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Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 25, 2002

  • SysAdmin: Redundant Internet Connections Using Linux (Jan 25, 2002, 23:30)
    "With the advent of high-speed Internet links from Internet Service Providers (ISPs), it's easier for users to host services on their home computers. But what happens when your ISP connection goes down? An obvious solution is to have a redundant Internet connection from another ISP."

  • Obelix versus MobiliX: Legal Response Online Now (Jan 25, 2002, 20:37)
    "The legal response (PDF, 22 pages in German) is online now . The document describes the origin of the names Obelix (from 'obelisk') and MobiliX (from 'mobil' and 'UniX'). Many well known names are used to show how widespread the suffix 'ix' is in the IT business, e.g. often UniX derivates are named by this scheme. This is followed by an analysis of the pronounciation and spelling of the words Obelix and MobiliX, and whether they can be mistaken from members of the IT business or not. As a conclusion the charge is considered void."

  • BulmaLUG: Journal File Systems under Linux (Jan 25, 2002, 19:46)
    "Ricardo Galli includes, in a plain manner, basics, characteristics and implementation of the Linux Virtual File System, Linux Page-cache and Buffer-cache, integration of page and buffer cache, journaling file systems, B-Trees, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, Ext3, performance and conclusions, including several links to resources and benchmarks."

  • W3C: Current Patent Practice (Jan 25, 2002, 16:39)
    Some months after the initial controversy surrounding its consideration of software patents in Web standards, the W3C has released a document outlining its stance regarding, and procedures for dealing with, proposed standards that might include patented technologies.

  • Pentium 4 "Northwood" vs. Athlon XP 2000+ Under Linux (Jan 25, 2002, 15:49)
    " has just published their results in the Pentium 4 verses Athlon XP war. In this review, the new Pentium 4 "Northwood" 2.2GHz is pitted against the Athlon XP 2000+. To level the playing field, both platforms use DDR memory which make for some interesting results. The usual benchmarks are included:, POVBench, Kernel Compile, Audio Encoding (Ogg Vorbis), Quake 3, and Unreal Tournament."

  • osOpinion: Debunking Mac Myths (*NIX Edition) (Jan 25, 2002, 14:56)
    "Apple is hoping that the introduction of its new iMac and digital hub suite will convince Windows folks to drop by their local Apple store and make the switch. This strategy is well and good, but I think the Apple marketing machine could and should target another segment of the population for conversion: the Linux/UNIX user."

  • IBM to Roll Out New Linux-Only zSeries Mainframes (Jan 25, 2002, 14:19)
    "IBM Corp. has great designs for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next week and it started Friday with the unveiling of a Linux-only mainframe targeted to 'reduce server sprawl' and compete with midrange machines made by Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co."

  • Linux in education report #62 for January 21 (Jan 25, 2002, 12:53)
    SEUL/edu is the discussion group for those interested in using Linux for education. This covers all aspects of educational uses of Linux, by teachers, parents, and students.

  • Linux and Telematics: Building a Passenger Heatstroke Warning (Jan 25, 2002, 11:49)
    "Our application uses the EarthLink SPARK kit as the basis for a heatstroke detection and warning system. We connect a motion sensor and a temperature sensor to the SPARK in-vehicle device inputs and produce a software application designed to monitor the sensors and take action if the vehicle becomes hot enough to put the occupants at risk."

  • Tool of the Month: TWiki (Jan 25, 2002, 00:04)
    "A Wiki is a collaborative online environment that allows anyone (by default, anyway) to add or edit material. It goes beyond simple text editing by making it easy to link pages and implement search features and revision control.