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Interviews about pkgsrc and alternative packaging

NetBSD.org features a second article with interviews about the use and the internals of pkgsrc, the portable packaging system. Newer package management concepts from MidnightBSD and GoboLinux and the platform-independet Zero Install sytem are represented as well.

pkgsrc and the concepts of package management 1997-2007 (part 2)

( Permalink: Interviews about pkgsrc and alternative packaging      Submitted by Mark Weinem Fri Mar 14, 2008 )

Research project enhances OpenSolaris
Sun Microsystems and the United Statesí National Security Agency (NSA) announced an agreement to jointly work within the OpenSolaris community to research and to develop security enhancements to complement existing OpenSolaris security mechanisms. Both Sun and the NSA will work with the OpenSolaris community to integrate an additional form of mandatory access control (MAC), based on the Flux Advanced Security Kernel (Flask) architecture.

( Permalink: Research project enhances OpenSolaris      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Mar 14, 2008 )

Desktop Development for OLPC Laptop
This article shows how to develop and debug a graphical activity in Sugar using Python. The XO laptop includes many innovations such as an inexpensive and durable hardware design, the use of GNU/Linux as the underlying operating system, and an application environment written in Python with a human interface called Sugar, accessible to everyone (including kids).

( Permalink: Desktop Development for OLPC Laptop      Submitted by LinucksGirl Fri Mar 14, 2008 )

Plan a Semantic Web Site
The Semantic Web allows users to get smarter search results and site owners to get more targeted traffic as users find what they really want. Learn how to make your Web site part of the Semantic Web, as this article leads you through the aspects of both information architecture and general infrastructure you need to truly take advantage of this burgeoning opportunity.

( Permalink: Plan a Semantic Web Site      Submitted by IdaAshley Fri Mar 14, 2008 )

Terminator - Multiple GNOME terminals
This is a project to produce an efficient way of filling a large area of screen space with terminals. This is done by splitting the window into a resizeable grid of terminals. As such, you can produce a very flexible arrangements of terminals for different tasks. Full Story

( Permalink: Terminator - Multiple GNOME terminals      Submitted by david23 Thu Mar 13, 2008 )

Setting Up A High-Availability Load Balancer
This document describes how to set up a two-node load balancer in an active/passive configuration with HAProxy and heartbeat on Fedora 8. The load balancer acts between the user and two (or more) Apache web servers that hold the same content. The load balancer passes the requests to the web servers and it also checks their health. If one of them is down, all requests will automatically be redirected to the remaining web server(s). In addition to that, the two load balancer nodes monitor each other using heartbeat. If the master fails, the slave becomes the master - users will not notice any disruption of the service. HAProxy is session-aware - you can use it with any web application that makes use of sessions like forums, shopping carts, etc.

( Permalink: Setting Up A High-Availability Load Balancer      Submitted by Falko Timme Thu Mar 13, 2008 )

Understand your Domain Name System
The Domain Name System (DNS) is the service that converts hostnames and domain details into the IP addresses required for application to communicate. This article looks at the basics of DNS setup, how servers and requests are distributed, and exchanged and how to set up and keep a DNS environment running smoothly.

( Permalink: Understand your Domain Name System      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Thu Mar 13, 2008 )

Programmatic testing with Selenium and TestNG
Selenium is a testing framework that makes it easy to run user acceptance tests on your Web applications. Learn how to run Selenium tests programmatically, using Programmatic Testing. Once you've added TestNG's flexible testing features to Selenium's native toolkit, all you need is a little help from DbUnit and Cargo to write fully automated, logically repeatable acceptance tests.

( Permalink: Programmatic testing with Selenium and TestNG      Submitted by Jayne Thu Mar 13, 2008 )

Monitoring Multiple Systems With munin
In this article I will describe how you can monitor multiple systems with munin. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration. I will install the munin client on all systems that are to be monitored (including the munin server itself); the munin clients will then report to the munin server.

( Permalink: Monitoring Multiple Systems With munin      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Mar 12, 2008 )

Howto install gOS on Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu
The gOS distribution is based on the Ubuntu 7.10 distribution. It uses the Enlightenment 17 window manager instead of the usual GNOME or KDE desktops,allowing for lower memory and speed requirements. Full Story

( Permalink: Howto install gOS on Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu      Submitted by dave Wed Mar 12, 2008 )

Get the most out of Z Shell
Examine key parts of the Z shell (zsh) and how to use it's features to ease your UNIX system administration tasks. zsh is a popular alternative to the original Bourne and Korn shells. It provides an impressive range of additional functionality, including improvements for completing different commands, files, and paths automatically, and for binding keys to functions and operations.

( Permalink: Get the most out of Z Shell      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Wed Mar 12, 2008 )

Stick a fork in it: Java ParallelArray
In this article, discover the ParallelArray classes, which simplify parallel sorting and searching operations on in-memory data structures in Java 7. Be sure to check out the first part of the series for further instruction. For more Java resources, learn more about Technologies for Enterprise Systems at the developerWorks Spaces.

( Permalink: Stick a fork in it: Java ParallelArray      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Wed Mar 12, 2008 )

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix
This document describes how to set up a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains on CentOS 5.1 so that it works with MailScanner and Mailwatch. The resulting system provides a web interface (Mailwatch) where you can manage quarantined emails, train SpamAssassin, edit the white- and blacklist, view configuration files and the detailed MySQL database status.

( Permalink: Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue Mar 11, 2008 )

Changing UIDs and GIDs without harming your server
It's important to know what happens to file ownership in AIX once you make a UID or GID change. If you don't understand the results of altering a UID or GID, you could cause serious issues to your server and environment.

( Permalink: Changing UIDs and GIDs without harming your server      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Tue Mar 11, 2008 )

Multipath Storage with Xen using Red Hat Linux
As the Xen open source hypervisor gains traction in many enterprises, you'll discover a need to provide fully redundant storage to the Xen environment from the host adapter all the way down to the hard drives. In this article, learn how to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 to set up Xen and multipath storage access to the IBM System Storage DS4800.

( Permalink: Multipath Storage with Xen using Red Hat Linux      Submitted by LinucksGirl Tue Mar 11, 2008 )

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