Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Inside a Google Data Center

This video gives a rare look inside one of Google's data centers, you know the place where Google stores all your personal data. This video put out by Google wants to reassure you that all your deets are safe, secure and under control.

In their data centers, Google has traditional security methods like physical road barriers, perimeter fencing and security cameras and more advanced measures like iris scanners and file fragmentation and replication.

But by far my most favoritest part of the video ever was how they dispose of dead hard drives. They drive a piston straight through the disk and then send them through a crusher to blow them into smithereens for recycling. Check for it at the 3:45 mark.

DragonFly BSD 2.10.1

Matthew Dillon has announced the release of DragonFly BSD 2.10.1, a BSD operating system originally forked from FreeBSD 4 series: "The DragonFly BSD 2.10.1 release is now available. This release sports significant compatibility and performance improvements and many new features. Big-ticket items: this release supports a much larger variety of hardware and multiprocessor systems than previous releases, thanks to updates of ACPI and APIC and ACPI interrupt routing support; Hammer volumes can now deduplicate volumes overnight in a batch process and during live operation; Packet Filter (pf) was updated to a version based upon OpenBSD 4.4; DragonFly now uses GCC 4.4 as the default system compiler, and is the first BSD to take that step; significant performance gains over previous releases...." Read the release notes for detailed information about the changes and features in this version. Download (MD5, mirror list): dfly-i386-2.10.1_REL.iso.bz2 (185MB), dfly-x86_64-2.10.1_REL.iso.bz2 (190MB).

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Mageia 1 Beta 2

Anne Nicolas has announced the availability of the second beta release of Mageia 1, a new distribution created by former developers and contributors to Mandriva Linux: "The second beta release of Mageia 1 is now available for downloads and testing. What's new? Lots of bug fixes and software updates. Linux kernel, LibreOffice, KDE 4.6.2, Firefox 4.0, Chromium browser 12.0.742.0 and many others. We froze the software package versions last week. This means that no new, big, upstream code changes will be accepted in Mageia until our final release in June; then we will re-open the doors. We will now focus on fixing and reducing our bug lists and refining and polishing the user experience. We are setting up our security team so it's ready for the final release." Read the release announcement and release notes for further details. Download (mirror list): mageia-dvd-1-Beta2-i586.iso (4,162MB, MD5, torrent), mageia-dvd-1-Beta2-x86_64.iso (4,112MB, MD5, torrent).

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