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Cross compiling, emulation and virtualization

Meeting Info
Eric Johnson
5/10/2014 10:00am - 12:30pm
1881-F Metro Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190

How do you test Linux?
How do you build your own distribution?
How do you build code to run on another machine?

In this lecture, I plan to answer these questions by introducing the theory and practice of cross compilation and virtualization, as well as discuss the ingredients and questions to ask for creating your own Linux distribution. All of the examples use free, open source software (FOSS) that is readily available in many existing distributions. But, since Linux is very much a hobbyist community, this lecture will focus on a doing-it-yourself (DIY) approach (this doesn't have to mean _by_ yourself).

Do you want a copy of Fedora 11? (will have media for install at meeting)

Fedora 11 x86 (32bit)
25% (2 votes)
Fedora 11 x86_64 (64bit)
13% (1 vote)
None, I will install from USB at meeting
0% (0 votes)
No thanks
63% (5 votes)
Total votes: 8

Meeting Update (Future meeting info)

The poll is finished and there is an overwhelming desire to keep the meetings on Saturday. The space search continues, but we have moved the meeting to 2nd Saturday starting in SEPTEMBER.

1 August 2009
Paul Frields will talk about Fedora at the Herndon Library
768 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170-4640

12 September 2009
Reston Library
Topic: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)

10 October 2009
Ubuntu and Mail Services

Guide to Research Paper Management

Research paper writing entails intricate step-by-step procedure. Therefore, it is essential to manage every step meticulously in order to produce a quality research paper. Here’s the step-by-step procedure towards efficient research paper management:

STEP 1. Select a topic
Choose a topic that stimulates interests and challenging. The attitude towards a topic determines the amount of effort and enthusiasm exerted on a study. Focus on a limited aspect and select a subject that is manageable. Avoid topics that are too technical or those that only has scarce source materials.

STEP 2. Gather data
There are many ways to gather the necessary details of the study – on the Internet, in the library and other electronic resources. In gathering data, it is relevant to jot down full bibliographical information of the source like the author, title, URLs, and date of publication. Keep in mind that a study without bibliographical information is irrelevant since source is not cited.

Debate over Mono

There's a long running "discussion" about whether Mono and apps written in .NET/C# should be included, nay- used, in Linux. Apparently, Richard Stallman doesn't think so... [Thanks to Slashdot for the reminder] He doesn't really go into the details as to why, but rather appears to be using his "status" to be enough justification to his argument.

If you are open minded and not simply a Microsoft basher, check out this fantastic explanation on Why Mono Doesn't Suck to hear the other side of the story. Then make up your own mind.

Me? I love my Tomboy!!

Internet and Other Places to Search for an Essay Example

An essay example is a great tool for any student who needs some help when writing their academic papers. These kinds of papers can provide the difference between a failing grade or a satisfactory one for students who are not adept at submitting written work.

An essay example helps students by providing them with various ideas on how to proceed on their own essay homework. Those who are suffering from the dreaded mental or writer's block could simply look at the essay example, and find the help that they need. These kinds of works gives students a concrete sample on how to tackle a topic, proper grammar guidelines as well as give samples on flow and transition devices between paragraphs.

However, an essay example can be quite difficult to come by. The search for one could become a hindrance instead of a benefit since a student may just opt to spend long hours, just searching for an essay example that they may use.

DISA Unix STIGS and O/S Hardening

As a former Sysadmin for a multitude of Unix varieties I was often hit with the task of adhering to some governing policy regarding lockdown or hardening of the O/S's that I administered. One of the more challenging was compliance with DISA UNIX STIGs. If you've ever had this task, you'll know that there are three components (the STIG policy document, the SRR scripts, and a manual checklist). There was never an automated way of getting the O/S in compliance, and worse, an automated way to ensure compliance as the servers evolved over time. This rather mundane task (finding, editing, and checking a series of configuration files, CHMODs, and the like) quickly became a daily "chore". Keeping servers in-sync with one another was a task in itself and making mistakes while editing O/S configuration files could set you back a day or two.

Terms and Phrases to Avoid in Dissertation Writing

Dissertation writing is indeed one type of formal writing, which means the tone and the format of the whole paper should be something out of the ordinary. A dissertation is expected to be professionally made.

Apparently though, there are still some who commits mistake in writing. One of the common mistakes is wrong usage of terms and phrases. In that note, below are some of these terms and phrases that shouldn't be used in dissertation writing.

Adverbs. These words are often overly used. Instead of using too much adverbs, it would be better to use strong words instead.

Jokes. A formal document has no room for these. So better use it in your other works, perhaps on your literary pieces.

Perfect. People know that there's no such thing. So better not use it anyway.

Soon. In a formal document, you have to be specific especially if you're talking about time. Be concrete.

Do you like the current theme better than the previous?