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IT Management Linux News for Jul 24, 2008

  • The Mess That is Linux Volume Management (Jul 24, 2008, 21:05)
    LXer: "The GNU/Linux operating system is blessed to have sound partition management tools like GParted which are very easy to use. However, when it comes to the management of 'virtual partitions' known as volumes, things are quite different. There is Linx Volume Management, or LVM in short, however, it can almost only be used from the command line. Also, it doesn't integrate software RAID - except for striping. I was quite optimistic when I started using volume management some four years ago, but not anymore. Let me explain why I'm disappointed."

  • Ubuntu to get Open-source Java Heart Implant (Jul 24, 2008, 16:30)
    the Register: "Ubuntu's proving popular in one- and two-U rackable servers and blades running file, database, mail and web servers. Enterprise Java, though, would help Ubuntu power applications like online banking. Ultimately, Canonical wants big application providers SAP and Oracle to certify on Ubuntu."

  • Survey: Vista Adoption Weakens, as IT Pros Eye Apple (Jul 24, 2008, 14:00)
    Redmondmag: "Some respondents (42 percent) said they were considering alternative operating systems to Windows Vista. The Macintosh operating system was the favored alternative by 29 percent of respondents. Linux-based operating systems were also in the running, but trailed. More IT professionals reported challenges managing non-Windows operating systems in this survey, with 65 percent citing a need for expertise vs. 49 percent in 2007."

  • Confirmed: Canonical Ubuntu Server Blitz at LinuxWorld Expo (Jul 24, 2008, 07:30)
    The VAR Guy: "Canonical is preparing an Ubuntu Server blitz at LinuxWorld Expo in August. Alfresco, IBM, Openbravo, Zimbra and others are expected to rally around Ubuntu Server at the conference, The VAR Guy learned during meetings at OSCON. Here’s the scoop, and the implications for Ubuntu partners."

  • Setting up DRBD in an Open Source SAN (Jul 24, 2008, 01:30)
    SearchEnterpriseLinux: "As we established in part one of this series on open storage area networks (SANs), building an open source SAN provides a cost-effective alternative for companies with a tight budget. Now that we've established the merits and some of the important considerations in creating open source SANs, we'll explain how to set up the Distributed Replicated Block Device (DRBD) service, which allows for replicated storage in a SAN."