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Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Stew Benedict Issue #76, August 2000 A guide to installing and running YDL on a power PC. First, a disclaimer: I’m not a fanatic Macintosh guy. I got a Macintosh late in my computing career, just last year in fact—an iMac. I was working on a cross-platform Tcl/Tk project, and I was getting pretty involved in fine-tuning the GUI for ...

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LinuxPPC on the Macintosh PowerBook

Richard Kinne Issue #76, August 2000 Graphical installation environments help Macintosh play better than ever with Linux. To say Linux has undergone a growth in popularity over the last few years is, of course, an understatement. One cannot read any computer-related medium today without being bombarded with news and views on the Linux operating system. Some would even have you ...

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Recovery after Partitioning

Linux Network Environment

Best of Technical Support Various Issue #75, July 2000 Our experts answer your technical questions. Configuring ipchains Current setup: I’m running ipchains as a firewall and to proxy my other machine to the Web via DSL. This Linux firewall has two NIC cards: one with a public IP address, the other on my private 10.100.100 network. I have a web ...

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A GNU/Linux Wristwatch Videophone

Steve Mann Issue #75, July 2000 This fully fuctioning prototype, designed and built by Steve Mann in 1998, was demonstrated in 1999, and later used to deliver a videoconference at ISSCC 2000. Videophone wristwatches are a science-fiction concept that is here today. The two key inventive concepts that make this new technology possible are: The use of a body-worn computer ...

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THOR: A Versatile Commodity Component of Supercomputer Development

Robert A. Davis Issue #75, July 2000 CERN continues to use Linux as their OS of choice for modeling and simulation studies. The world’s highest energy particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is presently being constructed at the European Center for Particle Physics Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland. The planned date for first collisions is 2005. Since the demise ...

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Linux kernel and the GNU tools

Juergen Kahrs Issue #75, July 2000 All that is real is reasonable, and all that is reasonable is real. —G.W.F. Hegel, 1770-1831 Scientists and engineers were among the first to notice what a powerful combination the Linux kernel and the GNU tools are. Thus, it is no surprise that it was the sober scientists who started replacing expensive supercomputers with ...

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Tracking Satellites with PREDICT

John A. Magliacane Issue #75, July 2000 A look at the development and use of an open-source satellite-tracking and orbital-prediction program. When Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit on October 4, 1957, the space age was born and the fields of science, engineering and technology were changed forever. At last count, there were over 8500 payloads from over 30 countries ...

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Gri: A Language for Scientific Illustration

Dan E. Kelley Peter S. Galbraith Issue #75, July 2000 This scripting language avoids integrating analysis and display capabilities and instead focuses on providing precise and flexible control over the display of technical material. Like other computer users, scientists sometimes find themselves torn between simple tools and complex tools, between ease of use and power. Take writing, for example. The ...

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The Dreaded Busy Signal


Best of Technical Support Various Issue #73, May 2000 Our experts answer your technical questions. Who Goes There? I have taken over a Linux system for a company. The company uses the box as an Internet server. The problem is that the person I have taken over for left without providing the root password for the box. Is there any ...

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Parametric Modelling: Killer Apps for Linux Clusters

David Abramson Issue #73, May 2000 Get ready for parallel processing with the University of Michigan. After nearly 20 years of research and development, there still has not been a wide-scale uptake of parallel computing technology. However, with recent advances in PC-based hardware and networking products, it is now possible to build a parallel computer from industry-standard, commercial, off-the-shelf products. ...

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