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Infrastructure Linux News for Dec 27, 2000

  • ZDNet: Linux Laptop SuperGuide (Dec 27, 2000, 21:41)
    "The staff at the Linux Hardware Database have put together the ultimate guide to finding the perfect Linux laptop."

  • The Register: Changing lightbulbs the Whistler, Win98 and Linux way (Dec 27, 2000, 20:51)
    "Red Hat 7.0 seemed the logical Linux choice because of availability and USB and 810E support, but I ran into a number of issues that made it look like it was more trouble than it was worth."

  • NewsForge: Linux and love; the Gerard Beekmans story (Dec 27, 2000, 20:39)
    "Gerard Beekmans started Linux From Scratch, his guide to building a Linux Operating System from the bottom up, for two reasons. First, because he didn't like the way existing distributions dictated organization and ultimately had more control over his operating system than he did."

  • Apache Today: Apache::VMonitor -- The Visual System and Apache Monitor (Dec 27, 2000, 19:16)
    "It's important to be able to monitor your production system's health. You want to monitor the memory and file system utilization, the system load, how much memory the processes use. Whether you aren't running out of swap space and more. All these tasks are feasible when one has an interactive (telnet/ssh/other) access to the box the web server is running on, but it's quite a mess since different Unix tools report about different parts of the system."

  • Smart Partner: Microsoft Is Dead; Long live its reincarnation (Dec 27, 2000, 17:33)
    "Microsoft also is delivering Microsoft Media Server services from, believe it or not, a Linux platform. Who ever would have thought that Microsoft would approve delivering anything off a non-Windows platform?"

  • Fortuitous.com: Fortuitous Technologies Linux training manuals now GPLed (Dec 27, 2000, 16:25)
    "Fortuitous Technologies is proud to present the Linux community with our Linux Fundamentals course curriculum. We hope that it will be beneficial to trainers and companies alike who seek high quality course materials for Linux at a low cost."

  • AllLinuxDevices: A Trio of Tips for the HandSpring Visor: USB, Eyemodules, and Word Processing (Dec 27, 2000, 16:23)
    "There are a lot of interesting Linux handhelds in various stages of completion, but many of us will continue to use our trusty PDA's with their native operating system intact. Here's a quick look at making the Visor work with Linux USB support, getting your eyemodule to work with a handy Python program, and how to deal with your word processing needs when the space in the coach section of the plane's a little crowded for the laptop."

  • LinuxWorld: Silicon neurons in an analog world (Dec 27, 2000, 16:12)
    "The advanced processors that emerged from Carver Mead's Caltech laboratory mimic the analog response of natural systems. ...an analog design utilizing the full range of output voltages will always have better power efficiency than its digital counterpart."

  • LinuxWorld: Linux lyrics for the holidays (Dec 27, 2000, 15:54)
    " 'Twas the night before deadline when all of us groused, Not a server was stirring, not even the mouse; 'Cause Windows was hung with a bright blue screen glare, In need of a service pack that wasn't there."

  • The Register: EFF's Gilmore calls for CPRM hardware boycott (Dec 27, 2000, 15:42)
    "Users, says Gilmore, should demand a policy declaration from vendors that they eschew "covertly controlled hardware", and only buy products that are truly open, he argues in a post to the C2 crypto mailing list."

  • LinuxPower: No money in Hackerdom, Version 1.0 (Dec 27, 2000, 15:17)
    "I am going to make the argument that Hackers do not generally Hack because they have to for work. Instead, it is their passion, their life, in a dramatic way. Also, I'm going to make the argument that, and this is not how ESR feels, Hackers can be non-contributing authors to the code base of the world. That code base is better known as Open Source or Free Software today."

  • The Register: Copy protection hard drive plan nixes free software - RMS (Dec 27, 2000, 14:55)
    "If users accept the domination of centrally-controlled data, free software faces two dangers, each worse than the other: that users will reject GNU/Linux because it doesn't support the central control over access to these data, or that they will reject free versions of GNU/Linux for versions "enhanced" with proprietary software that support it."