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Contrasting Linux on POWER Profilers

  •; By Rob Nava (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 22, 2006 11:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
Profilers help pinpoint common performance problems in an application. This article compares and contrasts three commonly used open source profilers for Linux on POWER -- OProfile, gprof, and tprof -- which are available to end users and programmers for both SUSE and Red Hat Linux distributions. To demonstrate each profiler's strengths and weaknesses, this article profiles a simple sort program, incorporating three different sorting algorithms.

Bring in the (pink) noise

  •; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Jun 22, 2006 11:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Sometimes we need a little help to drown out the noise that surrounds us. But why settle for archaic bothers like setting up birdhouses by the study window or walking out to the woods, or high-dollar noise generation machines? Free software can generate noise to drown out your distractions, from the comfort of your own workstation.

Top Vulnerable Apps List Includes Sun JRE, Firefox & Skype

Bit9 has compiled a list of the top 15 applications with known vulnerabilities. Often running outside of IT’s knowledge or control, these popular applications run undetected by enterprise IT organizations and are difficult to detect and remove. Bit9 says the list was designed to help IT departments regain control over their desktop environments. Each application on the list has the following characteristics:

Atomogy to Integrate EnterpriseDB in Law Enforcement Records ...

EnterpriseDB, a leading enterprise-class, open source database company, announced that Atomogy, an enterprise software development and consulting organization, will integrate EnterpriseDB Advanced Server into its PROJIS software. PROJIS is a records-management solution for law enforcement and public safety agencies that tracks and stores vital judicial and law enforcement information. More information and free downloads of EnterpriseDB Advanced Server are available at

Eclipse-based BDM/TAG Debugger Supports Linux

Embedded Alley Solutions, providers of embedded Linux professional services, and Ultimate Solutions, an industry leader in the sales and support of professional development tools, have released the LinuxScope JTDTM. This Eclipse-based JTAG Target Debugger is designed for Abatron’s BDI2000 BDM/JTAG probe and is available for immediate purchase.

Xandros Desktop 4 Screenshot Tour reports - New Xandros Linux Desktop Home Edition (v4.0) Targets Home and Multimedia Users With Support for iPods, Cameras, E-mail, Web Browsing, Internet Calling and More on Secure, Stable Linux Platform... Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows desktop and server products, today announced a new line of consumer desktop products targeting home and multimedia users... The new products cover the digital home lifestyle spectrum with music management, wireless networking, photo management, Internet calling, DVD burning, iPod support, and more.

OSDir has a huge selection of screenshots of Xandros Desktop 4 Home Edition Premium in the Xandros Desktop 4 Screenshot Tour.

Video: Zimbra Co-Founder On Open Source Messaging

Zimbra, the open source software company trying to take on conventional e-mail systems, such as Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes, made a new beta version of its Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS)available this week. It also landed a few more large-deployment customers, including H&R Block, Interim Healthcare, Sunterra and others.

Planning for Ubuntu Edgy: A mid-week report from the Ubuntu developer's conference

PARIS -- On Monday of this week, more than 60 Ubuntu developers gathered in a hotel near Paris' Charles de Gaul airport to plan Ubuntu's next release, codenamed Edgy Eft. The goal of the meeting is to set the goals for the upcoming release and to chart the set of steps that will be necessary to implement it.

Microsoft: We'll Support Our Product, Because IBM Won't. What?

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Jun 22, 2006 7:23 PM EDT)
If you were IBM what would you do? Microsoft programmers built a piece of code to allow Microsoft email software to interoperate with IBM's Domino/Lotus combo. When the code doesn't work, IBM advises users to talk to the folks who wrote the broken code, because, after all, it's Microsoft's code. Microsoft triumphantly proclaims that, unlike IBM, it will minister to people who can't make its code work, and by the way, this proves the value of its product. Huh? Most of us would take advantage of the silliness of Microsoft's position. IBM, however, hit the mattresses.

Indie Podcasting with Open Source

Linux has a reputation as a multimedia lightweight. That's undeserved; there are plenty of powerful, useful, and usable applications to meet most of your media needs. For example, it's possible to become an independent podcaster with a little bit of equipment and experience. John Littler shares his advice on podcasting with open source.

Public Venture, Public Content

  • A Division by Zer0; By Konstantine Thoukydides (Posted by db0 on Jun 22, 2006 5:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Imagine a world where movies, music, art, games and anything else that we cerebrally consume is free to see and distribute. Where the visions of artists are not controlled by the one who pays their bills and where no-one dictates what the trends should be. What follows are my thoughts on the way the content creation of the future should be.

[I have to admit I like the approach he takes but by trying to take the control of it away from those who currently do control it? I wish it was that easy. - Scott]

Announcing Fedora Core 6 Test 1 (5.90)

Just two years ago, a brave test pilot by the name of Mike Melvill successfully guided SpaceShipOne 62 miles above California, USA, overcoming technical problems that could have proven tragic to become the first civilian to reach space, part of a team effort that won the ANSARI X Prize. A team of civilians working together to accomplish a dream, an unbelievable goal.

News: New Conference Signals End of East Coast LinuxWorld Expo

The launch of a new LinuxWorld event by events manager IDG World Expo means big changes for the cycle of LinuxWorld Conference and Expos (LWCEs) in the United States in 2007. Specifically, the East Coast version of the LWCE, first held in New York City and then Boston in 2005 and 2006, will no longer take place. Brian Proffitt reports.

China's Linux Adoption Threat to Microsoft?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 22, 2006 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Over the past couple of years, I have seen an alarming increase in people concerned over China's efforts to gain a stronger foothold in the digital marketplace.

update-notifier on Sid and Etch

Interesting to see that now automatic system updates pop up once a day in Debian, at least in the ‘testing’ and ‘unstable’ flavours, better known as ‘Etch’ and ‘Sid’.

First I saw that on Ubuntu, and I thought: now that is end-user friendly. And unlike its proprietary counterparts, these updates don’t only care for your operating system, but for all of your applications as well, which shows how amazing free software really is.

Exploit 64KB Page Support with DB2 Enterprise 9

Learn how DB2 9 exploits multiple page sizes for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Introduction of the POWER5+ processor architecture triggers AIX 5L operating system to add support for a new 64KB page with properties similar to the current 4KB pages. In addition, AIX 5L Version 5.3 TL04 also introduced a new 16GB huge-page feature for this hardware.

Ubuntu 6.06: Some Polish Needed

  •; By Robert Stoffers (Posted by rob1 on Jun 22, 2006 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
After upgrading to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS many people have had problems with certain devices and other things not working as well as they did with previous releases. Some reviews on the net even proclaim that this latest Ubuntu release "sucks". This article explores why that might just be the case.

10 GNU/GPL programs you can't live without

In this download, we introduce you to 10 GNU/GPL programs you can't do without if your operating system of choice is UNIX-based.

Fedora Core 6 Test1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Jesse Keating has announced the release of Fedora Core 6 Test1, the first in the series of development releases leading towards Fedora Core 6: "The Fedora Project announces the first release of the Fedora Core 6 development cycle. Notable features: support for the Intel-based Macintosh platform; ipv6 support in the installer; scim-bridge for improved i18n input; puplet applet for update notifications; new printing system; GNOME 2.15; KDE 3.5.3; 1600+ Extras packages conveniently available via yum. OSDir has some great shots of the first public beta of Fedora Core 6 in the Fedora Core 6 Test1 Screenshot Tour.

Stress test of Windows on Xen

Today my boss sent an email asking why the network on a newly created Windows Server 2003 as a Xen guest domain runs with only 10 MBit/s. I looked it up in Windows using RDP, and indeed it said 10 Megabits. So I checked a bit more thoroughly and started to stress-test it a bit.

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