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How PowerTOP, LatencyTOP, and Five-Second Boot Improve Desktop Linux (O'Reilly)

O'Reilly has put up an interview with Arjan van de Ven, available as (MP3) audio or a transcript. "A lot of users were helping because if you give people more battery life, that's what people care about a lot. Distributions also use it because they compete almost on battery life. They compete on usability and battery life is just part of usability; that's the thing that PowerTOP has done is put that more on the radar--that software matters for battery life."

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Firebird Conference 2008 blog coverage

Blog coverage from the recent Firebird DBMS Conference 2008 is online.

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Red Hat Q2 earnings beat Street (Reuters)

Reuters looks at Red Hat's Q2 earnings report "Red Hat Inc., the world's largest publicly traded provider of Linux software, posted a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street targets, helped by strong growth in its subscriptions business. Net income for the second quarter rose to $22 million, or 10 cents a share, from $19.1 million, or 9 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Excluding special items, earnings were 20 cents a share."

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Is Sun Solaris on its deathbed? (New York Times)

The New York Times suggests that Sun's Solaris operating system may be falling out of favor. "Sun officials believe the 16-year-old Solaris platform remains a pivotal, innovative platform. But at the Linux Foundation, there is a no-conciliatory stance; the attitude there is to tell Solaris and Sun to move out of the way. "The future is Linux and Microsoft Windows," says foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. "It is not Unix or Solaris." Solaris, he said, has almost no new deployments and is a legacy operating environment offered by a company with financial difficulties."

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Zen and the Art of the Six-Figure Linux Job (IT Management)

James Maguire covers an open source recruiting firm called Hot Linux Jobs. ""Most of the positions that we work on are going to [pay] at least high five-figure and up to the $150k base type area, Marinaccio [director of Hot Linux Jobs] says. Companies pay Hot Linux Jobs a fee to find open source experts, so the openings tend to be mid- and senior-level posts. (Of course most entry-level open source jobs pay nowhere near these salaries. Companies often recruit at universities for their lower paying jobs, he says.)"

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Fellowship interview with Sean Daly (Fellowship of FSFE)

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has started a monthly interview series with a Fellow of the FSFE. For the first interview Ciarán O'Riordan talks with Seán Daly. "In Europe, Microsoft's foot-dragging in complying with the 2004 Monti Decision concerned me, and I saw that with very few exceptions, the mainstream and tech media seemed not to cover fully all that was going on, in particular the important role of the intervenors like Samba and the FSFE. I felt that since traditional journalists were missing a vital part of the story, perhaps it was time for a nontraditional journalist to step up and report on that part."

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GNU Toolchain Update: September 2008

Nick Clifton, a Red Hat employee, has started a series of blogs describing monthly changes in the GNU Toolchain. "This is the first in what I hope will be a continuing series of blogs describing monthly changes in the GNU Toolchain (gcc, binutils, newlib and possibly gdb as well). One of my jobs at Red Hat is to take the changes in the public versions of the toolchain sources and copy them into our internal repository. I do this on a monthly basis and I produce a short report each time detailing what has happened. One of my friends here suggested that people outside of Red Hat might be interested in these monthly reports and so that is why I have started this blog." (Thanks to Mark Wielaard)

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Java Sound & Music Software for Linux, Part 3 (Linux Journal)

Dave Phillips completes his look at Java sound and music applications. In the article, he looks at applications for MIDI, music instruction, music notation, and more. "During the research phase I discovered many applications that I had not known previously, and I now have a batch of Java audio/MIDI programs that I intend to explore more fully. I've already gone further into some of those applications, so there's a good chance that some of the programs I've presented will be reviewed more completely in future articles."

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Telecoms networks - Carrier Grade Linux comes of age (ElectronicsWeekly)

ElectronicsWeekly looks forward to the upcoming release of v5.0 of the Carrier Grade Linux specification. "Before starting to work on version 5.0, the CGL working group analysed how accepted the specification had become, what works and what doesn't. It worked closely with the Linux Foundation, members of the Linux community, the SCOPE Alliance and other NEPs in order to determine new requirements from these parties and document the requirements of NEPs that are not currently implemented in any stable or mature open source project. By working closely with the Linux community and Linux Foundation to get more requirements implemented and submitted upstream, these requirements may eventually become a part of the mainline kernel."

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Ease Linux Deployments With Cobbler (enterprise networking planet)

Enterprise Networking Planet reviews Cobbler. "The kickstart tool set is widely supported by a number of Linux distributions including Red Hat and its derivatives and, more recently, Ubuntu. Previously there was not a commonly used system to manage this installation environment and most sysadmins relied on homebrew scripts. Cobbler is a new project from Red Hat that aims to provide turnkey support for provisioning kickstart installs and setting up the needed services to load your systems. Cobbler supports new installations — both physical and virtual — and reinstalls of existing systems."

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Fedora @5: How a Community Approach Works (

InternetNews looks at Fedora's fifth anniversary. "Seeing the Fedora Project pass its five year milestone got me thinking about the early days of the community-based Linux distribution and how far it's come. At the time of its launch, I was plenty worried. Red Hat was effectively killing off its namesake Linux distribution -- Red Hat Linux -- and turning over the development into a community-based Linux distribution called Fedora Core."

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