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Nginx vs Apache with APC and Varnish

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Linux

There are a lot of test and comparisons about Nginx vs Apache. And yes for static content because it is asynchronous, Nginx preforms better. What happens when you have PHP?

I have setup two servers with:

  • Apache + PHP + APC + Varnish
  • Nginx + PHP-FPM + APC + Varnish

Three good and useful Firefox add-ons

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Linux

One of the great things about Firefox is that the community can contribute to it with add-ons, some of the are really fantastic. There are a lot of them, so much, that is really difficult if not impossible to know all of them, here I present three of them to you.

Eight great Linux stories that made digg front page in 2007

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Linux

With 2007 ending, it start to appear reviews of the year everywhere, so this is my contribution to that.
I decided to pick up the best (at least for me) Digg front page stories about Linux in 2007

Solving "current dist not found in meta-release" error to upgrade to Gutsy

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Howtos

If you are getting these errors while upgrading to Gutsy Gibbon.

warning: could not initiate dbus
current dist not found in meta-release

Create a VPN with openVPN complete guide

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Howtos

Havin security as a constant issue, we all are always thinking in a good way to avoid people getting access to our passwords, and personal information.

Enable Syntax Color on vim

If you want to have you vim coloring your edited files according to its syntax, you can follow this instructions to have them enabled, read at:
Linux operating system

Upgrade Feisty Fawn to Gutsy Gibbon

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Howtos

You can now upgrade your Feisty Fawn to Gutsy Gibbon, and start testing this new Ubuntu release, How to upgrade from Feisty Fawn to Gutsy Gibbon

The power of Debian and Mandriva together on your PC

If you are a Linux Fan but could not decide which distro is the best for you, try to run two of them in a Dual Boot system, with both Distributions sharing the /home directory so you can have access to your files no matter which distro you boot.

Installing Beryl on Mandriva, really easy with screenshots

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Howtos

The easy way to install Beryl on the new Mandriva 2007 Spring, this guide with screenshots will show you how easy it is, you will not even need to use any console command.

How (Beryl and Compiz) are helping Linux

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Linux

Composite project is helping Linux in gaining more users, specially those trying to view the 3D effects using XP (they can't) or Vista (Linux does better with less)
read the post here, at Linux Operating System

Sharing files between Feisty and Windows

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Howtos

This How To, describe how to configure in a simple way a samba server on your Feisty Fawn, (could be used for other distros) to share files with windows. Samba on Feisty Fawn

backing up your mysql database using your browser -with php-

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Hi,

As I wanted to back up my mysql database on a server where I do not have ssh access only ftp, I made this way to do it, there surely be some better ways, if so I will be glad to know about them, but until that this is working for me.

Backing up your MySQL from web browser using php

Which Distro to choose? - Comparison -(Not a Debian vs Ubuntu vs Fedora vs Centos)

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This article compares four of the major distros, from an impartial point of view and try to show some of the facts that make them different, so you can read and choose which better suite your needs.
read it here

Centos 5.0 Released

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CentOS 5.0 the Linux distro based on RedHat has been released, few weeks later RedHat itself has been released.
The news for this version of Centos are among others:

Apache-2.2, kernel-2.6.18, Gnome-2.16, KDE-3.5, Compiz, AIGLX, MySQL-5.0, PostgreSQL-8.1, and much more

It has support for i386 and x86_64 platforms, on its 6 and 7 CDs respectively

Shell Script for Automatically create Apache2 Virtual Servers

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Howtos

This script permits you to automatically create Apache2, Virtual server, it creates the directory and the configuration files for the virtual server, useful if you need to create a lot of virtual servers, after this you just need to go to the virtual server directory and create the site itself.

read more here

New Ubuntu to be released by October (Gutsy Gibbon)

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Ubuntu 7.10 is going to be called Gutsy Gibbon, and will be release by October this year, today the project was introduced by Mark Shuttleworth, read more at Go2Linux.org

Guided Debian Etch installation (with screenshots)

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The new Debian Etch has been released, here are the installation screenshots, with a step by step guided installation.

Read the complete article of Installing Debian Etch with screenshots

Debian Etch Stable released!!

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This is extracted from the Debian Site, we finally have Etch Stable released!!

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated

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There is a new update for Debian/Sarge, this is security update only, the good new is that reading in lines, we can expect that the final release of Etch is really near, as the sarge is being moved to old stable.
read more

Puppy Linux 2.15 Community Editio released

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The Puppy 2.15CE (Community Edition) is the result of collaboration of a team of Puppy enthusiasts. It is built upon version 2.14 but with many enhancements. In particular the guys have worked on an improved user-interface and nice out-of-the box first impression.

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Red Hat: OpenShift and Awards

  • OpenShift Commons Briefing: OpenShift 3.11 Release Update with Scott McCarty (Red Hat)
    In this briefing, Red Hat’s Scott McCarty and numerous other members of the OpenShift Product Management team gave an in-depth look at Red Hat’s OpenShift’s latest release 3.11 and some insights in to the road ahead.
  • Awards roll call: Red Hat awards, June to October 2018
    Depending on the weather in your region, it’s safe to say that the seasons are changing so it’s a good time to look back at what was a busy few months for Red Hat, especially when it came to industry awards for our technical and product leadership. In recent months, Red Hat products and technologies took home twenty awards, highlighting the breadth and depth of our product portfolio as well as the expertise that we provide to our customers. In addition, Red Hat as a company won five awards recognizing its growth and culture as a leader in the industry.
  • More advice from a judge - what it takes to win a Red Hat Innovation Award
    Last year I penned the below post to provide insight into what the judges of the Red Hat Innovation Awards are looking for when reviewing submissions. Looking back, I would give almost the identical advice again this year...maybe with a few tweaks. With all the stellar nominations that we receive, the question I often get is, “how can we make our entry standout?” There’s no magic formula for winning the Red Hat Innovation Awards, but there are things that the other judges and I look for in the entries. Overall, we’re looking for the project that tells a compelling story. It’s not just about sharing what Red Hat products and services you used, we want to hear the full narrative. What challenges did you face; how you implemented the project; and ultimately, what was the true business impact and transformation that took place? Submissions that are able to showcase how open source culture and values were key to success, or how the project is making a difference in the lives of others, are the entries that most often rise to the top.

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OSS Leftovers

  • How to be an effective and professional member of the Samba user and development Community
    For many years we have run these lists dedicated to developing and promoting Samba, without any set of clear guidelines for people to know what to expect when participating.  What do we require? What kind of behavior is encouraged?
  • Blockcerts Updates Open Source Blockchain Architecture
    Learning Machine is making changes to its Blockcerts Credential Issuer, Verifier and Wallet to enable native support for records issuance and verification using any blockchain. Blockcerts was launched by Learning Machine and MIT Media Lab in 2016 as new way to allow students to receive digital diplomas through an app, complementing a traditional paper degree. Blockcerts was originally designed to be blockchain-agnostic, which means that open standards can be used to anchor records in any blockchain. The Blockcerts Universal Identifier recognizes which blockchain is being used and verifies accordingly. Currently, the open source project has added support for bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains, but anyone can add support through the project's GitHub page.
  • First full featured open-source Ethereum block explorer BlockScout launched by POA Network
  • Amsterdam-based ING Bank Introduces Open-Source Zero Knowledge Technology
  • ING Bank Launches Open Source Privacy Improvement Add-On for Blockchains
  • Imec tool accelerates DNA sequencing 10x
    As a result, in a typical run, elPrep is up to ten times faster than other software tools using the same resources. It is designed as a seamless replacement that delivers the exact same results as GATK4.0 developed by the Broad Institute. elPrep has been written in the Go programming language and is available through the open-source GNU Affero General Public License v3 (AGPL-3.0).
  • On the low adoption of automated testing in FOSS
    A few times in the recent past I've been in the unfortunate position of using a prominent Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) program or library, and running into issues of such fundamental nature that made me wonder how those issues even made it into a release. In all cases, the answer came quickly when I realized that, invariably, the project involved either didn't have a test suite, or, if it did have one, it was not adequately comprehensive. I am using the term comprehensive in a very practical, non extreme way. I understand that it's often not feasible to test every possible scenario and interaction, but, at the very least, a decent test suite should ensure that under typical circumstances the code delivers all the functionality it promises to. [...] Most FOSS projects, at least those not supported by some commercial entity, don't come with any warranty; it's even stated in the various licenses! The lack of any formal obligations makes it relatively inexpensive, both in terms of time and money, to have the occasional bug in the codebase. This means that there are fewer incentives for the developer to spend extra resources to try to safeguard against bugs. When bugs come up, the developers can decide at their own leisure if and when to fix them and when to release the fixed version. Easy! At first sight, this may seem like a reasonably pragmatic attitude to have. After all, if fixing bugs is so cheap, is it worth spending extra resources trying to prevent them?
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  • Chrome for Linux, Mac, and Windows Now Features Picture-in-Picture by Default
    Chromium evanghelist at Google François Beaufort announced today that Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support is now enabled by defualt in the Google Chrome web browser for Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms. Google's engineers have been working for months to add Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support to the Google Chrome web browser, but the long-anticipated feature is finally here, enabled by default in the latest version for Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems. The feature lets you detach a video in a floating window so you can watch it while doing something else on your computer.
  • Teaching With an Index Card: the Benefits of Free, Open-Source Tools
  • Decentralized Authentication for Self-Sovereign Identities using Name Systems
    The GNU Name System (GNS) is a fully decentralized public key infrastructure and name system with private information retrieval semantics. It serves a holistic approach to interact seamlessly with IoT ecosystems and enables people and their smart objects to prove their identity, membership and privileges - compatible with existing technologies. In this report we demonstrate how a wide range of private authentication and identity management scenarios are addressed by GNS in a cost-efficient, usable and secure manner. This simple, secure and privacy-friendly authentication method is a significant breakthrough when cyber peace, privacy and liability are the priorities for the benefit of a wide range of the population. After an introduction to GNS itself, we show how GNS can be used to authenticate servers, replacing the Domain Name System (DNS) and X.509 certificate authorities (CAs) with a more privacy-friendly but equally usable protocol which is trustworthy, human-centric and includes group authentication. We also built a demonstrator to highlight how GNS can be used in medical computing to simplify privacy-sensitive data processing in the Swiss health-care system. Combining GNS with attribute-based encryption, we created ReclaimID, a robust and reliable OpenID Connect-compatible authorization system. It includes simple, secure and privacy-friendly single sign-on to seamlessly share selected attributes with Web services, cloud ecosystems. Further, we demonstrate how ReclaimID can be used to solve the problem of addressing, authentication and data sharing for IoT devices. These applications are just the beginning for GNS; the versatility and extensibility of the protocol will lend itself to an even broader range of use-cases. GNS is an open standard with a complete free software reference implementation created by the GNU project. It can therefore be easily audited, adapted, enhanced, tailored, developed and/or integrated, as anyone is allowed to use the core protocols and implementations free of charge, and to adopt them to their needs under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License, a free software license approved by the Free Software Foundation.
  • Make: an open source hardware, Arduino-powered, 3D-printed wire-bending machine
    How To Mechatronics has pulled together detailed instructions and a great video explaining how to make an Arduino-powered, 3D-printed wire-bending machine whose gears can create arbitrary vector images out of precision-bent continuous lengths of wire.
  • RApiDatetime 0.0.4: Updates and Extensions
    The first update in a little while brings us release 0.0.4 of RApiDatetime which got onto CRAN this morning via the lovely automated sequence of submission, pretest-recheck and pretest-publish. RApiDatetime provides seven entry points for C-level functions of the R API for Date and Datetime calculations. The functions asPOSIXlt and asPOSIXct convert between long and compact datetime representation, formatPOSIXlt and Rstrptime convert to and from character strings, and POSIXlt2D and D2POSIXlt convert between Date and POSIXlt datetime. This releases brings asDatePOSIXct as a seventh courtesy of Josh Ulrich. All these functions are all fairly useful, but not one of them was previously exported by R for C-level use by other packages. Which is silly as this is generally extremely carefully written and tested code.
  • 6 JavaScript books you should know
    If there was ever the potential for a giant book list it's one based on our favorite Javascript books. But, this list is short and easy to digest. Maybe it will help you get started, gently. Plus, check out three of our top Javascript articles with even more books, resources, and tips.

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