I've been taking a Java programming course this semester at the local
technical college, which has been a wonderful learning experience. The
programming course uses the Eclipse 3.5.1 IDE along with the Java
Development Toolkit for programming in Java. In addition to using Eclipse,
I use Dropbox to save the source code and
preferences from my home install of Eclipse, eliminating the need to carry a
USB key or email/transfer the files through any other method. This Dropbox
storage method also ensures that every machine I use has the latest version
of source code files with minimal interaction and fuss on my part.
I’m a big fan of the Nagios network monitoring system and rely on it to tell me if something goes wrong with the systems for which I am responsible. I have made a large investment in time configuring Nagios to monitor exactly what I am interested in, and this effort would be wasted if Nagios detected a problem, but failed to communicate that problem to me.
Introducing Linux Journal's penguin gallery contest. That's right -- penguins. Real, virtual, 2D, 3D, with fish, without fish, etc., etc. Submit your penguin photo or artwork and be entered to win some pretty cool LJ goodies.
I'm always on the lookout for original projects, and this particular application really took me by surprise. According to its Web site, “Flinks is a text-mode flashing word Web browser. It is intended for speed reading and/or skimming Web pages and text.”
When it comes to distributions, many or few is an eternal debate within the Linux community. While that debate will likely continue as long as Linux does, the balance in the mobile market has swung just a bit with the announcement that the Maemo and Moblin projects will unite to become MeeGo.
Even with all of the high quality software available, sometimes you just have to break down and write a custom application, and usually you don't have a lot of time to devote to it. This is the situation I found myself in when my wife started a new business and needed a simple means of tracking sales leads.
The 2010 conference season is already underway — having launched auspiciously if not officially with last month's linux.conf.au — and it's safe to expect that attendees will quickly begin registering, presenters will begin proposing, and before you know it, live-from-the-floor reports will be rolling in. Though the latter will have to wait, as of last week, the registering and proposing is on for LinuxCon 2010.
Working on a little script the other day I had the need to determine
if the input to the script was coming from a pipe or from the terminal.
Seems like a simple enough thing to determine but nothing jumped immediately
to mind and a quick internet search didn't help much either.
After a bit of pondering I came up with two solutions: the stat command
and using information from the proc file system.
The Linux Foundation is always on the move, looking for new ways to promote Linux and Open Source adoption. From Linux.com to credit cards bearing a smiling Tux, there is always something new on at Foundation HQ. At the moment, it's the return of a good idea, as last year's Linux advertising contest turns up for Round II.