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LindowsOS 4.5
Newforge reviews LindowsOS 4.5.
"As you can see from the chart below, I graded LindowsOS 4.5 as a B+. Lindows is not your OG's (Original Geek's) Linux, but it is far and away the best Linux distribution for the mythical Mr. Joe Sixpack I've seen yet. Installation is a breeze and CNR completely de-geekifies software maintenance chores. Applications can be added or updated as easily as the name suggests. The next time a non-technical user asks what version of Linux he should try, I won't hesitate to recommend LindowsOS."

( Permalink: LindowsOS 4.5      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 8, 2004 )

Linux CLI for Noobies
Linux.com continues its series Linux CLI for noobies.
"If that were the end of the command, cat would assume that the console is the stdout and print the contents of phones.txt there. But that's too easy. In this example, we have linked the stdoutfrom cat to become the stdin of grep. That's what the pipe operator does. It pipes output from one process to another process as its input."

( Permalink: Linux CLI for Noobies      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 8, 2004 )

Knoppix - Instant Gratification
Distrowatch takes a look at Knoppix.
"Knoppix is a "live CD" distro - just boot it and use it. You do need a CD drive of course, but you don't need a hard disk. The implications of this are significant. It means you have a portable Linux that you can take with you wherever you go. This can be used in a number of innovative ways - as a demo disk, as a rescue disk, as a way to use Linux at your local Windows-only Internet cafe. Some people even take a Knoppix disk with them when they go shopping for a new computer, a clever way to ensure that the hardware will be Linux compatible before you purchase it."

( Permalink: Knoppix - Instant Gratification      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 7, 2004 )

Making Open Webmail Work
Linux.com talks about setting up a webmail server.
"Recently I was asked to provide Internet e-mail to a large segment of our hospital community. The mail had to be standards-based to provide the widest compatibility base possible for the 3,000 people who might have need of it. It had to be Web-based, but not overly complicated, and it had to employ open source (read "free") tools to help keep the budget down. Finally, it had to be secure, to comply with HIPAA regulations. To meet those requirements, I deployed Open Webmail, Sendmail, and Red Hat Linux 9 on a 1U IBM Linux machine."

( Permalink: Making Open Webmail Work      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 7, 2004 )

Interview with the MAASK Team
Linux Journal interviews members of the MAASK Team.
"Several barriers exist in the world of clustering, and they need clever solutions. One of them concerns expanding memory allocation throughout the nodes of a cluster, also called distributed shared memory (DSM). Using this method, any process that uses memory sharing for interprocess communications (IPC) no longer is limited and is free to roam (read: migrate). Such a solution, MigShm, now exists in openMosix."

( Permalink: Interview with the MAASK Team      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 7, 2004 )

When Programs Won't Compile
Linux Devices takes a look at configure.
"Peter Seebach discusses what to do when an automatic configuration script doesn't work -- and what you can do as a developer to keep failures to a minimum. After all, if your build process doesn't work, users are just as badly off as if your program doesn't work once it's built. A lot of open source programs come with configure scripts these days. One purpose of such a script is to automate the guesswork of targeting a new system. "

( Permalink: When Programs Won't Compile      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 7, 2004 )

The AMD Athlon 64 3400+
Hot Hardware reviews the AMD Athlon 64 3400+.
"AMD and Intel have been playing a perpetual game of one-upmanship for the past few years, as each company tries to outdo the other with each new CPU release.  The Athlon 64 3000+ wasn't meant to compete with Intel at the high-end of the market though.  The processor we'll be looking at today, however, can possibly compete with Intel's best, dollar for dollar."

( Permalink: The AMD Athlon 64 3400+      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 7, 2004 )

Linux System Shutdown
Linux Gazette walks through a Linux System Shutdown.
"This used to be much more of a problem with older UNIX and Linux filesystems. A relatively new type of filesystem called ajournaling file system addresses this problem to some extent by saving a transaction log of filesystem changes that can be replayed when the system is restarted. The Reiser and ext3 filesystems are examples of a journaling file system. Even with these new filesystems it is much safer to properly shut down your system."

( Permalink: Linux System Shutdown      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 7, 2004 )

Understanding NTP Reachability Statistics
Linux Journal tells us about NTP Reachability Statistics.
"Each remote server or peer is assigned its own buffer by ntpd. This buffer represents the status of the last eight NTP transactions between the NTP daemon and a given remote time server. Each bit is a boolean value, where a 1 indicates a successful transaction and a 0 indicates a failure. Each time a new packet is sent, the entire eight-bit register is shifted one bit left as the newest bit enters from the right."

( Permalink: Understanding NTP Reachability Statistics      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 6, 2004 )

I have written a detailed tutorial on how to set up a Postfix mail server that is capable of SMTP-AUTH and TLS. It describes how to install such a server from the sources.

( Permalink: Postfix-SMTP-AUTH-TLS-Howto      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue Jan 6, 2004 )

Quickly installing OpenBSD 3.3
BSD Newsletter talks about installing OpenBSD.
"The base installation of OpenBSD is split up into gzipped tar files called "sets". The installer will ask where you will retrieve these sets; the choices are CD-ROM, local disk, ftp, http, nfs and tape device. For quick CD installs, enter "c" and for standard FTP install, use "f". (If using CD, it will ask for the directory where the sets are located on the disk.)"

( Permalink: Quickly installing OpenBSD 3.3      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 6, 2004 )

Essential System Administration Pocket Reference
The title does the book justice as with its miniature size this is the most portable reference guide I've come across. If you need information while on the road or just prefer to have important information condensed in a paper format, don't hesitate to get this title.

( Permalink: Essential System Administration Pocket Reference      Submitted by LogError Tue Jan 6, 2004 )

How to Use GIMP for Photo and Image Editing
In this excellent and easy to follow hands-on tutorial, you will learn how to use The GIMP's powerful cropping, scaling, brightness, and contrast tools by editing a digital photograph in the digital darkroom of MozillaQuest Magazine's(mozillaquest.com) Mike Angelo. You can apply the basic skills, elements, and principles that you learn in this tutorial to edit and manipulate photos, clipart, scanned images and other digital graphics with The GIMP. Unlike Photoshop, GIMP is free and does not need to be registered or activated. The GIMP 1.3 desktop and UI make GIMP as easy to use as Photoshop, perhaps even easier. Think of the GIMP and Photoshop as similar software products of comparable quality.

( Permalink: How to Use GIMP for Photo and Image Editing      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Jan 6, 2004 )

Putting Linux Reliability to the Test
This article documents the test results and analysis of the Linux kernel and other core OS components, including everything from libraries and device drivers to file systems and networking, all under some fairly adverse conditions, and over lengthy durations. The IBM Linux Technology Center has just finished this comprehensive testing over a period of more than three months and shares the results of their LTP (Linux Test Project) testing with developerWorks readers.

( Permalink: Putting Linux Reliability to the Test      Submitted by Idean Tue Jan 6, 2004 )

DOSBox a DOS Emulator
linmagau tells us about DOSBox .
"DOSBox and DOSEMU are totally different animals - while DOSBox emulates everything, DOSEMU is basically an instance of real live DOS running under Linux. DOSBox has the advantage of simplicity, plus the ability to handle apps needing EMS or XMS memory without having to muck about with configuration files."

( Permalink: DOSBox a DOS Emulator      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 5, 2004 )

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