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Infrastructure Linux News for Aug 31, 2009

  • Checking In On Ubuntu Karmic's Boot Time (2009-08-31 23:33:02)
    Phoronix: "By the time Ubuntu 10.04 LTS rolls around next April, Canonical is interested in seeing Ubuntu boot on an Intel Atom netbook (specifically the Dell Mini 9) in less than ten seconds. These incredibly fast boot time goals even led Canonical to decide against investing more time in enhancing the boot experience with Red Hat's Plymouth."

  • Learn Linux, 101: Text streams and filters (2009-08-31 23:03:02)
    IBM Developerworks: "This article gives you an introduction to filters, which allow you to build complex pipelines to manipulate text using the filters. You will learn how to display text, sort it, count words and lines, and translate characters, among other tasks. You will also learn how to use the stream editor sed."

  • Slackware goes 64-bit (2009-08-31 22:03:02)
    Desktop Linux: "The Slackware team released version 13 of its venerable Linux distribution, now supporting 64-bit computers. Slackware 13 provides "completely reworked" X packages, upgrades to KDE 4.2.4 and Xfce 4.6.1 desktops, a new .txz package format, and support for Ext4 and the GRUB bootloader, says the project."

  • Apple's Snow Leopard Completely Blows It Virtually (2009-08-31 20:33:02)
    Tech Broiler: "Built-in Hypervisor-based virtualization and paravirtualizized kernels are now de rigueur with every major x86-based enterprise OS on the planet, including on Linux, on all major UNIX OSes, and even on Windows Server. But on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, it’s nowhere to be found."

  • Can Ubuntu 9.10 Outperform Mac OS X 10.6? (2009-08-31 19:33:02)
    Phoronix: "Now that we have tested Mac OS X 10.6, we are seeing how its performance compares to that of Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" will be out in October and does have some performance improvements as our earlier tests have shown, but Canonical engineers have not been exclusively focusing on performance optimizations with this release. Can the Karmic Koala outperform Snow Leopard? Yes and no."

  • How To Enable Adobe's Flash Player In Google Chrome (Ubuntu 9.04) (2009-08-31 18:33:02)
    Howtoforge: "This tutorial explains how you can install the Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu 9.04 and how to enable the Adobe Flash plugin in it. Please note that Google Chrome for Ubuntu is still in alpha state and should not be used on production systems."

  • Bye Bye Linux (2009-08-31 18:03:02)
    TheSixthAxis: "Ripping of Blu-ray movies was also a common practice of some PS3 linux users..."

  • OpenGEU 8.10 Review (2009-08-31 17:03:02)
    Que Pasa?: "Since my switch from Windows to Linux I have settled on 1 distribution, OpenGEU 8.10."

  • Skeptical Shopper: The Pros and Cons of Buying E-Books (2009-08-31 16:33:02)
    PC World: "When Amazon recently removed copies of George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from customers' de­­vices and digital lockers, I suddenly re­­membered why I prefer physical media over virtual versions:"

  • 25 Linux tips for Windows switchers (2009-08-31 16:03:02)
    TechRadar: "The experience of switching to Linux needn't be a traumatic one."

  • 6 of the Best Free Linux Family History Software (2009-08-31 15:33:02)
    LinuxLinks: "This article highlights the best genealogy software that runs under Linux. Although there is not a wide selection of Linux native clients, we have also identified the best web based and Java software, so there is still a good range to choose from."

  • Scaling the fence (2009-08-31 15:03:02)
    daverea.com: "In this case, our brief discussion centered around office suites, and before I could even recommend it, our friend informed me that she’d tried openoffice.org, and didn’t like it."

  • The easiest operating system to update is... (2009-08-31 14:43:43)
    Cyber Cynic: "Over the weekend, I decided to see which of the major operating systems would be the easiest to update. The answer may surprise you."

  • Windows Users - The Charlie Brown's of Computiing (2009-08-31 14:02:52)
    Blog of Helios: "Are we beginning to see a pattern emerge here? Every time Microsoft promises you a" new and secure environment for your computer", it ends up being the same old stuff with a fresh coat of paint and security features that take a 15 year old hacker about 12 minutes to circumvent."

  • Webget ISO grabber, Wget Webinterface (2009-08-31 13:32:52)
    Raymii.org: "When I am at school, and I read that Slackware 13 is out, I need to have it. And I want it at home. So, what I can do is SSH into my machine, wget it, and it is done when I'm at home. But, at school SSH is blocked..."

  • How To Set Up Software RAID1 On A Running System (Debian Lenny) (2009-08-31 12:32:52)
    Howtoforge: "This guide explains how to set up software RAID1 on an already running Debian Lenny system. The GRUB bootloader will be configured in such a way that the system will still be able to boot if one of the hard drives fails (no matter which one)."

  • Popping GNU/Linux out of the Virtual Machine (2009-08-31 04:02:52)
    Technology FLOSS: "At work I'm tied to a windows machine, however I have been able to use GNU/Linux which is where I'm most productive. First, I tried working with Portable Ubuntu."