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VirtualBox On FC6 / CentOS 4 / OpenSuSE 10.2
This tutorial shows how to install and use VirtualBox on Fedora Core 6, CentOS 4, and OpenSuSE 10.2. InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL).

( Permalink: VirtualBox On FC6 / CentOS 4 / OpenSuSE 10.2      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Feb 7, 2007 )

The Road to KDE 4: Phonon Makes Multimedia Easier
Writeup about Phonon.
"Phonon is a new KDE technology that offers a consistent API to use audio or video within multimedia applications. The API is designed to be Qt-like, and as such, it offers KDE developers a familiar style of functionality (If you are interested in the Phonon API, have a look at the online docs, which may or may not be up to date at any given moment)."
The Road to KDE 4: Phonon Makes Multimedia Easier

( Permalink: The Road to KDE 4: Phonon Makes Multimedia Easier      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 7, 2007 )

Speaking UNIX: Command-line locution
UNIX has a dialect all its own, and its vocabulary of commands is quite large. But you don't have to learn everything all at once. Here, discover more command-line combinations and expand your mastery of the UNIX language.

( Permalink: Speaking UNIX: Command-line locution      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Wed Feb 7, 2007 )

Five Ways to Create Uniform Namespace with Autofs
Trouble accessing data exported from multiple file servers? Try using open source implementations of autofs and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), with NFS Version 3, to access data under the same global mount point. In this article, study and compare five different methods to create a uniform namespace using autofs.

( Permalink: Five Ways to Create Uniform Namespace with Autofs      Submitted by IdaAshley Tue Feb 6, 2007 )

Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData
With BixData you can monitor your servers as well as VMware and Xen. BixData includes pre-built plugins for things like CPU, Memory, Disk, etc. but any good monitoring tool needs to be customizable. BixData includes the basic ability to run scripts and record their exit values, similar to Nagios Plugins. BixData 2.7 adds support for importing data in more complex formats. This allows you to monitor almost anything. I'll go through the steps showing you how to monitor MySQL locally where an agent is installed and then the steps to monitor a device remotely through SNMP. The advantage of BixData is that any data available through a BixAgent works with the standard tools such as the situation room, scoreboards, notifications and the reporting system. All data are stored in standard SQL tables and are easily accessible.

( Permalink: Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue Feb 6, 2007 )

XML::Simple for Perl developers
XML has become pervasive in the computing world and is buried more and more deeply into modern applications and operating systems. It's imperative for the Perl programmer to develop a good understanding of how to use it. In a surprisingly large number of cases, you only need one tool to integrate XML into a Perl application, XML::Simple. This article tells you where to get it, how to use it, and where to go next.

( Permalink: XML::Simple for Perl developers      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Feb 6, 2007 )

Memory-efficient XML parsing in PHP with XMLReader
PHP 5 introduced XMLReader, a new class for reading Extensible Markup Language (XML). Unlike SimpleXML or the Document Object Model (DOM), XMLReader operates in streaming mode, which enables PHP pages to process XML documents in an efficient streaming mode. That is, it reads the document from start to finish. This makes it very fast, and very efficient.

( Permalink: Memory-efficient XML parsing in PHP with XMLReader      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Feb 6, 2007 )

Track your ancestors with GRAMPS
Nice review.
"To briefly summarize its abilities, GRAMPS can import a GEDCOM file (the de-facto standard for exchanging genealogical data), provide a convenient and easy way to add and modify the information, and export the data in a variety of formats, including GEDCOM. GRAMPS can also generate a wealth of text reports, as well as graphical charts and diagrams based on your data, and it provides many useful tools that examine your information for consistency, check for errors, and explore your database to give you new leads in continuing your family history research."
Linux.com | Track your ancestors with GRAMPS

( Permalink: Track your ancestors with GRAMPS      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 6, 2007 )

Showdown: Mac Media Center Applications
Nice look at what's out there for your Mac.
"Within the past year, Mac Media Center apps have been showing up like popups in Internet Explorer. There are some that are fully developed, some that are in their alpha stages, and some that are complete, but don’t have many features. Today, we’re going to compare these apps to see which one reigns supreme."
MacApper Blog Archive » Showdown: Mac Media Center Applications

( Permalink: Showdown: Mac Media Center Applications      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 6, 2007 )

Virtual Users With Postfix, PostfixAdmin, Courier
This article shows how to set up a Postfix virtual mailserver with Courier-IMAP, Maildrop and the PostfixAdmin web interface. We will secure our mailserver with Mailscanner and ClamAV as anti-virus and SpamAssassin as anti-spam. The setup is based on CentOS 4.4.

( Permalink: Virtual Users With Postfix, PostfixAdmin, Courier      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Feb 5, 2007 )

XAMPP - All in one web server Installation
XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start. Full Story

( Permalink: XAMPP - All in one web server Installation      Submitted by david Mon Feb 5, 2007 )

Speed Up Firefox web browser
Mozilla Firefox is a graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation. Started as a fork of the browser component (Navigator) of the Mozilla Application Suite, Firefox has replaced the Mozilla Suite as the flagship product of the Mozilla project, stewarded by the Mozilla Foundation and a large community of external contributors. Full Story

( Permalink: Speed Up Firefox web browser      Submitted by david Mon Feb 5, 2007 )

Share application data with UNIX system V IPC
Identify methods that applications use to communicate with each other and use message queues, semaphores, and shared memory to connect your applications.
" The Unix operating system provides a rich set of features that allows processes to communicate with each other. Known as Inter-Process Communication (IPC), you can use this communication method to reconfigure an application at run time or to share data between different processes that are running in parallel. This article teaches you how to identify the methods that applications can use to communicate with each other, select the most appropriate method for your application, and begin your implementation."

( Permalink: Share application data with UNIX system V IPC      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Mon Feb 5, 2007 )

AmaroK - A versatile music player for GNU/Linux
This review explains why AmaroK is one of the most useful and versatile media player available for KDE.
I was always of the impression that the function of a music player was little more than playing music. That impression took a beating when I tried a versatile music player called AmaroK. This music player is developed specifically for the KDE environment but can also be used in other window managers. What is unique about this music player is that it supports a wide variety of features apart from playing music.
Read the article

( Permalink: AmaroK - A versatile music player for GNU/Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 2, 2007 )

Reduce Your Linux Memory Footprint
A lack of physical memory can severely hamper Linux performance. In this article, learn how to accurately measure the amount of memory your Linux system uses. You also get practical advice on reducing your memory requirements using an Ubuntu system as an example.

( Permalink: Reduce Your Linux Memory Footprint      Submitted by IdaAshley Fri Feb 2, 2007 )

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