back in 2000. It is the primary language of Microsoft .NET, and has pulled ahead of Visual Basic among professional Windows programmers. At last week's Tech-Ed conference in Barcelona, C#'s lead architect Anders Hejlsberg drew large audiences for his sessions on the future of the language.

D-Bus 1.0 offers desktop Linux app interoperability

D-Bus 1.0 seems at the same time to be both such a simple and such an esoteric thing. On the one hand, it's simply another IPC (interprocess communication) system. On the other, it may prove as important for Linux desktop developers as ActiveX has been for Windows programmers.

OLPC nears low-cost Linux laptop production

The One Laptop Per Child project's onsite supervisor, Mark Foster, reported from Shanghai on Sunday that the first 10 prototypes of the Linux-powered OLPC XO-1 are up and running. This marks a key milestone toward an upcoming build of 900 units.

Work the APP in Deployed Applications

  • IBM/developerWorks; By James Snell (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 14, 2006 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Continue learning about the new important standard for content publishing in Part 2 of the Atom Publishing Protocol (APP). In Part 1 you are presented with a brief walk-through of APP, and this article allows you to interact with a number of real-world deployed applications, by demonstrating how you can use it to.

Sabayonlinux 3.2 Screenshot Tour

It has not passed a lot of time since SabayonLinux 3.1 release and we're already starting to test a "draft" of the next minor release: SabayonLinux 3.2. In these weeks I worked a lot on better hardware support and boot time, implementing some new drivers and fixing genkernel (the Gentoo kernel build tool) adding to it a nicer UnionFS support.

KMyMoney: Coming along, but still not there

KMyMoney is KDE's personal financial management program. If you don't have complex needs and a lot of history to import, KMyMoney lets you set up accounts, enter transactions, and generate reports easily, and other features are doable with some help from the generous amounts of documentation. However, KMyMoney is not a good choice for small business owners, who need more functionality than it can provide.

Out with OpenView, in with Groundwork

  • IT Managers Journal; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 14, 2006 3:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you manage your finances online, there's a good chance that Yodlee provides the processing power for your transactions. Yodlee's clients, including e*trade, America Online, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America, use the Yodlee Data Engine to power bill-paying applications and personal financial management software, including online banking. Needless to say, network security and uptime are crucial to Yodlee's success. That's why the company switched from a proprietary network monitoring product to Groundwork's Monitor.

STUX 0.9.2 Screenshot Walkthrough

Based on Slackware current as at 8 October 2006 (Slackware 11.0); Linux kernel upgraded to 2.6.17 from KNOPPIX CD 5.0.1; KDE, and all programs executed from KDE, now run as unprivileged user; user management, also when running from live CD, is more sophisticated; various services have been hardened; added udev, Tor, 3D-Desktop, MPlayer, Icecast, lm_sensors, Lopster, wpa_supplicant; now using wireless and network initialization scripts from Alien BOB; all STUX utilities reviewed and enhanced; faster boot; enhanced wireless networking support; many other changes, fixes and enhancements.

Red Hat Picks San Diego For Next ‘Summit’

Red Hat will host its third annual “Summit” in San Diego, Calif., the company announced Monday. The conference, which will focus on the latest developments in Red Hat Linux and open source software, is set for May 9-11 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

Embedded Linux best practices

In this informative and highly detailed whitepaper, veteran embedded systems design consultant James Chapman looks at the factors that help some embedded Linux projects succeed, while others fail. The paper could be especially useful to developers interesting in understanding how Linux is different from proprietary RTOSes.

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