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Custom NimbleX lives up to its name with do-it-yourself install images

Do-it-yourself distributions have made great strides since Linux from Scratch, or even rPath's rBuilder Online. In the last few months, users have even been able to produce custom disk images with such tools as Fedora's Revisor and Ubuntu's Reconstructor. However, one of the most elegant tools to emerge recently is Custom NimbleX, a PHP program that allows you to construct an ISO image in your browser and then download it. Custom NimbleX lacks some polish in the interface, but is so simply and well-designed functionally that it should lead many users to NimbleX itself, the distribution on which it is based.

Tutorial: Boost Reliability with Ethernet Bonding and Linux

An easy, inexpensive way to double up Ethernet interfaces to get more more bandwidth and reliability is called Ethernet bonding. While Gigabit Ethernet is all exciting and the hot new fad, you can get a lot of mileage out of using Ethernet bonding to give your existing gear a nice boost without spending much extra money. Just stuff two ordinary 10/100 Ethernet interfaces into a machine, tweak a few configuration files, and you're in business. If one fails you won't lose connectivity. It is a good cheap upgrade for your servers--you'll have several options for configuring load balancing and failover, and with the right gear you'll get an instant bandwidth boost by combining the bandwidth of the two interfaces.

Xubuntu Gutsy Tribe 5 -- first impressions

I downloaded and burned the Xubuntu Gutsy Tribe 5 live CD and loaded it up. I realize that this is beta and not all the bugs are worked out, and with that criterion, things are working very well. But I'm left wondering "Why?"

Hitting a Crossroad in a Small Enlightenment Program

  •; By Jay (Pantos) R. Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Aug 31, 2007 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sometimes even the simplest of programs/scripts can run across what the author thinks would be a walk in the park. After taking a long (and often sobering) look at what an enhancement (I refuse to call it a feature ... ) would take; the first reaction might be BEGIN: backpedal. A longer (and again - sober) look often reveals that the answer may in fact already exist and just to add insult to injury you have used it before. In the following text an example of an extremely simple program's journey to figure out what is the best and easiest method to add an enhancement (not a feature...)

Administering phpGroupware: The Admin Module

We previously installed phpGroupware, and now we need to configure it so our users can do their work. This will be more of an overview to help you get up and running, than an in-depth tutorial.

Charming Python: Python elegance and warts, Part 2

  • IBM/DeveloperWorks; By David Mertz (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 31, 2007 5:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
In this series of two articles, David discusses the non-obvious features and misfeatures that have been added to the last several Python versions, with the goal of helping part-time Python programmers uncover the gems while avoiding the pitfalls. This installment adds attributes and methods, descriptors, and properties to the discussion.The first installment in this series covers sequences and comparisons. This installment builds on those topics.

Open XML standard war grows heated

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 31, 2007 4:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The day is fast approaching when the comment and voting period for ISO/IEC DIS 29500, the draft ISO specification based upon Microsoft's Office Open XML formats, will either be approved or not. As Sept. 2 comes closer, Microsoft appears to be stuffing the ballot boxes of some countries' ISO organizations while open-source and standard organizations are firing back with furious words.

Astaro "paved the way" for VC-funded open source companies

Astaro makes and markets a network appliance built on Linux and a complement of open source tools to help prevent spam, viruses, and other potential Internet intrusions. When Astaro's founders launched the company in 2000, venture capital funding for open source businesses was hard to find. CEO Jan Hichert says he and his colleagues tried but failed to secure funding and had to bootstrap. After the company was proved successful, VCs proved more willing to contribute to a company built on open source.

Arduino: One board, many projects

Whether you’re building robots or want to create some killer Halloween decorations, Arduino is the open source answer to putting electronics in your DIY projects. Craft: magazine has posted instructions for getting started with Arduino, targeted at a complete beginner. Whether you’re ready to get started or still need more ideas, Make: (the parent publication of Craft:) is a one-stop shop.

How-To: PCLinuxOS 2007 and MythTV

For those of you who always thought PCLinuxOS and MythTV would go’re quite right, they do fit well together...though there are a few bumps on the road. Hopefully, this how-to will help you along the way.

Linux: Kexec Hibernation Performance

Ying Huang continues to work on his kexec-based hibernation patches. Currently only supporting the i386 architecture, Ying notes, "the setup of hibernation/restore is fairly complex. I will continue working on simplifying." Following up to the latest round of kexec-based hibernation patches posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list it was asked how performance would compare to other hibernation solutions. Ying suggested that with not-yet implemented optimizations it should offer comparable performance.

The Joy of OOXML

For most of us, file formats are right up there with printer drivers in terms of fun. Certainly, they're important, but not something you'd look to for excitement. And yet that is precisely what thebattle between the OpenDocument Format and Microsoft's OOXML is providing. And I'm not just talking about the dry, intellectual excitement derived from comparing well-formed XML tags: this is a no holds barred, down-and-dirtymano a manofight over the soul of document standards.

Troubleshooting Linux Audio, Part 3b

In this final section I'll present some MIDI-specific troubleshooting tips, along with a brief description of the setup here at StudioDave, a few closing remarks, and of course some links to the Linux music-maker du jour.

The ATI R500 On Linux: Then & Now

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Aug 30, 2007 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Back in April of 2006, a proprietary driver from ATI that had supported the Radeon X1000 "R500" product family had finally greeted Linux users. This driver, v8.24.8, had supported the entire desktop and mobile Radeon X1000 lineup with 3D support and even Avivo video playback capabilities. For the six months prior, Linux users were stuck in the dark without any Linux support for the R500 series while the ATI Windows Catalyst customers had support that was continually improved. Of course, back in 2006 there was no open-source R500 driver either. Over the past 16 months with R500 support in the fglrx driver, the features have continually improved with an AMD Catalyst Control Center for Linux, support for the newer R500 graphics cards, and there are far less bugs in the driver now then there was in the past.

Get a daily dose of comics

When I first started learning to read, my primary motivation was to gain the ability to read the comics in my local paper. I had no idea at that time that there were so many comics in the world. Now I know that there are comics all over the Web, but who has time to go to each site each day and read the latest strip? Thanks to the world of open source software, you can gather all your favorite comics on one page automatically, ready for you to read each morning.

How SCO helped Linux

By drawing so much attention to Linux, and failing so spectacularly to find any legal flaw in it, SCO has actually helped Linux's business acceptance. In 2003, Linux was an important operating system... if you were in love with technology. Most of the business world was keeping its distance. SCO's attack on Linux, however, had two immediate effects that would work to Linux's long term benefit: It reunified the Linux community and businesses against a common enemy and Linux was once more in the public spotlight.

Some Hardy Heron Thoughts – A Business Perspective

My general feeling is that as the second LTS release the Hardy Heron should be on the fast track to wider corporate adoption. Corporate users are understandably cautious using new technologies and while Dapper has seen a great deal of success in business environments it was the first LTS release and as such business owners were intrigued but cautious. I feel this second LTS release is going to add to the growing mountain of hard evidence that Ubuntu is a stable operating system that is here to stay.

KDE4: Revolution or Hype?

Yesterday, in a press inquiry which ended up in my mailbox (as most KDE press inquiries do), I got asked wether KDE4 will be a revolution, or if it's just a hype. While there certainly is quite a hype around KDE4, the answer is not quite so simple. Let me try to explain. The Free Desktop and KDE have come a long way during the last years. There have been various huge changes in KDE's social structure, in it's infrastructure and of course in the sourcecode itself. I've split this into three different areas where I think a shift in paradigm has taken place.

HU: Hungarian Standards Institution to reconsider its vote on OOXML

Mr János Kóka, Minister of Economy and Transport, has sent a mail to György Pónyai, General Director of Hungarian Standards Institution (HSI), about its the Hungarian vote on OOXML issue. In this mail the minister informed the director, that the IBM Magyarországi Kft (the Hungarian subsidiary of IBM) signed concerns about the way how the Hungarian vote was decided on the OOXML issue (draft of ISO/IEC DIS 25900 standard) on the meeting of the Committee on 25th June 2007.

Novell Reports Financial Results for Third Fiscal Quarter 2007

Novell, Inc. today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2007. For the quarter, Novell reported net revenue of $243 million, compared to net revenue of $236 million for the third fiscal quarter 2006. Linux Platform Products revenue grew 77 percent year-over-year - Operating results improved year-over-year.

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