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Linux: Page Replacement Design

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A university student studying operating systems asked about why the Linux kernel uses two chained lists in its LRU (least recently used) page replacement algorithm. Andrea Arcangeli, whose virtual memory subsystem was merged into the 2.4.10 kernel, explained, "back then I designed it with two lru lists because by splitting the active from the inactive cache allows to detect the cache pollution before it starts discarding the working set."

Test of current RealPlayer/HelixPlayer nightly builds

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After I wondered what the current state of the HelixPlayer/RealPlayer development is I asked the developers. The answer was that there is still no date given, but that I could help them by testing the players in my setup. And since that isn’t difficult at all I downloaded the rpms and gave them a try.

Run new packages on older distros with backports

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If you run a stable system, you don't have to miss out on the latest and greatest releases of your favorite applications -- just use a backport to get a package of a new release that's been "back-ported" to your older distribution.

Ubuntu Quicktip - Converting Mac .dmg images into .iso images

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HowTos

I recently came across a handy script that allows you to convert a Mac OSX or Apple’s iPod (iPod firmware generated images) to standard .iso files.

GIMP 2.3.14 Development Release

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Version 2.3.14 is another development snapshot to wet your appetite for the upcoming GIMP 2.4 release. The source code can be downloaded from the usual places.

Jono Bacon: Misinformation: The Enemy Of Community

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Building and running communities is hard work. What is seen by some as simply a means of providing enough hands on deck to get things done is actually a much larger and more complex web of relationships, politics, resources and diplomacy.

Linspire's CNR to go multi-Linux, remain free

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Linspire announced today that it plans to expand its CNR ("Click 'N Run") digital download and software management service to support multiple desktop Linux distributions beyond Linspire and Freespire, initially adding Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu, using both .deb and .rpm packages. And, the standard CNR service will remain free.

Wal Mart endorses Novell, Microsoft deal

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SUSE

Wal Mart is a huge fan of the Novell-Microsoft collaboration, it said today. It already uses lots of Microsoft products inhouse and had pressed vendors to provide intellectual property assurance for quite a while.

Also: HP doesn't like Linux

Tee for two

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For all the console warriors out there I am sure you know about shell redirection and piping the output of commands to another command or to a file. Those pipes are not made of glass so if you want to monitor the data as it flows through the pipe you are out of luck. There is a solution.

Why 2007 Won't Be the Year of Linux (and why it doesn't matter)

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It used to be that every January, you'd see a number of articles talking about why Linux was destined to take off in the coming year. If I were good at using spreadsheets (I prefer my 'text file / awk / bc' method), I could present you with a graph showing the decline in these public displays of optimism over the years. Now here we are in January of 2007 and a search on Google's news page has not come up with one writer willing to make the claim that 2007 will be the year Linux ``makes it''.

UK ISP devotes profits to foster OSS development

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In 2003, Jason Clifford started an Internet service provider (ISP) in Hertfordshire, England, called UK Free Software Network. What sets UKFSN apart from other ISPs is the fact that it gives away its profits to fund students working on free and open source software (FOSS) projects.

Gimmie: A New Panel for Gnome

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Gimmie is an elegant way to think about how you use your desktop computer.Gimmie is a new concept of the panel designed to shift the direction of the desktop beyond the standard WIMP model (Windows, Icons, Menu, Pointer) towards one directly representing the concepts that modern desktop users use every day. It is being considered for inclusion in Gnome 3.0.

Will OLPC change Linux?

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OLPC

During a tutorial that Chris Blizzard gave at Linux.conf.au, there were quite a few interesting ideas and concepts raised that presented an interesting blueprint for Linux in the future.

OpenSuse 10.2 Review

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SUSE

I looked at OpenSuse 10.2 as a Win2k replacement. I’ve been impressed with Suse over the years so I was looking forward to see what Novell brought to the table with 10.2. I am not going to judge a distribution on its setup process (OS installation, mp3 setup, flash setup, adding printer, etc), however I am going to mention some installation pitfalls I ran into during the 10.2 install.

Ubuntu founder doesn't "get" enterprise Linux

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Ubuntu

OK, that's not really true. Mark is a sharp guy, and gets open source as well, indeed, better, than most. But he's completely wrong on his criticism of Red Hat (which Greg of the Fedora Project shoots down). His basic point? Because RHEL is a closed binary, it's proprietary.

Dan Bricklin Wants to Pick Your Brain re Novell-Microsoft Meeting

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Dan Bricklin is hosting a meeting on Monday from 9AM to noon sponsored by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council on the Novell-Microsoft deal. I know. Blech. But both Microsoft and Novell are sending representatives to speak, and what Dan is asking for is this: what should he ask them?

openSUSE 10.2

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SUSE

openSUSE is a widely known distribution for its huge array of unique tools for managing virtually every part of the system, without having to even think about using the console. It’s also known for the stability of the official packages and releases, and it’s known for a very stable package-system.

A picture heavy look at PCLinuxOS 2007 Beta2

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PCLOS

As I covered yesterday, PCLinuxOS 2007 Beta2 has been released to the public and I've had a chance to play with it and I think it's fair to make the conclusion that this is a distro worth keeping an eye on.

The (computer) World is a Circle

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Linux

It is a given these days that Linux is making real inroads into the corporate glass house. We (BMC) certainly have a large number of our product lines ported to it, and therefore a wide swath of systems in the R&D data center to support those development efforts. I originally started this weblog last year (and 99 posts ago) to talk about those systems and how we use, maintain, and generally support Linux here. I called this “Adventures in Linux” to be sure I can digress from time to time. Linux is a big subject.

Planning the 2007 Linux Kernel Summit

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Theodore Ts'o announced that the 2007 Linux Kernel Summit will be moved from its usual location in Ottawa, Canada, taking place this year in Cambridge, England. Ted described the move as a one-time experiment to be re-evaluated at a future date to see if it's worth moving the Kernel Summit to other locations in the future.

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