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Fedora 11 Screenshot Tour
Let the pictures tell the story. This is the next version of Fedora. Fedora 11 Screenshot Tour

( Permalink: Fedora 11 Screenshot Tour      Submitted by Noel Mon May 18, 2009 )

Cheap, Readable, Low-Power Displays
I want an ebook reader like device. But am way to cheap to get anything I have seen on the market. If the Kindle was $150 I think I would be carrying one around. Well if there was more of an electronic version discount for the books at least.
"“Effectively what [Pixel Qi is] doing is creating a hybrid display that combines the best of E Ink and regular LCDs,” says Robert Barry, director of business development for Team Research, a company that makes an e-book reader called the Astak Mentor. Team Research has partnered with Pixel Qi to include the latter’s display into a new e-book reader codenamed ‘Spectrum.’"
Pixel Qi Promises Cheap, Readable, Low-Power Displays

( Permalink: Cheap, Readable, Low-Power Displays      Submitted by Noel Thu May 14, 2009 )

MySQL Clustering in a Sandbox
"MySQL's clustering storage engine is a unique take on database clustering, unlike Oracle's or Microsoft SQL Servers solutions. As with those, it has its strengths and weaknesses, so you'll of course need to test, test, and test some more before you can decide if the technology is right for your application, and organization. New features that are in development include the ability to add nodes while the cluster is up and running, storing data and index information on disk, and much more. "
MySQL Clustering in a Sandbox

( Permalink: MySQL Clustering in a Sandbox      Submitted by Noel Wed May 13, 2009 )

MOC: Text based audio player
Who needs GUIs?
"Based on ncurses, MOC (music on console) is a popular, text-based audio player which can play various audio formats, including Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, MP4, WMA and WAV. The release I'm going to talk about in this article is 2.5.0-alpha3, as it comes with Debian Lenny."
MOC: Text based audio player

( Permalink: MOC: Text based audio player      Submitted by Noel Tue May 12, 2009 )

Scripting the Vim editor with Vmscript
Vimscript is a mechanism for reshaping and extending the Vim editor. Scripting allows you to create new tools, simplify common tasks, and even redesign and replace existing editor features. This article introduces the fundamental components of the Vimscript programming language: values, variables, expressions, statements, functions, and commands. These features are demonstrated and explained through a series of simple examples.

( Permalink: Scripting the Vim editor with Vmscript      Submitted by Anonymous Mon May 11, 2009 )

VirtualBSD Review--Inside and Out
I am thinking that this is basically a toy. I may be wrong though may be some good use that it could be put to. It is interesting though.
"The only difference is that, unlike Kandor, VirtualBSD is trapped in VMware not in a bottle. You can't install it directly to your computer as an independent OS at this point. Nor can you run it as a Live CD to get a taste of it without installing anything. VirtualBSD exists solely as a VMware appliance right now."
VirtualBSD Review--Inside and Out

( Permalink: VirtualBSD Review--Inside and Out      Submitted by Noel Thu May 7, 2009 )

Cloud computing with Linux thin clients
For embedded Linux engineers and aficionados, one exciting aspect of cloud computing is the sudden interest in thin Linux clients. Explore cloud computing from a Linux perspective and discover some of the most innovative and popular Linux-based solutions—with a particular view toward Linux thin clients and environmentally beneficial options.

( Permalink: Cloud computing with Linux thin clients      Submitted by Anonymous Wed May 6, 2009 )

Build Your Own Multitouch Surface Computer
While I still like the command line. This is pretty cool.
"There are several different ways to make a multi-touch surface, but we’ll focus on the one that we employed: the FTIR screen. An FTIR (short for Frustrated Total Internal Reflection) setup involves three vital components: a sheet of transparent acrylic, a chain of infrared LEDs, and a camera with an IR filter. The LEDs are arranged around the outside of the sheet of acrylic so that they shine directly into the thin side surfaces."
Build Your Own Multitouch Surface Computer

( Permalink: Build Your Own Multitouch Surface Computer      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 28, 2009 )

Oracle brass coax Sun troops with tough love
How could you kill an open source product?
"Oracle's senior management has expressed its love for Sun Microsystems' software and hardware but warned tough decisions are coming on what people and products stay.

President Charles Phillips and chief corporate architect Edward Screven have committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL. They also mocked the idea Oracle would simply shut down or close off certain technologies and talked tough on Oracle's smarts as a hardware vendor."

Oracle brass coax Sun troops with tough love

( Permalink: Oracle brass coax Sun troops with tough love      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 27, 2009 )

Migrate to a virtual Linux environment with Clonez
In this article, learn how to use the open source Clonezilla Live cloning software to convert your physical server to a virtual one. Specifically, see how to perform a physical-to-virtual system migration using an image-based method.

( Permalink: Migrate to a virtual Linux environment with Clonez      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Apr 23, 2009 )

Realities of open source Cloud Computing with PHP
In this article you will learn how Aptana makes it easy to develop applications based on PHP and MySQL, and how to deploy them to the cloud. Also explore some of the critical design differences between a cloud application and a traditional N-tier application.

( Permalink: Realities of open source Cloud Computing with PHP       Submitted by Anonymous Thu Apr 23, 2009 )

Michael Widenius on Sun purchase
Michael Widenius aka Monty is the founder and original developer of MySQL. Not that long ago he left his job with Sun. These are his thoughts on the purchase of Sun by Oracle and how it will affect MySQL.
"This brings up the question, once again, how can one own an Open Source Project. Patrick Galbraith, summed up his feelings in a recent blog post, , that the "ownership" of Free and open source projects has more to do with who provides the best stewardship of the code, rather than who owns a trademark."
To be (free) or not to be (free)

( Permalink: Michael Widenius on Sun purchase      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 22, 2009 )

Oracle Buys Sun - No not April fools
This is one I did not see coming. Seems like a much better fit than IBM. But what do I know. The thing I am most wondering about is what is going to be happening with MySQL.
"So today we take another step forward in our journey, but along a different path - by announcing that this weekend, our board of directors and I approved the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by the Oracle Corporation for $9.50/share in cash. All members of the board present at the meeting to review the transaction voted for it with enthusiasm, and the transaction stands to utterly transform the marketplace - bringing together two companies with a long history of working together to create a newly unified vision of the future. Oracle's interest in Sun is very clear - they aspire to help customers simplify the development, deployment and operation of high value business systems, from applications all the way to datacenters. By acquiring Sun, Oracle will be well positioned to help customers solve the most complex technology problems related to running a business."
Oracle-Sun: Jonathan Schwartz Writes His Toughest Ever Email

( Permalink: Oracle Buys Sun - No not April fools      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 21, 2009 )

Memcached Performance on Sun's Nehalem System
Never have used memcached, but looks straight forward enough. It is interesting to me that there really is no free lunch. If your database machine is not fast enough and you spread out the load to memcached, you then need a very fast network. and so forth.
"A single instance of memcached was run on a SunFire X2270 (2 socket Nehalem) with 48GB of memory and an Oplin 10G card. Several external client systems were used to drive load against the server using an internally developed Memcached benchmark. More on the benchmark later. The clients connected to the server using a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet link. At the maximum throughput of 350K, the network was about 52% utilized and the server was 62% utilized. "
Memcached Performance on Sun's Nehalem System

( Permalink: Memcached Performance on Sun's Nehalem System      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 21, 2009 )

AIX secure flavor of FTP based on OpenSSL
AIX V6.1 has introduced a secure flavor of FTP (and ftpd) based on OpenSSL, using Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt both the command and the data channels of file transfer. This article coveres the various aspects of the secure FTP setup, which includes the complete FTP service configuration on the server side, as well as the client side.

( Permalink: AIX secure flavor of FTP based on OpenSSL       Submitted by Anonymous Mon Apr 20, 2009 )

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