Friday, May 30, 2008

Let's do Lintel and Kill -9 Wintel

The push into smaller gadgets is set to take Intel further away from Microsoft. "Netbooks" generally run Linux or Windows XP, which Microsoft has been trying to discontinue in favor of its flagship, Vista.

"Vista has a larger memory footprint, a larger graphics requirement and a higher price point. This is all about low-cost computing," Otellini said.

He noted that Microsoft has an operating system for smart phones, but it runs only on chips designed by Intel competitor ARM Holdings PLC.

"I see much of the activity in Mobile Internet Devices, sort of the evolution of the handset, being centered around Linux," he said.

Firebird Experts Forum - fastest forum i have ever seen

The forum here is created using the phpBB Software, available on is a great and free Open Source Solution and since version 3, it has full support for firebird.This installation uses apache 2.0, phpBB 3.01, php 5.21 and firebird 2.1 on windows 2003 server.

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Dot Net Performance of Firebird 2.1

Comparing the performance of several operations in FB2.1, OraXE and SQLServerXE using the vendor specific .NET data access drivers, I discovered Firebird was about 3 times faster than the others which were both nearly the same speed.

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Firebird 2.1 in Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

Firebird 2.1 will be included by default in the next Ubuntu release named Intrepid Ibex that will be released in 30 October.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Free Open Source Counterparts of Windows Software

I will be giving information on my personal favorites (which would generally mean BETTER) open source replacements. There are however other choices as well, so drop a line or two if our choices differ!

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Gaming With The Open-Source R500 Driver

From the release of Mesa 7.1 Release Candidate 1 to Multi-Pointer X being merged to master to the R500 3D milestone, it's been an exciting past 24 hours for the X.Org community.

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Isaiah cpu block diagram

These days more than half of the cpu is cache , and then there is the x86 instruction decoder and prefetcher

I wonder if is not better to cram some other cpu units rather than have this dead silicon

Dell + Ubuntu+ sub$500 mini computer = EEEpc killer ?

Thinking of a new Eee PC or maybe Wind laptop? Hold up, Dell's about to loose this baby on the sub-$500 mini-laptop world.

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Diagrams of the how Git (version control) uses indexes.

A nice overview of how git uses it's index and how it is different to most other Version control systems. Also includes a nice overview on how some people are using git to work.

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Via launches "Nano" chips

Just as Intel brings to market its Atom chips, based on in-order execution pipelines, longtime in-order chipmaker Via goes the other way and springs out its new "Nano" parts, boasting a Core Duo-like "64-bit, superscalar, speculative out-of-order" pipeline.

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Install VirtualBox Additions for an Ubuntu 8.04 Guest

VirtualBox, is much easier to use with the additional drivers (called “Guest Additions”) that allow higher screen resolutions, better display performance, and mouse integration.

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Brazil Protests OOXML Too! Asks Approval Be Reconsidered

South Africa was the first, but not the last. Now Brazil has sent a letter protesting the adoption of OOXML as an ISO standard.

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Amarok 2 Gets Music Video Support!

Thanks to KDE 4 Plasma magic the video is nicely integrated into the context view of the user interface of Amarok 2. This feature is especially handy for watching YouTube videos, and they're working on integrating it directly with their SeeqPod service, allowing to find and play videos from the net in the blink of an eye.

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.net 2.0 framework on linux with winetricks

chmod +x winetricks

choose dotnet2.0

choose accept


DirectX 9.0c March 2008 redistributable on Linux with Wine

A guide with screenshots and code samples to show you how to install and run most of the DirectX 9.0c March 2008 redistributable on Linux using Wine. Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms.

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Extreme Tux Racer Review

Version reviewed by Softpedia: 0.4

Extreme Tux Racer is an open-source downhill racing game starring Tux, the Linux mascot. It follows in the path of Tux Racer and its derivatives.

Some features:

· racing game
· racing simulator
· open source game
· Tux Racer fork

Microsoft's plan to colonise open source

A Microsoft job ad for Senior Marketing Manager – Open Source Community, spells out the company's plans. It is in effect a concerted attack on GNU/Linux. Once use of the main open source program has been reduced, Microsoft can then easily dispose of the now-dependent open source app vendors, assuming they are foolish enough to fall for this trick.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Firebird 2.0.4 and 2.1.0 packages for debian

As you may have noticed, debian experimental got firebird2.0 (2.0.4) and firebird2.1 (2.1.0).

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i agree with this article that is simpler to write hello world in php than using mod_perl

echo "goodbye world";

Than installing modperl and configure-ing the app (I'm working as sys admin)
maybe simple_mod_perl should interpret all *.pl and after that an use an templating system
say "goodbye world";

Howto: Use Ubuntu-VM-Builder to quickly and easily build VMs

ubuntu-vm-builder provides a method to quickly create a clean testing environment, a way to automate the virtual machine installation process, and for software developers, the ability to integrate the creation of a virtual machine into the build process of an application.

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Open-Source ATI Driver Achieves Major R500 3D Success

After some recent work today, Compiz is now working on R500 graphics cards using the open-source xf86-video-ati and the latest Mesa git. In addition, the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo is even running! There is now parity between the open-source R500 3D support and the level of Mesa support for the older R200/300/400 generations!

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DreamHost thinks their customers should use Gmail

"Everything else we offer, combined, doesn’t add up to the amount of trouble, expense, use, and effort that goes into “simple” old email"

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

denny Worm.Rays.A on samba

Simple virus protection
In most environments, the file shares that users have access to should not have executable files on them. File shares are there so that users can store their documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. Samba can be configured so that it doesn’t allow certain types of files to be stored on a file share. This is done with the Veto Files attribute in each share. The Veto Files option separates file specifications with the slash character (/) and supports the standard wildcard characters, asterisk (*) and question mark (?). If you wanted to disallow EXE files, COM files, or DLL files, you could have a veto files attribute that looked like this:

Veto files = /*.exe/*.com/*.dll/desktop.ini/Desktop.ini/

This would prevent access to or storage of these types of files and effectively prevent a Samba server from spreading most types of Windows worms and viruses. You may want to veto other file types to effectively exclude all of the file extensions that are used by viruses to propagate.

Monday, May 26, 2008

lazarus ide is now included in Hardy/Intrepid

sudo apt-get install fp-units-db fp-units-gfx fp-units-gnome1 fp-units-misc fp-units-net fpc-source fp-compiler fp-docs fp-utils lazarus

then start it with
$lazarus-ide in console or from the menu
Applications -> Programming -> Lazarus

Corruption led to Egg Attack on Microsoft in Hungary

Details surface about allegations of Microsoft corruption that led to egg throwing. We will soon reach the letter “H” in our summary of Microsoft’s OOXML abuses. Hungary will then be included.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Wine 1.0-rc2 Released

This is release 1.0-rc2 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix.What's new in this release (see below for details): - Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.Binary packages are in the process of being built and it may take a few days for them to appear, but the source is available now.

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Another Interbase Security Issue found first in Firebird

The other day another security issue (this sort of thing happens to the best of them) in Interbase that was fixed in January in Firebird already.

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Firebird Master Classes in Brazil

Dmitry Yemanov (FB development team) and Dmitri Kouzmenko will be doing two “Master Classes” in 18/July (eve of Firebird Developers Day conference),

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Data load speed test , Mysql vs Firebird

I’ve run some data load tests with various databases using DBMonster,

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Help Promote Ubuntu - Share Your Linux Story

Visit this site and share Your linux story to help spreading Ubuntu!

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prince of persia

you can play this old game in dosbox
specs for an new small server that will be used for web and db in the same time

Xeon quad core

16GB RAM 2x1000GB SATA HD on RAID 0
Operating System Debian Stable 64
2000GB BW
100Mbps network

Or you can choose from this list

the important stuff is memory/hdd and to be quad core

the operating system must be debian 64 bit or ubuntu server edition
A (Free) webcomic about Fedora, Linux, computers, life and stuff. By nicu.

maybe we should do one for ubuntu :)

there are many tutorials for inkscape and gimp on his site

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Linux is a platform for people, not just specialists

Technology Guardian Interviews Mark Shuttleworth: In a future undominated by Windows, Ubuntu hopes to be the provider of a service ecosystem for free software

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Then, they fight you

About being a FSF warrior against Microsoft, in Romania

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openssl-blacklist update

You can test sslblacklist on any distro to se if they are broken

tar -zxvf openssl-blacklist_0.1-0ubuntu0.6.06.1.tar.gz
cd openssl-blacklist-0.1/
mkdir -p /usr/share/openssl-blacklist/
cp blacklist.RSA-* /usr/share/openssl-blacklist/

./openssl-vulnkey ssl.key/random_debian.key
Not blacklisted:fb11451111111111111111111111111 ssl.key/random_debian.key

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 in the list of imentor partners

i helped with system administration issue
checking all weak ssh keys on an server



perl user

notice: creating database, please wait
summary: keys found: 25, weak keys: 0

World's cheapest Linux laptop?

A Hong Kong-based manufacturer is shipping a Linux-based ultra-mini PC (UMPC) laptop for only $250, including courier charges ($180 in volume).

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Parrot 0.6.2 is available via CPAN (soon), or follow the download instructions. For those who would like to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Subversion or SVK on our source code repository to get the latest and best Parrot code

Here is the howto get it from svn

1.check out the code

svn co parrot the Configure script

cd parrot

perl --prefix=/opt/parrot

3. Make the perl6

make perl6

.... [skip the compile lines]...

./perl6 -e'say "Hello, world!"'

4. create an file with this content


say "Hello, world!"


Firefox 3 will release with system-killing performance problem

[I think is time to replace sqlite with firebird as db backend for firefox/thunderbird
here is the main issue they found
The problem noted in this bug is a problem in SQLite, not in firefox. They
should be using the O_SYNC argument to open, instead of flushing the whole disk
all the time.


Firefox 3.0 will release with a known bug which brings Linux systems to their knees. Firefox's system-killing performance bug

The second-class Linux support policies of the Mozilla foundation continue... I imagine the reasoning went something like it has always gone in the past: "the platform that matters most is the one where we, the Foundation, get the most market penetration."

Webkit, here I come. certificate not trusted

I have generated an new self signed certificate in ubuntu

and then i joined the cacert to create the certificate from the request

or you can use this howto from gentoo wiki

but it gives me an error like this uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is not trusted.

(Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer)

PayPal XSS Vulnerability Undermines EV SSL Security

[EV is useless any way ]A security researcher in Finland has discovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability on that would allow hackers to carry out highly plausible attacks, adding their own content to the site and stealing credentials from users.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

2.6.26-rc3, "Another Week, Another -rc Release"

"This time around, we have 60+% of the changes in drivers, notably drives/video and drivers/media, with some infiniband, networking and usb lovin' to fill things out," began Linux creator Linus Torvalds, announcing the 2.6.26-rc3 kernel.

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Using Git for Your Project on Google Code Hosting

Although Google Code natively speaks Subversion, you can easily use Git during development. We focus on importing a complete Git repository from a Google Code project organized in the recommended fashion. The git-svn manpage thoroughly describes how to handle other cases.

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Linux is the faster alternative to Windows in workstation OpenGL rendering.

no comments
there is no distributed dns just multiple point of failures for root servers

and someone just stolen one of the named root servers

on my old dns config I had these values


so i have to replace it with

download root dns server list "named.root" from FTP.RS.INTERNIC.NET (anonymous ftp) with filezilla

Friday, May 16, 2008

Nominate Firebird & Flamerobin for SourceForge awards

the sponsor is funny ?
this year there are some options that are at least weird from my point
of view

You are nominating:
Most Likely to Get Users Sued

You are nominating:
Most Likely to Be Ambiguously Accused of Patent Violation

thouse are option for 1April not for a an serious contest

Maybe the beast (Microsoft) does have the sense of dark humor

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spotlight on FOSS: An Interview with Mark Shuttleworth

Ubuntu is about to release Hardy Heron, the newest Long Term Support version of this popular Linux distribution. To mark the occasion, O'Reilly is launching a new video interview series, Spotlight on FOSS, and leading off by chatting by Mark Shuttleworth himself!

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Firebird adds new features with version 2.1

Stable version 2.1 of Firebird was announced , LWN editor gives a summary of new features from the release announcement

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Firebird 2.1 is Released

The members of the Firebird Project team are proud to announce the release of Firebird 2.1, a full release containing many sought-after new features including database monitoring, global temporary tables, database triggers and dozens of new internal functions.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

64-way chip gains Linux IDE, dev cards, design wins

Tilera introduced a Linux-based development kit for its scalable, 64-core Tile64 SoC (system-on-chip). The company also announced a dual 10GbE PCIExpress card based on the chip (pictured at left), revealed a networking customer win with Napatech, and demo'd the Tile64 running real-time 1080P HD video.

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Splashtop Linux desktop to appear on every Asus motherboard!

DeviceVM, the makers of Splashtop, just made a big announcement though. Their technology will no longer be restricted to the top-shelf motherboards and will see a much wider release. At first it will be featured on Asus’ P5Q (high-efficiency design, Intel P45 chipset) family of motherboards, starting with the P5Q Deluxe, P5Q-WS, P5Q3 Deluxe....

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Firefox developers joins Mobile Linux group

The mobile Linux OS trade group, LiMo Foundation has announced the addition of Infineon Technologies, Kvaleberg, Mozilla (the group behind the Firefox web browser), Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, SFR, SK Telecom and Verizon Wireless as new member companies.

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Dual-core ARM9 chip clocks to 1.2GHz

This has got to be the most powerful chip ever based on the ARM architecture!

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ssh-key weakness - test your keys day in debian/ubuntu

is better to check all your ssh keys on all servers , and update the ssh/ssl packages too
you key might be insecure


perl file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2

Macedonia's Ministry of Finance uses Firebird

The directorate also uses the Open Source relational database management system Firebird. “Both the banks and the MLPD accepted our solution without any objections, and it did not introduce any costs”

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Installing pear MDB2 Driver for Firebird

This guide was tested on Ubuntu Hardy , I assume that php5-interbase and firebird is already installed

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

nice red bug

Originally uploaded by Appy659
nice red bug on an green background

Monday, May 12, 2008

building amd64/i386 vlc nightly version 12 May 2008

you can find what is the i386 nighlty build for that day
by inspecting this repository

$dget -x
/usr/lib/pbuilder/pbuilder-satisfydepends --control vlc_0.9.0-git20080512-1.dsc
$cd vlc-0.9.0-git20080512/
debuild -i
$cd ..
$ls *.deb
and install vlc
$sudo dpkg -i vlc_0.9.0-git20080512-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb vlc-nox_0.9.0-git20080512-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb mozilla-plugin-vlc_0.9.0-git20080512-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb vlc-plugin-pulse_0.9.0-git20080512-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb
you can use my vlc repository

add in /etc/apt/sources.list

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

$sudo apt-get update
$sudo apt-get install vlc

What to expect from Ubuntu 8.10

Also on the desktop, the timing is right for version 3.0 to be included in the Intrepid release so long as the planned September release date for OpenOffice is met. OpenOffice 3.0 includes a number of new features, from better document support to spreadsheet collaboration, that will make it a more compelling office suite.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Microsoft Literally Pays ISO (Sponsors ISO Meeting)

There was clearly a transaction of money made by Microsoft in Norway, which passed it on to ISO. Good catch. Watch the picture inside this page and recall our old entry about soft briberies.

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Ubuntu Linux 7.04 is now available for Sharp's Zaurus PDAs. The 0.1
release comes with a minimalist filesystem that can be launched in an
emulator, enhanced with software from the vast Ubuntu archives, and then
flashed onto a real Zaurus.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

install mcrypt on php (ubuntu)

sudo apt-get install php5-mcrypt
/etc/init.d/apache2 restart
php -i | grep mcrypt
Automated Google Sitemap in cake tutorial

Automated Google Sitemap in cake tutorial

After reading this tutorial
for adding an automated google sitemap to an cake site , i have created these files and
the sitemap.xml for blog posts is now autogenerated

Here is the sitemaps controller app/controllers/sitemaps_controller.php

* < xmlns="">
* <>
* <>
* <>2005-01-01 00:00:00
* <>monthly
* <>0.8
* The Sitemap must:
* Begin with an opening tag and end with a closing tag.
* Include a entry for each URL as a parent XML tag.
* Include a child entry for each parent tag.
class SitemapsController extends AppController

var $components = array('RequestHandler');
var $helpers = array('Time', 'Xml');
var $name = 'Sitemaps';
var $uses = array('Post');

function sitemap ()
Configure::write ('debug', 0);
$posts = $this->Post->find('all', array('fields' => array('id', 'modified')), null, -1);
$this->viewPath .= '/xml';
$this->layoutPath = 'xml';

here is the content for app/views/sitemaps/xml/sitemap.ctp
toAtom($post['Post']['modified']); ?>

and finally add the router
in app/config/routes.php
Router::connect('/sitemap.xml', array('controller' => 'sitemaps', 'action' => 'sitemap'));

and load the site in the browser

Ubuntu / Kubuntu Hardy Virtual Box preinstalled images

You can download reinstalled linux image. The lates is Hardy Ubuntu and Kubuntu.Also is available images for Fedora Core 7, Cent OS5 and older Ubuntu dist.More image will come soon.[I hope some freebsd , and jeos + firebird ones ]

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Victor Teodor Butiu has endorsed your work as system administrator at Reea.

Dear Marius,

I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.

Details of the Recommendation:

"Marius is a great and prompt sys admin. Knows where to look, and what to fix, so my work was eased."