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GlusterFS: First impressions  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, March 05 2013 @ 05:45 CST
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General NewsGlusterFS is a distributed file system which is supposed to scale to large storage sizes. Besides file distribution it also offers “RAID” like features: if you have two GlusterFS servers you can either stripe the data on both of them, or mirror them. Or, if you got more servers, you can even create more complex setups with a mixture of striping and mirroring. The client protocol is very similar to NFS, and thus clients can GlusterFS servers via GlusterFS-Fuse or directly via NFS.

Read the full thing at http://liquidat.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/glusterfs-first-impressions/

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Vim After 11 Years  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, February 20 2013 @ 09:19 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsAt some point over a decade ago I received my first real Unix account on Northeastern CCS’s computing infrastructure. I realized that my primary method of development — editing files in BBEdit and uploading them via FTP — wouldn’t scale for college-level projects, so I decided to learn how to efficiently edit files on a remote host. I used Pico for a while but became annoyed at its lack of syntax highlighting, so I used the only other editor I remembered bumping into: Vim.

Read the full thing at http://statico.github.com/vim.html

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What you can learn from the monster LibreOffice project  View Printable Version 
Saturday, February 16 2013 @ 08:04 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsA large legacy code base is a challenge for any team to embrace and improve. So how well does a distributed team of volunteers address the problem?

A talk at FOSDEM shed light on how the large and diverse team assembled by The Document Foundation (TDF) is approaching the huge LibreOffice code base left in the wake of Oracle's withdrawal from OpenOffice.org. The result is not only an impressive sequence of on-time releases, but also a range of development innovation. In particular, the "bi-bisect" technique they've developed could be a great approach for others faced with large, complex code bases.

Read the full thing at http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/what-you-can-learn-the-monster-libreoffice-project-212908

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What Is BlackBerry-Py?  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 28 2013 @ 11:08 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsThis project is focused on building up an environment to let anyone write Python apps for the PlayBook and BB10 devices. As of PlayBook OS 2.0, a full Python 3.2 interpreter is included in the system, and is currently accessible to developers. We're building a community framework on top of this runtime to allow the development of complete, "native" PlayBook and BB10 applications using Python!

Read more at http://hg.microcode.ca/blackberry-py/wiki/Home

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systemd Biggest Myths  View Printable Version 
Saturday, January 26 2013 @ 06:32 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsSince we first proposed systemd for inclusion in the distributions it has been frequently discussed in many forums, mailing lists and conferences. In these discussions one can often hear certain myths about systemd, that are repeated over and over again, but certainly don't gain any truth by constant repetition. Let's take the time to debunk a few of them: http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/the-biggest-myths.html

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Open source Linux driver supports 3D acceleration with all GeForce GPUs  View Printable Version 
Thursday, January 03 2013 @ 09:09 CST
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General NewsThe Nouveau driver in the current Linux 3.8 development branch has recently acquired everything that's necessary to support the 3D acceleration features of any GeForce graphics hardware. Together with a current version of libdrm and the Nouveau 3D driver in Mesa 3D 9.0, this allows Linux applications to use 3D acceleration even with the most recent GeForce graphics cards.

Read the full thing at http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Open-source-Linux-driver-supports-3D-acceleration-with-all-GeForce-GPUs-1776089.html

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Understanding and using htop to monitor system resources  View Printable Version 
Saturday, December 22 2012 @ 09:53 CST
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General NewsEvery so often there will be something that slows a system down. There are a few tools that can help to identify which process is the cause of this slow down. One such tool is htop. Htop is an interactive and real time process monitoring application for Linux which will show you your usage per cpu/core, as well as a meaningful text graph of your memory and swap usage.

Read the full thing at http://www.deonsworld.co.za/2012/12/20/understanding-and-using-htop-monitor-system-resources/

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E17 Release: ZERO  View Printable Version 
Friday, December 21 2012 @ 11:30 CST
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General NewsE17 has been in development for a long time, and there have been a lot of people involved over the years. At this time, the first and final official release of E17, I think it's important to name names and thank everyone who has been involved over the years.

Read the full thing at http://enlightenment.org/p.php?p=news/show&l=en&news_id=77

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PulseAudio 3.0 Release Notes  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, December 18 2012 @ 04:33 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsWe're, back with another shiny PulseAudio release! While the 3.0 release was a little delayed, it brings a number of important improvements, and bug fixes.

Read the full release at http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/PulseAudio/Notes/3.0

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KDE vs. Gnome system management  View Printable Version 
Monday, December 17 2012 @ 06:18 CST
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General NewsA few weeks back, we talked about KDE and Gnome in daily life, and how they fared from the applications perspective, when you pit programs developed for one environment against those created for the other. We learned a valuable lesson that technology and practicality do not necessarily go hand in hand, nor that you can easily draw a clear line between the two. Finally, we discovered the joy of freedom, in that you can mix software, regardless of whichever desktop you choose, and get the best of all worlds. Now, the big question is, does the same set of conclusions apply when you try to administer your box? Well, to answer that, we will check how easy and intuitive it is to manage Linux when you choose KDE or Gnome as your platform.

Read the full thing at http://netrunner-mag.com/?p=2254

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