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Key Porting Differences from LinuxThreads to NPTL

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 5, 2006 10:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Linux
The LinuxThreads project originally brought multithreading to Linux, but didn't conform to POSIX threading standards. The introduction of Native POSIX Thread Library (NPTL) however, overcame many of these disadvantages. This article describes some of the differences between these two Linux threading models for developers who may need to port their applications or who simply want to understand where the differences lie.

Examine the Ajax into J2EE web app life cycle

Its a good idea to review the potential impacts throughout the full development life cycle of introducing Ajax technology into Java EE Web applications.

Linux expert sees expanded role for Ubuntu on the server

After rave reviews as a desktop OS, Ubuntu Linux is finally attracting the support of developers as a server platform. The expanded sphere of influence for this free operating system is due in part to a renewed effort by developers like Benjamin Mako Hill -- he goes by Mako -- who promote the server side components of the latest Ubuntu release, version 6.06, as a viable alternative to its proprietary counterparts.

Mozilla a peer-to-peer marketing pioneer

You could say Mozilla is one of the first peer-to-peer success stories of the Internet age. Pioneers of open-source development, its Internet products, like the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email utility, were created and are still being enhanced by a dedicated community of users. So it was natural for the company to extend the community concept into marketing.

Discover the Anatomy of initrd

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 5, 2006 7:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Linux
The Linux initial RAM disk (initrd) is a temporary root file system that is mounted during system boot to support the two-state boot process. It contains various executables and drivers that permit the real root file system to be mounted, after which the initrd RAM disk is unmounted and its memory freed. In this article explore the initial RAM disk for Linux 2.6, including its creation and use in the Linux kernel. In many embedded Linux systems, the initrd is the final root file system.

Mozilla reaches 15% of browser market

Basically Mozilla isn't claiming the same number of users as downloads since some people have downloaded multiple versions of Firefox; others have cancelled the download; while yet others download but don't regularly use Firefox.

Freespire RC1

Freespire is a very well put together distro in RC status, that still has a few small bugs to work out.  Over all I am quite impressed, and am comfortable recommending it to most anyone who is interesting in trying Linux out.
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How to change Linux /UNIX system password-using a web based PHP script user interface

This article shows how to change a system password using a web based PHP script. This is one the essential tasks that many new sys admin find it little difficult as they are not familiar with PHP. Using concept presented in this article one can write extended edition with any other programming language such as Perl or Python.

Torvalds' comments on GPLv3 committees refuted

Linus Torvalds had harsh comments about the committees organized by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) to help it draft version 3 of the GNU Public License (GPLv3). However, so far as NewsForge can determine, none of those actually involved in the process agree with Torvalds' assessment that the FSF isn't listening to feedback.

HOWTO Install Linux on HTC-Apache

This is a very rough guide at the moment, corrections welcome. This method doesn't remove Windows in any way, similar to booting from CD-ROM on a PC

[It's not the Apache you may be thinking about. Hope someone can do a little analysis of this; the instructions appear to be complete. -- grouch]

Translate the Haskell into English Manually, Part II

Write a program in Haskell that translates C type declarations into English.

This is part two of a two-part series [see for part one]. In this article, I build upon the concept of a parse pipeline with the State monad. Then, with all the pieces in place, I show the complete Haskell program. I also take a step back and consider why Haskell isn't as popular as some other languages and whether it deserves a place in your programmer's toolbox.

Google Applies Text-Search to Open-Source Project Hosting

Last week Google launched an open-source project hosting service for professional software developers as part of its Google Code offerings.

"Google is rooted in open source and we would like to make it easy for others to develop innovative open-source applications," says Greg Stein, the Google engineering manager who is spearheading the hosting site. Stein joined Google after a stint as director of engineering at CollabNet, where he managed the Subversion project. He is also the chairman of the Apache Software Foundation.

[Note the comments by Jay Seirmarco, general manager of on the coordination with Google. -- grouch]

DistroWatch Weekly: Name changes for SUSE, interview with DW founder, Kate OS 3.0

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 5, 2006 2:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! This is my third and final week bringing you DistroWatch Weekly. It's been great fun, but I now have an even greater appreciation for the contribution Ladislav Bodnar makes to the Linux and Open Source Community. Fedora and Mandriva have announced the end of the support cycle for some older products, Ubuntu is starting class and Gentoo is holding elections. Dr. W. T. Zhu brings us an in-depth look at all the options and features available here at Distrowatch with glimpses into some of the history as well. Beranger brings us a wonderful look at last week's release of Zenwalk Linux 2.8, while I report on my test drive of Berry Linux 0.72. I hope you enjoy this week's DWW. Oh, and as Ladislav always says, "Happy reading!"

Six steps to secure sensitive data in MySQL

If you're using MySQL, there are some easy things you can do to secure your systems and significantly reduce the risk of unauthorised access to your sensitive data.

The most valuable asset for technology-based organisations is usually the customer or product information in their databases. And so, a critical part of database administration in such organisations consists of securing these databases against outside attack and hardware/software failures.

Latest Win4Lin supports latest Linspire Linux

Win4Lin, which develops desktop and enterprise Windows-on-Linux virtualization software, announced Aug. 1 that its Win4Lin Pro product is now compatible with Linspire's latest distro, Five-0. It is now available in Linspire's online CNR Warehouse.

Foote Partners: 51 precent of IT Workers Earn Extra Pay for IT ...

Extra compensation for specialized IT-related skills continued to gain steam in the U.S. and Canada during the second quarter of 2006, and is becoming a standard practice in IT employee retention and recruiting, according to Foote Partners' Hot Technical Skills and Certifications Pay Index covering 242 IT skills. The analysts report that -- as in the first quarter -- noncertified IT skills compensation had the higher overall growth rate.

The Top 5 Engineering Hints You Rarely Hear

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 5, 2006 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups:
Don’t let disaster happen to you. Lewin Edwards presents five engineering tips that are crucially important to successful product engineering, but which are rarely brought up in discussions of engineering practices. He will cover the absurd, the annoying, and the physically dangerous, and give you hints for avoiding all sorts of these situations.

Volunteers Wanted for Mozilla Firefox User Panel

Rachel Werner writes: "Mozilla is now recruiting for the Firefox User Panel, which is an initiative to learn more about how end-users interact with the Web. Firefox User Panel members will complete a series of short online surveys on a variety of Web-related topics, with the aggregate results made available to the Mozilla community. "To create a diverse user panel, Mozilla is looking to reach people from all walks of life and skill sets — from students to retirees, novice users to power users, Firefox users but also people who use Internet Explorer or other browsers."

Open-Xchange Publishes Hosted Collaboration Position Paper

  •; By Press Release (Posted by sharonpr on Aug 5, 2006 10:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
“Why should organizations consider a hosted collaborative environment rather than hosting it themselves?”

How to launch Windows binaries on Linux directly

Although I rarely run Windows these days, it seems I can't break the habit of using one or two Windows applications instead of their open source equivalents. However, instead of having a full-blown Windows desktop, I prefer to run these programs on my GNU/Linux system with Wine. The problem is that I'm tired of having to enter cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program FilesMy Windows App; wine My Windows App.exe every time I want to launch one of these programs. Having shell scripts for each program is not a great solution either. Wouldn't it be better to simply run My Windows App.exe directly on an XTerm? Fortunately the Linux kernel already lets you do that with a feature called binfmt_misc.

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