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A Unix Perspective on Oracle Archive Redo Log File
Those who are not familiar with the latest version of Oracle's flagship product, Database 10g, may be surprised to find that the distinction between SA and DBA is becoming even less clear. The very first document you see is called "2 Day DBA", which is targeted to someone with no previous DBA experience, such as an SA, and which promises to cover all the basic tasks one typically performs in support of Oracle 10g for a small- or medium-sized organization. Also, Oracle now provides many features that previously may have been considered the sole province of the SA.
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( Permalink: A Unix Perspective on Oracle Archive Redo Log File      Submitted by Michael Pye Mon May 30, 2005 )

SUSE Linux Virtual I/O Server
Reduce your operation costs for complex environments by creating efficient and flexible virtualisation capabilities. Nigel Griffiths describes the benefits of the IBM POWER5 servers and provides examples on how to set up the environment for pSeries, p5, and eServer OpenPower systems.

( Permalink: SUSE Linux Virtual I/O Server      Submitted by Anonymous Mon May 30, 2005 )

Mad as hell, switching to Mac
"This is my first column written on a Mac - ever. Maybe I should have done it a long time ago, but I never said I was smart, just obstinate. I was a PC bigot. But now, I've had it. I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
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( Permalink: Mad as hell, switching to Mac      Submitted by Noel Fri May 27, 2005 )

Basic Guide to Dial-up Fedora & SuSe HOWTO
This beginner article summarizes Rais' (editor of reallylinux.com) experiences using a dial-up internet with SuSe and Fedora. "It's intended as a review for the many people who are still using dial-up all around the world and need basic help getting started. In my desire to help everyone switch to Linux I did not want to leave out the dial-up crowd!" The article

( Permalink: Basic Guide to Dial-up Fedora & SuSe HOWTO      Submitted by anonymous Fri May 27, 2005 )

Developing GNOME Applications with Java
"The GNU Compiler for the Java Programming Language (gcc-java) is a Java development environment distributed under the GNU General Public License. Because gcc-java is free software, it is developed independently of Sun Microsystems' Java efforts. As a result of this, gcc-java does not yet implement 100% of the Java standard. For example, support for the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) is not yet complete. Despite its current shortcomings, gcc-java shows great promise as the foundation of a completely free Java stack, and it already can be used to build many real-world applications; see the on-line Resources for examples."
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( Permalink: Developing GNOME Applications with Java      Submitted by Noel Fri May 27, 2005 )

Testing and Building with the New gumstix SBCs
"For this review, I received a power supply, the new connex 400g FFMC and several daughter boards. Because so many new boards are available and there is so much material to cover dealing with this, this review is divided into a couple of parts. This time we discuss the gumstix connex 400g, the etherstix daughterboard and finally the waysmall daughterboard."
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( Permalink: Testing and Building with the New gumstix SBCs      Submitted by Noel Fri May 27, 2005 )

Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise
"It just so happens that I was right and this book does cover fancy VMWare tricks -- plus a lot more. Just by reading the Table of Contents, I broke out from the narrow-minded barrier of my definition of "Virtual". Yes, "Virtual" also includes File Systems, Storage Areas, and Clustering.. who would have imagined?"
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( Permalink: Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise      Submitted by Noel Fri May 27, 2005 )

A Closer Look at Spotlight
"Apple aggressively revs up its operating system with each new release, and Tiger carries on the tradition. One of Tiger's coolest new features is a powerful search engine called Spotlight. In this installment, we'll look at how Spotlight works and how it can revolutionize your workflow in a variety of ways."
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( Permalink: A Closer Look at Spotlight      Submitted by Noel Thu May 26, 2005 )

Dual-Core Opterons Running Linux
"Dual-core CPUs are single physical processors that contain multiple processor cores. This means that, in theory, for the motherboard space of a single processor, you get the performance of dual processors. What this equates to in terms of performance will vary depending on how you use your computer and which applications you run. Let's start this off by showing you the two ways that AMD and Intel implement their current workstation/server processors and how the processors speak to the rest of the system."
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( Permalink: Dual-Core Opterons Running Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu May 26, 2005 )

Sentry CD - A different firewall approach
"If you want to set up a Linux-based firewall, there's no need to run a bloated distribution that installs everything but the kitchen sink. If you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, and like having total control over your system, then Sentry Firewall CD (SFCD) is just what you need. It is a highly configurable, bootable CD that takes a minimalist approach to firewalling."
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( Permalink: Sentry CD - A different firewall approach      Submitted by Noel Thu May 26, 2005 )

Three tools to help you configure iptables
"The Linux kernel (version 2.4 onwards) contains a framework for packet filtering and firewalling using netfilter and iptables. Netfilter is a set of hooks inside the Linux kernel that allows kernel modules to register callback functions with the network stack. Iptables is a generic table structure for the definition of rulesets. Each rule within an IP table consists of a number of classifiers (iptables matches) and one connected action (iptables target). Iptables has extensive documentation that can be accessed online or by typing man iptables at the command line. Yet despite the depth of the documentation available for iptables, its complexity can be baffling."
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( Permalink: Three tools to help you configure iptables      Submitted by Noel Thu May 26, 2005 )

Linux, outside the (x86) box
It's obvious -- Linux has become an attractive option for non-x86 platforms. Why? In the early days, Linux ran on just a narrow range of systems, mostly processors compatible with the Intel 80386 processor. But the drive to get the first shell prompt on a new piece of hardware motivates people to do crazy things, targeting a variety of processors that "everyone knows" are not viable Linux platforms, such as handheld computers, watches, game consoles, and a variety of workstations and servers.

( Permalink: Linux, outside the (x86) box      Submitted by Anonymous Thu May 26, 2005 )

Password Management
"I basically had to choose one of these, and I mean that I had to choose. I couldn't choose not to have a secret question, nor could I enter my own question. It would be no trouble at all for someone else to dig up the answer to these questions. #2 and #3 are easy. Finding out my dog's name (I used my previous dog, now dead) might be more of a challenge, but, were I a celeb, I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult."
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( Permalink: Password Management      Submitted by Noel Wed May 25, 2005 )

Collection of Application Crash Data With DTrace
"AppCrash is a tool for the automatic collection of diagnostic and debugging information when any application crashes under a Solaris system. The tool does not require any changes to the applications or to the operating system and is based on DTrace (Dynamic Tracing), a new facility introduced in the Solaris 10 OS."
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( Permalink: Collection of Application Crash Data With DTrace      Submitted by Noel Wed May 25, 2005 )

Use IMAP with Perl, Part 2
This article covers the method of accessing IMAP with the Mail::IMAPClient by looking at ifrom.pl as an alternative to other IMAP and POP3 mail checkers. This time around Ted covers tunneling (or "port forwarding" as it is sometimes called), as well as applying the script to the Maildir mail-storage format.

( Permalink: Use IMAP with Perl, Part 2      Submitted by Anonymous Wed May 25, 2005 )

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