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Linux Kernel 2.6.28 Released

Below is a message posted by Linus. As usual, Kernel Newbies has the changelog. Date Wed, 24 Dec 2008 15:52:49 -0800 (PST) From Linus Torvalds Subject Happy v2.6.28 It doesn't really matter what day it is, or what holiday (if any) you're celebrating, because even if you sit at home, alone in your dank basement, without any holidays or [...]

Linux in 2009: Recession vs. GNU

Linux in 2009: Recession vs. GNU

Pundits and business executives alike are predicting gloomy economic times for 2009. But when the talk turns to free and open source software (FOSS), suddenly the mood brightens. Whether their concern is the business opportunities in open source or the promotion of free software idealism, experts see FOSS as starting from a strong base and [...]

HOWTO: Rebuild failed Linux software RAID arrays

Detecting a drive failure? No mystery there. It's easy enough with a quick glance to the standard logs and stat files to notice a drive failure. /var/log/messages will always fill with a mess of error messages, no matter what happened... but, when it's a disk crash, tons of kernel errors are reported. Some nasty examples (for the [...]

HOWTO: Build a Linux-based supercomputer out of a Playstation 3

HOWTO: Build a Linux-based supercomputer out of a Playstation 3

I'm wondering... what exactly is a supercomputer now-a-days? How fast does it need to be? My feeling was that all modern laptops would be considered supercomputers by 1960s standards, so somebody please fill me in here. This is PhysOrg's post regarding the scientists at the Cluster Workshop, a group funded by the National Science Foundation, [...]

Adobe AIR out of beta for Linux users

Adobe AIR out of beta for Linux users

Adobe Systems on Wednesday is taking the Linux version of its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) product out of beta, and bringing it up to speed with the versions available for Windows and Mac users. The new version differs from previous beta versions of AIR for Linux by fully supporting Flash 10 which includes such niceties as 3-D effects, high [...]

HOWTO: Broadcast a message to all your linux users

Sometimes as the administrator of a Linux Operating System Server, y may need to send a message to all users in a multi-user system. There are some different ways to do this, but we will now see just one of them. We will use wall. As the main input of wall is a file, we will first create our message file. Let's say you want to tell users [...]

Fedora 10′s D-Bus Update Causes Procedural Discussions

Fedora 10′s D-Bus Update Causes Procedural Discussions

Fedora recently issued a security update for D-Bus which broke a number of applications on generic Fedora systems. One of the areas affected was PackageKit -- essentially leaving those accustomed to updating their systems with the Fedora GUI tools unable to do so in this manner. The fix detailed by Paul Frields (issuing the command "su -c 'yum [...]

Top 10 Linux Financial Applications

Top 10 Linux Financial Applications

Many people don’t realize the wealth of applications that are available for Linux. I am asked all the time about X and/or Y application on Windows and whether there’s an equivalent on Linux. Most of the time the answer is yes. The arena of finance is no exception. Plenty of outstanding financial applications are available for the Linux [...]

Hackers Successfully Install Linux on a Potato

Hackers Successfully Install Linux on a Potato

Hackers from the LinuxOnAnything.nl Web site successfully installed Linux on a potato. It's the first time the operating system has been successfully installed on a root vegetable. "A potato doesn't have a CPU, memory or storage space, so it was quite a challenge," said Johan Piest of the Linux on Anything (LOA) group. "Obviously we couldn't [...]

Linux. Stop holding our kids back

Linux. Stop holding our kids back

This is just epic. A teacher takes linux discs off a student because "no software is free" and writes to a Linux blog (that is somehow related to the student) to complain. I wonder what that school district's servers are running... If you think this is bad, imagine the people running our local, state, and federal governments. Ugh. "...observed [...]

HOWTO: Interview a Linux machine

HOWTO: Interview a Linux machine

Just the other day, a client called upon me to perform a hardware and software inventory on all of the computers on his network. There weren't that many machines to inventory, but we needed to gather quite a bit of information about each one quickly. The client was a Microsoft shop and so I had to deal with about an even mix of Windows XP and [...]

Reliable Linux netbooks for Black Friday

Reliable Linux netbooks for Black Friday

I like (read: love) Linux netbooks. I like them a lot. They're lightweight, they're solid performers, they're cheap, and it looks like they're soon going to be cheaper than ever. According to Mike Elgan, starting on Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, you'll see new, solid brand-name netbooks going for as little as $199. We're already [...]

ASUS CEO says return rates same for Linux and Windows netbooks

ASUS CEO says return rates same for Linux and Windows netbooks

Earlier this week the ASUS Eee PC celebrated its first birthday (with a full birthday party and cake at LAPTOP Magazine). It was one year ago that the Taiwanese company began selling its first sub-notebook (which would form a new category known as netbooks). The little Eee PC 701 not only would spur on a whole Eee brand for the company and line of [...]

Linux “Game System of Tomorrow” Ships in Two Weeks

Linux “Game System of Tomorrow” Ships in Two Weeks

Last month I wrote about the EVO Linux-based gaming console. The term "gaming console" seemed a bit misleading to me at the time -- it is ultimately where parent company Envizions Computer Entertainment would like the EVO to be -- but it is an early adopter system in the truest sense of the phrase. The EVO Smart Console was originally scheduled [...]

Linus Torvalds’ old company Transmeta acquired

Linus Torvalds’ old company Transmeta acquired

Transmeta, once a sparkling startup that set out to beat Intel and AMD in mobile computing, announced that it will be acquired by Novafora. The company’s most famous employee, Linux inventor Linus Torvalds, kept the buzz and rumor mill about the company throughout its stealth phase alive and guaranteed a flashy technology announcement in early [...]

Understanding Linux Software Installation using configure, make, make install

Understanding Linux Software Installation using configure, make, make install

This tutorial is aimed at those who have just started using Linux. Generally when users from the Windows background enter the Linux scene,they are totally stumped by the software installation method. They were used to the luxury of double clicking on a single file [...]

HOWTO: Convert MPEG and AVI to 3gp using FFmpeg

FFmpeg is an excellent FOSS application on video conversion. It supports most of the file formats. ffmpeg ]… { outfile}… Convert from MPG to 3GP ffmpeg -i inputfile.mpg -s qcif -vcodec h263 -acodec aac -ac 1 -ar 8000 -r 25 -ab 32 -y outputfile.3gp Convert from AVI to 3GP ffmpeg -i inputfile.avi -s qcif -vcodec h263 -acodec aac -ac 1 -ar [...]

Adobe answers cries for 64-bit Flash on Linux

Adobe answers cries for 64-bit Flash on Linux

Starting to answer the clamorous demand from open-source fans, Adobe Systems plans to release an alpha version of its Flash Player technology on Monday for those using 64-bit Linux software. Linux has moved more rapidly than Windows or Mac OS X to support 64-bit processors, in part because the developer-friendly compile-your-own-software ethos [...]

HOWTO: Create a backup ISO image of your important data

HOWTO: Create a backup ISO image of your important data

Quick Tip: If you want to make a quick backup of a certain directory, ready to be burned on a CD or DVD, you can use mkisofs -V LABEL -r DIRECTORY | gzip > cdrom.iso.gz (replace the italicized sections with your CD label and directory, of course.)

Amarok 2 Beta 2

Sneak preview of Amarok 2.0 excuse the horrible music selection.

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