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USB external hard disk for backups with Linux

In this article, I show how I set up a recently purchased USB external hard disk drive as a backup drive for my Linux desktop PC. I'll delete the default FAT32 partition, create a new partition, make a reiserfs filesystem, and show how to use rsync to backup your important data.

( Permalink: USB external hard disk for backups with Linux      Submitted by Rob Newcater Tue Apr 24, 2007 )

The Perfect Setup - Ubuntu Feisty Fawn
This tutorial shows how to set up a Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) based 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, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

( Permalink: The Perfect Setup - Ubuntu Feisty Fawn      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue Apr 24, 2007 )

Sizing Massively multiplayer online games
MMOGs (Massively multiplayer online games) are arguably one of the most complex technical endeavors that developers can currently undertake. Each instance of each game is a complex simulation made up of millions of lines of code and billions of graphical elements, all executed on huge clusters of the latest computer, storage, and networking equipment. Learn a performance-based approach to sizing infrastructure and successfully solve one of the most risky and costly pieces of the MMOG puzzle.

( Permalink: Sizing Massively multiplayer online games      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 24, 2007 )

CentOS 5 is a solid enterprise OS
By: Gary Sims Last week, two years since its last major release, the CentOS project released version 5 of its enterprise-focused Linux distribution. I downloaded it and put it to the test, and found that CentOS 5 has maintained its tradition of robustness and reliability while adding new features like virtualization. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: CentOS 5 is a solid enterprise OS      Submitted by FreeRhino Tue Apr 24, 2007 )

Fonty Python and the Holy Grail of a font manager
By: Bruce Byfield For designers, a font manager that can activate and deactivate fonts on-the-fly is the Holy Grail of the GNU/Linux desktop. Without such a tool, designers either need to devote an inordinate amount of system memory to their font collections, or else install and uninstall fonts individually, manually keeping track of the fonts needed for each project. The trouble is, no still-viable font manager has reached a 1.0 release, or even an advanced beta. So far, the closest candidate is Fonty Python, currently at version 0.2. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Fonty Python and the Holy Grail of a font manager      Submitted by FreeRhino Tue Apr 24, 2007 )

Discover the Linux Kernel Virtual Machine
Recently a change in the Linux virtualization landscape has appeared with the introduction of the Kernel virtual Machine (KVM). KVM supports the virtualization of Linux guest operating systems -- even Windows with hardware that is virtualization-aware. Learn about the architecture of the Linux KVM as well as why its tight integration with the kernel may change the way you use Linux.

( Permalink: Discover the Linux Kernel Virtual Machine      Submitted by Adi Lane Tue Apr 24, 2007 )

Debian/Ubuntu Package management Using dpkg
Dpkg is the Debian package manager dpkg is a medium-level tool to install, build, remove and manage Debian packages. The primary and more user-friendly front-end for dpkg is dselect.dpkg itself is controlled entirely via command line parameters,which consist of exactly one action and zero or more options. The action-parameter tells dpkg what to do and options control the behavior of the action in some way. Full Story

( Permalink: Debian/Ubuntu Package management Using dpkg      Submitted by Dave Mon Apr 23, 2007 )

Get things done with ThinkingRock
By: Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier The Getting Things Done (GTD) method of time management is one of the simplest methods I've found, but until recently I hadn't had much luck in finding any Linux-compatible applications to help me stick to using GTD. A few weeks ago I stumbled on ThinkingRock, a Java-based app for following the GTD methodology, and tried it out. I've been pleased with its simplicity and ease of use. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Get things done with ThinkingRock      Submitted by FreeRhino Mon Apr 23, 2007 )

Pawfaliki: A one-file wiki
By: Dmitri Popov While there are many contenders for the title of simplest wiki or easiest to use, Pawfaliki beats them all for two reasons: the entire wiki consists of just one PHP file, and it can be configured by anyone with little or no experience with PHP. This makes Pawfaliki a perfect tool for users who want to set up a personal wiki with minimum fuss, or small workgroups looking for a quick and easy way to share knowledge and collaborate. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Pawfaliki: A one-file wiki      Submitted by FreeRhino Mon Apr 23, 2007 )

Acegi Open Source security framework for Java
Acegi Security System is a formidable, easy-to-use alternative to writing endless security code for your Java enterprise applications. While intended especially for applications written using the Spring framework, there is no reason why Acegi cannot be used for any type of Java application. This article introduces you to Acegi from the ground up and shows you how to use it to secure both simple enterprise applications and ones that are more complex.

( Permalink: Acegi Open Source security framework for Java      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Apr 23, 2007 )

Perl Meets The Mainframe
In this case study, an old program originating on a mainframe is tamed through clever use of Perl scripting. The biggest challenge was to bring interactivity to the batch-oriented mainframe mindset. Perl of course can do it - and more!
Taming Batch Operations Using Perl: A Tale of One Application, a Group of Users, Two Languages, and a Few Tools

( Permalink: Perl Meets The Mainframe      Submitted by anonymous Mon Apr 23, 2007 )

Howto open, extract and browse ISO CD/DVD formats
AcetoneISO is the disk image emulator that mounts images of DVD and CD media. Both Mac OS X and Linux / other UNIX like oses can mount and use ISO images using loopback device. It is a DAEMON Tools (Microsoft Windows disk image) clone / emulator program with a lot more features.

Using this cool open source software means a user does not have to swap discs to run different programs on local or network computer. You can access software distributed (over Internet) as a disk image such as ISO, DAA, BIN or many other formats (no need to burn a CD/DVD to use disk image).

( Permalink: Howto open, extract and browse ISO CD/DVD formats      Submitted by nixcraft Thu Apr 19, 2007 )

Comparing and merging files with Meld
By: Nikos Kouremenos When you're editing text, you may find yourself with two or three similar versions of a file. Often you are not sure which file has what content, what was deleted in one, what was added in another, and where exactly. You know what content your file should contain, but you are not sure which version to start from. It's one of those moments you wish your computer were smart enough to understand your problem and fix it for you. Well, that's not going to happen, but there is an open source application that you can run to help. Meet Meld, a visual diff and merge tool. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Comparing and merging files with Meld      Submitted by FreeRhino Thu Apr 19, 2007 )

How to secure WebDAV with SSL and Two-Factor Auth
This guide documents how to configure a WebDAV resource using SSL and two-factor authentication and how to access that resource from Windows, Linux and Macs.

( Permalink: How to secure WebDAV with SSL and Two-Factor Auth      Submitted by Falko Timme Thu Apr 19, 2007 )

Transfer files to your Gmail account with Gspace
By: Mayank Sharma One thing that's made Google's free Gmail online messaging service popular is its multiple gigabytes of storage space. There are several tools that let you use the more than 2GB of space as a virtual Internet drive, the most popular being GmailFS. If you'd prefer to use software that's independent of your base operating system, try Gspace instead. It's a Firefox extension that's easy to install and use. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Transfer files to your Gmail account with Gspace      Submitted by FreeRhino Thu Apr 19, 2007 )

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