Monday, June 30, 2008


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Sunday, June 29, 2008

How to: Install Linux on your PlayStation 3

Who needs all that  games stuff when there's hacking fun to be had instead? Read on.

According to a famous Latin proverb, "He who is everywhere is nowhere." In computing, that's not exactly true.

Linux is becoming much more pervasive: it's powering far more laptops and desktops than ever before, delivering music and movies to the living room on digital media adapters, and becoming ubiquitous as a development platform at high-end video effects studios such as Industrial Light & Magic, which used to rely on Windows and Mac.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

How to: Install Linux on your Xbox

Revitalise an unuused Xbox and make it productive again using linux. Read on.

It's a bit 'old-school' – since the Xbox 360 is now Microsoft's dominant video game console – but loading Linux on the original Xbox (popular circa 2002) makes sense because you can use an old dusty machine sitting in a corner somewhere and get more useful life out of it.

After all, the Xbox is still a viable PC with a Celeron processor, an NVIDIA GeForce 3 graphics card, a DVD drive, surround sound support, USB ports, Ethernet, a 10GB hard disk (on most systems) and 64MB of RAM.

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How to: install Linux on your Nintendo DS

As what most newbies users look at linux, linux can also be fun to play with. We all know, linux and *nix OS runs a lot and wide array of high-end production and test-bed servers around the globe, but little does newbies knew, linux can also be installed to Nintendo DS. Read on.

Nvidia says no to free drivers, I say no to Nvidia So in short, the deal is, you get the card, but the only way to use it is to rent a driver to which you have an incomplete access, thereby making your fruitful use of the card consistently dependent on Nvidia and, quite obviously, therefore limiting the control you as a supposed owner of the card really have over it

Friday, June 27, 2008

KDE 4.1 Beta 2 Released! KDE hackers have been working on polishing the new features, desktop integration, and documenting and translating the packages. Several bugfixing sessions have been held and squashed bugs in the beta software. Testing and feedback on this release is appreciated and needed to make the final KDE 4.1 release in late July 2008 a splash.

5 Ways to Screencast Your Linux Desktop Five ways you can record your desktop in linux.

10 IRC Client for Linux Collection of IRC clients for Linux Blocked In Mainland China SourceForge, the world’s largest development and download repository of Open Source code and applications, appears to blocked in Mainland China on the eve of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.The current blocking may be related to the recent anti-China protests of Beijing Olympic Games, which began on 8 August in Beijing.

Wine 1.1.0 Released The first release after 1.0 in the development branch, give it good testing,

Red Hat Sales Rise; Big Clients Renew

Profit was in line with analyst estimates. Excluding stock compensation costs, Red Hat reported net income of 18 cents per share. Total profit was $17.3 million, compared with $16.2 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Red Hat is becoming boring.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Firefox 3 Success and Celebration

Community-driven and inspired software amazingly brought the safest and smartest community-based Firefox version 3.0 (FF3) browser to achieve more than 8 million downloads within 24 hours of FF3 Download Day. From its final release version, the numbers had already reached a staggering 22 million downloads up until now and still growing, not to mention indirect source of downloads like site repos, and community download mirrors.

How To Love Linux On The Desktop

Fahmida Y. Rashid wrote: Blowing away a computer and installing a different operating system is all part of a day's work for the Test Center. In fact, some projects in the Test Center over the past year have included a lot of time spent simply installing and reinstalling various Linux distributions on a single machine.

Test Center staff have found a number of good reasons for removing a Linux distro entirely and doing a clean install. For testing and evaluation purposes, however, it's helpful to have multiple systems available simultaneously for comparison. This is where virtual machines really come in handy.

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Donnie Berkholz speaks with LinuxCrazy

Donnie Berkholz wrote: "The more time I spend in Gentoo, the more I realize that it's the individual developers who really drive most of our innovations. They don't happen because the council makes a decision. They happen because the developer, or a few of them, think that it sounds like a cool idea, and make it happen. ..."

"Making Gentoo great is my biggest goal right now, and greatness is a process. It's not a place. So you can't get somewhere and say you're great. You always have to keep striving for it. For a while we've been content to stick with the status quo instead of striving for greatness, but we have to change that and to always improve Gentoo."

Discuss here.

A Slacker Tries His Hand at Gentoo

Steve Husted wrote: I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.

First off - I have used Slackware since version 1.0, and I have tried countless other distributions, including Red Hat, Mandrake, Slax, MiniSlack (Zen?), SuSE, Yoper, Linspire, Debian, PCLinuxOS, et al.

Debian releases weak OpenSSL

Luciano Bello discovered that the random number generator in Debian's openssl package is predictable. This is caused by an incorrect Debian-specific change to the openssl package (CVE-2008-0166). As a result, cryptographic key material may be guessable.

This is a Debian-specific vulnerability which does not affect other operating systems which are not based on Debian. However, other systems can be indirectly affected if weak keys are imported into them.

Debian with XFCE

I've not posted in many months -- seems I've not taken the time to write much of anything in fact. I seem attracted to Tumblr and Twitter -- I can share my ideas and finds much quicker there. This post is primarily a test message, then.

I've not given up on Linux, but I'm still seeking The Killer Desktop OS. Debian is my latest find, and with it XFCE. I grabbed a copy of the Debian Network Installation and tried it out on an old box (1.2G Celeron w/ integrated video). It found all the hardware and worked flawlessly, installing with the GNOME desktop. I had to tweak it a bit to get SAMBA installed and working, but once set up it actually worked seamlessly with my Windows shares (Windows saw Debian, Debian saw Windows). I then replaced GNOME with XFCE and I've not looked back.

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Coders now can try mobile Ubuntu Linux

Canonical on Tuesday released its first publicly available developer edition of Ubuntu for mobile Internet devices.

Ubuntu MID works on two devices at present, the Samsung Q1U and the Intel Crown Beach development station for building devices using the company's Atom processor. It also can be run on ordinary computers through the KVM virtualization software. A MID--a concept Intel is aggressively promoting--is a mobile device larger and more like a regular computer than, say an Apple iPhone, but smaller than an ultraportable PC.

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First look: OpenSUSE 11 out, offers best KDE 4 experience

Novell announced the official release of OpenSUSE 11 yesterday. It's the latest version of the community-driven Linux distribution and includes significant new features like the KDE 4 desktop environment and the PulseAudio sound server.

Novell: openSUSE for All Linux Users

Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL) is making a play for Linux users new and old with the release of its openSUSE 11 distribution.

Version 11 introduces an installer, improved package management and updated key open source packages.

The new distribution is Novell's attempt to put its best stuff out on the field as it ramps up the competition against Red Hat's Fedora and Ubuntu Linux in the growing Linux community.

Joe Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager, told that openSUSE 11's strength is its targeting of end users making the switch from Vista. "We're also targeting the longtime Linux users," he added.

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Welcome to the EeePCLinuxOS

EeePCLinux OS does sound weird, but unique. Learn more.

It is my pleasure to announce a new USB Install Key creator for EeePCLinuxOS. For some of you more experienced Linux/Windows users it may look familiar. That is because this new installer is based off of UNetBootin. We've shortened the installable Linux LiveCD list down to just us and disabled Floppy capabilities. Overall though should hopefully offer a better experience for our Windows users. I would like to thank Wingers for his previous work on the installer this one replaces and for bringing up the fact that we needed a Windows installer in the first place.

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Nice PCLinuxOS Experience

Here's a nice PCLinux OS desktop experience from somebody who uses operating system on daily basis.

"The last time I looked at PCLinuxOS was version 0.92, which according to DistroWatch was about 3 years ago. I was asked to take a look at it again, so here I go.

"I'm aware that this version is pretty old by now (June 2008), but as of this writing it was the latest full non-beta version available. I don't like to rant on betas. I'm puzzled to see that there has been no obvious word given on when we can expect a new version..."

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CentOS 5.2 Releases

The CentOS team is pleased to announce the availability of CentOS 5.2. Major changes in CentOS 5 compared to CentOS 4 include:

These updated software versions: Apache-2.2, php-5.1.6, kernel-2.6.18, Gnome-2.16, KDE-3.5,, Evolution-2.12, Firefox-3.0, Thunderbird-2.0, MySQL-5.0, PostgreSQL-8.1.

Better desktop support with compiz and AIGLX.

Virtualization provided by the Xen hypervisor with Virtual Machine Manager and libvirt.

Sabayon to simplify the construction of user profiles.

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CentOS updates Red Hat Enterprise clone

Love Red Hat Enterprise Linux and want the latest edition, but can't stand the company and refuse to give it a single red cent? You're in luck.

The open source CentOS project has released its latest RHEL clone in the wake of Red Hat's recent release of RHEL version 5.2.

Fedora Project Boards Elected

Being responsible for a distro OS technicalities, project track, events, marketing and councils  are not that easy task. Fedora, as a tradition had undergone a council shuffle and board member elections this past week. And finally, the names behind the much awaited Fedora Project Board responsible councils and leaders are

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Red Hat takes on Windows with new desktop software

Never ending story of desktop operating system clashes are back. Red Hat Desktop created by one of the leading Linux OS distributor designed to empower desktop back-end systems. Read on.

Linux software provider Red Hat has announced the availability of a client application, Red Hat Desktop, designed for enterprises and government.

The product is part of the Red Hat Enterprise product line, which previously only provided software for back-end systems.

It's the first product aimed at firms' end users, and an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Windows platforms, which hold more than 90 per cent of the installed base for desktops in businesses. Read more.


Red Hat profit climbs almost 7 pct in 1Q 2009

"We are off to a good start and on pace to deliver more major product releases this year than in any other period in Red Hat's history," Whitehurst said.

Red Hat said it earned $17.3 million, or 8 cents per share, in the first quarter, compared to $16.2 million, also 8 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Read more from here


Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Most about pages of most blogging domains started with their own identity introductions, they tell stories of their names, positions, accomplishments, the year they start doodling, their college course and current professions, and so on and so forth. Some are facts and some are historical resume. I have also seen wide array of resume and CVs posted from their About page. Honestly, I kinda see it as a weird about page.

Linux OS is one of the most powerful and stable operating system around, empowering most servers around the globe. As a transformation OS strive and empowerment to linux advocacy, began. is simply inspired and motivated by famous Fedora OS works.

Here you can find entries covering linux tips, howtos, tutorials and more of linux system administration posts. Most Fedora commands that would be tackled here are most likely compatible with RedHat, and CentOS too.

Fedora OS is only one of the many Linux distributions around. Most linux that I love is Fedora.

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source softwares. Fedora packages are comprised of bleeding-edge and razor-sharp latest free and open source applications. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. Fedora Linux is built by people across the globe who work together as a community and everybody is invited to join the community.

This is all about Linux advocacy and Fedora stuff. Fedora is home grown community sponsored by RedHat.  It is not only for geeks, neither for newbies alone, Fedora is an OS milk for every users. The more you Fedora, the better it gets.

Anyone interested to contribute is more than welcome to contact me using the contact page.

Thanks, I welcome you all.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fedora 9: Rsyslog - Most Advanced Log Server

Rsyslog is an enhanced syslogd supporting, among others, MySQL, PostgreSQL, failover log destinations, syslog/tcp, fine grain output format control, high precision timestamps, queued operations and the ability to filter on any message part. It is quite compatible to stock sysklogd and can be used as a drop-in replacement. Its advanced features make it suitable for enterprise-class, encryption protected syslog relay chains while at the same time being very easy to setup for the novice user.

With the latest Fedora 9 release, syslog daemon service has been replaced by rsyslogd. The reason for this is that rsyslog is the most advanced logging daemon service which offers a lot of great and beneficial features. While syslog daemon is old, rsyslog supports backward compatibility with syslog with additional specified parameters.

In simple words, Rsyslog simply helps administration of log database and history. Log messages can come from configured servers, hosts and even network devices like firewall, switches and cisco devices that supports logging feature.

Why Rsyslog is the most advanced system log service? Here are a complete list of its advanced features, don't forget the world's first highlights mentioned near ?

Rsyslog Features

* native support for writing to MySQL databases
* native support for writing to Postgres databases
* direct support for Firebird/Interbase, OpenTDS (MS SQL, Sybase), SQLLite, Ingres, Oracle, and mSQL via libdbi, a database abstraction layer (almost as good as native)
* native support for sending mail messages (first seen in 3.17.0)
* support for (plain) tcp based syslog - much better reliability
* support for sending and receiving compressed syslog messages
* support for on-demand on-disk spooling of messages that can not be processed fast enough (a great feature for writing massive amounts of syslog messages to a database)
* support for selectively processing messages only during specific timeframes and spooling them to disk otherwise
* ability to monitor text files and convert their contents into syslog messages (one per line)
* ability to configure backup syslog/database servers - if the primary fails, control is switched to a prioritized list of backups
* support for receiving messages via reliable RFC 3195 delivery (a bit clumpsy to build right now...)
* ability to generate file names and directories (log targets) dynamically, based on many different properties
* control of log output format, including ability to present channel and priority as visible log data
* good timestamp format control; at a minimum, ISO 8601/RFC 3339 second-resolution UTC zone
* ability to reformat message contents and work with substrings
* support for log files larger than 2gb
* support for file size limitation and automatic rollover command execution
* support for running multiple rsyslogd instances on a single machine
* support for TLS-protected syslog (both natively and via stunnel)
* ability to filter on any part of the message, not just facility and severity
* ability to use regular expressions in filters
* support for discarding messages based on filters
* ability to execute shell scripts on received messages
* control of whether the local hostname or the hostname of the origin of the data is shown as the hostname in the output
* ability to preserve the original hostname in NAT environments and relay chains
* ability to limit the allowed network senders
* powerful BSD-style hostname and program name blocks for easy multi-host support
* massively multi-threaded with dynamic work thread pools that start up and shut themselves down on an as-needed basis (great for high log volume on multicore machines)
* very experimental and volatile support for syslog-protocol compliant messages (it is volatile because standardization is currently underway and this is a proof-of-concept implementation to aid this effort)
* world's first implementation of syslog-transport-tls
* the sysklogd's klogd functionality is implemented as the imklog input plug-in. So rsyslog is a full replacement for the sysklogd package
* support for IPv6
* ability to control repeated line reduction ("last message repeated n times") on a per selector-line basis
* supports sub-configuration files, which can be automatically read from directories. Includes are specified in the main configuration file
* supports multiple actions per selector/filter condition
* MySQL and Postgres SQL functionality as a dynamically loadable plug-in
* modular design for inputs and outputs - easily extensible via custom plugins
* an easy-to-write to plugin interface
* ability to send SNMP trap messages
* support for arbitrary complex boolean, string and arithmetic expressions in message filters

World's First
Rsyslog has an interesting number of "world's firsts" - things that were implemented for the first time ever in rsyslog. Some of them are still features not available elsewhere.

* world's first implementation of IETF I-D syslog-protocol (February 2006, version 1.12.2 and above)
* world's first implementation of dynamic syslog on-the-wire compression (December 2006, version 1.13.0 and above)
* world's first open-source implementation of a disk-queueing syslogd (January 2008, version 3.11.0 and above)
* world's first implementation of IETF I-D syslog-transport-tls (May 2008, version 3.19.0 and above)

Rsyslog Installation

# yum -y install rsyslog

# service rsyslogd start

For further and wider readings, see Rsyslog.

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