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Leverage transparent huge pages on Linux

Transparently leveraging huge pages on Linux -- which allow memory page table entries to cover larger ranges of contiguous physical memory -- has become much easier with the recent introduction of Version 1 of the libhugetlbfs library on SourceForge. Learn more about the libhugetlbfs libraries and how to use them with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).

Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0, CNR v2 rollout plans published

Linspire has published the release schedules for its two Linux distributions -- Linspire and Freespire -- and the overhaul of its CNR (click-and-run) software update system to support multiple Linux distributions, including Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu.

Repartitioning on the fly, and disk space for /

Standard disk setup here used to include a 5GB root partition (this has been upped to 10GB for a while now). I’ve just encountered the first machine with this setup to be running out of space on / - mostly this seems to be down to /usr/share.

Pagestream delivers easy, powerful DTP

Pagestream is a proprietary desktop publishing program for Linux, Windows, Macintosh, and Amiga. First developed for the Atari more than two decades ago, it is produced by a small company, but has attracted a loyal and active group of users. Pagestream's strengths include an easy-to-use interface and a strong awareness of typography, but in the version beta for GNU/Linux, users also have to contend with limited font support and apparently disabled table support.

Linux: 2.6.21 Kernel Released

Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 2.6.21 kernel, "if the goal for 2.6.20 was to be a stable release (and it was), the goal for 2.6.21 is to have just survived the big timer-related changes and some of the other surprises (just as an example: we were apparently unlucky enough to hit what looks like a previously unknown hardware errata in one of the ethernet drivers that got updated etc)."

DistroWatch publishes top 10 distros list, for years a staple of the Linux information scene for its coverage of distribution development, today posted a new "Top Ten Distributions" page. The list provides a few paragraphs of general information and history for each distro, plus a brief list of fast facts. The site was careful to indicate that its selections are "loosely listed in order of popularity on DistroWatch, which is NOT an indication of their market share or quality."

GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative: A Viable Option for Carriers?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 26, 2007 7:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNOME
I can honestly say without reservation that the GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE) is a novel idea, and I certainly support the hard work that has gone behind bringing GNOME to the mobile world. However, I can't help but feel like the desktop Linux world will likely be left out in the cold as their embedded siblings continue to embrace the Microsoft desktop platform. Will this initiative be enough to get developers to finally offer desktop Linux users the options for keeping their data in sync without hours of command line and config file editing? To date, I remain unaware of any successful, user-friendly instances where embedded Linux has given the time of day with regard to easy “syncability” to desktop Linux. Sure, there are a number of hacks, workarounds and other such solutions, but it’s not a simple solution. It just goes to show just how sad this whole thing really is.

How To Install VMware Server On Debian 4.0 (Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by falko on Apr 26, 2007 6:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions about how to install the free VMware Server (version 1.0.2) on a Debian Etch system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system. This has the benefit that you can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware which saves a lot of money, and you can move virtual machines from one VMware Server to the next one (or to a system that has the VMware Player which is also free). In this article we use Debian Etch (4.0) as the host operating system.

$3 Office & XP suite no threat to $100 laptop

Microsoft's announcement last week that it will sell a $3 software bundle to students in developing countries is a positive move that won’t hurt the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) effort, according to Michael Evans of the non-profit group’s board.

Tutorial: Better Wi-Fi on the Linux Horizon

Wireless networking on Linux is entering a new era. An era of bliss and ease; where users and network administrators have abundant time for relaxing lie-abouts on sunny warm hills because their wireless systems are humming along contentedly, instead of being vexing and unreliable.

MontaVista buys two UK Companies

MontaVista Software has bought two UK-based companies, MontaVista Limited and Liberte, in a move that strengthens its ability to meet exploding demand in Europe for commercial Linux products and services.

How to build your very own Internet-controlled robots

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say building robots doesn't have to be rocket science. They've unveiled a set of recipes for building Internet-controlled robots with off-the-shelf parts. The Telepresence Robot Kit (TeRK) features one key piece of Linux-based hardware called a Qwerk controller, but otherwise calls on would-be robot builders to use off-the-shelf parts.

OpenMoko update: Some light ahead

Sean Moss Pultz updated us on the status of the OpenMoko and Neo1973. Looks like things are going well. Here is the announcement.

Linux kernel 2.6.21 released

This latest update to the Linux kernel features improvements to virtualisation, power management and sound support.

Review: SimplyMEPIS Linux 6.5

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Apr 26, 2007 1:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
A few weeks ago, MEPIS released SimplyMEPIS 6.5. The latest version of the Ubuntu-based desktop distribution offers a number of interesting new features, including a 64-bit release and Beryl for 3-D desktop effects. After spending a fair amount of time with the release, I found it to be a worthy update to earlier versions of MEPIS.

Adobe releases Flex as open source

Adobe today announced plans to release source code for Adobe Flex as open source, giving developers the opportunity to enhance this framework for delivering rich Internet applications.

KDE4 Devel Live-CD Review: Work in Progress

  •; By Piotr Maliński (Posted by michux on Apr 26, 2007 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: KDE
A few days ago first KDE4 CD images presenting the current development version of KDE4 have been published in the Internet. Nobody should expect that this version is close to the final product. As the SVN code being intensively and continuously developed, no wonder it’s neither stable, usable nor it contains all the features planned for the final release due in late 2007. This review should be then treated as a pure experiment, “a glance” at the current status of KDE4 development.

Wiimote hacked to make opening doors look silly

  • Engadget; By Nilay Patel (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Apr 26, 2007 11:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
Dissatisfied with their existing smartcard setup, a group of Japanese fanboys rigged up their, um, FreeBSD door controller (doorputer?) to accept Bluetooth input from Wiimotes. We see only two problems with this setup: first, it's far less secure than, you know, keys; and second, everyone knows Linux runs a doorputer like, so much better than BSD.

HDTV reception and network streaming in a box

I have been a TiVo owner since almost day one; seven years with a Series 1 box. But TiVo's elimination of lifetime subscriptions has made me plan on migrating to a do-it-yourself DVR, probably running MythTV. As I spec out hardware, I am increasingly frustrated at the paucity of PCI slots bestowed on us by motherboard makers today. I want good sound, good NTSC, FM, and HDTV, and hopefully multiple tuners, but there is scarcely a mobo in sight that has that much room in the interior. However, I found an alternative in Silicondust's HDHomeRun, a standalone, dual-tuner HDTV receiver that streams video over the network, and supports Linux right out of the box.

Device Profile: Hammer MyShare NAS device

Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts, used embedded Linux as the software platform in its flagship consumer network-attached storage (NAS) device. The "MyShare" NAS appliance runs Linux on an ARM9-based Marvell processor, and has two internal SATA II drives, for capacities up to 2 terabytes.

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