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IT Management Linux News for Jul 30, 2008

  • SSD vs. SATA RAID: A Performance Benchmark (Jul 30, 2008, 20:00) "To see just how much an SSD might improve performance, I used Bonnie++ to benchmark a contemporary SSD as it might be used in a laptop computer."

  • OS Roundup: Apple, Out of Touch With Server Room Needs (Jul 30, 2008, 19:30)
    ServerWatch: "...but is it any more ridiculous than using Apple's OS X Server or letting end users work on Macs in the enterprise? Because the truth is, Apple is not really a computer company. It makes toys."

  • PCLinuxOS: Definitely “Radically Simple” (Jul 30, 2008, 19:00)
    TechRepublic: "The slogan for PCLinuxOS is "Radically Simple" and, as far as I can tell, it might be one of the most fitting operating system slogans I have seen. But does it apply across the board? From start to finish? I decided it had been too long since I had tried this distribution so I went about giving it a go. I have to say I was certainly impressed."

  • Ten Tricks to Make Linux Boot Faster (Jul 30, 2008, 17:30)
    TechRepublic: "Linux rarely needs to be rebooted. But when it does, it's often slow to boot. Fortunately, there are ways to speed things up. Some of these methods are not terribly difficult. (although some, unfortunately, are). Let's take a look."

  • ASUS Eee PC 1000 (Linux) (Jul 30, 2008, 15:30)
    Laptop: "But though it is increasingly difficult to pick from the seemingly interminable Eee PCs on the market, the Eee PC 1000 has risen to be one of our favorites."

  • South African Sister Companies Praise Linux-based Accounting Program (Jul 30, 2008, 15:00) "One of the main reasons to move away from these program was Windows. Instability ... and lots of viruses is something a small upcoming business can do without."

  • Microsoft, its Time to Officially Rescind the Linux Lawsuit Threats (Jul 30, 2008, 14:00)
    Network World: "If it stands up says, "Sorry, just kidding!" that won't make the channel partners happy, particularly if they used the threat to convince customers they must buy SUSE or Windows over Red Hat and other distros. But the fact is, we are seeing actions by Microsoft that indicate that the "suing Linux users" jig is up."

  • Integrating Linux into Active Directory keeps getting easier (Jul 30, 2008, 13:30)
    Practical Technology: "...LWIS (Likewise Identity Services) enables you to use Active Directory Authentication for your Linux, Unix and Mac PCs."

  • Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL On Fedora 9 (Jul 30, 2008, 11:30)
    HowtoForge: "This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota and upload/download bandwidth limits with this setup."

  • Tips and Tricks: What are the Options in Kickstart for Controlling the Behaviour of SELinux? (Jul 30, 2008, 07:00)
    Red Hat Magazine: "The following options can be used in the kickstart configuration file to control SELinux behaviour in a kickstart installation..."
    link fixed -- ed.

  • Is Open Solaris in Hot Water? -- No, I Don't Think So (Jul 30, 2008, 05:30)
    Groklaw: "I've been seeing articles implying that Sun may have trouble, now that it has been determined that the Unix copyrights belong to Novell. Here's one example, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols' "Is OpenSolaris in hot water?" -- where a number of interviewees opine more or less yes. I disagree, and I'll show you why I disagree."