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IT Management Linux News for Jul 23, 2008

  • CLI Magic: For Geek Cred, Try These One-liners (Jul 23, 2008, 22:45)
    Linux.com: "...a one-liner is a set of commands normally joined through a pipe (|). When joined by a pipe, the command on the left passes its output to the command on the right. Simple or complex, you can get useful results from a single line at the bash command prompt."

  • OSCON: Open Source Database Study Has Obvious Results (Jul 23, 2008, 21:45)
    InternetNews: "The biggest conclusion of the EnterpriseDB open source database study is that PostgreSQL is the open source database of choice for transactional applications. Not a surprising conclusion given that EnterpriseDB is a sponsor of the PostgreSQL project and has its own supported distributions of it."

  • Vector Linux SOHO 5.9 Deluxe -- Not Just For The Office (Jul 23, 2008, 21:00)
    O'Reilly News: "For those not familiar with Vector Linux it's a decade old distribution based on Slackware that provides many of the user friendly tools and features offered by the largest and most popular distributions. I've often compared the Standard edition to Xubuntu with it's relatively lightweight Xfce default desktop while the SOHO (Small Office, Home Office) edition is comparable to Kubuntu, with a fully integrated KDE desktop."

  • Lazy Linux: 10 Essential Tricks for Admins (Jul 23, 2008, 19:45)
    IBM Developerworks: "Trick 4: Getting back the root password You forgot your root password. Nice work. Now you'll just have to reinstall the entire machine. Sadly enough, I've seen more than a few people do this. But it's surprisingly easy to get on the machine and change the password. This doesn't work in all cases (like if you made a GRUB password and forgot that too), but here's how you do it in a normal case with a Cent OS Linux example."

  • Vista Adoption going no-where, IT considering Linux and Mac instead (Jul 23, 2008, 19:32)
    Practical Technology: "KACE, a systems management appliance company, announced that their recent survey of IT administrators showed that 60 percent of them have no plans to deploy Vista. That’s almost 10% more turning their backs on Vista then in KACE’s last survey in November 2007."

  • Guide to Faster Ubuntu (Jul 23, 2008, 17:15)
    Ubuntu Snippets "Optimize ubuntu boot sequence by profiling it...This one time special boot may take more time than ordinary boot. But during this boot ubuntu monitors file usage and preloads those files during subsequent boots."

  • Video and Audio Broadcasts From OSCON (Jul 23, 2008, 17:00)
    O'Reilly News: "At OSCON: Pia Waugh, President of Software Freedom International; Jim Zemlin: The Mysterious Work of the Linux Foundation; Larry Wall: Open Source as a Parenting Experience"

  • OSCON, Pt. 2.1: A Few Words With Mark Shuttleworth (Jul 23, 2008, 16:00)
    InformationWeek: "What do you think about this whole popular perception that Ubuntu is Linux?

    "Mark Shuttleworth: It's actually an offensive idea to me. We take the view that distributions should be humble in what they claim they do. The reality is that we distribute Linux, and we're at our best when we do that particular thing efficiently -- when we most effectively celebrate the work of others."


  • Linux is Easier to Install Than XP (Jul 23, 2008, 15:30)
    Practical Tech: "when I had to get a new PC in a hurry, after one of my PCs went to the big bit-ranch in the sky with a fried motherboard, the one I bought, a Dell Inspiron 530S from my local Best Buy came pre-infected with Vista Home Premium. Big deal. It took me less than an hour to install Linux Mint 5 Elyssa R1 on it."

  • Novell Turns ICE into Kablink (Jul 23, 2008, 11:00)
    InternetNews: "The Kablink project is Novell's effort to grow the market for open source collaboration solutions, and chip away at the hold that Microsoft's Sharepoint commands among small business users."

  • PC Vendors Want to Sell You Desktop Linux (Jul 23, 2008, 00:30)
    Computerworld: "It used to be that finding a PC with pre-installed Linux was harder than finding a needle in a haystack. Now, though, all the major PC vendors are offering Linux-powered PCs."