A TOP-like tool for monitoring system latency and its causes for Linux system.
The Intel Open Source Technology Center is pleased to announce the release of version 0.1 of LatencyTOP, a tool for developers to visualize system latencies. Skipping audio, slower servers, everyone knows the symptoms of latency. But to know what's going on in the system, what's causing the latency, how to fix it... that's a hard question without good answers right now.
LatencyTOP is a Linux tool for software developers (both kernel and userspace), aimed at identifying where in the system latency is happening, and what kind of operation/action is causing the latency to happen so that the code can be changed to avoid the worst latency hiccups.
(Fig. 01: LatencyTOP in Action [ Image Credit: Intel Corp. ])
=> Visit official project site to download LatencyTOP software. Please note that you also need to patch Linux kernel.
Christina has published a nice list of 50 apps to get your office on open source software. This is a worth bookmark page:
Open source software has a lot to offer the business world. Aside from the fact that they’re generally free, many open source programs are more secure, reliable and customizable than their proprietary counterparts. In fact, many large companies, including big names like Amazon, Google, and Yahoo, run their servers with Linux rather than Windows. Open source software is often some of the best software for the job, even when cost is no consideration. So how can you make open source software work for your business? Here are 50 apps that can help your office get on track to join the growing numbers of businesses that have made the switch to open source.
The intention seems to be good, but there are few errors. For example Skype is not open source or GNOME is not Linux distribution. I hope author will fix out errors.
=> Linux for Business: 50 Apps to Get your Office on Open Source
This is an interesting review on PC-BSD and to be honest it looks like a decent alternative to desktop Linux.
I’ve already written about Linux vs FreeBSD on server with lots of interesting commentary from both FreeBSD and Linux
fan boys users. I'm using Linux desktop since 1999 and I will never go back to Windows. Many of my friends and coworkers owns Mac OS X but I don't have any plan to jump into it either. However Dru Lavigne offers another alternative PC-BSD ~ the other open source Unix descendant:
Ubuntu is known as Linux for Human Beings, because it's driven by the philosophy that "software should be available free of charge, software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit" (Ubuntu Documentation).
PC-BSD, on the other hand, "has been designed with the casual computer user in mind. Installing the system is simply a matter of a few clicks and a few minutes for the installation process to finish. Hardware such as video, sound, network, and other devices will be auto-detected and available at the first system startup. Home users will immediately feel comfortable with PC-BSD's desktop interface, with KDE 3.5 running under the hood. Software installation has also been designed to be as painless as possible, simply double-click and software will be installed...
=> Linux vs. BSD, What's the Difference? [linuxdevcenter.com]
There's an old saying that goes, if it's not broken, don't fix it! My main concern is hardware compatibility especially wireless card. What do you think? Are you going for a test drive?