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Movie Making on a Linux Box? No Way!

Adam Williams Issue #81, January 2001 Broadcast 2000 aims to bring together the art of making movies and the power of the Linux platform. Years ago there were these HPUX, IRIX and AIX boxes in the back of college computer labs that did nothing but basic computer infrastructure tasks: file serving, database management, number crunching and maybe a bit of ...

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FIASCO—An Open-Source Fractal Image and Sequence Codec

Dr.. Ullrich Hafner Issue #81, January 2001 FIASCO provides state-of-the-art image and video compression. A picture is worth a thousand words—a frequently used sentence to introduce the need for digital image processing. And indeed, a wide variety of aspects in our life is influenced by digital images in the meantime. For instance, in the World Wide Web not only still ...

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A Profile of SoundTracker

David Phillips Issue #81, January 2001 The following article is based on a chapter in the author’s Linux Music and Sound, published by No Starch Press in October 2000. SoundTracker is the most feature-packed of all the trackers I’ve used with Linux. Its interface presents all the program’s tools on a single screen, making it easy to understand and a ...

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A Linux-Based Automatic Backup System

Michael O’Brien Issue #80, December 2000 A step-by-step procedure for establishing a backup system that will save time and money. Frequently people take computers for granted. This behavior becomes very dangerous when people rely on a computer to store and manipulate important data but fail to back up those data. If you are reading this, then you are probably aware ...

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PVFS: A Parallel Virtual File System for Linux Clusters

Ibrahim F. Haddad Issue #80, December 2000 An introduction to the Parallel Virtual File System and a look at how one company installed and tested it. Using networked file systems is a common method for sharing disk space on UNIX-like systems, including Linux. Sun was the first to embrace this technology by introducing the Network File System (NFS), which provides ...

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Monitoring Your UPS With apcupsd

Riccardo Facchetti Issue #80, December 2000 Riccardo delves into the details of apcupsd, a program for monitoring and controlling APC UPSes. Computers, like any other kind of electronic device, are very sensitive to utility power quality. According to American Power Conversion definitions (see Table 1) power anomalies can be classified as sags (better known as brownouts), blackouts, spikes, surges and ...

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High Availability Cluster Checklist

Tim Burke Issue #80, December 2000 With a variety of clustering services on the market, the ability to determine how well options meet your specific business needs is necessary. In today’s competitive environment, the adage “time is money” takes on literal meaning. Keeping your business’ data on-line and accessible is the foundation of overall system uptime. Whether it be database ...

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Network Probes Explained: Understanding Port Scans and Ping Sweeps

Lawrence Teo Issue #80, December 2000 Network probes are important clues in detecting intrusions. In this article, Lawrence Teo explains two common network probes and what can be done to detect them. Almost any system administrator of a large network will tell you that their network has been probed before. As cracking tools become more popular and increase in number, ...

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Focus: System Administration

Don Marti Issue #80, December 2000 In this issue we have a bunch of articles on system administration. In this issue we have a bunch of articles on system administration, so if you’re thinking of breaking into this exciting career, where the stress is high but the hours are long, now is a perfect time to pull up a spare ...

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The Return of the Revenge of the Killer $800 Linux Box

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Jason Schumaker Issue #79, November 2000 Can’t afford Don Marti’s “Ultimate” Linux box? Well, read on—Jasonw outlines options for the economically challenged. Don Marti’s a big spender. In his article, “Building the Ultimate Linux Workstation”, he waxes technical, recommending various components needed to build the mother of all Linux workstations (see page 80). He has little regard for expense, and ...

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