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Miscellaneous Unix Tips IV
Unix Review's Shell Corner brings us: Miscellaneous Unix Tips IV.
" It is 3 a.m. and you've been paged by one of your servers because a file system is at 99% capacity and rapidly increasing. You need a quick fix because the file system will soon begin to create 0-byte files, thereby causing you to have to initiate restores. What's an admin to do? Find the 10 largest files on the file system (hopefully a core file will reveal itself!)."

( Permalink: Miscellaneous Unix Tips IV      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 20, 2003 )

Alternative Package Sources
Linux Journal talks about alternative package sources.
"One commenter suggested I try the usr local bin site to get pre-packaged GTK goodies for SuSE. I had no idea such a site existed, and I thought it would be a good idea to share not only this particular site but a number of sites that are helpful for finding Linux packages that aren't in the standard distribution."

( Permalink: Alternative Package Sources      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 20, 2003 )

Use Eclipse Features to Customize Eclipse Behavior
Features are the unsung hero of Eclipse -- they are important because they are the unit of Eclipse configuration management, they support product branding, and they are part of how products build customized solutions on top of the Eclipse Platform. If you want to develop plug-ins to share with others, learning to using features effectively is essential. This article offers suggestions on how to structure features and optimize your use of the Plug-in Development Environment's support for building features and plug-ins, as well as advanced techniques for customizing the behavior of Eclipse.

( Permalink: Use Eclipse Features to Customize Eclipse Behavior      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Oct 19, 2003 )

Build Grid Applications With Python Extensions
Learn about Python Extensions for the Grid (PEG), a suite of Python interfaces to existing grid support libraries and applications from the Grid Research and Innovation Laboratory at the University of California in San Diego. The PEG system provides a wrapper around these libraries to enable them to be used from within Python. (Free registration required - Noel)

( Permalink: Build Grid Applications With Python Extensions      Submitted by Idean Sat Oct 18, 2003 )

ArchLinux: A Better Distribution
A Slackware user is looking at ArchLinux and finds himself satisfied with this new distro.

( Permalink: ArchLinux: A Better Distribution      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Oct 18, 2003 )

Sharp Zaurus Cross-Compilation Development
This how-to article discusses the initial setup of a cross compilation environment (using the Sharp Zaurus handheld as focus) and covers the installation of tools, basic compilation, installing programs on the handheld, and such advanced issues as building programs that use configure scripts.

( Permalink: Sharp Zaurus Cross-Compilation Development      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Oct 18, 2003 )

Remembering Multics
Quick Quiz: Individuals who know what "Multics" is, raise your hand. Now, all individuals who know what a "Multician" is, raise the other hand. (Now lower your hands. Your coworkers are going to think you're a psychopath staring at your computer with your hands above your head.) For those without hands up, Multics is a historic 1965-2002-era operating system, which had a dramatic influence on computers as we know them today. osViews editorial contributor Kelly McNeill, authored an insightful and educational piece about the historic Multics operating system.

( Permalink: Remembering Multics      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Fri Oct 17, 2003 )

Mac OS X Panther 10.3 Review
OSNews posted a (constructively) critical but also favorable review of Mac OS X Panther 10.3. The article discusses the new features, what works great and what's still sour, while it includes a plethora of screenshots.

( Permalink: Mac OS X Panther 10.3 Review      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Oct 17, 2003 )

Tool of the Month: Popsneaker
Unix Review tells us about Popsneaker.
"This month, I'll discuss Popsneaker, a program that is designed to do away with all the waiting for unwanted email. Popsneaker deletes unwanted email before you download it, making life on a slow connection much more pleasant. It deletes unwanted email according to a ruleset that you provide."

( Permalink: Tool of the Month: Popsneaker      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 17, 2003 )

Smashing Performance with OProfile
Analyzing the performance of the Linux operating system and application code can be difficult due to unexpected interactions between the hardware and the software, but profiling is one way you can identify such performance problems. This article looks at OProfile, a profiling tool for Linux that will be included in the upcoming stable kernel.

( Permalink: Smashing Performance with OProfile      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Oct 17, 2003 )

Q&A Jim Stallings, GM Linux, IBM
Red Hat talks to Jim Stallings about Red Hat and Linux.
"Diversity is a good in our view, and so we have a variety of ways to get there. We don't say, "here's our architecture, take it or leave it." We take the time to understand our customer's needs, their business problems, and then we work with them to choose a solution accordingly. And since Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 now runs on all eServers, we can now tell our customers that Red Hat Linux is supported, no matter what eServer they choose."

( Permalink: Q&A Jim Stallings, GM Linux, IBM      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 16, 2003 )

Problems Aplenty
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in XFree86, Stunnel, Exim, wu-ftpd, pam_smb, gdm2, pam_ldap, whois, the atari800 emulator, Horde, MPlayer, and Node.

( Permalink: Problems Aplenty      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 16, 2003 )

Leader of the Free World
Wired talks about Linus Torvalds.
"Torvalds diplomatically declines to say anything about GNU and Stallman: "That's not a debate I want to get involved in." That's typical Torvalds, according to John "maddog" Hall, who heads a nonprofit advocacy group called Linux International and has been friends with Torvalds since they met at a computer conference in 1994. Hall claims he's seen an angry outburst only once, when a stranger was pestering Torvalds about a technical point while he was drinking a beer with friends. "This is different from some of the other free and open source advocates and project leaders whose anger is legendary," Hall writes in an email."

( Permalink: Leader of the Free World      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 16, 2003 )

Build a Network Router on Linux
Zebra is open source TCP/IP routing software that is similar to Cisco's Internetworking Operating System (IOS). Flexible and powerful, it can handle routing protocols such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and all of their various flavors. This article shows how our authors set up Zebra and used it to manage routes dynamically in conjunction with real Cisco hardware.

( Permalink: Build a Network Router on Linux      Submitted by Idean Wed Oct 15, 2003 )

The Resurrection of SimplyGNUstep
The SimplyGNUstep project was started a little over two years ago. It's goal was to create a pure GNUstep based user oriented desktop operating system. It used the Linux kernel and the standard GNU software, but it was not like any other standard Linux distribution. Read the article at OSNews.com.

( Permalink: The Resurrection of SimplyGNUstep      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Oct 15, 2003 )

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