April 2005

GCC 4.0.0 Released Posted Friday, April 22, 2005 @ 1:21 PM by mayhem
"Version 4.0.0 of the GNU Compiler Collection has been released. You can read the changelog or you can download the source tarball. The new version finally features SSA for trees, allowing for a completely new optimization framework." The changelog is pretty lengthy, and there's updates for every language supported from Ada to Java in addition to the usual flavors of C (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.2.27-rc2 Now Available For Download Posted Friday, April 22, 2005 @ 1:18 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.2.27-rc2 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Linux Kernel 2.6.12-rc3 Now Available For Download Posted Friday, April 22, 2005 @ 1:13 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.6.12-rc3 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Homemade EVDO/WiFi Mobile Access Point Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2005 @ 5:45 PM by mayhem
Over the last few weeks I've built myself a mobile access point for my car. It's based on a Soekris net2421 embedded Linux box and uses Verizon's 1xRTT/EVDO network as its uplink, resharing it over 802.11b. Wherever my car goes, my Internet link goes! :) I finally put some webpages together on how I built it. The components are pretty cheap and anybody with basic Linux skills can build their own just as easily. I've also got it interfacing with Google Maps to do live vehicle tracking via gpsd. It also uploads pictures from an on-board webcam every five minutes or so. (Source: Slashdot)
Windows-to-Linux Migration Tool Goes Free Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2005 @ 5:28 PM by mayhem
Resolvo Systems says it has contributed the sourcecode to its MoveOver Windows-to-Linux migration tool to the open source community, and that it has established a SourceForge project. MoveOver automates the OS migration process, allowing users to move their files, settings, and emails from Windows to Linux desktop within six steps, according to Resolvo.

The company says its open-sourcing strategy is 'designed to accelerate development of future high-quality versions of [MoveOver,] to cater to business customers and individuals...'

For complete story click here. (Source: Linux Today)
Hacking Linspire Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2005 @ 5:25 PM by mayhem
Linspire 5.0 (Five-0) is a Debian GNU/Linux-based distribution with a pretty interface, proprietary video drivers and browser plug-ins, and a pricey desktop software subscription model. If you like Linspire but hate the company's Click N Run pay-as-you-go software service, here's how to disable and circumvent CNR and switch to using standard Debian packages and the Synaptic package manager. I'll also show you how to set up your system for watching DVDs without Linspire's proprietary DVD player software.

More information is available here. (Source: Linux.com)
Using A Linux Failover Router Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2005 @ 5:23 PM by mayhem
Today, it's hard to imagine an organization operating without taking advantage of the vast resources and opportunities that the Internet provides. The Internet's role has become so significant that no organization can afford to have its Net connection going down for too long. Consequently, most organizations have some form of a secondary or backup connection ready (such as a leased line) in case their primary Net connection fails. However, the process of switching over from the primary to the backup connection, if done manually by the system administrator, can take some time, depending upon how ready the backup setup is and on the availability of the administrator at the right moment. The process can even become a costly affair if the organization must buy dedicated routers for the purpose of automatic switchover. But there is an easy and cost-effective alternative -- setting up a Linux failover router.

Article is continued on here. (Source: Linux.com)
Behind the Closed Doors of AMD's Chip Production Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2005 @ 5:17 PM by mayhem
Tom's Hardware is running an article on AMD's chipmaking procedure, plants, and future. Check out the pictures of Fab 36, their new plant slated to open in 2006, which will put of the next generation of 65nm chips. From the article: 'Currently, AMD's devices in Dresden are still produced on 200 mm wafers; the new APM 3.0 using 300 mm wafers won't be ramped up until Fab 36 opens. Production startup at the new facility is slated for the beginning of 2006, at which point the company will have invested an additional $2.5 billion.' (Source: Slashdot)
Kernel Changes Draw Concern Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2005 @ 5:15 PM by mayhem
Is the Linux kernel becoming fat and unstable? Computer Associates seems to think so. Sam Greenblatt, a senior vice president at Computer Associates, said the kernel is 'getting fatter. We are not interested in the game drivers and music drivers that are being added to the kernel. We are interested in a more stable kernel.' There continues to be a huge debate over what technology to fold into the Linux kernel, and Andrew Morton, the current maintainer of the Linux 2.6 kernel, expands on these subjects in this article at eWeek. (Source: Slashdot)