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VectorLinux SOHO: A better Slackware than Slackwar
By: Susan Linton VectorLinux has been one of my favorite projects since my first test of the distribution almost 18 months ago. I like VectorLinux because its roots are firmly planted in the stability and simplicity of Slackware, yet it comes with an extensive software base and lots of out-of-the-box great looks; in other words, a rock solid foundation with eye candy and useful functionality. While standard VectorLinux comes with the Xfce desktop environment and a variety of general-purpose applications, VectorLinux 5.8 SOHO offers the KDE desktop and a host of applications for small and home office users. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: VectorLinux SOHO: A better Slackware than Slackwar      Submitted by FreeRhino Fri Jun 22, 2007 )

The Perfect Server - Fedora 7
This is a detailed description about how to set up a Fedora 7 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Fedora 7, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

( Permalink: The Perfect Server - Fedora 7      Submitted by Falko Timme Fri Jun 22, 2007 )

The Ultimate Linux Reference Guide for Newbies
LXPages has put together an ultimate linux reference guide for newbies. The most used and basic commands has been listed in a nicely formatted table which you can print out or bookmark for quick reference.

Read at LXPages.com

( Permalink: The Ultimate Linux Reference Guide for Newbies      Submitted by DrPill Fri Jun 22, 2007 )

Plasma icons, Solid information and taskbar mockup
Nice information about what is coming in the future for KDE.
"KDE 4 gains more and more speed these days, and it is hard to keep on track with all news and changes: Plasma introduced interactive icons, Solid now takes over the media, and the first taskbar mockups have been revealed"
Plasma icons, Solid information and taskbar mockups

( Permalink: Plasma icons, Solid information and taskbar mockup      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 21, 2007 )

Install Vmware server from commercial repository
VMware Server is a free virtualization product for Windows and Linux servers with enterprise-class support and VirtualCenter management. VMware Server is a robust yet easy to use server virtualization product and is based on proven virtualization technology, which has been used by thousands of customers for more than six years Full Story

( Permalink: Install Vmware server from commercial repository      Submitted by dave Thu Jun 21, 2007 )

Setting Up A Subversion Repository
Subversion is a free/open-source version control system. That is, Subversion manages files and directories over time. A tree of files is placed into a central repository. The repository is much like an ordinary file server, except that it remembers every change ever made to your files and directories. This allows you to recover older versions of your data, or examine the history of how your data changed. In this regard, many people think of a version control system as a sort of time machine.

( Permalink: Setting Up A Subversion Repository      Submitted by Falko Thu Jun 21, 2007 )

Creating a simple DVD using 'Q' DVD-Author
By: Varol Okan About ten years ago, the first DVD players shipped to the United States. After a slow start, the DVD has almost completely replaced video tapes and has become the de facto standard for the movie industry. Creating DVDs on a Linux machine can be a complex task, but can be made much easier by using 'Q' DVD-Author. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Creating a simple DVD using 'Q' DVD-Author      Submitted by FreeRhino Thu Jun 21, 2007 )

Optimize your AIX 5L memory tuning
Get an introduction to swap (paging) space, learn how to configure and administer it, capture statistics, and tune your Virtual Memory Manager (VMM) settings to provide for optimum swap (paging) space configuration and performance. Check out the other parts in this AIX/UNIX series.

( Permalink: Optimize your AIX 5L memory tuning      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Thu Jun 21, 2007 )

Straight Talk: Luke Kanies of Puppet

This week, I am pleased to get some time with Luke Kanies, the developer of Puppet, an open source, automated, systems management language and toolset. Luke was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to let us in on the secrets of his vision for Puppet.

Chuck Talk: Hi Luke, before we begin, I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about your background, and how you came to the decision to develop Puppet?

Luke Kanies: I spent a long time as a Unix sysadmin, gradually adopting and writing more and more automation. Eventually, I ended up as a consultant focused on cfengine, and I found that I couldnt really build a business around cfengine because it was too difficult to get new functionality into the product and it was not maintained with a focus on stability. After trying a few other options, I decided to create a product out of the prototype Id written a while back.

That prototype was based heavily on the modules Id written for cfengine and ISconf, and the ideas behind it had been kicking around for a long time. There are some tricks in the language Id also been thinking about, and I got some ideas from the configuration management workshops at LISA for the compiler that would make configurations easier to maintain.

( Permalink: Straight Talk: Luke Kanies of Puppet      Submitted by Chuck Talk Wed Jun 20, 2007 )

24-hour test drive: PC-BSD
This is a FreeBSD spin off.
"PC-BSD is not a Linux distribution, but rather it could be considered among the first major FreeBSD-based distributions to live outside of the official FreeBSD. Like most distributions, it has implemented certain features in a way that attempts to distinguish it from the competition, and I will focus mostly on these differences. This test drive is intended to give an overview of what PC-BSD is and why one would consider using it."
24-hour test drive: PC-BSD

( Permalink: 24-hour test drive: PC-BSD      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 20, 2007 )

Splitting Apache Logs With vlogger
Vlogger is a little tool with which you can write Apache logs broken down by virtual hosts and days. With vlogger, we need to put just one CustomLog directive into our global Apache configuration, and it will write access logs for each virtual host and day. Therefore, you do not have to split Apache's overall access log into access logs for each virtual host each day, and you do not have to configure Apache to write one access log per virtual host (which could make you run out of file descriptors very fast).

( Permalink: Splitting Apache Logs With vlogger      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Jun 20, 2007 )

Build Linux lab equipment from a Sony PS3
The Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) processor has attracted a lot of fashionable attention for applications involving game playing and network data processing. However, there are many other, arguably more entertaining uses for this technology. This article shows you how to take the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) processor from an off-the-shelf Sony PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) and use it to construct a piece of Linux-based laboratory equipment to generate and analyze signals on your Cell/B.E.-based spectrum analyzer.

( Permalink: Build Linux lab equipment from a Sony PS3      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jun 20, 2007 )

Beryl, Compiz, And Metisse - The 3D Desktop
After having included the AIGLX, Xgl and Compiz 3D desktop technologies in Mandriva Linux 2007, Mandriva has added all the latest 3D desktop updates in Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring, like Metisse and Beryl.

( Permalink: Beryl, Compiz, And Metisse - The 3D Desktop      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Jun 20, 2007 )

Howto Change Default text editor in Debian Etch
By Default Debian Etch Provides the nano editor you need to follow this procedure.In this example i want to use vi editor as my default editor.This is Veryuseful if you want to change Default editor to your own choice. Full Story

( Permalink: Howto Change Default text editor in Debian Etch      Submitted by dave Wed Jun 20, 2007 )

Creating A Local Yum Repository (CentOS)
Sometimes it can be handy to set up your own repository to prevent from downloading the remote repository over and over again. This tutorial shows how to create a CentOS mirror for your local network. If you have to install multiple systems in your local network then all needed packages can be downloaded over the fast LAN connection, thus saving your internet bandwidth.

( Permalink: Creating A Local Yum Repository (CentOS)      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue Jun 19, 2007 )

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