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+ - Home-brew, Open Source High Availability Clusterin->

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Digimer
Digimer writes "I wrote a tutorial for sysadmins who are using KVM and might like to make them highly available using commodity hardware. This tutorial expects no prior clustering knowledge and covers everything from the bare OS install clear through to final testing. It's based entirely on OSS; Built on EL6, DRBD for replicated storage and RHCS for service recovery. Happy clustering!"
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Politics

+ - Bill to expatriate 'enemy' U.S. citizens in commit-> 3

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Dodger73
Dodger73 writes "http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-3166 shows the Enemy Expatriation Act, H.R. 3166, introduced by Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA). According to the language posted, it would "add engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality". H.R. 3166 amends the Immigration and Nationality Act by "adding any conflict subject to the laws of war" to the reasons to expatriate U.S. citizens. Full text of the bill here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-3166."
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Comment: Why it took so long (Score 5, Informative) 184

by Digimer (#36714854) Attached to: CentOS Linux 6.0 Released
There has been a lot of drama recently about why CentOS 6 took so long to be released. Things to consider; To maintain binary compatibility, they need to not just replace the copyright material and build the source. They need to duplicate the build environment *exactly*. Compile flags, build order, etc. This while also keep the EL5 and EL4 releases updated and patched. This is something EL derivatives like Scientific Linux do not concern themselves with, for better and worse. I do know that the CentOS team have been working to improve their project, and some hear may have ideas and suggestions. Please feel free to join the CentOS mailing list(s) and pass along your ideas. Digimer
Education

NZ School Goes Open Source Amid Microsoft Mandate 305

Posted by kdawson
from the kiwis-and-penguins-sittin'-in-a-tree dept.
Dan Jones writes "Kiwis have built an entire school IT system out of open source software, in less than two months, despite a deal between the New Zealand government and Microsoft that effectively mandates the use of Microsoft products in the country's schools. Albany Senior High School in the northern suburbs of Auckland has been running an entirely open source infrastructure since it opened in 2009. It's using a range of applications like OpenOffice, Moodle for education content, Mahara for student portfolios, and Koha for the library catalogue. Ubuntu Linux is on the desktop and Mandriva provides the server. Interestingly, the school will move into new purpose-built premises this year, which include a dedicated server room design based on standard New Zealand school requirements, including four racks each capable of holding 48 servers for its main systems. The main infrastructure at Albany Senior High only requires four servers, suggesting an almost 50-fold saving on hardware requirements."
Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."
Toys

Lego MMO Delayed 32

Posted by Soulskill
from the +1-yellow-block-of-dragonslaying dept.
LEGO Universe, the MMOG currently under development by NetDevil, will not be coming out this year, as was previously expected. Mark Hansen, a LEGO Group exec, would not specify a new time frame, and attributed the delay to avoiding competition between some of their other upcoming products. Hansen did comment on the possibility of a console version of the game, claiming that they're just waiting for the right time. IGN did a related piece on the past and future of console MMOGs, exploring where early attempts failed and what needs to be done for them to succeed. Many game developers and publishers are still hesitant due to the massive financial investment required to get such a game up and running in a market that has yet to prove itself.
Programming

What Programming Language For Linux Development? 997

Posted by kdawson
from the let-slip-the-dogs dept.
k33l0r writes "Recently I've been thinking about developing (or learning to develop) for Linux. I'm an IT university student but my degree program focuses almost exclusively on Microsoft tools (Visual Studio, C#, ASP.NET, etc.) which is why I would like to expand my repertoire on my own. Personally I'm quite comfortable in a Linux environment, but have never programmed for it. Over the years I've developed a healthy fear of everything Java and I'm not too sure of what I think of Python's use of indentation to delimit blocks. The question that remains is: what language and tools should I be using?"
Data Storage

Micron Demos SSD With 1GB/sec Throughput 120

Posted by timothy
from the macht-schell-macht-schnell dept.
Lucas123 writes "Micron demonstrated the culmination of numerous technology announcements this year with a solid state disk drive that is capable of 1GB/sec throughput with a PCIe slot. The SSD is based on Micron's 34nm technology and interleaving 64 NAND flash chips in parallel. While the techology, which is expected to ship over the next year, is currently aimed at high-end applications, a Micron executive said it's entirely possible that Micron's laptop and desktop SSDs could have similar performance in the near future by bypassing SATA interfaces."

+ - Poll; Do you still use tape drives?

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Digimer
Digimer writes "Four year ago I began writing an open-source backup program. I made the decision back then that I would not support tape drives, as I felt they were obsolete in the face of cheap, large "disk" storage. As I began demo'ing the first version a couple years ago, the most frequent question I got was "Does it support tape drives?".

Now, I am writing the next version. So I want to ask Slashdot to help me with a very formal, scientific poll:

1. Do you use tape drives?
2. If you were looking at a new backup solution, would you want it to support tape drives?"

I find you lack of faith in the forth dithturbing. - Darse ("Darth") Vader

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