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Ask the Experts: Making the transition from standalone servers to server clusters

Question: I'm to the point in our organization that load balancing across multiple servers is really becoming necessary. Making the transition from standalone servers to server clusters is a daunting task to say the least. What's the best way to make such a change? Is it possible to start small and increase the "cluster" as we go? more>>

Linux.Conf.Au - Day One

My flight from Wellington to Sydney can be easily chalked up as one of the most painful experiences of my life - alongside military service, breaking a bone, and supporting Windows 98. Things improved markedly when, after approximately three hours standing in line, my colleague and I boarded our flight from Sydney to Hobart. more>>

Nokia Puts the L in License

This time last year, the big news from the-company-formerly-known-as-Trolltech — now Qt Software — was a takeover bid from mobile-phone giant Nokia, which closed successfully in June for an estimated €104 million. Once again January brings Trolltech/Qt news from Nokia, this time announcing that beginning with the upcoming 4.5 release, the Qt framework will be licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License. more>>

Linux.Conf.Au - Getting Ready

January is here and it's that time of year for penguin-lovers everywhere to make their annual migration south to Australia to flock together. is one of the world's most popular technical Linux conferences, and for it's 10th anniversary is being held at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. more>>

Windows 7, A Linux User's Perspective

It’s no secret that I’m a Linux fan. I love it. I use it. I tell of its goodness far and wide. It’s also true, however, that I administer and use a variety of operating systems throughout any given day. I like to think that makes me more objective than some, and I like to think more people will pay attention to me if I don’t bash every other operating system out there. more>>

Tribler: BitTorrent and Beyond

P2P (peer-to-peer) is the nature of the Net. You can fight that, or you can embrace it. Here in the US, the mainstream entertainment business has mostly been fighting it. Hollywood and its phone and cable company allies have long regarded P2P, and BitTorrent in particular, as a copyright piracy system and a bandwidth hog. more>>

Holiday Cheer, Holiday Uncheer - Part 2

Continuing my holiday machine maintenance saga I move on to some notable trials and tribulations with Ubuntu, but not before I report on a little more holiday cheer. more>>

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How-to Sync Bookmarks with Foxmarks

Shawn Powers shows you how to sync your bookmarks with the Firefox "Foxmarks" extension.

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The Votes Are In, and the Next Fedora Will Be...A Ship?

Ongoing for nearly three months now, the Fedora Project's election season appears to have finally come to a close. Beginning in November with nominations for the Fedora Project Board and various project committees, and continuing through an election and appointment cycle that stretched into early January, only the election to determine the project's next release name remained. That was until this past Saturday, when it was revealed that Fedora 11 will bear the appellation Leonidas. more>>

Convert SpreadSheets to CSV files with Python and pyuno, Part 2

Using the SSConverter class that we developed last week, which used the OORunner class from the week before that, this week we'll create a Python function that allows us to use spreadsheets as if they were CSV files by converting them on more>>

Malaysian Government Saves Big with Open Source

Open Source in the public sector seemed to be all the rage in 2008, with government agencies all over Europe — not to mention agencies of the EU itself — adopting, and in many cases, mandating Open Source software and standards. Of course, Europe was not the only continent cozying up with a copy of the source code — governments in Africa, Asia, North & South America, and all over the South Pacific were exploring and implementing Open Source in 2008. Now, one of those governments has revealed the savings-side of OSS, and the numbers they're tossing around are pretty nice. more>>

Security Round-up

The January 2009 issue of Linux Journal is all about security. At, searching for the term "security" returns 435 results, which might take some time to wade through. Here are my picks from articles that recently have been popular on-line: more>>

German Students to Do the Geek Gordons

If you've been hacking, coding, or just generally IT-ing for more than ten minutes, you've likely run into a stereotype or two about geeks — and there's always a grain of truth, however tiny, behind a stereotype. At least that seems to be the prevailing wisdom at Germany's Potsdam University, where the IT faculty are gearing up to turn their masters students into master suitors. more>>

Palm Pre the Belle of the Ball, with Linux on Her Arm

By many of the accounts we've seen, the star of last week's Consumer Electronics Show was Palm's new Pre smartphone, a Linux-based offering with all the features we've come to expect from post-iPhone devices and a few innovations of it's own. more>>

Where are the Enterprise Management Tools for Linux on the Desktop?

On January 5, Doc Searls asked What would you use Exchange for? A good question and based on the number of comments, it is generating a lot of discussion. As someone currently embedded in a primarily Windows environment, I want to know where the enterprise management tools for the Linux desktop are? more>>

Should We Trash Windows Vista – or BadVista?

The world and their dog seems to be talking about Windows 7 at the moment. Ironically, in part that's because it's proving almost impossible to download the beta that has just been released: you can't help feeling that Microsoft has let this happen on purpose just to create a little demand. But while everyone is looking forward, I want to look back, at Windows Vista – more specifically, to the FSF's BadVista campaign. more>>

Linux Journal Turns 15

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KidZui Extends Kidternet to Junior Penguins

Once upon a time, "Stranger Danger" involved shadowy men in trench coats lingering around playgrounds, leering and offering children candy. Now the threat comes from expert manipulators who are beamed right into our living rooms at 2.5 Mb/s, leaving plenty of parents terrified to let their children IM grandma, much less wander the back alleys of the internet alone. Among those riding to the rescue is the team behind the kid-centered KidZui browser — and now, they've extended their protective presence to the littlest Linux users as well. more>>

Screw popularity. Just make yourself useful.

That's the killer lesson of Dave Winer's new apporach to noise-filtered tweeting. "Friends" and "followers" aren't what matter. If you want substance, you need useful inputs. Not volume. Not style. Not popularity. Those have their places, just not in your face when you're looking for useful and interesting stuff. more>>

One Client to Rule Them All

I Twitter. I Dent. I Blog (duh, you're reading it now). At times I've Plurked, Facebooked, Skyped, and Gtalked. The big problem is that each socialization protocol has its own client. I currently have 2 monitors on my desk and one is almost full of widgets and applications to keep up. I have: more>>