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Sun releases world's fastest chip - at 1.4GHz
"Sun is making the world's fastest microprocessor claim based on a pair of record-setting SPEC benchmark results - a 78.3 est. SPECint_rate2006 score and a 61.5 est. SPECfp_rate2006 score. But, er, lots of chips have leading benchmark scores and even more chips run at faster speeds than Niagara II, so we think the world's fastest claim is a bit too bold."
Sun releases world's fastest chip - at 1.4GHz | Channel Register

( Permalink: Sun releases world's fastest chip - at 1.4GHz      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 7, 2007 )

Interview With DragonFly BSD's Matthew Dillon
In a very interesting interview, DragonFly BSD creator Matthew Dillon talks about today's 1.10 release, as well as the project as a whole. Designed to be a "fully cross-machine coherent and transparent cluster OS capable of migrating processes (and thus the work load) on the fly", the next big development effort will be on a highly available clustering filesystem. In an entertaining look into the past, the interviewer found a usenet posting from 1994 in which Dillon said he preferred Linux over BSD, and called BSD "well, stuffy". Dillon laughed and said, "I am rather amused that I made the observation of the stuffiness of the BSD projects way back then. It turned out to be one of my chief complaints about those projects over the years."

( Permalink: Interview With DragonFly BSD's Matthew Dillon      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Aug 7, 2007 )

Historical Linux, 0.02 and 0.03
Continuing their historical series looking at the early Linux kernels, KernelTrap is discussing the 0.02 and 0.03 kernels released in late 1991. Though the actual source code has been lost to time, the article offers an interesting collection of emails by Linux creator Linus Torvalds about his new operating system, 'for hackers by a hacker.' Version 0.02 was the first usable release, gaining the ability to run programs such as gcc if compiled on Minix. Version 0.03 fixed buffer-cache issues that made it possible to compile gcc from Linux. Interestingly enough, at this point Linus thought of Linux as a short-lived project saying, 'wait for Hurd if you want something real. It's fun hacking it, though (but I'm biased).'

( Permalink: Historical Linux, 0.02 and 0.03      Submitted by LinuxFan Mon Aug 6, 2007 )

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On CentOS 5.0
This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a CentOS 5.0 server. From the Suhosin project page: "Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core. Suhosin comes in two independent parts, that can be used separately or in combination. The first part is a small patch against the PHP core, that implements a few low-level protections against bufferoverflows or format string vulnerabilities and the second part is a powerful PHP extension that implements all the other protections."

( Permalink: How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On CentOS 5.0      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Aug 6, 2007 )

Experimenting with ssh+ppp VPNs in linux
Here is a set of four short articles exploring how to construct VPNs using simple pppd and ssh commands:

ppp-ssh VPN Experiments

The operation of simple one and two line pppd commands are explored in some depth and a more complex script for managing the process is shown in the final article.

( Permalink: Experimenting with ssh+ppp VPNs in linux      Submitted by Chris Marshall Mon Aug 6, 2007 )

Poll shows majority favor Vi as their editor
Two weeks back, this blog had run a poll which asked which was your favourite editor. The poll was open for voting roughly for a period of two weeks or 14 days. And nearly 750 people participated in the poll.
Read the whole article

( Permalink: Poll shows majority favor Vi as their editor      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Aug 6, 2007 )

Share Your Music Collection With gnump3d
Gnump3d is a streaming server that can help you share your music collection with others. Although the name is using mp3 it can serve ogg as well, so you don't have to convert all your mp3 files to ogg files.

( Permalink: Share Your Music Collection With gnump3d      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Aug 6, 2007 )

What is the Completely Fair Scheduler?
Great description of the new scheduler.
"The Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS) has replaced the current O(1) Scheduler in the upcoming 2.6.23 kernel release. The CFS uses a far simpler scheduling algorithm, completely ignoring sleep time, interactive process identification, time slices, etc. Author Ingo Molnar describes the CFS as basically [modeling] an ideal, precise, multi-tasking CPU on real hardware. It took a bit of homework to figure out what the heck he was talking about, but it turns out that the concept is actually quite simple."
What is the Completely Fair Scheduler? - I'm Mike

( Permalink: What is the Completely Fair Scheduler?      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 3, 2007 )

Email Classification (Incl. Spam Classification)
This article shows how you can install and use POPFile to classify incoming emails on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. It is a POP3 proxy that fetches your mails from your mail server, classifies them and passes them on to your email client. Of course, POPFile must be trained to properly classify emails.

( Permalink: Email Classification (Incl. Spam Classification)      Submitted by Falko Timme Fri Aug 3, 2007 )

Expect plays a crucial role in network management
Expect is an indispensable tool for efficient system and network management, and it's also widely misunderstood. In this article, find out the benefits Expect provides in common use cases.

( Permalink: Expect plays a crucial role in network management      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Fri Aug 3, 2007 )

2008 Southern California Linux Expo
The Southern California has opened the Call For Papers for the 6th Annual Southern California Linux Expo, to be held February 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2008. As with SCALE 5x, S6x will be held at the Westin Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport.

If youíre interested in speaking at SCALE, donít wait to submit your proposal. Over their last couple of events, the Linux Expo has had many more people apply to speak than they have had speaker slots available. See the call for papers for details on how to apply for a speaking opportunity at SCALE.

Likewise, if you know someone who has something interesting to say about Open Source software, pass along the CFP to them and encourage them to apply.

( Permalink: 2008 Southern California Linux Expo      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Aug 3, 2007 )

Plans for the Rich Web Application Backplane
Both mashups and Ajax are now firmly entrenched in the Web landscape. Put them together and you have the makings for Rich Web applications. This article explains the Rich Web Application Backplane, currently a W3C Note, which is designed to bring standardization to the field, proving a set of common building blocks, or components, these applications tend to use.

( Permalink: Plans for the Rich Web Application Backplane      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Aug 3, 2007 )

Tracking TCP Connections With tcptrack
Basically, tcptrack is a sniffer which will show the information about TCP connections on a specific interface. tcptrack will watch all the connections that occur and show the information in a nice interface.

( Permalink: Tracking TCP Connections With tcptrack      Submitted by Falko Timme Thu Aug 2, 2007 )

Control the Duration of Scheduled Jobs in Linux
Say you need to debug a pesky problem by running some traces for 30 minutes at midnight, or you would just like to use your Linux system as an alarm clock. This tip helps you stop jobs, such as those started with the cron and at capabilities, after the jobs have run for a certain time, or when some other criteria are met.

( Permalink: Control the Duration of Scheduled Jobs in Linux      Submitted by LinucksGirl Thu Aug 2, 2007 )

Custom PHP search engine work better than Google
While Google and its ilk are virtually omniscient, the Web's mighty search engines aren't well suited to every site. If your site content is highly specialized or distinctly categorized, use Sphinx and PHP to create a finely tuned local search system. People want information packaged like fast food: served instantly, hassle-free, and in bite-size. See how to add a fast, capable, open source, and free search engine to a PHP site.

( Permalink: Custom PHP search engine work better than Google      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Aug 2, 2007 )

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