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10 Greatest Open Source Software Of 2009

These are full-featured cross-platform softwares, free as in beer and speech. Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2009.
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Misunderstandings of the GPL Licensing is a common issue. It can create problem for both developers and sys admins. Most developers and admin think that they understood all legal mumbo jumbo associated with GPL. You can take the Free Software licensing quiz and test your knowledge of the GPL and LGPL.

Today, at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, Mass., Red Hat introduced Project Spacewalk. RHN has provided patches and software for Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Spacewalk is an open source (GPLv2) Linux systems management solution. It is the upstream community project from which the Red Hat Network Satellite product is derived. From the press release:

Spacewalk is the upstream project upon which RHN Satellite will now be based. Spacewalk will work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and other Red Hat Enterprise Linux derivative distributions like CentOS and Scientific Linux. Spacewalk will bring together a growing community of new users along with seasoned systems management veterans. In this way, the Satellite product can grow (as Linux itself does) with the combined efforts of the open source leader, Red Hat, and an invigorated community. Both will work together to expand the capabilities and stature of the upstream project. This will translate into faster adoption of new, innovative ideas and technologies into the downstream Satellite product.


(Fig.01: Spacewalk in action)

=> You can download spacewalk software here.

CRON-O-Meter is free, open source, and cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) dieting software written in Java. It is a fully featured nutrition and biomarker tracking tool. Designed for practitioners of Caloric Restriction (CRON) Diets.

From the project site:

CR (Calorie Reduced) diets require a lot of information to perform optimally. In order to restrict caloric intake, but remain healthy, users of the diet must track their vitamin, mineral, and protein intakes with great care.

We aim to provide a complete solution to the CR dieter. Current open-source diet-tracking applications fall short in some vital respects. Either they are not detailed enough, or they suffer from critical usability flaws. We believe that a diet tracker must be effortless to operate for the activity for which it will be used most of the time, keeping track of the foods eaten in a particular meal.

To this end, we are developing CRON-O-Meter, an application that will take into account good usability design and dense functionality. It will provide diet advice, track consumption and exercise, and generally assist in all aspects of a CR diet.

Download CRON-O-Meter

An interesting interview with Canonical chief executive Mark Shuttleworth. He talks about choosing Ubuntu name and in a future undominated by Windows, how Ubuntu hopes to be the provider of a service ecosystem for free software. From the page:

Going to space and seeing the Earth from a distance makes it very clear just how interdependent we are. So I wanted to do something that was really global; free software is a phenomenon that is truly global.

=> Linux is a platform for people, not just specialists

Download of the day: Fedora 9 CD / DVD ISO

Update: Nov-25,2008: Fedora Linux 10 has been related and available for download.

Fedora Linux version 9 has been released and available for download ( jump to download link ). The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored by Red Hat and guided by community and contributing members.

New in Fedora 9

This release includes many new features and software such as GNOME 2.22, KDE 4.0.3, Firefox 3 beta 5, PackageKit ( cross-distribution package management solution ), OpenJDK (Open Source Java version), SELinux confined web browser, Upstart init daemon, Xen virtualization, and many more cutting edge features.


(Fig.01 Fedora Linux 9 Desktop - Click to enlarge image)


Fedora 9 Download

You can download Fedora via the web/ftp server or via BitTorrent (recommended).

Fedora 9 DVD ISO download

Fedora download: Fedora 9 Live CD ISO download

  • Use 32 bit Live CD (691M), if internet connection is slow or you just want to see how Fedora works. You can install fedora from Live cd.

Fedora 9 DVD ISO BitTorrent download

Microsoft provides iSCSI software initiator which enables connection on following operating system:
a) Windows XP
b) Windows Server 2000
c) Windows Server 2003 etc.

How do I install MS ISCSI Initiator?

Visit Microsoft download center to grab iSCSI initiator software. Download and install the Windows ISCSI initiator.

Configuration

Once installed click on Start > Programs > Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

Select the Discovery tab.

Look for Target Portals

Click on the Add button

Type your ISCSI_TARGET_HOST_OR_IP into the IP address or DNS name input box

Set port to 3260

Next, click on the Advanced tab

Select General tab

Select CHAP logon information

Type your username into the Username box

Type your password into the Target secret box

Save changes by pressing OK > OK

Select the Targets tab

Select the new target from the Targets selection list.

Click on the Log on... button

Select the Automatically restore this connection when the system boots check box

Click on the Advanced button.

Select General tab enable CHAP logon information by selecting the check box. Fill up the details.

Save all changes.

How do I formation volume under Windows server?

Open Computer Management

Select Disk Management from the Storage

You should see a disk in the right pane that labeled as "Unknown" and "Not Initialized".

Right click on the disk and select Initialize Disk

Click OK button.

Right click on the partition information box on the right hand side of the disk information box and select the New Partition,,, button.

Now just follow the partition wizard and format the disk.