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The Mess That is Linux Volume Management

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Linux

lxer.com: The GNU/Linux operating system is blessed to have sound partition management tools like GParted which are very easy to use. However, when it comes to the management of 'virtual partitions' known as volumes, things are quite different. There is Linx Volume Management, or LVM in short, however, it can almost only be used from the command line. Also, it doesn't integrate software RAID - except for striping. I was quite optimistic when I started using volume management some four years ago, but not anymore. Let me explain why I'm disappointed.

Easter Eggs For both the Command Line and GUI

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Software

linuxplanet.com: This week, in celebration of summer and the holiday week in United States, we decided to take a minibreak from the serious and bring you some Linux Easter Egg fun.

Flock Gloss Edition makes a fashion statement

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Software

mozillalinks.org: The Flock guys have just released a fashion oriented edition of its namesake Firefox-based browser labeled Flock Gloss Edition.

Is Microsoft Irrelevant?

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Microsoft

eweek.com: At OSCON, a top software architect questions Microsoft’s relevance as Linux and open source march on into the enterprise and the overall computing landscape.

Review: Think small with Linutop 2

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Linux
Hardware

computerworld.com: If you think that a desktop PC has to be big, noisy and expensive -- think again. Linutop shows that it pays to seriously diminish your size expectations with its tiny, energy-efficient Linux-based PC.

Introduction to Linux: Desktop Environments

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Software

techwarelabs.com: I've discussed what GNU/Linux is (commonly referred to as Linux), what it represents, why people use it and why more should. I've even touched on the subject that you can do almost anything in Linux that you may have taken for granted as being a purely Windows (or Apple) related functionality. For those who took my advice and played around with a Live CD, it must be like being lost in a foreign nation. Where's the Start button? Where's Windows Manager?

DTrace and the Linux bunker mentality

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Linux

blogs.zdnet: DTrace is an open source Sun product that made its debut with Solaris 10 but has since been ported to MacOS X and various other BSD derivatives. Only Linux is left without significant corporate or community support for a DTrace port. Instead the Linux kernel group has been working on a thing called SystemTap.

The open source jobs boom

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OSS

weblog.infoworld: Looking for a good job in IT? Sharpen your knowledge of open source development frameworks, languages, and programming. A just-published study of available IT jobs found that 5 percent to 15 percent of the positions now on the market call for open source software skills.

How gaming in Linux will bring the ultimate benefit to all

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Linux

dogbuntu.wordpress: The biggest reason I still dual boot my Ubuntu with Windows XP is Gaming. In fact the Windows XP in my desktop is used for no purpose absolutely except occassionally playing games.

Linux Users: Why So Serious?

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Linux

linuxhaxor.net: Despite coming from a very rich and early history, linux OS consumer market share is less than 1% [1,2]; and the community more divided than ever. What are we doing wrong?

How To Install Django On Debian Etch (Apache2/mod_python)

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HowTos

This tutorial explains how to install Django on a Debian Etch server. Django is a web framework that allows to develop Python web applications quickly with as much automation as possible. I will use it with Apache2 and mod_python in this guide.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Shell Script To Emulate A Thesaurus For Linux or Unix

  • Who says you can't make money in open source?
  • Kernel Log: Centrino 2 WiFi driver iwl 5000 and webcam driver gscpa in Linux 2.6.27
  • Red Hat Ups Length Of Top Technical Support For Enterprise Linux
  • Linux HOWTO: Video Editing Magic with ffmpeg
  • Using new social networking service Identi.ca from the command line
  • Sun Takes a Shine to Linux in New Web Stack
  • Giving love to the Previewer
  • SCO Blast From The Past
  • Vista Adoption going no-where, IT considering Linux and Mac instead
  • Linux answers the age-old question, "Why is my network slow?"
  • Ubuntu Classroom #1 at Engineering Faculty
  • OLPC and LEGO - A Match from Heaven?
  • Network Security Toolkit distribution aids network security administrators
  • 11 Firefox 3 Extensions That I Can’t Live Without
  • Video: Fedora Live
  • Killing the Desktop Metaphor with GNOME

Would a chic Linux seduce the masses?

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Linux

tech.blorge.com: Linux has lived a long life of stability and sturdy usability, but what if the underpinnings of that strategy fell away and the developer community were to welcome an influx of open source designers focused on producing the most pleasant and intuitive interface imaginable.

Software piracy hurts the open-source community too

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OSS

computerworld.com: Proprietary software vendors, movie companies and the music industry aren't the only businesses that don't like pirates stealing, copying and reselling their CDs and DVDs. OpenOffice.org community manager sees fallout when proprietary wares are jacked.

The new FreeBSD Core Team (2008-2010)

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BSD

freebsdnews.net: One of the major differences between FreeBSD and Linux, is that FreeBSD is coherent operating system, and that the building of it is steered and managed by a Core Team.

1st steps with PCLinuxOS 2007

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PCLOS

babygods.com: I had so much trouble trying to reinstall Windows XP on my IBMX23 that I thought I’d see how I get on with PCLinux.

Network Monitoring with Zenoss: A Reluctant Administrator's Guide

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: My household now has four physical computers, one of them dual boot. All are on a single internal Local Area Network. I also have two computers sitting in a box, which will probably be added to this mess soon, plus my wife plans to get a laptop. Like it or not, I now manage a network bigger than many small businesses! Surely, there must be a way to automate this mess?

GNOME 2.23.5 Released

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Software

gnome.org: Here's the first release after GUADEC. The GNOME contributors actually managed to continue hacking on their modules. Amazing. Those people never stop. I guess it shows how passionate they are! So they made changes that are now visible in this latest version of GNOME.

Future Ubuntu names

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Ubuntu

blogbeebe.blogspot:

  • Jerking Jackass (9.04)

  • Kevlar Kiwi (9.10)
  • Lumbering Lama (10.04)

X.Org Server 1.4.99.906 Released

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Command Line: FFmpeg, Coinmon, Tizonia

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    Besides a lot of NVDEC code landing for the next FFmpeg release, there's also been a number of OpenCL improvements that were just committed to this multimedia library's codebase. The work landed yesterday includes removing an older and experimental OpenCL API while introducing a new OpenCL "hwcontext" implementation. This in turn has introduced an OpenCL overlay filter and OpenCL unsharp mask filter.
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OSS: Configuration Management, Man(ual), Patent Traps (5G and the Internet of Things), Sponsored Development

  • 9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications
    End users at public and private sector organizations sometimes perceive IT teams a barrier to the development of the business. When the business demands new services and applications, it may take months before progress is made. Why is that? It’s too common for IT teams to spend too much time fighting fires; after all they can come from so many different sources. An IT team’s main responsibility is to maintain, secure, and operate an organization’s systems and networks. This, in itself, carries a huge responsibility. IT teams that maintain technology infrastructure, deploy applications, and provisioning environments with many manual tasks are inefficient. In modern environments, services are rarely deployed in isolation. Simple applications may need several services to run – such as a web server and a database. Deploying more complex systems, many services may need installing, configuring, and linked together. Streamlining system administration must therefore be part of an IT solution. And one of the most time-consuming activity for IT teams is the management of the business’s infrastructure. Automation minimizes manual work, reducing the risk of human mistakes, and offering the ability to quickly deploy new services and applications without risking reliability. Whether it involves container orchestration, real-time big data, deep learning, or stream processing, large software demands operations to be automated. Here’s where configuration management system software steps in. This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals. Cloud platforms enable teams to deploy and maintain applications serving thousands of users, and the leading open source configuration management tools offer ways to automate the various processes.
  • 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30
    The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests. On Tuesday, Unix systems administrator Jeff Schaller wrote in a Stack Exchange post: "We've noticed that some of our automatic tests fail when they run at 00:30 but work fine the rest of the day. They fail with the message 'gimme gimme gimme' in stderr, which wasn't expected."
  • Open source and standards – The path towards 5G and the Internet of Things
    Following the success of last year’s event, the 2nd workshop “Open Source and Standards – The Path Towards 5G and the Internet of Things”, jointly organised by NGMN and the ITU, took place on 1st November 2017 in Bellevue (Seattle), Washington, USA. The workshop was hosted by Microsoft and co-organised by the IPR Plenary of the NGMN Alliance and the International Telecommunication Union. Bringing together key representatives of a wide range of industry, including standards bodies, open source communities and academia, the discussions focused on how best standard-setting organisations and open source communities can capitalise upon each other’s deliverables and expertise for building a consistent and coherent 5G eco-system. With more than 100 participants, the workshop discussed how diverse stakeholders can rely on the respective strengths and development models to place a broad range of industries in a strong position to achieve the common vision for 5G and beyond.
  • Sponsored development is a win-win for users and developers
    There is a myth that simply by making a software platform open source, qualified people will give up their nights and weekends to contribute to its development. With rare exceptions, that's not how the open source world works. Building a community of contributors takes time, and complex applications often have a steep learning curve before a developer becomes comfortable working with the code. Open source software companies are the fuel behind a lot of software development, forming the communities and providing the financial backing that support it. And, like any other type of business, open source software companies need to earn money to stay in business.

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Linux 4.15 Will Treat The HTC Vive VR Headset As "Non-Desktop"

Currently if plugging in the HTC Vive for a virtual reality experience on Linux, the head-mounted display (HMD) is treated just as a conventional display. But now with a new set of changes for Linux 4.15, the kernel will know it's a "non-desktop" display. Besides the DRM leasing support that has already landed during the Linux 4.15 merge window with the main DRM pull request, David Airlie has sent in another pull today for further benefiting SteamVR with Linux 4.15. (And among other benefits, also the AMDGPU priority scheduling landed too for 4.15 as another benefit for VR Linux gaming when using AMD graphics.) Read more