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Developer Linux News for Mar 26, 2009

  • GUI Programming in Python For Beginners: Create a Timer in 30 Minutes (Mar 26, 2009, 21:01)
    LinuxPlanet: "Python programming is all the rage because it is clean, easy to learn, and powerful. It supports creating both command-line and graphical applications, and has at least four good toolkits for writing graphical applications. Akkana Peck introduces us to Tkinter, and shows us how to create an all-purpose timer (for cooking and other reminders for absent-minded geeks) in one lesson."

  • Free Linux Microprocessor* (Some Restrictions Apply) (Mar 26, 2009, 14:35)
    Embedded Technology Journal: "In keeping with our theme of free stuff we proudly chronicle the newest free alternative for embedded developers: a free Linux-compatible microprocessor. Never has so much been offered to so many for so little. Or something like that."

  • Finding A Process's Idle Time On Linux And Unix (Mar 26, 2009, 09:02)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Attached to today's post is a rough-draft bash script that attempts to grab a process's idle time. It won't work in all instances, although I've tried to capture as many of those instances as possible. The one big gotcha in this whole mess is that you can't take the output of ps and directly retrieve the idle time for a process from the listing, even if you do your own formatting"

  • Multiprocessing with Python (Mar 26, 2009, 06:02)
    IBM Developerworks: "Learn to scale your UNIX Python applications to multiple cores by using the multiprocessing module which is built into Python 2.6. Multiprocessing mimics parts of the threading API in Python to give the developer a high level of control over flocks of processes, but also incorporates many additional features unique to processes."