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Kernel comparison: Web serving on 2.4 and 2.6
Many improvements have been made in the Linux 2.6 kernel to favor enterprise applications. This article presents results from the IBM Linux Technology Center's Web serving testing efforts, comparing the Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels from various aspects. The highlights here are the key enhancements in the 2.6 kernel, the test methodologies, and the results of the tests themselves. Bottom line: the 2.6 kernel is much faster than 2.4 for serving Web pages, with no loss in reliability. IBM Dev

( Permalink: Kernel comparison: Web serving on 2.4 and 2.6      Submitted by Dr.T Sun Feb 15, 2004 )

Is There Room for Mandrake in the Enterprise?
Newsfactor talks about Mandrake Linux.
"That Mandrake is an underdog in the Linux market is hardly disputed. In early 2003 the French-based company filed for bankruptcy protection. Many industry watchers assumed this past year would be the last for the company. But the company has reversed course since the dark days of early 2003, Mandrake CEO Francois Bancilhon told NewsFactor. It was profitable for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2003, he said, earning approximately 300,000 euros on quarterly revenues of 1.4 million euros (about US$1.7 million)."

( Permalink: Is There Room for Mandrake in the Enterprise?      Submitted by Noel Sun Feb 15, 2004 )

VoIPv6 on Linux with VOVIDA
Linux Journal tells us how they set up VoIPv6 on Linux with VOVIDA.
"In this article, we present a detailed solution for implementing a SIP audio communication between IPv6 endpoints based on the VOCAL system. We also demonstrate our implementation of an IPv4/v6-compatible SIP system on dual-stack Linux servers. As IPv4 and IPv6 will co-exist until a full migration to IPv6 takes place, a mechanism is needed that allows hosts in an IPv6-only network to talk to hosts in an IPv4-only network. "

( Permalink: VoIPv6 on Linux with VOVIDA      Submitted by Noel Sun Feb 15, 2004 )

Can't Get Enough Desktops!
Linux Journal tells us how to nest X desktops.
"Some of you may be asking, “if I can run one nested server, why not two or three?” Starting a second nested server is simply a matter of assigning a different display number. For the second, type Xnest -ac :2 or Xnest -ac :3 for the third and so on. In fact, you can run an Xnest inside of another Xnest. Figure 3 shows an IceWM session running inside a GNOME session, running inside a KDE session."

( Permalink: Can't Get Enough Desktops!      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 14, 2004 )

Rapid Application Development Tools
Devchannel tells us about database front ends and Visual Linux BASICs.
"There are many products on the market to help you rapidly develop applications that access databases. If you want to manage an article database from the desktop without a browser or need an easy usable interface to the company-wide client database, a tool to develop a front end for Linux is just a download away. Rekall and Knoda seem the most mature of these. Where Knoda is Linux/KDE only, Rekall is available for other platforms. Both utilize Python as their scripting language. "

( Permalink: Rapid Application Development Tools      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 14, 2004 )

Joseph Cheek of Lycoris
DesktopOS interviews Joseph Cheek, CTO and founder of Lycoris (used to be Redmond Linux).
"Traditional Lycoris target customers have been average PC users - people who don't want to know about the internals of their computer, but who just want something that works. With our new Tablet and PocketPC products, we are expanding that focus slightly to more mainstream corporations. We expect to expand our focus to new markets over time as well."

( Permalink: Joseph Cheek of Lycoris      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 14, 2004 )

Automated Backups with Existing Tools
MacDevCenter talks about how to use existing command line tools to backup a Mac OS X machine .
"Apple already provides a tool to make backups -- ASR (Apple Software Restore), which allows one volume to be cloned onto another. In addition to this, we also have the multifunctional hdiutil, which can create, mount, and unmount disk images. With these and a handful of standard Unix tools, we are well on our way to a happy ending."

( Permalink: Automated Backups with Existing Tools      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 14, 2004 )

Libranet - The installation
GUILinux reviews Libranet.
"My first surprise was when the installer detected ALL of my hardware. Huh? I had a hard time believing it, it had to be a mistake. Perhaps an error to my benefit. I moved forward. The next grevious error (again to my benefit) the installation made was that it created my Linux partitions, correctly and easily. I decided that maybe these weren't errors after all, dare I hope that things are actually supposed to go this well? "

( Permalink: Libranet - The installation      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 14, 2004 )

Linux In Dubai
A new Linux user in Dubai, United Arab Emirates talks about his Linux experience.
"Since 98 I've been hearing about how good Red Hat Linux is, stable, fast, secure and people kept saying how better it is than Windows. I was curious to say the least. Being an ex-AmigaOS user, I was pretty convinced that Microsoft of today was merely playing catch up with those older but better technologies and doing a pretty good job at it. Now Linux comes up, I decided to give it a whirl and become a Linux guine pig."

( Permalink: Linux In Dubai      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 14, 2004 )

Securing Vote Tallies
Network World Fusion talks about securing vote tallies.
"Any system of vote counting that relies on completely proprietary (secret) programs is potentially vulnerable to abuse. The underlying computer programs controlling how marks on ballots are counted in Vermont are proprietary (they are owned by Diebold), but the technicians who prepare the configuration tables relating a position on a ballot to a particular name work for an independent consultancy in Massachusetts and their configuration tables are open for inspection."

( Permalink: Securing Vote Tallies      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 13, 2004 )

Real Problems
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in PHP, Perl, the GNU C Library, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Oracle9i, RealOne, RealPlayer, CVSup, gaim, GNU libtool, and mailman..

( Permalink: Real Problems      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 13, 2004 )

DamnSmall Linux and LNX-BBC
Linux.com takes a look at DamnSmall Linux and LNX-BBC.
"While a few other BBC projects have been attempted in recent years, one of the most interesting to arise is the fledgling DamnSmall Linux project. DamnSmall 0.5.2 is a derivative of Knoppix (which is itself a derivative of Debian). For those who haven't heard of it, Knoppix is a full-size LiveCD requiring no installation. It is renowned for its excellent automated hardware recognition and configuration routines."

( Permalink: DamnSmall Linux and LNX-BBC      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 13, 2004 )

Dave Thomas and Code Generation
CodeGeneration.net interviews Dave Thomas, of The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC.
"But this isn't really what I'd call code generation. I view code generation as a process of layering abstractions into my work. For this purpose, code generation is invaluable. The trick is to use in correctly. You need to be able to differentiate between the primary work product and the derived artifacts. The artifacts can smell to high heaven: that doesn't matter, because you'll never have to maintain them. The important thing is that the primary work product is clean."

( Permalink: Dave Thomas and Code Generation      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 13, 2004 )

Slackware Linux 9.1 Installation
Andrei Osin tells us about installing Slackware Linux 9.1.
"Slackware Linux remains my favorite Linux distribution (since the times of Slackware 1.0) Here I would like to share my experience with Slackware Linux installation and configuration. This page is intended to be as concise as possible,  focusing on basic installation and configuration issues, as well as cyrillic support in various applications. Basic familiarity with Linux and Slackware distribution is required."

( Permalink: Slackware Linux 9.1 Installation      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 13, 2004 )

Introduction to the Firebird Database
Linux Journal reviews the Firebird Database.
"Firebird provides a lot of the features available in commercial databases, including stored procedures, triggers, hot backups (backups while the database is running) and replication. As with many mature products, Firebird carries some amount of legacy baggage, which can be a bit confusing to a new user. So before we plunge into exploring the features this database provides, let us look at some common issues that may confront a new user."

( Permalink: Introduction to the Firebird Database      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 13, 2004 )

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