July 2007

Combine the Powers of UNIX and Linux Posted Monday, July 30, 2007 @ 10:49 PM by mayhem
LinucksGirl writes "Although UNIX and Linux are similar, their differences can complicate the process of integrating the two systems. Examine how to use NIS and NFS to share core databases and file systems between Linux and UNIX, both with direct links and through the automounter. Sharing authentication information enables you to provide a single sign-on (SSO) functionality to any of the servers in your network."
 
Linux Tip: Job Scheduling with Cron and At Posted Monday, July 30, 2007 @ 10:49 PM by mayhem
LinucksGirl writes "You need to run a job at midnight, daily, or weekly, but you would rather be sleeping, or enjoying life some other way. This tip helps you use the cron and at capabilities to schedule jobs periodically or at a single future time, so you can sit back and let routine tasks happen automatically and consistently while you enjoy life."
 
Executing Signed Binaries in Linux Kernel Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 @ 7:31 PM by mayhem
LinucksGirl writes "This tutorial is the second in a two-part series on locking your Linux machines down to streamline the associated support and administration processes. In Part 2 learn how to configure the Linux kernel to execute only signed binaries. In Part 1 you learned how to remove the interpreters from the installation base system to prevent spurious user changes."
 
Slackware 12.0 is released! Posted Saturday, July 14, 2007 @ 1:12 AM by mayhem
That's right, the first 2.6(.21.5) based Slackware release is ready for download! We think you'll enjoy the latest kernel, KDE 3.5.7, XFce 4.4.1, HAL automounting for desktop users, an updated toolchain, and many other enhancements. The official announcement has more details. Also, consider supporting the project at http://store.slackware.com. Thanks to everyone who contributed improvements and fixes this time -- a lot of help made this a relatively smooth release.

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Linux Gets Completely Fair Scheduler Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 @ 10:52 PM by mayhem
"KernelTrap is reporting that CFS, Ingo Molnar's Completely Fair Scheduler, was just merged into the Linux kernel. The new CPU scheduler includes a pluggable framework that completely replaces Molnar's earlier O(1) scheduler, and is described to 'model an "ideal, precise multi-tasking CPU" on real hardware. CFS tries to run the task with the "gravest need" for more CPU time. So CFS always tries to split up CPU time between runnable tasks as close to "ideal multitasking hardware" as possible.' The new CPU scheduler should improve the desktop Linux experience, and will be part of the upcoming 2.6.23 kernel." (Source: Slashdot)
 
Develop Simple Web Applications with Apache Wicket Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 @ 10:46 PM by mayhem
LinucksGirl writes "Learn how to set up your system to develop a simple Web application with Apache Wicket, using Apache Geronimo as your application server and Apache Derby as the embedded database. Wicket helps simplify development by separating the roles of developers and designers. You can remove logical code from the view layer, eliminating the need for JSP, XML, and other configuration file formats. "
 
Rock Your Desktop with Entertainment LiveCDís Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 @ 6:44 PM by mayhem
LinucksGirl writes "Turn your Linux machine into a complete home entertainment system. Listen to music and watch DVDs on your Linux system without lengthy installation and configuration efforts. Learn about four LiveCD offerings-- MoviX2, GeeXBoX, WOMP!, and LLGP -- that put the fun back into your computer. "