Bare-metal server restore using tar

NewsForge | Bare-metal server restore using tar

After reading this one wonders why we spend good money for commercial back-up solutions, especially in a Linux environment.

BetaNews | Opera Voice Enables the Living Room

BetaNews | Opera Voice Enables the Living Room
“Opera Software, best known for its Web browser, is venturing into the living room. Opera’s voice-enabled Electronic Program Guide (EPG), featuring IBM Embedded ViaVoice, fuses together the tasks of many different remote controls into basic voice commands.

With EPG, users tell their DVD player or cable box what they want to happen by talking to it. The announcement comes just weeks before Opera is expected to make available a voice-enabled version of its Web browser.”

SUSE Awarded EAL4 Certification

Slashdot | SUSE Awarded EAL4 Certification
Following in the wake of its previous certifications, Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 has achieved EAL4 certification on ‘an IBM eServer.’ This puts SLES9 in the same league as Windows 2000 for sales in the government sector and is the first Linux distro to achieve an EAL4 certification.””

Slashdot | QEMU Accelerator Achieves Near-Native Performance

Slashdot | QEMU Accelerator Achieves Near-Native Performance
An anonymous reader writes “QEMU is a generic and open source processor emulator which achieves a good emulation speed by using dynamic translation. Its sporting a new module called the ‘Accelerator’ which can achieve near native speeds, and currently runs on Linux 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels. This means you could theoretically run Windows (or another OS) on a Linux machine at near native speeds without buying a commercial emulator. The catch is that although QEMU is released under various open source licenses, the Accelerator uses a free (as in beer) license because the module is a ‘closed source proprietary product.’ Fabrice Bellard does mention that he would consider open sourcing the Accelerator under certain conditions.”

I’ll be looking into this. A viable OS alternative to the great VmWare would be mighty cool.

The new setup

A quick note on my tools for this little endeavor. I’m using WordPress, obviously, for the blogging engine. I’m running pretty stock at the moment, though will surely change:) I was also in need of a server based aggregator to track all those bloody feed. I went with FeedonFeeds, which does a lot of what I’m looking for in an aggregator. Most spectacularly, it does not mimic some lame 3 panel email client. I get a list of news items in chron order, new at top. Again, it’s stock, but I’ve already got a sketch for adding direct posting to WordPress. Generally, I’m happy with how fast this has gotten up and running.