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ATI Radeon X850 XT Mac Edition
"Apple Online Store has added the ATI Radeon X850 XT as a Configure To Order (CTO) option on new G5 Power Macs. In addition, they have dropped the nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra and replaced it with the 6800 GT, a slower card. We don't have either of the new cards in the lab right now but we can give you an idea of how they will perform based on past testing of the 6800 GT and an overclocked Radeon X800 XT (that's running at the same speed as the X850 XT)."

( Permalink: ATI Radeon X850 XT Mac Edition      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 6, 2005 )

Knoppix 4.0 review
The latest and greatest version of the king of live Linux distributions, Knoppix, has been released at LinuxTag early this week. DVD based Knoppix version 4.0 includes as much as 4GB of applications, utilities and games. But can it live up to the hype?

Live Linux distributions are extremely useful in different ways: they can be used for demo systems, to test new applications without installing anything on the hard drives, to quickly deploy tens or hundreds of identical workstations for events, as rescue disks, or just to have a “highly portable” workstation by just carrying a CD/DVD and a writable media unit (typically a USB token).

Knoppix has a long and reputable history of making high quality live distributions that almost everything that a user could need. Over the years, Knoppix has been updated and improved, and became the “de facto” standard that other live distributions compare against. This version has not been released for general download (though there are available bittorrents advertised in the Knoppix forums), but for distribution only within LinuxTag.

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( Permalink: Knoppix 4.0 review      Submitted by Flavio Villanustre Tue Jul 5, 2005 )

Most Popular Beginner Linux Questions Answered
In this interview with Mark Rais, I get him to answer the top questions beginners have including moving from Windows to Linux, finding files in Linux, using the File Manager, uncompressing using gzip and tar, understanding permissions and knowing where applications are located!
I'll be the first to admit, I tried to suck his mind dry on this one regarding Linux new users.
Complete Interview

( Permalink: Most Popular Beginner Linux Questions Answered      Submitted by Andrea W. Cordingly Tue Jul 5, 2005 )

Great Moments in Microprocessor History
The evolution of the modern microprocessor is one of many surprising twists and turns. Who invented the first micro? Who had the first 32-bit single-chip design? From the vacuum tube to today's dual-core multithreaded madness, this article shows the defining decisions that brought the contemporary microprocessor to its present-day configuration.

( Permalink: Great Moments in Microprocessor History      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Jul 5, 2005 )

Laptop theft - an insider’s guide to prevention
Protecting against laptop and data theft would appear to be relatively easy but, in a business sense, is rarely so. This article provides some basic steps for employees to follow in order to protect laptops.

( Permalink: Laptop theft - an insider’s guide to prevention      Submitted by LogError Tue Jul 5, 2005 )

Integrated iPod mini in Apple Notebook
"According to Apple’s Latest Patent Application 20040224638, Steve Jobs and his team may be cooking up the next big hype in notebook and mp3 industries."

( Permalink: Integrated iPod mini in Apple Notebook      Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 5, 2005 )

Troubleshooting Linux Firewalls
There aren't many up-to-date books on Linux firewalls so when I saw this one come out, I immediately grabbed it. As the title suggests, this book deals more with troubleshooting firewalls rather than creating them. However, there's a little bit of everything in this book. Full review here.

( Permalink: Troubleshooting Linux Firewalls      Submitted by joetopjian Fri Jul 1, 2005 )

Howto: Backing Up And Restoring Your Dedicated Ser
I have written a new tutorial:
Backing Up And Restoring Your Dedicated Server With SystemImager.
This tutorial is based on the tutorial "Creating Images Of Your Linux System With SystemImager" ( http://www.howtoforge.com/howto_linux_systemimager ) where you can find the basics about how to use SystemImager.

( Permalink: Howto: Backing Up And Restoring Your Dedicated Ser      Submitted by Falko Timme Fri Jul 1, 2005 )

The Linux Programming Model for Cell
Base platform support for Linux on the Cell has been established and is currently on its way into the mainstream Linux kernel tree. Read about the Cell's unique architecture and the SPU file system interface that allows Linux to run on it.

( Permalink: The Linux Programming Model for Cell      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jul 1, 2005 )

Linux & Scaling: the Essentials
Linux and Apache, I propose, have changed the face of scaling and Internet serving forever. This brief article summarizes my experiences with scaling and its essential ingredients. Complete article

( Permalink: Linux & Scaling: the Essentials      Submitted by mark rais Fri Jul 1, 2005 )

Going to the Movies (and More) in iTunes 4.8
"The mere mention of anything video-related in conjunction with iTunes sent iPod-minded members of the blogosphere into a frenzy of speculation that the iPod would soon be supporting the playback of full-motion video. The notion of a "vPod" has been a longtime fantasy, and Apple has already produced the iPod Photo with its 60 GB capacity, sharp color screen, and AV connectivity, so video doesn't seem like that big of a leap."

( Permalink: Going to the Movies (and More) in iTunes 4.8      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 1, 2005 )

Tweaking Tiger Mail
"The release of Mail 2.0 was largely overlooked amid all the fuss about Tiger's system-level features, but a number of people made public complaints about changes made to the user interface. Mail's performance has improved, but the apparent willingness of Apple's designers to create an entirely new kind of toolbar icon just for use in Mail got up some people's noses."

( Permalink: Tweaking Tiger Mail      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 30, 2005 )

Interview with Gaël Duval of Mandriva
Well... I'm 32 years old, and it's been nearly 7 years since I launched the first Mandrake Linux distribution - so my professional life has been totally focusing on Mandrkesoft/Mandriva for 7 years! I started as a technical director for the distribution, then I retired a bit in 2000/2001 by just focusing on our community website. Then I started to manage all the communication of Mandriva. And it's possible that I will soon stop that and focus on something else. At the same time, I always had a look at our products, sent suggestions, launched new projects such as the redesign of our desktop and the MandrakeMove concept, our very own liveCD. My spare time mostly consists of spending time with my wife and my little daughter, who was born 4 months ago! I also spend a little time recording music, which was my big hobby for years.
Read At TuxJournal.net

( Permalink: Interview with Gaël Duval of Mandriva      Submitted by TuxJournal.net Thu Jun 30, 2005 )

Book reviews: Silence on the wire
While looking for some interesting read for the summer, I’ve stumbled across a book written by Michal Zalewski named “Silence on the wire: a field guide to passive reconnaissance and indirect attacks”, from No Starch Press.

Michal Zalewski, also known as lcamtuf in the security community, is best known for being the author of p0f, a passive OS fingerprinting tool, and the researcher behind many vulnerabilities findings. One of his most unusual projects was the no longer maintained museum of broken packets.
Read more

( Permalink: Book reviews: Silence on the wire      Submitted by Flavio Villanustre Thu Jun 30, 2005 )

Meet the expert: Arnd Bergmann on Cell
Looking forward to getting your hands on a Cell workstation? We were too -- until we talked to Linux for Cell kernel maintainer Arnd Bergmann. Learn about programming for Cell in general and for Linux for Cell in particular, and why the "workstation" that has been described in the press is more of a prototype Blade board, and a bit of a misunderstanding, in this Q & A session.

( Permalink: Meet the expert: Arnd Bergmann on Cell      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jun 30, 2005 )

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