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Performance analysis on Linux
Performance analysis and bottleneck determination in Linux is not rocket science. It requires some basic knowledge of the hardware and kernel architecture and the use of some standard tools. Using a hands-on approach we’ll walk readers through the different subsystems and the key indicators, to understand which component constitutes the current bottleneck of a system.
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( Permalink: Performance analysis on Linux      Submitted by Flavio Villanustre Thu Jun 9, 2005 )

Red Hat Summit: Overview and Reflections
"Last week in New Orleans, Red Hat held its first annual conference called Red Hat Summit. I've used Red Hat Linux for quite a few years, so this seemed like a good opportunity to meet some of the Red Hat people and to learn more about the operating system and related software. Although the newness of this conference showed at times, overall it was a good meeting. Many interesting presentations were given, which made it worth attending. In this article I give an overview of the conference and conclude with some reflections on Linux that occurred to me during some of the presentations."
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( Permalink: Red Hat Summit: Overview and Reflections      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 9, 2005 )

Something's Amiss in the Linux Community
Maybe something is amiss in our beloved Linux community?

Over the past few months something has changed. No, the people are as friendly and helpful as ever. But something unquestionably has changed. So what smells so fishy in the Linux community today?
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( Permalink: Something's Amiss in the Linux Community      Submitted by Walter Koenning Thu Jun 9, 2005 )

Linux gives new life to old boxes
Build a usable Linux system on a busted laptop with a budget of $50? People do say Linux can make old machines useful. This article shows that with the right Linux distribution and a little ingenuity you can breath new life into an old machine.

( Permalink: Linux gives new life to old boxes      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jun 9, 2005 )

Apple on Intel - Ready or not here it comes
"We know that Jobs made mention of going to Intel not just for what they offer now, but for what Intel has in store for the future. Read into that what you will, but it's a fair bet to assume that Pentium chips will not be the only AoI offering you will see. Considering Intel’s desire to move on from x86 we will likely see other projects come to light under the Apple flag. Combined with existing work on Dual-Core technologies, and Apple being part owners of the PPC design and you can expect to see some real bleeding edge technology on the horizon. "
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( Permalink: Apple on Intel - Ready or not here it comes      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 8, 2005 )

A Farewell to Transmeta?
"The actual unveiling of the product was inevitably anticlimactic. The company's Crusoe family of microprocessors promised lower power consumption and heat generation, enabling the creation of laptops with longer battery life. Critics bashed the chips for being underpowered compared with Intel's latest and greatest. Transmeta struggled to find a market, and recently it sold off most of its chipmaking business for $15 million to Culturecom Holdings, a Hong Kong company better known for publishing comic books."
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( Permalink: A Farewell to Transmeta?      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 8, 2005 )

Lock Down KDE with Kiosk Mode
"KDE is one of the most configurable desktop environments but KDE 3.2.3 added the Kiosk framework which allows for any or all of the configuration options to be marked as unchangeable. With Kiosk you can create profiles which are attached to users or groups of users. A profile can define any KDE setting but will usually include the contents of the desktop, panel and k-menus as well as the look of the wallpaper, default fonts and widget style. You can also specify important system settings such as the network proxy and file associations. Most importantly all of these options can be set to be unchangeable by the user. This means grandma will never accidentally delete her web browser icon, and a bored teenager can't change the library's computer wallpaper to something that will give grandma a heard attack."
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( Permalink: Lock Down KDE with Kiosk Mode      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 8, 2005 )

An Interview with Dr. Ari Jaaksi of Nokia
"The first day of the recent LinuxWorld Summit in New York City was a busy one for Dr. Ari Jaaksi of Nokia. He fielded questions throughout the day, following the press conference that introduced the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. This handheld device induces double-takes from potential users and offers impressive Wi-Fi capabilities. Plus, it is an open-source success story, demonstrating a successful collaboration between a large manufacturer and the Open Source community."
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( Permalink: An Interview with Dr. Ari Jaaksi of Nokia      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 8, 2005 )

Slackware 10.1: An In-Depth review
Slackware is the tried and true Linux distribution. It's been here since (near) the beginning. And now it's hit version 10.1. Come check out LinuxForumsDOTorg's in-depth look at the newest iteration of Slack here.

( Permalink: Slackware 10.1: An In-Depth review      Submitted by sarumont Wed Jun 8, 2005 )

Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors
"Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It’s been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel’s technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years."
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( Permalink: Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 7, 2005 )

Podcasting 101
"Simply put, podcasting is TiVo for your iPod. Using an RSS aggregator or podcatching client, you can subscribe to online radio shows that will automatically download into iTunes and sync with your iPod. This allows you to have fresh content on your iPod all the time. The technology that enables podcasting is RSS."
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( Permalink: Podcasting 101      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 7, 2005 )

Trusted Matters: An Interview with Chad Hanson
Chuck Talk was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Chad Hanson, Manager of the Trusted Operating Systems Lab at Trusted Computer Solutions in Urbana, Illinois. Chad has a long history in working with Trusted Operating Systems. He came to Trusted Computer Solutions from Argus Systems, where he led the development of PitBull, itself a Trusted Operating System. Chad's experience also includes leading the design and development of new components to NSA SE Linux that are leading to greater security in the Linux kernel.

( Permalink: Trusted Matters: An Interview with Chad Hanson      Submitted by Chuck Talk Tue Jun 7, 2005 )

amaroK Interview
"Mark: In the beginning I used to be maintainer, as I had also founded the project. Then, as more people joined, we realised that all of us core developers are really sharing the job. It's like, everyone does the work that he feels like doing, whenever he has the time to do it. So we decided it's silly to have one "official" maintainer, and just dropped the title. This also reflects one important aspect of the amaroK project: we emphasise teamwork a lot. Perhaps more than other projects do."
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( Permalink: amaroK Interview      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 7, 2005 )

How to build your own Linux distribution
Go to the source to learn Linux basics and build the right Linux for you. Linux From Scratch (LFS) and its descendants represent a new way to teach users how the Linux operating systems work. LFS is based on the assumption that compiling a complete operating system piece by piece not only teaches how the operating system works but also allows an independent operator to build systems for speed, footprint, or security.

( Permalink: How to build your own Linux distribution      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Jun 7, 2005 )

Linux Games: An Interview With Michael Simms
"As we head into the weekend, it seems appropriate that we talk about something that a lot of us may do on the weekends - play games. That's an integral part of making Linux more fun. And so, today's post is about one of the people who makes these Linux games possible - Michael Simms, the CEO of Linux Game Publishing."
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( Permalink: Linux Games: An Interview With Michael Simms      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 7, 2005 )

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The Power of Community on the Linux Desktop
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HOWTO: Creating .deb-Packages With Checkinstall
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Feather Linux for Firewalls
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KBear - App of the Month
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One week with Gentoo Linux
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Perl Trouble
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The CELL Microprocessor
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XAMPP, an Apache Distribution
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Migrate Win32 C/C++ application to Linux on POWER
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