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Cygwin/X install Oracle on OpenSolaris (build 75a) DomU at Linux Dom0 (64 bit)

Starting with Solaris Express build 75(75a) xVM/Xen are included as a standard part of Solaris Express for x86/x64. Oracle's installation procedure seems to be a kind of evaluation performance and reliability for next generation Solaris Xen Drops running as DomUs on top of Linux Dom 0. Preferably CentOS 5 (RHEL 5) or Debian Etch 4.X .

Monitor your drives to extend their life

Last week saw a slew of articles suggesting that Ubuntu Linux was damaging hard disks. The truth is a little more complicated than that but just in case, try this trick for monitoring the state of your hard disk load/unload cycles before you make any rash decisions.

CCHIT Goes Back to the Future

An illusion in the minds of many is that Center for Certification of Health Information Technology (CCHIT) certified EHR systems are interoperable. The reality is that this is something that CCHIT does not currently test for but will ostensibly test in the future. This CCHITannouncement is interesting in that CCHIT will"...begin building a testing resource to evaluate compliance of electronic health records (EHR) and networks with certification criteria for interoperability. This new initiative will make it easier for health information technology companies to add standards-based information exchange capabilities to their products and prepare those products for certification. The testing software will be developed under an open source license so that it is free and publicly available, and the Certification Commission will use the software running on a secure platform during its inspection of a product's compliance..."

MP3s On Ubuntu - The OGG Alternative

  • Lockergnome's Linux Fanatics; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Nov 4, 2007 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Have a CD collection sitting around waiting to find its place in your new Ubuntu lifestyle? Maybe you have existing non-DRM protected MP3s on Ubuntu and are looking for way to listen to them on Ubuntu without resorting to using MP3 considering its gray area of use.

Adding Ajax

  • MCSEWorld; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Nov 4, 2007 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I suppose you could call this a "specialty" book. I mean, most people "add" Ajax to their web applications when they initially develop their web applications. On the other hand, most people who have pre-existing web applications without Ajax and who think Ajax would add something, either re-develop the entire application or figure it's not worth the effort. Wouldn't it be great to be able to add Ajax to a pre-existing site and make it more interactive without having to take the whole thing apart and reconstruct it? According to author Shelley Powers, now you can.

Bumps on the road to document exchange nirvana

The OpenDocument Foundation has announced its plans to sever itself from participation in or further advocacy of its namesake office document format in favor of the World Wide Web Consortium's XHTML (Extensible HTML)-based Compound Document Format. Although the OpenDocument Foundation is a fairly small organization, the group sports a certain cachet that stems from the ODF-to-MS Office plug-in that the group announced--but did not release publicly--about a year and a half ago.

Connecting to PostgreSQL Via SDBC - An Overview

Connecting to MySQL has been well-documented for some time. For those who use PostgreSQL, however, finding good documentation on using with it has been like finding a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, it's much easier now.

HAMMER Filesystem Progress

"I will be continuing to commit bits and pieces of HAMMER, but note that it will probably not even begin to work for quite some time," Matthew Dillon reported on the new clustering filesystem he's developing for DragonFlyBSD. He noted, "I am still on track for it to make it into the end-of-year release."

LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Nov-2007

LXer Feature: 04-Nov-2007

I have a slew of great articles for you in this week's Roundup starting with a trick most FOSS users already know of, how to crack Windows passwords with Linux. Plus Andy Updegrove sets the Record Straight on (Non)Voting in SC 34, Phoronix reviews ATI: Linux vs. Windows Vista, Fran├žois Bancilhon of Mandriva writes an open letter to Steve Ballmer, new Asus laptop and Everex desktop offerings, an interview with Pamela Jones of Groklaw, Carla Schroder's Tutorial: Linux Backups For Real People, Part 1 and an Italian Judge Tells HP To Refund Pre-Installed XP.

Installing Songbird 0.3 Developer Pre-Release On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 4, 2007 7:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This guide shows how to install the Songbird media player (0.3 Developer Pre-Release) on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop. Songbird is a free software audio player with media database capabilities written using XUL and VLC, with an interface similar to Apple's iTunes. From the Songbird web site: "Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet."

ATI Open vs. Closed-Source Drivers

This past Friday we had delivered benchmarks comparing the performance of the open-source Radeon driver against the new closed-source fglrx driver from AMD. These benchmarks had just looked at the AIGLX performance when using Compiz on an Ubuntu 7.10 desktop. In all of the benchmarks except one, the fglrx driver had carried a staggering lead over the open-source competition. In addition to these Compiz benchmarks, on the same system we had also ran some additional benchmarks to see for gaming and 2D rendering how the two ATI Linux drivers compare.

BBC loses 97200 Linux users

How many Linux users does the BBC website get, out of the 17 million who visit? You would not think that was too difficult a question for the director of technology at the BBC to answer, would you?

Choice: The system of Checks and Balances in Linux

In a recent article on, Kevin Carmony, former CEO of Linspire, reported that he has switched to Ubuntu. In the same article he also said that as Linux becomes more mainstream there would be a consolidation of Linux on the desktop. By this, I presume he meant that only a few of the big Linux distributors would be vying for the desktop space through OEM deals. This makes a lot of sense as consumers would be confused by the offering of literally hundreds of distros on various models of computers. But it also raises questions about what consolidation would mean to Linux in the future.

[An excellent article submitted to LXer by one of our readers - Scott]

Document Format Dispute Spills into the Open

The recent decision by the Open Document Foundation to substitute the World Wide Web Consortium's Compound Document Format in place of the format it was set up to promote, the Open Document Format, has sparked a contentious debate over what shape the format should take. Open document advocates are debating fundamental questions about whether there should be a single document format or multiple formats that interoperate, and the relative importance of format and applications.

How to install Looking Glass on Debian or Ubuntu

Looking Glass is another 3D Windows manager for Linux, it comes from SUN and it is based on Java, here is how to install it on Debian Etch, the same apply for Ubuntu.

gOS 1.0 Screenshots

  • TCS (Posted by lqsh on Nov 3, 2007 9:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
We're creating an OS ecosystem that is complete. We come with all the software you need to browse the web, email, instant message... play movies, music, and connect to iPods... create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, images... out of the box. Plug and play! We recommend Google for just about everything... Gmail, Gtalk, Calendar, Maps, Docs and Spreadsheets, and more. We'd like to welcome you to the idea that Google already is your "operating system."

Seven Wonders of the Linux World

Seven Wonders of the Linux World, there should be more than seven, but to keep it short, here are only seven, maybe not the most important for some people.

gOS: The Conceptual Google OS Screenshots

Earlier this week Everex launched the gPC TC2502, which is a sub-$200 PC sold at a major US retailer, but what makes this unique is that it runs the gOS. The gOS (GreenOS) is designed to be a conceptual Google Operating System that is based upon Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. Though this is not the conventional GNOME desktop environment but an Enlightenment E17 desktop is used that is heavily modified and reflects a green Google theme. The gOS provides easy access to Google services such as YouTube, Google Product Search, Google Calendar, and Google Maps. Also a click away are other web services such as Wikipedia and Facebook.

I am a hacker, so I use Linux

This is a humorous article. Here are many tips for you to become a true hacker.
For those who want to understand the c0wb0y spirit.

Swap Over NFS

"The problem with swap over network is the generic swap problem: needing memory to free memory. Normally this is solved using mempools, as can be seen in the BIO layer," explained Peter Zijlstra. "Swap over network has the problem that the network subsystem does not use fixed sized allocations, but heavily relies on kmalloc(). This makes mempools unusable."

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