Linux offers several excellent music players, including (but not limited to) XMMS, Zinf, noatun, amaroK, Juk, Rhythmbox, and Kaffeine. Most of these can play streaming Internet audio, compact discs, and best of all, digital audio files. With music stored as digital audio files, you can enjoy your music wherever and whenever you want to. If you don't know how to convert CDs into audio files on Linux, this column is for you.
Last month, we looked at MySQL's new storage engine, NDB (also known as NDBCluster or MySQL Cluster). Now it's time to look at the compilation, installation, and configuration process.
In this installment, I'd like to touch on an oft-forgotten but increasingly important component of the Linux desktop: Java applications. Since Java is largely distribution neutral, what Java code works on Fedora Core works for Debian, Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, and any number of other distributions. And, yes, Java applications really do exist, and some are actually good.
Do you administer multiple distributions and find it frustrating that you can find packages for some distros and not others? Have you ever tried looking for a .rpm only to find a .deb (or vice versa)? Sometimes, Linux can be maddening. Luckily, there's a program that can help solve this problem: alien. alien is a script that converts between the Red Hat .rpm, Debian .dpkg, Stampede .slp, and Slackware .tgz file formats. alien can also handle Solaris' .pkg file format. alien lets you to take a package from a system with a different distribution than the one you are running, and makes it usable on your system.
Linux often gives you lots of ways to do the same thing and file transfer is no exception. We covered file transfer in three columns from March to May 2003 (available online at http://www.linux-mag.com/depts/power.html). This month let's look at yet another variation using gFTP and some not-so-obvious details that can help you navigate all of the file transfer protocols.
The mayor of Munich, Germany, Christian Ude, recently found a creative way to focus worldwide attention on the unavoidable conflict between the current "business as usual" patent system, which favors large corporations, and the innovative business models and greater customer choices made possible by Linux and its open source licensing model. It may be surprising that a municipality, even one as large as Munich, finds itself at the forefront of a worldwide political and financial debate about open source software, but Ude understands what's at stake, and succeeded in translating the often confusing and ideologically charged conflict into something even non-developers can understand: taxpayers' money.
After almost two decades of working with computers, I want to give it up. Instead, I want to become a plumber. Plumbers have it made.
Clusters of every size experience failures: processors can die, hard disks often crash, and interface cards have been known to produce spurious errors. Of course, software can fail, too, for any number of reasons. Prevention is a necessity, but the next best option is to react and respond to faults as they occur. If you're a cluster developer, Fault Tolerant MPI (FT-MPI) can help keep your compute jobs humming.
Traditional interprocess communication requires cooperation and synchronization between sender and receiver. MPI-2's new remote memory access features allow one process to update or interrogate the memory of another, hence the name one-sided communication. Here's a hands-on guide.
Linux on high-performance computing clusters seems an obvious choice now, but it wasn't a forgone conclusion when Thomas Sterling and Donald Becker used Linux to build the world's first Beowulf cluster in 1999. Linux has come a long way since then. Learn why Linux has put "super" back into supercomputers.
Flickr, the online photo-sharing Web site, is a good case study on the benefits of open source. The technology that powers Flickr is a catalog of open source tools: Red Hat Linux, the Apache Web server, MySQL databases, PHP, Perl, Smarty templates, Postfix mail gateways, and even ImageMagick to handle the image manipulation.
Jeff Waugh, Gnome and Ubuntu big wig, discusses why the next version of Gnome won't be 3.0 and how Ubuntu's relationship with Debian works.
Fields aren't supposed to mess up your documents and make you pull out your hair--learn when fields are useful and how to use them.
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Welcome to this year's 5th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Schuldei announced that the registration for this year's Debian conference has been opened. Og Maciel installed Debian for the first time and thought that the expert mode was appropriate, giving him the opportunity to answer all 27 questions of which only a fraction would be displayed during a normal installation.
Even the most hapless management automatons are aware of the licensing and maintenance costs associated with perpetuating a Windows workplace. As security concerns escalate and the reliability of Windows diminishes, the appeal of desktop Linux intensifies. Ready or not, businesses must heed the migratory instinct, or risk getting left behind. The Linux Client Migration Cookbook, an IBM Redbook written by a group of seasoned IT specialists and freely downloadable from IBM's Web site, is a balanced and informative guide to practical migration.
The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is incredibly popular in the world of GNU/Linux. Distributions such as SUSE and Mandrakelinux use it by default. KDE has some useful features that, while easily accessible, are less prominent. Just as a camera inexplicably makes a cell phone more fun to use, KDE's cool but unnoticed details may make it more attractive to prospective users. Read on to learn about a few such features may help you every day.
Industry watchers claim Sun Microsystems is playing a dangerous game with its decision to position Solaris as open source – a move which will see it go head to head with Linux
In his second visit to the country in as many years, Matthew J Szulik is a keynote speaker at Nasscom and Linux Asia events
Developers now have a choice to use the open source Python language for mobile application development on Nokia Series 60 phones, the Finnish company announced.