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Zabbix - A Free Monitoring Tool
linux-tip takes a look at Zabbix.
"Having performance monitoring is good, but it is almost useless without a powerful notification mechanism. With Zabbix, an administrator can define virtually any possible condition for a trigger, using flexible expressions. Any time these expressions become true, an alert will be emailed to any addresses defined by the administrator."

( Permalink: Zabbix - A Free Monitoring Tool      Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 6, 2004 )

Kernel 2.6: Linux More Enterprise-Ready Than Ever
The 2.6 Linux kernel employs a number of techniques to improve the use of large amounts of memory, making Linux more enterprise-ready than ever before. This article outlines a few of the more important changes, including reverse mapping, the use of larger memory pages, storage of page-table entries in high memory, and greater stability of the memory manager.

( Permalink: Kernel 2.6: Linux More Enterprise-Ready Than Ever      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Mar 6, 2004 )

Fly Your Linux Box by Gyromouse
Linux Journal tells us about the Gyromouse and walks us through configuring X to use it.
"The Gyromouse, by Gyration, is an ultra high-tech pointing device, and it's the best thing to happen to mice since wireless. In fact, it is a wireless (proprietary RF) optical mouse with little gyroscopes that sense your hand motion. You hold the trigger button on the bottom and wave the Gyromouse around to move the cursor. Sit it on the desktop, and it magically becomes an optical desktop mouse."

( Permalink: Fly Your Linux Box by Gyromouse      Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 6, 2004 )

A Short Education for Users of OSS
This article came about from a flame post to a recent review Garret made of Ares Desktop at GUILinux. The responder, or commenter seemed to be very angry for a number of reasons, some valid, some not. The comments did however strike at the heart of some of the issues many OSS projects face with the users of those projects. Garret is hoping that between the original poster's comments and his comments to the poster, we can shed some light on both sides of the issues, and perhaps bring some understanding along the way.

( Permalink: A Short Education for Users of OSS      Submitted by Garret Fri Mar 5, 2004 )

The Trouble With E-Voting
I am very concerned about the movement to put voting online and to remove the paper trail from voting. I am not alone in this concern. In a Computer World report cryptographer Ronald Rivest (co-creator of the RSA encryption algorithm) is quoted as saying "We know only too well the difficulties of securing complex electronic systems ...", "go slow," and "keep it simple," relying on paper ballots and audit trails to verify the data collected by electronic voting kiosks.". News reports on E-Voting problems during Super Tuesdays primary include: E-voting on Super Tuesday: did it work or not?, E-Vote Glitches Found in Election, and Technical Problems Reported in E-Voting.

( Permalink: The Trouble With E-Voting      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 5, 2004 )

Announcing the KDE Quality Team
The KDE Community has announced a new working group called the KDE Quality Team.
"Have you ever wished to help KDE in some way, but never knew how? The KDE Quality Team might be just what you need! People with disparate backgrounds can join the KDE Quality Team Project, for the development of a complex desktop environment requires a wide range of skills. The main tool to help any application is knowing well its interface and functions, so any user who knows and cares for any KDE application can almost immediately help the project."

( Permalink: Announcing the KDE Quality Team      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 5, 2004 )

Roku Labs HD1000 Digital Media Player SDK
Linux Devices tells us how to write code using the Roku Labs HD1000 Digital Media Player SDK.
"The HD1000 is billed as a Digital Media Player. Basically, you can hook the HD1000 between your fancy new HDTV and the audio/video source and it will allow you to display digital media through your HDTV and the sound system it's hooked into. This lets you play all those MP3s and MPG movies and JPGs you have floating around your network on you HDTV with the little remote that comes with the unit. Pretty cool."

( Permalink: Roku Labs HD1000 Digital Media Player SDK      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 5, 2004 )

Why Linux? Why Debian?
Manoj Srivastava tells us why we should use Debian.
"There is no other OS or distribution that I know of which has just this mix of properties (ease of maintenance, affordability, stability, size, customizability, strong support). For the most part, I do not want to tinker with and Debug my workstation, I want to get my job done, easily, safely, and with minimal concern about the infrastructure I use. Debian helps me accomplish that."

( Permalink: Why Linux? Why Debian?      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 5, 2004 )

OpenMusic and SuperCollider3
Linux Journal takes a look at OpenMusic and SuperCollider3.
"OpenMusic (OM) for Linux is a porting project working to bring an outstanding music composition environment from Macintosh to Linux. As you might expect from a Mac music application, OM is an intensely graphic environment, and the developers at IRCAM (aka the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris) have done impressive work with the Linux version "

( Permalink: OpenMusic and SuperCollider3       Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 5, 2004 )

Guide to using the GNU Privacy Guard
Peter Matulis has written a tutorial on GnuPG. He is looking for comments, suggestions, and corrections and has included a section on integrating this utility with Mozilla Thunderbird (Windows platform) via the Enigmail extension.

( Permalink: Guide to using the GNU Privacy Guard      Submitted by Peter Matulis Thu Mar 4, 2004 )

Fighting Spam With Qmail
pycs.net has a guide to fighting spam with Qmail. The first part of the guide walks through installing and configuring Spamassassin and the second part tells us how to solve some additional spam problems using qpsmtpd (a replacement for qmail's SMTP server).

( Permalink: Fighting Spam With Qmail      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 4, 2004 )

The Luxury of Ignorance: A Follow-Up
ESR talks about his rant on CUPS in The luxury of ignorance: A follow-up .
"The CUPS mess is not a failure of one development team, or of one distribution integrator. In fact, it makes a better example because the CUPS guys and the Fedora guys are both well above the median in both general technical chops, design smarts, and attention to usability. The fact that this mess is an example of our best in action, rather than our worst, just highlights how appallingly low our standards have been."

( Permalink: The Luxury of Ignorance: A Follow-Up      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 4, 2004 )

Aaron Seigo
KDE.nl interviews Aaron Seigo.
"What do you think is still missing badly in KDE?
Documentation, both online and printed. It's not an easy task, and lots of it needs to be written. I could probably name half a dozen applications that I'd love to see in KDE, but documentation is probably the area that needs the most help. This isn't the fault of those working on documentation as they are doing a good job with the time they have. We simply need more of those people."

( Permalink: Aaron Seigo      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 4, 2004 )

Kernel 2.6 Rocks the Enterprise
Linux Planet reviews the Linux 2.6 kernel.
"2.6 rocks--how's that for an executive summary? This kernel is improved in every way--for everything from PDAs and other wee embedded devices, to desktops and workstations, to high-demand servers. Improved multimedia, networking, journaling and distributed filesystems, RAID, LVM (Linux volume manager), more RAM, more users, more devices, and more speed in every way. "

( Permalink: Kernel 2.6 Rocks the Enterprise      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 4, 2004 )

Give Linux Wireless Networking a Try
These days you cannot talk about computers and networks without thinking of Linux and wireless networking. This article explains wireless networking with WLAN, Bluetooth, GPRS, GSM, and IrDA from a Linux perspective. It uses various wireless devices and the corresponding kernel layers and user space tools to demonstrate how they work with Linux. With this knowlege you can tinker with various wireless devices having different form factors, and develop Linux kernel code required to enable unsupported devices.

( Permalink: Give Linux Wireless Networking a Try      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Mar 4, 2004 )

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