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Set up a Web server cluster in 5 easy steps

Construct a highly available Apache Web server cluster that spans multiple physical or virtual Linux® servers in 5 easy steps with Linux Virtual Server and Heartbeat v2. To get the most out of this article, you should be familiar with Linux and basic networking, and you should have Apache servers already configured. Our examples are based on standard SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES10) installations, but savvy users of other distributions should be able to adapt the methods shown here.

Implement a Linux Thin Client Network with New Book

A new book for Systems Administrators who are interested in designing and setting up a Linux thin client network has been published by Packt. Written by David Richards, Linux Thin Client Networks Design and Deployment provides enough knowledge to understand how the technology works, make decisions about deployment, and then implement a stable work environment.

Palm's Foleo delayed until October

Putting another hitch into a product release that has already been roundly booed by critics, Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg put out a note Wednesday saying that Palm's new Foleo has been delayed. Initially priced at $500, the Foleo is essentially a Linux-based, large-screen companion device to the Treo, allowing users to create e-mails and edit documents using a 10-inch display and a full-sized keyboard. The new device, which weighs a relatively hefty 2.5 pounds, synchs automatically with the user's Treo, and includes a battery with up to five hours of life.

Create a simple honeypot with Debian and Nepenthes

  • Tech Republic; By Justin Fielding (Posted by NoDough on Aug 23, 2007 5:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
I wanted to see for myself just how quickly a machine would be infected, how it would be infected, and how frequently it would be probed. Rather than putting a target machine openly on the Internet, I decided to use the Nepenthes malware collector. Nepenthes is a low interaction Honeypot, which emulates known vulnerabilities and captures worms as they attempt to infect it.

Integrated mainboards and Linux

Why are Intel the market leader in graphics chips, tho they don't even make separate cards? And why will they continue to be leaders, and be stronger than ever? Easy answer: they are the ones who support Linux.

The *Complete* Story on the US INCITS Vote

I headed in to town from the desert this afternoon to gas up and get groceries, and to catch up on all things ODF/OOXML. In scanning my Google Alerts, I ran into this posting by Microsoft's Jason Matusow, himself just in from vacation. In that post, Jason presents, how to say delicately, less than all of the facts about what's happening with the US vote on OOXML.

Two months with Ubuntu Linux and loving it

  •; By RickGeek (Posted by dave on Aug 23, 2007 3:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
In late June of this year, I made a type of executive decision. I have been a software developer by trade throughout my entire professional career. I began programming commercially in 1987 and have followed the progression from MS-DOS 3.31 through 6.22, then Windows 3.x, 95 and up. I’ve moved from the library of custom-developed tools in C and assembly during my MS-DOS days to the GUI + libraries present in Windows OSes. Still, even today, I continue to code for Windows even though I am migrating much of that knowledge to the Linux side after having such a successful run with Ubuntu.

KDE Multimedia Meeting Video Interviews

You might remember, that a little over a year ago graciously hosted the KDE multimedia meeting (or k3m for short). Whilst we were there, hacking away, the folks from Source21 joined us to do some interviews for their open source software vidcast. If you take some time to watch the video, you’ll hear from Martijn Klingens (KDE marketing,, Matthias Kretz (Phonon) and myself (Amarok) speaking about our respective areas of expertise.

Zonbu Mini PC: Boom or Boo-Boo?

The eponymous Zonbu is actually a low-energy miniature PC currently in "public beta" testing. There’s no fan, no hard disk, and no Microsoft Windows. A laptop hard disk can be installed using the internal IDE slot, as can a Bluetooth or WiFi card using the mini-PCI slot (a spot for an external WiFi LED is already marked on the aluminum case.) Also included are a massive internal heat sink, a 4GB Compact Flash card, six USB 2.0 ports, and Gentoo Linux.

ODF/OOXML Watch: Bill Gates Lobbies Behind the Scenes Again, Jason Matusow Deceives

From “developers, developers, developers” (produce software) to “advertisers, advertisers, advertisers” (market poor products) to “lobbyists, lobbyists, lobbyists” (start cheating). Yesterday we mentioned the use of large heaps of money in pursuit for standards domination. We also took a look at some of the latest ‘funny business’ around the world. There is a lot more coming at the moment, so let’s break it down into subheadings.

Learn embedded Linux, get a Linux laptop

Linux training and laptop specialist LinuxCertified will offer a three-day class in embedded and real-time Linux development. As with all LinuxCertified courses, participants will receive the use of a Linux laptop that they then have the option to purchase. Set for Sept. 12-14 in Sunnyvale, Calif., LinuxCertified's embedded Linux course promises to examine, "why Linux, how to embed Linux, and how to measure and obtain real-time performance," the vendor said.

Top 10 Gnome Desktop Tweaks

The desktop environment for many Linux users, Gnome, is fast, organized and very easy to learn. But Gnome is also very powerful and highly customizable. Today's top 10 lists the various ways you can tweak Nautilus and the Gnome desktop to turn Linux into a productivity powerhouse.

SPECviewperf 10 to come for Linux, Mac OS X

Two months have passed after the release of SPECviewperf 10, but the benchmark development group is not sleeping. The organisations behind this industry-standard benchmark are working hard on putting the SPECviewperf 10.1 out the door. The future of this benchmark is going multi-platform, since development group is pushing to release binaries for Linux and Mac OS X. If the people manage to pull this one off, there is no reason why SPECviewperf will not continue to dominate the professional graphics benchmark space for many years to come.

GPLv3 adoption is up 14% week over week

California-based IP gurus Palamida emailed me this week with some intriguing GPLv3 information that I thought I’d share with everyone this morning. Apparently all the GPLv3 haters can go to lunch, because the little license that could is seeing adoption rates of approximately 14% week-over-week. In the mailing, entitled “Get ready — it’s ramping up,” Palamida’s Melisa LaBancz-Bleasdale details the growth of the GPL’s third incarnation, which went live last month.

Building Your own Custom Linux PC

Hardware compatibility was a major issue with Linux some years ago, but it's quite safe to say that we have gone past that point. However, some hardware producers have done a better job at supporting Linux now. If you are absolutely sure that your next PC will run Linux, a brief moment of planning ahead can earn you a very powerful system that runs like a charm. So lets build a Perfect Custom Linux PC. These hardware specifications are for Linux which are fairly popular.

Software bonhomie: Microsoft products to operate better on Unix, Linux

Microsoft will launch several projects around Linux and other open source technologies for allowing Indian customers the option to run its products on different operating systems and technologies. The initiative, to be rolled out in around a month’s time, is aimed at grabbing “more market share for the Windows platform by allowing interoperability with open source technologies such as Linux,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, director, platform strategy, Microsoft India.

Browser, graphics stack tag-team eyes Linux devices

Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST) has ported Opera Software's Opera browser to its FancyPants embedded graphics stack. The companies say they will jointly market the combined stack, which initially supports Linux on ARM processors, to developers of smartphones, set-top boxes, POS (point-of-sales), electronic signs, in-car systems, and building automation equipment.

OLPC team shows off UI design

At the keynote for the recent UX Week conference in Washington DC, designers from the OLPC project and Pentagram Design gave a live demonstration of the laptop's Sugar user interface, including a "zoom" spacial navigation system and its extensive collaboration tools. Using a handheld video camera to relay the screens of four on-stage laptops to the audience, presenters showed Sugar running smoothly on actual XO hardware.

Mini-ITX PowerPC system includes Linux

A board vendor in China/Taiwan is touting a mini-ITX system based on Freescale's fastest PowerQUICC II processor. Micetek, which specializes in 8- and 32-bit processor development boards, said its MPC8349E-mITX system comes with Linux, and can be used to build networking, communications, and "pervasive computing" equipment. Micetek's mini-ITX system is based on its MPC8349E-mITX board, which it appears to have originally developed for Freescale. Freescale resells the board as its MPC8349E-mITXE reference platform, and will feature the board in this fall's 23-city MontaVista/Freescale roadshow.

QEMU: Virtualization the easy way

If you run a modern Linux distribution, chances are that you already have all the necessary tools to run other distributions or even proprietary operating systems as well, all at the same time. You don’t have to be a kernel hacker to do this - just follow some simple steps explained here to get going.

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