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The Pepper Pad
I want one but the price is to steep for me.
"Once again, Tux has beat the Borg to the punch with a new innovation. This time, it's the Pepper Pad, an ultra-mobile computer designed primarily for video playback and Internet access under circumstances where most notebook computers would be too heavy, and most PDAs would have too small a viewing screen. If you have seen the Origami media blitz (who hasn't!!) and you want a truly open ultra-mobile computer NOW and don't want to wait for Origami, you probably will like the Linux-powered Pepper Pad. "
:: Reviews : The Pepper Pad: open alternative to Microsoft's Origami

( Permalink: The Pepper Pad      Submitted by Noel Wed May 10, 2006 )

Making Bootable Movies with eMoviX
This could be a cool tool under some conditions.
"Well, instead of just hoping they have a way to play your favorite video format, why not give them your home movie with a player that you know can play it? In fact, why not give them the whole operating system with it so you know that your player will run? What I'm talking about here are bootable movies. Using eMoviX (a special version of the MoviX2 multimedia Linux distribution), you can create a CD or DVD image that contains:"
Making Bootable Movies with eMoviX

( Permalink: Making Bootable Movies with eMoviX      Submitted by Noel Wed May 10, 2006 )

ACL: Access Controll Lists
Interesting article on ACLs under OS X. I have used ACLs to do some good things under Solaris and this looks very usefull also.
"Access Control Lists (ACLs) are an improved way of managing access to objects and directories in a file system. Instead of the traditional UNIX-style approach of read/write/execute, ACL’s give administrators an unprecedented amount of control over how file and directory permissions are managed. ACLs have been existent in server Operating Systems such as Windows and OpenVMS for some time; this is one area where Apple is playing catch up. Luckily, Apple has done a thorough job of adding ACL support without any headaches on the part of the user."
ACL: Access Controll Lists

( Permalink: ACL: Access Controll Lists      Submitted by Noel Wed May 10, 2006 )

The Future of System-on-a-Chip
Since its emergence about a decade ago, the SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture has become the underlying architecture for many embedded systems and scalable supercomputers and is starting to find its way into general purpose computing as well. The SoC embodies what many believe to be the ultimate level of integration: an entire system on one chip. Moore's law and higher levels of integration made the SoC inevitable, but can this continue? And what's next?

( Permalink: The Future of System-on-a-Chip      Submitted by Anonymous Wed May 10, 2006 )

Linux Setting processor affinity
When you are using SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) you might want to override the kernel’s process scheduling and bind a certain process to a specific CPU(s). CPU affinity is nothing but a scheduler property that “bonds” a process to a given set of CPUs on the SMP system. With the help of Linux scheduler utilities you can set up processor affinity for a certain task or process.
The scheduler attempts to keep processes on the same CPU as long as practical for performance reasons. Therefore, forcing a specific CPU affinity is useful in certain applications.

( Permalink: Linux Setting processor affinity      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 9, 2006 )

Substantial Growth in Asia-Pacific
Nearly every day we read about another major migration, adoption, or engagement of Linux in Asia-Pacific -- and with good reason. After visiting the region, I find that most of the leading I.T. nations in Asia-Pacific are experiencing substantive Linux growth. As a result, far greater numbers of Linux installations are taking place today than news reports or announcements often convey. Complete article

( Permalink: Substantial Growth in Asia-Pacific      Submitted by Mark Rais Tue May 9, 2006 )

Ubuntu software installation basics
Series of pages that talk about installing Ubuntu.
"Over the following pages, you'll learn the basics of software installation under Ubuntu. Then I'll take a closer look at how the Synaptic Package Manager works. Next, you'll learn how to install software from the command prompt. Finally, I'll briefly cover installing from source."
Ubuntu software installation basics

( Permalink: Ubuntu software installation basics      Submitted by Noel Tue May 9, 2006 )

Optimizing DSPAM + MySQL 4.1
DSPAM is a scalable and open-source content-based spam filter designed for multi-user enterprise systems. It is great at filtering out spam but on busy mailservers the pruning of the MySQL databases takes way too much time.

The default purge-4.1.sql script provided with DSPAM can be heavily optimized by adding indexes to the database and using the indexes properly when pruning.


( Permalink: Optimizing DSPAM + MySQL 4.1      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue May 9, 2006 )

Review: Little Snitch 1.2.2 - acts as a great info
When it comes to your workstation, one of the things you certainly want to be aware of is what’s happening with your outgoing network connections. If you’re curious to find out if a program is sending information about your machine to a remote server or just want to see exactly what’s happening in the background during your usual surfing activities, Little Snitch will promptly tell you all about it.

( Permalink: Review: Little Snitch 1.2.2 - acts as a great info      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 9, 2006 )

Server Monitoring With munin And monit
In this article I will describe how to monitor your server with munin and monit. 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, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected. The combination of the two gives you full monitoring: graphics that lets you recognize current or upcoming problems (like "We need a bigger server soon, our load average is increasing rapidly."), and a watchdog that ensures the availability of the monitored services.

( Permalink: Server Monitoring With munin And monit      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon May 8, 2006 )

An Interview with DTrace Guru Jarod Jenson
Interview with Jarod Jenson.
"The world is still in the early days of exploring and using DTrace, Sun's extraordinary new performance analysis tool. There are, however, some trends already revealing themselves. Specifically, all programs have performance problems, and (almost?) all performance problems on Solaris 10 systems can be revealed via DTrace. Jarod Jenson, Chief Systems Architect at Aeysis, spends a lot of his time using DTrace to track down performance problems."
Sys Admin > v15, i06: An Interview with DTrace Guru Jarod Jenson

( Permalink: An Interview with DTrace Guru Jarod Jenson      Submitted by Noel Mon May 8, 2006 )

What is the KuroBox?
Very cool little Linux machine. Not that expensive either.
"To give you a rough idea about the KuroBox/HG's power, it can transcode (decode and then re-encode to another bitrate) MP3's using LAME at about 25% faster than realtime. While not as fast as today's modern PC's, this is coming from a box that uses 17 Watts of juice. The tiny onboard fan (used to dissipate the hard drive's heat) is ultra-quiet at 22dB. "
What is the KuroBox?

( Permalink: What is the KuroBox?      Submitted by Noel Mon May 8, 2006 )

Linux vrs OS X and Windows XP on Intel Dual Core
Interesting comparison.
"Linux is found to be much faster than Apple's OS X for statistical computing. And although Linux is 5 to 10 percent faster than Windows XP, both are markedly faster than OS X. For example, in one benchmark both Linux and Windows XP are more than twice as fast as OS X. The results on this page were conducted on a MacBookpro with a 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo chip and 2GB of RAM. "
Linux versus Mac OS X and Windows XP on Intel Dual Core

( Permalink: Linux vrs OS X and Windows XP on Intel Dual Core      Submitted by Noel Mon May 8, 2006 )

Using VMware Player to test linux distributions
Overview of using VMWare player.
"VMware is a company specialized in virtualization technology, providing software to run an operating system (guest) inside another (host). A few months ago VMware released VMware Player, a free virtual machine player which you can use to run prebuilt virtual OSs."
Using VMware Player to test linux distributions - Linux Forums

( Permalink: Using VMware Player to test linux distributions      Submitted by Noel Mon May 8, 2006 )

How to test your Linux-Distro FIREWALL !
A good thing TO-DO, is to test the Firewall. AGAIN and AGAIN !!! Does it work ?

( Permalink: How to test your Linux-Distro FIREWALL !      Submitted by kanenas.net Sun May 7, 2006 )

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