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Has is really been a year? How the time flew by... In July 2003 I took a gamble that's paid off like I never imagined it would. In early 2003, I came across Lycoris and Desktop/LX.
In this second of a series of four tutorials on the 101 exam, you will learn how to use regular expressions to search files for text patterns, how to locate files on your system, and how to take full control of Linux processes. You'll even get a whirlwind introduction to shell pipelines, redirection, and text processing commands. By the end of this tutorial, you'll have a solid grounding in basic Linux administration and will be ready to begin learning more advanced Linux system administration skills in the follow-on tutorial.
The smell of newly purchased stuff... So, there I was, Hauppauge WinTV board in hand, Mandrake 10 installed and ready to rock! Little did I expect that it would come to this. But first things first.
The way that software is being produced and acquired is changing rapidly. The availability of high quality software, often for no licensing costs and with very user-friendly license terms, is challenging commercial companies producing products in the same software category. This new type of software is called either Free Software or Open Source Software (it will be referred to in this document as Free/Open Source Software) and is being attacked by the incumbent software product vendors as if it were a threat to the free market itself. The software industry is actually going through a well-known free market process that was first identified by the famed economist Joseph A. Schumpeter in 1942. It is called the process of creative destruction.
China-based Red Flag Software and Miracle Linux of Japan officially launched their beta version of Asianux 1.0 at Oracle OpenWorld, a technology seminar held in Shanghai from July 20-22. Asianux is a standardized Linux operating environment developed specially for enterprises in Asia. Oracle, a supporter of Asianux, has decided to put the Linux-based operating system on its "unbreakable" support program.
Intel is breathing new life into an open source test and performance framework at the Eclipse Foundation. The chipmaker will take over leadership of the Eclipse's Hyades Core Platform, just as three new sub-projects emerge: Hyades Testing, Hyades Tracing & Profiling and Hyades Monitoring.
"I think Microsoft needs to be careful, because many of their own customers already use Linux in some way," says Bill Weinberg of Open Source Development Labs. "They're publishing TCO studies right and left slamming Linux, which risks offending their own customers."
Yum is a powerful tool that greatly improves package handling on RPM-based Linux distributions. This tutorial explains how to create a local yum repository, configure your machine to use this repository, and customise a yum RPM to automatically use this repository.
Discussion on the new Linux kernel development model continued on the lkml, and likely will continue for some time. Adrian Bunk began an email pointing out, "there's much worth in having a very stable kernel. Many people use for different reasons self-compiled http://ftp.kernel.org kernels." 2.6 maintainer Andrew Morton replied, "Well. We'll see. 2.6 is becoming stabler, despite the fact that we're adding features."
"Now, you'll start to see enterprises running Linux on big SMP boxes," predicted Wim Coekaerts, principal member of the technical staff, Corporate Architecture, at Oracle. In recent months, Oracle has been continuing its Linux push by setting a world record benchmark for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) machines, teaming up with Red Hat on a development center in Singapore, pitching in on the Linux 2.6 kernel, and moving its own internal development environment from Solaris to Linux.
Linux may be an operating system synonymous with a flightless bird, but if some Sydney research students have their way, it could be orbiting the earth controlling a space satellite within two years. The Bluesat microsatellite is a joint project of the Mechanical, Electrical, Telecommunications, and Computer Systems engineering departments at the University of New South Wales. The students have spent several years designing a 10-kilogram microsatellite, including its structure and flight computer.
Just weeks after stating that it would most likely drop the name SuSE from its newly acquired SuSE Certified Linux Professional designation, Novell has announced that it will be dropping the underlying exam, as well. According to Novell's Web site, the SuSE Certified Linux Professional (SCLP) exam -- which was developed by SuSE before Novell acquired it -- will be retired at the end of this year.
Based on Gentoo Linux, the Vidalinux Desktop OS has been announced on the project's website, and the first beta of the software is expected to be available on Gentoo mirrors soon. The goal of the Vidalinux Desktop OS is to make Linux easier to use and administer for daily work for home or office users.
Day 2 of the four-day Linux symposium here was a highly technical one. It began with Rik van Riel of kernelnewbies.org and Red Hat and a host of other members of the CKRM kernel resource management project explaining how it works.
Exploring the differences between popular and enterprise Linux distributions.
Toshiba today launched a laptop that is widely rumored to offer the choice of booting Windows Media Center Edition 2004, for full PC capabilities, or a quick-starting embedded Linux environment, for instant-on, appliance-like TV tuner, DVD player, CD player, and remote control capabilities. Toshiba is selling the Qosmio laptop direct in the US, priced at $2,699.
Internet scanning for servers running Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) has spiked in the past week, raising suspicions that hackers may be profiling targets for future attacks. SSL encrypts sensitive information for e-commerce transactions, and its presence can indicate a high-value target for crackers seeking to steal financial data. Scans of port 443, which is used by SSL, have surged since July 15.
Red Hat, the top seller of the Linux operating system, has adopted an e-mail enhancement that its rival Novell recently released as open-source software.
IceWM is a lightweight window manager for UNIX-like systems. Although widely used, it is often underrated - there is hardly any IceWM-related content on the Internet. This article is my attempt to share my experiences as a longtime IceWM user. It contains tips and tricks, usage scenarios, and makes use of examples whenever possible to better demonstrate IceWM's features and capabilities. Finally, the article is meant for those with some familiarity with UNIX, but who are new to IceWM.