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Linux 2.6.23-rc2 Kernel Performance

phoronix: While the Linux 2.6.23 kernel is only weeks into development, it's already generated quite a bit of attention. With all of this activity surrounding the Linux 2.6.23 kernel we've decided to conduct a handful of benchmarks comparing the Linux 2.6.20, 2.6.21, 2.6.22, and 2.6.23 kernel releases so far.

SlackRoll is ready

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Software

503 Service Unavailable: It’s been a couple of months since I initially published the first version of SlackRoll, my particular upgrade manager for Slackware. It’s about to be tagged stable in both SourceForge.net and freshmeat.net. Now that Slackware 12.0 is out, and people will have a real oportunity of realizing how much time SlackRoll can save you.

In "Drivers -- below the OS?", Linus Torvalds said more than ZDNet has noticed

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Linux

beranger: Are Linus Torvalds, IBM, AMD, others at odds over pushing hardware drivers out of Linux? pointed to an intriguing discussion thread: [Desktop_architects] Drivers -- below the OS?, but David Berlind failed to notice that the "Strong words from Linus regarding the virtualization community!" were actually saying more.

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Environmentally friendly PC runs on 15 watts of power

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Gentoo

wilmingtonstar.com: entil, with the help of his partner, investor, chairman and fellow Frenchman Alain Rossmann, has developed a low-cost, hassle-free, environmentally-correct PC. The Zonbox uses the Gentoo version of Linux as the core of its operating system.

Stable kernel 2.6.21.7 Released

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Linux

LWN: The 2.6.21.7 stable kernel release is out. It contains a fair number of fixes that 2.6.21 users are likely to want to have.

Mixing Repositories In Debian

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HowTos

tuxcity: I have Debian Lenny (Testing) running on one of my partitions, and use it as my default O.S. For some packages I use the unstable (Sid) repository , simply to get the latest available version for Debian.

Howto Turn Off Auto-Play of CDs,DVDs and iPods in Ubuntu

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HowTos

onlyubuntu: Ubuntu automatically starts playing audio or video discs when you insert them into CD/DVD drive.If you want to turnoff this use the following tip.

Answering Paul Thurrott on OOXML

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OSS

Groklaw: Paul Thurott thinks OpenXML is A-OK. After noting that Massachusetts has deemed it an acceptable document format, he says, "It should be noted that while Microsoft originally developed the Open XML in-house, these file formats are now controlled by a standards community that answers to Ecma International."

Freespire Review

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Linux

simplyjat.blogspot.com: Freespire is a comunity version for commercial Linspire. The latest alpha 2U was released on 22nd March, 2007. Generally I avoid reviewing distributions that as in beta phase. But I would like to make an excetpion in case of Freespire.

Time for a switch?

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Linux

timesofindia.indiatimes.com: Linux is powerful, easy to use and free. Naturally, it’s becoming the Operating System of choice for many internet aficionados.

Microsoft dreams

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OSS

FreeSoftware Mag: I won this great big lottery the other day. I rushed around and bought new houses and all the usual stuff, then I had enough left over to get a new sports car. Before I went to look at the latest Porsches and Ferraris, I thought I might have a look at the new MicroKlapt V16 F1 GT Ultimate.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On CentOS 5.0

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a CentOS 5.0 server. From the Suhosin project page: "Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core. Suhosin comes in two independent parts, that can be used separately or in combination.

Two weeks without Windows

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PCLOS

techzone: I have set myself a target of 1 month without booting to windows. The day I installed PCLOS, I was so impressed that I decided to refrain myself from booting to Windows. However, I had to make a few changes to PCLOS to make it workable.

Linux: Tuning CFS

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Nick Piggin used 'git bisect' to track a lmbench regression to the main CFS commit, leading to an interesting discussion between Nick and Ingo Molnar. Ultimately the regression was tracked down to the temporary configurability of the scheduler while it is tuned for optimal performance.

Liquidsoap: a versatile icecast source client, and much more…

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Software

DPotD: Liquidsoap is a powerful audio stream generator designed to work with icecast as a source client. The special thing of Liquidsoap is that instead of building an ad-hoc solution for that single net-radio, it was developed as a flexible tool with which you can combine as you like the features that you want.

Weekly tip: Fail to prepare or prepare to fail- backing up your Master Boot Record (MBR)

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HowTos

FreeSoftware mag: Backup, like security, is a well-worn mantra in the world of GNU/Linux—and even the most battle-hardened, street-wise user has, for whatever reason, thought about regular backups after disaster has already struck. It is an all too familiar story.

PCLinuxOS China Goes Live!

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Web

devnet: “I am pleased to announce the younger sibling site, PCLinuxOS CN catering for Chinese users of PCLinuxOS. It’s main purpose is to provide Chinese users of PCLinuxOS a place they can be comfortable with in posting questions and problems with PCLinuxOS, a home for PCLinuxOS Chinese experts to help out, and a launchpad to any Chinese-related PCLinuxOS projects."

Older Gateway M680 notebook upgrades flawlessly to openSuse 10.2

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Linux

blogbeebe: I've spent some pretty intensive work time on my M685 notebook over the last months. The M680 is the Pentium M-based Gateway on which I installed Suse Linux 10.0 (before it became openSuse). In the past few weeks I slowly began to investigate if the M680 was worth the effort of upgrading the Linux partition beyond Suse 10. The answer is absolutely yes.

The Cradle of Independence Rolls Over for Microsoft

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Microsoft

Linux Online: In the fall of 2005, in my home state of Massachusetts, Peter Quinn, the CIO of the Commonwealth, endorsed a plan to require the state government to use the Open Document Format for storing government records. The big loser, of course, would be Microsoft and its monopoly. The behemoth from Redmond Washington didn't waste time reacting.

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Security Leftovers

  • Someone is putting lots of work into hacking Github developers [Ed: Dan Goodin doesn't know that everything is under attack and cracking attempts just about all the time?]
    Open-source developers who use Github are in the cross-hairs of advanced malware that has steal passwords, download sensitive files, take screenshots, and self-destruct when necessary.
  • Security Orchestration and Incident Response
    Technology continues to advance, and this is all a changing target. Eventually, computers will become intelligent enough to replace people at real-time incident response. My guess, though, is that computers are not going to get there by collecting enough data to be certain. More likely, they'll develop the ability to exhibit understanding and operate in a world of uncertainty. That's a much harder goal. Yes, today, this is all science fiction. But it's not stupid science fiction, and it might become reality during the lifetimes of our children. Until then, we need people in the loop. Orchestration is a way to achieve that.

Leftover: Development (Linux)

  • Swan: Better Linux on Windows
    If you are a Linux user that has to use Windows — or even a Windows user that needs some Linux support — Cygwin has long been a great tool for getting things done. It provides a nearly complete Linux toolset. It also provides almost the entire Linux API, so that anything it doesn’t supply can probably be built from source. You can even write code on Windows, compile and test it and (usually) port it over to Linux painlessly.
  • Lint for Shell Scripters
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  • Android: Enabling mainline graphics
    Android uses the HWC API to communicate with graphics hardware. This API is not supported on the mainline Linux graphics stack, but by using drm_hwcomposer as a shim it now is. The HWC (Hardware Composer) API is used by SurfaceFlinger for compositing layers to the screen. The HWC abstracts objects such as overlays and 2D blitters and helps offload some work that would normally be done with OpenGL. SurfaceFlinger on the other hand accepts buffers from multiple sources, composites them, and sends them to the display.
  • Collabora's Devs Make Android's HWC API Work in Mainline Linux Graphics Stack
    Collabora's Mark Filion informs Softpedia today about the latest work done by various Collabora developers in collaboration with Google's ChromeOS team to enable mainline graphics on Android. The latest blog post published by Collabora's Robert Foss reveals the fact that both team managed to develop a shim called drm_hwcomposer, which should enable Android's HWC (Hardware Composer) API to communicate with the graphics hardware, including Android 7.0's version 2 HWC API.

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