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Big iron lessons: FPU architecture, now and then
Floating point provides a convenient, approximate representation of real numbers that can greatly simplify scientific and engineering algorithms. This article gives an overview of two floating point formats used in the z990 architecture and discusses key FPU issues that system architects should consider in new designs.

( Permalink: Big iron lessons: FPU architecture, now and then      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Feb 3, 2005 )

High-Performance and High-Availability Clustering
This paper introduces basic clustering components and software tools that can be used to build a Linux cluster on IBM eServer OpenPower 710 by utilizing its 64-bit POWER5 architecture. This paper is intended as an introduction for someone interested in building a new Linux cluster running on OpenPower 710 servers or converting an existing cluster to OpenPower 710 servers.

( Permalink: High-Performance and High-Availability Clustering      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Feb 2, 2005 )

KDE tips and tricks
"The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is incredibly popular in the world of GNU/Linux. Distributions such as SUSE and Mandrakelinux use it by default. KDE has some useful features that, while easily accessible, are less prominent. Just as a camera inexplicably makes a cell phone more fun to use, KDE's cool but unnoticed details may make it more attractive to prospective users. Read on to learn about a few such features may help you every day."

( Permalink: KDE tips and tricks      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 2, 2005 )

Output Like a Pro with iPhoto 5
"In my previous iPhoto 5 article, I discussed how easy it is to upload and manage RAW files. This eliminates a huge barrier. RAW photography used to mean "more pain than fun." Instead of playing with my pictures right after a shoot in iPhoto, I found myself "working" in Camera Raw. iPhoto 5 has changed that. Now anyone can input like a pro... and love it."

( Permalink: Output Like a Pro with iPhoto 5      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 2, 2005 )

The Weakest Link
"A picture can be worth a thousand words!"

( Permalink: The Weakest Link      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 2, 2005 )

The social structure of open source development
"Andreas Brand is a sociologist researching ways of recruiting and organising teams of volunteers on the Internet. He has been studying KDE as an example of an open source project based upon collaboration without hierarchies. As part of his work he has conducted interviews with KDE developers, participated in several open source conferences, analysed the KDE home page, and distributed a questionnaire among volunteers. We asked him about his thoughts on the KDE development model."

( Permalink: The social structure of open source development      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 2, 2005 )

Linux Client Migration Cookbook
"The Cookbook covers a lot of ground, and provides an extensive list of open source alternatives for a wide variety of common Windows applications. The Cookbook also deals with infrastructure considerations, particularly in situations where Windows and Linux clients need to be able to utilize the same network services. The Cookbook explores technologies that simplify cross-platform domain authentication, file sharing, and network printer access."

( Permalink: Linux Client Migration Cookbook      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 2, 2005 )

Soccer-playing robot
"This article by a PhD student at Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU) Research Institute of Robotics describes an RTLinux-powered robot that placed fifth in the most recent RoboCup competition. The robot has two color cameras for visual sensing along with a laser range finder (LRF) for goalkeeper location, and a wireless LAN allows communication among the robots on SJTU's team. The robot's embedded operating system is Red Hat Linux enhanced with the RTLinuxPro real-time extension."

( Permalink: Soccer-playing robot      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 1, 2005 )

Why Apple Makes a One Buttoned Mouse
"There are a lot of misconceptions about the Macintosh, but one misconception that has persisted is the myth that Mac’s are incapable of using multi-button mice. And those who know this myth is false still complain about Apple not shipping computers with two button mice. Gear Live cub reporter XIcarus wanted to share a bit of background on what many believe to be Apple’s stubborness to conform."

( Permalink: Why Apple Makes a One Buttoned Mouse      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 1, 2005 )

Roaming charges: Blown by the winds of change
First up in the new year, Larry parses what the mergers and movements in wireless players mean to the consumer. “Sometimes, the winds of change hit you in the face without warning…There was a decal by the store entrance that touted their new in-store wireless service provided by the local phone company.”

( Permalink: Roaming charges: Blown by the winds of change      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Feb 1, 2005 )

Remote access with FreeNX in 5 steps

NoMachine NX is a Terminal Server and remote access solution based on a comprising set of enterprise class open source technologies. NX makes it possible to run any graphical application on any operating system across any network connection at incredible speed.
FreeNX application/thin-client server is based on NoMachine’s NX technology. It can operate remote X11 sessions over 56k modem dialup links or anything better. FreeNX package contains a free (GPL) implementation of the nxserver component.
The following workshop describes the FreeNX installation on a Linux Mandrake server.

( Permalink: Remote access with FreeNX in 5 steps      Submitted by fn-eagle Tue Feb 1, 2005 )

What powers your university, Solaris or Linux?
"University semester-end examinations over, I have quite a lot of time in my hands till the next semester begins. Time for some research of my own! I decided to check the type of operating system (OS) and web-server software being used at the Times 100 Top Universities in the World. So, I downloaded the TIMES World University Rankings, dated November 5th 2004, tracked down the universities in NetCraft and analyzed the data that I have carefully collected. This is the breakdown of the resultant info:"

( Permalink: What powers your university, Solaris or Linux?      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 31, 2005 )

Some Linux apps are small wonders
"While it's easy to sing the praises of big applications like OpenOffice.org or the GIMP (and rightly so), the heavyweights of the open source world cast a long shadow over a host of much smaller, lesser-known apps that may do just what you need. One of the original philosophies behind Unix was that a program should do one thing and do it well. Here are a few programs that embody that philosophy."

( Permalink: Some Linux apps are small wonders      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 31, 2005 )

Gnoppix 0.9.9b1
"This LiveCD will not take you directly to the Gnome Desktop environment, it will ask you some questions and you will be prompted with some ncurses dialog windows that will ask you about the language you want to use and your keyboard layout. After that and some hardware autodetection the boot of the graphical environment will boot. The look & feel is the Ubuntu's one, same wallpaper as background too. "

( Permalink: Gnoppix 0.9.9b1      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 31, 2005 )

How to make a Life Poster
"Step 1. Make a new iPhoto Album. Fill it with the 98 photos you want in your poster. Try to pick photos with lots of different colors. If you pick all indoor florescent light photos your poster is going to look like crap. "

( Permalink: How to make a Life Poster      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 31, 2005 )

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