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Linux No Longer a Four-Letter Word

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There is a certain amount of dread that I get whenever I am in a new place and have some sort of IT problem. That dread stems from the fact that I use Linux, and most of the rest of the planet does not.

Open house for open source: Linux.conf.au day four

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The seventh Linux.conf.au continued Thursday at the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales in Sydney with talks, tutorials, and Open Day. After lunch, I decided to see what Jono Bacon, Ubuntu's Community Manager, had to say about "How to Herd Cats and Influence People."

Book Review: Linux Kernel In A Nutshell

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If you’ve reached the point in your Linux career where you need to build a kernel or tweak the parameters of one you’re already running, Linux Kernel in a Nutshell, written by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a leading developer and maintainer of the Linux kernel, will show you the way.

Windows Vista "over-hyped": Torvalds

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With the imminent release of Windows Vista to consumers this month, Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, has claimed Microsoft's latest desktop effort is over-hyped and not a revolutionary advancement.

The birth of a FOSS application

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Late in 2005, my brother needed free, easy to use mailing list software to reach out to some 3,000 fans he acquired while touring the country with his band King Wilkie. I decided to roll my own under the GPL -- partially to give back to the FOSS community, partially to practice new programming techniques, and partially to provide a solution. What I learned may be as valuable as the software I helped create.

How to mount Novell network drives

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One of the major requirements for running Ubuntu at work is that I need to be able to access our department network drives on Novell Netware servers. I thought this was going to be a difficult procedure, but as you will soon learn it is not hard at all.

openSUSE 10.2

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SUSE

Despite being a little late, here is the review of the latest version of SUSE by its community - namely, openSUSE 10.2. openSUSE 10.2 is the latest release of the community project, after the somewhat disappointing 10.1 release.

Analyst likes the Novell/Microsoft deal

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It's no secret that many people in the Linux community dislike Novell's recent Microsoft partnership. To some analysts, though, the deal is a feather in Novell's market cap.

Installing Ubuntu Christian Edition

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No, I’m not joking! Ubuntu Christian Edition (CE) (based on Ubuntu 6.10, ‘Edgy’) was a horror of an install, probably the worst Ubuntu install I’ve ever seen. Do you want to hear the sordid tale, that ends happily?

SeaMonkey 1.1 launched

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THE OPEN SAUCE internet suite, SeaMonkey has just spawned a new version which promises everything but the kitchen sink.

Are open source obsessions healthy or useful?

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Since I began blogging about open source here at ZDNet I have learned there are two words I can use that guarantee traffic and controversy. SCO. Microsoft.

Interview with pcHDTV CEO/Founder Jack Kelliher

We sat down with Jack Kelliher, CEO/Founder of the Linux-focused hardware company pcHDTV, which markets, of course, HDTV cards. Jack has turned his love for Linux into a successful company and fills a niche within our community for high-quality multimedia hardware.

Novell launches Vista/Linux comparison site

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Novell has just launched a Vista/Linux comparison site, in anticipation of the Jan. 31 arrival of the retail version of Windows Vista. Unsurprisingly, Novell's site reminds users that SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) is already here, and promotes it as the better upgrade for Windows business users.

Alixe 0.10 RC1 LiveCD Screenshots

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The Alixe 0.10 RC1 LiveCD is based upon SLAX 6.0 and ships with the Linux 2.6.19.3 kernel, GTK+ updates, and many more updates. It was an interesting time for us to try out Alixe 0.10 RC1 and it brings a fair amount of innovation to the table.

Those Screenshots

Use XML in DB2 SQL stored procedures

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This article discusses the use of XML in SQL stored procedures. Provided are numerous code examples to help demonstrate specific technical points. The examples provided are intended to aid your understanding, and therefore are as simplistic as possible.

Mandriva Linux Discovery 2007

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Reviews

The latest release of Mandriva Linux brings some interesting things to the table. In this review I'll cover Mandriva Linux Discovery, a version of Mandriva Linux geared towards newcomers that might not have used Linux before. New in this release is a 3D desktop, 32- and 64-bit versions, the inclusion of Transgaming's Cedega, and LinDVD.

FreeBSD 6.2: Polished, More Stable

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FreeBSD 6.2, one of the most popular versions of the free BSD Unix operating system, is out with new features and updates. It plugs holes and, in addition to the usual route of installing directly to a hard drive this time around, offers a LiveCD that can be used to rescue a broken system.

Connecting to office network using OpenVPN tunnel

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I wrote this article because I think that it will be useful for the people that are using Debian GNU/Linux as their home desktop and want to connect to the corporate LAN protected by CheckPoint VNP-1/NG VPN server.

Has the free desktop revolution arrived?

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An oft-trumpeted home triumph in technology discussion sites is the conversion of friends or loved ones to a GNU/Linux desktop. “I was tired of fixing Windows on my kid's/grandmother's/in-law's computer, so I set up a Linux desktop. They love it! It's so easy to use, and I don't have to do anything to maintain it! No ad-ware or viruses, and best of all, it's free!” It sounds almost too good to be true.... has the free desktop revolution arrived?

Looking Glass meets Mandriva

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HowTos

Looking Glass is an open source development project based on and evolved from Sun Microsystems' Advanced Development division. It supports running unmodified existing applications in a 3D space, as well as APIs for 3D window manager and application development.

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today's leftovers

  • Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate
    As your humble HPC correspondent for The Register, I should probably be running Linux on the array of systems here at the home office suite. But I don't. I've been a Microsoft guy since I bought my first computer way back in 1984. You, dear readers, can rip me for being a MStard, but it works worked well for my business and personal needs. I've had my ups and downs with the company, but I think I've received good value for my money and I've managed to solve every problem I've had over the years. Until yesterday, that is. Yesterday was the day that I marked on my calendar as "Upgrade to Windows 10 Day." We currently have four systems in our arsenal here, two laptops and two desktops. The laptops are Lenovo R61 and W510 systems, and the desktops are a garden variety box based on an Asus P7P55D Pro motherboard. The other desktop is my beloved Hydra 2.0 liquid cooled, dual-processor, monster system based on the EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard. These details turn out to be important in our story.
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  • How to setup HTTP2 in cPanel/WHM Linux VPS using EasyApache3
  • Pushed Fedora Graphical upgrade via Gnome software utility
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  • Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Available for System76 PCs, Ubuntu 15.10 Users Must Upgrade
    As reported by us last week, Canonical announced the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and it looks like the guys over System76 were pretty quick to push the update to users' computers. Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS is the latest, most advanced version of the Xenial Xerus operating system, and we recommend that you upgrade to it as soon as possible if you didn't do it already. This is an important point release because it also opens up the upgrade path for users of the Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) distribution.
  • A Reminder Of Why I Hate Ubuntu
    Yesterday I was reminded why I hate Ubuntu. I suddenly was unable to SSH into Odroid-C2. From Odroid-C2 I could do everything as normal. It turned out the IP address had changed despite my HOST declaration in Beast’s DHCP server and Odroid-C2 being set to use DHCP, or so I thought. Nope. There was a dhclient.conf file in Odroid-C2 which requested everything and the kitchen sink from DHCP, stuff I had no use of like netbios… The man page for the dhclient.conf file says it all: “The require statement lists options that must be sent in order for an offer to be accepted. Offers that do not contain all the listed options will be ignored. There is no default require list.”
  • Thin Mini-ITX board taps Braswell SoCs, offers 4K video
    IEI’s “tKINO-BW” Mini-ITX board features Intel Pentium and Celeron “Braswell” SoCs, 4K video, triple display support, and optional remote management. Over the last year, numerous Mini-ITX boards based on Intel’s “Braswell” family of 14nm SoCs have reached market, but there have been far fewer models billed as being “thin.” This somewhat arbitrary term refers to boards with low-profile coastline port layouts, generally for space-constrained embedded applications rather than big gaming boxes.

Server Administration

  • MicroBadger and the Awesome Power of Container Labels
    Containers have the power to change infrastructure architecture, making it more secure and more energy efficient. This is because containerized applications can be started, stopped or juggled from machine to machine in seconds — far faster than applications can be moved on VMs or bare metal. That speed opens up the world to intelligent container-aware tools that can control what’s running in a data center in near real time. Combined with clever tooling, containers could help make data centers less static and more like an organic body: re-assigning resources or repelling threats as and when required. But for this vision to come about, those clever tools of the future need information. They need to know things like: is a particular containerized image mission critical? Does it contain a security flaw? Can it be safely stopped? Who should be paged if it crashes?
  • 7 Tips for SysAdmins Considering a Linux Foundation Training Certification
    Open source is the new normal for startups and large enterprises looking to stay competitive in the digital economy. That means that open source is now also a viable long-term career path. “It is important to start thinking about the career road map, and the pathway that you can take and how Linux and open source in general can help you meet your career goals,” said Clyde Seepersad, general manager of training at The Linux Foundation, in a recent webinar.
  • 3 Unique Takes on the Linux Terminal at Your Command
    When I first started on my journey with Linux, back in the late 1990s, there was one inevitability: the terminal. You couldn’t escape it. The command line was a part of your daily interaction with the open source platform and that was that. Today’s Linux is a much different beast. New and seasoned users alike can work with the platform and never touch the command line or terminal. But, on the off-chance you do want to take advantage of the power that is the command line, it’s good to know there are numerous options available, some of which offer unique takes on the task. Those are the terminals I want to highlight today—the ones that offer more than just the ability to enter a command. If you’re looking for a far more efficient interaction with your terminal and OS, or you’re looking for more flexibility with your terminal, one of these will certainly fit your needs.
  • OpsDev Is Coming
    OpsDev means that the dependencies of the various application components must be understood and modeled first before the development process begins.
  • One DevOps tool for all clouds: Cloudify
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  • 5 sysadmin horror stories
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