Issue #86 / Jan 2008
Cover Theme: Kernel Tricks
DVD: Fedora 8
COVER STORY: LogFSFlash memory and the LogFS filesystem
Flash is now an everyday part of the Linux environment. The new LogFS filesystem will help you contend with the problems of flash memory.
Reviews of O'Reilly's Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think, Prentice Hall's The Official Damn Small Linux Book, and Linux Firewalls: Attack Detection and Response with iptables, psad, and fwsnort from No Starch Press.
REVIEWS: Email SuitesKMail, Evolution, Thunderbird, and Claws Mail
We examine the strengths and weaknesses of four popular mail clients: KMail, Evolution, Thunderbird, and Claws Mail.
REVIEWS: PDF ReadersAdobe Reader 8.1 vs. Xpdf and Evince
The creator of the PDF format, Adobe, has released Adobe Reader 8.1. Does the proprietary display program offer more than free software alternatives Xpdf and Evince?
KNOW-HOW: 64 Studio and JADTuning up with the 64 Studio and JAD audio Linux distros
The 64 Studio and JAD Linux distributions specialize in tools for the audiophile.
KNOW-HOW: Plone 3.0Content management with Plone 3.0
The simplicity and power of Plone make it the open source CMS of choice for sophisticated sites. Plone 3.0, which was released in August, brings many improvements and enhanced support for enterprise applications.
KNOW-HOW: ASK KLAUS!
Klaus Knopper is the creator of Knoppix and co-founder of the LinuxTag expo. He currently works as a teacher, programmer, and consultant. If you hav a configuration problem, or if you just want to learn more about how Linux works, send your questions to: email@example.com
SYSADMIN: Charly's ColumnThe sys admin's daily grind: Munin
Ornithologists already know that magpies don’t really deserve their reputation. The true kleptomaniac in the world of birds is the raven. And it’s worthwhile for data dealers to make the acquaintance of Munin, a monitoring tool named after one fabled raven.
SYSADMIN: IMAP ProxiesManaging mail traffic with an IMAP proxy
IMAP proxies like Perdition, Imapproxy, and Cyrus Aggregator help distribute mail to multiple IMAP servers. We examine some options for IMAP proxy in the Linux evironment.
PROGRAMMING: Perl: VimProblem solving with Vim
The Vim editor supports Perl plugins that let users manipulate the text they have just edited. Complex functions can be developed far faster than with Vim’s integrated scripting language.
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.
The new Gnome release includes privacy and sharing settings, allowing more user control over access to personal information.
Mozilla is collaborating with Samsung on a new web browser engine called Servo.