InformationWeek has posted a
lengthy look at open source data recovery tools
. "The authors
of TestDisk have created an excellent file-carving tool called PhotoRec,
which recovers many common file formats from pretty much any type of media.
This is about as essential a standalone file-recovery tool as you're going
to get. I tried it out on a camera card I'd written off as wiped out after
a recent trip, and managed to recover literally everything from the card --
both pictures and video. It wasn't able to recover some of the actual
filenames, but the files themselves were all perfectly readable.
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Trade Shows and Conferences
on Red Hat's latest virtualization software moves.
"Three strategic virtualization initiatives were the stars of the show as Linux powerhouse Red Hat opened its Red Hat Summit Wednesday in Boston. What do the Red Hat moves mean to you? More options in open source virtualization tools and a new open source effort around virtualization security, for starters.
The Red Hat move that will catch the eye of most users is the Embedded Linux Hypervisor, oVirt. This is a lightweight, embeddable hypervisor that currently lets you run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Windows VMs (virtual machines) on Linux.
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that Red Hat has extended the support for RHEL.
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) versions 4 and 5 are going to stick around in full support mode a full year longer.
Red Hat outlined its complex release roadmap during the Red Hat Summit in Boston.
It plans to extend the initial "intensive enablement" release phase of both RHEL versions 4 and 5 from three years of earnest support to an even four years.
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Linux at Work
ComputerWorld Kenya takes
at a Linux-powered, clarinet-playing robot. "The robot is
controlled via an off-the-shelf microcontroller board from embedded systems
company, Gumstix. "To get networking we plugged in a daughter board, and
another board for the console, so we ended up with a stack of boards. The
Gumstix board is an ARM processor running an Open Embedded Linux
distribution," [Dr John] Judge told Computerworld.
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Free Software Magazine looks
at a new application
called Hotwire. "Whenever I first stumbled
across upon Hotwire (released under the GPL 2 for the user interface and a
permissive MIT-style licence for everything else), certain childhood rhymes
sprang irresistibly to mind: Jack of all trades, master of none, Jack
Spratt could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean, amongst them. The
problem is actually trying to give a pithy and accurate definition of
Hotwire without tripping up yourself, so who better to describe it than its
developer, Colin Walters of Red Hat, who has described Hotwire as "an
object oriented hypershell" and "a modern Python-based extensible
crossplatform shell environment".
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ars technica has a quick review of OpenSUSE 11
. "This is a very strong OpenSUSE release with a lot of compelling improvements. OpenSUSE 11 offers the best KDE 4 experience out there and will continue to be our reference distribution for KDE testing. OpenSUSE 11 is also an increasingly solid choice for GNOME usersits unique GNOME customizations add a nice level of polish, and the inclusion of Banshee and Beagle ensure that it provides a better set of default applications out of the box than Ubuntu and Fedora.
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Wine 1.0. "Wait, before I try this, will X program run okay in Wine?
Good question—luckily, there's probably an answer. The Wine AppDB lists all
the programs that run and don't run under Wine, and to what degrees. You'll
see rankings randing from "Platinum" (runs pretty much flawlessly) to
"Bronze" (some functions may not work at all, but otherwise runs) to
"Garbage" (don't bother). In general, any apps that rely on other Windows
apps or functions, or interact with the Windows desktop, won't work as
well, if at all. That means Adam's super-useful Texter app doesn't work in
Wine, for example.
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