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Ruby on Rails to become mainstream?
Another opinion piece on Ruby on Rails.
"We've been going through the Ruby on Rails book in our Bainbridge Island reading group, so I was interested to see Cedric Beust's post Why Ruby on Rails won't become mainstream. It took me a few moments to get over the sting of being called someone who hasn't learned anything in 30 years (despite the fact that I only learned Lisp/Scheme 22 years ago). That bit of discomfort aside, there are some interesting points in his post. I am looking for a web framework for some experimental projects, and I think that many of the points that Cedric made are just as applicable to Python/Turbogears/Django, etc."
Ted Leung on the air : What does it mean for Ruby on Rails to become mainstream?

( Permalink: Ruby on Rails to become mainstream?      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 17, 2006 )

Network Monitoring With Zabbix
Zabbix has the capability to monitor just a about any event on your network from network traffic to how many papers are left in your printer. It produces really cool grahps.

In this howto we install software that has an agent and a server side. The goal is to end up with a setup that has a nice web interface that you can show off to your boss. It is a great open source tool that lets you know what is out there.


( Permalink: Network Monitoring With Zabbix      Submitted by Falko Timme Sun Apr 16, 2006 )

Using epoll() For Asynchronous Network Programming
General way to implement tcp servers is “one thread/process per connection”. But on high loads this approach can be not so efficient and we need to use another patterns of connection handling. In this article I will describe how to implement tcp-server with synchronous connections handling using epoll() system call of Linux 2.6. kernel. Read more

( Permalink: Using epoll() For Asynchronous Network Programming      Submitted by Alexey Kovyrin Sat Apr 15, 2006 )

Running Google Earth with VMwarePlayer on Linux

Google Earth was created to put satellite imagery and other geographic information right on the (Windows) desktop. Unfortunately no Linux version is available jet. In the meantime the Linux Community was trying to get Google Earth running on a Linux Desktop. This Tutorial will explain how to install and run it using VMware Player.
This solution seems to work much better (compared to Wine), but also reasonable fast and stable. The only disadvantage I can see in this solution is that you need an installable Windows version. But if you have or can get a Windows CD (XP or 2000) then you really can fulfil your “dream of flying” ever on a Linux machine for free.

Read more at Linux-Tip.net

( Permalink: Running Google Earth with VMwarePlayer on Linux      Submitted by Frank Neugebauer Tue Apr 11, 2006 )

Performance tuning UNIX systems
Be nice to your computers and examine some general guidelines for tuning server performance. A computer is like an employee who does tasks for you -- it's a good idea to keep from overburdening them. One way to keep this from happening is to carefully tune the processes that run on it. The UNIX nice command is useful for doing just that.

( Permalink: Performance tuning UNIX systems      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 11, 2006 )

Substantial Growth in New Zealand
Much of the continued explosive growth of Linux adoption in Australia & New Zealand remains unseen, unannounced and often behind the scenes. Although Linux deployments are occurring en-mass, they are often not at all emphasized. This makes gaging the true breadth of Linux growth in the region... Complete article

( Permalink: Substantial Growth in New Zealand      Submitted by Mark Rais Tue Apr 11, 2006 )

Jumpcut: Minimalist Clipboard Buffering for OS X
Interesting application.
"Jumpcut is an application that provides "clipboard buffering" — that is, access to text that you've cut or copied, even if you've subsequently cut or copied something else. The goal of Jumpcut's interface is to provide quick, natural, intuitive access to your clipboard's history."
Jumpcut: Minimalist Clipboard Buffering for OS X

( Permalink: Jumpcut: Minimalist Clipboard Buffering for OS X      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 11, 2006 )

Building a Linux supercomputer using SSH and PVM
I think I would have to have quite a stack of old boxes before I could call it a supercomputer. But it is cool.
"Now you can start setting up your PCs as a single supercomputer. In order for them to work as one, you need a single home directory -- hence, the need for NFS. Choose the machine that hosts the home directory and edit /etc/exports. If the file isn't there, then you must set up the PC as an NFS server -- check your distro's documentation. If you're using Debian, simply type sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server."
Linux.com | Building a Linux supercomputer using SSH and PVM

( Permalink: Building a Linux supercomputer using SSH and PVM      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 11, 2006 )

Freeze your hard drive to recover data
GeeksAreSexy pubbed an article about something that most of us heard about, but never had the occasion to try out. Is it possible to recover some data out of a mechanically damaged hard drive by freezing it for a few hours?

( Permalink: Freeze your hard drive to recover data      Submitted by Kiltak Mon Apr 10, 2006 )

Connecting Two Remote Local Networks

Sometimes we need to connect two or more geographically distrubuted ethernet networks to one broadcast domain. There can be two different office networks of some company which uses smb protocol partially based on broadcast network messages. Another example of such situation is computer cafes: a couple of computer cafes can provide to users more convinient environment for playing multiplayer computer games without dedicated servers.

Both sample networks in this article need to have one *nix server for bridging. Our networks can be connected by any possible hardware that provides IP connection between them.


( Permalink: Connecting Two Remote Local Networks      Submitted by Alexey Kovyrin Mon Apr 10, 2006 )

Traditional DNS Howto
This tutorial describes the basics of the Domain Name System (DNS) that Linux system administrators should know of. Front-ends and quick templates to set up domain records have a place in managing sites, but when confronted with DNS configurations already in existence, nothing can substitute for knowing and using the fundamentals.

( Permalink: Traditional DNS Howto      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Apr 10, 2006 )

Linux World 2006 Boston Day 2
PCBurn is running coverage of the Linux World 2006 Conference and Expo. We'll be taking a look at who's on the expo floor with updates on who's speaking and what they're talking about.

( Permalink: Linux World 2006 Boston Day 2      Submitted by Chris Bergeron Mon Apr 10, 2006 )

CPI Analysis on POWER5
Cycles per instruction (CPI) is the measurement for analyzing the performance of a workload. This article begins a short series on workload performance analysis on Power Architecture systems. Part 1 introduces the CPU feature set and a variety of useful tools for collecting data.

( Permalink: CPI Analysis on POWER5      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Apr 8, 2006 )

Cable Management Done Right
Good article on cable management. You might not agree with everything said. But it's all worth kicking around.
"Cabling is an art form. You need good tools, supplies, patience, and above all, discipline. You can't just wire up a new server room and leave it at that. Because sooner or later the quality starts to fade. Somebody will use the wrong color cable, or they'll run a patch in between cabinets for a temporary job. Then in a year, what started out as a nice setup has turned into an unmanageable mess."
Cable Management Done Right

( Permalink: Cable Management Done Right      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 5, 2006 )

My quest for a Linux audio player
Good article on what audio player you should use under Linux.
"Before evaluating the Linux audio players, I considered what I wanted from them. I listen to MP3 and Ogg Vorbis music files, CDs, MP3 streaming Internet radio stations, and podcasts. Someday I may also want access to FLAC music files, RealMedia and Windows Media streaming radio, iPod compatibility, and Windows audio file formats (WAV, WMA, and ASF). My test system is a Toshiba Tecra 9000 laptop with an Intel 82801CA-ICH3 sound card. I use Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.04, GNOME, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA)."
Linux.com | My quest for a Linux audio player

( Permalink: My quest for a Linux audio player      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 5, 2006 )

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