Open Source Software and Linux:

January, 2009

January 27, 2009  8:51 PM

How many Top applications are in Linux?

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I don't know how many Top applications are in Linux. However MARKUS FEILNER AND SASCHA SPREITZER over at Linux Pro Magazine have evaluated all that they could and come up with a top ten for use to use. As...

January 27, 2009  8:01 PM

VirtualBox releases version 2.1.2 with wireless NIC support

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

The newest version of VirtualBox has the native ability to use host interface networking and attach to your host's wireless NIC. This gives users the ability to use a local ip of their network for network access and maintain an internet connection. In other words your virtual machines can now...

January 27, 2009  7:30 PM

Broadcom releases open source wireless drivers

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Broadcom has released an open source version of their wireless drivers. The driver is available for 32 and 64 bit operating systems. It supports 802.11a/b/g/n wireless protocols so it should work for any network. It is designed for use on Broadcom's BCM4311, 4312, 4321 and 4322 based...

January 27, 2009  2:08 PM

Open Souce software is literally making money..

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Open source software is literally making money in Holland. Stani Michiels, a Belgian artist and open source software developer, won the competition to design the new 5-Euro commentorative coin. The competition was set up by the Dutch Ministry of Finance. His winning design was developed...

January 25, 2009  1:22 AM

Using the Korn Shell with Linux

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

My current consulting gig requires that I use the Korn Shell and modify Unix scripts so that they will work with Linux. While the Korn Shell has many comparable characteristics of BASH there are some distinct differences-or at least ones that I've never seen in BASH. The first difference that I...

January 24, 2009  8:13 PM

Turning tape compression on and off using the Linux mt command

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

It took quite a bit of google searching to find out how to turn tape compression on and off using the Linux mt command. The mt man page information for doing this is not helpful at all. To turn compression off use 0 as the switch, to turn it on use 2 as the switch and to find out whether it is...

January 24, 2009  8:01 PM

Setting script variables using the if..then statement

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Recently I found myself wanting to set some variables in a script that I was writing using the if..then statement. I am using the Korn shell but this is bash compatible. I wanted to do this as the variable command changed depending on if the script was running on Linux, HP-UX or AIX. This...

January 24, 2009  7:42 PM

Skype and OpenSuSE 11.1..

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

As I've alluded to in previous posts Skype, OpenSuSE 11.1 64 bit and sound capture (the microphone) have not been playing nice with each other on OpenSuSE 11.1. Sound generally worked but if you wanted to talk, well, good luck with that. I think maybe I've found a solution though. There are...

January 22, 2009  12:15 PM

Travels of a Linux consultant – Day 2

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

We're working a minimum of 10 hours which turn into usually turn into 12 on this project. These hours make it hard to find time to write. Anyway onward to Day 2. As you may remember from the last post I finally arrived at my hotel about 2200 CST. Being tired and all from the trip I decided...

January 19, 2009  1:53 AM

Travels of a Linux consultant – Day 1

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

It's been a few days since I've had a chance to write so I want to catch up. I recently accepted a 3-5 week consulting job about 400 miles from where I live. I had to leave in the late afternoon because I had an interview for another job, this one closer to home and about 60 miles in the wrong...

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