[kwlug-disc] KWLUG - The Kitchener Waterloo Linux User Group new content notification: 2009-06-09 17:09

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Recent content - 3 new posts

1. KWLUG Meeting: Monday, August 10 2009
Published Meeting Agenda by pnijjar
[ http://kwlug.org/node/652 ]


2. Syslog servers and log parsing
Published Presentation Topic by pnijjar
[ http://kwlug.org/node/653 ]

Computers generate a lot of logs. Sometimes the logfiles contain useful
information or warnings about your computers, routers, printers and
other devices on your network. Reading and understanding all those logs
can quickly get overwhelming, but a syslog server can help. 
In this presentation Paul will discuss his experiences setting up a
syslog server using rsyslog [1], tenshi [2] and SysLogAgent [3]: 

rsyslog is an update to the syslog daemon that is packaged by default
in Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu
tenshi is a log analysis and summarization program
SysLogAgent allows you to read logfiles and events from Windows
machines and send them to a syslog server

The presentation will cover the principles of syslog servers, some
tricks for configuring and debugging them, and some limitations and
"future work".

[1] http://www.rsyslog.com
[2] http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/infrastructure/tenshi/
[3] http://syslogserver.com/syslogagent.html


3. Mapnik
Published Nominee by richard
[ http://kwlug.org/node/654 ]

What is mapnik?
Mapnik is a Free Toolkit for developing mapping applications. It's
written in C++ and there are Python bindings to facilitate fast-paced
agile development. It can comfortably be used for both desktop and web
development, which was something I wanted from the beginning.
Mapnik is about making beautiful maps. It uses the AGG library and
offers world class anti-aliasing rendering with subpixel accuracy for
geographic data. It is written from scratch in modern C++ and doesn't
suffer from design decisions made a decade ago. When it comes to
handling common software tasks such as memory management, filesystem
access, regular expressions, parsing and so on, Mapnik doesn't
the wheel, but utilizes best of breed industry standard libraries from
What data formats are supported?
At the time of writing mapnik can read all OGR and GDAL supported
vector and raster datasets. Mapnik also has a native ESRI Shapefile,
PostGIS and TIFF readers, using a plugin framework. More data access
plug-ins will be available in the future. If you cannot wait and/or
coding in C++, why not write your own data access plug-in?
Which platforms does it run on?
Mapnik is a cross platform toolkit that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux
(Since release 0.4). Users commonly run Mapnik on Mac 10.4.x - 10.5.x
(both intel and PPC), as well as Debian/Ubuntu, OpenSuse, and FreeBSD
Linux distributions. If you run Mapnik on another Linux platform please
add it to the list on the Trac Wiki

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