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Are You Ready for Logical Volume Management?

Volume management is not new to systems such as AIX and UNIX, and logical volume management (LVM) has been around since Linux kernel 2.4v1 and 2.6.9v2. This article reveals the most useful features of the LVM2 tool, such as how to build and manage volumes, snapshot a backup, and ways to simplify your system administration tasks.

Creative Commons Artist Spotlight: Convey

Today we’re proud to introduce a new feature: Creative Commons Artist Spotlight, which Red Hat Magazine will be producing in association with Every week, we will introduce our readers to emerging musical artists who choose to release their work under Creative Commons licenses. This week’s band, Convey, hails from Acton, Massachusetts. Their debut EP can be found at

Why the Linux Desktop will succeed despite itself

If you expect me to argue with the 13 reasons Kim Brebach gives for why the Linux desktop is unlikely to make it to a desktop near you any time soon, prepare to be disappointed. He's right. No, you didn't mis-read that. Brebach may be a Linux newbie -- well a newbie who's getting up to speed at a remarkable rate -- but he hit the nail right on the head with his 13 reasons for why the Linux desktop isn't likely to make it. But, what he doesn't do is look at some of the reasons why Linux may yet become a popular desktop despite itself.

Sun turns Microsoft Windows server OEM

Having recently rediscovered itself as a systems company, Sun Microsystems has been welcomed into Microsoft's vast and growing family of OEM partners. Expanding the companies' three-year-old interoperability pact, Sun has agreed to ship Microsoft's dated but important Windows Server 2003 operating system pre-installed on its x64 machines. The companies will also co-operate on go-to-market activities for the machines. Also notable: the deal does not stretch to Microsoft's planned Windows Server 2003 replacement - Windows Server 2008 - meaning Sun will be shipping an operating system that's several years old.

New commercial Linux game slated by year end

Hothead Games will soon be launching a new title based on the popular online Penny Arcade comic strip. Even better, the new game will be available for several platforms at its launch, including Linux. The dearth of new, popular, commercial games for Linux has long been a sore point for Linux users. For the most part, Linux gamers have been overlooked, forgotten, or ignored. What drove Hothead to include Linux as a supported platform? Joel DeYoung, Hothead Game's COO and also a founder and producer of the upcoming "Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness," said, "At Hothead we have a philosophy that gamers should choose the platform they want to play a game on, rather than the publisher dictating that to them. So in general we're always going to try to get our titles on as many platforms as possible.

OpenSolaris vs. GNU/Linux: Deathmatch or Lovefest?

One of the recent posts that Jonathan made was in response to a flame by Linus. In his response to accusations, by Linus, that Sun was being disingenuous about truly open sourcing its ZFS file system, he mentioned that not only was Sun going to open source everything, but that they were going to do it under GPL3.

Growing Free Software Movement Trumps 'End of Open Computing'

Microsoft proclaimed in 2002 that the "era of 'open computing...'" was "...coming to an end". Just like their proclamations about the Internet 'fad', they could not have been more wrong...

Getting Google’s Web Toolkit going

Developers looking to build Ajax-style rich internet applications (RIA) are pretty much spoilt for choice at the moment. There are dozens of RIA tools and frameworks littering the development landscape, from those providing minimal sets of JavaScript libraries to heavyweight contenders such as Adobe’s Flex, Microsoft’s Silverlight and Google’s Web Toolkit (GWT). The Google offering, released under an Open Source licence, has quickly picked up a following by combining a wide range of useful and functional browser widgets and by using Java to drive the whole thing. Yep, that’s Java, not Javascript…

Finally! Work with native XML in DB2 v9.0

Learn how to use the new features of DB2 Express-C to store, query, and manipulate native XML documents using SQL/XML and XQuery. Create a new database, create a table with XML and relational columns, populate the table, and query XML data with XQuery.

13 reasons why Linux won't make it to a desktop near you

This guest column by Kim Brebach, a consultant with an Australian technology marketing group, examines the Linux phenomenon from the perspective of a marketeer wondering why it hasn't caught on more, and what it would take to move it forward.

Slackbuilds: A Slackware solution

I can't believe I've never heard of It's a great way to get the software you want on your Slackware box.

3 moments in Vista that make me consider Linux

While I definitely think some elements of Vista are definite improvements, 10 months of experience has shown me there are some things that just annoy me to my very core. Here are the three things that most make me wish I had the strength to move over to Linux — full time.

Introducing the 2007 InfoWorld Bossies

Not too long ago, open source meant starving developers; scant documentation; an ugly, outdated Web site; and software that lived in perpetual beta. Now open source software is becoming big business. “Now hiring” is a common sight on project home pages, and .org and SourceForge sites that used to point straight to source code archives are redirected to .com URLs that celebrate the commercial success of what started out as collaborations among unpaid coders of like mind.

Nseer ERP 6.0 isn't fully baked

The big names in open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, such as Compiere, get most of the publicity, but you have another choice: Nseer ERP, from the first Chinese company to open the source code to its ERP software. It offers a basic solution for small businesses. Like many other open source ERP applications, Nseer ERP is developed under Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and is based on a client-server architecture. It runs on Linux, Windows, and Unix, and supports databases such as MySQL, Oracle, DB2, and SQL Server; multiple languages (for the time being, only English and Chinese); and the IE, Firefox, and Netscape Web browsers. The latest version is v6.0.

New FOSS certification for non profit sector

Chris Bailey, UK ICT Hub FOSS in the VCS project, writes: As part of the work for the UK ICT Hub's FOSS in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) project we are developing a new certification for FOSS use by not for profits, Free and Open Source Knowledge (FOSK). We are doing this in partnership with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) whose certification for Linux system administrators has world wide recognition.

Open News Podcast Episode 26 Released

This week on Open News OOXML Fast-track Rejected, NetApp Sues Sun, and An Interview With Jono Bacon.

Install Oracle 11g on HVM VM (CentOS 5) under Xen 3.1 on Debian Etch (x86_64)

Installation has been done to evaluate HVM VM performance. CentOS 5 VM has been tuned exactly as advised at 1 GB memory was allocated for VM and it was installed on 16 GB partion (/dev/sdbX) of SATA HDD Seagate Barracuda 160 GB

Rural Ugandans bank on OSS-built system

East African cellphone company, Simba Telecoms, has introduced an innovative local money transfer service in Uganda. Tectonic speaks to Cape Town-based Jeshurun Consulting's development manager to find out what was used to build the system.

Ian Lynch Talks About INGOTS Certifications in Open Technologies

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Sep 12, 2007 4:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
Blue GNU interviews Ian Lynch, well-known in and beyond the and OpenDocument community, to learn about the INternational Grades with Open Technologies (INGOTS), how the certification system works, and how it is progressing.

Microsoft and Novell Open Interoperability Lab

Microsoft Corp. and Novell today announced the opening of the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Cambridge, Mass. Announced last fall as part of Microsoft and Novell's groundbreaking collaboration agreement, the opening of the lab delivers on a promise the two companies made to work together to create a joint development facility at which Microsoft and Novell technical experts will design and test new software solutions and work with customers and the community to build and support technologies that allow Microsoft Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise to work well together.

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