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How Xgl Works

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I explain here how Xgl works with NVIDIA's drivers. It works in a similar way with DRI drivers: Mesa libGL and libglx are loaded instead of NVIDIA's ones. This will have a benefict...

Measuring resources for a MySQL server on Linux

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Sometimes my customers ask me about the CPU and memory consumption of a MySQL server process. I started digging into the operating system intricacies to find out as much as I could about the resources used by a single process.

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A review of Blag Linux and GNU

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Blag is an ever-growing GNU/Linux operating system distribution developed by a few highly dedicated free software activists in the UK. Blag, which is a recursive acronym for the phrase ‘Blag Linux and GNU’, is one of the six GNU/Linux distributions that is supported by the GNU Project and Richard Stallman.

Understanding RAID

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A company’s greatest asset, besides its employees, is its data. Millions and millions of dollars are spent to backup data, replicate data, etc. all in an attempt to protect against data loss. The only true defense to protect from data loss is to implement a disk solution based on RAID technology.

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Why is Firefox So Darn Popular?

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Moz/FF

Recently, I have been pondering why is Firefox so darn popular? This is a question that I honestly ask myself sometimes, often while browsing the web from within the browser itself. The real trick is that there are so many different ways to answer this.

From 0 to 1 in 100 years

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Net Neutrality is a snowball. Google currently lists 36.4 million results for "net neutrality" and another 3.13 million for "network neutrality". The top of five "sponsored links" is for NetCompetition.org, a carrier-funded anti-neutrality PR site.

Planeshift 0.3.015 Released!

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A new version of the MMORPG Planeshift has just been released. The story of Yliakum continues in this new release of the game, which comes up with many improvements.

Novell SLED 10 Desktop Review

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SUSE

I was quite enthusiastic to see the second generation of this alternative desktop in preliminary release at the end of June. I downloaded the Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop ISO and spent some time with it over the holiday weekend. The fact that I ended up spending very little time wth it is really the story.

Howto: Linux write (burn) data to DVD or DVD/RW

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DVD is another good option for backup, archiving, data exchange etc. In order to write DVD/DVD-RW from shell prompt you need to install a package called dvd+rw-tools. Also note that this package works under *BSD, HP-UX, Solaris and other UNIX like operating systems.

Pay a little now, pay a lot later

Freedom of choice is an ideal. Choosing freedom or bondage isn't very important for a typical home user. Most people only use the software that comes bundled with their computer. This is not the case, though, with business who dedicate significant portions of their income to IT.

Where in the world does open source come from?

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Matt Asay's recent comment that "open source is not a Silicon Valley phenomenon" has sparked a debate about the importance of location, and got me thinking about where open source software comes from.

FBI plans new Net-tapping push

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The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping.

Cracking the secret codes of Europe's Galileo satellite

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Members of Cornell's Global Positioning System (GPS) Laboratory have cracked the so-called pseudo random number (PRN) codes of Europe's first global navigation satellite, despite efforts to keep the codes secret.

DoD releases OTD Roadmap

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The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) has announced the release of a Department of Defense (DoD) report entitled the Open Technology Development Roadmap which focuses on how to make the use of open technology development an integral part of the Department of Defense (DoD) software acquisition and development processes.

Government Open Source Conference

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The second-annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), is scheduled for Oct. 12-13 in Portland, Ore. Designed for information technology executives and managers in national, state and local governments, GOSCON features in-depth sessions on open source implementation and best practices.

DEB hell, just like RPM hell, but with aptitude

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Software

The RPM format was often accused to generate a so-called «dependency hell», pretty much like the «DLL hell» in Windows. I believe that no matter how smart a tool or a file format specification can be, if you don't set the dependencies properly, you're going to hell anyway.

Created As Unix, Perfected As Linux?

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Why doesn't Linux click with my friends, neighbors, family, and others? While shaving this morning, my hand slipped off the bathroom counter and I bumped my head. Suddenly I understood...It's because of Unix.

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Ubuntu News Leftovers

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