Issue #141 / Aug 2012
Cover Theme: Living with Windows
DVD: Fedora 17
KNOW-HOW: Nao Humanoid RobotHumanoid Linux robot Nao thrills developers in Paris
At the end of April, Aldebaran Robotics let their 57cm-long humanoid Nao robots loose on a human audience of mostly open source developers. The robots possess 25 degrees of freedom, a child’s gaze, and anthropomorphic interactions.
KNOW-HOW: Fabric Python LibraryStitching together a crazy sys admin world with Python
The Fabric Python library makes it extremely easy to create repeatable scripts of commands over SSH to any number of servers.
SYSADMIN: Uranos Installation FrameworkAn installation server with extras
The virtualization breakthrough has not reduced the number and diversity of operating systems that admins must install and manage. Uranos server sets out to give administrators of complex operating system zoos more freedom.
SYSADMIN: Charly's Column: QPSThe sys admin’s daily grind: QPS
The graphical tool QPS frees admins from Kafkaesque ambiguities about the cause, history, and side effects of running processes. Depending on the view, either clarity or detailed information dominate the scene.
KNOW-HOW: Ask Klaus!Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions
Klaus Knopper is the creator of Knoppix and co-founder of LinuxTag expo. He currently works as a teacher, programmer, and consultant. If you have a configuration problem, or if you just want to learn more about how Linux works, send your questions to: email@example.com
SYSADMIN: Security Lessons: CapabilitiesA life of privilege
Granting root access, even temporarily, is rife with danger. Capabilities could help.
KNOW-HOW: In-Memory DBMSMain memory database systems
Thanks to powerful hardware, in-memory databases run without accessing mass memory devices, which means they handle transactions and evaluations at high speed, introducing a paradigm shift in the database market.
SYSADMIN: Nested VirtualizationA private cloud with high availability and storage on the laptop
Nesting of hypervisors, known as a nested virtualization, makes it possible to set up a complete virtualization scenario with a data center, storage, and high-availability functions on a laptop. In this article, we show you how, with Linux iSCSI and free VMware trial versions.
PROGRAMMING: Perl: Clonezilla BackupsUsing Clonezilla and Perl scripts for backups
Clonezilla makes backing up and restoring your system an easy affair that only involves a few key strokes. A homegrown solution reduces the time and effort to the act of slotting in a CD, on which you previously burned a Perl script.
LINUXUSER: Command Line: WodimBurning with wodim
Wodim works behind the scenes in popular CD/ DVD-burning software, but it’s even more powerful at the command line.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.