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Open Source Python for System Administrators

  • IBM/developerWorks (Posted by solrac on Sep 5, 2007 10:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Adopt Python to manage UNIX systems while incorporating concepts of good program design. Python is an easy-to-learn, open source scripting language that lets system administrators do their job more quickly. It can also make tasks more fun. The examples in this article demonstrate different Python features that you can put to practical use. If you work through them, you'll be well on your way to understanding the power of Python.

Solarflare Demonstrates Line Rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet for Virtual Machines with XenEnterprise v4 at VMworld

Solarflare Communications will demonstrate the industry's highest-performance network stack for virtual machines with its 10GBASE-T reference design NIC, running on XenSource's XenEnterprise v4 virtualization platform. The solution will be on display at VMworld, September 11-13 at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Why you really can't use 'Linux' as a screen name on the Xbox 360

When the news broke about it being impossible to use Linux as a screen name on the Xbox 360 it sounded like such a Microsoft thing to do. Alas, the real reason why you can't use Linux as a screen name is much more mundane. There was the clue that led your ace reporter to call Microsoft's public relations and ask, "Do you block screen names with trademarks in them." The answer? "Yes, online Xbox 360 Gamertags [aka screen names] may not include trademarked words or phrases."

AHIC's Successor

The public/private successor to AHIC and what form the future AHIC will take is being publicly discussed with presentation by Dr. Kolodner containing possible governance models. Will Free and Open Source Software be prepresented? Are the minions of FOSS on the march?

Qualcomm sets the record straight on Penelope (Hint: it's not Eudora 8)

Last fall, Qualcomm announced plans to join forces with the developers of Mozilla's Thunderbird email client to produce an open source version of Eudora. Since some code in the original Eudora client is proprietary, engineers needed to rebuild the application from scratch. When the first beta release of Penelope -- a Thunderbird add-on developed by Qualcomm -- was announced this week, many people assumed it was actually a beta release of a new open source Eudora client. Adding to the confusion is the fact that Penelope is not supported on Linux systems. Qualcomm developer Jeff Beckley sets the record straight.

Red Hat High campers are bridging the digital divide

One of the things Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik loses sleep over is the digital divide, especially when it comes to children. He wanted to do something about the disparity in the availability of computing resources and skills between social classes, so he set aside corporate funds to create Red Hat High, a week-long technology summer camp for eighth- and ninth-grade students.

Palm to focus on Microsoft and stoped Linux development.

Some days ago, I posted about Foleo a Linux based Palm equipment, which was intended to be a palm companion so users, could have access to the content in their palms, using a QWERTY keyboard and a big screen. Yesterday at Palm's official blog, appeared this announcement where they say they are going to "cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration"

NetBSD: 4.0 Release Candidate 1

"On behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering Team, it is my pleasure to announce that the first release candidate for NetBSD 4.0 has been released," Liam Foy posted to the NetBSD -announce mailing list. The release has been a long time coming, first announced in August of 2006 by Jeff Rizzo,"NetBSD 4.0_BETA was branched on August 8, 2006 (UTC), and the beta-testing process has officially begun."

Ark Linux H2O--2007.1 [Review]

  • ReviLinux (Posted by odi on Sep 5, 2007 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Ark Linux is a distribution whose goal is ease of installation and use for users without prior Linux...

AMD: Accelerating Open-Source Drivers?

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 5, 2007 2:47 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
So far today at Phoronix we've published the AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview, ATI R300/400 Linux Performance, ATI R500 Linux Performance, and ATI Radeon HD 2900XT Linux Performance -- yet, it's only ten minutes past midnight! However, looking at AMD's official statement on the Linux driver, there is a rather interesting sentence about good things to come...

How To Enable NTFS Write Support (ntfs-3g) On Mandriva 2007 Spring

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 5, 2007 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
Normally Linux systems can only read from Windows NTFS partitions, but not write to them which can be very annoying if you have to work with Linux and Windows systems. This is where ntfs-3g comes into play. ntfs-3g is an open source, freely available NTFS driver for Linux with read and write support. This tutorial shows how to install and use ntfs-3g on a Mandriva 2007 Spring desktop to read from and write to Windows NTFS drives and partitions.

Women of Tech: Hear Us Roar, A Special Series from O'Reilly

There's no doubt that women coders, developers, designers, and programmers are a powerful force in the modern tech industry, despite their smaller numbers compared to men. At the same time many of the major impacts and innovations of women at every level of the development and evolution of technology--from the first female coders to today's Web 2.0 pioneers--aren't all that well known.

AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 5, 2007 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While many thought this day would never come or that it was some form of propaganda, it's coming and it's coming this month. The AMD fglrx 8.41 driver features a brand new underlying code-base that has been under development for well over a year. At Phoronix we have literally spent hundreds of hours using and testing this new driver, and to say the least it is truly a new experience on the ATI Linux front. The new driver delivers massive performance improvements, Radeon HD 2000 (R600) support, and a whole lot more. This article is the first of five articles that will be published today at Phoronix as we examine the new AMD Linux driver extensively on all fronts from seeing how it can handle the flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900XT graphics card to going back to past graphics card families to show the dramatic performance improvements.

Microsoft releases Silverlight, supports Linux

Microsoft today released version 1.0 of Silverlight, the cross-browser, cross-platform multimedia plugin, to the Web. The company also confirmed that it is working to make Silverlight available for Linux users.

OpenSSH 4.7 sneaks out

New release of connectivity security standard-bearer includes host of bugfixes and a long list of new features.

PhpGedView puts your ancestors on the Web

PhpGedView is an open source application that lets you post your genealogy records on your Web site. It has a lot of interesting features, and makes viewing and editing all aspects of your genealogy easy and fun.

First Look at MEPIS AntiX 7.0 Beta 2

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By M Perks (Posted by ReviewLinux on Sep 5, 2007 8:32 AM EDT)
I am always looking for a faster Linux OS that just does the basics. I want a low-overhead Linux distro that can run on almost any machine be it a Pentium 2 to a Pentium 4. MEPIS AntiX 7.0 Beta 2 might just be the one. Check out my short little review about this Linux distro plus my flash video showing off this fast and light weight Linux OS.

Word 2003 Excel 2003 PowerPoint 2007 Viewers with Wine

  •; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Sep 5, 2007 7:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews, Tutorial
I have posted a overview of running Microsoft Word 2003 Excel 2003 PowerPoint 2007 Viewers with Wine on my blog for people who might be having trouble with files in Open Office or other Office applications.

This week at LWN: The Grumpy Editor encounters Firebug

Those who have been paying close attention may have noticed a number of changes to the LWN site over the last few weeks. Most of those changes are not visible; our quaint early-90's table-oriented HTML is slowly giving away to a more contemporary design which makes use of the features of cascading style sheets. This sort of work involves a lot of change-and-reload cycles in an effort to figure out why something is not rendering as your editor intended. CSS is a powerful but sometimes obscure technology. One tool your editor wishes he had stumbled across earlier is Firebug, a Firefox extension designed to help with just this sort of work.

Ontario Linux Fest

The countdown is on to Ontario Linux Fest and we couldn't be more excited. Here's some news from inside the organizing committee. Since our last note we've added some speakers and topics, and a couple of prominent sponsors. And a bunch more of you have registered in advance from our registration page at

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